- Arianna Auber American-Statesman Staff
“Vaudeville!” The Ransom Center’s newest exhibit displays the story of where American entertainment all begin, with documents, photographs, artifacts and manuscripts related to some of vaudeville’s best-known performers, including Harry Houdini, Mae West, Tony Pastor and others. The Ransom Center will show the development of vaudeville and its impact on contemporary film, television and comedy. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday (open until 7 p.m. on Thursdays), noon to 5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday through July 15. Free. 300 W. 21st St. hrc.utexas.edu.
Davis Gallery’s “The Relationship of Things.” The new exhibit is focused on the beauty of ordinary sights and everyday objects. In this three-person show, artists Faustinus Deraet, Ginger Geyer and Barbara Pence extract the quiet voices of the ordinary, found in the home and on the street. The combination of Deraet’s insightful photographs, Pence’s correlating multi-panel paintings, and Geyer’s metaphorical porcelain sculptures allow the viewer to explore overlooked, commonplace things. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday through April 14. 837 W. 12th St. davisgalleryaustin.com.
Hotel Vegas/Volstead 7-year anniversary. To celebrate seven years in Austin, the Eastside dive is pulling out all the stops with a seven-stage bash featuring 77 bands, comedians and vendors. The musical lineup is loaded with a cross-genre roster of local heavies including pop powerhouse Sweet Spirit, art punk oddball’s Big Bill, Peligrosa’s DJ Orion Garcia and honky tonker Corey Baum of Croy and the Boys. Food and drink specials include $1.77 Lone Star Light Tall Boys, Deep Eddy cocktails and $7 burgers all night. 1:30 p.m. March 8. Free. 1502 E. Sixth St. texashotelvegas.com. — Deborah Sengupta Stith
Second Street Social. The Second Street District is ringing in spring with the return of the monthly social, highlighting various shops and restaurants in the area. This month, BarChi Sushi, a sleek Japanese restaurant, will have a one-night-only prix fixe dinner that you can enjoy before or after visiting other Second Street spots for in-store and food and drink specials. La Condesa will have extended happy hour, for example, and Sikara will offer 20 percent off the permanent jewelry collection. 5 to 8 p.m. March 8. Various locations. 2ndstreetdistrict.com.
“Computer Chess.” Written and directed by Austin-based filmmaker Andrew Bujalski, “Computer Chess” is a nerd-drenched spoof about chess software programmers who compete to create the most advanced chess program. Created in 2013, the film uses a black and white, retro production design backdrop. The film is screening as part of the Bullock Museum’s Texas Focus film series, and the evening will include a Q&A with director Bujalski and actor Wiley Wiggins. 7 p.m. March 8. $3-$5. 1800 Congress Ave. thestoryoftexas.com.
“Fixing Troilus & Cressida.” Rude Mechs is presenting a new Fixing Shakespeare play — a series that aims to make William Shakespeare’s least produced works more accessible. In this case, the Rude Mechs, using writer Kirk Lynn’s script, are producing Shakespeare’s take on Homer’s “Illiad.” “Troilus and Cressida” is the love story hidden in the center of history’s greatest war, between the Trojans and the Greeks. Note: There will be a lot of bad words. 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday through March 31. $5-$100. Nowlin Rehearsal Hall, 1426 Toomey Road. rudemechs.com.