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1. Comic, author, and radio personality Paula Poundstone brings her routine to the One World Theatre Friday night in a benefit for the Austin Public Library Friends Foundation. Please click here for more information.
2. Forklift Danceworks will stage a choreographed performance of trash trucks and sanitation workers at the Austin Studios tarmac on Saturday and Sunday at 7:30 pm. This is the second and final performance using sanitation workers from Austin, according to the artist/choreographer. Last year, rain dampened the ceremonies a bit, something we probably won’t have to contend with this year. Reservations are required, click here for more details.
3. The world premiere of Slacker 2011 will take place on Wednesday at the Paramount Theatre. In honor of the 20th anniversary of the original, each scene was re-shot by a different set of filmmakers and put back together for the new version. Most of the filmmakers involved have stated that they were heavily influenced by the original Slacker movie for its unique style and approach to storytelling. How they adapt each scene in the new version should create a collage of experiences not typical of today’s mainstream movies. It probably won’t win an Oscar, but it should be an entertaining film, especially for those interested in filmmaking. Click here to learn more.
4. Lots of great live music on tap for Austin this week. Here’s what we recommend:
• STS9 at Stubb’s on Friday and Saturday. Incredible mix of instrumental, electronic, jam, and dance music by this group out of Atlanta. STS9 has played Austin a number of times over the past few years, including ACL Festival in 2007 and 2009. I’ll be at both shows, so come and say ‘hi’.
• Alpha Rev, Filter and more at Bat Fest 2011 on Saturday. Bat Fest presents (probably) the biggest lineup of local music talent you can see on one bridge in one day. Two stages feature some of Austin’s best new talent and old favorites. After last year’s contentious affair, Bat Fest and The Night of the Bat join forces this year to co-produce the event.
• The GoGo’s at the Paramount Theatre on Sunday. OK, OK, I know…their iconic, hit-laden album Beauty and the Beat turns 30 this year (yikes!), but that doesn’t mean these women don’t still bring a party to the stage. Back in the day, the GoGo’s were the talk of the town and known for their heavy partying and wild private lives as well as some of the most well-known hits of the 80s. If you still remember the words to We Got the Beat, Our Lips Are Sealed, or Vacation, this is show you’ll enjoy. My favorite GoGo’s song was Lust to Love.
• Sick of Sarah at Emo’s on Monday. In honor of the all-girl GoGo’s, here is a newer band with a powerhouse of female musicians playing a punk/alt-rock style and having a lot of fun doing it. They may never be as famous as the GoGo’s but these girls can play.