Chris Picks

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


Thursday, January 18, 2007

Heating it up

January 18-24, 2007

Brrrrrrrrrrrr! I live in a lovely little 1920s bungalow that's full of charm, architectural features, clutter and DRAFTS! Holy moly, it's been cold these past few days!

efore the cold weather set in, I went to the store and loaded up on my favorite tea, washed my warmest socks, and got a copy of the new Beatles CD Love, which is one of the most brilliant CDs I've ever heard and is PERFECT for sitting in front of the fire -- drinking my favorite tea and wearing my warmest socks, of course.

Thursday, Jan 18

Broken Spoke / 3201
S. Lamar; 442-6189

DJd Swing Dance
The Fed / 24th at San Gabriel / 9 pm
Visit the Austin Swing Syndicate site for full details about this great organization.

Cipollina / 1213 West Lynn; 477-5211 / 8 pm

Ridgetop Syncopators
Artz Ribhouse / 2230 S. Lamar; 442-8283 / 6 pm (family)

Carousel Lounge / 1110 E. 52nd; 452-6790
I think this is the early show, but call to confirm.

The Fabulous Chevelles
Guero's Taco Bar / 1412 S. Congress; 447-7688
Most fabulous 60s cover band ever.

Friday, Jan 19

The Eggmen
Mangia's Pizza / 3016 Guadalupe / 3 pm (family)

The Eggmen
Jovita's / 1619 S. 1st; 447-7825 / 7 pm (family)
Twice in one day. What could be better?

Lucky Strikes
Reed's Jazz Club / 9901 Cap of TX Hwy; 342-7977 / 8:30 pm

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

DJd Swing Dance
Go Dance / Northcross Mall / 9:30 pm; $4-$6

Friday & Saturday, Jan 19 & 20

Lost Bayou Ramblers; White Ghost Shivers

Continental Club / 1315 S. Congress; 441-2444
This is a great double header happening two nights in a row. Here's how it works: on FRIDAY, the LBR start at 10 and the WGS at midnight. On SATURDAY, it's the other way around.

Helms Fine Arts Center / St. Stephen's School; 2900 Bunny Runn / 8 pm (family)
Dierdre Strand and the Chrysalis dance company, along with various choreographers, have been busy putting together a dance performance with the live music of Atash, entitled "She'r" (Poetry). Modern, Contemporary, Indian, Oriental, Latin, and Tap will be featured genres of dance. Free Benefit concert for World Harmony (nonprofit) and Invisible Children. Donations are welcome at the concert.

Saturday, Jan 20

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

Third Saturday Contradance
St. Paul Lutheran Fellowship Hall / 3501 Red River / 7:30 pm; $8

Live music by Orion String Band. AND there will be a potluck dinner at 6, so bring something yummy to share. Click here for full details.

Lost Bayou Ramblers
Central Market / 4001 N. Lamar; 206-1000 / 12:30 pm (family)

Sunday, Jan 21

Aunt Ruby's Sweet Jazz Babies
Central Market / 4001 N. Lamar; 206-1000 / 12:30 pm (family)

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

Monday, Jan 22

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

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

Tuesday, Jan 23

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

DJd Swing Dance
The Fed / 24th a
t San Gabriel / 9:30 pm
This is a weekly event that takes place after Four on the Floor's classes. FREE!

Wednesday, Jan 24

The Brew
Speakeasy / 412 Congress; 476-8017
A little Wednesday night salsa dancing never hurt anybody.


Coupland, TX
Friday, Jan 19
Two Tons of Steel
/ Old Coupland Dancehall & Saloon / 101 Hoxie; 512-856-2226
/ 9 pm; $10

Gruene, TX
Saturday, Jan 20
Asleep at the Wheel / Gruene Hall / 9 pm


Friday, Jan 26
Brave Combo / Casbeers, 1719 Blanco Road, San Antonio / 8:30 pm
Man, I'm hoping there's a field trip in my future. Last time BC was in Austin, I was in Phoenix. Not as easy commute as the one to San Antonio, eh?

Friday & Saturday, Feb 9 & 10
The Last Castrato / Blue Theater / 916 Springdale / 7 & 9 pm THE LAST CASTRATO is the darkly comic tale of Joseph, who was born without a penis, and his love affair with Elena, who was born with her skin inside out. Elena, though, was blessed with a beautiful singing voice to balance her deformity, while Joseph had no talent to make up for his missing member. "A penis," he muses, "in terms of artistic merit is worth nothing."
Call 923-2277 to reserve tickets for you and your own special valentine NOW.

See ya on the dance floor,



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