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  • Off-Centered Film Festival: Beer Party With Lonely Island: Hot Rod

    Cross Napoleon Dynamite's endearing optimism with Ben Stiller's total commitment to his goofy characters, and you'll wind up with a character something like Andy Samberg's hapless stuntman. Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone of Lonely Island will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A. Read a full review of Hot Rod.

    6PM, Fiesta Gardens, 2101 Jesse E. Segovia St.

    • Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival

      Tiny little festival, you've probably never heard of it. With a meager, little-known headliner or two – Demetri Martin, maybe? Possibly Hannibal Buress? Kids in the Hall? Aziz Ansari? Maria, uh, Bamford? Yeah, yeah, OK: It's only THE BIGGEST COMEDY FESTIVAL TO EVER HIT THE ATX, come back again for its third annual showcase and taking over this burgeoning town with some of the best and brightest comics in the whole damn world. (Bonus: A plethora of locals, too, because we're all awesome like that.) Check the Moontower website for the whole line-up and other details; get your fest passes and tickets while you still can. Wed.-Sat., April 23-26.

      Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress, 512/472-5470

    • Lit Crawl Austin: Way Behind the Music

      No, it's not time for that hella quirky and delightful Lit Crawl again yet – that's in October – but it is time for this fundraising event wherein musicians, performers, and writers read to you from the hilariously odd music memoirs of authors such as Justin Bieber, Billy Corgan, Miles Davis, Liberace, Vince Neil, and Rod Stewart, among others. The readers? Oh, Akina Adderley, Joe Gross, Andy Langer, Those Adorable Egertons, Annie La Ganga, and more. Thu., April 24, 7pm. $15 ($10, in advance)

      The North Door, 502 Brushy, 512/710-9765

    • Fusebox Festival

      This sprawling spectacle of performances and concerts and exhibitions is one of the city's brightest annual treasures, bringing in artists and creative teams from all over the world, presenting compelling works by those beyond-Texasers as well as by talented locals, and offering it gratis – that's free gratis – to all and sundry. It's two weeks full of nonstop art and performances and workshops and process-oriented conversations and everything else that Ron Berry and Brad Carlin and Natalie George and their many fierce friends have gathered for the city's enjoyment. Subhuman Theatre! Miwa Matreyek! Bird & Anchors! Rosalyn Nasky! Magnifico! See the Fusebox website for details. Through April 27.

    • The Plastic Mermaid's Trashy Prom

      Wanna get by with a little kelp from your friends? The creators of the Plastic Mermaid Adventure Show are throwing a disco-fueled, junkfood-spiked, mermaid-abetted party where you're encouraged to show up in your fanciest made-out-of-trash duds. Because, in the midst of the dancing and the other delights, there's a photobooth and a contest for the trashiest outfit of the evening. Featuring tunes by White Walls and mermaid performances, this night of partying's under the sea and over the top. Thu., April 24, 8pm. The Ranch, 710 W. Sixth.

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