Calendar: Recommended


  • Only at the Alamo: Side by Side

    This documentary examines the art of digital filmmaking and interviews top directors, cinematographers, colorists, scientists, engineers, and artists about their attitudes toward working with film vs. digital.

    1PM, Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth

    • Fronterafest 2013: Best of the Fest!

      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.

      Hyde Park Theatre, 511 W. 43rd, 512/479-7529

    • Pump Project: The Drawing Show

      This second annual exhibition explores the many methods and styles of drawing through the work of 40 Austin artists. From the abstract to the hyperreal, with surfaces manipulated by pencil, marker, ink, charcoal, pastel, etching, burning, and puncturing. Recommended like wow: This show shouldn't be missed. Through Feb. 16. Wed. & Sat., noon-5pm.

      Pump Project, 702 Shady, 351-8571

    • Carnaval Brasileiro

      You know what to expect: drums, dancing, and scantily clad folks shaking and shimmying their inhibitions away. The organizers claim the event is the largest indoor Brazilian Mardi Gras party on the planet. Maybe, maybe not, but it's a biggun one way or the other. Sat., Feb. 2, 8pm-2am (2013), $48 ($38, advance)

      Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd.

    • HONK!TX Fundraiser

      Remember all those wonderful sounds stomping through our town last March. Well, HONK!TX is coming back for another round of marching band mayhem. But it doesn't happen for free. The show features the Minor Mishap Marching Band and newcomers Dead Musical Capital Band playing to raise money. Sat., Feb. 2, 9pm-2am (2013), $10

      Spider House Ballroom, 2906 Fruth, 512/480-9562

    • AMSOIL Arenacross

      USA's "premier indoor motorcycle racing series" hits 10 cities this year, including our own Cedar Park. Back-to-back champ Tyler Bowers headlines this lineup of arenacross competitors for two nights of high-flying, obstacle filled racing, with the riders at times mere inches from each other. Pro racing: Fri.-Sat., Feb. 1-2, 7pm (doors at 6). $15; $10, kids. Track party: Sat., Feb. 2, 5-6pm. $5 or free with Monster Energy can. Amateur racing: Sun., Feb. 3, noon (doors at 8am). $15; $10, kids

      H-E-B Center at Cedar Park, 2100 Avenue of the Stars, Cedar Park, 512/600-5000

    • University of Texas

      Men's/Women's Swim & Dive Vs. Arizona/SMU: Fri., Feb. 1, 2:30pm. Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center, 646 E. MLK Jr. Blvd. Men's Basketball Vs. TCU: Sat., Feb. 2, 7pm. Frank Erwin Center, 1701 Red River. $8-40. Women's Basketball Vs. Iowa State: Wed., Feb. 6, 7pm. Frank Erwin Center, 1701 Red River. $8-16.

    • UT Baseball Fan Appreciation Day

      Prior to the alumni game (2pm) the gates will open to fans (at 11:30am) for autographs, free sodas and hot dogs while they last, a photo op with Bevo, a chance for kids to play catch on the field (bring your glove), and alumni squad batting parctice. Brandon Belt, Jordan Danks, Taylor Jungmann, Taylor Teagarden, and many more are expected to play in the alumni game. Sat., Feb. 2.

      Disch-Falk Field, 1300 E. MLK, 512/471-5732

    • Austin Leather Social

      Shiny, shiny ... shiny boots of leather. First Saturdays, 8-10pm, $5 to benefit CTBOL charities

      Chain Drive, 84 East Ave. (I-35 access road), 512/480-9017

    • Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

      Guess you'd better choose which one of the myriad dinners hosted at private homes and venues you are going to hit up before the big dessert reception at Nest. This annual culinary clusterfest benefits the great work of Project Transitions. Sat., Feb. 2, 7pm (2013), $100

      Nest, 1009 W. Sixth, 454-8646,

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