Never one to throw a release party and just show up with a box of discs, Erin Ivey also makes every appearance count. Valentine’s Eve will be no different as the singing, songwriting pixie is joined by the Tosca String Quartet, who make Whisper of the Moon a lush yet unpretentious collection of original lullabies and slightly off-center fairy tales. Following Ivey’s 2013 live release Dreamy Weather, which hit multiple Top 10s, Whisper demonstrates Ivey’s continued growth and ever-present adventurousness. – Jim Caligiuri
Poi unloads its big lineup for this three-night run, one that hearkens back to its Austin era, with leader Frank Orrall, violinist Susan Voelz, and multi-instrumentalist Dave Max Crawford joined by Abra Moore, Adam Sultan, Bruce Hughes, Ted Cho, and more. The onetime Hawaiians’ multicultural interpretation of folk/acoustic music buzzed by electric beats continues moving hearts and feet in an equally large way as evidenced by a recent live box set recorded in their current Chicago outpost. – Jim Caligiuri
Austin metal foursome marked a decade in 2013 and gives fourth LP Apocryphon one last go-round. Melvins lite, Big Business, and O’Brother also.
Mohawk, 912 Red River
As a motto, “Don’t Dallas my Austin” faces narrow scope. Shun Big D’s pomp and prim nature, but we’ll take its hip-hop every day. Celebrating one year of Red Bull Sound Select shows, local benchmarks League of Extraordinary Gz and Kydd Jones’ LNS Crew welcome Dallas powerhouses A.Dd+ and Yung Nation, whose respective interplay between smoked-out “Goodwill” and raucous Southern riots make known how much D-Town’s got to offer. – Chase Hoffberger
A dying mother is nursed by her son in this primal love story, which is set against the natural landscape.
7:30PM, The Marchesa Hall & Theatre, 6406 N I-35
Your fungiphilic hosts Ralphie Hardesty and Kerri Lendo bring the ND an entertaining exploration of the mycological realm of mushrooms and suchlike organisms, featuring presentations by Holly Lorka, Michael Graupmann, Kelli Bland, and Jack Darling. With live music by Daniel Rugg Webb. Recommended. $5
The North Door, 502 Brushy, 512/485-3002
This new Teatro Vivo production from writers Omar Gallaga, Raul Garza, and Karinna Perez explores, through a series of comedy sketches, what the world would be like if Selena had lived. Including such Mexcentric wonders as los lowrider drones, the show's "a seven-layer dip through pulga culture past, present, and future." [Note: Ages 16 and older only.] Through March 1. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $13-16
Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River, 512/474-6379
From the vast stores of longtime mail artist Josh Ronsen's Tiny Art Project comes this display of more than 500 works of art that are smaller than 1” square and created by artists from Texas, from across the nation, from around the world: "Paintings, drawings, pieces woven from thread and fiber, tiny stamps, tiny books, even a modern-art museum made for ants." And now they're elegantly arranged for all to see, in a place that's already like heaven for bibliophiles. Recommended. Reception: Sun., Jan. 26, 2-6pm.
Malvern Bookstore, 613 W. 29th
Between 250 and 300 cyclists are expected to 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. Fiesta Beach, N. I-35 and Lady Bird Lake. Free.
Kinda like Critical Mass without all the pretension. Relax, ride around town, chat it up with cycle-lovers like yourself, and overrun a park or a local hangout or two or three.
Festival Beach, 2101 Bergman