Jump-start the new year with the help of this weekend’s top five things to do in Austin. Mingle with art aficionados at a Elliot Rogers' closing day reception at Gallery Lucid or have your creativity sparked during Shen Yun. For a full list of events, visit our calendar.
Thursday, January 3
Austin Film Society presents The Lady Eve
Film buffs are invited to an exclusive screening of Hollywood classic The Lady Eve at the AFS Cinema. The screwball comedy, directed by Preston Sturgee, features an iconic cast lead by Henry Fonda and Barbara Stanwyck. Stick around post-screening for a discussion about the film’s eye-popping outfits with costume designer and University of Texas at Austin professor Susan Mickey. Second screening on January 6.
Friday, January 4
Experience the culture of ancient China through classical dance, colorful costuming, high-tech backdrops, and a live orchestra at the Long Center for the Performing Arts. Guests are transported back to the magical world of China long ago, as ornate dance numbers breathe new life into ancient legends. Following opening night, Shen Yun wows audiences through January 6.
Saturday, January 5
Gallery Lucid presents Elliot Rogers “Mindscapes” closing reception
The first solo show by artist Elliot Rogers comes to an end at Gallery Lucid. Elliot’s work showcases elements of surrealism, abstraction, and psychedelic visionary art to create hypnotic spaces. Reception highlights include a live music performance by Fyoog and double bass musician Andy Rogers, complimentary Dulce Vida Tequila cocktails, and light bites. Admission is free.
Sunday, January 6
The Blanton Museum of Art presents “Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design” closing day
The work of more than 120 African artists and designers is celebrated during the exhibition's final day at the Blanton Museum of Art. Experience the innovative design of African creatives through mediums ranging from sculpture, prints, fashion, photography, digital comics, furniture, video, animation, and much more. Free entry with museum admission.
Austin Traditional Jazz Society presents Hal Smith and On the Levee Jazz Band
End the weekend in good spirits at Cap City Comedy Club. Hal Smith’s On the Levee Jazz Band brings its signature repertoire of danceable music including stomps, rags, blues, and vintage popular songs to Austin following an appearance at the San Diego Jazz Festival. For tickets, visit the ATJS website.