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The Austin Record Convention follows the Crockett Events Center to its new digs at 10601 N. Lamar Saturday and Sunday; the $4 admission is good for both days. eBay classes will be taught on the premises, so hold on to your credit cards.
Baseball isn't the only sport emerging from hibernation: The Texas Rollergirls host a pep rally for their upcoming season Friday at the newly liquored-up Longbranch Inn, while their Lonestar Rollergirl rivals get going Sunday at Thunderdome with Young Heart Attack and the Action Is.
The lifetime achievement awards keep rolling in for Pinetop Perkins, who will be so honored by the Blues Foundation at its W.C. Handy Awards May 5 in Memphis. Perkins has taken the Best Keyboards Handy 12 years running.
To celebrate their third anniversary, the Midgetmen are giving away a pair of iPod Shuffles at Friday's Flamingo Cantina show, where the local punks appear with Navin's Thermos, La La Land, Aster, and Attention Spaniards.
40 Acres Fest returns to the UT campus Saturday, headlined by Dallas native and former Ashlee Simpson flame Ryan Cabrera. Austin's Good Looks, Steve Tenpenny, the Handsomes, AfroFreque, Truepenny, and Battle of the Bands winner Texas Renegade add to the free fun, which starts at noon.
Next Thursday, April 7, is the deadline to register to vote in the May 7 city election that will, among other things, decide the fate of smoking in bars and live music venues. Early voting starts April 20.