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  • Music

    Star Parks (album release), the Deer, Berkshire Hounds

    Andy Bianculli expands his lush indie-pop impulse on Star Parks’ sophomore LP The New Sounds of Late Capitalism, an orchestrated soundtrack to the market’s inevitable rise and fall. The local quartet floats through dreamscapes with a joyous angst, like a schmaltzy Walkmen behind Bianculli’s high-trilling croon and Danny Reisch’s buoyant production. Berkshire Hounds and the Deer first.
    Fri., March 6, 9pm  
    • Arts

      Theatre

      Harry and the Thief

      Listen: "Mimi's cousin has a Ph.D. in physics, a brand-new time machine, and a plan. Send Mimi, a professional thief, back to 1863 to help Harriet Tubman change the course of history." Whoa, yes – now we're excited to see Sigrid Gilmer's new play, directed by Marcus McQuirter for the ACC Drama Department.
      Through March 8. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. $8.  
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      Theatre

      Suga

      Jason Phelps & Co. and Double Edge Theatre present this solo theatre piece by Travis Coe as the latest in the Rude Fusion series. It's an investigation of freedom and the bounds – personal, artistic, societal, and political – one must break through to achieve that end, with Coe, here directed by Stacy Klein, revealing all the aspects of himself – as queer, Afro- Caribbean/Latinx, and American – to find the path to sing, fly, and run … toward freedom.
      Wed.-Fri., March 4-6, 7pm. $15-30.  
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      Visual Arts

      Akirash Online

      Sure, Austin's Olaniyi Rasheed Akindiya aka AKIRASH has an exhibition at the Carver Museum right now – and the place is closed, of course. But this Lagos-born artist also happens to have one of the most robust websites around, though you'll need a mighty big screen to get the best effect of his huge and colorful mixed-media creations and performance pieces.
    • Arts

      Theatre

      Alabaster

      This new play by Audrey Cephaly is a darkly comic drama about love, art, and the power of healing. Listen: "After a tornado barrels through North Alabama leaving nothing but death and destruction, only June and her wisecracking pet goat Weezy live to tell the tale." Directed by Rudy Ramirez for Shrewd Productions, starring Lizzie Beckham, Shannon Grounds, Jennifer Jennings, and (the legendary) Jennie Underwood. And see our review of the show right here.
      Through March 7. Thu.-Sun., 8pm. $15-30.  
    • Music

      Ben Buck (album release), Zackery Golden, Flobama, Jamar Equality + Nick Cruz, Chuck Duze + FOCI, Spy MC + Evolve, & more [garage]

      “Proficient beatboxer makes the leap to MC [via] Nineties hip-hop’s gritty basslines and aggressive rhyming.”
      Fri., March 6, 8pm  
    • Music

      Brownout, Nané

      July 2019: Seven Austinites are sweating profusely inside Lechehouse, a vibey, back-house studio in Buda. They’re trying to get an intricate horn performance committed to tape so the A/C unit can be turned back on. Welcome to day four of the overdubbing portion to Berlin Sessions.: It’s a different kind of Brownout album. The band operates from a post-Brown Sabbath/Public Enemy/breakbeat existence. Also, for better or worse, the group finally counts a full-time singer – me.: We’ve decided to scrap any “new” songs previously hashed out and performed live. Creative stakes heightened, we put the band on the spot and track fresh ideas culled from sparse demos thrown into a Dropbox folder. Friend and collaborator Steve Berlin of Los Lobos leads us through this process.: As on that 105-degreee day last summer, I hang around the studio observing, listening, and fishing for lyric ideas. At times, I even join the rhythm section: drums, bass, congas, guitars, all of which were recorded live. Nothing like folks sweating it out until they get the take. Steve proves masterful at wrangling a band of producers and pushing forward consensus.: It proved a challenging and rewarding process for me personally. I found my place in the arrangements, gelling my personality with the band’s and bringing in my own thing. Steve encouraged me to take my outside-the-box vocal ideas as far as I could, then tactfully refocused me as needed. Invaluable.: We set out to make an EP, but in the end tracked 14 songs. Eleven of them are on the vinyl release, two extras are digital-only bonus cuts, and there’s a li’l somethin’ somethin’ for future use. Sixteen years in, Brownout still embraces change.
      Fri., March 6, 9pm  
    • Arts

      Books

      Emily Beyda: The Body Double

      Now here's a familiar name. The journo who's written so much for your Austin Chronicle over the years presents her enigmatic thriller of a debut novel, about a young woman who's recruited by a stranger to give up her old life and identity to impersonate a reclusive Hollywood star. Bonus: That talented Beyda is in conversation with the Chron's own Jessi Cape.
      Fri., March 6, 7pm
    • Arts

      Theatre

      Good Friday

      The Vortex and New Manifest Theatre Company present the Texas premiere of Kristiana Rae Colón's one-act drama that takes place inside an academic lecture hall as an active shooter storms the campus. "Tweets fly and tensions rise as five women struggle to make sense of the situation." Directed by Simone Raquel Alexander.
      Through March 14. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $15-37.  
    • Arts

      Visual Arts

      grayDUCK Gallery Online: Point of Origin

      Sarah Sudhoff's experimental exhibition takes cues from the connections between sound and human emotion, here realized with suspended sculptures, sound installation, and debossed wall works that draw upon the artist's personal observations, cartography, and the mechanics of helicopters – especially those copters involved in the nearly 300 flights completed in just one month for Houston's Memorial Hermann Health System. Take a virtual tour here.
    • Food

