If you only know Aziz Ansari as the swagger-obsessed, would-be entrepreneur Tom Haverford on NBC’s Parks and Recreation, that’s OK. Ansari managed to turn television’s most shallow character into a somehow heartwarming dude who can still stick lines like “sometimes you gotta work a little, so you can ball a lot.” However, comedy nerds will tell you this is only the surface of Ansari’s appeal. A former cast member of MTV’s Human Giant sketch series, he’s toured as a stand-up prodigiously and released three specials: Intimate Moments for a Sensual Evening, Dangerously Delicious and, most recently, Buried Alive, which you should definitely stream on Netflix now (seriously, right now, your boss will understand). Don’t worry, you won’t spoil anything. Ansari wrote on his Tumblr that the material he’ll feature on this tour will be all new. Sold out ($57-$650 at stubhub.com), 8pm Mon, The Majestic Theatre, (210) 226-3333, 224 E Houston, majesticempire.com. —Callie Enlow
When it comes to exploring worlds seldom touched by local music, Demitasse (comprised of Buttercup’s Erik Sanden and Joe Reyes) is second to none. The duo’s debut LP Blue Medicine was born from loss: Reyes’ father died in 2013, Sanden’s passed in 2009. Out of sadness, both artists created a work of unconventional beauty that, no matter how artsy it gets, never loses its strong melodies and edgy humor. Demitasse’s February residency every Tuesday at Liberty Bar may hold some surprises. When I jokingly suggested to Sanden that, in order to sell their uncommercial yet accessible music, they should include a girl in a bikini or a big explosion, he didn’t miss a beat: “We’re hoping girls and gay men will buy it,” he texted back. “Also naval historians. That’s our target audience.” Even if you don’t fall into any of these categories, I strongly recommend this show. Free, 7:30pm, Liberty Bar, 1111 S Alamo, (210) 227-1187, liberty-bar.com.
Tue 2/4-Sun 2/9
“Andy Warhol: The Athletes”
Commissioned by collector Richard Weisman in 1977, Warhol’s The Athletes comprises screenprinted portraits of Muhammad Ali, O.J. Simpson, Dorothy Hamill, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Chris Evert, Jack Nicklaus, Willie Shoemaker, Rod Gilbert, Tom Seaver and Pelé. Reportedly, Weisman hoped the series “would inspire people who loved sports to come into galleries, maybe for the first time, and people who liked art would take their first look at a sports superstar.” $5-$10 (free from 4-9pm Tue and 10am-noon Sun), 10am-9pm Tue, 10am-5pm Wed-Thu, 10am-9pm Fri-Sat, 10am-6pm Sun, San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W Jones, (210) 978-8100, samuseum.org. Through April 27. —Bryan Rindfuss
The Black Market Club
The Black Market Club is one of those local bands with a big, melodic alt-prog sound that actually transcends styles. Often compared to Circa Survive, Manchester Orchestra and Local Natives, the group’s debut Faults & Fractures was one of the best local EPs of 2013 and a full-length is in the works. The quintet, fronted by powerhouse singer Blake Cook, just returned from a college town regional tour with Louisiana band Luxley and, at the Korova, will premiere songs from the upcoming album. The night’s headliner is New York’s The Kin, an alternative pop-rock trio with a knack for stealing the show (including a recent tour with P!nk) and fondness for “musical robberies”—suddenly appearing at restaurants, subways or festivals (Sundance, South by Southwest) and playing music on the spot. With Finish Ticket and Oh Honey. $10, 8pm, The Korova, 107 E Martin, (210) 995-7229, twinproductions.frontgatetickets.com. —EL
Wed 2/5-Tue 2/11
Arriving in New York in the 1950s, Robert Clark adopted the surname Indiana in honor of his home state. First producing figurative drawings and totem-like sculptures, Indiana found his niche on the frontlines of pop art by marrying elements of sign painting and hard-edged abstraction. Addressing fundamental issues, Indiana’s most recognizable works rely on the power of simple words. Created in 1964, LOVE (which appeared on an eight-cent stamp in 1973 and countless unlicensed objects) turned Indiana into a household name but eclipsed his career. Organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art, “Robert Indiana: Beyond LOVE” comprises more than 100 paintings, sculptures and works on paper from collections around the world. $10-$15, 10am-4pm Wed, 10am-9pm Thu, 10am-4pm Fri, 10am-5pm Sat, noon-5pm Sun, 10am-4pm Tue, McNay Art Museum, 6000 N New Braunfels, (210) 824-5368, mcnayart.org. Through May 25. —BR
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