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  • Star of Texas Tattoo Art Revival

    17th Annual Star of Texas Tattoo Art Revival! Over 300 artists from around the world, plus thousands of fans will converge at the Palmer Event Center for Texas' largest art and tattoo event on January 18-20, 2019
    Fri.-Sun. Jan. 18-20  
    Palmer Events Center
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  • Music

    7 Minutes in Heaven: A Celebration of Esme Barrera w/ Cigarettes After Sex (solo), Ted Leo, Jim Ward, the Crack Pipes, John Wesley Coleman, the John-Pauls, Sara O, Mahealani

    The enduring legacy of Esme Barrera is the impact an individual can make by being enthusiastic, generous, loving. The Austin music booster, murdered on New Year’s Day 2012, remains a sweetheart fixture of the homegrown scene seven years after her tragic death.: Friday, Barrera’s favorite acts and best friends play Mohawk in her memory. Greg Gonzalez (Cigarettes After Sex) and Jim Ward (Sparta), both hailing from the honoree’s hometown of El Paso, headline alongside punk/indie bard Ted Leo. Austin acts she adored, the Crack Pipes and John Wesley Coleman, plus her dear friend Mark Fagan’s newer group the John-Pauls, perform as well. Money raised through the concert goes toward a Girls Rock Camp, along with 25 scholarships, in El Paso.: “We wanted to do something big and unique that captured Esme’s magic,” says Erica Flores, who volunteered with Barrera at Girls Rock Austin and heads up the El Paso project with fellow GRA alum Jess Bee.: Bee, who got into GRA through Barrera’s urging, remembers her friend saying, “I wish there was something like this when I was growing up in El Paso.”: Now there will be.
    Fri., Jan. 18, 7pm  
  • Arts

    Dance

    A'lante Flamenco: Amor Fati

    A’lante Flamenco brings the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice and their tempestuous world to life through fiery flamenco guitar, searing vocals, and flamenco dance – with seven dancers and four musicians. Bonus: Alex Ruiz.
    Through Jan. 20. Fri.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 4:30pm. $21.75 and up.  
  • Community

    Sports

    Austin Spurs

    Vs. South Bay Lakers: Fri., Jan. 18, 7:30pm. Vs. Iowa Wolves: Sat., Jan. 19, 7pm. $6-79.
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Big Medium: The Contemporary Print

    The bright anchor of PrintAustin's inkstained vehicle of wonders is this exhibition of printmaking from 35 artists from around the world, juried by Anna Katherine Brodbeck of the Dallas Museum of Art. Bonus: SightlinesJeanne Claire van Ryzin hosts a discussion among Brodbeck, Carlos Hernandez of Burning Bones Press, Dennis McNett of Wolfbat Studios, and PrintAustin’s own Cathy Savage at 6pm.
    Reception: Fri., Jan. 18, 7-10pm
  • Music

    Bill Frisell w/ Tony Scherr & Kenny Wollesen

    Bill Frisell drifts and dreams through variations of 20th century American melody, where the moon drips honey and the heavens turn blue. His guitar strings glisten with stardust and launch tunes into hypnopompic wonder. In motivic transit, the Baltimore native, 67, sustains the warmth of the sun, even when he’s crossed into interstellar space. Bassist Tony Scherr and drummer Kenny Wollesen provide the starburst dazzle.
    Fri., Jan. 18, 8pm
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Butridge Gallery: Despite It All

    This is a solo show by the celebrated graphic designer Dave McClinton. Can faces, bodies, and historical references be used to tell stories? You bet your bold narrative hooks they can, citizen.
    Through Feb. 9  
  • Music

    El Ten Eleven, Joan of Arc, Dolphin Dilemma

    L.A. post-rock electro duo’s Banker’s Hill vs. Chicago emo quintet’s 1984.
    Fri., Jan. 18, 9pm
  • Arts

    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, if you care about new theatre in Austin or just like to be wowed by some fierce stagework, you should get your tickets now, because this will be the primo live-performance shit in town and don't blame your Chronicle pals for not hipping you to it ahead of time, capisce? Okay, then.

