A long-forgotten and once-derided brand of Sixties Peruvian cumbia gets its due in the first ever “Chicha Summit,” three bands devoted to the psychedelic brew of dirty cumbia, distorted surf guitar, and Farfisa fuzz galore. Olivier Conan of Brooklyn’s Chicha Libre curated The Roots of Chicha and its follow-up, a pair of compilations that revived the genre. Chicha Dust blows in from the Arizona desert while Money Chicha, featuring members of Grupo Fantasma and Brownout, represents the home team. – Thomas Fawcett
Aussie Eighties pulse ply Astralwerks debut Black Sun.
The hippest listening room in town books some pretty special local gigs. Now they’re expanding by inviting national acts like Greg Trooper. Hailing from the non-hipster part of Brooklyn, Trooper’s a songwriter in the mold of Tom Russell and Steve Earle, a dynamic performer who releases 12th disc Incident on Willow Street in October. Typically inspired, his new songs are populated by, as he calls them, “knuckleheads, diehards, dreamers, and schemers.” – Jim Caligiuri
Jerry Jeff Walker inheritor.
Southwestern storyteller template. Crooks opens.
Lucinda Williams’ estimable repertoire has long lent itself to re-examination, so what better time to revisit the 1988 long-player that made the world pay attention than the quarter-century mark? England’s Rough Trade released the self-titled LP, overseen by Austin’s Gurf Morlix and featuring “Changed the Locks,” “Crescent City,” and the Grammy-winning “Passionate Kisses.” Opener Kenneth Brian made his name onstage here as Hank Williams several years ago, but the Alabaman fuses Southern rock and alt.country on his own firecracker terms. – Margaret Moser
Stubb's, 801 Red River
Pay tribute to the late documentarian with this fish fry and beer blast and the screening of several of his 16mm films, including the Louisiana-set Always for Pleasure (1978) and "Dry Wood" (1973), and the infamous "Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe" (1980), which documents the results of a bet made between Herzog and Errol Morris.
6PM, Austin Studios Screening Room, 1901 E. 51st St.
Stand-up comedian. Television writer. Actress. "Chelsea Lately." "Phineas and Ferb." HBO's "Drunk History." "Hail to the Freaks." WHAT MORE DO YOU NEED, HERE, PEOPLE?! WHAT MO – *cough* Look, you know Kirkman's a hot ticket. Go, already. $16 ($14, in advance)
The North Door, 502 Brushy, 512/485-3002
Stephen Mills reanimates Shakespeare's classic comedy into a kinetic wonderment that's seductive and silly, romantic and rollicking, and musically abetted by Felix Mendelssohn's enduring compositions. Sept. 13-15. Fri.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 3pm. $15-78
Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside, 512/476-2163
Texas artist Andy Rihn's denim-clad spectacle of industrial percussion is an original art happening, filmmaking experience, and evolving installation. This event – taking place in the gallery at that hotbed of Eastside artistry
– will be the psychedelic event's fourth and final celebration, featuring two films, film cart, the worksong "Prelude to the All Night Dust Bowl," hundreds of pairs of deconstructed blue jeans
, and (of course) those legendary hammers. Bonus: Texas' Dankest Stump Tourney
: Sat., Sept. 21, 6-10pm
. Exhibition: Through Sept. 28. Fri., 5-8pm; Sat.-Sun., noon-5pm. MASS Gallery, 507 Calles #108
Because, for the first time in its 60-year history, the Entomological Society of America is having its annual meeting in Austin. And Art.Science.Gallery. and ARKive.org and the E. O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation will present an exhibition of entomology-relevant art, juried by Barrett Klein and Hayley Gillespie, and they'll be glad if you submit three of your best works for consideration. See website for details. Deadline: Sept. 22.
"What if you could take a point in your life and ReSet it?" This show brings together eight improvisational actors, all over the age of 40, to reflect on their lives and share true stories of crucial crossroads from their past. Directed by Asaf Ronen for Lucky Chaos Theatre. Fri.-Sat., Sept. 13-14, 8pm. $10
Salvage Vanguard Theater, 2803 Manor Rd., 512/474-7886
Get in the spirit of Diez y Seis with various speeches, traditional bands, and folklorico dance performances. The evening culminates with Proyecto Teatro, reciting the call for independence. 5pm. Free.
Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River, 512/974-3772
Celebrate this fast-growing, sustainable shoot while surrounded by plants, clothing, music, jewelry, and experts sharing their knowledge about raising and landscaping bamboo. Sat.-Sun., Sept. 14-15. Free (with admission to the gardens).
Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Rd., 512/906-8250
Things aren't looking good for the Longhorns on the gridiron. This week they take on Ole Miss at home. Check out Russ Espinoza's "Hornography" column for more on the current state of the team and what to expect from the game. 7pm. $45-60.
Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, 2100 San Jacinto, 512/471-3050