Apr 282012
 

MOVIES

Bernie - Richard Linklater returns with a mordant black comedy starring Jack Black as a beloved, East Texas mortician who murders an elderly widow and hides her body to continue receiving her benefits. Also starring Shirley MacLaine and Matthew McConaughey. Based on a true story.

The Five-Year Engagement – Emily Blunt and Jason Segel take their time to tie the knot. Community‘s Alison Brie and Parks and Recreation‘s Chris Pratt co-star.

The Raven - John Cusack stars as Edgar Allan Poe in this murder mystery thriller.

The Pirates! Band of Misfits – Aardman (the animation company behind Wallace and Gromit) returns with this high-seas comedy starring Hugh Grant and Salma Hayek.

MUSIC/OTHER

FRIDAY

Emo’s East & Beauty Ballroom – AUSTIN PSYCH FEST destroys your brain pan with a lineup that includes The Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Black Angels (of course), The Black Lips, Olivia Tremor Control and Meat Puppets. It’s the fifth year! New location! More info here!

Uncle Billy’s Brew & Que on Lake Travis – World music combo Brave Combo. Starts at 7:30 PM.

Paramount Theater – The Moontower Comedy and Oddity Fest Paramount lineup for Friday: Jeffrey Ross at 7:30, the Funny or Die showcase at 8 PM, and the Late Show at 10:30 PM.

Ponderosa Live – Hear the latest R&B and Hip-Hop. Hip Hop/ R&B at Ponderosa Live.

SATURDAY

Pease Park – Hey counterculture, it’s Eeyore’s 49th Annual Birthday Party. Featuring Funkotron, Scorpio Rising, East Side Blues Syndicate and FREE admission! Starts at 11 AM.

The Long Center of the Performing Arts – Purple Party 4 for the Long Center’s anniversary. “A spectacular, music-filled evening , in celebration of its fourth anniversary as Austin’s Creative Home.” All guests are encouraged to dress in shades of purple for the event. The show’s centerpiece: : “Madmen Across the Water: The Music of Elton John,” featuring lead vocalist Jean Meilleur with the rock group Jeans N’ Classics, backed by the Austin Symphony Orchestra, beginning at 8pm.

Antone’s – Blues-Rock trio North Mississippi All Stars with Ian Siegal in support. Doors at 8 PM.

The Continental Club – Get some solo cello (no charge) with Steve Bernal’s Zodiac at 8:30. Then at 10:30 (for $5) see the Continental favorites Mike Flanigan Trio.

SUNDAY

La Zona Rosa – Say Anything comes rocking through with Fake Problems and Kevin Devine. The guys in Say Anything must love Austin; they were just here for SXSW. Doors early at 6:30 PM.

Antone’s – The rangy boys in Deer Tick. Turbo Fruits and The Derailers will also play. Doors at 8 PM, Show at 9 PM.

The Mohawk – Austin’s own Little Radar is releasing its new album, Up in Arms. So they’ll play with The Baker Family and The Couch. 8 PM doors.

Apr 072012
 

MOVIES

Titanic 3D - The James Cameron classic retrofitted for new technology (as Cameron is wont to do). Look how young Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winselt are!

American Reunion - The cast of American Pie returns for their 10-year high school reunion. The long-awaited return of Jason Biggs!

MUSIC/OTHER

FRIDAY

Stubb’s – Catch Yonder Mountain String Band on their continuing, sold-out tour. With Brown Bird in support. Doors at 7 PM.

Continental Club – At 8:30, for no cover, see The Robert Kraft Trio. Then, at 10:30 PM, for $10, see The Mike Flanigin Trio.

The Parish – Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey just released their 21st (!) album, The Race Riot Suite, and will show off the music tonight. Well after doors at 9 PM, of course.

Haven – The Euphoria Music Festival Preparty, with Glenn Morrison, Cold Blank, Jason Jenkins and Shwann. Starts at 10 PM.

SATURDAY

Iguana Lounge – Will Taylor & Strings Attached hit the stage at 6:30 PM. Tameca Jones is also playing.

NeWorlDeli – Jan Seides brings in her intimate singer-songwriter sound. Begins at 7 PM. Other artists: Scott George, Brian Kalinec.

CMT – The season 2 premiere of Texas Women goes on at 9 P.M., ET/PT.

Ponderosa Live – It’s Tejano Saturday with tons of drink specials and, after 11 PM, only $5 cover. Starts at 8 PM.

Jax – The one and only Ginger Leigh. Begins at 8 PM.

SUNDAY

Beale Street Tavern – The Parish Underground is presenting John Wesley Coleman and Light Me Up. Doors at 7 PM.

Mohawk – All ages welcome for an indoor show with Pontiak, Zlam Dunk and La Migra. Starts at 9 PM.

The Highball – James Hyland and the Joint Chiefs begin an April Sunday residency. Free show alert!. Starts at 10 PM.

Mar 232012
 

MOVIES

The Hunger Games - The best-selling phenomenon gets its much-anticipated (and well-reviewed) screen adaptation. Jennifer Lawrence stars with Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland and Elizabeth Banks.

MUSIC/OTHER

FRIDAY

Ponderosa Live – The latest R&B and hip-hop for Club Friday, which happens every Friday at Ponderosa. Great drink deals and spinning from DJ Munk. Starts at 5 PM.

The Big Pink – Message here to get the official address, but Greg Mullen, Hurricanes of Love, Invisible Circle and a “secret mystery project” will all play. Begins at 8 PM.

The Blue Theatre – A new play at Austin’s independent theater spot. The Dragon’s Play is about how “a husband and wife’s peaceful existence is shattered by the appearance of an unexpected visitor. On a hot stretch of highway in central Texas, a boy befriends a wounded dragon. Spanning two moments in time and space and blurring the lines between each, The Dragon Play explores what happens when reality and fantasy converge, when desire and duty conflict, and when our deepest secrets show up breathing fire.” Sounds great. It started yesterday and runs until April 14th. Starts at 8 PM.

Hole in the Wall – Friendly Savages, Sweet Pea and Sunrise Capital backing up headliners MaryAnn & The Revival Band. $5 gets you in! Doors at 8:30 PM.

SATURDAY

Stubb’s – This one is already sold out, so hopefully you’ve got tickets at this point. If not, good luck getting to see Young the Giant backed up by Grouplove. Doors at 7 PM. They’re doing a second night on Sunday (it’s also sold out).

Uptown Marble Theatre – No rest for Austin blues queen Carolyn Wonderland. Doors at 8 PM.

1st Down and Stassney – Kanude comes ’round again. Doors at 9 PM.

Gruene Hall – Fred Andrews and Honeybrowne just released This Side of Crazy, and their live show in New Braunfels begins at 9 PM.

SUNDAY

The Saxon Pub – Split show this Sunday. Bobby Whitlock with Coco Carmel go on at 6 PM, followed by Resentments at 7:30 PM. Then, at 11, it’s Billy Harvey.

ACL Live at the Moody Theater - The 2012 Experience Hendrix tour comes to Austin City Limits Live with an all-star lineup paying homage to Jimi in celebration for his 70th birthday year. Featuring performances by Billy Cox, David Hidalgo and Cesar Rosas, Jonny Lang, Eric Johnson, Robert Randolph, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Dweezil Zappa, Brad Whitford, Taj Mahal, The Slide Brothers and Mato from Indigenous. Doors at 6:30 PM.