Somehow these derelicts created one of the most memorable local albums of 2013. Berkshire Hounds’ Are Not Amused is a double LP classic for the Bandcamp generation: a 20-track collection of bummed-out, trailer-park rock with South Austin humor and Eastside grit, tracked in three different homes and completed via Kickstarter funding. That’s the tip of this iceberg, which also boasts the Sour Bridges, the Bread, the Baker Family, Summer Swells, and Ali Holder. – Austin Powell
This steamy David Ives play is about a writer who's adapted Leopold von Sacher-Masoch’s famous 19th-century erotic novel for the stage, but can’t find the right woman for the role. Until he does – and she turns out to be, oh, a bit more fierce than he bargained for. Starring Gray G. Haddock and Molly Karrasch, directed by Lara Toner for Austin Playhouse. Caution: Adults only. Jan. 3-25. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. Austin Playhouse at Highland Mall, 6001 Airport. $24-26 (half price, students)
Modeled after Vienna’s Neujahrskonzert tradition, this show features a full orchestra performing the waltzes of Johann Strauss Jr. and his contemporaries, costumed dancers bringing those waltzes to life, and singers from Europe’s finest opera-houses presenting stories of love, romance, and comedy. Sun., Jan. 5, 2:30pm (2014), $42 and up
Free admission to the three floors of the exhibit with stories, games, songs, and more for the kids and parents. This month features reps from the Dr. Pepper Museum, two-step lessons, and info on protecting Texas' natural resources. First Sundays, noon-6pm. Free.
When Beerland booker Max Dropout launched Inspire Pro Wrestling last year, he promised that Austin's newest grappling promotion would make an impact. This week, not one but two international stars step in his squared circle. First, fans of Japanese puroresu will want to catch IPW's “Unholy” Greg James lock up with New Japan Pro Wrestling's rising star Takaaki Watanabe. But the big excitement will be reserved for the hottest talent on the American indie circuit, Chris Hero. Heads were scratched when the industry's leviathan, the WWE, dropped Hero from a contract late last year, but the 15 year veteran and master of the elbow smash is already back in the ring and cracking skulls. Austin’s meanest, Ray “Death” Rowe, will be sure to greet him with the toughest offense that IPW can offer. At the top of the card, there’s a four-way dance to decide the number one contender for the championship, with JoJo Bravo, Gary Jay, Franco D’Angelo and the mysterious masked Void all reaching for the belt. – Richard Whittaker6pm. $10.
Do you have your krewe together? Austin kicks off the Mardi Gras season with this wondrous procession (from Coco Coquette), coronation (vote online for a king and queen now!), and afterparty/ball (this year, at the Scoot). 8pm-2am. $5.
Parade launch: Maison d'Etoile, 2109 E. Cesar Chavez; Ball: The Scoot Inn, 1308 E. Fourth