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    The Jayhawks

    April’s Paging Mr. Proust configured the Jayhawks as a fourpiece led by songwriter Gary Louris. The new songs veer away from Americana into Beatles-esque pop, not a huge jump from the Minneapolis band’s roots-n-jangle beginnings of the mid-Eighties, but one demonstrating their versatility. Amy Nelson and Cathy Guthrie – as in Willie and Arlo – take their angelic harmonies and twisted lyrics out for a spin first as Folk Uke. – Jim Caligiuri

    The Scoot Inn, 1308 E. Fourth

  • Calypso Boogie Dance Party

    Dance party headlined by the Peterson Brothers with authentic Trinidad food and drink to support low-income, at-risk kids’ free Austin Community Steelband classes and transportation. Thu., Oct. 27, 7pm

    The Belmont, 305 W. Sixth, 512/476-2100

  • Alamo Drafthouse Halloween Spelltacular

    Halloween Spelltacular is not your average movie in the park. Enjoy live music, broom races, food trucks, photo booths and costume contests. End the evening with a screening of Hocus Pocus and special prizes for adults and children. This event is BYOB and proceeds benefit the Austin Parks Foundation. Reserve a spot by purchasing tickets at Eventbrite. Thu., Oct. 27, 5:30-10pm, $20 ($5, kids 4-17; free, kids 3 & under)

    Palm Park, 601 E. Third, 512/344-2013

  • Scare for a Cure

    Tickets are going fast for their 10th anniversary multimedia haunted adventure: Final Judgement. Last year they raised $30K for the Breast Cancer Resource Centers of Texas, so you can show your friends how brave you are while raising funds for a good cause. Thursdays through Saturdays til Oct. 29 except Oct. 13, $40

    J. Lorraine Ghost Town, 14219 Littig Rd., Manor

  • AFS: Hello, Goodbye: A New Leaf

    A playboy's trust fund is about to run out, and the only solution he can find to his financial predicament is to marry a wealthy but klutzy and socially inept botanist (played by the writer/director Elaine May).

    7:30PM, AFS Cinema, 6226 Middle Fiskville

  • Halloween Month: The Exorcist

    10:30PM, Blue Starlite Drive-In at Austin Studios, 1901 E. 51st

    • Testify: Villains

      This is the monthly storytelling show where real people tell true stories from their lives, and this month's theme is "villains." As in, childhood villains, corporate villains, villains in disguise, and discovering that they might just be the villain. Thu., Oct. 27, 7:30pm, $5-6

      Spider House Ballroom, 2906 Fruth, 512/480-9562

    • 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! Citizen, check out this review by Robert Faires! 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

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