Chris Picks

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


Thursday, March 29, 2007

Warp speed ahead

March 29-April 4

Who set the calendar on warp speed? Is that a function of the new Daylight Saving Time configuration? Taxes and other deadlines loom on my personal horizon, and the horizon just keeps getting closer -- how did that happen? I thought it was always a fixed distance away. Not anymore!

Help! I need more hours! I need more days! Every minute I spend doing something is a minute I spend not doing something else --and those something elses really need doing. Sycorax opens on April 12. I've written and recorded over 30 minutes of music and I'm not done yet. Arg!!!!! (If you'd like to hear a lovely arrangement I did of a traditional Lebanese tune [which was far too "pretty" to use in the play] click here and then scroll down to 'arrangements' and click on 'Debka'.)


Has anyone devised a credit card that buys time? It's probably just as well that it doesn't exist -- I would die deep, deep, deep in debt! Still -- if you hear of such a thing, let me know!

Thursday, March 29

Cactus Café / Texas Union, UT campus, 23rd at Guadalupe, 475-6515 / 8:30 pm
This is a wonderful opportunity to hear one of Austin's hands-down best instrumental groups. Renaissance meets Rock. The cover charge is either free or $6, depending on which source you read (both of my sources were Mundi, so don't ask them!) I would suggest bringing the six dollars, and if you don't need it to get in, then spend it on a lovely margarita or two.

The Hummingbirds
Carousel Lounge / 1110 E. 52nd; 453-6790
This is the early show, if I'm not mistaken (but I may be, so call first).

DJd Swing Dance
The Fed / 24th at San Gabriel; 8pm
Always room to dance here!

Broken Spoke / 3201 S. Lamar; 442-6189

Marc Devine & Denia Ridley
Reed's Jazz Club / 9901 Cap of TX Hwy; 342-7977 / 8:00 pm

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

DJd Milonga
Copa / 217 Congress Ave. / Austin, TX / 479-5002 / 10 pm

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

Thursday-Saturday, Mar 29-31

I am not Tartuffe
Play! Theater / 1204 Cedar Ave (just north of E. 12th St). / 8 pm
Last call! This is our final weekend, so come check it out! Watch our faux French Art film (featuring Louis XIV in an amazing costume made entirely of fast food wrappers); or listen to Arts Eclectic on KUT, then make your reservations here.

Friday, March 30

DJd Milonga
Texas Union Quadrangle Room / 23rd at Guadalupe / 9 pm
Free beginning tango class at 8, so come early!

Gulf Coast Playboys
Jovita’s / 1619 S. 1st, 447-7825 / 8 pm (family)

The Eggmen
Nutty Brown / 12225 Highway 290 West; 301-4648 / 7:30 pm; $5 (family)

Aunt Ruby's Sweet Jazz Babies
Ross' Old Austin Café / 11800 N. Lamar; 835-2414 / 7 pm (family)

Friday and Saturday, March 30 & 31

Helms Fine Arts Center (St. Stephen's School) / 2900 Bunny Run; 796-5677 / 8 pm; $25 ($15 for students)
Atash will provide the music, and there will be flamenco, Indian and modern dance. Should be a wonderful, wonderful evening! Click here for tix.

Friday and Sunday, March 30 & April 1

Classical Guitar
This is an amazing weekend for classical guitar enthusiasts. Check out these two amazing artists:
Friday: Michael Chapdelaine, student of Andres Segovia and the only winner of the National championship in both classical and fingerpicking style, will be at Hyde Park United Methodist Church for a 7:00 show. That's at 4001 Speedway; 453-4206.
Sunday: Muriel Anderson, another national champion in the fingerpicking style (and student of both Christopher Parkening and Chet Atkins), will be at the First Unitarian Church for a 7:30 show. 4700 Grover Ave; 789-9219.

Saturday, March 31

Paris 49
Central Market / 4001 N. Lamar; 206-1000 / 5:30; 8:30 pm (family)

Grupo Fantasma
Nutty Brown / 12225 Highway 290 West; 301-4648 / 7:30; $10
A little salsa under the stars, perhaps?

Sean Lennon
The Parish / 214 E. 6th; 479-0474
I am sooooooooooooooooo curious!

Louisiana Swamp Thing and Crawfish Festival
Across Congress from Bob Bullock Museum / MLK at Congress / 10:30 am - after midnight; $8
Live music by T. Broussard & The Zydeco Steppers; Big Chief Kevin and his Funky Flaming Arrows; Dr. Zog and Funky Zydeco; (and more, more, more), yummy food, and, of course, great weather (we hope).
Special Bonus: Ben Pagac, a Zydeco dance instructor based in Washington DC will teach an intermediate/advanced on Friday, March 30, at 7:00p.m. at Hancock Recreation, 811 E. 41st St. (at Red River, in the middle of the golf course). Pre-register with Michele at

Rajamani Ensemble
Cactus Café / Texas Union, UT campus, 23rd at Guadalupe, 475-6515 / 9pm; $10
Wonderful, wonderful Indian gypsy music.

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

Sunday, Apr 1

Central Market / 4001 N. Lamar; 206-1000 / 4 pm
This nationally known Jewish band will be playing as part of Central Market's 'passover in the hood' celebration.

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

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, Apr 2

Paris 49; Dale Watson
Continental Club /1315 S. Congress;441-2444 / 6:30 pm; 10 pm ($5 for DW)

Bayou Cajun Band
Evangeline Café / 8106 Brodie Lane; 282-2586 / 6:30 pm

Tuesday, Apr 3

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, Apr 4

The Brew
Speakeasy / 412 Congress; 476-8017


Helotes, TX
Friday, Mar 30

Delbert McClinton
Gruene Hall / 1281 Gruene; 830-606-1281
How many folks can say The Beatles opened for them? But yup, Delbert McClinton was in a band with Bruce Channel in 1962, and they played in England with some upstart local band called The Beatles as the opening act. How's that for trivia? And trivia is all you'll get since this show is SOLD OUT.

Granger, TX
Saturday, Mar 31

Ricky Calmbach
Cotton Club / downtown Granger / 512-859-0700 / 9 pm; $10


Monday - Sunday, April 9-15
Cohen New Works Festival
UT Dept. of Theater and Dance / Winship Bldg / various dates; various times; FREE
This festival presents new works (many still in progress) in dance, theater, music, film and various combinations thereof. 'Sycorax' is April 12, 13 and 15, and I'd love to see you in the audience so you can see and hear what I've been working on so hard the past two months (I can guaran-damn-tee you that the show is FAR more imaginative than the logo up there in the corner of this listing, jeez!). Click the Festival link for full details and schedule.

Saturday & Sunday, April 14 & 15
Austin Fine Arts Festival
Republic Square Park / 4th & Guadalupe / Sat 10-5; Sun 11-6; $8 (family)
This one always appeals to me because Brave Combo always plays. Art and nukular polka. Can you think of a better combination?

See ya on the dance floor,



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