Pumpkin carving is a fun sport to take part in this time of year. Of course, there is more than one way to get the job done. 3-D carving is a fun and different approach that's actually not as crazy difficult as it looks.
Of course, if you've got an extra rifle laying around — and let's face, it's Texas, so you probably do — you can always up the danger level and try your hand at rifle carving.
Then again, with all the terrible shit guns have been bringing into the world of late, it might be best to leave well enough alone. Fortunately this time of year there's also plenty of fun activities that don't involve dangerous weaponry like guns, carving knives or melon ballers.
Korn at South Side Ballroom
Whether or not, like Rolling Stone, you believe Korn's 1994 self-titled debut was the most important metal record of the past 20 years, the point remains that the band did almost singlehandedly pioneer the nu-metal genre and spearhead much of the alt-metal scene of the '90s. Anyway, for its current tour, the band decided to forego the big arenas and amphitheaters it has long grown used to — last fall the band headlined a show at the Gexa Energy Pavilion, for instance — in order to play its debut record front-to-back in the same size rooms it was playing in 1994. Ahead of tonight's South Side Ballroom stop, we caught up with Korn guitarist James “Munky” Shaffer to talk seven-string guitars, Rihanna covers and what he thinks about Rage Against the Machine bassist Brad Wilk's recent apology for influencing Limp Bizkit.
Jonathan Richman at Three Links
In the last 40 years Richman's evolved from teenage frontman of punk rock forbearers the Modern Lovers to the equally quirky acoustic guitar-toting troubadour best remembered for narrating There's Something About Mary. To hear Richman and longtime drummer Tommy Larkin tell it, though, they've never stopped evolving. “Me and Tommy play totally different than we played two years ago,” Richman once wrote in an old bio. “We already play a different style than we played on that live DVD, and the way we played then was totally different from the way we played three years before that. I still feel like we're just starting out, and I still learn new stuff every night.”
Cory McAbee at Texas Theatre
Temporarily setting aside his quest to find the Boy Who Actually Saw a Woman's Breast, The American Astronaut director Cory McAbee will appear behind the screen at Texas Theatre tonight. In lieu of directing anything or singing his usual selection of songs, he'll be giving a music-filled performance as a (de)motivational speaker, urging people to “give up their goals, stop reaching for the stars and start looking for the stars within their own minds,” in his Small Star Seminar.
The Tenors at Majestic Theatre
Formerly called The Canadian Tenors, this foursome sings classical, operatic versions of pop songs like Joe Cocker's “You Are So Beautiful” and Eric Clapton's “Tears in Heaven.” Middle-aged white ladies just love 'em.
NIGHTVISION at Vickery Park (Free)
Kicking off tonight and then repeating every Tuesday thereafter for the foreseeable future is the new weekly DJ venture of Jason Abbott and Ishi's JT Mudd. The jams start at 10 p.m., but the drink specials run all night.
Hopped Up Cinema: Halloween II at Alamo Drafthouse
They couldn't stop him. Now Michael Myers is back on the big screen. It's an occassion that pairs well with the craft beers from Lakewood, New York's Southern Tier Brewing, which has put together a bloody good flight just for the occasion.
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