Chris Picks

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Thursday, May 03, 2007

Being sick sucks

May 3-9

All that sleeping I was doing last week? Turns out I wasn't tired -- I was sick. Dang! Again! I had managed to stay on top of allergy related illness pretty well the past few years, but this year, man, it's got me by the short hairs! I have been absolutely no fun to be around. I sit, I read, I watch rented movies, I sleep, I cough, I blow my nose. That's about it. And I am definitely ready for a change.

I had recently been going on to anyone who would listen about how my biological clock is ticking, man -- not for babies, but for creative projects. I've got maybe 20 good years of solid productivity left, and I need to stay busy. So what have I been doing the past week? Sitting, reading, watching rented movies, sleeping, coughing, blowing my nose. Bleep that, man! That's just wrong. And my body replies, 'yeah, tell it to the thermometer, zzzzzzzz.'

So. For those of you who have survived the rains and the subsequent bumper crop of mold, here are some ways you can get out and celebrate May!

Thursday, May 3

Whole Foods / 6th at Lamar / 6 pm
'm assuming that this will be up on the deck. That would also assume dance space.

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

DJd Swing Dance
The Fed / 24th at
San Gabriel / 8 pm
Read all about the
Austin Swing Syndicate and their activities.

Lambert’s / 401 W. 2nd; 494-1500 / 6:30 pm

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

Seth Walker

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

Ted Roddy
Patsy's Cowgirl Cafe / 5001 E. Ben White; 444-2020

UT Music Recital Hall Studio / UT campus / 8 pm; free
UT's Middle Eastern Ensemble will be playing classical and urban Turkish music.

University Christian Church / 2007 University Ave; 345-5572 / 7:30 pm; free
This is a group of young extremely talented musicians from Armenia, and they are, apparently, not to be missed.

Sunday, May 1-6

Paramount / 713 Congress / 8 pm (T-F); 5 & 9 pm (Sat); 3 & 7 pm (Sun)

Cinco de Mayo
Fiesta Gardens / 1901 Bergman / family
This is a huge family event that starts at various times on various days, with various cover charges. So click on the link and get ALL the details.

Friday, May 4

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

First Friday Contra Dance
Carpenter's Hall / 400 Josephine / 8 pm;
This smoke-free, fragrance free event features live music for dancing by The Lost and Nameless Orchestra., 512-970-4919 for more info.

Mr. Fabulous & Casino Royale
Reed's Jazz Club / 9301 Cap of Tx Hay N; 342-7977 / 8:30 pm

The Gimbles
Lambert’s / 401 W. 2nd; 494-1500 /6:30
Featuring Johnny Gimble, of course.

DJd Milonga
Texas Union Quadrangle Room / 23rd at Guadalupe / 9:00 pm

Dale Watson
Broken Spoke / 3201 S. Lamar; 442-6189 / 9 pm

Saturday, May 5


Jovita’s / 1619 S. 1st; 447-7825 / 7 pm (family)
Ouch!, the world's only Ruttles cover band, opens at 6. Come early if you expect to have a place to sit and/or eat.

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

Sunday, May 6

The Brew
The Oasis / 6550 Comanche Trail; 266-442
For all you salsa dancers on the list, these summer Sunday salsa soirees have started again.

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

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

Bayou Cajun Band
Central Market South / 4477 S. Lamar; 899-4300 / 6:30 pm
Peter Schwartz and his fiddle will be sitting in.

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

Monday, May 7

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

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

Dale Watson
Hill's Cafe / 4700 S. Congress; 851-9300
I'm not sure what time they get started, so you might want to give them a call.

Tuesday, May 8

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

Jitterbug Vipers
Lambert’s / 401 W. 2nd; 494-1500 / 6:30 pm

The Lucky Strikes
Belmont / 305 W. 6th; 457-0300 / 6 pm
This will be an every-Tuesday-in-May event.

Wednesday, May 9

The Brew
Speakeasy / 412 Congress; 476-8017

Mr. Fabulous & Casino Royale
The Belmont / 305 W. 6th; 457-0300 / 6 pm
This is an every Wednesday happy hour.

Ted Roddy
Broken Spoke / 3201 S. Lamar; 442-6189 / 9 pm

Erik Hokkanen
Lambert’s / 401 W. 2nd; 494-1500 / 6:30 pm


Waco, TX
Friday, May 4
Brave Combo
Indian Springs Park / downtown Waco / 7 pm; free (family)
There are two places I rarely tell you to go. One is Houston, the other is Waco. So when I do say go there, then you should really consider going there. Capiche?

Granger, TX

Saturday, May 5
Ricky Calmback
Cotton Club / 212 E. Davilla; 512-859-0700 / 9 pm

Luckenback, TX
Saturday, May 5
Two Tons of Steel
Luckenbach Dance Hall / 9 pm; $10
Click here for map. Or, as Jerry Jeff says, just drive toward Fredericksburg till you get tired, then turn left.

Coupland, TX
Saturday, May 6
Old Coupland Dance Hall / Coupland; 512-856-2226

Gruene, TX

Sunday, May 6
Elana James & The Continental Two
Gruene Hall / 1281 Gruene; 830-606-1281 / 1-5 pm; no cover
Can you think of a better way to spend a Sunday afternoon in May?


Friday & Saturday, May 11 & 12
Classical Mystery Tour
Palmer Events Center / Riverside at S. 1st; 476-6064 / 8 pm (family)

Sunday, May 27
Gulf Coast Playboys; Mingo Saldivar
Moose Lodge / 2103 EM Franklin / 6 pm; $10 ($5 for members)
Last weekend was so much fun -- and so successful -- that they're doing it again. This is a wonderful place to hang out, dance, sit on the porch, whatever. And every dollar you spend is one dollar closer to saving the lodge from urban development.

see ya on the dance floor,



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