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for Sat., Feb. 29
  • Music

    Jazz OUTside 10th anniversary party w/ Willie Oteri, Jon Lundbom, LCM, Dave Laczko, Harold McMillian, Steve Mankenberg, O'clock, & more

    A monthly jam session dedicated to free jazz and spontaneous composition, Jazz OUTside remains one of the best-kept secrets in Austin. Led by co-founder Willie Oteri’s ethereal Dark Matter Horns and co-founder/DiverseArts guru/bass player Harold McMillan, they welcome maverick guitarist Jon Lundbom, keyboardist Ricardo Acevedo’s eclectic O’Clock, and a variety of spoken word artists, including local mainstay Thom the World Poet. The series began in 2010, but its roots reach back to the late Nineties.: “I was doing a thing called Word/Jazz on the roof of the Guadalupe Arts Center – spoken word with rotating players behind,” explains McMillan. “Willie was doing these free-blowing sessions in the U.S. and Europe, and he kept hitting me to collaborate on something.”: By the time the idea became reality, McMillan had secured the outdoor space on 11th Street.: “The first season we did it, the Word/Jazz guys were part of it,” outlines McMillan. “But because we did it on Thursday nights, my usual guys were often in rehearsal or had other gigs, so we opened it up. It’s great to have fresh players every time.”: The bassist faces the challenge of being a small part of an already small scene with confidence.: “Austin is not a jazz town,” says the man who ran the Clarksville Jazz & Arts Festival for nearly 20 years. “The stuff that sustains the scene is more music school [and] fakebook-oriented, but there are monster players and writers here – like Jon Lundbom. There are more experimental shows going on than when we started – Me Mer Mo [Monday], for example – with younger voices involved, which you need to keep a scene going.”: It’s not an exaggeration to say Jazz OUTside’s longevity sparked what’s happening now.: “This series is really precious,” says McMillan. “It’s mission-driven for things that are inherently not commercial. It’s a tradition that’s come together. There’s some community-building here.”
    Sat., Feb. 29, 2pm  
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    • Film

      Special Screenings

      "Turtle Odyssey"

      Laser Imax 3D: Russell Crowe narrates this doc following the life cycle of an Australian green sea turtle named Bunji and her journey across the ocean.
      Sat., Feb. 29, 12pm, 2pm, 3pm  
    • Arts


      A Night with Janis Joplin

      In this show, written and originally directed by Randy Johnson and starring Mary Bridget Davies, the legendary queen of rock & roll explodes onto the stage in a concert experience that celebrates the Texas musical marvel and shines a spotlight on the trailblazing female blues and soul vocalists who influenced her.
      Through March 8. Wed.-Fri., 7:30pm; Sat., 2:30 & 7:30pm; Sun., 2:30pm. $30 and up.  

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