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Best Bets: Chuckling, chickens, cellos

Published 10:18am Friday, July 19, 2013

For those who think it has been way too hot, it’s about to get a lot hotter for several hundred chickens in Racine this weekend. In Austin, settle into the air con for as long as possible, unless you’re competing in the YMCA’s triathlon, that is. Good luck.

1. Putting the “ello” in cello

Cool off with some Jelloslave Friday night at the Paramount Theatre, 125 Fourth Ave. NE. No, this isn’t some new twist on dessert, but it is a unique quartet that includes two cellos, tablas and drums. Jelloslave will perform from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $17 at the door and $7 for students.

2. Raucous comedy in Rose Creek

Rose Creek’s newest venue, the Creek Bar and Grill, right off Highway 56 in town, will host a comedy show at 9 p.m. Friday. The best part: Rose Creek native Josh Fargusson is the special guest. No pressure, Josh. Comedian Jack Willhite will headline the event. There is no cover charge — second-best part.

3. Running, swimming and biking, oh my!

OK, ambitious athletes. For those gritty enough to be ready to blitz their tails off by 7 a.m. Saturday, enter the Spamtown Triathlon. The Austin YMCA, 704 First Drive NW, is hosting its first-ever triathlon. The cost is $70 for individuals and $80 for teams and includes a tee shirt. Participants can register until 6:30 a.m. the day of the event, or in advance at or

4. A celebration of charred chickens

Chickens: Your time has come again — the time to get into the giant rotisserie at Racine’s “Chicken Feed Dance.” The celebration begins 4 p.m. Saturday at the Racine Village Hall, just north of Main Street on the east side of Highway 63. Plates, which include a half chicken and sides, are $8. Dance, eat, buy raffle tickets and enjoy summer.

5. An early Halloween

Check out Tuesdays on Main next week for “Halloween in July,” featuring “Monster Mashing” with Tom & Soundtronic Productions magician William Bradshaw. The event begins at 5 p.m.

Other events

Cellos aren’t the only strings in town, folks. Head to St. Olaf Lutheran Church at 7 p.m. Wednesday for Heavenly Harp, a mother-daughter harp duet from Phoenix with world-class sound. Also, check out the Root River Antique Historical Power Association’s show this Friday, Saturday and Sunday near Deer Creek Speedway off of Highway 63 near Racine. It’s a step back in time.

Look to Reporter Matt Peterson’s column every Friday for more about upcoming events in Austin. For even more, check out the calendar on Page 4 every day in the print edition and the homepage.

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