Weekday Warrior: Planning your pre-Halloween picks
Last weekend’s calendar was jam-packed enough to warrant some time off, but with a week filled with spooky soirées, secret screenings, and some Snoop, the time for sleep is in the future. So how’s a fall-loving Austinite to narrow down the options in this pre-Halloween week? Here’s our weekly guide to keep you busy during the days that don’t start with S.
Monday, October 24
Transmission Presents: St. Vincent @ ACL Live
NPR mainstay Annie Clark’s hook-filled music is something that’s well worth catching live, and on her latest effort, Strange Mercy, she showcases some serious guitar chops as well.
Alamo Drafthouse Secret Screening @ Alamo South Lamar
What film fan doesn’t secretly strive for exclusivity? The Alamo is usually pretty tight-lipped about these screenings, but they do promise that not only will super secret special guests attending the show, but all attendees are also guaranteed a special edition poster courtesy of Gallery 88. RSVP here (and be sure to get there early) to snag yourself a secret seat.
Tuesday, October 25
John Malkovich in The Eternal Comedy @ Bass Concert Hall
MALKOVICH, MALKOVICH, MALKOVICH! The actor, who has the market cornered on creepiness, stars in this Michael Sturminger adaptation, which boasts the subtitle “Confessions of a Serial Killer.” So yeah, be prepared to be frightened.
Fo shizzle, Austinizzle. If you’re looking to go in a decidedly more… laid-back direction, then Stubbs is the place to go. No guarantees on the air quality, allergy sufferers.
Wednesday, October 26
Huey Lewis and the News @ The Long Center for the Performing Arts
Listen, y’all. The heart of rock n’ roll IS still beating, and more than ever, it’s hip to be square. With a front man whose finger is so firmly on the pulse of pop culture, how can you go wrong? Plus, it might be worth it just to have some BACK TO THE FUTURE flashbacks.
Shaun of the Dead Quote-Along @ Alamo Lake Creek
To The Winchester! Enjoy the best of what Brit cult comedy zombie cinema has to offer, with this Halloween-themed quote-along. Plus, the fabulous fellows of The Action Pack have ordered a full crate of inflatable cricket bats from England, so spectators can get in on all the zombie-whacking fun.
Thursday, October 27
Jeffrey Eugenides Speaking and Signing of The Marriage Plot @ Bookpeople
Eugenides, who won the Pulitzer Prize for his best-selling novel Middlesex will be on hand to discuss his latest novel, which follows a series of recent college graduates as they ruminate on life, love, and whether or not the great romances of the 19th century are gone forever.
The 1980’s did more than just produce some epic fashion, it signaled the dawn of some of the best female-fronted bands around. Their 1990 album Bloodletting belongs in a category of female triumphs, and breakout anthem “Joey” is a karaoke jam for the ages.
Friday, October 28
Goodwill Presents: Ghoulwill Ball @ W Austin
Nothing redeems a slutty Halloween outfit like a hefty donation. $150 (admittedly, not the cheapest spooky event) gets you entertainment from Soul Track Mind and never ending snacks and cocktails.
It’s Always Funny with Brian Garr @ The Velveeta Room
Comedian and writer Brian Gaar scouts the thriving Austin comedy scene to bring the best and wittiest to his weekly showcase at The Velveeta Room.
There you have it, folks. You can sing along to "The Power of Love" a la Marty McFly, get your laugh on with some local comedians, and scream “You’ve got red on you!” with the best of ‘em, all before the Halloween festivity-filled weekend begins.