Although with temperatures like these, it's tempting to shutter the house and stay in your pajamas for three days straight, the city doesn't shut down just because there's a chance of ice (at least, not most of the time).
Here are a few indoor event suggestions — emphasis on indoor — to help keep you both warm and entertained this wintry weekend.
Stay warm by dancing
Forget the house shoes, put on your dancing shoes because nothing warms you up quite like dancing. While you may already have a favorite spot for getting down, we suggest these three groove-worthy shows around town.
The Boogie with Austin Boogie Crew at Vinyl
Like 1980s funk? Then you're in luck. Austin Boogie Crew and SoulOne (out of Houston) will provide hours of boogie hits this Friday night at Vinyl in the Chicago House downtown.
Admission is free
White Ghost Shivers at The White Horse
The combination of White Ghost Shivers, Koi Pouners, Ruby Dee & The Snakehandlers and Dave Insley's Careless Smokers is sure to get you out on the dance floor this Saturday. First band comes on at 10 pm, but it doesn't hurt to get to The White Horse early and grab a drink at the bar and enjoy two-step lessons before the fun begins.
13th Annual Austin Traditional Jazz Society Jam Session at Cap City Comedy Club
Every year at this event the Austin Traditional Jazz Society mixes snazzy jazz musicians together for a dance party filled with great music and impromptu jams. Enjoy drinks and snacks at Cap City Comedy Club on Sunday starting at 1:30 pm.
Admission is free
Stay warm by laughing
As it is with most problems in life, laughter is a great cure for the blues, even winter blues. From recurring shows to visiting comedians, here are a few funny happenings to check out.
Joe DeRosa at Cap City Comedy Club
Whether it's from his numerous comedy specials or from HBO's Bored to Death, you're likely to recognize comedian Joe DeRosa. This celebrated comedian is playing four shows at Cap City during the Austin stop on his U.S. tour. DeRosa will be playing two shows on both Friday and Saturday.
Kathleen Madigan at Paramount Theatre
Kathleen Madigan has a decades-long reputation of making people laugh, from her television appearances to her stand-up specials. See her at the Paramount Theatre on Saturday at 7 pm.
Chris Cubas at The Velv Comedy Lounge
New York transplant turned Austin favorite Chris Cubas is hitting up The Velv Comedy Lounge along with Maggie Mae, Aaron Brooks and Mike MacRae. Catch them all Friday evening or at one of the two performances on Saturday night.
TNM Tonight at The New Movement Theater
The New Movement Theater's regular live talk show, TNM Tonight with host Chris Sebilia, is a mixture of in-house sketch comedy and variety of local acts. Head over on Saturday at 7:30 pm to catch an interview with KGSR's Kristen Kurtis, comedy from David McQuary and music from Nate Sinclair.
Movie Riot at ColdTowne Theater
This weekly improv showcase takes random prompts from the audience and acts out made-up movie plots live on stage. Movie Riot always makes for a great Friday night indoors, especially since there are free margaritas (while supplies last) in addition to traditional movie snacks and candy.
Stay warm with inspiration
We suggest checking out our monthly series Hanging Around Austin (if you haven't already) for suggestions on spectacular art shows to hit up this January. If you've already perused those, here are two more exhibits opening this weekend that are worth a mention.
After Some Reflection at grayDUCK Gallery
Artists Jenny Granberry, Jaelah Kuehmichel and Joe Sinness are featured in After Some Reflection, which begins January 9 and runs until February 8. A variety of media types and textures, grayDuck Gallery describes the overarching tone of the exhibit as discussing "social undercurrents, personal identities and cultural language." The gallery is open all weekend, but you're invited to come to the opening reception on Friday at 7 pm.
Admission is free
Impressions of the Annandale at Wally Workman Gallery
Local painter Gordon Fowler brings his impressionist touch to the natural landscape of Texas' beautiful Annandale Ranch. Wally Workman Gallery will host a special opening reception on Saturday, January 10 at 6 pm, but the exhibit runs until January 31.
Admission is free
Stay warm watching heart palpitating theater
Before your curl up on your couch and turn to the ever-reliable Netflix, consider curling up in a cozy, warm theater and catching one of these shows around town. We promise it will be more enlightening than re-watching Gilmore Girls for the umpteenth time.
The Mountaintop at Austin Playhouse
Olivier Award-winning play The Mountaintop provides a dramatic and insightful interpretation of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s last night before his murder. The show opens on Friday, January 9 and will run until January 25. You can find shows times this weekend on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Deus Ex Machina at The Long Center
Deus Ex Machina is based both in Greek mythology and the audience's whims. Guests help choose the actions of these classic characters as they move closer and closer to their fates (or should we say, The Fates?). Shows are on both Saturday and Sunday.
Tickets start at $24
Wanderlust at The Hideout Theatre
Another "choose your own adventure" kind of play, Wanderlust features a rotating cast of improvisational actors playing the roles of two lovers as they take suggestions and directions from the audience. This play promises a unique experience each time, so catch it Saturday at 8 pm.
Atomic Frolic Burlesque at Stateside at the Paramount
A burlesque show will really heat things up during this cold weather. Atomic Frolic Burlesque features the talents Ms. Redd, Ginger Valentine, Ruby Joule, La Divina and more. Saturday at 8 pm.