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  • 32nd Annual Old Settler's Music Festival

    Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit (acoustic) and Brandi Carlile headline Old Settler’s Music Festival. Bring the whole family to enjoy camping, jamming, youth activities, workshops, craft beer, gourmet food, and an art fair. Over 30 bands with Del McCoury, Shinyribs, Hayes Carll, Wild Child, Galactic, & more.
    Apr. 11-14  
    Tilmon, TX
  • A Jam for George!

    Celebrate the music of George Harrison on what would have been his 76th birthday. Featuring live performances by Acey Monaro and Ben Burdick of GO FEVER, Cara Tillman of Moving Panoramas, Paul Banks of P.T. Banks, Austin Lancaster of Blackboot Family Band, T.J. Masters of GUMA, Sam Rives of Jean Wranglers and a full band set from Burgess Meredith! Refreshments provided by Hops & Grain Brewery.
    Sun. Feb. 24, 2pm-6pm
    BLK Vinyl
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  • Music

    Rex the Dog, Ian Orth, Mouthfeel, Dylan Reece, Cap'n Tits

    London dance music producer Jake Williams wields serious firepower in his Texas debut. A veteran of Cologne’s legendary Kompakt Records, the king of canines travels with a modular synthesizer featuring parts he designed himself specifically for live performance.: Austin Chronicle: Describe your music.: Jake Williams: I’m obsessed with analog synthesizers. That’s one theme that’s present throughout everything. There’s an Eighties vibe and bits of electro and techno, but not pure techno. There’s a four to the floor drum beat, so you’ll be able to dance. It’s for fun rather than chin-stroking.: AC: Why do you use a modular synth live?: JW: I tweak and mod the sequences and sounds, which is really fun. You can have big mistakes that sound amazing or can fuck up the flow completely, which gives a nice element of risk. And I have the modular facing the audience, which looks so great, [because] it acts as the second member of the band. Half the value of having a machine like that is people see what you’re doing.: AC: Any advice for potential modular hobbyists?: JW: Start small. Get the minimum you need to get a sound: a VCA, an oscillator, an envelope, and a filter. There’s a hell of a lot you can do with that.: AC: In the Nineties you had a crossover hit, “There’s Nothing I Won’t Do.” Do you ever consider making another song for radio?: JW: You know, my mother asks me this question: “Why don’t you do another one of those hits?” I have no clue. I was making club music in the right place at the right time and those records resonated in a crossover market, but that was never my intention. There’s no way I could control that or do it again. You make what you make and that’s that.
    Fri., Feb. 1, 9pm
    • Arts

      Theatre

      Hedwig and the Angry Inch

      Director Dave Steakley and choreographer Abe Reybold bring John Cameron Mitchell's glamorous and rockin' musical classic – about "a fourth-wall-smashing East German rock & roll goddess who also happens to be the victim of a botched sex-change operation, trying to find a place to belong in America," of course – back to the Austin stage.
      Through March 2. Wed.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sat.-Sun., 2:30pm. $30-165.  
    • Arts

      Visual Arts

      The Printmaker's Ball

      Here's a fancy-partying debut event for PrintAustin, a bona fide masquerade ball that’s total Instagram bait (and a night-before harbinger of the next day’s crowd-pleasing Print Expo). Join the artful crowd rocking the rafters of the Blue Genie Big Top across from ACC Highland for a night of stealthy, Tito's-fueled fun.
      Fri., Feb. 1, 7-10pm. $10.  
    • Community

      Sports

      Austin Spurs

      Vs. Long Island Nets: Fri., Feb. 1, 7:30pm. Vs. Delaware Blue Coats: Tue., Feb. 5, 11am. $6-79.  
    • Music

      David Lee Garza y Los Musicales

      Fusing country, Tex-Mex, and Americana, David Lee Garza y los Musicales boast Tejano staples including the spry “Con el Tiempo,” twang humor “Hey David Who’s That Gringo,” and “Te Quiero, Te Amo.” Alongside a 2013 Latin Grammy for Just Friends, the staunch Poteet native counts over 30 albums in collaboration with Little Joe y la Familia, Joe Posada, and more.
      Fri., Feb. 1, 8pm
    • Arts

