February is more than halfway through, and you know what that means: less than a month remains before the bicoastal (and transcontinental) throngs descend on our fair city. So what can you do to cherish these last few rest-filled pre-SXSW weeks? We’ve got you covered. Here’s our weekly guide to keep you busy during the days that don’t start with S.
Monday, February 20th
The Drafthouse presents this vintage (2004) episode of the eponymous television show, where they’ll not only debut 3 new tracks from the band, but raffle off tickets to the band’s upcoming taping of ACL this March.
The Texas Hall of Fame series honors the work of the 2012 honorees, who will be honored at a March 8th ceremony. This Truman Capote biopic was filmed in Austin, and stars sometime Austinite Sandra Bullock as Capote’s compatriot Harper Lee.
Tuesday, February 21st
We may not be in the Big Easy, but that doesn’t mean you have to let Fat Tuesday fly by. Get in the creole spirit on W. 6th, with Bacardi Hurricanes, Gulf shrimp, and sausage gumbo.
The Ritz gets into the booty-shaking spirit of Fat Tuesday, bringing what they tout as the “sexiest” sing-along party in the whole wide world. Selected tracks include ditties by Usher and Justin Timberlake, so its guaranteed to showcase at least a moderate amount of shirtlessness.
Wednesday, February 22nd
One of the kingpins of the nineties indie rock scene, Stephen Malkmus brought forth some of the decade’s greatest music with Pavement. Well he’s back with his post-Pavement project, performing tracks of his latest album, 2011’s Mirror Traffic.
This special event, that benefits the Fusebox Festival, presents 60 of Austin's finest performers, musicians, visual artists, filmmakers, thinkers, and community leaders lined up to perform sixty solo pieces in 60 minutes.
Thursday, February 23rd
Join KLRU in celebrating their half-century mark, with an evening of fine food, drinks, and lots of Austin fun.
Weird True Hollywood tales travels back to the Golden Age to profile some of the silver screen’s most tragic legends. Topics to be covered include The History of Hollywood, Marilyn Monroe’s Death, and The Unsolved Case of the Black Dahlia.
Friday, February 24th
The Minneapolis-based band joins Har Mar Superstar and Marijuana Deathbeds to close out the February residency at Mohawk. Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon touts the band as one with which he’s head over heels, so if you want to be one of the cool kids, you should probably check this out.
Two words: Nick. Cage. Join the Master Pancake fellows in mocking who is easily one of Hollywood’s most mockable Coppolas. With a cast that also boasts Danny Trejo and John Cusack, there’s sure to be enough source material to make this a laugh-a-minute Friday night.
There you have it — you can screen Capote, sing Timberlake, and mock Cage, all before you clock out on Friday afternoon.