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for Sat., Feb. 10
  • Musical Mixology Featuring Ensemble ATX

    Step into a world of timeless mystique as Ensemble ATX invites you to an evening of “Musical Mixology.” Experience the alluring ambiance reminiscent of the secret gatherings of the Lost Generation, transporting you back to the speakeasies where romance and decadence collided. Don’t miss the chance to sip and revel in the fusion of mixology and extraordinary music!
    Sat. Mar. 6, 7:30pm  
    The Mansion
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  • Music

    Jamila Woods, Madison McFerrin

    Pushcart Prize-winning Chicago poet and musician Jamila Woods arrives in Austin for the first time post-pandemic, urged by the shuffling-then-freefalling R&B of third album Water Made Us. Astrology advised her on a Friday the 13th release date last October. Tracking a relationship’s transformative arc, the Jagjaguwar LP title extrapolates a Toni Morrison quote: “All water has a perfect memory and is forever trying to get back to where it was.” Looping back from community-connected Austin appearances like last December’s Far Out Fest and RAS Day 2019, Madison McFerrin rides the mellow, modernized soul pace of last year’s I Hope You Forgive Me (and subs in for Kara Jackson’s recent drop from the tour). – Rachel Rascoe
    Sat., Feb. 10, 8pm  
    • Arts

      Dance

      Ventana Ballet: Variations on a Love Theme

      Ventana joins forces with Austin Camerata for an evening of love stories shared through classical music and dance.
      Fri.-Sat., Feb. 9-10, 6:30 & 8:30pm. $27-35.  
    • Film

      Special Screenings

      Porgy and Bess (2020)

      Porgy and Bess is one of the most celebrated works of art ever made in America, but its portrayal of Black Southerners, written by whites, can still feel a little cringe. George and Ira Gershwin collaborated with DuBose Heyward to create the folk opera in 1935, combining Twenties jazz with musical ideas from the Gullah community of South Carolina. The opera’s debut was an important moment in race relations, as the Gershwins insisted that the lead roles be played by Black singers. This is a rare opportunity to see the 1959 film version starring Sidney Poitier, Dorothy Dandridge, and Sammy Davis Jr. – Brant Bingamon
      Sat., Feb. 10
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      Adriano Santos Brazilian Jazz Quartet (10:00, 8:00)

      Drummer Adriano Santos has been a notable performer and educator since the Eighties. After splitting his time between New York City and Houston, the São Paulo native racked up an impressive list of jazz luminaries as employers: Gato Barbieri, Bill Charlap, Slide Hampton, John Pizzarelli, two different Gilbertos (both Astrud and Bebel), Brazilian legend Gal Costa, and literally dozens more. He also teaches at New York University, Columbia University, and the Drummers Collective School of Music. Between his 2010 album In Session and wide-ranging experience, Santos’ Brazilian quintet owns plenty of groovy material to move hips and nod heads. – Michael Toland
      Sat., Feb. 10  
    • Community

      Civic Events

      Afrofuturism and the Law Symposium

      Texas Law events tend to get pretty in the legal weeds, but this one is geared toward anybody with an interest in the intersection of Black culture, history, and the future of American law. Hosted by the Thurgood Marshall Legal Society and the Austin Black Lawyers Association, the free event will kick off with a keynote address from Fordham professor Bennett Capers, an expert on criminal law and critical race theory. Three panels will follow, covering policing, health, and education. Hosts will provide lunch, and the event ends with a mixer. – Maggie Q. Thompson
      Sat., Feb. 10  
    • Arts

      Theatre

      Amaging!

