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  • 32nd Annual Old Settler's Music Festival

    Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit (acoustic) and Brandi Carlile headline Old Settler’s Music Festival. Bring the whole family to enjoy camping, jamming, youth activities, workshops, craft beer, gourmet food, and an art fair. Over 30 bands with Del McCoury, Shinyribs, Hayes Carll, Wild Child, Galactic, & more.
    Apr. 11-14  
    Tilmon, TX
  • A Jam for George!

    Celebrate the music of George Harrison on what would have been his 76th birthday. Featuring live performances by Acey Monaro and Ben Burdick of GO FEVER, Cara Tillman of Moving Panoramas, Paul Banks of P.T. Banks, Austin Lancaster of Blackboot Family Band, T.J. Masters of GUMA, Sam Rives of Jean Wranglers and a full band set from Burgess Meredith! Refreshments provided by Hops & Grain Brewery.
    Sun. Feb. 24, 2pm-6pm
    BLK Vinyl
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    Arturo Sandoval

    “I gotta tell you,” begins Arturo Sandoval during a break from his morning espresso, cigar, and practice routine. “It’s impossible to fight the lack of support of our beloved music.”: His words sparkle through the phone with the effervescence typically emanating from the 10-time Grammy winner’s trumpet. Each sentence, like each note, illuminates candid projections of the Cuban-American’s lively conscience.: “I’ve lived in this country for 30 years and I’ve never seen one minute of jazz on television,” continues Sandoval. “I really consider that a crime.”: The horn blower, 69, says it takes deep concentration to appreciate such an improvised art form. Additionally, jazz has struggled to shake its classical canonization. That doesn’t mean it isn’t evolving in exciting ways. Consider Sandoval, who transformed trumpeting behind high-note virtuosity in the Eighties, and since then, Dizzy Gillespie’s most vivacious protégé has worked with countless icons spanning Tito Puente to Alicia Keys.: Even so, not until this past year did he release his first duo project, Ultimate Duets. Legends old (Celia Cruz, Stevie Wonder) and new (Pharrell, Ariana Grande) reimagined their favorite classics under Sandoval’s tutelage. Nevertheless, the maestro gets most giddy reflecting on his newest passion: scoring films. Sandoval says he knew it was a calling because he’s spent a lifetime getting shushed at the movies for humming the sounds swirling his head.: “I can’t help it, man – every time,” he giggles. “I imagine melodies, sequences, and things in my mind when I watch.”: That tic led Sandoval to score Clint Eastwood’s 2018 mystery, The Mule. Perhaps working on film will keep him quiet, which he is when asked about what lies ahead.: “I don’t make plans for the future,” Sandoval says finally. “If you want to see God laughing very hard, tell him about your plans, because at the end, he’s got plans for you.”
    Fri., Jan. 25, 7pm, 9:30pm
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      Theatre

      Hedwig and the Angry Inch

      Director Dave Steakley and choreographer Abe Reybold bring John Cameron Mitchell's glamorous and rockin' musical classic – about "a fourth-wall-smashing East German rock & roll goddess who also happens to be the victim of a botched sex-change operation, trying to find a place to belong in America," of course – back to the Austin stage. And here's Robert Faires' review of the whole thing.
      Through March 2. Wed.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sat.-Sun., 2:30pm. $30-165.  
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      Sports

      Texas Stars

      Vs. Grand Rapids Griffins: Thu., Jan. 31, 7pm. $22-50.  
    • Arts

      Dance

      The Contemporary Austin: Paper Dance

      The Contemporary Austin's schedule of winter events organized in conjunction with the exhibition "Janine Antoni and Anna Halprin: Paper Dance" includes monthly dance performances by Antoni. Note: Performances are approximately an hour long and contain nudity.
      Jan. 23-26. Wed., 1 & 7pm; Thu., 7pm; Fri.-Sat., 1pm
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      Theatre

      BedPost Confessions: Choose Your Own Adventure

      Stories told at BedPost Confessions explore themes of sexuality, gender identity, dating, marriage, masturbation, break-ups, health, and more. Whether the performers are funny, informative, fictional, thoughtful, embarrassing, raunchy, heart-warming, political, or completely personal, the audience receives their stories with love and returns the favor by sharing their own. This week: Arielle Sokoll-Ward, Ivy Le, Kelly M. Marshall, and Kate Mullan, with your hosts, Miranda Wylie and Sadie Smythe.
      Thu.-Fri., Jan. 23-25, 7:30pm. $25 ($20, in advance).  
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      Classical Music

      Beerthoven: HeBrews

      At first, you might want to kick a citizen – Beerthoven director Daniel Swayze, in this case – for making such an atrocious pun as "HeBrews" for this beer-fueled showcase of "music of Jewish descent." But then, listening to the celebratory sounds of klezmer, to the meditative music of Yom Kippur, to the memorializing songs of the Holocaust, you'll be so moved by the beauty and power that you'll more likely want to toast the man's curatorial savvy. Bonus: Rabbi Neil Blumofe of congregation Agudas Achim will recite poetry to the music of Viktor Ullmann.
      Jan. 25-27. Fri., 7:30pm; Sun., 3pm. $10-20.  
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      Big Wy's Brass Band

