A cappella Earth mothers, 7 & 9:30pm.
Duke Ellington may have coined the phrase, "It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing," but no one’s taken it to heart like New Orleans trumpeter and bandleader Wynton Marsalis. It’s the guiding principle behind the success of his exceptionally talented Orchestra, now celebrating its 25th anniversary with this tour. Expect classic Blue Note Records selections and tunes associated with John Coltrane, Gerry Mulligan, John Lewis, and Ellington, but no matter the repertoire, it’ll swing. – Jay Trachtenberg
Despite being a movie about youthful inertia among some Mexico City adolescents stuck at home by themselves, Duck Season
is squirmy, restless and avidly visual. free Read a full review of Duck Season.
8PM, Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River
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 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.
Hells, yes – the latest iteration of our yearly contest, with the finest prose stylings chosen from among hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of submissions. See the winning authors! Hear them read! Maybe ask if they can loan you a tenspot out of the more-than-$1000-prizes awarded this night! Wed., Feb. 6, 7pm (2013)
BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar, 512/472-5050
Sociology professor Joseph Potter discusses the impact of reduced state funding on women’s health services in Texas. Also: pizza, to complete the college-flashback experience while you're on campus. noon. free.
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. 3:30pm, 4am, 4am, 4am. Free.
Free classes featuring a "cross training combination of core and calisthenic workouts" held Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30pm. Free.
Men's/Women's Swim & Dive Vs. Arizona/SMU: Fri., Feb. 1, 2:30pm. Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center, 646 E. MLK Jr. Blvd.
Men's Basketball Vs. TCU: Sat., Feb. 2, 7pm. Frank Erwin Center, 1701 Red River. $8-40.
Women's Basketball Vs. Iowa State: Wed., Feb. 6, 7pm. Frank Erwin Center, 1701 Red River. $8-16.
Now with about a million songs you can access on your iPhone. Fancy! Wednesdays, 8pm-12mid. Free.