Weekend Roundup

Our top 5 event picks for a relaxing (or raging) holiday weekend

Our top 5 event picks for a relaxing (or raging) holiday weekend

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There are still bazaars for buying art and tchotchkes and trails of lights to traipse, but if you’re on top of your game (and read this column last week), then you’ve bought and you’ve traipsed and you’re ready for something else.

We think the last weekend before the mash-up of big holidays is a good one for more casual affairs — or if you think the world’s about to end, going hard. Here's our roundup of the weekend’s top events:

Live Music and Dead Clubs at the South Austin Popular Culture Center

What we wear can say a lot. Like, "It’s Sunday, leave me alone." Or, "Yeah, I haven’t gone home yet, what of it?" Or for the more intellectually highbrow, clothing can capture a moment, an era or a movement. This exhibit, Live Music and Dead Clubs at the South Austin Popular Culture Center (It’s real! We swear! The cartoonish signage is misleading!), traces the musical currents from the ‘60s and ‘70s across more than 130 T-shirts. The exhibit is open through the weekend, starting at 1 p.m. each day.

Party at the End of the World at Red 7

The world is supposed to end Friday, if the Mayans knew anything. It’s unlikely, given how vocal the academic and scientific community has been, but contingency plans are always smart. Friday night starting at 7 p.m., Red 7 is convening the bigger names in local metal, punk and rock for what could be their final show. Ever. Or everyone will live and it’ll just be one heavy night of rawk.

LBJ Presidential Library Reopening 

After a year-long renovation, the LBJ Presidential Library is reopening Saturday morning at 10 a.m., on what would have been Lady Bird Johnson’s 100th birthday. The new library has a downloadable app, features an interactive Vietnam War exhibit and access to telephones conversations of the late president. Opening day festivities include live music, book signings and a performance by the Austin Children’s Choir; free and open to the public.

Divergent Space at the Tiny Park Gallery

Leah Haney, who earned her BFA from the University of Texas and was recently featured at AMOA-Arthouse, has a new exhibit at Tiny Park Gallery that turns geometry into art. Or as the gallery puts it, her work “explores the malleability of space and architectural structures on a two-dimensional plane.” Cool! Take a look at some of the pieces from the display and decide for yourself. The gallery opens at noon on Saturday.

A Christmas Story at the Alamo Ritz

Because we just couldn’t help ourselves. Yes, this classic will be running on a loop Christmas Day on TBS, but there’s something special about experiencing young Ralphie’s unwavering exuberance for the Red Rider BB gun that’s better enjoyed communally. The Alamo Ritz has a few showings this weekend, but we think the Sunday evening showing at 4:15 p.m. would make for the perfect close to what was probably a hectic weekend of shopping, family discourse and standing in long, long lines.