As summer closes out and fall rolls in, the weekends are only going to get more packed with exciting events. Never fear — we've picked out a choice few to keep you from getting overwhelmed. If you have to stress over the weekend, then what’s the point?
Thursday, September 19 – Saturday, September 21
It’s amazing to think that Bedpost Confessions has already been around for three years, entertaining audiences at The North Door with deliciously tawdry tales from the bedroom. The show has always served a dual role of being cathartic for the authors and educational for listeners.
To mark their anniversary, they'll need three full nights of public confessionals, each with a changing lineup of guest performers and speakers to give you the dirty details.
Friday, September 20 – Sunday, September 22
It’s weekend of racing at the gorgeous Circuit of the Americas, with another round of internationally renowned drivers competing at breakneck speeds. The American Le Mans and WEC are modeled as endurance races after the classic French Le Mans, just like in that one awesome Steve McQueen movie.
While the weekend is packed with races of varying lengths, keep in mind that Friday does promise a healthy amount of rainfall, so be prepared for schedule changes if it gets a little wet on the track.
Saturday, September 21
Football is back in full swing, but amid the usual storylines — who will have a breakout year? who will make their case for the championship? — is the now-common concern for player safety. From peewee leagues to the professional level, players and fans are having to grapple with the difficult task of reducing the threat of head trauma.
The Darrell K. Royal Research Fund for Alzheimer’s Disease has partnered with the Alzheimer’s Association to present a speaker series with experts discussing research results and what can be done to ensure that players live full, healthy lives after their game days are over. For fans of the game or parents who might have concerns about letting their own kids play football, these lectures shouldn’t be missed.
To get your music fix for the weekend with a unique take on rap, you can’t go wrong with Mickey Avalon. While many rappers focus on the act of making money by dealing drugs, Avalon offers the other face of the coin, recounting his years of heroin addiction and prostitution in his rhymes.
A hard life on the streets is one prerequisite for a rapper, and Avalon has plenty of lows to express through his performances, but the genuine highs are there, too; with his energetic shows and his sexualized stage persona, Avalon knows how to mix the light along with the dark in his music.
Sunday, September 22
Austin Museum Day
Sunday marks the return of our citywide Museum Day, with free access to museums and special activities at many of Austin’s bastions of art and learning. Locations such as the Blanton, the Bullock Museum and the LBJ Library will offer unique ways to celebrate these homes of local and world culture, offering the perfect opportunity to foster a love of knowledge for the younger members of the family.