Weekend Roundup

Top event picks for the last weekend of July: Tats, video games and dancing

Top events for the last weekend of July: Tats, video games & dancing

Austin photo: News_National Dance Day_Straight
Celebrate National Dance Day with some dance classes from Ballet Austin.  Courtesy of Ballet Austin
BodyArtExpo tattoo and piercing convention flyer
Check out some cool designs and even get some new ink at the BodyArtExpo.
Living Colour live in concert
Rock legends Living Colour are one of your music options for Friday night. Courtesy of Living Colour Facebook
Austin photo: News_National Dance Day_Straight
BodyArtExpo tattoo and piercing convention flyer
Living Colour live in concert

Can you believe that it’s almost August? That means we only have just about one more month of triple digit heat before it cools back down to a balmy 98 degrees.

Sadly, that also means it’s the last weekend of July, and this action-packed month deserves a proper send off. This weekend offers more than una noche of entertainment and fun, so follow our top picks for the closing of July.

BodyArtExpo Austin
If there’s one thing that Austinites from diverse backgrounds have in common, it’s the love of getting some ink. It doesn’t matter if you work at an East Side coffee shop or in a downtown office, you’re probably proudly displaying a little piece of body art.

You can celebrate your love of body modifications and even get a few new ideas as the BodyArtExpo makes a stop in Austin this weekend. Walk around and admire art from local or visiting artists, and if you like something you see you’re free to go under the needle right there on the convention floor. Expect to walk into your office Monday to see some coworkers with a new tat or two.

IndieCade Annex: Divekick
Independent video games are one of the fun little subcultures enjoyed by all ages in Austin. The local IndieCade Annex puts on a monthly showcase of indie games that are new, weird and very often pretty cool.

This month’s feature is the new game Divekick, a title that sums up all that you can do in the game. You dive and you kick. It’s straightforward, but simplicity can offer up all the fun you need. The showcase also features other fun standbys, such as Samurai Gunn and Joust, but with some free beer thrown in it will equal a fun Friday night. It’s definitely better than drinking beer and playing games by yourself at home.

National Dance Day at Ballet Austin
Saturday marks National Dance Day. It’s the perfect day to cut footloose and kick off your Sunday shoes. Do you feel a little uneasy about your dance talent or lack thereof? Ballet Austin would love to help you feel a little more at ease on your feet.

With just a donation, you can learn some new moves in one class or all day long at the Butler Community School. Learn a wide range of styles that include Zumba, Afro-Brazilian, various levels of ballet and more. It’s a fun way to stay fit, and at the end of the day you’ll want to dance with somebody — and maybe feel the heat with somebody.

Happy Birthday! Roxy Castillo at the New Movement
Birthdays are super fun, whether it’s your own or you’re celebrating a friend. Comedian Duncan Carson believes that he can amp up the birthday fun by throwing a fake birthday party for another local comedian and some special guests.

Saturday’s lucky “birthday” girl is Roxy Castillo, a stand-up comic who co-hosts the Crapshoot show and moonlights a bit as a burlesque performer. Joining her for the festivities are Maggie Maye, Derek Phelps, Andrew Tompkins and more. It might be a fake birthday, but there will be some very real birthday cake and free beer with the price of admission.

There is still plenty more fun to be had this weekend, like shows featuring legends Living Colour and Black Sabbath, and the third annual Quesoff at the Mohawk.