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  • Cory Doctorow: Homeland

    No confirmation yet on whether this king of all wordy and open-source geeks will be parachuting onto BookPeople's roof and burning a hole through to the signing area with his brass-chased, heatbeam-shooting goggles, but we reckon the gathered crowd for Doctorow's presentation of the sequel to his bestselling Little Brother will be sufficiently spectacular itself. Recommended.

    BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar, 512/472-5050

    www.bookpeople.com

  • QuiltCon

    The first annual convention of the international Modern Quilt Guild will be a bright and well-stitched spectacle of exhibitions, workshops, merchandise, product demonstrations, and more. Modern quilts? Not just artistic, not just functional, but wonderfully crafted fabric creations that are very much both. Thu.-Sun., Feb. 21-24, 10am-6pm.

    Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez, 512/404-4000

    www.austinconventioncenter.com

  • The Second City: Laughing Matters

    The current touring troupe from the legendary Chicago phenomenon that's brought the world, what, some of the finest sketch comedians and performers of the past several decades? Yes, that Second City, doing their thing here in the fanciest venue Downtown. Feb. 20-23. Wed.-Thu., 8pm; Fri.-Sat., 7 & 9:30pm. $38-48

    Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress, 512/472-5470

    www.austintheatre.org

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    • UT Energy Forum

      Policy wonks and local energy enthusiasts get together to discuss energy from a cross-disciplinary perspective at this two-day policy event. Come for the career fair (students only), enter the research competition, or just learn the latest deets on fracking. Not "fracking" in the Battlestar Galactica sense of the word. Register online. Thu.-Fri., Feb. 21-22. $150 ($85, academic/government; $50, student).

      Texas Union, 2247 Guadalupe (UT campus)

      www.utenergyforum.com

    • University of Texas

      Men's Tennis Vs. UT-Arlington: Thu., Feb. 21, 1:30pm. Vs. Texas A&M Corpus Christi: Thu., Feb. 21, 6pm. Penick-Allison Tennis Center, 1701 Trinity St. Baseball Vs. Nebraska: Fri., Feb. 22, 7pm; Sat., Feb. 23, 1pm; Sun., Feb. 24, noon. Vs. Sam Houston State: Tue., Feb. 26, 5pm. UFCU Disch-Falk Field, 1300 E. MLK Blvd. $6-15 Men's Basketball Vs. Kansas State: Sat., Feb. 23, 7pm. Vs. Oklahoma: Wed., Feb. 27, 8pm. Frank Erwin Center, 1701 Red River. $8-40. Women's Basketball Vs. TCU: Tue., Feb. 26, 8pm. Frank Erwin Center, 1701 Red River. $8-16. Softball Texas Invitational: Fri., Feb. 22: Utah State vs. Lamar: 11am; Tulsa vs. Utah State: 1:30pm; Texas vs. Lamar: 4:30pm; Texas vs. Tulsa: 6:30pm. Sat., Feb. 23: Texas vs. Utah State: 10:30am; Tulsa vs. Lamar: 1pm; Semifinals 1: 4pm; Semifinals 2: 6pm. Sun., Feb. 24: Championship/third-place game: 10am; seeded game: noon. Red and Charline McCombs Field. $7-9.

      www.texassports.com

    • Poo Poo Platter Drag Show

      Oh, honey, look what the scat dragged in! If it poops, this gnarly crew of gender skew will put it on a platter.

      Elysium, 705 Red River, 512/478-2979

      www.facebook.com/poopooATX