TOP picks: Feb 28-Mar 8

Wednesday | February 28

photo / oskar karlin 

Beats Per Minute: 48-Hour Music Video Competition

From the Alamo Drafthouse website: “You may be familiar with our popular Bloodshots competition in which teams of intrepid filmmakers push themselves to the limit to make a horror film in only 48 hours. We thought it would be fun to do the same thing with music videos. The catch is, until we give you the CD you will not have any idea to what song you’ll be making a video. So you and your crew of pasty white Coldplay fans may find yourselves looking all over the east side for crunk juice. OR you and your posse of dangerous tattooed lunatics might have to learn to dance like Justin. You just never know. The only thing you can really predict is that you’ll have a lot of fun. once everybody’s checked in, we’ll say ‘Go!’ and immediately you and your team start scrambling: listening to the song, decoding the lyrics, making the shot list, borrowing and stealing guitars, wigs – whatever it takes to make the most entertaining video of them all.”

Feb 28 | Group A | 9:45pm | $7
Mar 1 | Group B | 7pm | $7
Mar 4 | “Best Of” & Awards | 9:45pm | $7

Buy tickets online

512-Go!» Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz
409 Colorado St • 512.476.1320

Thursday | March 1

Dead Prez w/ UMI (P.O.W.), Zeale 32 and Just Born

Enough said.

10pm | $15 | Get tix

512-Go!» Emo’s (indoor stage)
6th & Red River • 477-3667

Friday | March 2

photo / steve mcfarland 

The Vagina Monologues

Every year, the UT Gender and Sexuality Center puts on a production of Eve Ensler’s controversial celebration of vaginas and female empowerment and powerful denunciation of violence against women. Twenty-five women will perform the various monologues that Ensler put together after interviewing over 200 women about their sexual histories. Men and women alike will find their understanding of women’s experiences broadened after seeing Ensler’s Obie-winning play. All proceeds to benefit SAHELI and the Voices Against Violence Survivor Fund, which work to end violence against women and girls.

Longhorn V-Day website

Mar 2-3 | 7pm | $8

UT campus
Burdine Hall, room 106 | map

photo / Alan Levine 

B Scene

B Scene is an art party held at the Blanton Museum of Art every month for the general public. The event always includes live music, gallery tours, creative activities, catered food, and a cash bar. This month, B Scene celebrates its new Brazilian exhibit, The Geometry of Hope: Latin American Abstract Art from the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection. Come and listen to Brazilian bands Corcovado and Arroz e Feijão perform while you sip a caipirinha.

6:00pm, 11:00pm | $10

512-Go!» Blanton Museum of Art
MLK at Congress • 471-7324

Saturday | March 3

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STAPLE! The Independent Media Expo

STAPLE! features comics, art, animation, and self-published literature from independent artists. You can also see more than 60 exhibitors, a schedule of panels, and several featured speakers.

Panel schedule:

  • The Fiction Circus (11am–12pm) Wow to a display of daringly acrobatic literary lies, performed to musical accompaniment.
  • Independent Animation (1pm–2:30pm) A panel of animators discuss the production of animated films, their relationship to comics, and how to pitch to large studios.
  • Brian Keene (3pm–3:30pm) Renowned horror author Brian Keene reads from a selection of his chilling work.
  • Dean Haspiel (4pm–5:00pm) Q&A with the artist of Billy Dogma and DC Vertigo’s American Splendor. Moderated by Scott Hinze of Fanboy Radio.

STAPLE! Austin website

10am–6pm | $5 at the door

Red Oak Ballroom
2525 West Anderson Lane | 451-3700

Sunday | March 4

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The Animation Show 3

From the Animation Show website: “The Animation Show 3 features the world’s best animated shorts, programmed by Mike Judge (Beavis and Butt-Head) and Academy Award nominee Don Hertzfeldt. The largest Animation tour in the US, its award-winning lineup features something for everyone, from ground-breaking CG to classic 2D and stop-motion.”

The Animation Show 3 website

5:30pm, 8pm | $15.50 | Buy tickets online

Paramount Theatre
713 Congress Ave • 472-5470

Monday | March 5

photo / Vegard Økland 

Squeegee Your Third Eye: Remembering Bill Hicks

From the Alamo Drafthouse website: “It’s still hard to believe Bill Hicks is dead. He would have been 45 this past December had he lived. Like very few comics, his work has a universality that also make it timeless. There’s a shock of recognition in his best routines - not only are we hearing something we recognize as the truth but we’re angry; both at the things Bill is angry at, and then at ourselves for not being as angry as Bill is about it. There’s a lot of deep humanity and compassion in Bill’s rage. But none of that would make much difference if he hadn’t been so funny. This year we’re proud to present a program of Bill Hicks rarities from the vaults of his close friends and associates. You’ll see live clips, TV appearances, Bill’s BBC Pilot, Counts of the Netherworld and interviews about Bill with the people who knew him best. The screenings benefit a cause Bill felt strongly about: wild animal rescue.”

7pm | $8.50 ($6.50 students) | Buy tickets online

512-Go!» Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz
409 Colorado St • 512.476.1320

Tuesday | March 6

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The Paper Sculpture Show (last day!)

From the Paper Sculpture Show’s website: “This interactive exhibition is composed of works by 29 artists, drawn on flat sheets of paper and stacked in the gallery space. The Museum invites visitors to choose projects and assemble them into a three-dimensional sculptures. The Paper Sculpture Show resonates with early art historical movements such as the Fluxus mail art and the Surrealists ‘Exquisite Corpse’ games of collaborative drawing. It invites visitors to reconsider the relationship between two-dimensional images and three dimensional sculptural objects, originality, mass production and the handmade as they become the artists in this interactive exhibition.”

Paper Sculpture Show on AMOA website

10am–6pm | $5 (Students $4)

512-Go!» AMoA Downtown
823 Congress Ave • 495-9224

Wednesday | March 7

The Lion King

The hit Broadway musical is only in town until March 25, so see it while you can. Marvel at the breathtaking spectacle of animals brought to life by award-winning director Julie Taymor, whose visual images for this show you’ll remember forever. Newsweek calls The Lion King “a landmark event in entertainment” – so you know it’s great!

8pm | $26.50-69.50 | Tickets: call 512-471-5401 or visit

Bass Concert Hall
E 23rd St and Robert Dedman Dr • map

Thursday | March 8

Slaughter City

From the UT Performing Arts Center website: “Inspired by events surrounding a strike at the Fischer Meat Packing plant in Louisville, KY, in 1993, Naomi Wallace’s Slaughter City examines the history-and herstory-of the more-often-than-not abusive relationship between those who perform labor and those who profit from it. While The Jungle is brutally realistic, Slaughter City is a play steeped in elements of magic and myth, poetic symbolism and small miracles which stand as oases in an epic expanse of blood, concrete, and steel. Beyond the grim walls of the packinghouse lies a world of magical snow showers, Sunday fishing trips and mysterious visions of past lives. But it is inside the purgatory of the packinghouse that the play’s characters remain-unless they can break the chains that keep them trapped inside the cycle of abuse.”

8pm | $16 ($10 students) | Tickets: call 512-477-6060 or visit

B. Iden Payne Theatre
UT Campus • map