      Theatre

      FronteraFest Long Fringe: Speed Levitch's Birth of the New Ghetto

      As a Zionist leader, Theodor Herzl's a natural. As a playwright, he's a putz. As a husband? Oy. This black comedy shows Herzl, the founding father of Zionism, through a historical drama in the shape of a borscht-belt comedy. Picture The Sorrow and the Pity as written by Neil Simon, with Timothy "Speed" Levitch as Herzl.
      Jan. 28-Feb. 2. Mon., 7pm; Wed., 8:45pm; Fri., 7pm; Sat., 5:45pm. $17.  
    • 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, which is always the primo live-performance shit in town and is already completely sold out – we warned you about this, like, weeks ago, right? – except for the wild-card Staff Picks night on Thu., Feb. 14, 8pm, which has a few tickets still available.
      Through Feb 16. Tue.-Sat., 8pm.  
    • Music

      Gurf Morlix (album release)

      Thank Gurf Morlix for keeping Blaze Foley’s legacy relevant until the late songwriter’s current moment of redemption. That, however, shouldn’t overshadow his own indefatigable resurgence of six albums over the past decade. Latest LP Impossible Blue brims with Morlix’s tender poetry, distinctive grit, and low-grooving blues, which comes accented by Red Young’s Hammond B-3 and Jaimee Harris’ backing vocals.
      Fri., Feb. 1, 8pm
    • Community

      Sports

      Harlem Globetrotters

      Featuring some of the most elite dunkers on the planet, exceptional ball handlers, and Guinness World Record holders, a Globetrotters game is more than just basketball.
      Fri., Feb. 1, 7-10pm. $19-135.  
    • 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. And here's the scoop on the playwright and the play's origins. And here's what our Robert Faires says about the show.
      Through Feb. 9. Thu.-Sun., 8pm. $15-35.  
    • Arts

      Books

      Jess Hagemann: Headcheese

      The local author presents her debut novel. Listen: "From sexual fetish to the clinical diagnosis of Body Integrity Identity Disorder, Headcheese makes the first cut, peeling back the epidermis to peer inside the minds and hearts of 26 people navigating the topography of flesh."
      Fri., Feb. 1, 7pm
    • Music

      Marty Friedman, Immortal Guardian, Knights of Darkness, Vicious Cycle

      Infamous shredder since the Eighties, D.C.-born/Tokyo-based Marty Friedman made his name as Megadeth’s Nineties guitar slinger. He’s since carved out a career with a series of instrumental LPs, the latest being last year’s One Bad M.F. Live!! Austin shred sledders Immortal Guardian open, preceded by Knights of Darkness and Vicious Cycle.
      Fri., Feb. 1, 8pm
    • 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.  
    • 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 a wide diversity of 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

      Quiet Company (EP release), Black & White Years (album release), Black Books, Born Again Virgin [outside]

      Seething indie rock meets CBGB pop on dueling new EPs.
      Fri., Feb. 1, 9pm
    • Music

      Second anniversary w/ Psych McCartney & the Lennon Experience, Bali Yaaah, Rattlesnake Milk, Goldbloom, Manifest Destiny's Child

      Commemorating a defunct Eastside house of worship converted into a coven of psychedelic sounds and liquid light, the Electric Church House Band twists up some Fab Four as Psych McCartney & the Lennon Experience on Friday following the art rock of Bali Yaaah, country-punk by Rattlesnake Milk, psych from Goldbloom, and more. Saturday, the Black Angels’ Christian Bland goes acoustic, Modular Sun drops acid rock, King Country plies dungeon rock, and San Marcos headliners Crypt Trip open the throttle of their moto metal.
      Fri., Feb. 1, 9pm
    • Film

      Special Screenings

      Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1989)

      Lates: Tsukamoto's 67-minute black-and-white film combines the frenzied roller-coaster pace of a Sam Raimi film with the acute symbolism of David Lynch's Eraserhead and ends up a ferociously original nightmare that stands in a league of its own.
      Fri., Feb. 1, 10:00  
    • Music

