Chris Picks

Each week Chris brings you the best in music, dance, arts and entertainment opportunities in Austin and surrounding areas.


Thursday, November 30, 2006

Announcing Ella Rose

November 30-December 6, 2006

Ella Rose, my newest grandbaby, arrived around noon yesterday and has already charmed her father (my son) past all hope of recovery. All she had to do was to grab his finger, and he instantly and willingly became her slave. I don't know that any baby was ever more tenderly wanted, awaited and cherished. What a lucky kid she is. Now I have to get on the stick and find her a tiny little flight jacket and goggles because I know she's bound to start flying with Daddy just the minute she's big enough.

Thanksgiving may officially be behind us, but this gift of Ella Rose extends the 'thanks' part of it, all the more so because of the nightmare labor ending in an emergency C-section which saved both mother and baby. It's like that extra dollop of whipped cream on the sweet potato pie, mmmmmm.

And speaking of sweet potato pie, there are plenty of chances for atoning for that extra slice this weekend, so get your dancing shoes on.

Thursday, Nov 30

UT Middle Eastern Ensemble
Music Building 6.252 / 7-9 pm
UT now has its very own middle eastern music ensemble and they're having an open house and reception to which we're all invited. Click here for a map.

Broken Spoke / 3201 S. Lamar; 442-6189

The Hummingbirds
Carousel Lounge / 1110 E. 52nd; 452-6790

DJd Swing Dance
The Fed / 24th at San Gabriel / 9 pm

Two Hoots and a Holler
Ego’s / 510 S. Congress; 474-7091 / 11 pm

Friday, Dec 1

Mr. Fabulous
Reed’s Jazz Club / 9901 Cap of TX Hwy; 342-7977 / 8:30 pm

Dale Watson
Continental Club / 1315 S. Congress;
441-2444 / midnight

White Ghost Shivers
Central Market / 4001 N. Lamar; 206-1000 / 6:30 pm

Cornell Hurd Band
Broken Spoke / 3201 S. Lamar; 442-6189

First Friday Contradance
Carpenter's Hall / 400 Josephine / 8pm; $6-8
Live music this month by the Flying Kilts (now that sounds interesting!) 512-970-4919 for more info.

Acme Song Company
Cipollina / 1213 West Lynn; 477-5211 / 8 pm

DJd Swing Dance
Go Dance / 2525 W. Anderson Lane (Northcross Mall), Suite 530 / 9:30 pm; $4 & $6.

Saturday, Dec 2

Aunt Ruby's Sweet Jazz Babies
Treehouse Italian Grill / 2201 College; 443-4200 / 7:30 pm

South Austin Jug Band
Ruta Maya / 3601 S. Congress; 707-9637 / 8 pm
This is part of Whip In's Tunes & Brew benefit series which gets musical education to pre-schoolers.

Dale Watson
Central Market / 4001 N. Lamar; 206-1000 / 6:30 pm (family)

Holiday Swing
Dell Jewish Community Center / 7300 Hart Lane; 454-8646 / 8pm
This is the 18th year of this event which benefits Project Transition. Live music by The Studebakers; and you can get tix at Top Drawer, Book Woman, Tapelenders Video or by calling the number above.

Nash Hernandez Orchestra
Donn’s Depot / 1600 W. 5th, 478-0336 / 9 pm; $5

Saturday and Sunday, Dec 2 & 3

Wheatsville Arts Fest
Wheatsville Food Co-op / 3101 Guadalupe; 478-2667 / 10am-5:30pm (family)
I like this festival because (1) it's cool and I always run into people I like there; and (2) it's walking distance from my house, so I don't have to even make much of an effort to get there. Lots of way cool arts, jewelry and more for your holiday shopping pleasure; and of course, plenty of live music by such folks as The Studebakers, Ain't Misbehavin', Jango's Moustache and more, more, more.

Sunday, Dec 3

Monster Big Band
Ruta Maya / 3601 S. Congress; 707-9637 / 7 pm

Texas Swing Kings
Artz Ribhouse / 2230 S. Lamar; 442-8283 / 6:30 pm (family)

Dale Watson
Ginny’s Little Longhorn / 5434 Burnet Road; 458-1813

Continental Club / 1315 S. Congress; 441-2444 / 10 pm; $6

Monday, Dec 4

Paris 49 & Dale Watson
Continental Club /1315 S. Congress;441-2444 / 6:30 pm & 10 pm

Bayou Cajun Band
Evangeline Cafe / 8106 Brodie Lane; 282-2586 / 6:30 pm (family)

Erik Hokkanen will be sitting in with them this week, so check 'em out.

Tuesday, Dec 5

Marc Devine & Denia Ridley
Reed's Jazz Club / 9901 Cap of TX Hwy; 342-7977 / 6:30 pm

Erik Hokkanen's Laboratory
Flipnotics / 1601 Barton Springs; 322-9750 / 8:00 pm

Al DiMeola
Cactus Café / Texas Union, UT campus, 23rd at Guadalupe, 475-6515 / 7 & 9:30 $37.50 advance/$40 door
Wow. THE Al DiMeola? Sweet! 512.477-6060 to charge tix.

Wednesday, Dec 6

Albert and Gage
Donn’s Depot / 1600 W. 5th, 478-0336


Helotes, TX
Friday, Dec 2
Floores Country Store / 14492 Old Bandera Road; 210-695-8827

Gruene, TX
Saturday, Dec 2

White Ghost Shivers
Gruene Hall / 1281 Gruene; 830-606-1281 / 1-5 pm; no cover
What a great way to escape the holiday shopping!

San Marcos, TX
Saturday, Dec 2
Two Tons of Steel
Cheatham Street Warehouse / 199 Cheatham St; 512-353-3777


Saturday & Sunday, Dec 9 & 10
Mundi/Capitol City Men's Chorus

Central Christian Church / 1110 Guadalupe / 8 pm (Sat); 4 pm (Sun); $15 (family)
Did I mention that I've been on a choral music kick lately? And I'm always on a Mundi kick. So what could be better than combining the two?

See ya on the dance floor,



Blogger Fiddlisa said...

Mazel Tov, Chris, on your new grandbaby!!! Glad everyone is healthy and happy. Especially you:-)

10:06 AM  
Blogger chris humphrey said...

Thanks! We're all breathing much easier now. Yesterday was not much fun, but it had a happy ending.

1:29 PM  

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