    Through Feb 16. Tue.-Sat., 8pm  
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    grayDUCK Gallery: Amze Emmons and Yoonmi Nam

    The wonders of PrintAustin are heralded in the excellent grayDUCK space, with Emmons presenting his records of informal temporary structures and ingenious vernacular designs, with Nam offering images of man-made environments and objects and cut flower arrangements, with a two-person show that complements and contrasts across the common ground of expert printmaking.
    Through Feb. 24
  • Arts

    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. For the love of all that might be holy, don't miss it.
    Thu.-Sun., Jan. 17-Feb. 9, 8pm. $15-35.  
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    ICOSA: When Everything’s Been Said

    New works by Jonas Criscoe and Mark Johnson that explore the illusion of direction and the indeterminacy of visual language, charting the cacophonous nature of our contemporary environment while reflecting upon the incoherent facets of information that saturate our daily lives. Highly recommended graphic lingogasm in 3 … 2 … 1 …
    Reception: Fri., Jan. 18, 7-10pm  
  • Arts

    Classical Music

    Jake Runestad: Hope Of Loving

    The choral works of Jake Runestad take center stage for Conspirare’s next recording, in which the composer's commitment to musically potent and well-crafted compositions aligns with current cultural questions about race, gender, orientation, and psychological challenges related to suicide and gun violence.
    Fri.-Sat., Jan. 18-19, 8pm. $20-65.  
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Link & Pin Gallery: Viscosity

    This early part of the glorious, sprawling PrintAustin initiative is an exhibition, organized by Flash Collective, featuring hand-pulled prints from 24 female artists of varying ethnic backgrounds from around the United States, Canada, and Finland. Note: "Viscosity" is a declaration against marginalization.
    Reception: Sat., Feb. 9, 6-8pm
  • Music

    Los Tucanes de Tijuana, Los Austeros de Durango, Kanales

    Ambassadors of Norteño since 1987, Sinaloa’s Los Tucanes de Tijuana embrace the romanticism of border ballads and the drug dealer glorification of narcocorridos. From the crime-ridden Imperlo and lovelorn Amor Descarado, both 2003, their conventional approach to the genre’s traditional accordion and guitar compositions have garnered the Tijuana, Mexico, outfit 12 Grammy nominations.
    Fri., Jan. 18, 8pm
  • Music

    Mike Flanigin Trio w/ Jimmie Vaughan & Herman Jackson

    B.B. King drummer joins Mike Flanigin and Jimmie Vaughan.
    Fri., Jan. 18, 10:30pm
  • Music

    Mistfest w/ Doomstress, Force of Rage, Shadow Spectrum, Dead Now Evil, Black Thorn Halo, Last Judgement, Red Beard Wall, Witchcryer, Boodang, HateWaker, Send Help

    Austinites missing metal cave the Back Room (1988-1995) can console themselves with this 40-band, Texas-heavy conclave. Proselytizing Eurodoom, Houston’s Doomstress headlines Friday, backed by Austin NWOBHM traditionalists Force of Rage and more. NOLA sludge titans Eyehategod dominate Saturday, with San Antonio death metalheads Flesh Hoarder, among others, in support. Sunday elevates Austin thrashing death dealers Vulture Christ, preceded by Houston’s blackened doom proggers Sleeping Ancient and more.
    Fri., Jan. 18
  • 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.  
  • Music

    Poi Dog Pondering w/ Abra Moore

    Frank Orrall and Susan Voelz maintain veteran world-pop fusionists.
    Fri., Jan. 18, 8:30pm
  • Arts

    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 more than 42 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  
  • Music

    School of Rock Austin "Best of Austin" showcase feat. members of Rise Against, Ugly Beats, Riverboat Gamblers, Fastball, Big Boys, & more

    “I’ve always thought of Austin music as a natural resource in the same way as Barton Springs,” contemplates Austin School of Rock director Rick Carney. “There’s lots to be done in preserving this heritage and that falls on all of us, but especially people like myself who work with the next generation.”: The novel concept behind School of Rock, which serves 30,000 students through 225 schools in 12 countries, is that it gives musicians age 7-18 legit stage experience. Friday’s showcase finds local youth performing a set list of Austin classics ranging from the 13th Floor Elevators’ 1966 single “You’re Gonna Miss Me” to Sweet Spirit’s 2015 rager “Take Me to a Party.”: Along the way, students collaborate with artists who originated the material. Fastball singer/bassist Tony Scalzo tutors kids on “The Way,” Riverboat Gamblers’ Mike Wiebe and Ian McDougall light a fuse on “Save You,” and Tim Kerr sings on the Big Boys’ brilliant outlier and extreme live rarity “Sound on Sound.” Expect unannounced appearances from Austin favorites as they fundraise for musician health care nonprofit HAAM.
    Fri., Jan. 18, 6:30pm
  • Qmmunity

    Nightlife & Parties

    Sex Talk!

    18-and-up cuties are invited to talk about the birds and bees with Louisianna Purchase and Zane Zena's sex-positive variety show. And remember: tip, tip, tip!
    Fri., Jan. 18, 10pm-12mid. Free.  
  • 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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