      The Crack Pipes, Pong, Rocket 808, Boom Gang

      Space rock meets Baptist punk.
      Fri., Feb. 1, 9pm
    • Arts

      Comedy

      Valerie Tosi

      She's the host of The Mermaid Comedy Hour, the longest running all-female show at The Hollywood Improv; she's the lead in the feature film The Sex Addict; she's, Jesus, she's everywhere lately, wreaking hilarity at festivals and even voicing the Google Home Mini campaign. This weekend, though, that Tosi is here at the Velv, with Angelina Martin opening.
      Feb. 1-2. Fri., 9pm; Sat., 9 & 11pm. $10.  
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    • Film

      Special Screenings

      42 (2013)

      Friday Matinee: Jackie Robinson's story is told as a socially conscious moral tale about the malevolence of segregation.
      Fri., Feb. 1, 3:30. Free.  
    • Music

    • Film

      Special Screenings

      Alita: Battle Angel: Passport to Iron City

      Explore the setting of Robert Rodriguez's new film, the post-apocalyptic, gritty, refuse-filled Iron City. You'll interact with city residents, earn credits for completing puzzles and challenges, experiment with the technology, and uncover hidden clues. The film opens Feb. 14.
      Jan. 29-Feb. 14. Daily, 2-10pm. $25.
      1901 E. 51st
    • Arts

      Visual Arts

      AARC: Let the Colors Speak

      Rashmi Thakur and Supriya Kharod, both born in India and both proud Austinites now, document their individual journeys through watercolor and acrylic paintings, depicting the colorful traditions, vibrant life, and diverse culture found in the two communities they love.
      Through March 30  
    • Arts

      Visual Arts

      AARC: Storied and Pop Japan

      Two new art shows at the Asian American Resource Center. First, there's STORIED, in which Katherine Leung reflects the Tuvan culture in her Faces of Central Texas series, incorporating the folklore of golden light gods; and JU Salvant draws upon the personal history of a young girl’s journey from Vietnam to America for the visual story, Red Sky in the Morning. And then there's POP JAPAN, curated by Guzu Gallery's own Vincent X. Torres, presenting an array of notable characters from Japanese television, film, anime, and manga.
    • Qmmunity

      Nightlife & Parties

      Aby's 21st Birthday Party

      Howdy Gals and Aby Oviedo want you to join the party with Continental Drift, Hey Cowboy, Pleasure Venom, TC Superstar, and a DJ set by Synthemesc.
      Fri., Feb. 1, 9pm. Free, $5 for minors.  
    • Music

    • Community

      Events

      Altatudes Hearts and Handbags

      The East Austin boutique is asking for handbag donations to help underserved youth in the area for the giveback initiative slated for Feb. 9. Open thy closet and see if there's anything that no longer sparks joy.
      Taking donations through Feb. 1. The event takes place Feb. 9, 2-4pm. Free.
      Altatudes, 1717 E. 12th
    • Film

      Special Screenings

      Amazon Adventure (2017)

      Laser IMAX 3D: Track the 11-year journey of 1850s explorer Henry Bates.
      Fri., Feb. 1, 10:00am, 12:00, 3:00  
    • Food

      Food Events

      Asador’s One-Year Anniversary Pig Roast

      Those taco savants of Asador are celebrating their one-year anniversary tonight with a backyard-BBQ-inspired pig roast in the courtyard of Las Perlas Mezcaleria, with dinner plates including pit-style suckling pork, beans, escabeche, masa johnny cakes, and pineapple rum cake.
      Fri., Feb. 1, 8pm. $13-25.  
    • Arts

      Visual Arts

      Atelier Dojo

      This school of representational art is led by four world-class locals, teaches drawing and painting (both fundamental and advanced programs), has open studios with live modeling, a schedule of workshops featuring visiting artists from around the world, and is located in the heart of Big Medium's Canopy complex. Oh look – we profiled and interviewed the faculty right here!

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