Chris Picks

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


Thursday, August 30, 2007

What's next? Who knows?

August 30-September 5

See what you missed? The minute my husband falls asleep I find a sailor's hand up my skirt. Sing it with me now: Girls (and older women) just wanna have fuh-hun, girls (and older women) just wanna have fun!

The beauty of theater is that you can get by with these little improprieties because the outcome is clearly scripted. The sailor doesn't give me any embarrassing diseases. The husband doesn't kill me. I just get to enjoy myself night after night with no consequences whatsoever because the script never changes. And that, my friends, is why I love theater so much. It's got reality beat all to hell!

But now it's over. I'm still in the let-down period. Tired, (really tired!) happy, missing the new friends I made this summer preparing for the show, knowing I may never see some of them again, being mostly okay with that because they have left the door open behind them for others to enter. Thanks again to those of you who have come to see it.

I have an amazing video for you this week. I've been trying to find things that people do really, really well to share with you. Well this time it's not so much the performers who are doing such a good job, but the filmmakers -- it's the ones you don't see who make this video so special. Enjoy.

Thursday, August 30

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

Heather Gilmer & Jeff Moore; Bayou Cajun Band
Threadgill’s / 301 W. Riverside; 472-9304 / 9 pm
A little Irish, a little Cajun brought to you by the Austin Friends of Traditional Music. BTW, my favorite Cajun songwriter was a guy with a distinctly Irish name -- Dennis Magee. Go figure.

The Brew
Copa / 217 Congress Ave. / Austin, TX / 479-5002 / 10 pm
A little Thursday salsa when you're hot as the tropics.

Lambert’s / 401 W. 2nd; 494-1500 / 7:00 pm
No cover, so please tip the band.

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

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

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

Thru Tuesday, September 3

Out of Bounds Improv Festival
various places / various times

This is a wild and crazy festival featuring stand-up comedy, improv, and miniature golf! Check out the website for times and locations. My favorite boy Jeff (from Dallas) will be performing tonight, so you can be sure I'll be there! See you there

Friday, August 31

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

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

Brave Combo
Threadgill’s / 301 W. Riverside; 472-9304 / 9 pm
How fabulous is this!!!! Sometimes you just have to get stupid and pay homage to the gods of heat and sweat. What better opportunity?

Texas Swing Kings
Patsy's Cowgirl Cafe / 5001 E. Ben White; 444-2020 / 7:30 pm

Kat's Meow
Lambert's /
401 W. 2nd; 494-1500 / 7 pm

The Eggmen
Jovita’s / 1619 S. 1st, 447-7825 / 7 pm (family)
Come early because Ouch! (Ruttles tribute band) opens at 6.

Saturday, September 1

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

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

Paris 49
Central Market / 4001 N. Lamar; 206-1000 / 6:30 pm (family)

Labor of Love Festival
Nutty Brown / 12225 Highway 290 West; 301-4648 / 5 pm
Bob Schneider, Grupo Fantasma, and White Ghost Shivers. This event benefits the Heartgift Foundation, so click for tix.

Saturday and Sunday, September 1 & 2

Congress Avenue Bridge / 2-midnight (Sat); 2-10pm (Sun) (Family)
Arts, crafts, food on sticks, and of course plenty of live music by such folks as Del Castillo, Papa Mali, Vallejo, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Seth Walker, and everyone's favorite -- MORE.

Sunday, September 2

The Brew
The Oasis / 6550 Comanche Trail; 266-2442

Tex Thomas & His Danglin' Wranglers
Guero's / 1412 S. Congress; 447-7688 / (family)

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

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

South Austin Jug Band
Threadgill’s / 301 W. Riverside; 472-9304 / 10 pm
Kinda late for a Sunday, but Monday is a holiday, so enjoy!

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

Monday, September 3

Paris 49
Continental Club / 1315 S. Congress; 441-2444 / 6:30pm

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

Tuesday, September 4

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

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

Broken Spoke / 3201 S. Lamar; 442-6189

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

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

Lucky Strikes
Treehouse Italian Grill / 2201 College Ave; 443-4200 / 7:30 pm

Wednesday, September 3

The Brew
Speakeasy / 412 Congress; 476-8017

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

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


West, TX
Friday-Sunday, August 31-September 2

West, TX /15 miles north of Waco.
A Labor Day tradition (and a damn fine one, I might add). Lots and lots and lots of polka and pivo (including Brave Combo, of course).


Friday, September 7
Arabic Hafleh
Sky Lounge (upstairs); 416 Congress / 8 pm; $18 in advance; $23 at door
Featuring belly dancing, Arabic food, a sheesha cafe, and of course live music by Zein al Jundi and the Saadi M'nawwar Band. Get tix here or try to win a pair next week.

Saturday, September 22
Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys
The Oaks / 10206 FM 973 (Manor)

Sunday, October 28
Sinead O'Conner
Hogg Auditorium / 24th at Guadalupe / 8 pm; $35-$45.
Yeah, it's a little early, but so what? Click now for tix.

see ya on the dance floor,


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