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Thursday, March 08, 2007

The alliterative agenda

March 8-14

I came up with such a wonderful way of organizing my life while I was off in February. It works beautifully for someone who doesn't have a day job. Here's how it goes:

Monday = Money, Marketing, Music, Muscle. That means paying bills, updating my website and/or any other marketing materials, and working on my music, and of course lifting weights.

Tuesday = Talk, Type. OK. This one's kind of a stretch, but 'talk' means 'collaborative meetings' and 'type' means 'spend the rest of the day at the computer or even with a pencil.' Just produce something.

Wednesday = Wash, Work, Workout. Laundry & dishes, the project of my choice (work), and of course work out.

Thursday = Think and Throw away. This means thinking about the projects I'm working on while doing my house cleaning (which in my case pretty much means shoveling out the trash).

Friday = Fix, Finesse, Finish, Fitness. Tie up the loose ends, get things finished. Work out.

Mr. Ben scoffed at my plan at first, but - ha HA! - I did remarkarbly well sticking to the routine (except for the working out bits, ugh). Now that I'm back in the office three days a week, though, I am no longer able to talk, type, wash, work, workout, throw away or even think. Ever again. What a pisser.

However -- did you notice that I cleverly left weekends open? Oh yeah. Gotta play.

Thursday, March 8

Bayou Cajun Band
Cypress Grill / 4404 W. William Cannon/ 6:30 pm (family)
With special guest Peter Schwartz.

The Fabs
Guero’s / 1412 S. Congress; 447-7688 / 6:30 pm (family)
OK, you probably haven't heard of this band yet. Charlie Hatchett of The Fabulous Chevelles is taking a sabbatical and his band didn't think they should continuing using the name, so they're sort of regrouped sans Charlie and are calling themselves The Fabs. Which is a long way of saying -- get yourself to Guero's tonight and give them a listen.

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

Broken Spoke / 3201 S. Lamar; 442-6189

Marc Devine & Denia Ridley
Reed's Jazz Club / 9901 Cap of TX Hwy; 342-7977 / 8:30 pm

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

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

Friday, March 9

Though the party was last Friday with Brave Combo, today is my actual birthday. My son is taking me flying in an open cockpit vintage aeroplane this afternoon. Is that cool, or WHAT!

DJd Milonga
La Tazza Fresca / 519 W. 37th / 9 pm

Paris 49; The Lucky Strikes
The Fed / 24th at San Gabriel / 9:00;10:45 $8
Four on the Floor presents their Spring Fling, so dress up and come dance to two great bands. There's a dance lesson at 8:15 if you need to brush up on your skills.

Two Hoots and a Holler
Evangeline Café / 8106 Brodie Lane; 282-2586 / 9:30 pm

Elana James & The Continental Two
Central Market / 4001 N. Lamar; 206-1000 / 6:30 pm (family)

Saturday, March 10

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

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

Sunday, Mar 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)
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.

Gulf Coast Playboys
Guero’s / 1412 S. Congress; 447-7688 / 3 pm (family)

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

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

Monday, March 12

Django's Moustache; Dale Watson
Continental Club /1315 S. Congress;441-2444 / 6:30 pm; 10 pm ($5 for DW)

Tuesday, March 13

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 14

The Brew
Speakeasy / 412 Congress; 476-8017

Two Hoots and a Holler
Broken Spoke / 3201 S. Lamar; 442-6189

The Oaks / 10206 FM 973 N, Manor; 278-8788
The music portion of SXSW starts today, and so do the alternative events. Click on the link for "The Festival" but check here for the 'we don't need no stinkin' wristbands' events. Tom Vandenavond & friends will be doing a folk/americana/country/singer-songwriter show at The Oaks tonight.

Note: The above listing is one of only MANY alternative music events during the SXSW week. For a more complete listing, see this week's XLent.


Granger, TX

Friday, Mar 9
Johnny Dee & the Rocket 88s
Cotton Club / downtown Granger / 512-859-0700
Aah, a nice little alternative to the festival and even to the alternative events. There will probably even be room to dance at this one!


Thursdays-Saturdays, March 15-31
I am not Tarfutte
play! theater / 12th at Cedar / 8 pm
Brought to you by the same folks who gave you "I Love My Dead Gay Son: The Musical!" and featuring your old pal Chris. Click here for tix.

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!)

Wednesday, March 21
The Battlefield Band
Cactus Café / Texas Union, UT campus, 23rd at Guadalupe, 475-6515 / 8:30 pm; $18
It's always a treat when this fabulous Scottish band comes to town.

++ RIP Stella Boes, dancer and blithe spirit extrordinaire.

See ya on the dance floor,



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