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  • Arjon's

    Even if you can’t dance salsa, Arjon’s will make you want to try. Live music Thursday-Sunday (with free salsa lessons Sundays from 7:30-9pm) sets the stage for seasoned professionals and protégées to cut some serious rug. Cocktail waitresses charge only slightly more if you’re lucky enough to score a table _ otherwise it’s dancing-room only. If you overdose on cumbia and merengue, hit the back patio, where you’re likely to find couples refueling over plates of mini tacos.

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  • East Austin Studio Tour

    This venue is one of many studios participating in the East Austin Studio Tour. Visit for a complete list.

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  • Sam's Burger Joint

    You’ve gotta walk over to the restaurant next door to get them, but Sam’s burgers are a damn sight better than standard bar food. Carry one back to the bar and stuff your face while you watch one of the large variety of bands, from alt rock to country to cumbia, that commandeer the mid-size stage, but expect to pay extra for a booth reservation if you want to set that sandwich on a table when a nationally known act like Joe Ely or Kinky Friedman comes to town.

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  • San Antone Cafe & Concerts

    God won’t return our calls (and we’re not so sure about all the fellas who claim to be his spokespeople), so we can only speculate how he feels about you guzzling hooch in his former home. We can tell you, though, that as of press time, the musicians who’ve played there — Bett Butler & Joël Dilley, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Rosie Flores — remain largely un-lightning-struck. Maybe the monthly visitation he gets during the popular Sunday Gospel Brunch is enough to stay his wrath.

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  • Sarah Jaffe Living Room Show

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  • Scout Bar

    Take a lesson from the Boy Scouts of America (not the one about discriminating against gay people) and be prepared when you visit this hybrid live music venue and dance club. Be prepared for a 20-minute drive up 281 if you live downtown. Be prepared to tip the bathroom attendant if you’re the hand-washing kind. Be prepared to see local bands (often for free) on a kick-ass stage that’s hosted the Toadies, Dropkick Murphies, and Billy Bob “Not an Actor” Thornton. And on Big Ass Beer nights, bring along a straight-edge friend or be prepared to call a cab.

    Category: Club, Live music club
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  • The Korova

    A gritty new addition to SA’s evolving River Walk scene, the former Ruta Maya is back from the dead with a hardcore case of the punks. Other than a comfy white couch here and there, there are no coffeehouse remnants. High-octane live music attracts a mixed alternative crowd on certain nights, but it was a DJ spinning vintage New Order that made us want to know more. For a true taste of the SA underground, hang downstairs, where we were (accidentally) stomped on by a boot-clad mosher.

    Category: Club, Live music club
  • The Mix

    Linger too long on the St. Mary’s strip and the crowd will probably push you into the Mix whether you were planning to go or not. This mainstay often ends up the de-facto place to be when you have no particular place to be, but free shows by high-caliber local bands make it a destination spot on the weekends. When an established act’s on the bill, check your claustrophobia at the door and BYO shoehorn.

    Category: Club
  • The Red Baron
  • The Ten Eleven

     Stuck in a dilapidated building stuck between SAMA and the VFW, this small room hosting local and visiting bands defines the scene to many indie fans. Thirsty? Go for the changing beer selection, which trends towards Texas micro-brews.

  • The White Rabbit

    The Jefferson Airplane song of the same name might fool you into thinking this place is a hippie joint, but usually what you’ll find waiting down this rabbit hole is a big old-fashioned mosh pit. Bands compete on the indoor and outdoor stages to see whose music is louder and most violent, so odds are you won’t even hear what that damn dormouse said, but most of the pitting is admirably polite, and the pizza place next door is a viable option should all the shoving give you an urge to feed your head.

