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    Danny Brown, Maxo Kream, Zelooperz

    Following the frat house-ready EDM excursions of 2013’s Old, Detroit rapper Danny Brown revisits the gritty, claustrophobic hip-hop that made him a star on last month’s fourth LP, Atrocity Exhibition. The album opens at a psychedelic crawl with dope-sick lamentation “Downward Spiral” and peaks with the booming, sinister horns of “Ain’t It Funny.” Brown deftly raps over every off-the-wall sample thrown his way. – Bryan Rolli

    Emo's, 2015 E. Riverside

  • From Deep in the Heart

    Kerry Awn is the MC for this South Austin Popular Culture Center fundraising dinner. Music provided by Two Guitars, Bass & Drum with attendees receiving a limited edition Henry Gonzalez print whilst sharing stories of the good old days of Austin's past. Sun., Oct. 23, 5-9pm, $125 per plate

    Threadgill's World HQ, 301 W. Riverside, 512/440-8318

  • Formula One U.S. Grand Prix

    Remember when Formula One smashed into Austin in 2012, and all the maneuvering to put the U.S. Grand Prix at the end of the season, away from the hottest months? Mid-80s and blue skies is hardly the bleak depths of winter, but it’s ideal conditions for possibly the most challenging race since the sport returned to American shores. On the track, it’s a strange fight between comrades. After a dominating 2015 season, British driver Lewis Hamilton finds himself in the unenviable position of chasing his Mercedes teammate, Germany’s Nico Rosberg. Together they sewed up the Constructors’ Championship (awarded to the two-driver team with the highest points) on Oct. 9 in Japan, but now they battle it out for top driver. It’s hard to say this won’t be Rosberg’s year: With a 33-point lead, even if Hamilton wins all four remaining races, if Rosberg comes in second each time he’ll still take the title. And no one is saying Rosberg will settle for second place. But don’t count Hamilton out either. With three wins at the Circuit of the Americas and its signature sweeping hairpin turn one, Austin has always been good to him, and clear skies could be a good sign for a Hamilton resurgence. The mild weekend is also perfect for a big addition off the track. It’s not a Grand Prix without music, and it’s tough to think that COTA could have picked a bigger concert for racegoers than Taylor Swift. Yup, T-Swizzle is a real change of gear after more dad rock-friendly performers like Kid Rock and Elton John, but there’s some method in that madness. Every F1 event has a concert, but it’s normally Sunday night, after the race. Swift will rock out Saturday, and the hope is that her fans will stick around to check out Sunday’s high-stakes racing action (and maybe check out Usher and the Roots before heading home). Fri.-Sun., Oct. 21-23. – Richard Whittaker

    Circuit of the Americas, 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd., 512/301-6600

  • Still Awesome: Let the Right One In

    This multi-award-winning Swedish film might be summarized as a vampire tween romance, but that cheap and tawdry sum-up does zero justice to the magnificent emotional resonance of this gem. Read a full review of Let the Right One In.

    9:05PM, Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline, 14028 U.S. Hwy. 183 N.

    • Houdini Speaks to the Living

      The Hidden Room's redoubtable Beth Burns has teamed up with NYC-based magician Patrick Terry to create this drama surrounding the initially friendly but ultimately contentious relationship between Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and The Escape Artist Formerly Known as Erik Weisz. (Note: Don't be a sap; that's Houdini.) The show's based on actual conversations and correspondences of the two, as gleaned from the rich archives of the Harry Ransom Center, with that Terry playing history's premiere escapologist and Austin's own Robert Matney as Sir Arthur. Magicians rejoice! Spiritualists beware! Rosabel believe! Through Oct. 30. Wed.-Sun., 8pm, $15-25

      York Rite Masonic Hall, 311 W. Seventh.

    • SouthPop: From Steam to Extreme

      Austin's prime storehouse of local cultural history unwraps the tarpaulin on this new exhibition, chronicling the funk-infused days and nights of one of Austin’s most long-lived and prolific bandsExtreme Heat, formerly Steam Heat – via an array of posters, photos, and interviews. Through Dec. 15

      South Austin Popular Culture Center, 1516-B S. Lamar, 512/440-8318

    • Moby Dick

      You've never seen a version of Melville's classic like this version of Melville's classic, brought to stage via the skilled artists of Trouble Puppet Company. Not for children (nor, we reckon, the faint of heart), this sea-going, multiplayer descent toward madness is directed by Connor Hopkins and features an original scored (performed live!) by that Justin Sherburn. Through Nov. 6. Thu.-Fri., 8pm; Sat., 3 & 8pm; Sun., 6pm, $10-20

      Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Rd., 512/974-4000

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