Calendar: Recommended


  • TCM Classics: Smokey and the Bandit

    New 35mm print of the good ol’ boy classic. There will be live music by Lil Cap'n Travis before the show, a semi-truck full of Coors in the lobby, and lyric sheets for the opening song.

    2PM and 7PM, Arbor Cinema @ Great Hills, 9828 Great Hills Trail

  • Cronenberg Retrospective: A History of Violence

    Cronenberg's film implicitly tackles the old question of nature vs. nurture: What are we born with and what do we acquire from our environment? Read a full review of A History of Violence.

    7PM, Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane, 5701 W. Slaughter

  • Fat City

    Two men, working as professional boxers, come to blows when their careers each begin to take opposite momentum.

    7:15PM, Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth

  • Bell's Beer Dinner: Fast Times at Ridgemont High

    Heckerling’s portrait of high school/shopping mall life in Southern California (based on Cameron Crowe's book) is still just about as good as it gets. A three-course dinner with beer pairings is included with the ticket.

    7:30PM, Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, 1120 S. Lamar

    • Austin Sketch Fest

      "An annual showcase featuring the best scripted comedy from Austin and the wilderness beyond." And with those innocent PR-touted words, the eighth incarnation of the Austin Sketch Fest gets under way, preparing to rampage through the streets of your urban funnybone with the likes of James Adomian and Reductress and The Pretty Boys and Nipsey and … fuck, we haven't even mentioned a local group yet, have we? We're, like, pimping Los Angeles and NYC here, what? Well, listen, Austin-loversThe Neighborhood! Master Pancake! The Menenists! Mac Blake and friends! The Back Pack! And, could it be? Is it possibly … a reunion of Your Terrific Neighbors? (Answer: Hell, yes.) And so much more, for an entire week of bust-a-gut-laughing good times spilling off the stages at ColdTowne and Spider House. Get yourself an all-fest-pass, citizen, and prepare for night after night of often odd sometimes spectacular hilarity. May 22-28, $30-50

    • Chris Cubas

      Is he still a local comic? Or is Chris Cubas, in fact, an international comedy sensation sort of man at this point? How about, both. How about, you do your reality-fucked mind a favor and catch him live at Cap City this weekend. May 24-27. Wed.-Thu., 8pm; Fri.-Sat., 8 & 10:30pm, $12-23

      Cap City Comedy Club, 8120 Research #100, 512/467-2333

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