This documentary revisits the struggle of Barbara Smith Conrad, a gifted black music student at the University of Texas in 1956 who became a target of racial discrimination and later ascended to the heights of international opera.
7PM, Violet Crown Cinema, 434 W. Second
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.
Hyde Park Theatre, 511 W. 43rd, 512/479-7529
Listen to Your Mother is a live stage production of local writers reading their stories about motherhood. It's part of a nationwide series of shows in 25 cities, with all shows held on or around Mother's Day. Send your humorous, poignant, or soulful words about the good, the bad, and the ridiculous of motherhood. See website for details. Deadline: March 1.
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. 8, 10:15am, Terrazas Branch, 1105 E. Cesar Chavez; Mon., Feb. 11, 3:30pm, Howson Branch, 2500 Exposition; Tue., Feb. 12, 10:15am, Cepeda Branch, 651 N. Pleasant Valley Rd.; Wed., Feb. 13, 3:30pm, Hampton Branch at Oak Hill, 5125 Convict Hill Rd. Free.
Spicewood Springs Branch Library, 8637 Spicewood Springs Rd., 974-9820
The Antonellis celebrate by giving away free cheese plates at two different restaurants that feature their cheeses, every day during the week of Feb. 11-15, on a first-come, first-serve basis until the cheeses run out. Also during that same week, purchase cheese from any business selling Antonelli's cheeses and take your receipt into the cheese shop for a 5% discount off a purchase. Check out their website for a daily list of participating restaurants and stores.
Antonelli's Cheese Shop, 4220 Duval St., 512/531-9610
Free classes featuring a "cross training combination of core and calisthenic workouts" held Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30pm. Free.
Jack & Adam's Bicycles, 1210 Barton Springs Rd., 472-5646