July 07--1. Susan Schorn at BookPeople
7 p.m. Monday. Free. 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, www.bookpeople.com.
Local author, University of Texas staffer and martial arts guru Susan Schorn felt herself constantly paralyzed with fear for no clear reason -- until she took up karate. Part self-help guide, part memoir, her new book "Smile at Strangers: And Other Lessons in the Art of Living Fearlessly" chronicles her often funny journey to black-belt status with plenty of lessons about safety and self-defense. Now a double black belt who teaches at an all-female dojo in Austin, she'll speak and sign copies of her book at the BookPeople event.
2. History of TV: "Your Show of Shows"
8 to 10 p.m. Monday. Free. Austin Film Society Screening Room, 1901 E. 51st St. www.austinfilm.org.
Everyone knows "Saturday Night Live." Lesser known but still brilliant is another live TV comedy show, "Your Show of Shows," whose heyday came more than 20 years before the first SNL episode. Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca, Carl Reiner and their talented cast of writers brought new levels of skill and polish to sketch comedy, and their routines are just as funny as they were from 1950 to 1954, when the 90-minute variety show was broadcast weekly on NBC. Monday is your chance to catch Caesar, Coca and others at their best with a free show from the Austin Film Society, which will feature a selection of their more hilarious bits.
3. Jack Wilson at the Cactus Cafe
8 p.m. Free. 2247 Guadalupe St. cactuscafe.org.
Austin-raised singer-songwriter Jack Wilson, who spent time in Seattle, takes cues from Elliott Smith and the Band with his twangy, sometimes dark sound. Also playing: Dale Watson and his Lone Stars at the Continental Club; music and comedy with Chris Cubas at Holy Mountain; Bob Schneider at the Saxon Pub; Laura Scarborough at Strange Brew. -- Peter Mongillo
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