Calendar: Recommended


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    Xetas Album Release

    Xetas’ springy, hard-hitting punk comes fronted by Kana Harris and David Petro. He roars, she deadpans – both with wide-open hearts exploring the pathways of personal connection as they battle the system and “sadness monsters” on strong sophomore disc The Tower, courtesy of Gerard Cosloy’s local imprint 12XU. A tour launch also hosts spook punks Hex Dispensers, Sweet Talk/Qué Pasa combo Missing Pages, and Gabi.

    – Kevin Curtin

    Beerland, 711 Red River

  • National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day

    Adopt a rescue dog from APA for free this weekend! In honor of National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day, Barkworthies is covering adoption costs for eligible dogs all weekend long. Sat.-Sun., April 29-30

    Austin Pets Alive!, 1156 W. Cesar Chavez, 512/961-6519

  • Eeyore's Birthday

    It's not the somber affair the title might imply. In fact, the live music, care free atmosphere (aka some nudity), kids area, costumes, and impromptu music and dance make for a day of un-self-conscious shenanigans. No parking will be available on site (park and pick up the shuttle at Colorado between 16th & 17th). Coolers, bottles, cans, smoking, and tents are not allowed. Sat., April 29, 11am-8pm, Free

    Pease Park, 1100 Kingsbury, 512/974-6700

  • International Tabletop Day

    A celebration of all things tabletop gaming: board games, miniature games, role-playing games, and collectible card games. Free with some paid tourneys. Sat., April 29, 11am-11pm

    Mothership Books and Games, 2121 West Parmer Ln. #119

  • Austin Public Library Presents: Jazz by the Books

    It's an afternoon of jazz films and classic performances. First up is Duke Ellington's Sophisticated Ladies, a 1981 Broadway musical, followed by the 2001 doc The Ladies Sing the Blues.

    1PM, Recycled Reads, 5335 Burnet Rd.

  • Capital City Black Film Festival and soulciti Presents: Jerico

    Two friends in the rural South of 1964 Mississippi navigate hardship with humor and grace. Cast and crew will be in attendance, and 100% of the proceeds go to the Black Film Collective.

    1:45PM, Alamo Drafthouse Mueller, 1911 Aldrich #120

    • It's … it's … HIDEOUTRAGEOUS!

      There's a stage upstairs, there's a stage downstairs, there's coffee all over the place and all sorts of shows here. This Thursday brings you the Threefer and Free Fringe of improv, and you can check out that fancy-ass Big Bash and more on Friday, and cheer for your favorite champions in the hotly contended Theatresports Tournament on Saturdays, right after the time-looped Rewind and right before the more well-baked lightly breaded Maestro. $5-15

      The Hideout Theatre, 617 Congress, 512/443-3688

    • Prototype

      Spoken word artists – Reggie Coby, Briana Murphy, Kara Elyse, Shake, Joe Brundidge, Jake Lloyd, and more – join with Distinguished Soundz Band and a live DJ for a night of artistic soul stylings. With your host, Bryson Brown. Sat., April 29, 8pm, $12 and up

      The Belmont, 305 W. Sixth, 817/403-7281

    • Invulnerable Nothings: Bloody Poetry and (un)Staged Readings

      This romantic (ahem, Romantic) project of theatrical conjuring concerns "the intersecting historical dramas, both literary and personal, of Percy Bysshe Shelley, Mary Shelley, Lord Byron, and Claire Clairmont from the summer of 1816 until Shelley’s death in the summer of 1822." And that's evoked via performances of Howard Brenton's Bloody Poetry play about the muse-ridden company, and by readings from Frankenstein, Prometheus Unbound, and Cain. Bonus: live music. Bloody Poetry: Thu.-Sun., April 27-30, 8pm. (un)Staged Readings: Sat.-Sun., April 29-30, 3pm. Free

      The Sekrit Theatre, 1145 Perry.

    • Art on 5th: Depth & Decay

      From the street to the gallery and always sparking a blaze among your trembling rods and cones, the graphics of Austin's own Jason Eatherly and Dave Lowell, accompanied by faint traces of wheatpaste and shades of stencil, bring their local grit and international glamor to the Art on 5th walls this weekend. Through May 7

      Art on 5th, 3005 S. Lamar, 512/481-1111

    • Given What We Got

      Here's a dancetastic fundraising party for that ongoing Jennifer Sherburn + Natalie George 11:11 project we've been yakking to you about for months now. This soirée grooves itself to vibrant life in the elegant Springdale Station, with cocktails and fancy noms and DJ Aquaman Chill and the comedy stylings of Cami Alys and Zach Munn and, oh, citizen, you know it's gonna be an enjoyable night! Sat., April 29, 6-10pm, $25-40

      Springdale Station

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