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    Cold War Kids, Hovvdy

    Best known for chart-topping alt-rock singles “Hang Me Up to Dry” and “First,” Cold War Kids touch down at Stubb’s on the heels of their self-titled 10th studio album. Balancing out the California quintet’s hard-hitting percussion is introspective opener Hovvdy, whose Austin support date doubles as a long-awaited homecoming show. Composed of songwriters Will Taylor and Charlie Martin, the Texas-born twopiece’s discography spans from the lo-fi excellence of 2016 debut Taster to the polished “pillowcore” of 2021 release True Love. A recent run of four excellent singles, including swoonworthy sing-along “Forever” and road-trip-ready “Jean,” prelude the duo’s upcoming fifth album. –Genevieve Wood
    Sat., Feb. 17, 8pm  
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      Theatre

      OUTsider Fest

      C’mon y’all freaks and geeks: Austin’s premier transmedia festival dedicated to bold creativity within the LGBTQ community is back again. Over four days, creators like Good Pollution, Fargo Nissim Tbakhi, Ajani Brannum, Xandra Ibarra, and many more will bake your noodle with performances pacing past all known artistic outposts. Special presentations pop up throughout the fest run, but ongoing all four days will be DARKROOM, a blindfold-required sonic experience, and Lezbian Popcorn Cart, a celebration of savory sapphic her/hirstory. Highly recommended: the Legacy Awards boosting Austin spacemakers Priscilla Hale, Chale Nafus, Sandra Martinez, and Susan Post at Cheer Up Charlies on Friday, Feb. 16. – James Scott
      Thu.-Sun., Feb. 15-18
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      Theatre

      Always a Boy

      Author of Never a Girl, Always a Boy and subsequent co-playwright of its stage adaptation Jo Ivester hopes the play written alongside her son Jeremy serves to “contribute to the growing awareness of what it means to be Trans.” After an industry presentation in NYC with Tony-Award winning A Strange Loop producer JJ Maley directing, this personal transition story comes home for its world premiere at Ground Floor featuring director Lisa Scheps and performers Laura Leo Kelly, Kaden Ono, Molly Fonseca, Nathan Jerkins, Max Green, Chelsea Corwin, Trace Turner, and Jeremy.– James Scott
      Thursdays-Sundays. Through March 1
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      Civic Events

      Accessible Parking Enforcement Training

      If you’ve ever seen one of those a-holes parked in a clearly marked accessible-parking space that’s not for them and thought, “I wish I could do something about this,” here’s your chance. This program from the city’s Transportation and Public Works Department, in partnership with APD, deputizes volunteers to issue citations and warnings to illegally parked vehicles and educate the community to help ensure accessible parking is available for those who need it. Attend a couple of hours of training over two days (one online, one in the field), and you’re all set! Just don’t let the power go to your head. – Kat McNevins
      Fri.-Sat., Feb. 16-17
      Virtual
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      Events

      “Iconic Objects From American’s Music History”

      Oh good – stuff! Music stuff! The LBJ Library is bringing a new traveling exhibition – “Music America: Iconic Objects From America’s Music History” – to town for the next six months. Curated by the Bruce Springsteen Archives & Center for American Music, the exhibit examines American music through instruments, handwritten lyrics, costumes, and other objects from Johnny Cash, Sam Cooke, Bob Dylan, Ella Fitzgerald, Woody Guthrie, Jimi Hendrix, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Prince, Taylor Swift, and others. There’s a letter from Buddy Holly to his mother sent shortly before he died, Chuck D’s handwritten lyrics to “Fight the Power,” a fox fur stole from Billie Holiday’s closet, plus a hundred other precious, totemic items. – Brant Bingamon
      Sat., Feb. 17
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      Nightlife & Parties

      “Not Going Nowhere” Dance Workshop

      Led by Legendary Father Akasha Juicy, this workshop will run you through ballroom and dance fundamentals, with movement exploration taught by Adrian J. Flores, house dance taught by Lashay Martin, and voguing taught by Father Akasha.
      Sat., Feb. 17
      Electrik City Dance Studio, 650 Canion St.
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      Dance

      Ballet Austin's TRIAD: Three Bold Dances

      Three mesmerizing dance works take the stage this Valentine's weekend: George Balanchine's neoclassical Concerto Barocco combines with Amy Seiwert's contemporary Renaissance and the world premiere of Stephen Mills' Bubblegum, all with live accompaniment by the Austin Symphony Orchestra.
      Feb. 16-18. Fri.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 3pm. $15 and up.  
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      Visual Arts

      Black Canvas: Beyond Boundaries

      To create this photography exhibition featured at creative consultancy/gallery & studio space OFC Creatives, local artist and activist Jeremy A. Teel pulled from his wider “I, Too, Am Kink” series, which focuses on Black bodies within the BDSM/kink community to “consider the complexities of bondage, body positivity, and the liberation of the Black body amidst daily struggles and pleasures.” Last weekend, however, brought broken windows to the OFC gallery, who remarked it was no accident the only display damaged was the Black queer art. They plan to, in response, be “Blacker and Queerer,” so support them in that mission by catching this exhibition or attending their Friday, Feb. 16, discussion with ATX Queer Connection. – James Scott
      Fridays-Sundays. Through Feb. 25
      OFC Creatives, 101 Colorado St. #102
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      Crypta, Shadow Ministry, Cerebral Desecration

