Music and more to start off your week


Music and more to start off your week

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A good, free opportunity to hear Erika Wennerstrom play is at the ABGB the day before Valentine’s. Dave Creaney for AMERICAN-STATESMAN


Francisco Cantú at BookPeople. A former Fulbright fellow who has proved to be a formidable writer, Cantú felt called to join the Border Patrol because the Mexico border is in the blood. His mother, a park ranger and daughter of a Mexican immigrant, raised him in the scrublands of the Southwest. As a result of his experiences in remote regions crisscrossed by drug routes and smuggling corridors, he has written “The Line Becomes a River,” making personal the violence our border wreaks on both sides of the line. 7 p.m. Feb. 12. Free. 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050,


The Craft Series at the Driskill. This month, the culinary team at the Driskill’s acclaimed 1886 Cafe & Bakery is joining forces with one of the Austin area’s newest breweries, Suds Monkey Brewing. The playful brewery launched last year on the road to Dripping Springs. Enjoy beers like their Funky Monkey IPA and Cheeky Monkey Session American Wheat Ale with four courses that include a Latin spin on cheese sticks and a gelée starter featuring Poteet strawberries. Reserve your spot ahead of time, but you won’t pay until afterward. 6 p.m. Feb. 12. $40. 604 Brazos St.


“Celebrating the Ceramic Art of Jalisco” at Texas Folklife. The Mexican state of Jalisco is internationally famous for the wide variety of local artists using clay and other mediums, and Texas Folklife will highlight these artistic gems in a curated exhibit. It explores the ceramic statues of four towns in particular: Tonalá, Tlaquepaque, El Rosario and Santa Cruz de las Huertas. In spite of the proximity of these villages to one another, their art differs in technique, style and focus. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday and by appointment through mid-April. 1708 Houston St.

Coming up

Erika Wennerstrom at ABGB. Known primarily for fronting Heartless Bastards, the indie-rock band that moved from Ohio to Austin a decade ago and got far enough to appear on “Austin City Limits,” Wennerstrom explores a different side of her artistry on “Sweet Unknown,” due in March on Partisan Records. She’s been playing quite a bit locally in the lead-up to the album’s release; a fine chance to catch her is this unusual early-evening Tuesday show at ABGB, where the music is free and the beer and pizza are always dependable draws. 7 p.m. 1305 W. Oltorf St. — Peter Blackstock

Polish Poster Trunk Show. Art on 5th is featuring a collection of Polish posters from the 1950s to today — film posters as well as rare circus advertisements. And, yes, they are random treasures you probably knew nothing about before now. Polish posters are filled with surrealist imagery and fantastical beasts, in tones ranging from the whimsical to the macabre. These quirky art gems are available at every price point. Stop by to check out this bizarre collection and possibly pick one up for your wall. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 16-17 and 19, noon to 5 p.m. Feb. 18. Free. 3005 S. Lamar Blvd. Suite C. 110-B.

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