      Suds with a side of brass-hop originals and covers.
      Fri., Jan. 25, 6:30pm
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      Ensiferum, Septicflesh, Arsis, Hinayana, Kleaver

      Ice hotel capital, Finland should absolutely send its metalheads to winter in Austin. Latin for “sword bearing” or “sword bearer,” Helsinki quartet Ensiferum celebrated double decades of pagan extremity in 2017 with seventh LP Two Paths, symphonic folk with roaring chorale sections, tomahawk guitars, and machine gun drums as led by founding guitarist Markus Toivonen. Athenian atmospherics Septicflesh support.
      Fri., Jan. 25, 7pm
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      Theatre

      FronteraFest: Short Fringe

      One of Austin’s longest-running festivals, a legendary vehicle for theatre artists, actors, musicians, poets, and performers of all types, FronteraFest returns for its 26th year of showcasing some of the wildest – occasionally brilliant, frequently delightful, and almost always original – entertainment you're likely to see. It's a collaboration between that professional thespian powerhouse called Hyde Park Theatre and ScriptWorks and anyone who's got what it takes to put their act on a stage. The Short Fringe showcases performances of 25 minutes or less, and runs the entirety of the festival. Here's the main thing to know about the Short Fringe, in case you're not familiar with the whole FronteraFest deal, yo: The weeknight shows are a mixed bag but usually crowded with folks there to see friends do their stuff onstage; each Saturday "Best-of-the-Week" show is sure to be worth your time, but it sells out fast, so plan accordingly; the final week, the "Best-of-the-Fest" week, which is always the primo live-performance shit in town and is already completely sold out – we warned you about this, like, weeks ago, right? – except for the wild-card Staff Picks night on Thu., Feb. 14, 8pm, which has a few tickets still available.
      Through Feb 16. Tue.-Sat., 8pm.  
    • Film

      Special Screenings

      Guest of Honor

      Into the Scene: Austin Film Project Event: This is a screening of new and unseen short films (a total of five) from local filmmakers, who will be in attendance. There will be food and drinks before and after the screenings. The venue is outdoors so it might be cold, but there will be a fire pit!
      Fri., Jan. 25, 7:30. $10.  
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      Theatre

      Heartland

      This play was written by Gabriel Jason Dean as a direct response to the true story of the U.S. government’s textbook propaganda contributing to the rise of the Taliban in Afghanistan. This play draws a line from the Cold War to the war on terror and is a story of healing, grace, and connection. This play stars Lowell Bartholomee, Kareem Badr, and Kacey Samiee – directed by Rudy Ramirez for the Vortex. And here's the scoop on the playwright and the play's origins. And here's what our Robert Faires says about the show.
      Through Feb. 9. Thu.-Sun., 8pm. $15-35.  
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    • Arts

      Theatre

      Paradise

      This bluegrass comedy brings its "irreverent, heart-warming, toe-tapping show" to Austin before heading across the country. Imagine a sort of Music Man in a Southern coal mining town, as a charismatic preacher, saucy stripper, and greedy Hollywood production company show up to create their own version of the American Dream. Directed by Michael Myers for Austin Playhouse.
      Through Feb. 3. Thu.-Fri., 8pm; Sat., 2 & 8pm; Sun., 5pm. $38-42.  
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      Parker Gispert, Ben Millburn, Tyler Jordan & the Negative Space [inside]

      Whigs frontman solos on Sunlight Tonight.
      Fri., Jan. 25, 10pm
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      Visual Arts

      PrintAustin

      There’s one sure way for art to make a lasting impression: When the marks comprising a work are made transferable and forced into contact with another surface. Then, suddenly, look – born from an industrial matrix still wet with ink, it’s a print! It’s the product of a woodcut, an engraving, an etching. It manifests as a mezzotint, an aquatint, an image of drypoint. Hell, maybe it’s one of those screenprints that concert promoters use for pimping their bands, a bold AF poster created with the same sort of process that, when displayed in a Very Serious Museum, is called serigraphy.

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      There are so many different kinds of prints, we confess, that it’s better to direct you to Wikipedia for detailed background. But we wouldn’t be surprised if an eye-popping majority of those kinds – to say nothing of the abundance of subjects depicted, the profusion of styles engaged – were available for viewing during the sixth annual PrintAustin celebration.

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      This year’s iteration of PrintAustin runs from January 15 to February 15 and features a wide diversity of events throughout the city – including exhibitions, artist talks, demos, workshops, and more. We’ll be highlighting several of those in your Chronicle's visual arts listings as the fest continues, of course, so keep your eyes peeled this-a-way.