      Fifth year out of São Paulo, Crypta thrash their way from South America to North America on the hellion wings of Brazil’s metallic legacy – feminized! Last summer’s sophomore full-length Shades of Sorrow spotlights the all-woman quartet as led by the withering attack of Fernanda Lira, whose possessed mic-wielding heaves forth and lacerates many-headed vocals, from a demonic witchyness to a deeper, Jason McMaster-like caw. Now cross the jagged axes of guitar tandem Tainá Bergamaschi and Jéssica di Falchi, and watch the firestorm spread. Local metalcore proggers Shadow Ministry support and San Marcos death thrashers Cerebral Desecration open. – Raoul Hernandez
      Sat., Feb. 17, 7pm  
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      Eighth Annual Comedy Festival Weekend at Horseshoe Bay Resort

      Legendary comedians Rob Schneider and Joe Sib take the stage for an intimate evening of hilarious fun over the Presidents Day holiday weekend. Special room night packages include admission for two and late checkout. Choose from a special menu featuring light bites and house-crafted pizza along with special cocktails, beer, and wine.
      Sat.-Sun., Feb. 17-18  
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      Civic Events

      Get Out the Vote With TCDP

      You really can’t underestimate the power of personal connection when it comes to voting, and the more people who participate, the more representative our democracy really is. That’s why the Travis County Democratic Party wants you to come help knock on doors to drum up participation in the March primary election. Put on your walking shoes, meet up at Wheatsville on Guadalupe at 10, and hit the streets to get people fired up to go vote. – Kat McNevins
      Sat., Feb. 17
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      Special Screenings

      Local Hero (1983)

      Texas cash and bravado meets Scottish pluck in one of the greatest British movies of the 1980s. A Houston oil tycoon (Burt Lancaster) believes that he can buy out a little fishing village, and dispatches “Mac” McIntyre (Peter Riegert) to convince the locals to hand over their heritage. Starring Jenny Seagrove, a pre-Doctor Who Peter Capaldi, and another sci-fi great, Denis Lawson (aka Wedge from Star Wars), it’s a heartfelt love letter to the power of belonging somewhere. Plus, you’ll be humming that theme by Mark Knopfler all the way home. – Richard Whittaker
      Sat., Feb. 17, 4:30pm  
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      Love Bites

      Valentine’s Day may be past, but love is still in the air – as is the sound of bat wings. Austin’s most ghoulish and nationally acclaimed Halloween attraction, the House of Torment, cracks open the crypt for three nights of vampiric terror in this specially themed event designed to chill the blood and get your heart pumping. Feel like impressing that special someone? The date night package comes with photos, two drinks at the secret Neon Coffin bar, and an eyeball rose bouquet. – Richard Whittaker
      Fri.-Sat., Feb 16-18
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      Theatre

      Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812

      You’re a busy guy; you don’t have time to read all of War and Peace. But you’re also ashamed that you’ve not dug into the hottest Russian novel of 1869! Hark: A solution awaits at the Zach Theatre production of Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812, Dave Malloy’s musical adaptation of a 70-page section of Tolstoy’s great tome. Described by the theatre as an “innovative electro-pop opera,” this two-hour-and-thirty-minute love triangle will be available as pay-what-you-will until Feb. 4. Heads-up to queers: Thursday, Feb. 1, is PRIDE night!– James Scott
      Jan. 30-March 3. Wed.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2:30pm. $25.  
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      Theatre

      O. Henry Stories

      “The Bard is just the beginning,” promise the irrepressible thespians of Austin Shakespeare; and now here they are, making good on their word with a play that showcases classic short works by Austin’s own William Sydney Porter – you know: O. Henry – to bring audiences at the Long Center’s Rollins Theatre an early-20th-century good time with “The Gift of the Magi,” “The Pimienta Pancakes,” “The Ransom of Red Chief,” and more. Bonus: Music and dance enhance the talented talespinning, and there are talkbacks with the director and cast after every show.: – Wayne Alan Brenner
      Thursdays-Sundays. Through Feb. 25
    • Food

      Food Events

      OMG Squee’s Lunar New Year and Fourth Birthday Party

      When the Eastside’s beloved Asian dessert shop throws a combo Lunar New Year and b-day celebration, and it’s backed by the whiskeymongers of Fierce Whiskers Distillery, you know there’s gonna be all sorts of pastry-forward, creamy, and boozy fun. Vendors aplenty – featuring Kaiju Cut and Sew, Solid Soaps, and a dozen more! Music by DJ @mikeswing! A K-pop dance performance by local troupe AuroraZ! And a happy Year of the Dragon to us all! – Wayne Alan Brenner
      Sat., Feb. 17
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      Visual Arts

