There’s nothing like a three-day weekend to start the week off on the right foot, but there’s still an abundance of activities to keep the weekly momentum going. Between an MLK march, the Flux Capacitor, and a sensory experience for the ages, this week’s calendar boasts an eclectic mix of activities to bide your time. Here’s our weekly guide to keep you busy during the days that don’t start with S.
Monday, January 16th
The 19th Annual Community March celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy while uplifting diversity in Austin. Kicking off at the MLK statue, the march then moves to the Capitol for Gospel music.
Bask in the worldwide sensation that is Architects of Air, a sensory experience full of domes and tunnels and vivid explosions of liquid color. The installment, (running through January 20th) was conceived in 1992, and has reached over 37 countries.
Tuesday, January 17th
Five performances, 25 minutes and a shot to get in the judges’ favor. All bets are off at this fest, so performances can range from sketch comedy to dance to plays.
A screening that will bring you back to the day when Molly Ringwald was at her John Hughes-ian best, and not portraying the mother of a teenage mom on the Family Channel. Commiserate with poor Andy as she laments her family, hangs with a geek, gives away her underwear and ultimately gets the guy.
Wednesday, January 18th
Talk about a power couple. After scoring individual Grammy nominations and making guest appearances on each others’ albums, musical married couple Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks officially join their creative forces to make beautiful music together.
Watch Pinocchio in his raunchiest tale yet, where his nose isn’t the only thing growing. This time, it's Gepetta who’s doing the creating, and she’s made a Rocky Horror-esque Pinocchio perfectly suited to meet her needs and desires.
Thursday, January 19th
As she’s long been known to say, “it takes a lot of money to look this cheap.” Well, put on your best red lips, start memorizing the lyrics to “Jolene,” and head on over to celebrate the life of this country music legend.
This comedy gig gives people a chance to show off the funny. So if you’re looking to test new material, want to read letters to your adolescent self or even get fodder for a memoir, this is the place to be.
Friday, January 20th
There’s no denying that this Robert Zemeckis film is a classic, but that doesn’t mean that it’s impervious to a little lighthearted ribbing. So rock out with Huey Lewis, start picking out that puffy vest and get that speedometer up to 88 MPH, because where we’re going, we don’t need roads.
Hole in the Wall rings in the year properly, with this night of music with a meager $5 pricetag. Bands include Soul Pilots, Fox Royal, Moonlight Gram and River Ghost.
There you have it! You can hang with Doc Brown, snag some stage time, and celebrate the birth of the backwoods Barbie herself, all within the confines of the abbreviated work week.