Six Must-Attend Events: Mar. 15-21
The state's top events and offerings, from the Buffalo Bayou Regatta, in Houston, to Antone's Farewell to Fifth, in Austin.
Antone’s, the Austin blues club Clifford Antone founded in 1975, is preparing to move to its fifth home in four decades. Gone, for the most part, are the blues, as well as Antone, who died in 2006 at 56. But the venue’s name still carries weight in a town that got its motto, “the Live Music Capital of the World,” in large part because of Antone. The new club will be located on the east side, next to the recently relocated Emo’s rock club, whose owner, Frank Hendrix, is the majority owner of Antone’s. The “Antone’s Farewell to 5th Street Finale” will be a bon voyage to the current club, which opened in 1997, and there will be performances by a score of musicians, including Jimmie Vaughan, who recently returned to the stage from a heart attack and whose Fabulous Thunderbirds were the house band at the original Antone’s, on Sixth Street. “There was Muddy Waters one day and B.B. King the next week,” Antone’s sister, Susan, said of that first location. A couple of years later, downtown development pushed Antone’s north to Anderson Lane, a larger location that Susan said hosted James Brown and Ray Charles. And then in 1982, before moving to its current location, Antone’s opened near the University of Texas at Austin campus, on Guadalupe Street, where it found its groove. “A lot of people think that was the first club,” Susan said.
Antone’s, March 18, 7 p.m.
Most people stop playing dress-up once they’ve grown up, but the visionary photographer Cindy Sherman has made a career out of assuming guises. Sherman, who was reared on Long Island, New York, makes statements about the portrayal of women by creating different worlds and inhabiting them as if they were her own—and then capturing herself in them with time-delayed photography. Of the hundreds of personalities she has interpreted over the past forty years—wood nymphs, femme fatales, clowns—about 160 were on display at last year’s lauded retrospective organized by the Museum of Modern Art, in New York. That exhibition, which features some “selfies” that are a couple of dozen feet high, has now come to the Dallas Museum of Art, where Sherman’s knack for lacquering on the make-up should hold appeal in a city renowned for putting on faces.
Dallas Museum of Art, March 17-June 9
The Tomball Honky Tonk Music Festival favors classic country, and this year promises the signature sounds of Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, and Hank Williams as channeled by Amber Digby, Miss Leslie & Her Juke Jointers, and Dale Watson. Watson, the Austin crooner, recently stood up for a generation of old-school country musicians—the kind who actually play honky tonks—after Blake Shelton, a judge on The Voice and the husband of Miranda Lambert, the country singer from Lindale, remarked that musicians of Watson’s ilk were “old farts.” “Nobody wants to listen to their grandpa’s music,” Shelton said. Watson responded a few days later with a song for Shelton. The first lines goes: “Well, I’d rather be an old fart than a new country turd.” Watson will probably play it in Tomball, and the crowd will go wild.
The Depot, March 16, 11 a.m.
Row Your Boat
With more than 500 canoes and kayaks, the Buffalo Bayou Regatta is more like bumper cars than a competition of speed and agility. But for every couple of people who rent a vessel for the fun of participating in the fifteen-mile trek through Houston’s bayou system—a race considered the largest of its kind in Texas—there is a veteran rower who is eager to win. And yet it takes both kinds to compete for the Styrofoam Cup, awarded to the boat that gathers the most trash along the way.
7700 Felipe St., March 16, 7:30 a.m.,
T.C. Boyle, the California writer of baby boomer culture, realized his home was in jeopardy of natural disasters like wildfires, so he relocated his vast collection of papers to the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin, which you can ask him about when he returns to the university to speak at the Michener Center for Writers.
The University of Texas at Austin, March 21, 7:30 p.m
Pickles are arguably the most essential condiment to one of the state’s most essential dishes, barbecue, so any reason to take a bite out of one is embraced, especially when it is at the St. Paddy’s Pickle Parade, hosted by Best Maid, Fort Worth’s pickle packager.
Downtown, March 16, 2 p.m.