Native Houstinite Helen Sung received her master’s in classical piano here at UT, but don’t let that scare you. On her Concord Jazz debut and sixth LP overall, next week’s Anthem for a New Day, the pianist and her smart sextet bop tight, playful, and Latin. Saxophonist Seamus Blake and trumpeter Ingrid Jensen weave brass quick and rich, while the bandleader calls tunes from Monk, Duke, and Chick (Corea). Sung’s own “Brother Thelonious” even themes a Belgian ale. – Raoul Hernandez
Atlanta rapper Waka Flocka Flame’s show at Infest will certainly be more intimate than his shows at Austin Music Hall last October and at Emo’s November 2012. He loves to get in the crowd and nothing defines “turnt up” like his music. From Roaches to Rollies, his latest mixtape, is another marriage of slamming trap beats and Flocka’s oversized persona, this time with more venom against his former 1017 Brick Squad Records partner Gucci Mane. Curious to see what Infest will provide for bottle service. – Andy O’Connor
Winner of the Best Foreign Film Oscar, Black Orpheus is a modern reworking of the ancient myth set during Rio's Carnival. Dr. Jason Borge of UT will introduce the film. Afterward, members of Acadêmicos da Ópera, the Austin Samba School, will give a performance. Also in attendance will be Carlinhos Pandeiro de Ouro, a longtime fixture on the Rio Carnaval scene and a musician/extra in the film.
7:20PM, Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane, 5701 W. Slaughter Ln.
This hybrid spectacle explores identity and change, with directors using a form of sign language to give musicians, dancers, and the audience improvisational commands, catalyzing responses to answer David Bowie's question of "Who can I be now?" New York's Strike Anywhere performance ensemble joins the Ariel company in this kinetic event, and live music by Bowie cover band Super Creeps enhances the whole shebang. Jan. 30-Feb. 2. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 3pm. $12
Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress, 512/904-9928
Celebrate a half-century of helping struggling individuals and families reach self-sufficiency. Music from Shinyribs along with hors d'oeuvres and drinks keep things festive. 6-9pm. $75.
Hotel Ella, 1900 Rio Grande, 512/495-1800
Loads of cyclists take part in this friendly, socially paced ride of 12 to 15 miles. Riders will stop for cars and try not to block intersections along the way. This adult ride concludes at a different bar each week. Thursdays, 7pm. Free.
Festival Beach, 2101 Bergman