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Thursday, March 01, 2007

Back to the coal mine

March 1-7

Sigh. I'm back on the job today, alas. I keep telling myself that (1) I'm making the same amount working 20 hours a week as I was working 40 hours; (2) that I'm working on a project I actually like; and (3) I'm working with the best possible boss. If I absolutely had to come back to work (which I did), it couldn't be under any better circumstances.

I sure did like that month off, though. I spent the entire month writing music for an upcoming play ("Sycorax" in April. More details closer to showtime). I'm not finished, of course, and I would love to have another whole month to work on it full time. My days of getting enough sleep are over, as I have no doubt I will continue to put in as many hours on the music as I have been doing during February (plus the 20 hour day job). Yup, it was sweet while it lasted. Too bad it wasn't a leap year. Too bad February didn't have 60 days in it this year.

Got some great news this week, though. I had thought that Brave Combo was going to forget my birthday altogether this year. But NO! They'll be at Ruta Maya tomorrow night, close enough to my birthday to count. So. That's where the party is. Come on out and join me.

Thursday, March 1

DJd Swing Dance
The Fed / 24th at San Gabriel; 8pm

Broken Spoke / 3201 S. Lamar; 442-6189

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

The Hummingbirds
Carousel Lounge / 1110 E. 52nd, 452-6790
This is the early show, if I'm not mistaken.

Ted Roddy
Ginny’s Little Longhorn / 5434 Burnet Road; 458-1813

Cornell Hurd
Jovita’s / 1619 S. 1st, 447-7825 / 8 pm (family)

Friday, March 2

Continental Club / 1315 S. Congress; 441-2444 / 9 pm
Remember when Tosca Tango Orchestra used to play at the Continental Club every Sunday night? Those were the good old days, and they're back -- for one night only.

Two Tons of Steel
Broken Spoke / 3201 S. Lamar; 442-6189

First Friday Contradance
Carpenter's Hall / 400 Josephine / 8 pm
I accidentally deleted the details on this one (oops), but there will be live music and beginners are always welcome. for full details.

Brave Combo
Ruta Maya / 3601 S. Congress; 707-9637 / 9 pm; $12
Yup, this will be my official birthday party (a week early, but it's never to early to party!), so come share the fun with me. I'll be the one dancing every dance.

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

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

Friday - Sunday, March 2-4

Aztlan Dance Co.
Santa Cruz Center for Culture / 1805 E. 7th; 474-TIXS / 8 pm (Fri & Sat); 2 pm (Sun) (family)
This looks like fun. The show is called El Gran Circo, and it's all about a ringmaster and his strange, interesting experiences.

Saturday, March 3

Explore UT
UT (pretty much inclusive) / 11 am - 5 pm; free (family -- big time!)
Whether you (and/or your kids) are interested in molecular biology or performance art, there's something here to please. Performing groups include the Middle Eastern Ensemble; Slavadillo Vocal Quartet; Andean ensemble; the theater dept's robotic lighting extravaganza; Nritya Sangam Indian Dance Troupe; Carribean Ensemble; UT Hungarian Dancers; and the list goes on and on and on. Click here to create your own schedule.

The Derailers
Continental Club / 1315 S. Congress; 441-2444 / midnight

Lucky Strikes

Tree House Italian Grill / 2201 College Ave; 443-4200 / 7:30 pm

Cornell Hurd Band

Broken Spoke / 3201 S. Lamar; 442-6189

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

Sunday, Mar 4

Mad Agnes
St. John's Chapel / 2140 Allandale Road; 452-5737; 5 pm

These guys don't make it to Austin except about once a year, so check them out for sure!

DJd Swing Dance
Footworks Dance Center / 403 W. 2nd / 8 pm; $5

Texas Swing Kings
Artz Ribhouse / 2230 S. Lamar; 442-8283 / 7:30 pm (family)

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

Continental Club / 1315 S. Congress; 441-2444 / 10:30 pm; $7

Monday, March 5

Paris 49; Dale Watson
Continental Club /1315 S. Congress;441-2444 / 6:30 pm; 10 pm ($5 for DW)
You might want to call to confirm the Dale Watson show. He's currently in Australia. Will he be back by Monday night? Maybe. Will he be awake and ambulatory? Don't know.

Bayou Cajun Band
Evangeline Cafe / 8106 Brodie Lane; 282-2586 / 6:30 pm (family)
Darcie Deville will be sitting in with the band this time.

Tuesday, March 6

Mad Agnes
This is a house concert, so e-mail or call 512-442-7613 for reservations, details, directions, etc.

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

DJd Swing Dance
The Fed / 24th at San Gabriel / 9:45 / no cover
Free dance after Four on the Floor’s classes.

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

Wednesday, March 7

The Brew
Speakeasy / 412 Congress; 476-8017

Dallas, TX
Friday-Sunday, Mar 2-4
North Texas Irish Festival
State Fairgrounds
Tons o'talent, of course, including (but not limited to) Tommy Makem; The Makem Brothers;
Téada; The Glengarry Boys and many, many more. Music. Dancing. Irish Wolfhounds. Beer (if you can imagine such a thing!)

LaGrange, TX
Saturday, Mar 3
Eric Taylor
Bugle Boy / 1051 N. Jefferson (Hwy 77) / 8 pm; $12
LaGrange is not to far to drive to hear this guy!

Gruene, TX
Saturday, Mar 3
White Ghost Shivers
Gruene Hall / 1281 Gruene; 830-606-1281 / 1 pm
This is one of those fabulous no-cover afternoon dances that are such a wonderful way to spend a Saturday afternoon. Kinda gets you warmed up for Saturday night, y'know?


Sunday, March 11
Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble
Hancock Rec Center / 41st at Red River / 2:30 pm / $12.50 advance; $15 at door ($8 for kids 12 & under)
Continuing the birthday festivities -- there's a wonderful Sunday afternoon zydeco dance brought to you by the enterprising folks that make up Austin Zydeco Dancers.
Ticket info: or phone: 512-538-0883. And oh, by the way -- you can get FREE zydeco lessons three Fridays in a row starting this Friday, Fed 23. Also at Hancock Center.

Saturday, March 17
Red Stick Ramblers
Continental Club / 1315 S. Congress; 441-2444 / 10:30 pm
Simply one of the best bands for dancing ________ (fill in the blank; they do it all!)

See ya on the dance floor,



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