      Nobody’s suggesting that youth is overrated, but the Eastside’s ever-sizzling Vortex Theatre and World Famous *BOB* unveil a poignant show focused on stories of elders of the queer community. The evening features a cast of five, all over the age of 60, who share 10-minute stories of their personal experiences that invite the audience to discard preconceived ideas of aging. This production is an outgrowth of *BOB*’s Campfire Queer Storytime, hosted monthly at the Vortex, and is sponsored by Rainbow Connections ATX, a program of Family Eldercare. –Wayne Alan Brenner
      Feb. 9-11. Fri.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 6pm. $15-37.  
    • Food

      Food Events

      Bean & Cornbread Cook-Off

      Rivalries spur some of our greatest innovations: Ford vs. Ferrari, Coke vs. Pepsi, Marvel vs. DC … and the chefs of the Dripping Springs Cook-Off Club. Begun in 1987 with some friends who wanted to determine who made the best barbecue, the group now holds several cook-offs per year. This is the first time they’re facing off with beans and cornbread, though, and the results will certainly spice up your weekend and bring in proceeds for local charities. Join in from 8am to 3pm at 12 Fox Beer to see who reigns supreme. – Kat McNevins
      Sat., Feb. 10
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      Theatre

      Beetlejuice: The Musical, the Musical, the Musical

      Based on Tim Burton’s beloved film, this hilarious musical tells the story of a strange and unusual teenager whose life changes when she meets a recently deceased couple and a demon with a thing for stripes.
      Feb. 6-11. Tue.-Thu., 7:30pm; Fri., 8pm; Sat., 2 & 8pm; Sun., 1 & 6:30pm. $35 and up.  
    • Community

      Events

      Can Buy Me Love Valentine's Market

      Need a last-minute Valentine’s Day gift for your honey? Head to SoCo Saturday afternoon, where Hotel San José will offer food, drinks, music by DJ Son Fjord, and a vendor market. McKinley Mazar sells handmade jewelry, Gemini & Company crafts wax candles, and Chantal Ceramics supplies vases, mugs, and bowls; elsewhere, Rancho Sueño and Third Round Vintage set up shop for the clothing-inclined. If you’re really feeling confident in your relationship, hit up permanent jewelers Link X Lou, who weld 14k gold into accessories that stay on forever. – Carys Anderson
      Sat., Feb. 10
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      Nightlife & Parties

      Drag Queen Bingo at the Lawn

      Touch grass and win prizes at this bingo blitz hosted by Tiffany Epiphany and her special guest co-hosts. Plus: Shop the local food and retail vendors of the Lawn to the tunes of DJ Symply Courtney.
      Sat., Feb. 10, 1-3pm
      The Lawn, 2118 S. Congress Ave.
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      Community

      Love on Lockhart

      Look beyond these city limits for LGBTQ fun with the Austin LGBT Chamber of Commerce. They’ve chartered a bus that’ll pop off from Fourth Street on a road trip to small town Lockhart. While there, you’ll explore local businesses like Barbs B Q, Loop & Lil’s Pizza, Best Little Wine & Books, and others who’re members of the chamber’s new Small Town Big Pride program, and witness a rainbow ribbon-cutting at the Caldwell County Courthouse. After this road trip, you’ll want to give Lockhart a weekly visit. – James Scott
      Sat., Feb. 10  
      Multiple locations around Lockhart, TX
    • Music

      Lydia Loveless, Jason Hawk Harris

      Lydia Loveless’ sixth LP, Nothing’s Gonna Stand in My Way Again, reset behind its anthemic title. The 2023 album saw the songwriter return home to Ohio and confront a barrage of insecurity. The result casts Loveless’ hook-heavy roots rock in a more reflective light – no less biting but turned inward to confess vulnerabilities and embrace ambiguity. Labelmate on resurrected Bloodshot Records, Jason Hawk Harris, opens both nights with his own expansive vision of Americana from last year’s tortured reckoning with loss, the remarkable Thin Places. – Doug Freeman
      Sat., Feb. 10, 10pm. $25 cover at door.
    • Qmmunity

      Arts & Culture

      Mutiny Market

      Find finery for your sweetheart or a little trinket for ya-self at this market featuring chainmail jewelry, apparel, cookies, used books, and much more.
      Sat., Feb. 10, 2-8pm
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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.  
    • Community

      Events

      Pardi Gras

      Look, nobody wants us to make a dumb sausage fest joke, but if the andouille fits… Banger’s annual free three-day party around Mardi Gras will feature a Cajun-forward special menu (including boudin link with red beans and rice, crawfish and sausage gumbo, gator hush puppies, and beignets), bourbon barrel beers, kid-friendly games, and live music from Chansons et Soulards, Austin Cajun Aces, Jean Pierre & the Zydeco Angels, the Numbers, and Lexi Weege & JJ Slater. – Kimberley Jones
      Fri.-Sun., Feb. 9-11
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      Events