      Opening Reception: Material Evolution

      ACC Highland does the city a (literal) solid with this new exhibition of works from more than 20 members of the Texas Sculpture Group, a creative powerhouse of Lone Star State makers whose fabrications span an array of traditional and modern techniques and a refreshing diversity of material types. Curated by the San Antonio Museum of Art’s Lana Meador, this show of three-dimensional expression features compelling constructs by Kurt Dyrhaug, Valérie Chaussonnet, Larry Graeber, and more – all within an elegant gallery surrounded by the infrastructure of higher education. – Wayne Alan Brenner
      Sat., Feb. 17
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      Nightlife & Parties

      Papi Siii

      Venue Mala Vida’s gay Latin night staple takes a trek down Red River to post up at ye’ olde Chups, where this Saturday they’ll be raising the roof as well as funds. Enjoy perreo and reggaeton spun by DJs Gabby Got It (aka event co-founder Gabriela Bucio) and Dragonn Queen, drink specials, and giveaways from VCR-cleaner-mongers Double Scorpio. All this, and you’ll be supporting two women-and-POC owned businesses: Who could ask for more? – James Scott
      Sat., Feb. 17
    • Arts

      Theatre

      Peter and the Starcatcher

      Adapted from bestselling novels by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, this Tony-winning play by Rick Elice digs deep into J.M. Barrie’s story of Neverland like never before. Learn the origins of the Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up as well as his friends and foes like Wendy, Captain Hook, and Tinker Bell. Directed by Ben Wolfe, this production features music by Wayne Barker and an ensemble cast of 16 actors in over 100 character roles. –James Scott
      Wednesdays-Sundays. Through Feb. 18
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      Community

      Red Party

      The first known red was red ochre, found in cave paintings a million zillion years ago – give or take. From the beginning, this color’s symbolized life, fire, and love. Local LGBTQ stagecrafters Austin Rainbow Theatre utilize that lineage in their Red Campaign, which raises funds to continue their commitment to “amplifying LGBTQ+ voices in Austin and Central Texas” via ART’s theatrical programming. The campaign wraps this week with a massive finale featuring performances, testimonials, a silent auction featuring exclusive experiences and items, and special VIP tickets to a rooftop regalia that goes after hours. – James Scott
      Sat., Feb. 17
    • Arts

      Comedy

      Sextet: Improvised Love Stories

      ColdTowne encourages you to bring “a partner, a friend, or your messy situationship” to some live improvised romantic comedy this Valentine’s weekend. Though based on Jason Chin’s play “Dinner for Six” directed by Jason Chin at Chicago’s iO theater in 2001, producer Abby Lincoln and director Kevin Anderson have refigured Sextet to focus on platonic as well as romantic love. The show follows three couples throughout all vicissitudes of the heart. Catch it on its last Saturday run Feb. 17. – Lina Fisher
      Sat., Feb. 17
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      Events

      Undeadfully Yours

      You know you’re in for a particular, um, vein of Valentine’s market when the event poster features a Cupid that looks drawn by Tom of Finland. And, mmhmm, the Glass Coffin, Austin’s preeminent emporium of all things macabre, joins with the Velvet Casket for a night of goth speed dating, light kink play, and photos with a Cupid who might just be that ripped. More than 20 vendors will be flaunting their eldritch wares, sonically abetted by DJ Detra, welcoming all fashionable creatures of the night, but: ages 18 and older only, tyvm. – Wayne Alan Brenner
      Sat., Feb. 17
    • Music

      White Denim, Nolan Potter's Nightmare Band [outside]

      Despite James Petralli decamping to the City of Angels, White Denim remains an Austin institution. The 18-year-running prog/R&B/rock project still soars off the founding front line of Petralli and bassist Steve Terebecki and continues as a farm system for ATX’s talented instrumentalists – including current guitarist Cat Clemons (Pizza Jeff, Sir Woman) and keyboardist Michael Hunter (Mamalarky). November brought WD’s 12th album, a potent collaboration with guitarist/songwriter Raze Regal (Once and Future Band) that lent a new lyrical brain to the project’s ever-skyward jams. Spellbinding conductor Nolan Potter, who played on WD’s latest, opens the show with his Nightmare Band. – Kevin Curtin
      Sat., Feb. 17, 8pm  
    • Food

      Food Events

      Wine & Rebel Cheese Night

      Of course you want to tour Animal Farm Sanctuary and meet all the wonderful animals that Chris and Angela Fuller-Wigg have rescued and care for on their 40 beautiful acres in Bastrop County. But – is there a better time to do it than when they’re hosting a vegan cheese and wine tasting presented by Rebel Cheese’s Kirsten Maitland and Fred Zwar? The answer, if you like good food, is: No, there’s no better time than today’s event that starts with much learning and delicious, plant-based feasting – and ends with s’mores by the fireside. – Wayne Alan Brenner
      Sat., Feb. 17
      Austin Farm Sanctuary, 1165 Old Pin Oak Rd.
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