A chip off the old Delbert on Bitin’ at the Bit.
Cactus Cafe, Texas Union, UT campus
Now in its 11th year, No Idea’s free-form cornucopia of sonic experimentation boasts a formidable, globe-girdling lineup of 20 performers playing in various permutations over three days. Thursday’s show features Taiwanese-born electrical engineer-turned-composer James Fei and former Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet percussionist Michael Zerang. More info. – Greg Beets
It's fitting that this tour de force of modern cinema closes this Russian series. Sokurov filmed this technical marvel in a single, uninterrupted, Steadicam take that leads us through a vivified tour of Russian history that wends through the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg. Read a full review of Russian Ark.
7:30PM, The Marchesa Hall & Theatre, 6406 N I-35
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
Ah, now this is some funny shit right here: Matt Bearden, Mac Blake, John Buseman, Danny Palumbo, and others – getting their hair cut onstage while dishing out the comedy. Tonight's stylist: Emma Czarnecki. And this show is free? Who'd be anywhere else?
Velveeta Room, 521 E. Sixth, 512/469-9116
If your knowledge of NBC's Community is impressive then it might be time to finally show off those specific smarts accompanied by a few drinks. 8pm. $5.
Tower Pizza Bistro, 2222 Rio Grande
gathers winning student projects from schools all around Central Texas. Wed.-Sat., Feb. 19-22.
Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd.
Find out which of the six local bar teams will create our "official" cocktail for 2014 at this Texas Spirits Showcase and help the Austin Food & Wine Alliance raise money for culinary innovation grants. 7-10pm. $65.
AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center, 1900 University Ave., 512/404-1900
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.
Nosh and mingle with Austin's swingin' gay chamber. Third Thursdays, 5:30-8pm. Free.