Calendar: Recommended


  • New Restoration: Stalker

    Tarkovsky opts for imagist allegory in this science-fiction journey into the heart of darkness.

    2PM, Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth

  • AFS: Texas Christening: The Last Picture Show

    Larry McMurtry's novel is the source for this indelible slice of small-town Texas life, now a director's cut. Introduction by indie Austin filmmaker Richard Linklater.

    4PM, AFS Cinema, 6226 Middle Fiskville

  • AFS: Texas Christening: Rio Bravo

    Hawks' Western is so good that the director remade it twice more and other filmmakers continually reference it.

    7PM, AFS Cinema, 6226 Middle Fiskville

  • A Hero Never Dies

    Two rival triad members of Hong Kong's gangs fight and bond in this tough action drama that mediates violence with strong compositions and character development. Director Johnnie To was at the top of his game when this was made.

    10:15PM, AFS Cinema, 6226 Middle Fiskville

    • 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

    • It's … it's … HIDEOUTRAGEOUS!

      There's a stage upstairs, there's a stage downstairs, there's coffee all over the place and all sorts of shows here. This Thursday brings you the Threefer and Free Fringe of improv, and you can check out that award-winning Parallelogramophonograph (hot off their European tour) and the fancy-ass Big Bash and more on Friday, and dig the Goonies-flavored goodness of How I Saved the World Over Summer Vacation on Saturdays, right after the Eighties-evoking police drama of Buddy Cop and right before that extemporaneous donnybrook that mortals call Maestro. See website for more. $5-15

      The Hideout Theatre, 617 Congress, 512/443-3688

    • Sure Thing

      This weekly gig, hosted by Brendan K. O'Grady and Duncan Carson, is 1) often SRO, and 2) almost legendary by now. Tonight's show has that Ella Gale as a headliner, with Bo Johnson, Andrew Wagner, and Andrew Cooksey. Sat., May 27, 8pm, Free

      Austin Java, 1206 Parkway, 512/476-1829

    • Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill

      This biographical play-set-to-music moves over to ZACH's Kleberg stage, turning it into a late-Fifties nightclub, with CHANEL starring as the legendary Billie Holiday. Directed by Michael Rader. Through June 11. Thu.-Fri., 7:30pm; Sat., 2:30 & 7:30pm; Sun., 2:30pm, $25 and up

      Zach Theatre's Kleberg Stage, 1421 W. Riverside, 512/476-0594

    • Parts & Labour: Popped!

      Here's a group art show featuring "20 of the finest illustrators working in the Austin area today"…? We'd give such an assertion a bit of a side-eye, except that this thing's curated by Half Human's Vincent X. Torres, so we reckon it's gonna be a stunning representation of pop-cultural goodness. Reception: Sat., May 27, 7-10pm

      Parts & Labour, 1604 S. Congress, 512/326-1648

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