Weekday Warrior: Finding life after festival season
Another Fun Fun Fun Fest is in the books, and with it, the 2011 festival year comes to a close. Looking forward to some activities that don’t require both shuttle buses and massive amounts of Vitamin C? Worry not, weary comrades. Here’s our weekly guide to keep you busy during the days that don’t start with S.
Monday, November 7
Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays @ Zach Scott Theater
Head to Austin’s pillar of community theater to catch this can’t-miss evening of new short plays by a lineup of writers with two Pulitzer Prizes, four Obies, one Emmy® and three Tony® nominations.
Music Monday: FIX: THE MINISTRY MOVIE @ Alamo Ritz
Head on over to the Drafthouse to catch this all-access look at the 90s industrial band and its founder, Al Jourgenson. Relatively low-key today, these once-polarizing rockers serve as inspiration to Nine Inch Nails, Korn and even Jane's Addiction. Features interviews with members of Tool, Korn, Motorhead, Melvins, The Jesus Lizard and more.
Tuesday, November 8
John Hodgman: That Is All @ BookPeople
The Daily Show’s “Resident Expert” (and the “PC” from those infamous Mac commercials) heads to BookPeople to sign copies of the third (and final) installment in his trilogy of Complete Knowledge.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. @ Stubb’s Indoor
They tout a NASCAR great as their namesake, but the eclectic songwriting and recording project helmed by Josh Epstein and Daniel Zott is anything but backwoods. Being noted as one of the "best new bands" of 2010 from the likes of Stereogum, SPIN, Under the Radar, Real Detroit and The Metro Times, these two have been thrust into the limelight, resulting in a full-length album that’s masterfully crafted.
Wednesday, November 9
Modest Mouse with Talkdemonic @ Stubb’s Outdoor
Issaquah, WA rockers Modest Mouse bring their Pacific Northwest sound to Stubb’s, with the second in a series of two sold-out shows. Opening both shows are Portland rockers Talkdemonic.
Hockey n’ Heels @ Cedar Park Center
Pretend like you’ve got a shot at the Stanley Cup, and get hands-on hockey instruction from some of Austin’s top ice professionals. Meet players, take photos and get autographs—and learn about the equipment in a private tour of the locker room. It probably won’t smell like you remember from high school.
Thursday, November 10
I Art Congress @ South Congress Avenue
Absorb yourself in Austin’s art scene as you stroll along its epicenter of eclecticism. South Congress Avenue’s multitude of museums and galleries band together to present this monthly series of themed open houses.
The Cake Boss: Bakin’ with the Boss Tour @ The Paramount
TLC star Buddy Valastro takes to the Paramount stage with this unique and interactive show. He shares the stories behind his hit series, his colorful Italian family and some of his best cakes and customers, in addition to fielding questions from the audience after the show.
Friday, November 11
Bar 96 1 Year Anniversary Party @ Bar 96
Ring in the paper anniversary with Rainey Street queen Bridget Dunlap, as she celebrates the first full year of her iteration of an American sports bar. Afterward, stumble over to one of her other many establishments on this strip of hip Austin watering holes.
Thrive Austin Festival @ Pine Street Station
Celebrate the principles of sustainability at this east-side festival, held at the same location as our very own launch party. The festival will feature an outstanding line-up of six bands and over thirty local artisan plus food vendors. Proceeds will help support the youth programs of the Amala Foundation, which benefits local, refugee and immigrant youth in Austin.
So while you’re getting over all that ffffun, enjoy some more low-key fare. Now that we’ve lost an hour of light, the hours away from your desk are fewer and fewer, so make that free time count, folks.