Chris Picks

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


Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Is it the weekend yet?

June 12-18

Roofers, exterminators, insurance adjusters. Are these the people I really want to spend my summer with? Looks like that's my lot in life, though. Oh well. This, too, shall pass. Erg.

That's a direct quote from last week and I gotta tell you, nothing much has changed. The insurance adjustor says this, roofer number one says that, roofer number two notices something else, roofer number three makes new discoveries and misses some obvious stuff. And I know I'm not the only person in Austin going through all this right now. I gotta tell you, I'm not enjoying it.

I am, however, enjoying rehearsals for the upcoming production of Kidnapped by CraigsList, in which I get to play (among other things) a crazy lady who wears a saucepan on her head. Considering the entire script is based entirely on things appearing on Austin's CraigsList, I have to feel I'm doing my part to keep Austin weird. It's a good feeling.

Thursday, June 12

The Fabs
Guero's Taco Bar / 1412 S. Congress; 447-7688 / 6:30 pm

Great 60s cover band. Tons o'fun.

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

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

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

Austin Swing Syndicate 9th Anniversary Dance
The Fed / 24th at San Gabriel / 8 pm; free for members; $7 affiliates; $10 general public
Featuring live music by Donna Hightower; and Denia Ridley & the Marc Devine Trio. And there will be free dance lessons at 8:15, so come on out!

Thru Sunday, June 15

Love, Janis
The Long Center / S. 1st at Riverside / Th & Fri (no show on Sat) 8 pm; 3pm on Sunday; $59
This musical event is based on the book written by Janis' sister. I've heard nothing but good things about it.

Friday, June 13

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

The Eggmen
Nutty Brown / 12225 W Hwy 290; 301-4648 / 7:30 pm; $5 (family)

There's not a much better way to spend an evening than sitting outdoors singing your heart out with a band doing Beatles covers.

Aunt Ruby's Sweet Jazz Babies
Treehouse Italian Grill / 2201 College; 443-4200 / 7:30 pm
It's not on the menu, but ask about the quail. Mmmmm.

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

Albert and Gage
Central Market (central ) / 4001 N. Lamar; 206-1000 / 6:30 pm (family)

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

This is so much more than a CD release party. In honor of it being Friday the 13th, they're dubbing it Triskaidekaphilia (a love of the number 13) and will have free palm and tarot readings. How cool is that!

Friday and Saturday, June 13 & 14

Austin Civic Orchestra
Zilker Hillside Threatre / 8 pm (family)
Bring a blanket and a picnic and enjoy some al fresco movie music -- Indiana Jones, Harry Potter, Superman, Lord of the Rings. Some lucky audience member will win an opportunity to conduct the orchestra in "Stars & Stripes Forever."

Saturday, June 14

Juneteenth Blues Celebration
The Oaks / 10206 FM 973 N; 473-3845 / 5pm-midnight; $15; kids under 12 free (family)
Wow. What a line-up -- Blues Boy Hubbard; W.C. Clark; Matthew Robinson; and John Garr. Proceeds benefit the George Washington Carver Museum of African American Culture in East Austin.

Rattletree Marimba
Ruta Maya / 3601 S. Congress; 707-9637 / 6 pm; $10 adults; $5 kids; $20 families
Shake your booty to some fabulous Zimbabwean marimba music.

Marshall Ford Swing Band
Lambert's / 401 2nd St.; 494-1500 / 7 pm

DJd Milonga
La Esquina Tango / 209 Pedernales / 9 pm; $8 OR two items from this list:

shampoo; diapers size 5 or 6; baby wipes; toothbrushes; toothpaste; children's Tylenol; laundry soap
This is a benefit for Casa Marianella, so do what you can to help out. There will be food, beautiful tango demos and free lessons. 524-2772 for more info.

Albert & Gage Band
Donn's Depot / 1600 W. 5th; 478-0336 / 9 pm

Austin Lounge Lizards ; Jon Emery
Jovita's / 1619 S. 1st; 447-7825 / 8 pm; 10 pm $15
This is a benefit for KOOP radio. You know you want to help out.

South Austin Jug Band
Threadgill's / 301 W. Riverside Dr.; 472-9304 / 10 pm; $10
When Mr. Ben and I were on vacation out in New Mexico, we saw South Austin Jug Band advertised at some venue out there at more than three times the price for a ticket. It was just another reminder of why it's so great to live in Austin!

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

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

Sunday, June 15

Austin Symphony in the Park
Hartman Concert Park / Long Center City Terrace / 7:30 pm (family)
Dang this has already been going on for two weeks and I'm just now remembering to include it! This week's concert will be a special Father's Day performance by the Austin Symphony Brass Ensemble. Please note the new location.

Marshall Ford Swing Band
Momo's / 618 W. 6th / 8 pm; $5

The Brew
The Oasis / 6550 Comanche Trail 266-2442

Oliver Rajamani & the Rosetta Strings
Laguna Gloria Amphitheatre / 3809 W. 35th / 7:45 pm; FREE
What a wonderful, wonderful father's day concert!!!!! And the price is right!

Monday, June 16

Uptown Swingsters; Dale Watson
Continental Club / 1315 S. Congress; 441-2444 / US 6:30 (no cover); DW 10 pm ($5)

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

Lucky Strikes
Joe DiMaggio's / 11410 Century Oaks Terrace (The Domain) / 6 pm

Tuesday, June 17

Jitterbug Vipers
Lambert's / 401 W. 2nd; 494-1500 / 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, June 18

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

Napoleon Dynamite
Central Market (central ) / 4001 N. Lamar; 206-1000 / 9:00 pm (family)

Free movies, yay!!!!

The Red Fez / 209B W. 5th / 11:30 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


East Bernard, TX
Saturday, June 14
Kolache/Kolbase Festival
Riverside Hall / 14643 Buls; 979-335-4875 / 1-8 pm (family)
Live polka music by The Vrazels, Dujka Bros, and Red Ravens. It's never too hot to polka! East Barnard is, by the way, at the intersecion of State Hwys 90 and 60 -- south of Sealy and west of Houston. Give yourself a couple of hours.

Gruene, TX
Tuesday, June 3
Two Tons of Steel
Gruene Hall / 1281 Gruene; 830-606-1281 / 8:30 pm; $4
Two Ton Tuesdays have started up again. This is a great little, quick little mid-week get-away.


Saturday, June 21
Texas Polka Jamboree

Broken Spoke / 3201 S. Lamar; 442-6189 / 2-6 pm
Yes! Polka party at the Spoke! Live music by The Fabulous Polkasonics; Texas Slavic Playboys; and Conjunto Los Pinkys. Dance lessons will be available as well, so mark your calendars and come on out!

See ya on the dance floor,



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