Austin Symphony Orchestra flies local crooner like the wind.
An underground metal plague fostered by Neurosis’ Scott Kelly, Eyehategod’s Mike IX Williams, Nachtmystium’s Sanford Parker, and Yakuza’s Bruce Lamont, Corrections House promises four sets of noisy electronica (Parker), unaccompanied nihilist rants (Williams), brooding folk menace (Kelly), and an “end times collaboration” of all concerned. The collective’s debut single, “Hoax the System,” sounds like an industrial metal band brutalized by machine elves, so expect hydrochloric acid poured straight into your cortex. Local art-doom ensemble Skycrawler rumbles first. – Michael Toland
Blackheart rock, with Young Girls and Kathy Valentine’s Bluebonnets.
Mohawk, 912 Red River
Stuck in a rut since 2009’s Exile-produced Boy Meets World had this paper anointing him the next Nas, Fashawn rebounded last year with This Generation, a collaborative with fellow Californian Murs that’s fresh, brash, and lively, and serves as a figurative passing of the storytelling torch. The latter Living Legends alum has a history of complex plotlines and a fiery energy onstage, so here’s hoping that rubs off on the Fresnan young buck. Minnesota Rhymesayers affiliate Prof opens. – Chase Hoffberger
Stubb's, 801 Red River
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.
This fundraising party for Glass Half Full Theatre is a season-opener, hosted by Kelly Hasandras and featuring bikinis/ frocks that represent the disappearing ecosystems – designed and modeled by some of the most creative people in the East Austin theatre scene. Drinks, music, snacks, and all that wild fashion from the award-winning company that brought you The Orchid Flotilla and more. Sat., Feb. 9, 8pm. The Fort, 301 Chicon – Unit G. $10-20
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.
The Texas Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association hosts this conference to bring practical information to consumers and producers alike, on everything from product labeling to urban homesteading. Keynote speaker is Jim Hightower. Thu., Feb. 7 - Sun., Feb. 10, (2013), $90-$165
The largest bar and pub trivia event in the country returns to Austin, where it is expecting more than 150 teams of trivia experts to compete for glory and cash prizes. Teams of six must preregister online before Feb. 8 at $26.99 per contestant. Spectators tickets are $15.99 online or at the door. Doors open at 6pm. Sat., Feb. 9, 7pm (2013)
Tour the night sky through high-quality telescopes with local experts pointing out heavenly bodies along the way. Reservations required. Sat., Feb. 9, 7-9pm, $5 adults, $2 children
Westcave Preserve, Travis County
Softball The Longhorns get their season started with the Texas Classic featuring Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Memphis, and North Texas: Thu., Feb. 7: Texas vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christ: 7pm. Fri., Feb. 8: Memphis vs. North Texas: 12:30pm; Texas A&M-Corpus Christi vs. Memphis: 3pm; Texas vs. North Texas: 6pm. Sat., Feb. 9: Texas A&M-Corpus Christi vs. North Texas: 10am; Texas vs. Memphis: 1pm; semifinals: 4/6:30pm. Sun., Feb. 10: seeded game: 9am; championship/third-place game: noon. Vs. Stephen F. Austin: Wed., Feb. 13, 4:30pm. McCombs Field, 2001 Comal St.
Men's Basketball Vs. Oklahoma State: Sat., Feb. 9, 12:45pm. Vs. Iowa State: Wed., Feb. 13, 7pm. Frank Erwin Center, 1701 Red River. $8-40.
Women's Basketball Vs. Baylor: Sat., Feb. 9, 7pm. Frank Erwin Center, 1701 Red River. $8-16.
Austin FTM drag monarchs Kings N Things and hostess Luna Tart take you down the love hole with Love & Monsters Puppet Co., Kopy Kat Dance Co., and other special guests to queer up your Valentine's. Sat., Feb. 9, 9pm (2013), $7-10 sliding scale, 18+
Elysium, 705 Red River, 512/478-8385