Undoubtedly one of the most important, idiosyncratic figures in 20th century literature, Samuel Beckett’s influence can be felt to this day but his (anti)style has never been duplicated. Palindrome Theater’s staging of Endgame, one of his most well known works, opens this evening at Austin Playhouse for a run of just 13 performances. Absurd, blackly humorous, Endgame is quintessential Beckett, a minimalist one-act masterpiece on family, servitude, love, and entropy. Call 512-786-1939 for reservations. Endgame begins at 8:00 pm.
The undisputed queen of pin-ups, the woman who paved the way for things like Madonna’s Sex book, Uma Thurman’s haircut in Pulp Fiction, and countless other things that get us hot’n’bothered, Bettie Page will be honored tonight at the Alamo Drafthouse Lake Creek location. Austin’s sexiest burlesque troupe, the Jigglewatts, will host a night of live burlesque paired with footage from the classic Bettie Page feature Teaserama as well as a sneak peak of the upcoming documentary Bettie Page Reveals All: The Authorized Biography. Tickets are $15 at the door, $12 in advance, and are available at http://www.drafthouse.com. Everything begins at 7:30 pm. Remember, seating begins 45 minutes prior to show time.
Excellence as conveyed through statistics is most closely associated with professional athletes, but really, take a look at Bob Fosse’s achievements and tell me you’re not impressed: 9 Tony’s – 8 for choreography, 1 for direction; 4 Oscar nominations; 1 Oscar win. Of course, this sort of record is best suited for paper, but if you really want to believe in Fosse’s virtuoso status, might I suggest attending Texarts’ That Jazz! A Tribute to Bob Fosse, running this weekend only. The show features several rarely seen dance numbers from Fosse’s early work, as well as such standards as “Steam Heat” from The Pajama Game (1954), “Mein Herr” from the film Cabaret (1972), and “I Want to Be a Dancing Man” from Dancin’ (1977). That Jazz! A Tribute to Bob Fosse opens January 16 at noon, with another performance at 3:00 pm. There are also two performances on the 17th, one at 2:00 pm, one at 5:00 pm. Tickets are $15. For more information call 512-852-9079.