Odds are, you’re still plowing through those turkey leftovers—barely inching your way out of that tryptophan coma. You’ve watched parades, powered through Black Friday and most likely filled your lifetime quota of green bean casserole. Fret not: this holiday interim isn’t exactly filled with dull moments. So just what do you need to snap you out of that post-Thanksgiving haze and get you ready for the crowded Christmas calendar? Here’s our weekly guide to keep you busy during the days that don’t start with S.
Monday, November 28
Harken your hometown spirit, and witness some of our fair city’s musical history. Join ACL in soaking up some supreme lady power with this 1983 performance by one of country music’s first ladies, the coal miner’s daughter herself.
What can we say, The Alamo’s kicking off this week with a bang! Get an in-depth look at this prolific Icelandic band, with footage and performances captured live in London by filmmaker Vincent Morisset.
Tuesday, November 29
Not to be confused with My Buddy and Kid Sister (who doesn’t remember that jingle?) this four-piece folk swing band isn’t child’s play. The LA outfit taps out a rhythm with such aplomb that you’ll be sure to tip-tap your toe along the whole time.
Austin’s amateur poets go head-to-head with three rounds of poetic competition, judged by a jury of random audience members. The winner not only receives $50, but gets one step closer to making the national slam team.
Wednesday, November 30
The horn trio takes the Highball stage after their KUT live appearance, filmed by local cinephile Scott Hathaway.
Going on all week, this local showcase of artisans offers a way to shop local, and snag unique gifts on the cheap. Over 50 of Austin’s favorite boutiques, restaurants and activities offer 10-20% off to shop crawl badge holders.
Thursday, December 1
Easily one of the greatest live bands on the scene today, Jeff Tweedy, Nels Cline and crew make their debut at ACL Live. In addition to hits from their expansive catalogue, they’ll performing tracks from The Whole Love, their eighth studio album.
Kanye West is nothing if not hip-hop’s most controversial third wheel. The Action Pack offers fans a chance to bask in the love of this marriage made in heaven. So go ahead, brush up on your “single ladies” hip gyrations. They’re bound to come in handy.
Friday, December 2
Sure, a food trailer isn’t the first place that comes to mind when bolstering your holiday spirit, but this meat cone establishment has got just the ticket to jumpstart your Christmas cheer. Say fuuuuuuuuudge along with your fellow leg lamp enthusiasts, as you enjoy A Christmas Story under the stars.
Join us for a special night of “holiday karaoke,” as we award the ugliest and most awkward in Christmas sweater attire with fabulous door prizes. Plus, mix and mingle with your fellow Kringle-enthusiasts, soundtracked by lounge and swing music courtesy of The Lucky Strikes.
So, snap out of those food comas, folks. The holiday season is in full swing, and there’s more than enough merriment to be had!