- Arianna Auber American-Statesman Staff
Songhoy Blues at Antone’s. Formed in exile in Bamako after radical fundamentalists took over their region of Northern Mali, the band has killer chops, and they play like rock stars. But it’s the magnanimous joy lead singer Aliou Touré and his crew radiate while they sing and dance that reinforces every notion we have about the incredible, life-affirming power of music. Raging Fyah opens this official ACL Fest late-night show (both bands play the festival at Zilker Park on Sunday). $20-$23. 10 p.m. Saturday. 305 E. Fifth St. antonesnightclub.com. — Deborah Sengupta Stith
Ditch the Fest Fest 2017. Not going to Austin City Limits Festival but still wanting some weekend live music? Spider House Cafe is hosting this evening show with music at Spider House’s patio stage, chapel stage and ballroom stage. Acts include Lola Tried, Eyelid Kid, Alesia Lani and Sloth Fader. The ballroom stage will also have an hour of comedy. 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday. $5. 2908 & 2906 Fruth St. rawpawshop.com/collections/community/products/ditch-the-fest-fest-ticket.
“Libros” at the Stephen L. Clark Gallery. This new show will celebrate internationally recognized collage artist Lance Letscher and the nearly open Austin Central Library. Letscher, currently living in Austin, has had a long relationship with books and libraries, and much of his work includes the printed page. In “Libros,” Letscher’s collages are created from raw found materials such as album covers, papers, books, recipes, notes, letters and magazines. Opening reception 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday through Nov. 11. 1101 W. Sixth St. artnet.com/galleries/stephen-l-clark-gallery/.
“The Afterlife of Artifacts.” This multiartist exhibit explores five of Austin’s best assemblage artists (Barbara Irwin, John Sager, Larry Seaman, Steve Brudniak, and Steve Wiman) and their power to reanimate forgotten objects into extraordinary works of art. Opening reception 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 25. 837 W. Twelfth St. davisgalleryaustin.com.
Operation Steingrabber at Zilker Brewing. In its cozy East Austin taproom, Zilker Brewing is hosting an Oktoberfest party featuring a beer brewed just for the occasion. But unlike many Oktoberfest beers, the Festbier is not to be confused with its more malty sibling, the marzen lager, that many U.S. breweries make for their Oktoberfest festivities. Zilker produces a golden modern-day Oktoberfest-style lager that is actually the preferred brew for the large Oktoberfest celebration in Munich. Operation Steingrabber will have liter steins, ceramic mugs, sausages and pretzels and a polka band.