Calendar: Recommended


  • Five:15

    Five top Austin comics performing 15 minutes each? It's fast and flurrious. No, we mean furrious. No, damn it, we mean furious. And fast. With Lucas Molandes, Duncan Carson, Ella Gale, Jonathan Pace, and Cody Hustak. Fri., March 7, 9pm. $10

    Velveeta Room, 521 E. Sixth, 512/766-8358

  • Rodeo Austin

    Cattle-roping and bull-riding, livestock contests, carnival fun, and kid-friendly events are just a few of the things putting you in a countrified mood. Loretta Lynn, Dwight Yoakam, the Temptations, and Willie Nelson are some of the many headliners. Go online for a complete list of events or to buy tickets and just follow the big, gleaming belt buckles. March 1-16, Fairgrounds. $8 ($5, kids); carnival, $38 (includes fairground); rodeo & concert: $37-175 (includes fairground)

    Travis County Expo Center, 7311 Decker, 512/854-4900

  • SXSW Gaming Expo

    The gaming arm of the SXSW fest takes over the Palmer Events Center. Nintendo, NASA, and lots of other folks will be supplying the fun and, of course, games. The adults might want to check out some of the panels, but the kids will likely stick to the pro-gaming tournaments, real-life Mario Karts, and other flashy bits. It's free; there's parking; it's everything SXSW can be without all the hassle. Check our SXSW coverage for more info. Fri.-Sun., March 7-9, Free

    Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd.

  • Austin Toros

    Thu., March 6, 7:30pm, vs. Bakersfield. Fri., March 7, 7:30pm, vs. Iowa, $4-99

    H-E-B Center at Cedar Park, 2100 Avenue of the Stars, Cedar Park, 512/600-5000

  • Swimming: American Short Course Championships

    None of those lengthy races. This is all killer, no filler swimming. Thu.-Sat., March 6-8

    Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swim Center, MLK & Trinity, 512/471-7771

  • BigGay Kickoff Party

    Welcome to the Austin Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce’s official kickoff to the SXSW season, and the official first place you can pick up the 2014 gAyTX SXSW Fun Guide produced by the AGLCC and yours truly. Fri., March 7, 6pm (2014), RSVP for free drinks and VIG badge

    Oilcan Harry's, 211 W. Fourth, 512/320-8823

  • The Rawk Show Art Exhibit

    Nathan James, Austin's one-man booking machine who turned our annual Pride into a destination fest is getting back to his roots, curating the art of rock. Not simply posters and marketing designs, but visual art created by artists associated with rawwwwk, like: Nicole Steen (The Pop Tarts), Inger Lorre (The Nymphs), Christy Kane (Hazard County Girls), Jarboe (The Swans), Jeormie Journell, Jill Emery (ex-Hole), and more. March 6 to 15, 7pm

    Romani Gallery, 1900 E. 12th

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