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Documentary Film Festival: A Tribute to César Chavez: The Fight in the Fields: César Chavez and the Farmworkers' Struggle

The history of the United Farmworkers Union and its leader is traced in this PBS documentary. free

6PM, Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River

Arts

  • Tatsuya Nakatani Gong Orchestra

    The Church of the Friendly Ghost goes crosstown to present the work of master percussion artist Tatsuya Nakatani and the Nakatani Gong Orchestra as they create "a metallic temple of deep harmonies." Listen: "The gongs are bowed and softly struck by mallets to produce sounds that defy musical categorization. A forty-inch gong creates extreme low-frequency waveforms that cross-vibrate with the tones of the other gongs of varying sizes." We reckon this free live concert will be amazing and we recommend it accordingly. Fri., March 8, 8pm. Free

    The Off Center, 2211-A Hidalgo, 799-8908

    www.friendlyghost.org, cotfg.assistant@gmail.com

  • Wally Workman Gallery: Book of Etiquette

    Tracey Harris uses thin layers of oil paint to create luminous hyper-real images, her creations juxtaposing common objects against classically rendered nudes and uncommon phrases on seemingly academic book spines. We're a bit enamored of this whole thing, and recommend it highly. Through March 30.

    Wally Workman Gallery, 1202 W. Sixth, 512/472-7428

    www.wallyworkmangallery.com

  • Community

    • Rodeo Austin

      It's outlasted South by Southwest, but this is the last weekend. More cattle-roping and bull-riding, livestock contests, carnival fun, and kid-friendly events. Oh yeah, Kyle Park and Gary Allan take the stage this weekend. Go online for a complete list of events or to buy tickets and just follow the big, gleaming belt buckles. March 8-23. Fairgrounds admission: $8 ($5, children); carnival: $38 (includes fairground admission); rodeo and concert: $37-175 (includes fairground admission).

      Travis County Expo Center, 7311 Decker, 512/854-4900

      www.rodeoaustin.com

    • SXSW Gaming Expo

      The gaming arm of the SXSW fest takes over the Palmer Events Center. Nintendo, Marvel, NASA, and lots of other folks will be supplying the fun and, of course, games. The adults might want to check out some of the panels, but the kids will likely stick to the pro-gaming tournaments and other flashy bits. It's free, there's parking, it's everything SXSW can be without all the hassle. Fri.-Sun., March 8-10. Free.

      Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd.

      www.sxsw.com/gaming

    • Public Star Gazing

      An array of galaxies, star clusters, and a brilliant Jupiter will be on view through a variety of telescopes led by faculty, students, and volunteers. Fri., March 8, 8-10:30pm. Free.

      Fountainwood Observatory, Southwestern University, Georgetown

      www.southwestern.edu/offices/observatory

    • Boys Basketball State Tourney

      March Madness: high school basketball style. See website for matchups. Thu.-Sat., March 7-9, 8:30am. $12, single admission; $60, all tourney upper level; $100, all tourney lower level.

      Frank Erwin Center, 1701 Red River, 512/471-7744

      www.uiltexas.org/basketball/state-boys

    • University of Texas

      Men's/Women's Swim/Dive American Short Course: Thu., March 7-9, all day. Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swim Center, 646 E. MLK. Men's Tennis Vs. Penn State: Thu., March 7, 6pm. Vs. Michigan: Sat., March 9, 1pm. Vs. North Carolina: Tue., March 12, 6pm. Penick-Allison Tennis Center, 1701 Trinity St. Baseball Vs. Santa Barbara: Fri., March 8, 7pm; Sat., March 9, 2pm; Sun., March 10, noon. Vs. Oral Roberts: Tue., March 12, 6pm. UFCU Disch-Falk Field, 1300 E. MLK Blvd. $6-15. Softball Vs. Texas State: Fri., March 8, 4:30pm; Sun., March 10, 3pm. Red and Charline McCombs Field. $7-9.

      www.texassports.com

    • BigGay Kickoff Party

      Welcome to the Austin Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce’s official kickoff to the SXSW season, and the official first place you can pick up the 2013 gAyTX SXSW Fun Guide produced by the AGLCC and yours truly. The Tipsy Texan, David Allen has concocted a special floofy BG libation and… (sound of crumpling paper) a crafty, intricate treat known only as "The Maddow." 6-10pm. RSVP for free drinks and VIG badge.

      Oilcan Harry's, 211 W. Fourth, 512/320-8823

      www.oilcanharrys.com