Weekend Event Guide

Here are the top 5 things to do in Austin this weekend

Here are the top 5 things to do in Austin this weekend

William Shatner
Actor William Shatner visits Bass Concert Hall for a live conversation this Saturday. Photo by Manfred Baumann
"Despite it All" Dave McClinton opening reception
Dougherty Arts Center will premiere "Despite It All," a solo exhibition by Dave McClinton. The show runs through February 9. Photo courtesy of Dave McClinton Art
Middleditch & Schwartz
Comedians Thomas Middleditch and Ben Schwartz team up for an evening of long-form improv at Paramount Theatre. Photo courtesy of 55 Greetings & Moontower Comedy
William Shatner
"Despite it All" Dave McClinton opening reception
Middleditch & Schwartz

In the wake of the 2019 Golden Globes, movie fans have no shortage of things to do in Austin this weekend. Alamo Drafthouse hosts a three-film marathon celebrating the work of director M. Night Shyamalan and William Shatner, better known to Trekkies as Captain James T. Kirk, makes an appearance at Bass Concert Hall. For a full list of events, visit our calendar.

Friday, January 11

Dougherty Arts Center presents Dave McClinton: “Despite it All” opening reception
Graphic designer Dave McClinton unveils his solo exhibition “Despite It All” at the Dougherty Arts Center. Using digital collages, the Austin-based artist examines the inner life of a black person and explores how the weight of American history can impact a person’s life. Following the opening reception, McClinton’s exhibit will be on display through February 9. Admission is free.

Saturday, January 12

The M. Night Shyamalanathon: Unbreakable, Split, and Glass
Alamo Drafthouse invites movie buffs to celebrate director M. Night Shyamalan’s most imaginative films. The three-picture screening will feature Unbreakable, Split, and his newest movie, Glass, ahead of its January 18 theatre debut. Shyamalan will also join the audience via live broadcast for a conversation about his work and the latest addition to his canon. Tickets are free and seats can be reserved by purchasing a $5 food and beverage voucher that can be redeemed at showtime.

William Shatner: Live On Stage
Actor William Shatner shares memorable stories and career highlights with a live audience at Bass Concert Hall. Known best for his role at Captain James T. Kirk in the popular television series Star Trek, Shatner has won the hearts of TV fans for more than 50 years. Guests can also enjoy an exclusive screening of blockbuster hit Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, followed by a chat with the legend himself. A limited number of VIP tickets are still available.

Splice Records presents BowiElvis Fest
Rock ‘n’ roll legends David Bowie and Elvis are honored with a rad birthday party at Barracuda. This year’s bash features live music by Swimwear Department, Pecos Hank, Brian Scartocci, and Henry & The Invisibles. Additional highlights include face painting, food concessions, prizes, and more. Partygoers are encouraged to don their most festive attire and join the costume contest in homage to the late superstars — who also share a January 8 birthday. Tickets still available.

Sunday, January 13

55 Greetings & Moontower Comedy present Middleditch & Schwartz
Improv goes long-form at the Paramount Theatre. Comedians Thomas Middleditch of Silicon Valley and Ben Schwartz of Parks and Recreation team up to bring their off-the-cuff skills to Austin for two consecutive performances. Tickets for both showtimes are still available.