Germany's Kreator is widely considered a pioneer of thrash metal and, with Destruction and Sodom, part of Europe’s “Big 3” (akin to America's “Big 4”). They're touring in support of last month's live DVD/2CD release, Dying Alive, which came on the heels of last year's Phantom Antichrist, their 13th album. Also on the bill: Overkill, Warbringer and Protest. $26, 7pm Tuesday, Backstage Live, 1305 E Houston, (210) 229-1988, baskstagelivesa.com. —Enrique Lopetegui
PechaKucha Night vol 12
Devised in 2003 by Tokyo-based architects Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham as a platform for young designers to network and share their work, PechaKucha Nights (which are named after the Japanese term for “chit-chat”) follow a “20x20” format (20 images are shown and explained for 20 seconds each for a total of six minutes and 40 seconds per presenter). Emceed by News 4’s Randy Beamer, the 12th edition hosted by the San Antonio chapter features presentations by Margaret Craig (printmaker), Nan Cuba (author), Tracy Edwards (doula), Richard Farias (activist and Current contributor), Carlos Montoya (bike mechanic), Wesley Harvey (artist), Erik Sanden and Ryan Parker (musician and illustrator, respectively) and JJ Lopez (DJ). Snacks, Alamo Beer and wine will be provided in appreciation for a $5 donation. $5 donation, happy hour at 6:30pm, presentations at 7:30pm Tuesday, Coates Chapel, Southwest School of Art, 300 Augusta, (210) 224-1848, pechakucha.org/cities/san-antonio. —Bryan Rindfuss
Don’t miss this screening of the Sundance-selected documentary, After Tiller, which explores the struggle for abortion rights in the wake of the tragic murder of one of the country’s few late-term abortion physicians, Dr. George Tiller, assassinated in 2009 by anti-abortion extremists in a Kansas church. The award-winning doc examines the complex and oftentimes painful decision women must make when choosing to abort. The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with a panel of reproductive health advocates from The Lilith Fund for Reproductive Equity, NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, Whole Woman's Health, Planned Parenthood South Texas Votes and the Planned Parenthood Trust of South Texas. Suggested donation of $10 or more, 7pm Tuesday, Alamo Drafthouse Park North, 618 NW Loop 410, (210) 677-8500, contributions/tickets: rally.org/samovie. —Mary Tuma
Wed 11/20 - Sat 11/23
When Stephen Schwartz and Roger O. Hirson’s conceptual musical Pippin debuted on Broadway in 1972, The New York Times summed it up as “a trite and uninteresting story” with a “lame duck ending,” but applauded director/choreographer Bob Fosse’s distinct razzle dazzle. This year, director Diane Paulus rebooted the “fractured fairy tale” (about the coming of age of Pepin the Hunchback, eldest son of Charlemagne) to the tune of four Tonys. Working with Les 7 Doights de la Main co-founder Gypsy Snider, Paulus infused Pippin with a wild circus theme but maintained Fosse’s vision of movement via choreographer Chet Walker. Currently a Stieren guest at Trinity, Walker serves as director and choreographer of the university’s production of the “ordinary little show” Fosse famously “launched into space.” $6-$10, 7pm Wed-Thu, 8pm Fri-Sat, Stieren Theater, One Trinity, (210) 999-8515, trinity.edu. —BR
Black Taxi’s shows are a party, and the party had started even before the band was formed in Brooklyn in 2007—singer Ezra Huleatt and bassist Krisana Soponpong met at a rave in Thailand, found drummer Jason Holmes after a show, and then invited Soponpong’s friend Bob Mayo to complete the foursome. Things started to kick in after their sophomore effort We Don’t Know Any Better (2012), which took them on a long U.S. tour. They’re back with the solid, brand-new Chiaroscuro EP, confirming they’re not just another “electropop” band; they can get funky, dancey, and at times offer a weird hybrid between Kraftwerk and Pink Floyd. It all works organically with the naturalness of a punk band and the catchiness of an arena act. Those who saw them live swear they’re even better in concert than on record, so I’m putting my money on this one. With Austin’s space-glamheads Sphynx and SA’s own Islands & Tigers. $8, doors at 8pm Wednesday, 502 Bar, 502 Embassy Oaks, (210) 257-8125, 502bar.com. —EL
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