Those crazy kids running the Alamo Drafthouse are at it again with their irreverent — and yet still somehow reverential — antics. This weekend, thanks to an overwhelmingly enthusiastic audience reaction to the theater’s Hong Kong retrospective during its annual Fantastic Fest series, those pop culture maniacs are hosting something called “Asian Invasion: Hong-Kong-A-Thon” this weekend. (Yes, you read that right. Now see if you can say it ten times fast.)
From 10 pm Saturday until 8 am Sunday (again: yes, you read that right), the Alamo Ritz will transform into a Hong-Kong-a-Thon, showing nothing but the best films the industry has to offer, big and small. The painstakingly-curated list of films is being kept under wraps, but the planners promise this: “These forgotten classics will play your nerve endings like a cheap xylophone and show you things that you never dreamed you’d see in your wildest dreams.” The Alamo’s full food and drink menu will be available with its usual at-your-seat service, plus a few regional specials created just for this event. Proceeds benefit the American Genre Film Archive (AGFA).
Alamo Ritz Drafthouse, 320 East 6th Street
Saturday, February 25, 10 pm; buy tickets online.
Generally speaking, downtown and South Austin are the parts of town to flock to when in search of authentically-prepared, detail-oriented cuisine with true ethnic heritage, but there’s a little-known gem tucked away in Pflugerville that shatters the myth and begs you to head north.Taste of Ethiopia is as easy to miss as it is to find; sitting just off the Pflugerville thoroughfare of Grand Avenue Parkway, halfway between Austin and Round Rock, it’s a quick dash east of I-35, but it’s so innocuous-looking in its surrounding strip mall that it often goes overlooked.
In genuine Ethiopian style, meals are served in woven mesob baskets, and injera bread is used instead of Western utensils. The eatery’s menu includes national classics like kitfo (very, very rare beef soaked in chili powder) and doro wot (chicken drumsticks and hard-boiled eggs), as well as soul food progenitors like collard greens and other vegetable dishes. If nothing else, though, treat yourself to the restaurant’s coffee service; after all, Ethiopia is the birthplace of coffee as we know it, and the presentation is far more than the simple delivery of a steaming mug… rather, it’s an unforgettable sensory experience.
1100 Grand Avenue Parkway
Open 7 days a week, 11 am – 10 pm; visit official site for menu
Although new wave 80′s band The Talking Heads broke up 20 years ago, their music remains intact with a cult following all its own. Last year, a group of musicians called The Purple Bee Collective got together for a tribute show and decided to make it an annual gig. After overflowing from Momo’s in 2011, the 2012 version is scheduled for the slightly roomier Antone’s on West 5th Street this Saturday night.
In addition to The Purple Bee Collective, several guest acts are slated to take the stage. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door (or $6 if you show your ticket stub from the Bob Schneider show being held at Antone’s earlier in the evening.) This event is pretty likely to be “burnin’ down the house,” so get there early and catch a double feature on the cheap.
Saturday, Feb. 18, at Antone’s, 213 West Fifth Street
Visit the Antones website for details or TicketFly for tickets.
* UPDATE *
East Austin Mobile Photo Tour’s date has been changed to this Sunday, February 19th. Same place, same time.
Austin definitely isn’t lacking in visual appeal, with its eclectic mix of hippie and cowboy cultures co-existing peacefully in the heart of the Texas hill country. It’s no secret that the Eastside has been experiencing a bit of gentrification over the past five years or so, and it’s been taking place in typical Austin fashion: at an ambling pace and with a laissez-faire attitude. Photographic possibilities are endless east of I-35 and south of Manor Road; that’s precisely why the Discover East Austin Mobile Photo Tour strolls through the neighborhood on Saturday morning, February 18 starting at 9 a.m. Prizes will be given away at the event, including a platinum SXSW badge.
Tour begins Saturday, February 18, 9 am at Nuevo Leon Restaurant at 1501 East 6th Street; visit the official site for details.
Address: 4616 Triangle Ave., Austin, TX 78751