You did it, Austin! You survived another SXSW! Sure, Monday was rough with that SX hangover, but after a pleasant week of familiar routines, we're hopefully all back to our regularly scheduled programming by today.
Of course, in Austin, normalcy means a city-wide running event, a big ol' burlesque show and scads of big time celebrities. So let's get back in the comforting swing of "normal" and have ourselves a perfectly amazing weekend. Whaddayasay?
Friday night, you're invited to spend an evening with comedian Martin Short, who will be entertaining the masses on the Paramount stage. Famous for his weird, over-the-top characters like pointy-haired Ed Grimley and Franck Eggelhoffer in Father of the Bride, Short has been living the Hollywood dream for over three decades. For at least part of the Paramount show, he'll be in character as Jiminy Glick, the obnoxious talk show host of Short's Primetime Glick series, interviewing a local Austin celebrity.
Afterward, Black Widow Burlesque celebrates their third anniversary of comically and discretely disrobing for audiences over at the ND@501 Studios. Come enjoy themed happy hour drink specials prior to the 10:30 p.m. show where these lovely ladies will show off their latest naughty-but-nice routines. Joining them in the fun will be local favorites Duke City Gypsy and Delia Dread as well as the debuts of Blue Magnolia and Zaftigg VonBonBon. Always fun and oddly inspirational, the ladies never fail to show you a good time.
Saturday, the whole family is invited out to the Salt Lick in Driftwood for Theatre Action Project's fun Spring fundraiser, The Big Hair Country Fair. Besides the all-you-can-eat barbeque, the good folks at Birds Barbershop will be in attendance to get you the bouffant you've always dreamed of. It's also a full day of carnvial fun complete with games, prizes and a good ol' fashioned cake walk. All the proceeds go to a good cause, and all the barbeque goes to your belly.
Iconic pop artist Peter Max will be in town this weekend as well at the Russell Collection Fine Art Gallery, showing his latest works and meeting his Austin fans. Ever since his meteoric rise to stardom in the 60s, Max has been creating vibrant imagery of everything from the U.S. presidents to, most recently, pop princess Taylor Swift. You have two chances to meet the living legend amidst his work at the gallery, either on Saturday evening or Sunday afternoon.
An artist of a different variety will be in attendance for the screenings of his most popular films at the newly christened Alamo Drafthouse on Slaughter Lane. Edgar Wright, the director of cult favorites Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World will be in attendance for each of these special shows, and the Alamo is giving them all the proper treatment they deserve. The Action Pack is handling the zombie and cop films while Chef Bullington is preparing a feast that Scott Pilgrim himself would approve of.
And, finally, Sunday is your perfect opportunity to get outdoors and work on that New Years commitment to running more often. Or it's the perfect reason to avoid going outside at all since all of the roads in town will be closed down for the Statesman Capitol 10K, the fifth largest 10K in the country. It seems like everyone in town is either joining in the race or cursing its existence becuse of the traffic it causes within a five mile radius of downtown. Whichever you are, good luck and stay safe and wear the right shoes.
Well, there you have it. Our picks on how to keep yourself busy in this sudden vaccuum left behind by SXSW. Isn't the silence delightful? Isn't the traffic (almost) manageable? Aren't we all so lucky to live here all year 'round? Get out and let this great city know how much you love it just the way it is this weekend. We all deserve it for our patience and our bravery these past two weeks.