With temperatures in the 90s all week, it’s probably not a great time to hang out in the sweltering heat. So this week, we’ve got a handful of movies, a dose of comedy, and even a live iteration of a popular radio show. How to choose which air conditioned venue with which to fill your time? Here’s our weekly guide to keep you busy during the days that don’t start with S.
Monday, May 7
Martin Scorcese’s The Film Foundation presents this Hitchcock classic, the film that the director often cited as his favorite of his own films. Hitchcock and his cast & crew pull off some of the finest work of Hollywood’s Golden Era here, and it’s best witnessed on the big screen.
Comedians have been competing for weeks, and the payoff is about to arrive. 36 comedians have survived the preliminary rounds, and now they’ll battle it out in front of TV executives and their hilarious comrades for a spot in the finals.
Tuesday, May 8
In this animated classic, John, Paul and the rest of The Beatles wander around in a brightly colored world full of peace, love, and hope. Featuring the hits “Eleanor Rigby,” “When I’m Sixty-Four,” “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds,” “All You Need Is Love” and “It’s All Too Much.”
This darling Denver three-piece (including married couple Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley) put out some of the catchiest retro pop music around, so catch them as they headline a show at The Parish.
Wednesday, May 9
Mediabistro is one of the leading services in staffing for freelance creative professionals. Join them (and fellow like-minded writers, editors and graphic designers) for an opportunity to mingle, share resources, and discuss job opportunities over a glass of vino.
Texas’ largest and only all-female comedy festival returns to the Salvage Vanguard Theater for another hilarious year. Performers from Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Toronto will join the ladies of Austin's comedy scene for three nights of laughter and community.
Thursday, May 10
The popular anecdotal radio program will broadcast a very special live show, to be beamed into more than 500 theaters nationwide. The event will feature stories from Ira Glass, writers David Sedaris and David Rakoff and comic Tig Notaro, plus live music by OK Go. It'll also include a new short film by Mike Birbiglia, dance by Monica Bill Barnes & Company, original animation, projected illustration and more.
The Austin Chronicle’s 10th annual 21+ spelling bee pits champion spellers against champion spellers. All proceeds benefit the Austin Public Library, and its best to head there from 4-6 to register before things get super intense.
Friday, May 11
The Drafthouse is celebrating the greatest summer in cinema, and this is their inaugural screening. Catch The Governator before he hit politics, and bask in the glory of this rampaging epic of swords and squat thrusts was unleashed on audiences in this same weekend 20 years ago.
Ballet Austin’s take on the William Shakespeare tragedy is a beautiful spectacle, filled with costumes layered with Prokofiev's majestic score and a set illuminated by an Italianate tapestry of stained glass colors.
There you have it, folks. You can mock Ahhhnold, laugh with Birbiglia, and even weep at a ballet staging of a Shakespearean classic. Just remember to stay hydrated.