Calendar: Recommended


  • Austin Film Society: Spotlight on Factory 25: The Oregonian

    The film uses surrealism and psychedelia to convey a woman’s dreamlike state following a harrowing car accident.

    7PM, Austin Studios Screening Room, 1901 E. 51st St.

    • Invisible Inc

      The Hidden Room, that cabal of professional theatremakers who recently brought us the amazing Rose Rage, now command a Long Center stage to present the new Paul Menzer drama about two feuding stage magicians in Depression-era New York City. Menzer's previous Austin triumph was via The Bedlam Faction's delightful Brats of Clarence – another indication that this Beth Burns-directed spectacle of contention and vintage hocus-pocus will be a well-wrought crowd-pleaser. Starring Robert Matney, Liz Fisher, Joseph Garlock, Todd Kassens, Julia Lorenz-Olson, and Laurence Pears. Nothing up our sleeve here but recommendation. Jan. 11-20. Mon.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. Note: No show on Jan. 15. $18.50 and up

      Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside, 474-5664

    • Lucky Chaos: Let's Talk!

      The Austin Asian-American Arts Collective's theatre project produces works by or about Asian-Americans and other under-represented communities. This event's done in a talk-show format, with conversation (and a few performances) featuring double-bassist Daxun Zhang, graphic designer Yen Tan, visual artist Beili Lu, classical Indian dancer Anuradha Naimpally, and Guzheng maestro Jingqun Shao. Hosted by Leng Wong. Fri., Jan. 11, 8pm. $5

      Salvage Vanguard Theater, 2803 Manor Rd., 512/474-7886

    • North Hills Gallery: Beyond Limits

      New paintings by Greta Olivas. Through Feb. 3. 7050 Village Center,


    • Home & Garden Show

      Whether you're looking to remodel your house or merely gawk at the work of professionals, this gathering of experts and vendors has the goods. Apart from the usual products and giveaways, there will be various sources of info for remodelers and new homeowners. James Cameron of DIY network's Desperate Landscapes supplies the star power. Fri.-Sun., Jan. 11-13, $8.50

      Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd.

    • Indie Chefs Week

      Some of the hottest young culinary talent in the country will be cooking in Austin during Indie Chefs Week. Foreign & Domestic chefs and co-owners Ned and Jodi Elliot have invited chefs who inspire and encourage them to come to Austin for four nights of taste-tempting and thought-provoking dinners. Austin and Houston will be represented as well as Portland, Los Angeles, Providence, Charleston, Chicago, San Francisco, and Nantucket. Dinners on Wednesday through Friday will include eight courses prepared by eight chefs for $125 per person with a complementary cocktail and wine pairings. Dinner on Saturday night is a 21-course blow-out prepared by all the chefs for $200 per person with wine pairings. For a complete list of participating chefs each evening and to buy tickets, go online. Jan. 9-12, 7pm

      Foreign & Domestic, 306 E. 53rd, 512/459-1010

    • The Rules of Basketball

      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.

      The Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E. MLK, 512/471-7324

    • WWE Presents RAW World Tour

      All the big names of this wildly popular pseudo-sport will be there. And hoo-boy are they big. John Cena takes on Dolph Ziggler, Ryback steps in the ring with WWE champ CM Punk, and other superstars bring this sweaty soap opera to life. Fri., Jan. 11, 7:30pm (2013), $20 and up

      Frank Erwin Center, 1701 Red River, 477-6060

    • Poo Poo Platter: Post Apoopcalypse

      Another installation of Austin's favorite poo-flingers, hosted by Arcie and Lady Gackle, plus das Poo Poo Players: Bulimianne Rhapsody, Merci Killingspree, Kitty Buick, La Horrorchata and Cherry Pepsi (from Brooklyn), and Anna Borschins (Houston). Come dressed to poop for Annie DePressant's costume contest and DJs Mouthfeel and Dren Pasht will have you hoofin' like constipated chickens. Fri., Jan. 11, 10pm (2013), $3

      Elysium, 705 Red River, 512/478-8385

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