Weekday Warrior: A movie-heavy week
Memorial Day is on it’s way, and the days are getting longer. What better way to celebrate the start of summer than by getting out and about? This week you can spend some quality time at The Alamo, check out some cinematic classics and laugh with Austin’s sketch comedy crowd. Here’s our weekly guide to keep you busy during the days that don’t start with S.
Monday, May 21
Music Monday: Trainspotting @ Alamo Ritz
Ewan McGregor may now be known for his charm and wit displayed through his comedic roles, but he burst onto the map with this dark ode to the junkie lifestyle. Directed by Danny Boyle, and widely heralded as one of the most influential films of the 1990s.
South Austin Museum of Popular Culture: Screen and Destroy
Relive the lost art of rock posters with this installment of lithographic works from artist Lindsay Kuhn.
Tuesday, May 22
Alamo Drafthouse Presents: The Beatles: The Lost Concert @ Alamo Lake Creek
The Alamo presents the very first Beatles performance in America, performed at the Washington Coliseum in Washington, D.C. The footage had been lost for over 40 years, so now that it’s back for the big screen, it’s a can’t-miss.
American Short Fiction and BookPeople Present Author Kevin Wilson
Renowned author Kevin Wilson heads to BookPeople to talk about and sign copies of his New York Times best-selling novel, The Family Fang.
Wednesday, May 23
Austin Sketch Fest @ 29th St. Ballroom
The 3rd annual sketch comedy festival returns to Hyde Park, presenting the best of Austin’s sketch scene. This year the festival will feature two headlining shows from comedian Paul F. Tompkins.
With a new album, a companion iPad book, and a whole lotta bass, Great Lake Swimmers bring a lot to the table. They head to the cozy indoor stage at Stubb’s, to perform tracks off their fifth studio release, New Wild Everywhere.
Thursday, May 24
Action Pack Presents: The Goonies Quote-Along @ Alamo Ritz
Hey you guysssss! The Goonies may be down and out, but they’re inarguably one of the best band of misfits that 80’s cinema has to offer. So stock up on Baby Ruths, practice your truffle shuffle, and remember that Bran doesn’t have braces, because Goonies never say die.
Summer Cinema Classics: Kickoff Weekend – To Kill a Mockingbird @ The Paramount
Harper Lee’s stellar (and singular) novel is an undisputed classic, and this iconic film adaptation more than does it justice. Gregory Peck stars as Southern lawyer Atticus Finch, in a role that garnered him an Oscar. Robert Duvall makes his film debut as recluse Boo Radley.
Friday, May 25
Alamo Drafthouse Presents Summer of ’82: Rocky III @ Alamo Ritz
Rocky Balboa’s career has had its ups and downs, but in the third Rocky film, he cements his place in the boxing world and achieves immortality in the ring. This go-round, he comes face to face with Clubber Lang (played by Mr. T) and more, including Carl Weathers.
The American LIVE @ Salvage Vanguard Theater
GNAP! Theatre Projects brings you eight extended episodes of live public radio theatre for the ears and eyes. Each week features a batch of stories centered on a theme, this week’s being Physics as a Metaphor.
There you have it, folks. You can get in a good laugh, say “hey” to Boo Radley, and even scream “ADRIAN” all before the work week is through.