Despite health and fiscal issues that led to 2012 cancellations, Chan Marshall swings through on a seven-stop U.S. tour before crossing the equator to Australia and New Zealand. Last year’s ninth studio LP, Sun, marks her first disc in four years and updates her alter ego with synths and Auto-Tuned vox, though she hasn’t lost her essence. The worldly, tender agony that’s marked Marshall’s 16-year career drives the album. – Abby Johnston
Expect things to get good and loud at Trailer Space for the Creationists’ LP release. The local quartet’s Super Secret Records debut, which translates out of Greek into Holy Wisdom, layers dense psych and post-punk passive aggression with accessible progressions and sharp lyrics perfect for shouting. Sharing the bill are exuberant Austin garage vets Dikes of Holland, the keys-impregnated beatdown of Coma in Algiers, and Kingdom of Suicide Lovers, whose forlorn melodies catch fire live on married vocals. – Kevin Curtin
Zappa scion shreds dad’s oeuvre. Jawdropping.
Stubb's, 801 Red River
Gargantuan Arkansan/Houstonian rockabilly. Wagoneers open.
Unbeatable ATX post-punk-psych triple stack.
Popular Austinites reunite for third LP, You Can’t Fall Off the Floor. The Preservation first.
Kevin Costner is at his best here as crime-fighter Eliot Ness in this David Mamet-authored film audaciously directed by De Palma. The film’s final shoot-out is a direct ode to Battleship Potemkin’s Odessa Steps sequence. Connery won an Oscar for his performance.
4PM, Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth
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)
The Off Center, 2211-A Hidalgo, 512/476-7833
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.
Witness all ye artlovers the Museum of Natural & Artificial Ephemerata's
current exhibition of urban habitation, and enjoy a tour of their bizarre "impermanent collection" as well. Through Jan. 28. Saturdays, 1-4pm
This second annual exhibition explores the many methods and styles of drawing through the work of 40 Austin artists. From the abstract to the hyperreal, with surfaces manipulated by pencil, marker, ink, charcoal, pastel, etching, burning, and puncturing. Recommended like wow: This show shouldn't be missed. Through Feb. 16. Wed. & Sat., noon-5pm.
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)
Need some bike parts to finish off that two-wheeler of your dreams? This swap has the parts and the know-how if you have the bargaining skills. Live music keeps you in the pedaling mood. 10am-5pm. Free.
Music and dance inspired by the majesty of Earth's creatures fill the stage. Kids can even help choreograph some of the dance sequences. 2pm. $9.
Women's Basketball Vs. Kansas State: Sat., Jan. 26, 1pm. Frank Erwin Center, 1701 Red River. $8-16.
Men's Basketball Vs. Texas Tech: Sat., Jan. 26, 7pm. Frank Erwin Center, 1701 Red River. $8-40.
Women's Tennis ITA Kick-Off Weekend: Vs. Wichita State: Sat., Jan. 26, 10am. Vs. Utah/Stephen F. Austin: Sun., Jan. 27, TBA. Penick-Allison Tennis Center.
John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig & the Angry Inch) and crew (DJ PJ DeBoy and Shortbus' Paul Dawson) just can't quit us. Their blowouts at SXSW 2012 (at Barbarella and GayBiGayGay) packed it out. This time, it's to benefit Queerbomb. 9pm-3am. $15; $12 advance.
Emo's Annex, 2015 E. Riverside, 512/800-4628