It seems that Austin is in the mood for some rest, because this mid-May week is light on activities. But there’s still a chance to honor the Man in Black, find out who Austin’s funniest resident is and celebrate a Mel Gibson gem, all before you get those highly-coveted days off. Here’s our weekly guide to keep you busy during the days that don’t start with S.
Monday, May 14
Celebrate the octogenarian status of the Man in Black with this screening of his iconic episode of Austin City Limits. Shot in 1987, the appearance is said to have been amongst Cash’s all-time favorites. All proceeds benefit HAAM.
This is it. The big night for Austin’s comedians has finally arrived. Head over to Cap City to see who will take home the coveted title of Austin’s funniest resident. Among the finalists are Chris Cubas, Ramin Nazer, Maggie Maye and many more.
Tuesday, May 15
Two brothers are guided by the disembodied brain of their favorite occult uncle to find a virgin and prepare a blood buffet to raise cannibal goddess Sheetar. OK?! Seriously, with a deep frying nude scene that results in death, what’s not to like?
Catch this singer-songwriter as he makes an Austin stop on his Moving Up and Living Down tour. British duo Graffiti 6 kick things off.
Wednesday, May 16
Austin’s own Soldier Thread have come a long way this year, opening for Shearwater and making a name for themselves outside of Austin. They’re treating their hometown fans to a wine-infused show at ACL Live, with bites from III Forks.
J. Spaceman released his most recent album in March 2012, one that was recorded over the past two years in Wales, Los Angeles and Reykjavik, and mixed for a year in the confines of his own home. He headlines Emo’s East along with Nikki Lane.
Thursday, May 17
Irish rockers Snow Patrol headline a show at Stubb’s, a stop on their consistently sold-out tour of North America.
Learn more about the vino you sip on a daily basis, with this info session presented as part of Central Market’s French exhibition. Featured wines include a Rosé, Chardonnay, and a Sauvingnon Blanc from the Loire Valley.
Friday, May 18
M83 have celebrated a banner year, with their album Hurry Up, I’m Waiting causing quite the stir, and their hit single “Midnight City” dominating the airwaves in an inescapable way. They head to our hometown to headline this sold-out show at Stubb’s.
Celebrate this Mel Gibson classic with a racetrack locale as part of Alamo’s incredible Summer of 1982 cinema series. Featuring a live Thermonuclear Flaming Death Race!
There you have it, folks. You can get some long-awaited rest, all while sneaking in a few fun things this week.