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  • Songwriters Series: Sarah Sharp

    Sarah has recorded, performed, and composed in a variety of guises. She is a solo artist, a film and TV composer, and, most visibly, Sarah has been the stunning siren fronting the acclaimed combo the Jitterbug Vipers, a swinging act who specialize in conjuring playfully irreverent 30s and 40s jazz cool.
    Sat. Dec. 15, 8pm-10pm  
    Threadgill's North
  • Holiday Artisan Mercado

    For that unique Christmas gift, choose from paintings, jewelry, clothing, shoes, handbags and ceramics from the Southwest, Mexico, Colombia, Honduras, Spain or Pakistan at the Holiday Artisan Mercado from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 15 at the Frost Bank Plaza, 401 Congress Ave. Free Christmas Ornament Workshop from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    Sat. Dec. 15, 10am-3pm
    Frost Bank Plaza
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  • Community

    Events

    The Austin Facial Hair Club's Dog Beard and Moustache Competition

    Show off your dog's beard (or make them one) for the big competition, with prizes going to Best Groomed, Sweetest Stache, and more. There's also a lookalike contest. Proceeds benefit Bully Ranch, a refuge for pit bulls and mixed breeds.
    Sat., Oct. 20, 2-10pm. $5 suggested donation (free to watch).
    • Arts

      Visual Arts

      Camp Contemporary

      You can imagine how cool it would be to camp at Laguna Gloria, right? In the shadow of that gorgeous mansion, among those partly manicured and partly wild woods? Among those worldclass works of outdoor art lurking around the curve of every trail? Now imagine doing that while The Contemporary Austin provides an evening of tasty camp-inspired noms (from épicerie and Le Politique and more) and craft cocktails, hands-on art workshops, lantern-led sculpture tours, lakeside hammock-lounging, s'mores around the campfire, and live music by Walker Lukens, Mobley, SMiiLE, and Lolita Lynne. Now – do we have to say kumbaya, citizen, or are you already clicking for reservations?
      Sat., Oct. 20, 5-10pm. $200.  
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      Events

      House of Torment

      Step into your worst nightmare at this fright farm in North Austin. Known for its high production values and immersive scare tactics, this is one up from watching horror movies all month. New this year is an on-site tavern in case you need some liquid courage in order to face the ghoulies.
      Through Nov. 10. $20 and up.  
    • Community

      Sports

      Texas Stars

      Two games against Iowa Wild.
      Fri.-Sat., Oct. 19-20, 7pm  
    • Music

      101X Concert Series: Toadies, Ume, Otis the Destroyer

      Ft. Worth and ATX firepower.
      Sat., Oct. 20, 7pm  
    • Community

      Civic Events

      Austin Energy Presents: Community Connections

      A fam-friendly resource fair with local vendors. Learn about available social services, job opportunities (bring your résumé), and how to lower your utility bill through the city's Customer Assistance Program all while enjoying free food, health screenings, and kids' activities.
      Sat., Oct. 20, 11:30am-4pm
    • Community

      Kids

      Boo at the Zoo

      See what the animals get up to at night and take a ride on the haunted train running every 20 minutes. Costumes make it more fun. Tickets are limited.
      Fridays & Saturdays through October, 6:30-9pm. $17.50.
    • Music

      Clinton Fearon, Music4Life

      Core member of the Gladiators and backer on countless Studio One and Black Ark sides, Clinton Fearon encores last year’s local appearance. The 67-year-old singer strips roots reggae to its essence in a solo acoustic set leaning on hits “Let Jah Be Praised” and “Richman Poorman.” Now based in Seattle, Fearon’s recent run of albums – 2012’s Heart and Soul in particular – cement his place as the standard-bearer for Jamaican roots music.
      Sat., Oct. 20, 9pm  
    • Arts

      Comedy

      Comedy Brunch

      Yes, comedy brunch. Which means tacos and pastries and mimosas while you laugh. And, yes, it's in one of the regular clubs that we always list. But, c'mon, this is brunch. And there's sketch comedy by Hot Pot Comedy and improvisations by Linzy Beltran, Pete Parsons, Carlos LaRotta, Mason Pitluk, Laura de la Fuente, and more. So it's … kind of special, dig? And – hey, pass that coffee this way, wouldja? Maybe I can just sort of accidentally spill it on my laptop and wipe out all these listings I've been working on, unsaved, for the last few hours ...
      Sat., Oct. 20, 11am. $20.  
    • Arts

