Chris Picks

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Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Vacation next week, I hope?

May 8-14

I'm working on a silly little project this month, writing ultra-short fiction (100 words, no more, no less). My "assignment" has been "The Pirate and the Moth," and I've been trying to write one a day. Since I can't think of anything else to write about here this week, I decided I'd share a few of my favorites with you. Enjoy:

1. Black Flint the pirate lay dying on the deck of La Muerta Violente. A cannonball had severed his left leg just below the knee, and his fighting arm had been sliced to ribbons in hand to hand combat when the ship had been boarded.

He barely felt the sharp poke of a boot as a Royal Navy sailor rolled him onto his stomach.

“Blimey,” spoke the sailor, “would you look at that! What do you suppose it means?”

There, on Black Flint’s upper arm, right where a chunk of flesh had been carved away, was the elaborately tattooed word “Moth…”


2. A black knight cantered into view, his armor making a most high jangling. Sir Lancelot, seeing the black steed so well caparisoned yet so rudely sat, addressed his page. “Tell me, lad,” quoth the legendary hero, his tongue firmly in his cheek, “by what device is this most puissant knight revealed? The sun blazeth in mine eyen and I cannot verify the knowing of him.”

“’Tis a black pennant, sir, bearing a moth rampant ’round a deathly pate and bones.”

A shiver ran through Lancelot. “’Tis L’Moth d’Arthur, boy! On our knees – quick! – lest the pirate king have our heads!”


3. A pirate sneaks into my room when I should be sleeping. I sit bolt upright in my bed, my eyes suddenly wide open. Before I can speak, he raises a finger to his lips, shushing me so that my parents won’t hear us. He silently beckons me from my bed to the open window. A large moth, stained with moon shadows, waits for us on the windowsill. The pirate climbs onto its back and offers me his hand. I settle between the moth’s broad wings, nesting in the safety of my captor’s arms as we fly away into the night.

OK. That's enough for one week. Here's what you came here for...

Thursday, May 8

Charles Thibodeaux & the Austin Cajun Aces
Cypress Grill / 4404 W. William Cannon; 358-7474 / 6:30 pm

DJd Milonga
Thai Passion / 620 Congress, Suite 105 / 9:30 pm

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

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

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

Friday, May 9

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

Los Super Vatos
Jovita's / 1619 S. 1st; 447-7825 / 9:30 pm

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

DJd Milonga
La Tazza Fresca / 37th at Guadalupe / 9 pm

Saturday, May 10

Alma's Latin Women in Music Showcase
Jovita's 1619 S. 1st; 447-7825 / 2 pm
The fun starts at 2 and goes till late, featuring (in order of appearance):

Gina Chavez
The Texana Dames
Eva Ybarra y Su Conjunto
Girl In A Coma

Marshall Ford Swing Band
Lambert's / 401 W. 2nd; 484-1500 / 7 pm

Dale Watson
Broken Spoke / 3201 S. Lamar; 442-6189 / 9 pm

Two Hoots & A Holler
Ginny’s Little Longhorn / 5434 Burnet Road; 458-1813 / 9 pm

Sunday, May 11

Mother's Day in the Park
Zilker Hillside Theatre / Zilker Park / 7 pm (family)
Bring Mom out for a lovely picnic/concert with the Austin Symphonic Band

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

The Brew
The Oasis / 6550 Comanche Trail 266-2442

Continental Club / 1315 S. Congress; 441-2444 / 10 pm; $7

Monday, May 12

Uptown Swingsters; Dale Watson
Continental Club / 1315 S. Congress; 441-2444 / 6:30 pm; 10 pm

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

Tuesday, May 13

Dale Watson
Belmont / 305 W. 6th / 457-0300 / 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.

Jim Stringer & the AM Band
Ginny’s Little Longhorn / 5434 Burnet Road; 458-1813 / 9 pm

Wednesday, May 14

Oliver Rajamani
Pharas Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Restaurant / 111 E. North Loop / 8 pm

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

Lucky Strikes
Joe DiMaggio's / 11410 Century Oaks Terrace (The Domain) / 7 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

Dale Watson
Broken Spoke / 3201 S. Lamar; 442-6189 / 9 pm


I'm sure there are some great road trips out there -- there always are this time of year -- but I didn't find any this week. (Admittedly, I've kinda got my mind on my own soon-to-be-decided road trip, wherever it may take me!)


Friday-Sunday, May 16-18
Lindy Hop Workshop
The Fed / 24th at San Gabriel
Click on the link for full details about this workshop with Steve & Virginie. I have worked with these folks before, and they are fantastic instructors. And, of course, there will be dances with live music on Friday & Saturday nights.

Thursday, May 22

Barr Mansion / 10463 Sprinkle Road / Time TBA
I don't have the start time for this event yet, but I can promise you it will be wonderful! This is a fund-raiser for Mundi's July tour of Spain. Put it on your calendars now!

See ya on the dance floor,



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