Original lineup still enjoys “Heat of the Moment,” 7 & 9:30pm.
Austin gone Michigan by way of indie chamber pop.
Leave it to the world’s most popular motor sport to bring together Latin pop from Miami and Midwest Country Grammar. Enrique Iglesias starts in pole position, opening with the bilingual bubblegum ballads of 2010’s Euphoria. Making a hairpin turn worthy of Austin’s new F1 track, a visit to Nellyville follows, with the St. Lunatic rapper showing off his new M.O. On the night’s warm-up lap, Austin hip-hop stalwart Tee Double waves the green flag. – Thomas Fawcett
Cota Club @ Austin Convention Center
Lupe Fiasco’s 2006 debut, Food & Liquor, cast the Chicago MC as the golden boy of backpack rap, a hipster five-percenter who rapped about poverty, the nation of Islam, and, most famously, skateboarding. “Kick, Push” made a man out of the boy wonder, but popularity waned. 2007’s The Cool flopped, and 2011’s Lasers took a riot outside Atlantic Records to see daylight. Food & Liquor follow-up, Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1, dropped in September. – Chase Hoffberger
Dueling singer-songwriter vets.
You know all those closed streets Downtown? Well, if you can't beat 'em, join 'em for three days with five stages of music and performances, car shows, parties, gaming, kids activities, and more. Best of all, it's completely free. Makes you forgive them about the traffic, doesn't it? Fri., Nov. 16, 6pm-2am; Sat.-Sun., Nov. 17-18, 10am-2am
Need some bike parts to finish off that two-wheeler of your dreams? This swap has the parts and the know-how if you have the bargaining skills. Sat., Nov. 17, 10am-4pm (2012), Free
Longhorn Bikes, 2308 E. Cesar Chavez, 512/542-9505
Invest in the opportunity to pick out that one perfect bowl without having to wait in line, and enjoy soup, bread, appetizers, desserts, beer, and wine in the bargain. Silent auction and door prizes. Sat., Nov. 17, 6-9pm (2012), $75
AFS Cinema, 6406 N I-35, #3100, 512/322-0145
We generally don't encourage kids to make a racket, but in this case it's for a good cause. Get Claus roused from his slumber and enjoy music, donuts, and pics with the man of the hour. Sat., Nov. 17, 10am (2012), Free
Ranch staff and volunteers will be serving a cowboy breakfast along with a rodeo, music, storytelling, poetry, crafts, and cowboy demonstrations. Sat., Nov. 17, 7-11am, $6
King Ranch, Kingsville
The international racing event is gearing up to out-clusterfuck even South by Southwest with 300,000 alleged visitors to our town. So, you can either complain about the traffic or jump on the bandwagon and get in the spirit of the race. This bandwagon ain't cheap though with weekend passes ranging from $340 to $4,700. Fri.-Sun., Nov. 16-18
Saturday's game features a special teddy bear toss. Bring a new teddy bear or stuffed animal and toss it onto the ice after the Stars' first goal. They'll be donated to Operation Blue Santa and fans who particpate will reciev one free ticket to the Dec. 19 Stars game. Vs. San Antonio: Thu., Nov. 15, 7:30pm. Vs. Charlotte: Sat., Nov. 17, 7pm. Vs. Oklahoma City: Wed., Nov. 21, 7:30pm. $11-64 plus fees
Features an exhibition by artist Paul Pfeiffer and a display of James Naismith's 1891 document the Original Rules of Basketball. You won't want to miss this in-depth and historical look into the sport of basketball. Runs through Jan. 13, 2013.