      Theatre

      Confessions of a Mexpatriate

      In Raul Garza's very funny and thought-provoking play, a Mexican-American urban sophisticate who wants to connect with his roots ventures deep into the Mexican interior and, ah, learns a thing or two about himself and the world. Featuring Mical Trejo, as directed by Ken Webster for Hyde Park Theatre. Note: When this excellent show debuted a few years ago, Robert Faires interviewed the playwright right here and – this just in!reviews the current show.
      Through Oct. 20. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $23-27 (pay what you can, Thursdays).  
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      Events

      DOGPOP Market and Pup Party

      Come out for pet costume contests, a doggie play area, local vendors, drinks from Independence Brewery, food trucks, and music by DJ Breezuh. Birds Barbershop will also offer a photo booth station and other goodies.
      Sat., Oct. 20, 5-9pm. Free ($5 suggested donation).
    • Music

      Exploded View

      Not as esoteric as their eponymous debut, Exploded View’s Obey still exists on the fringes like an obscure dream. Berlin-based frontwoman Anika Henderson sings with a Nico-tinged panache, manifested with simplicity and slight detachment but still elegant. Modulated overdubs spellbind in the title track, jarring industrial meets Depeche Mode on “Dark Stains,” and cacophonous distortion ensues in “Come on Honey.”
      Sat., Oct. 20, 8pm  
    • Music

      Formula 1 w/ Bruno Mars

      For the sixth time, COTA hosts Formula 1, featuring Super Bowl-style performances by mega pop stars Bruno Mars and Britney Spears. Fresh off her international Piece of Me Tour, the Las Vegas mother of “the next Bieber” has been nominated for this year’s People’s Choice Concert Tour award. Honolulu’s Michael Jackson, the former continues to rock out Grammy-winning 24K Magic and No. 1 Cardi B collab “Finesse.”
      Sat., Oct. 20  
    • Music

      Mary Chapin Carpenter

      Consecutive Grammys for Best Female Country Vocal Performance, 1992-1995.
      Sat., Oct. 20, 8pm  
    • Community

      Events

      Miranda Bennett Studio Nail Polish Launch

      Enjoy custom nail art or color application by Lacquer, complimentary with the purchase of two or more MBS Nail Colors. Sip cocktails while shopping a poolside pop-up of Miranda Bennett Studio's apparel, Zero Waste Collection, and MBS Home.
      Sat., Oct. 20, 1-4pm  
    • Community

      Events

      Mod Bikes Grand Opening Block Party

      Test drive an e-bike and make some new friends. Enjoy drinks, ice cream, vendor booths, and giveaways. Kid- and dog-friendly!
      Sat., Oct. 20, 3-7pm. Free.
      Mod Bikes, 1632 S. First
    • Food

      Food Events

      North by Northwest: Oktoberfest

      You know what'd be good right about now, fellow workaday toiler? A weekend full of beer, brats, and bands. That's craft beer and bratwursts and live bands, of course. And, lucky us, it's all happening at this festival of Germanically inflected cuisine and frivolity, during which there's also a stein hoisting contest, a brat eating contest, and – pardon us while we squeeeee – a canine costume contest! With a separate wiener-dog category! October, you're getting better every minute.
      Oct. 20-21. Sat., noon-9pm; Sun., 11am-7pm. $2 and up.  
    • Arts

      Visual Arts

      Prizer Arts & Letters: Gender Portraits

      This exhibition features an array of excellent portraits by Drew Riley, exploring the complexity of gender by documenting the experiences and struggles of transgender, intersex, and gender-nonconforming people.
      Artist talk: Thu., Oct. 18, 7pm. Closing reception: Sat, Oct. 20, 6-9pm
    • Arts

