The difference between classic Left Coast and East Coast thrash? Hard to imagine Jersey legacies Overkill getting as environ-mental as J.R.R. Tolkien’s Ents, which Bay Area first wavers Testament pulled off like moss and bark on 2012’s Dark Roots of Earth. Likewise, the Berkeley behemoths couldn’t match the supersonic speeds of Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth’s latest, The Electric Age, a late-career cornerstone for the Garden Staters. Flotsam & Jetsam and 4ARM first. – Raoul Hernandez
This multiaward-winning South Korean film tells the story of a woman who's been diagnosed as being in the early stages of Alzheimer's, and the comfort she finds in a poetry class after her grandson is suspected of a heinous crime.
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.
This puppet show tells the story of the original Spider-Man who quests to bring stories to the world. Will Anansi complete the tasks necessary to win the box of tales? Fri., Feb. 1, 10:30am, Willie Mae Kirk Branch, 301 Oak Springs; Mon., Feb. 4, 3:30pm, Spicewood Springs Branch, 8637 Spicewood Springs Rd.; Tue., Feb. 5, 10:15am, Pleasant Hill Branch, 211 E. William Cannon; Wed., Feb. 6, 3:30pm, Milwood Branch, 12500 Amherst.Free