Weekday Warrior: Kicking off a June that's free of gloom
Forget about June gloom, the sun is out, and it seems to be here to stay. Thankfully, with the Alamo’s homage to the early 80’s, a weekly dose of comedy, and a myriad of musical options, you can stay cool both literally and figuratively. Here’s our weekly guide to keep you busy during the days that don’t start with S.
Monday, June 4
Alamo Drafthouse Presents: Summer of 1982: Poltergeist @ The Ritz
The Alamo is celebrating the greatest summer in cinema… ever. And they’re continuing the festivities with this eerie tale of Indian Burial grounds and the poor blonde girl who didn’t stand a chance. Go, snack on some popcorn, and sip your favorite brew. Just don’t go into the light.
3rd Annual Dam That Cancer Party @ Hula Hut
Tyler’s presents this third annual benefit to help The Flatwater Foundation — providing access to counseling and care for families in Austin coping with a cancer diagnosis, and Livestrong, empowering families around the globe.
Tuesday, June 5
The Backyard Presents: Foster the People
As inescapably radio-centric as it were, there’s no denying that “Pumped Up Kicks” is a catchy ditty that shot this young band to instant stardom. Check them out as they fill The Backyard with their infectious pop.
Punch! Comedy @ Cap City Comedy Club
The Matt Bearden-curated comedy show is back with a brand-new season, and this week’s edition features a few Funniest Person in Austin finalists, as well as several out-of-towners.
Wednesday, June 6
Alamo Drafthouse Presents: Summer of 1982: Star Trek II – The Wrath of Khan @ The Ritz
KAHHHHHHHHN! Some may protest, but it’s easily argued that the second installment saw the Star Trek film franchise at its best. With a skin-baring villain full of intergalactic anger, a band of cronies that look like modern day hipsters, and… William Shatner, this is quite possibly one of the greatest blockbusters of all time.
Fans go rabid for Xiu Xiu, the brainchild of Jamie Stewart — part of the duo since its 2002 inception. They pull from a diary of dark, often uncomfortable lyrics blasting over sparse synth.
Thursday, June 7
KGSR’s Unplugged at The Grove with Dale Watson @ Shady Grove
KGSR’s popular acoustic evenings at Shady Grove continue with this Continental Club mainstay. Crowds get intense, so it’s best to get there early to enjoy cheap Ziegenbock with your fellow Texas music-loving friends.
Sift through the smokey haze to enjoy the D-O-double-G in the flesh, for what’s sure to be a great time. You might even remember some of it.
Friday, June 8
Republic of Texas ROT Biker Rally
It’s loud, it’s crowded, and it’s a dreaded weekend of every Austinite’s early summer. But the bikers bring the big bucks into our city’s budget, so we learn to live with ‘em. Or you can just avoid downtown altogether.
Alamo Kid’s Camp: Fantastic Mr. Fox @ Alamo Village
Gear up for Wes Anderson’s latest cinematic adventure by screening his adorable animated tale of a fox and his family, just trying to get by without bowing down to The Man.
There you have it, folks! You can loathe a few bikers, sing-along with some young folks, and even scream at the screen with William Shatner, all before the work week is through.