It was actually cold this week! We got to wear heavy coats and everything. It’s good timing, too, because this weekend’s most promising events are outdoors. Bundle up for our top event picks for this pre-holiday weekend.
ACL Live presents Louis C.K.
If his standup is anything like his FX series, Louie, which just wrapped a hell of a third season, expect some pitch black tragicomedy. C.K. revels in finding the dark underlying layers of life’s most quotidian dramas, from fatherhood to being single to growing old. His Thursday performance is sold out, but there are still tickets left for Friday’s show at ACL Live at the Moody Theater.
Experimental Response Cinema at Tiny Park Gallery
The ERC are a self-described “Austin-based collective of avant-garde film and video artists, devoted to bringing local, national and international experimental films to Austin screens.” Their first show dedicated to local moving image artists is this Friday, December 14 at Tiny Park Gallery at 8 p.m. One exhibit at the show, called Interstate (part one) details in short segments the following of a traveling circus encampment along a Texas highway. And there’s other weird-looking stuff. But it’s cool-weird, not crazy-weird.
Armadillo Christmas Bazaar
Tchotchkes, googas, trinkets. Art by painters, sculptors and illustrators. All here, all everywhere. But it’s exotic because it’s a bazaar! There’s also live music and food and drinks and other kinds of distracting nonsense. Celebrating its 37th year, the Armadillo Bazaar at the Palmer Events Center, open now through December 24, can make for a one-stop shopping trip for your holiday gift list.
A collaboration between KUT and Austin Music Map, along with partner Waterloo Records, this music project collected sound clips of the city’s natural sounds recorded by citizens and handed them over to local artists like Dana Faclonberry to make new songs. Seven artists will each be performing an original song at the performance on Sunday, December 16 at the ND. It's free and open to all ages and starts at 7:30 p.m. You can also hear all the clips made available to them on Austin Remixed’s SoundCloud.
Trail of Lights
It’s back! After budget constraints from the city left the event un-sponsored for two years, a fleet of angel investors, including Runtex Carrozza Foundation, Forefront Austin and HEB, have resurrected the light show in Zilker Park. The lights will be on this Sunday through December 23 and feature holiday singing and dancing each night. Local food trailers will be serving food and drinks, and by the looks of their performance schedule, plenty of other things to see besides millions of blinking LED lights.