Chris Picks

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


Thursday, April 10, 2008

It's almost showtime!

APRIL 10-16

My work is almost done on Robert Johnson: Trick the Devil. We had the costume parade last night, and everyone looks wonderful. I learned how to make blood (peanut butter and food coloring), and I learned how to make mud (dirt and water). I learned how to "alter" shoes so that they fit, and I learned how to make a "period" apron simply by looking at a photo and then ransacking my cupboard for an old tablecloth that had stains all over it. A little snip here, a little stitch there, and voila. 1930s Apron. What fun it's been!

We load into the theater next Monday and the show opens a week from tonight. Hope you'll be able to come see it.

In the meantime, here's a little something I discovered quite by accident on YouTube. It's "my" scene from Waking Life, but with an alternative score. It really changes the feel of the whole scene. Enjoy.

Thursday, April 3

Marcia Ball
Waterloo Records / 600 N. Lamar; 474-2500 / 5 pm; free
Now here's a freebie that's worth every penny!

Lambert’s / 401 W. 2nd; 494-1500 / 7 pm

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

DJd Swing Dance
The Fed / 24th at San Gabriel / 8 pm; $2 & $5

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

Christine Albert
The Cactus / Texas Union Bldg; 23rd at Guadalupe / 8:30 no cover
Come join Christine as she celebrates the release of her new CD: Paris, Texafrance

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

Friday, April 11

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

Cornell Hurd Band

Nutty Brown / 12225 W. Hwy 290 / 7:30 pm; $5 (family)

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

Texas Swing Kings
Patsy's Cowgirl Cafe / 5001 E. Ben White; 444-2020 / 8 pm

Friday & Saturday, April 11 & 12

Celtic Knot
First Presbyterian Church (FRIDAY) / 8001 Mesa / 8 pm; $18/$13 (seniors & students)
First English Lutheran Church (SATURDAY) / 3001 Whitis / 8 pm
Texas Early Music Projects is collaborating with Bouree Texane and harpist Therese Honey on Breton and Celtic music from the 16th-19th centuries. Should be very nice indeed.

Saturday, April 12

Charles Thibodeaux & The Austin Cajun Aces
Central Market (Central) / 4001 N. Lamar / 6:30 pm (family)
AAAAiiiiieeeee. Time for some dancing on the deck!

Los Klezmeros
Triumph Cafe / 3808 Spicewood Springs; 478-0336 / 7 pm
I've never heard these guys, but they sound like fun.

Saturday & Sunday, April 12 & 13

Art City Austin

Cesar Chaves @ Austin City Hall / 10-5 Sat; 11-6 Sun; $8
Art, music (like Brave Combo, for example) and tons o'fun!

Sunday, April 13

Combo Mahalo

Central Market (Central) / 4001 N. Lamar / 12:30 pm (family)

Hey Loretta! Hillbilly Pie Social & Hoedown
Continental Club / 1315 S. Congress; 441-2444 / 8 pm; $12
Bid on pies. Listen to live music by a waaaaaaaaaaaaay long list of great players. Raise money for the American Diabetes Association. What a great Sunday social!

Monday, April 14

Uptown Swingsters
Continental Club / 1315 S. Congress; 441-2444 / 6:30 pm (no cover)

Charles Thibodeaux & The Austin Cajun Aces
Evangeline Cafe / 8106 Brodie Lane; 282-2596 / 6:30 pm

Tuesday, April 15

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

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

DJd Swing Dance
The Fed / 24th at San Gabriel / 9:40 pm
This is the weekly FREE dance after Four on the Floor's lessons.

Wednesday, April 16

Oliver Rajamani
Pharas Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Restaurant / 111 E. North Loop / 8 pm
This is in the restaurant formerly known as Ararat.

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

Lucky Strikes
Joe DiMaggio's / 11410 Century Oaks Terrace (The Domain) / 7 pm
The manager is trying to make Wednesday 'Swing Night' by hiring live musicians and clearing out tables for da
ncers. This appears to be a good replacement for Reed's.

Hot Club of Cowtown
Continental Club / 1315 S. Congress; 441-2444 / 6:30 pm

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

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


Gruene, TX
Saturday, April 12
Hot Club of Cowtown
Gruene Hall / 1281 Gruene; 830-606-1281 / 1-5 pm
What a wonderful way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

Granger, TX
Saturday, April 12
Ricky Calmbach
Cotton Club / 212 E. Davila / 9 pm

Fredericksburg, TX
Saturday, April 12
Gulf Coast Playboys
Hondo's / Main @ Orange / 8 pm


Thursday - Sunday, April 17-20
Old Settlers Music Festival
Salt Lick BBQ Pavilion & Camp Ben McCullouch
Featuring lots and lots and lots of music by such folks as Delbert McClinton, Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys, David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, Brave Combo and more, more, more. Click the link for all the details.

Thursdays-Sundays, April 17-27
Robert Johnson: Trick the Devil
Rollins Theatre, Long Center for the Performing Arts / S. 1st at Barton Springs / 8 pm (3 pm on Sundays); $10 & $12
This is a fabulous collaboration between ACC & ProArts Collective in the brand-spanking-new Rollins Theatre! And I did the costuming, woo hoo! (And yes, I dressed him for this photo. Ain't he pretty?)

Saturday, April 19
Beer, BBQ & Blues

Givens Rec Center / 3811 E. 12th / 1-5 pm (family)
This event is a community outreach sort of thing that is being held in conjunction with Robert Johnson: Trick the Devil. There will be plenty of live music by some of Austin's senior blues men. Bring your own instrument for a blues jam. And bring an empty stomach 'cuz there'll be lots of mouth-watering bar-b-q.

Saturday, April 19
Anhalt Festival
Anhalt Hall / 11 am - 11 pm
Good cajun music by Charles Thibodeaux & the Austin Cajun Aces; Ed Gary & the Cajun Aces; and Gary Bertrand & Touch of Cajun.

See ya on the dance floor,



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