Calendar: Recommended


  • 10-Year Anniversary Weekend

    Been a decade since the ColdTowners opened this venue after Hurricane Katrina kicked their asses out of flooded New Orleans. Been a decade of nonstop improv and sketch and stand-up and general hilarity, spilling out of the funky and, ahem, intimate space there next to I LUV VIDEO on Airport. Been ten goddamn years, citizen, and they've more than survived – they've flourished. And this weekend they're flourishing onstage and in your face with special shows, glorious reunions, and beer-drenched parties. The Frank Mills! Midnight Society! Loverboy! The Knuckleball Now! Movie Riot! Bad Boys! The 10-Hour Comedy Lock-In! Stool Pigeon! Look, for real: If you've ever wondered what goes on in their den of comedic iniquity – this is the weekend to check it out. See website for details. Thu.-Sun., Oct. 20-23

    ColdTowne Theater, 4803-B Airport, 512/814-8696

  • Free Breakfast Taco Day

    Life is good. Fri., Oct. 21, 8-11am

    Fresa's Chicken Al Carbon, 1703 S. First

  • UT Softball

    Vs. Temple College: Fri., Oct. 21, 5pm. Vs. McLennan Community College: Thu., Oct. 27, 7pm.

    Red & Charline McCombs Field, Comal & MLK, 512/471-3333

  • The Craft

    Haunted drag preshow! Read a full review of The Craft.

    7:30PM, Blue Starlite Drive-In at Austin Studios, 1901 E. 51st

  • Halloween Month: The Exorcist

    10:45PM, Blue Starlite Drive-In at Austin Studios, 1901 E. 51st

    • 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! Oct. 21-30. 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

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