      PBR’s Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour

      These bulls will stomp your face! And every other part of your delicate human body! Or, as the Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour promoters put it: “Each ride promises an opportunity for an unforgettable moment!” A modestly priced ticket allows the attendee to take in the aroma of hay and dung and watch emerging bull riders and superstars of the sport try to stay atop their bulls for eight seconds. – Brant Bingamon
      Fri.-Sat., Feb. 9-10  
    • Arts

      Visual Arts

      PrintAustin’s PrintEXPO

      PrintEXPO is PrintAustin’s annual two-day fair – free to attend! – featuring more than 100 artists, galleries, print shops, and university printmaking programs from across the United States. Experience live printmaking demonstrations, witness steamroller printing by Texas A&M Kingsville, participate in hands-on printmaking activities led by area arts educators, and purchase original artwork directly from local and, yes, even international artists. Ah, crafty polychrome exuberance, FTW! Never mind that impending singularity: Now’s the time to get down and ink-dirty with your fellow humans in this creative and material world. –Wayne Alan Brenner
      Feb. 10-11. Sat., noon-6pm; Sun., noon-5pm. Free.
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      Events

      Puppy Bowl

      Before the Chiefs and 49ers hit the gridiron Sunday, see some fur-ocious puppies face off “in an epic display of uninhibited cuteness.” Austin Humane Society’s 17th annual Puppy Bowl lets you showcase your fur child’s playfulness for one quarter via the Puppy Player Pass ($30 donation to AHS). That’s not the only way to contribute: $20 gets you into a raffle for some amazing prizes, such as a portable Traeger grill ($450 value) or a party for 10 people and pups at Yard Bar and Camp Out ($500 value). The big game starts promptly at 2pm, and don’t miss the first-ever Rescue Dog Halftime Show! – Kat McNevins
      Sat., Feb. 10  
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      Community

      Queer Foursquare

      Elementary school staple foursquare dates back to the Fifties, when its rules were laid out in a Cincinnati school teacher’s manual. Since then, the basics have barely changed: “Equipment: A large rubber ball [and] a court marked off into four squares.” Yet updates to this marvelous game continue, including our own local LGBTQ foursquare faction. With Punxsutawney Phil having gone sans shadow last Friday, weather will be perfect for you and yours to join them at the Alamo Pocket Park’s pavilion for a little quad court fun. No need to bring your own large rubber ball, but bringing a snack for everyone is never a bad idea. – James Scott
      Sat., Feb. 10
      Alamo Pocket Park, 2100 Alamo St.
    • Community

      Events

      The Chronicle Moving Sale

      We’ve been in the Elgin Butler Brick Company building for almost 33 years now – more than enough time to turn junk into memorabilia. Desks, chairs, shelves, file cabinets, yes, but also other “random Chronicle things.” Posters, handbills, and fliers. The press kit from the Austin Aztex national championship season. Forty-year-old guides to life in Austin. Old issues. Really old issues. Snow globes. Softball trophies. Vintage tees, free bandanas, and branded hard hats. (And never fear; we’re not really going anywhere, just moving to the other side of the volleyball court on 40th St.) – Nick Barbaro
      Fri.-Sat., Feb. 9-10. 10:30am-2pm
    • Arts

      Visual Arts

      The American Dream: TV Viewing & Art Party

      This local gallery was showcased on The American Dream, and tonight's shindig is a viewing party of the relevant episode, featuring an exhibition of local female artists, accompanied by DJ Lady Wonder spinning vinyl beats, and more.
      Sat., Feb. 10, 6pm. $20-65.  
    • Arts

      Theatre

      The Feud: A Musical Comedy

      From Texas Comedies – the company that brought us Murders & Moontowers, Boomtown, Prohibition, and other staged follies – comes this latest spectacle inspired by the notorious Sutton-Taylor Feud, the longest-lasting and deadliest feud in 19th-century Texas.
      Thu.-Sat., Feb. 1-10, 8pm  
    • Arts