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  • Roger Sellers
    Roger Sellers 4/18 9:00PM

    Avant-garde Austin musician Roger Sellers’ website begs you to “Imagine folk-dance-Americana-electric-symphonic fusion, where Philip Glass, Sufjan Stevens and Joanna Newsom all groove to late night ambient house music in George Martin’s living room.” This is the best description I have found of the man’s unique sound(s). Sellers creates captivating and diverse sonic landscapes that translate to a riveting, unpredictable and transfixing live show. The dude plays guitar, banjo, mandolin, bass, bells, organ, piano and drums. Sometimes he plays with a full band and sometimes he plays with a streamlined digital solo setup. And, though he may not fit all of those things into his SA performance, the sheer possibilities indicate that Sellers’ set is sure to be an engrossing experience. Along with visual stimulation provided by Sixto-Juan Zavala, show-goers will be treated to up-and-coming local acts PBLC (particularly awesome), Brave Microwave and Lizarazo.

    Place: Hi-Tones
  • Global Lens: Margarette's Feast

    Brazilian director Renato Falcão’s modern silent film Margarette’s Feast tells the incredible story of an Everyman (Hique Gomez) who loses his job and comes into possession of a miraculous suitcase that never runs out of money. Shot entirely in black and white, the 2002 film employs Brazilian music, intentionally under-lit photography, exuberant acting styles and a cast of characters spanning the social spectrum. Falcão’s debut feature, Margarette’s Feast has been described as an “homage to a glorious cinematic past and an audacious present exploration of narrative and technique. … It’s as though Chaplin’s Little Tramp found himself in Fassbinder’s Alexanderplatz.” SAMA screens the cinematic oddity in conjunction with its Global Lens film series.

    Category: Film, Foreign
  • Sara Contreras
    Sara Contreras 4/18 10:15PM

    In addition to her work with New York’s “Sistas Doing Comedy” and the LA-based “Hot & Spicy Tamales,” “former Brooklyn project girl” Sara Contreras was showcased by Showtime’s Alma-nominated The Original Latin Divas of Comedy and counts Law & Order: SVU and Third Watch among her acting credits.

    Category: Comedy, Stand-up
  • "Pace Gems" 4/18 7:00PM

    A former stable the late artist and philanthropist Linda Pace repurposed as her studio, 111 Camp Street housed the Linda Pace Foundation offices until recently and opens this week as SPACE, the Foundation’s first public facility. Tucked in the northeast corner of CHRISpark, SPACE will showcase works from the Foundation’s stellar permanent collection along with related contemporary art exhibitions and programming. Curated by LPF’s former Executive Director Maura Reilly and organized by Collection and Exhibitions Officer Kelly O’Connor, SPACE’s inaugural show “Pace Gems” reflects Pace’s “overarching collection criteria,” which focused on artists linked to Artpace, the “laboratory of dreams” she founded in 1995. While it highlights a number of New Yorkers (including Jim Hodges, Glenn Ligon, Marilyn Minter and Wangechi Mutu), “Pace Gems” also represents SA natives like Franco Mondini-Ruiz, Dario Robleto and even Pace herself.

    Place: SPACE
  • Cameo Rummage Sale
    Cameo Rummage Sale 4/18 12:00PM

    The Cameo opens its doors for a rare sale boasting upwards of 5,000 treasures—including costumes, furniture, curtains, hand-painted scenery, fixtures, lighting and Egyptian memorabilia. Proceeds benefit the theater and its future productions.

  • Headed by professor Mark McCoin, the UTSA New Media Collective comprises undergrad and grad students exploring the “integration of live digital sound, video performance, movement, sculpture and any combination of space-time creativity.” In February, the collective made a splash with “Slap and Tickle,” a one-night-only pop-up featuring multimedia installations, “duration-based” works and experimental performances (including one by an “interpretive contortionist”). Sure to live up to its unusual name, the gang’s April offering draws inspiration from personal stories, experimental rituals and “binary juxtapositions.” Billed as an “evening-length art experience,” the limited engagement promises installation-based projects, a costumed “painting battle” between three artists and a “host of innovative content” including the sound- and movement-based performance piece Beauties and the Beasts.

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