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Walking the Cow

Last week local honky-tonk hero Kevin Fowler auctioned off a deluxe hunting trip to South Texas' Herradura Ranch with him and Boston Red Sox righthander Josh Beckett. For $6,000, the winning bid bought an opportunity to bag one whitetail deer, one hog, and one javelina, plus a Remington rifle and full suit of brush camouflage. The trip will also be filmed for a future episode of the syndicated Texas Trophy Hunters TV show.

Anthropos Arts, the Austin nonprofit that offers workshops and music lessons to economically challenged area students, has its seventh annual student/teacher concert 6pm May 21 at Stubb's. Anthropos' string students start things off with a quartet, also featuring members of the Austin Symphony; then the jazz kids and their mentors take over for a program of Charlie Parker, a Colombian cumbia, and selections from Paris label Buda Musique's Ethiopiques series. Atash, featuring Anthropos founder Dylan Jones and Calcuttan sitar master Indrajit Banerjee, closes out the evening with a pan-cultural groove. Tickets are $12; see www.anthropos.org.

Before departing for a mini-tour of Chicago and Washington, D.C., local author Josh Frank is having a party for his Pixies oral history Fool the World 8pm today (Thursday) at Club de Ville. Suave Austin rockers the Ron Titter Band will handle the inevitable requests for "Tame" and "Bone Machine," and Frank promises to have plenty of copies of Fool the World available. "The publishers haven't paid me very much, but they did send me 90 books," he laughs. "This is my chance to get rid of 'em."

Speeding Motorcycle, Houston theatre company Infernal Bridegroom Productions' opera based on the songs of Daniel Johnston, premieres at a special preview party May 24 and begins its regular run May 26. Directed by IBP founder Jason Nodler, performances are Fridays and Saturdays through June 24 at the Axiom, 2524 McKinney St., just east of downtown Houston. Call 713/522-8443 to make reservations. Johnston, meanwhile, hawks his new collection, Welcome to My World, with an in-store at Waterloo Records 5pm today (Thursday) and plays after the Alamo South's 7:30pm screening of The Devil & Daniel Johnston.

Are you guys having a killer time? You will at the free junior high prom 10pm Saturday at Beauty Bar, brought to you by the folks at KVRX and Car Stereo (Wars). They promise all your favorite early/mid-Nineties hits, giveaways, prom portraits by Soft Action, and even a Sega Genesis, so don't forget the corsage. More weekend fun: California prodigy Jon Crosby, aka VAST, brings his baroque industrial fantasias to Elysium Friday, and Alejandro Escovedo hauls his string quartet into Pink salon, 1204 S. Congress, 5pm Sunday for a special Mother's Day show with Grady (love you, mom). Call 447-2888 for tickets, and check out some supplemental video from New York Times critic Jon Pareles' recent Escovedo profile at NYTimes.com.

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