Moneyball - Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill (who is getting major Oscar buzz for his role) and Philip Seymour Hoffman star in director Bennett Miller’s movie about Oakland A’s manager Billy Beane, who revolutionized MLB scouting with the titular signing strategy.
Abduction - Boyz N the Hood director John Singleton tells a story ofma man (Taylor Lautner) thrust into a mystery when he discovers he was reported missing as a child. Maria Bello and Afred Molina also star.
Killer Elite - Jason Statham must save Robert De Niro from the nefarious likes of Clive Owen. Action!
The Continental Club – It’s Friday, so head over for the no-cover Happy Hour at the Continental Club. The Blues Specialists go on at 6:30, and after them it’s Not in the Face at 9:30 PM followed by Gold Blooded, The Preservation and the Happen-Ins. Also, the Continental’s gallery opens at 8 PM. There are more performances on top of that: Matt Hubbard & Friends at 8:30 PM (no cover) and the Mike Flanigin Trio with Jake Langley at 10:30 ($5).
ACL Live at the Moody Theater – 80′s trailblazers Erasure have just released Tomorrow’s World, their first record in four years. They’ll play tonight with Frankmusik. Doors at 6:30 PM.
Lustre Pearl – FREE CONCERT ALERT! The Black Angels will perform a free concert presented by JanSport, and the event also features free beer, free food and giveaways all night. Sounds like a hell of a time. Starts at 7 PM.
Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar – Fantastic Fest runs through this weekend and we want to make sure everyone knows it. The Fest started yesterday and goes until Thursday. It is the largest genre film festival in the U.S., specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, action and other “fantastic” movies from all around the world. The complete schedule is here. Editor’s note: One of the judges for this week’s Fantastic Fest is Brea Grant, a Texas-born actress who will soon be seen as the newest cast member on Dexter. From the Platform PR release: “Grant was previously seen in NBC’s Heroes, Rob Zombie’s Halloween II and the award-winning indie film Homecoming. Currently she is writing the IDW mini series Suicide Girls, the ever-famous pop culture phenomenon which feature the hot tattooed ladies in comic book form. Also with IDW, she has written the zombie series set in the 1920s called We Will Bury You with her brother Zane.”
Mohawk – Psychic Chasms is one of the more celebrated records to come from a Texan artist in recent years, so Neon Indian‘s set is an exciting prospect. Com Truise will be backup. Doors at 8 PM.
Sixth Street – It’s that time again! The Fall 2011 Pecan Street Festival is a free, bi-annual juried arts and crafts festival held on 6th Street. The festival has been an Austin tradition for more than 33 years. The show features artisans from all over the United States who display and sell homemade art and craftwork. Festival goers can find paintings, sculpture, woodwork, candles, jewelry, cowboy hats, home decor, games, and other useful and whimsical household items. There are also a ton of live bands playing:
NOON RoadHouse Rockers
1:00PM Moving Blues
2:00PM Stupid Drama
3:00PM The Day Tripper Band
4:00PM Deuce Coupe
5:00PM Hard Proof Afrobeat
6:00PM The Boxing Lesson
7:00PM That Damned Band
8:00PM Tortilla Factory
NOON Residual Kid
1:00PM Erin Ivey
2:00PM Ariel Abshire
3:00PM Jaimee Harris
4:00PM Western Ghost House
5:00PM Dead Black Hearts
6:00PM BK & MR E
7:00PM MoTel Aviv
8:00PM The Shears
RED RIVER STAGE
NOON VaNa MaZi
1:00PM Majestic Revelation
2:00PM Little Radar
3:00PM Mazel Tov Kocktail Hour
4:00PM Javi Garcia and the Cold Cold Ground
5:00PM Haun’s Mill
6:00PM Wild Child
7:00PM The Rajamani Ensemble
8:00PM Digital Antique
Show up on Sixth at 11 AM.
Opal Divine’s Penn Field – Local Austin Musicians such as Two Hoots and a Holler, Erik Larson and Peace Maker, Bob Cheevers and Twilight Trio will come together for the 3rd Annual Malia Moore Benefit as part of a benefit for Malia Moore, a child with an extremely rare brain disorder called lissencephaly/Miller Dieker Syndrome. In addition to the live music, there will also be a silent auction with exotic trips, jewelry, designer bags and sunglasses. There will be plenty of fun for the kids and adults as well. The Shriner Clowns will be performing for two hours; and there will be face painting and kid’s games! Starts at 4 PM.
ACL Live at the Moody Theater – The biggest-selling comedy recording artist ever, “Weird Al” Yankovic, will bring his Alpocalypse tour to Moody. Doors at 7 PM.
The Domain (11410 Century Oaks Terrace) – At 8 AM, thousands of superheroes will attempt to set a new world record. The CASA Superhero 5k run will be held at the Domain and PowerCapes.com is organizing an effort to break the current world record. The current record, which stands at 1,580 superheroes, was set back in October 2010 at the Megamind movie premier. PowerCapes.com hopes to break that record while shedding light on a great cause. Additional info: CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Travis County is the only nonprofit organization with volunteers sworn-in by a judge to make recommendations to the court in the best interest of children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect. CASA volunteers are court-appointed, trained and committed adults who stand by the children’s’ side, watch over their case and advocate for their best interest. They ensure the children remain a priority and are often the only guiding presence involved from beginning to end during a child’s case. PowerCapes.com is the place where you can build your own custom superhero cape. For less than $25, children and adults can feel like they can take over the world. With 11 cape colors and more than 25 emblems to choose from- you can pick the perfect color combination to suit you or your child’s favorites. All capes are handmade in Michigan and are perfect for parties, holidays, or just any day you might need to feel like they could run the world.
The Backyard – Are you an animal lover? Then you should know that PAWS of Austin will be hosting Puppy Mill Awareness Day to encourage Austin residents to save animals through pet adoptions. The event will host celebrity guests to speak about the issues of puppy mills throughout Texas and the nation. The event will also provide live entertainment from local Austin musicians and several non-profit animal organizations will have pets available for adoption. Starts at 10 AM and runs until 4 PM.