Weekday Warrior: Some rest for the weary
First the holiday season storms through, dominating our social landscape for what seemed like months on end. Then, as soon as you’ve sipped the last of that probably expired eggnog, free week floated in like a late-night tattooed mistress hell-bent on exponentially increasing your weekday hangover tally. Well, breathe a sigh of relief, exhausted Austinites, because this week is full of some decidedly more low-key fare. Not sure if there are any activities appealing enough to pry you from the couch? Here’s our weekly guide to keep you busy during the days that don’t start with S.
Monday, January 9th
One of the, like, best movies of the 80s makes its way to the Drafthouse, and it's totally exciting. Really, though, sit back, relax and enjoy not only one of the best soundtracks of a pretty great decade of soundtracks, but a trip back to when Nicholas Cage’s hair was bad, but in a good way. Tubular.
Wally Workman Gallery Presents: Will Klemm
Enjoy this retrospective of the artist’s long career of oil and pastel landscapes as he brings the splendor of the outdoors inside at the Wally Workman Gallery.
Tuesday, January 10th
Hollywood Bullshit: Armageddon @ Alamo Ritz
Let's not pretend that we don’t all know each and every word to that Aerosmith song that so dominated the TRL broadcasts of the summer of 1998. Thanks to this special screening, you can sing along to Steven Tyler’s lament, while a team of astrophysicists (in town for the American Astronomical Society meeting) tears this Michael Bay masterpiece to shreds.
It wouldn’t be a Highball event without an irreverent spin, now would it? They’ve combined bingo with edited versions of porn parodies, to make this as far from Grandma’s bingo parlor fare as humanly possible. The evening also includes special activities and prizes, which undoubtedly blur the line between hilarity and inappropriateness with aplomb.
Wednesday, January 11th
The Long Center Presents: Free Range Thinking
Playwright and Actor Robert Dubac presents: Free Range Thinking — one man’s existential journey to find the elusive “truth.” His satiric trek brims with the brand of provocative comedy that’s sure to satiate Jon Stewart and Bill Maher fans alike.
Professional Writers of Austin January Networking Event
Get inspiration, land that next big freelance gig or just socialize with your fellow scribes at the monthly meeting of this free and members-only group for professional and aspiring writers.
Thursday, January 12th
The Action Pack Presents: Anchorman Quote-along
There’s a fine line between idiocy and gut-busting humor, and Anchorman is like a master class in how to tread that line successfully. So grab some leather-bound books, bask in the smell of rich mahogany and don your best San Diego t-shirt, because the Channel 4 news team is ready to deliver the laughs as usual.
Austin’s music community is coming together to raise money for local musician Ruby Jane, who, along with her mother, is recovering from a December carjacking that left her without her equipment. Ray Benson, Bob Schneider and Dale Watson will play the benefit, among others.
Friday, January 13th
Esme Barerra Benefit @ The Annex at 1808
The Annex crew pays tribute to the life of Esme Barerra, who was killed tragically on January 1. Bands will take the stage for a solid nine-hour block, with a lineup that features Quin Galavis, Fleshlights, Literature, Les RAV, Wino Vino, Cruddy, Crooked Bangs, Gospel Truth and more.
StoryCorps Mobile Booth @ Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum
The NPR heart-string-tugging program is here in our city, and they want the stories that make Austin unique. So head on over to the StoryCorps site and book a reservation to record your story, and maybe one day we’ll all weep to it during our morning commute.
That wasn’t so bad, was it? With a smattering of fun screenings and plays and benefits aplenty, there’s a wealth of semi-inactive social situations to fill your social bye week.