      Through Feb. 15  
    • Community

      Civic Events

      Protest Trump's Shutdown

      Join Texas AFL-CIO, the Travis County Democratic Party, and the Austin Central Labor Council in solidarity with federal workers to protest the shutdown – now exceeding 30 days. Protesters are asked to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to folks working without pay.
      Fri., Jan. 25, 11:45am-1pm  
      Senator John Cornyn's Office, 221 W. Sixth St.
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      Robyn Hitchcock

      Releasing over 20 solo albums, Cambridge’s most prominent post-Syd Barrett bard boasts ample set list variation. Recent Hitchcock dates cover everything from the Soft Boys to hidden Venus 3-era gems like “Saturday Groovers” and his most recent 2017 self-titled effort. Expect a few covers, too. If there’s one song you have to hear (mine’s “Beautiful Girl” from 1990’s Eye), the singer takes requests on his Facebook page.
      Fri., Jan. 25, 8:30pm
    • Arts

      Comedy

      Samantha Ruddy

      OK, since Brooklyn Magazine called her one of Brooklyn’s 50 Funniest People, and BUST says Ruddy’s a comic “you should be obsessed with,” we're just going to note that Austin's own Ky Krebs opens this trio of Velv gigs and then we're gonna stand back and, like, watch the ticket reservations pour in. Because, c'mon: Ruddy and Krebs on the same stage, even if only sequentially? Comedy gold!
      Jan. 25-26. Fri., 9pm; Sat., 9 & 11pm. $10.  
    • Arts

      Visual Arts

      The Visual Arts Center: Spring Show Opening

      UT's gem of an exhibition space, that architecturally soaring Visual Arts Center on San Jacinto, invites all of Austin into the gallery to get a mind-boggling eyeful of the year's new shows. Featuring Nancy Lupo's The Square at Noon, Elia Alba's The Supper Club, Alyssa Taylor Wendt's HAINT, Oozy Rat in a Sanitary Zoo, and An Exchange. And here's a Robert Faires preview of Alba's Supper Club.
      Reception: Fri., Jan. 25, 6-8pm
    • Qmmunity

      Nightlife & Parties

      Third Annual State of the Uterus*

      Once again, Bossbabes is raising funds for repro justices, gender equality, community health, and their own work – uteri not required to attend. With the babeliest of DJs Chulita Vinyl Club, DJ GirlFriend, and p1nkstar, and goods from rad folks like Peach Fuzz, Keep Austin Queer, and more. Plus period-kit packing, speeches, and dancing.
      Fri., Jan. 25, 6pm-12mid. $5.  
    • Music

      Toro y Moi, Wet [outside]

      Synth-pop wizard Chaz Bundick dropped sixth LP Outer Peace this month.
      Fri., Jan. 25, 8pm
    • Music

      Turkuaz, The Selfless Lovers

      Spirit animal of VH1’s I Love the ’80s, Brooklyn collective Turkuaz channels the energy of retro-funk through a lava lamp of sound. Numbering nine members, with each musician representing a different, vibrant color on an HDR portal to the past, the group released its fifth studio album in September. Life in the City instills groove into an environment that’s lost its rhythm.
      Fri., Jan. 25, 9pm
    • Arts

      Visual Arts

      Wally Workman Gallery: Seeing Through Darkness

      The Austin-based artist Eliza Thomas works with ink on kozo paper, exploring the beauty of decay. This results in a visual dynamic of strength and unexpected calm that dominates Thomas’ large-scale works.
      Through Jan. 26
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    • Film

      Special Screenings

      'N Sync vs. Backstreet Boys

      Video Dance Party: A boy band extravaganza.
      Fri., Jan. 25, 9:45  
    • Music

      A.J. Castillo

      Fri., Jan. 25, 8pm
    • Community

      Civic Events

      AARC Master Plan: Collaborators & Community Partners

      PARD wants your input on the AARC redesign, especially if you have previously collaborated or partnered with them, or are interested in future opportunities.
      Fri., Jan. 25, 1-2:30pm. Free.  
    • Arts

      Visual Arts

      AARC: Let the Colors Speak

      Rashmi Thakur and Supriya Kharod, both born in India and both proud Austinites now, document their individual journeys through watercolor and acrylic paintings, depicting the colorful traditions, vibrant life, and diverse culture found in the two communities they love.
      Through March 30  
    • Arts

      Visual Arts

      AARC: Storied and Pop Japan

      Two new art shows at the Asian American Resource Center. First, there's STORIED, in which Katherine Leung reflects the Tuvan culture in her Faces of Central Texas series, incorporating the folklore of golden light gods; and JU Salvant draws upon the personal history of a young girl’s journey from Vietnam to America for the visual story, Red Sky in the Morning. And then there's POP JAPAN, curated by Guzu Gallery's own Vincent X. Torres, presenting an array of notable characters from Japanese television, film, anime, and manga.
    • Community

      Events

      Altatudes Hearts and Handbags

      The East Austin boutique is asking for handbag donations to help underserved youth in the area for the giveback initiative slated for Feb. 9. Open thy closet and see if there's anything that no longer sparks joy.
      Taking donations through Feb. 1. The event takes place Feb. 9, 2-4pm. Free.
      Altatudes, 1717 E. 12th
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