Chris Picks

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


Thursday, August 09, 2007

It's almost showtime!

August 9-15

One Flea Spare opens one week from tonight, and those butterflies are starting to make slow circles in my tummy. Or maybe it's the fleas this time, ewwww. As always, there is much left to do and seemingly not enough time.

We did publicity photos the other night, so I'll be sprinkling them liberally throughout this week's list, doing my best to whet your appetite for some amazing theater. Like this for example.

Or if pedophiliac foot fetishes are not your thing, maybe you prefer something like just plain old violence. Or a September/May love affair? Whatever your taste in perversity (not perversion), this play should satisfy it. When I was first cast, I selfishly gloated that I had the very best role in the entire play. Then I realized that every single one of the actors could say the exact same thing and every single actor would be right.

Four people quarantined in a house in London during the plague of 1665. Who will die? Who will survive? And how?


Gobotrick Theatre Company is not the only talent in the universe. Check out these junior high school age dancers. Totally, TOTALLY awesome.

Thursday, August 9
Cornell Hurd
Jovita’s / 1619 S. 1st; 447-7825 / 8 pm (family)

Damian Green Band
Alligator Grill / 3003 South Lamar; 444-6117 / 6:30 pm

The Brew
Copa / 217 Congress Ave. / Austin, TX / 479-5002 / 10 pm
A little Thursday salsa to heat up your summer nights.

Lambert’s / 401 W. 2nd; 494-1500 / 7:15 pm
No cover, so please tip the band.

Jesse Dayton
Broken Spoke / 3201 S. Lamar; 442-6189 / 9 pm

Buck Owens Birthday Tribute
Continental Club / 1315 S. Congress; 441-2444 / 8 pm $15

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

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

Thursdays-Saturdays, thru August 18

The King and I
Arts on Real / 2826 Real / 8 pm
No, this is not the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical extravaganza. This is the Forklift Dance Works dance extravaganza. It has already been through two iterations and is now even bigger and better than ever. It is worth the cost of a ticket just to see the dancers making fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches! AND... there are 20% more sequins in this new expanded version. Full info here.

Friday, August 10

Freedom Fest 2007
The Backyard / 13101 Hwy 71 W. / 7 pm; $52-$62
Featuring two of my faves: Willie Nelson and Asleep at the Wheel. Y mas, of course. Get your tix

Seth Walker

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

California Guitar Trio
One World Theatre / 7701 Bee Caves; 32-WORLD / 7 & 9:30 pm; $30-$56

Kat's Meow

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

Two Tons of Steel
Broken Spoke / 3201 S. Lamar; 442-6189 / 9pm

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

DJd Milonga
La Tazza Fresca / Guadalupe at 37th (519 W. 37th); 453-0403 / 9 pm; no cover

Friday & Saturday, August 10 & 11

The Austin Lounge Lizards

Cactus Café / Texas Union, UT campus, 23rd at Guadalupe,
475-6515 / 8:30 pm; $18

Saturday, August 11

Angels Knocking at the Tavern Door
Texas School for the Deaf Auditorium / 1102 S. Congress / 7 pm; $15/$30/$50
This is going to be a wonderful evening of music (Mundi and Kourosh Taghavi) and poetry (Coleman Barks and Robert Bly). If you missed Coleman Barks when he was here a couple of years ago, you really, really, really missed something.
Get tix here.

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

Flipnotics / The Triangle; Guadalupe at Lamar / 9 pm

James Hand
Ginny’s Little Longhorn / 5434 Burnet Road; 458-1813

Jessie Lee Miller
Patsy’s Cowgirl Café / 5001 E. Ben White; 444-2020 / 7:30 pm

Cornell Hurd Band
Nutty Brown / 12225 Highway 290 West; 301-4648 / 7:30 pm; no cover (family)

Albert and Gage Band
Donn’s Depot / 1600 W. 5th, 478-0336 / 9 pm

Sunday, August12

The Brew

The Oasis / 6550 Comanche Trail; 266-2442

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

Austin Symphony Orchestra
Wooldridge Park / 9th & Guadalupe / 7:30 pm; free (family)
The Sunday evening concerts in the park continue. This week they'll feature the woodwinds and brass ensemble playing pop favorites.

Monday, August 13

Paris 49; Dale Watson
Continental Club / 1315 S. Congress; 441-2444 / 6:30pm; 10 pm ($10)
It's that Elvis time of year again, and Dale Watson will be doing his Elvis tribute show!

Bayou Cajun Band
Evangeline Café / 8106 Brodie Lane; 282-2586 / 6:30 pm (family)
Fiddler Peter Schwartz will be sitting in again this week.

Tuesday, August 14

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

Marc Devine & Denia Ridley

Reed’s Jazz Club / 9901 Cap of TX Hwy; 342-7977 / 7 pm

Elana James
Continental Club / 1315 S. Congress; 441-2444 / 6:30 pm

Dr. Zog
Alligator Grill / 3003 South Lamar; 444-6117 / 6 pm

Broken Spoke / 3201 S. Lamar; 442-6189

Wednesday, August 15

Dress rehearsal is Wednesday night. Yoiks! The clock is ticking very, very fast! (Or is that my heart?)

The Brew
Speakeasy / 412 Congress; 476-8017

Hand Me Down
Flipnotics / 1601 Barton Springs; 322-9750 / 8:00 pm

Mr. Fabulous & Casino Royale
The Belmont / 305 W. 6th; 457-0300 / 6 pm

Marc Devine & Denia Ridley
Reed’s Jazz Club / 9901 Cap of TX Hwy; 342-7977 / 7 pm


Granger, TX
Friday, August 10
Johnny Dee & The Rocket 88s
Cotton Club / downtown Granger / 512-859-0700

Gruene, TX
Friday, August 10
The Gourds
Gruene Hall / 1281 Gruene; 830-606-1281 / 8 pm $10

Gruene, TX
Tuesday, August 14

Two Tons of Steel

Gruene Hall / 1281 Gruene; 830-606-1281 / 7:30 pm $4


Thursdays-Saturdays, August 16-25
One Flea Spare

Dougherty Arts Center / 1110 Barton Springs / 7:30 pm; $12
"One Flea Spare is built to provoke, not to distract, and it doesn't surrender its meanings easily. But the play's powerful sexual subtext and its beautiful poetic surface reveal an original theatrical imagination." (John Lahn, The New Yorker). There are only six performances, and we're expecting full houses for each one, so make your reservations now. Call 512.708.1893 or email (and please note that the performance is at 7:30, not 8 pm.) [for some reason I'm not seeing the beautiful graphic on certain browsers, so just click on it and it will open in a new window.]

see ya on the dance floor,


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