      Theatre

      The Library

      Do you think gun violence is way out of control in these United States, citizen? Do you want a more effective response than “thoughts and prayers” from politicians? Different Stages knows how public art can help effect change, continuing their current season of theatre with Scott Z. Burns’ drama about the aftermath of a deadly shooting at a high school. Directed by Carl Gonzales and Lacey Cannon Gonzales, featuring performances by Lucky Cantu, Eva McQuade, Beau Paul, Gina Houston, Stan McDowell, Liz Waters, and Jason Park. – Wayne Alan Brenner
      Through Feb. 11. Fri.-Sat. & Mon., 7:30pm; Sun., 3pm. $15-35.  
    • Arts

      Theatre

      The Mystic’s Valentine: An Enchanted Evening With Belladonna of Sadness (1973/2016)

      Immersive event and interactive media creator Ceia G. brings an entrancing event boasting a “blend of cinematic brilliance and mystical allure, designed to captivate your senses and ignite your imagination.” During a screening of Seventies cult anime classic Belladonna of Sadness, you’ll be invited to walk through rooms crafted in the style of the film’s scenes, peruse a market of magical items, and sup upon drinks and food created to suit the night’s tempting tenor. But be warned: This screening isn’t suitable for everyone, so only mature audiences need RSVP. – James Scott
      Sat., Feb. 10  
    • Film

      Special Screenings

      The Scent of Green Papaya (1993)

      Lush, succulent, verdant, aromatic. These are the kind of words that come to mind when describing this Camera d'Or winning first feature from Tran Anh Hung (The Taste of Things). Read Marjorie Baumgarten's review.
      Sat., Feb. 10, 7pm
    • Film

      Special Screenings

      The Young Girls of Rochefort (1967)

      Young Deneuve and her sister Dorléac play singing and dancing twins in this unique musical. Their lives grow entwined with those of a music-shop owner and a painter, while all of them search for love amid the music of Michel Legrand. The stunningly colorful film was restored under the guidance of Demy's widow, Agnès Varda.
      Sat., Feb. 10, 4:15pm
    • Arts

      Visual Arts

      Thin Spaces: Seeking Nature’s Ethereal Conduits

      This three-person show of visual art at the venerable Dougherty Arts Center suggests ways in which “the natural world can serve as a conduit to a deeper understanding of the ethereal,” divulging liminal places where material and spirit intertwine. Local and simultaneously beyond locale, the layered oil abstractions of Rebecca Bennett, the stunningly manipulated photography of Leslie Kell, and Elena Lipkowski’s digital collages embellished with hand-stitched embroidery shift the gallery’s walls toward wonder and may open your doors of perception into a realm that’s downright seelie. Bonus: Meet the artists there tonight, 7-9pm. – Wayne Alan Brenner
      Feb. 3-March 9
    • Community

      Sports

      Uncanny Attractions: Drag & Dropkicks

      Wham-bam, body slam! Austin-based all-inclusive wrestling league Uncanny Attractions puts on Show the Love, a romantic rumble at the largest gay bar in town featuring not just wrestlers but drag performances as well. Catch reigning Unchampion Billy Dixon defending his belt against debut brawler Brick Savage; a family fight between Dillon and Eddy McQueen; a tag team battle between team Living in Fashion (Devin Carter & Zakai Living) and Purple Haze (Prince Alexander & Hollywood Hellcat Hendrixx); plus tons more! Can’t catch the big show IRL? Uncanny streams live on IWTV, baybee! – James Scott
      Sat., Feb. 10, 6pm  
    • Arts

      Classical Music

      USA vs the UK

      Austin Symphony Orchestra draws inspiration from “the special relationship” for an across-the-pond-and-back performance featuring four composers – two American, two British. Austin’s own preeminent pianist, Anton Nel, opens the program with Benjamin Britten’s Piano Concerto, Op. 13. Also on the bill: American Samuel Barber’s aching “Adagio for Strings,” Brit Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music, and American Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, performed in collaboration with Chorus Austin. – Kimberley Jones
      Fri.-Sat., Feb. 9-10
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