This free jazz pioneer was Ornette Coleman’s original trumpeter, eventually recording on Science Fiction and Broken Shadows. Bradford carried the torch for decades out in Los Angeles, co-leading a ferocious quartet with Texas clarinetist John Carter. A former local who graduated from Huston-Tillotson College, he’s also the father of onetime Count Basie vocalist Carmen Bradford. This Epistrophy Arts show finds Bradford fronting an international, intergenerational quartet. – Jay Trachtenberg
From my 2013 Montreal Jazz Fest log: South Africa’s 20-strong Soweto Gospel Choir put on a performance as epic as Nelson Mandela. Eleven men and nine women in rainbow garb bundled Mama Africa – Miriam Makeba (1932-2008) – together with Peter Gabriel’s “Biko,” Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” Jimmy Cliff’s “Many Rivers to Cross,” and Sarah McLachlan’s “Angel” into a divine song. We all walked into the light after SGC’s closing cover of “Oh Happy Day.” – Raoul Hernandez
Bass Concert Hall, 2350 Robert Dedman Dr., UT campus
Austin harp, fiddle summit.
With its script by Bud Shrake, Songwriter is one of the smartest movies ever made about the music business. Nelson stars as a songwriter and performer who gets into a bad publishing deal and enlists his friends and associates to help him sever the arrangement. free
1PM, Recycled Reads, 5335 Burnet Rd.
A reprise performance, in back-to-back recitals, of the five sonatas and three sets of variations for cello and piano by Ludwig van Beethoven. Sun., March 23, 4pm (2014), $10 ($5, with UT ID)
Bates Recital Hall, 27 E. Campus Dr., 512/471-5401
The Lifetime Channel: It's "Television for Women." Kerri Lendo and Lashonda Lester: They're women. They're also comedians, Lendo & Lester, and they'll be discussing/celebrating/mocking their favorite Lifetime movies in this night of thoroughly estrogenated laughs. Sartorial tip: Sweatpants or pajamas. Sun., March 23, 8pm (2014)
Spider House Ballroom, 2906 Fruth, 512/480-9562
Austin Shakespeare celebrates its 30th anniversary this year and presents its fifth annual Luminalia – modeled on a 17th-century English masque – combines pageantry, poetry, dance, music, spectacle, and feasting. O, what a fine and fancy fount of fantastic, frolicsome fundraising this evening will provide! M'lord, m'lady, pray thee note: Costumes are encouraged. Sun., March 23, 7pm (2014), $110
Zilker Park Clubhouse, 200 Zilker Clubhouse Rd., 512/470-4505
Host Andy Roddick brings the Vintage 15 Band to transport you back to the Roaring 20s. Casino games, drinking, and dancing help raise funds for the locally based foundation working on building eight tennis courts and a learning center on FM 969 in East Austin, amongst other projects. 6-10pm. $125.
The Driskill Hotel, 604 Brazos, 512/439-1234
Get all your orchid questions answered by the experts and perhaps buy one or two of the exotic plants. Sat.-Sun., March 22-23, 10am-4pm. Free.
Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Rd., 512/413-3199
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
First the kids perform an original, improvised play. After that the adults take the reins as they produce a family-friendly show. Sundays through May 18, 5pm. $3-5 suggested donation.
ColdTowne Theater, 4803-B Airport, 512/809-0017
Thu., March 20, 7:30pm, vs. Los Angeles; Sun., March 23, 3pm, vs. Fort Wayne. $4-99.
Cedar Park Center, 2100 Avenue of the Stars, Cedar Park, 512/600-5000