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Film

Philip Seymour Hoffman Memorial: Synecdoche, New York

Screenwriter Charlie Kaufman’s first venture as a director is audacious, ambitious, and amazing; it’s also intricate, self-referencing, and all-encompassing: in a word, a masterpiece. Proceeds will benefit Hoffman's beloved Labyrinth Theater Company. Read a full review of Synecdoche, New York.

4:05PM, Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth

Arts

  • Ballet Austin: The Glass Project

    First came The Bach Project. Then, The Mozart Project. Now, the hauntingly beautiful music of modern master Philip Glass inspires the third work in Stephen Mills' composer-centered series and brings a full evening of compelling choreography. Feb. 14-16. Fri.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 3pm. $15-78

    Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside, 512/476-2163

    www.balletaustin.org

  • The Mexcentrics: Pulga Time Machine

    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

    www.teatrovivo.org, teatrovivo@aol.com

  • Community

    • CodeDay Austin

      Got an idea for an app or small game, but don't think you have the coding chops to pull it off? CodeDay invites high school and college students to form teams and spend 24 hours making something you might not have thought possible. Sat.-Sun., Feb. 15-16. $20.

      HubAustin Coworking, 706 W. Ben White Blvd. Ste. 230-B

      www.austin.codeday.org

    • Darwin Day Celebration

      Charles Darwin, famous for tagging Jesus-fish bumper stickers all over America, celebrates another birthday with speakers, exhibits, and more. noon-3pm. Free.

      Trinity United Methodist Church, 4001 Speedway, 512/459-5835

      www.meetup.com/cfiaustin

    • Sherwood Forest Faire

      Get out your corsets and chain-mail and join the fun and fantasy in the medieval village with scads of performances each day, plus food, shopping, live music, and unparalleled people watching. Weekends, Feb. 8-March 30, 10am-dusk. $20 ($10, kids).

      Sherwood Forest Faire, 1883 Old Hwy. 20, McDade

      www.sherwoodforestfaire.com

    • Baby Bloomers

      Bring the kiddiest of kids (ages 3 and younger) for a playdate including storytime, a sing-along, the Little Explorer’s Lab, and more childish and educational antics. Saturdays, 9am-noon. $4.50.

      Thinkery, 1830 Simond, 512/469-6200

      www.thinkeryaustin.org

    • Cupid's Undie Run

      Wear your "bedroom best," raise money for the Children's Tumor Foundation, and just be thankful you're in Texas and not, say, Maine. See website for details. noon. $25.

      Ray Benson's Rattle Inn, 610 Nueces, 512/644-1517

      www.cupidsundierun.com

    • Texas Softball Classic

      UT opens their season at home as hosts of this tourney with the UT ladies vs. Kentucky (Fri., Feb. 14, 4pm), vs. IPFW (Fri., Feb. 14, 6:30pm), vs. Louisiana Tech (Sat., Feb. 15, 1pm). Winners go on to the next rounds on Saturday and Sundays. 4pm, 4am, 4am. $4-9.

      Red & Charline McCombs Field, Comal & MLK, 512/471-3333

      ww.texassports.com

    • UT Men's Basketball

      Vs. West Virginia. 7pm. $6-25.

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

      www.texassports.com