Palmer Events Center
900 Barton Springs Rd.
Hours: office hrs m-f 8-5
If and when this site is converted to a fine arts space for the swells, where will we proles go for events like the Austin Record Convention, lowrider shows, debutante balls, and the SAMI Arts & Crafts Show? Sure, this multipurpose facility is dated, but we have a feeling that like an ornery but kindhearted old uncle, once it's gone we'll miss it a lot. (See related story in "Politics.")
Free play, tournaments, live music, and a marketplace for all your old faves at one of the largest retro video game conventions in the USA. Local game-developer Warren Spector and author and screenwriter Ernie Cline headline the main stage. Sat., July 30 - Sun., July 31Sat.-Sun., July 30-31. $10-15 for one-day pass; $25 for two-day pass; kids, free.
The 15th season of TXRD banked-track action rolls on as the Cherry Bombs face off versus las Putas del Fuego. Sat., July 30, 7pm. $15 (free, kids 12 and under).