Chris Picks

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


Thursday, August 02, 2007

Please, may I go on vacation now?

August 2-8

Mr. Ben is back, my toothache continues to slowly abate (why is this taking so long?!?!?!??!), rehearsals are right on track for One Flea Spare, the new Harry Potter book was very satisfying, and it has stopped raining. Yup, life is pretty good.

Still. I get restless and antsy in the summer, and I've got a free airline ticket burning a hole in my pocket. I'm feeling the need for a vacation. (Vegas doesn't count; that was just a weekend jaunt). I need a real live vacation. Didn't get one last summer due to the trip to NYC which was anything but relaxing; and this summer is nearly gone and I haven't taken any time off. Where can I go? I've got two empty weeks at the end of August/beginning of September and I want to run away!

Maybe do something as wild and crazy as the folks in this week's video. NOT! I like my feet firmly planted on the ground, thank you very much. But I do have great appreciation for what these folks are doing. (The little individuals you see floating by [separate from the group] are actually camera operators; the event was filmed from four different angles.)

Thursday, August 2

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

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 / 6:30 pm
No cover, so please tip the band.

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

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

Wayne's World
Central Market / 4001 N. Lamar; 206-1000 / 8:30 pm (family)
Another fun movie night at Central Market.

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

Kris Kamura Quartet
Reed’s Jazz Club / 9901 Cap of TX Hwy; 342-7977 / 7:30 pm

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 3

Lost Bayou Ramblers
Continental Club / 1315 S. Congress; 441-2444 / midnight

Cornell Hurd
Broken Spoke / 3201 S. Lamar; 442-6189 / 9 pm

Dona Emilia's / 101 San Jacinto; 478-2520 / 8 pm

Johnny Dee & The Rocket 88s
Nutty Brown / 12225 Highway 290 West; 301-4648 / 7:30 pm; $5 (family)

The Swingsters
Ross' Old Austin Café / 11800 N. Lamar; 835-2414 / 8 pm (family)

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

Texana Dames
Patsy’s Cowgirl Café / 5001 E. Ben White; 444-2020 / 8 pm

DJd Milonga
Quadrangle Room / Texas Union Bldg; 23rd at Guadalupe / 9 pm
There will be a free class at 8, so come early and pick up a few moves.

First Friday Contra Dance
Carpenter's Hall / 400 Josephine / 8 pm
Beginners welcome. No partner needed. Live music by Josephine's Secret. or 512-970-4919 for more info.

Saturday, August 4

Aunt Ruby's Sweet Jazz Babies; Texas Swing Kings
Patsy’s Cowgirl Café / 5001 E. Ben White; 444-2020 / 5 pm (ARSJB); 8 pm (TSK)
This is an early show, a great way to get your Saturday night started.

Rajamani Ensemble
Cactus Café / Texas Union, UT campus, 23rd at Guadalupe, 475-6515 / 9 pm; $10

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

Marshall Ford Swing Band
Lambert’s / 401 W. 2nd; 494-1500 / 6:30 pm; no cover

Sunday, August 5

The Brew

The Oasis / 6550 Comanche Trail; 266-2442

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

Marshall Ford Swing Band
Momo’s / 618 W. 6th; 479-8848 / 8:30 pm

Texas Swing Kings
Artz Ribhouse / 2230 S. Lamar; 442-8283 / 6:30 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 big band music of Count Basie and Duke Ellington.

Monday, August 6

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

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 7

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

Lucky Strikes
Belmont / 305 W. 6th / 457-0300 / 6 pm

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

Planet Casper
Continental Club / 1315 S. Congress; 441-2444 / 6:30 pm

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

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

Broken Spoke / 3201 S. Lamar; 442-6189

Jim Stringer's AM Band
Jovita’s / 1619 S. 1st, 447-7825 / 8 pm (family)

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

Ruben Ramos
Pan Am Hillside Theater / 3rd at Robert T. Martinez / 7:30
I only just learned about this summer concert series and this is the last one. Should be fun. Catered food and soft drinks available.

Wednesday, August 8

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


Gruene, TX
Tuesday, August 7

Two Tons of Steel

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


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 here.

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.

Thursdays-Saturdays, August 16-25
One Flea Spare

Dougherty Arts Center / 1110 Barton Springs / 7:30 pm; $12
Set in seventeenth century London during the Plague, we find four people forced to exist with each other while trying to survive one of the deadliest epidemics in English history. Who will survive? And how?
"Our lives are just a splash of water on a stone. Nothing more. Then I am the stone on which they fell. And they have marked me. So beware. Because I loved them, and they have marked me." So says Morse in 'One Flea Spare'.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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