      Food Events

      Hai for Her

      "Female culinary talent from Hai Hospitality restaurants cook up a dinner to benefit Girlstart," is the news here. The background is that 1) it's International Women's Day, 2) the Hai group comprises Uchi, Uchiko, Uchibā, and LORO, and 3) nine rising stars of cookery will provide a 10-course seated dinner (with pairings) that includes oyster grapefruit tepache, akami crudo, nopales maki, short rib lamb with carrots, a fine array of nigiri, and more. Note: This is a one-night-only showcase of unique deliciousness, so do call early for reservations.
      Fri., March 6, 5:30 & 9pm. $175.
    • Community

      Events

      Leave No Trace Salamander Walk

      Recreation activity on the Greenbelt can impact the Barton Springs salamander, a federally protected species that is native to Barton Springs. On this walk, you'll tour the springs and learn about protecting the salamanders, and maybe even see one for yourself! Advance registration required.
      Fri., March 6, 2-4pm  
      Park Ranger Cottage, 2105-B Andrew Zilker Rd
    • Music

      Marc Ribot plays Chaplin's The Kid

      Guitarist Marc Ribot spent decades applying avant-jazz rock licks to the work of John Zorn, Elvis Costello, Brother Jack McDuff, you name it. After back-to-back protest albums, NYC’s hired gun makes a rare Austin appearance for a live solo soundtrack to Charlie Chaplin’s 1921 silent classic The Kid.
      Fri., March 6, 7:30pm  
    • Arts

      Theatre

      Marcus; or The Secret of Sweet

      Tarell Alvin McCraney's "provocative, poignant, and fiercely humorous coming-of-age story of a young gay man in the South" is directed by Charles O. Anderson and Robert Ramirez for UT Theatre and Dance. And you know that McCraney name, right? The man who wrote Moonlight? Hell yes.
      Through March 8. Tue.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. $15-26.  
    • Qmmunity

      Nightlife & Parties

      Number 1 Hits! p1nkstar's EP Party and Multimedia Performance

      Hear ye, hear ye, qweeahs! One half of The Austin Chronicle's "Best Queer Pop Princesses" and guardian of our queer nightlife, p1nkstar, celebrates the release of her debut EP Number 1 Hits! with a "#legendaric" party. Expect DJ sets by EP producers Mr. Kitty, Ben Aqua, BOY SIM, and Faux Diva, plus futuristic drag performances alll night, sweeties.
      Fri., March 6, 9:30pm. $5 suggested donation.  
    • Music

      Pinkish Black, Lord Buffalo (album release), Bridge Farmers, Dead Animal

      Stoner Americana? Homegrown powerhouse Lord Buffalo kicks off a Southwestern tour by celebrating the late-March release of sophomore album Tohu Wa Bohu, a dusky, moody, roots-quaking disc of tension and release. They call it “mud-folk.” Ft. Worth proggers Pinkish Black, Austin’s sludgy Bridge Farmers, and ATX experimentalists Dead Animal stack the bill.
      Fri., March 6, 9pm  
    • Music

    • Music

      Shing02 & the Chee Hoos (Nujabes tribute), Heavy Stars [control room]

      Tokyo-born Shingo Annen grounds Japanese beat culture for over two decades now, enthralled since attending UC Berkeley. The Chee-Hoos pay tribute to Seba Jun (1974-2010), who under the alias Nujabes helped carve a new path for refined hip-hop highlighted by smooth jazz samples.
      Fri., March 6, 10pm  
    • Qmmunity

      Nightlife & Parties

      The Iron Bear Grand Opening

      Austin's only bear bar is back and bear-ier than ever! Help 'em welcome their new location with UnBEARable on Thursday; United Court of Austin's performance on Friday; Saturday's gear night; and the much-loved beer bust's return on Sunday. 21+ to party with da bears.
      Thu.-Sun., March 5-8. Free.  
      The Iron Bear, 301 W. Sixth
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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.
      Fri., March 6, 12pm, 2pm, 3pm  
    • Music

    • Arts

      Theatre

      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.  
    • Music

      Al Go Rhythm

      Fri., March 6, 5pm
    • Film

      Special Screenings

      Amélie (2001)

      Master Pancake: This is MP's first foray into foreign film.
      Fri., March 6, 9:50pm  
    • Film

      Special Screenings

      Apollo 11: First Steps Edition (2019)

      Laser IMAX 2D: Timed to the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 – and made exclusively for science centers and museums – Apollo 11: First Steps Edition reconstructs the exhilarating mission with never-before-seen footage and newly discovered audio recordings.
      Fri., March 6, 10am, 4pm  
    • Community

      Civic Events

      Armadillo Awards Nominations

      Nominate your favorite local businesses in seven categories: New Local Business; Austin Customer Experience; Made in Austin; Community Champion; Taste of Austin; Just Because We Love You; and Soul of Austin. Online voting opens March 14 and runs through April 12. Winners will be revealed at the Armadillo Awards Party on April 30.
      Through March 7  
      Online
    • Music

    • Arts

      Classical Music

      ASO: March Madness

      Peter Bay and the Austin Symphony Orchestra invite you to grab a seat and hang on for exciting surprises and pieces that will win your heart, with works by Beethoven, Elgar, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, and more. Bonus: Brahms’ Double Concerto in A Minor featuring violinist Vadim Gluzman and cellist Wendy Warner.
      Fri.-Sat., March 6-7, 8pm. $21 and up.  
    • Arts

      Visual Arts

      Atelier 1205: A Lory & an Eaglet

      This new exhibition is Julia Hart’s personal attempt to make sense of a world that makes very little sense to the artist and is inspired by what we cannot immediately see – those dreamlike spaces that exist just beyond vision, now rendered via a diversity of media.
      Through March 6
    • Arts

      Visual Arts

      Austin Art Space: For the LOVE of Art

      Here's a new group show from the Austin Visual Arts Association, themed to help the whole Valentine's feel of things linger just a while longer.
      Through March 14

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