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999 Eyes Surreal Sideshow

It's part freak show, part theatre, and pretty much tailor made for Austin audiences. See this traveling troupe tell a story in a way only they can. 8pm. $15 ($12, advance).

Spider House Ballroom, 2906 Fruth, 480-9562

www.spiderhousecafe.com

Artists & Artisans Festival

This annual showcase of artists and artisans features bowls, greeting cards, photography, watercolors, and more are at your fingertips. Sat.-Sun., March 9-10, 9am-5pm. $9.

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse, 512/

www.wildflower.org/artisans

Free Tax Preparation

Go online for a list of locations, hours of operation, a list of forms to bring, and other helpful tips to prepare your tax returns with the help of a professional. Participants must make less than $50,000 a year. Through Mon., April 15. Free.

610-7374

www.foundcom.org/get-financially-stable/get-your-taxes-done/

Rodeo Austin

It's outlasted South by Southwest, but this is the last weekend. More cattle-roping and bull-riding, livestock contests, carnival fun, and kid-friendly events. Oh yeah, Kyle Park and Gary Allan take the stage this weekend. Go online for a complete list of events or to buy tickets and just follow the big, gleaming belt buckles. March 8-23. Fairgrounds admission: $8 ($5, children); carnival: $38 (includes fairground admission); rodeo and concert: $37-175 (includes fairground admission).

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

www.rodeoaustin.com

SXSW Gaming Expo

The gaming arm of the SXSW fest takes over the Palmer Events Center. Nintendo, Marvel, 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 and other flashy bits. It's free, there's parking, it's everything SXSW can be without all the hassle. Fri.-Sun., March 8-10. Free.

Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd.

www.sxsw.com/gaming

Texture the City: Austin History Walking Tours

Meet behind the Buford Tower. Why? Because it's historic and you'll be walking and learning all about Austin's history for the next 90 minutes. Bring comfy shoes and a thirst for knowledge. Thursdays and Saturdays, 5pm; Sundays, 11am. $15-20.

James Buford Tower & Kitchens Chimes, 200 W. Cesar Chavez, 677-4516

www.texturethecity.com

The Peep Diaries

Novelist Hal Niedzviecki discusses his latest book about how our culture is changing the way we think about privacy, security, and more. 6pm.

5604 Manor, 5604 Manor Rd., 512/786-1513

www.facebook.com/events/467203286667851

Vortex Garden Party

It's a volunteer event in the guise of a party. So, as you help get the theatre's garden looking spiffy both you and the kids will be entertained, boozed up, and fed. Bring a wheelbarrow if you have one. 3-10pm. Free.

The Vortex, 2307 Manor Rd., 512/478-5282

www.vortexrep.org

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Community Tax Services

Foundation Communities is providing free tax-preparation services to income-qualifying individuals and households this spring, and it's also offering low-fee refund-anticipation loans. See www.communitytaxcenters.org for hours and details on income qualifications. Free.

2600 W. Stassney

Free Tax Preparation

Go online for a list of locations, hours of operation, a list of forms to bring, and other helpful tips to prepare your tax returns with the help of a professional. Participants must make less than $50,000 a year. Through Mon., April 15. Free.

610-7374

www.foundcom.org/get-financially-stable/get-your-taxes-done/

Human Potential Center

Join the various gatherings throughout the month. Events range from explorations of meditation practices to discussions of film to dream interpretation. Go online for a complete schedule of meetings.

Human Potential Center, 2007 Bert, 441-8988

www.humanpotentialcenter.org

Travis County Sheriff Volunteers

Victim Services Unit is seeking volunteers who are over 21 and have a reliable car and cell phone to work four four-hour shifts per month for a year. The next training session begins March 18. See website for complete details.

www.tcsheriff.org

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