There hasn’t been a full-length offering from local heartbreaker Danny Malone since 2009’s collection of backyard folk strummings, Cuddlebug. Prepping spring LP Balloons, Malone recently reappeared in the Downtown rotation with new cuts in his arsenal. It’s unclear whether he’ll bring along his back-up dancers to the fashionable W “Living Room,” but the hotel’s veneer will serve as a lovely foil to Malone’s raw intimacy. – Abby Johnston
The Grammy-winning new music ensemble "combines the finesse of a string quartet with the energy of a rock band." Hell, yes – and then some. Tonight, with a concert featuring compositions by Nico Muhly, Philip Glass, Tom Johnson and others. Mon., Jan. 28, 8pm.
Fronterafest's all over for another year, people, except for this Short Fringe: Best of the Fest part –and I'm glad to tell you that any night of this line-up is worth seeing, because you'll laugh, you might cry, you will be extremely fucking entertained at all times. [Full disclosure: I helped decide which shows got to be presented again this week.] And "Austin's Best Monologist" – it's true! – Steven Tomlinson debuts his new "How to Use Evernote" piece in the Wild Card Bill. You'd best hurry, though, because these nights (and one matinee) of no-fail theatrical enjoyment are selling out so fast you'd think they were Tim Doyle prints or something! See website for full schedule details. Wed.-Sat., Feb. 14-16, 8pm.
Social Cycling Austin presents Bikin' Betties, a weekly, beginner-friendly, all-ladies bike ride that ends with drink specials and fun activities (karaoke, mini-golf, outdoor movies, etc.) Along the way, bond with other two-wheelin' ladies. Join the Facebook group for ride details. Mondays, 8pm
Artists, hackers, designers, engineers, and other fabulous nerds gather to talk shop and swap stories of their cool creations. This month's presentations revolve around video games (including a homemade, retro gaming console) and what how we can use play to solve some of the world's problems. Mon., Jan. 28, 7-9:30pm (2013), Free