“One good thing about heartache, it makes one hell of a song.” With that, Sarah Gayle Meech masters one of the most important principles of country music. Her alcohol-fueled songwriting and down-home band make her a welcome Nashville import. On a short Austin tour, the honky-tonk angel hits the Continental Club twice, sitting in for collaborator Dale Watson on Monday. Meech also soundtracks Ginny’s Chicken Shit Bingo on Sunday – an ample introduction to Austin. – Abby Johnston
Winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature at SXSW 2012, Bay of All Saints follows three single mothers living in the water slums of Bahia, Brazil. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the director.
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.
Jo's seventh annual cook-off offers a two-step dance competition, plenty of chili tastings from competitors, plus live music from Jeff Hughes & Chaparral and the Jo's House Band. Cool prizes and plenty of fun, all to benefit the People's Community Clinic. Sun., Jan. 27, noon-3pm (2013), $10 for dance contest, $20 chili-tasting
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.