Austin native Carrie Rodriguez follows up both Lucinda Williams and the Flatlanders on the Paramount stage for the release of fifth solo disc Give Me All You Got. She describes herself as a reluctant songwriter, but her latest speaks candidly about love, loss, and whiskey with sweetly earnest vocals and fiddle prowess worthy of the finest Texas dance hall. San Antonio songstress Nicolette Good supports with her own folk tunes, fleshed out by locals Jesse Ebaugh (Heartless Bastards) and Jonathan Doyle (White Ghost Shivers). – Cara Tillman
Bayou City native Fat Tony’s New York-on-molasses style harks back to the Geto Boys’ fusion of NYC ice and dirty Southern heat on 2010’s RABDARGRAB and last year’s Double Dragon collaboration with Tom Cruz. – Chase Hoffberger
What exactly does "modern dance" mean, these days? We suggest that this night of movement works will give you a compelling and memorable clue. The No Assurance project brings together choreographers willing to venture out of comfort zones and safety nets, with this show presenting different expressions of “No Assurance." Featuring Julia Duffy-Dzubinski, Katherine Hodges, Magdalena Jarkowiec, Erin Lane,
Rosalyn Nasky, and more. Fri.-Sat., Jan. 25-26, 8pm. $12 ($10, students)
Fronterafest's all over for another year, people, except for this Short Fringe: Best of the Fest part –and I'm glad to tell you that any night of this line-up is worth seeing, because you'll laugh, you might cry, you will be extremely fucking entertained at all times. [Full disclosure: I helped decide which shows got to be presented again this week.] And "Austin's Best Monologist" – it's true! – Steven Tomlinson debuts his new "How to Use Evernote" piece in the Wild Card Bill. You'd best hurry, though, because these nights (and one matinee) of no-fail theatrical enjoyment are selling out so fast you'd think they were Tim Doyle prints or something! See website for full schedule details. Wed.-Sat., Feb. 14-16, 8pm.
Austin Co-op Think Tank looks to connect people and co-ops while spreading the word about co-ops in Austin. Read more about the movement in "From Occupation to Co-operation."Fri.-Sat., Jan. 25-26, $25, general admission; $50, co-op workers
Friday Reception at Vuka Co-op, 411 W. Monroe; Saturday Conference at CMA Building (UT campus)
The whiskered folks of the Austin Facial Hair Club know how to let their beards down and party. Come dressed as your favorite heavy metal persona. We're expecting ZZ Top to be a favorite. Fri., Jan. 25, 8-11:45pm (2013), $25 ($40 for couples)