You may still be signing checks with the 2011 date, but now that January has come and gone, 2012 is more than underway. We’re here to make you feel like you take full advantage of the workweek, with a handful of activities that’ll keep you entertained. Which of the calendar’s eclectic offerings are worth your time? Here’s our weekly guide to keep you busy during the days that don’t start with S.
Monday, January 30th
This documentary from Grey Gardens director Albert Maysles follows former Beatle Paul McCartney as he strolls through New York City in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks and organizes an all-star benefit concert, The Concert for New York City.
Get a jump on your SXSW Interactive planning, while you network and sip cocktails with your fellow tech nerds.
Tuesday, January 31st
Take a break from your own family drama and settle in to watch this powerhouse production that chronicles a family facing the music. With a contemporary spin on a time-old tale, this Pulitzer Prize-winning play is well worth your time.
The odds are high that Alejandro Escovedo will take the stage with one (or many) of the SXSW big names that will soon roll through town, so enjoy this quiet show while you can.
Wednesday, February 1st
Nerd Nite Austin offers the nerd elite of the ATX a chance to laugh with and learn lessons from their esteemed peers. In keeping with tradition, they entertain guests with three speakers, this month versed in the arts of Multi-Loving, Sexucating and Cyber-Seduction, courtesy of the good ladies of Bedpost Confessions.
Christy McBrayer presents this autobiographical one-woman show about a struggling actress who returns home after abandoning the Los Angeles dream. The Tupelo, Mississippi native waxes poetic about her attempts at comedy stardom, her family, and even her Penitentiary-based fans.
Thursday, February 2nd
Get trippy with this Baz Luhrman tale of a romantic poet who falls head-over-heels in love with a troubled performer at the Moulin Rouge Theater. If you’re feeling saucy, indulge in a pre-show can-can contest.
If you prefer a more highbrow route, indulge in the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s performance of the razzle-dazzle spectacle. No Ewan McGregor, though, so it’s a pretty tough call.
Friday, February 3rd
Before Ryan Gosling assumed his role as instant meme-factory, he was bearded and dramatic in this Nicholas Sparks’ adaptation with then-girlfriend Rachel McAdams. The Master Pancake guys have surely been working on this material for months, so there’s no doubt that the ribbing reserved for this weeper will be top-notch.
There you have it. With a Nicholas Sparks mockery, a double-dose of Moulin Rouge and an evening of well-intentioned nerdery, this week’s picks are sure to please pretty much any crowd.