Chris Picks

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


Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Stressed & sleep deprived

January 24-30

This week's list may be -- no, it IS -- a little sparse. I have a HUGE project at work that has taken FAR more than the 20 hours a week I'm being paid for. Not to mention getting ready for Frontera this weekend. And a grandbaby who has been in the hospital this week with a nasty case of erysipelas (the form of strep that attacks the skin and is known as the 'flesh eating bacteria' if it goes below the dermis, which in his case it has not done, thank goodness). And God only knows what else. Suffice it to say I'm operating on a stress surplus and a sleep deficit.

So I'll do what I can, but it's sketchy at best. I'm looking forward to a better week next week. If nothing else, I've at least got a great dance video for you to enjoy.

Thursday, January 24

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

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

The Brew
Copa / 217 Congress Ave. / Austin, TX / 479-5002 / 10 pm

DJd Swing Dance
The Fed / 24th at San Gabriel / 8 pm

Dale Watson
Ginny’s Little Longhorn / 5434 Burnet Road; 458-1813

Two Hoots & A Holler
Ego's / 510 S. Congress; 474-7091 / 11 pm

Thru Feb 16

Frontera Fest
Various times/various venues
Last year, after four consecutive years participating in Frontera, I decided to give it a break. Of course I did not. So this year, after FIVE years in a row, I decided that this time I really mean it. NOT. I've written music for Steve Barney's new play "Prepare for Arrival and Cross Check" which will open at the Blue Theatre as part of the long fringe this Friday (click here to see what the XLent has to say about the show before it even hits the stage, with a cute picture of Steve, too.) So come see it for sure, for sure! And it looks like I may be participating in the Mi Casa es su Teatro again this year, oi! (I'm just a girl who can't say no!) Or check out the short fringe at the Hyde Park Theatre -- 5 short plays per night, different every night!

Friday, January 25

Artz Ribhouse / 2330 S. Lamar / 7:30 pm (family)

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

Dale Watson
Jovita's / 1619 S. 1st; 447-7825 / 9 pm

Triumph Cafe / 3808 Spicewood Springs / 7 pm (family)

Saturday, January 26

Jovita's / 1619 S. 1st; 447-7825 / 7 pm (family)

Sunday, January 27

Dale Watson
Ginny’s Little Longhorn / 5434 Burnet Road; 458-1813 / 4 pm

Fabulous Polkasonics
Mother Egan's / 713 W. 6th; 478-7747 / 12-3 pm
Aahh. A reason to get out of bed on Sunday! This is a month-long series featuring a different "nationality" of music each week, heavy on polka, of course. This week is Polish.

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

nday, January 28

Paris 49; Dale Watson
Continental Club / 1315 S. Congress; 441-2444 / 6:30 & 10 pm

Charles Thibodeaux & the Austin Cajun Aces

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

Tuesday, January 29

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

Dale Watson (aka Dean Bob Sinatra & Swang Thang)
Belmont / 305 W. 6th / 457-0300

Jim Stringer & The AM Band
Patsy's Cowgirl Cafe / 5501 E. Ben White; 444-2020 / 8 pm

Wednesday, January 30

Denia Ridley & Marc Devine

Reed’s Jazz Club / 9901 Cap of TX Hwy; 342-7977 / 7:00 pm

The Brew
Speakeasy / 412 Congress; 476-8017 / 9:30 pm

Roger Wallace
Ginny’s Little Longhorn / 5434 Burnet Road; 458-1813 / 9 pm

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


Gruene, TX
Saturday, Jan 26

Gruene Hall / 1281 Gruene; 830-606-1281 / 9 pm; $10


Saturday, Feb 9
Austin Friends of Traditional Music Midwinter Festival
Dougherty Arts Center / 1110 Barton Springs / noon - 11 pm
Wow, what a great line-up this year: Fabulous Polkasonics; Djembabes; Studebakers; and more, more, more. Workshops. Performances. Cool stuff!

see ya on the dance floor,



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