      Theatre

      Salvador Dali's Naked Feast

      Now here's an outrageous party for you, citizen, a performance installation cocktail party – with live painting, live music, naked aerials, human canvas, bizarre photo ops, Dali’s original Casanova Cocktail, delicious food art, and more. Here's a night of entertainments performed while you graze on catered noms displayed on beautiful naked bodies. Yes, it's the Vortex's annual fundraiser, decked out with culinarily extravagance in the manner of that divine madman from Figueras. Now's your chance to dress up all surreal for this, ah, Gala event.
      Sat., Oct. 20, 7-11pm. $30-100.  
    • Qmmunity

      Nightlife & Parties

      Si Se Puede

      An all-ages party with sounds by El Dusty, Superfónicos, DJ Chorizo Funk, and more. For your soundbites, see local candidates Reedy Spigner, Mariana Salazar, and Bobby Levinski. Still want more? Austin's League of Women Voters, the DSA Queer Coalition, Jolt Texas, and such will be there too.
      Sat., Oct. 20, 7pm-1am. $10.  
    • Arts

      Dance

      Theorist Festival

      Dance, dance, and dance. And live music and films and more dance. And of course that's live music for dancing to, and films about dancing. And dance workshops and master classes, as well, because this is the latest edition of the annual Theorist Festival from that Amy Morrow and her restless cadre of kinetic savants – this time, 44 artists from across the U.S., México, Canada, India, and the Middle East – galvanizing the Zilker Hillside Theatre and other venues for four days and nights in the wake of ACL. See website for details, yes – and be prepared to move yourself around.
      Thu.-Sun., Oct. 18-21. Prices vary ($250 for an all-festival pass).  
    • Music

      Tom Petty birthday show w/ the Damn Torpedoes

      The Damn Torpedoes won’t back down.
      Sat., Oct. 20, 8pm  
    • Community

      Civic Events

      Volunteer to Clean Lady Bird Lake

      Help keep the lake (also know as the Colorado River) looking good. Volunteer for this weekend' lake cleanup along the shoreline and on the water – yes, kayaks and standup paddleboards are provided at some sites. Registration required.
      Sat., Oct. 20, 9-11am. Free.  
      Multiple sites on the lake
    • Arts

      Visual Arts

      Yard Dog: The Party's Just Getting Started

      Party's just getting started, yeah, and is that Bob Schneider music they're playing? Maybe. But maybe it's also some of this, excuse me, fucking righteousvisual work that the man's been up to recently. We fairly raved about his monochrome etchings, back in the day; this new full-color painting/collage thing Schneider's doing is at least as impressive – and more vibrant across the spectrum of light. Been to Yard Dog lately? Here's you a good excuse.
      Through Oct. 21
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    • Film

      Special Screenings

      "Flight of the Butterflies" (2012)

      The life cycle of a monarch butterfly and its long-distance migration from Canada to Central Mexico is captured in this 3-D nature documentary that also focuses on the decades of fieldwork conducted by Canadian scientist Fred Urquhart.
      Sat., Oct. 20, 12:00  
    • Community

      Civic Events

      19th Annual March to Abolish the Death Penalty

      Follow five death row exonerees for a march and rally to voice opposition to the death penalty.
      Sat., Oct. 20, 2pm. Free.
    • Community

      Events

      A Very 90's Halloween Dance Party

      Test drive your Halloween costume.
      Sat., Oct. 20, 9pm. Free.  
    • Arts

      Dance

      ACC Dance Classes

      The Dance Department of Austin Community College offers classes in modern, jazz, ballet, and improvisation techniques, with student work produced twice a year in the Choreographers' Showcase. Teachers include Ellen Bartel, Jessica Cox, Kathy Dunn Hamrick, Roxanne Gage, Darla Johnson, Sunny Shen, Catherine Solaas and Melissa Watt. Note: Classes can be taken for credit and applied toward your degree.
      Prices vary, scholarships available.  
    • Community

      Sports

      Adventure Fest

      Come out for circus-themed attractions, rock climbing, inflatables, a Camp Gladiator workout, arts & crafts, face-painting, food, carnival games, and more. All proceeds benefit Helping Hand Home for Children.
      Sat., Oct. 20, 10am-2pm. Free.

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