Here are the top 5 things to do in Austin this weekend

Weekend Event Guide

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Live performances in Austin are aplenty in the days to come. From sketch comedy shows to classic fairytales marked by a glass slipper, the stage is set for top tier entertainment with a local twist. Check out the top five things to do in Austin this weekend. For a full listing of events, go to our calendar.

Thursday, January 26

ZACH Theatre presents Cinderella
Rogers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella takes new, dual-language life at ZACH Theatre. This special production of the Tony-nominated musical fairytale will be performed simultaneously in English and American Sign Language for audiences to enjoy. Familiar favorites like “In My Own Little Corner” and “Impossible” are certain to entertain and delight fans old and new. Followed by the opening weekend, shows are scheduled through March 5. For more information, visit the ZACH Theatre website.

The Latino Comedy Project: Gentrif*cked
Equal parts comedy and poignant social commentary come to life on stage at the George Washington Carver Museum. Emmy-nominated sketch troupe The Latino Comedy Project delves into the gentrification pandemic happening in Austin and nationwide with a mix of music, live sketches, and original videos. Tickets are available for purchase here.

Friday, January 27

Ginuwine in concert
R&B superstar Ginuwine brings his signature serenades to Austin for one evening only. Since his rise to fame in the 1990s, he’s released seven albums in his career and is the voice behind hit songs like “Pony” and “In Those Jeans.” For tickets to the ACL Live & 3TEN at ACL Live show, click here.

Saturday, January 28

Austin Opera presents Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
The Long Center for the Performing Arts welcomes the darkly comedic story of Sweeney Todd to its stage for a three-night-only run, beginning this weekend. Follow Todd and his murderous quest for revenge as he returns to London after being wrongly exiled and stripped of his family. A select number of tickets for all performances are still available.

The Little Gay Shop and Eastside Pop-Up present Queer Flea
Pick up your new favorite wares and support local LGBTQ+ makers at The Little Gay Shop this weekend only. The shop and Eastside Pop Up join forces to offer the community a market featuring more than 40 vendors, food, coffee, vinyl records shopping, and more. For a list of participating vendors and to get tickets, go to the event website. Admission is free and open to the public.

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Austin Opera presents Sweeney Todd.

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Here are the top 5 things to do in Austin this weekend

Weekend Event Guide

Festivals and live entertainment make the case for wandering the city limits in the days to come. Attend the Lunar New Year Festival with the whole family, or enjoy fringe theatre with friends at FronteratFest. Check out the top five things to do in Austin this weekend. For more event listings, go to our calendar.

Thursday, January 19

Cap City Comedy Club presents Joe List
Comedian Joe List brings his brand of dry humor to Cap City Comedy Club. He’s best known for his appearance on Netflix's The Stand Ups Season 2, and for his finalist run on NBC's Last Comic Standing. Get your tickets here. Shows are scheduled through January 21.

Hyde Park Theatre presents FronteraFest
Iconic Austin arts institution Hyde Park Theatre hosts the 28th Annual FronteraFest. The five-week festival features events showcasing artists, actors, musicians, and more fringe theater performances at venues across the city, induing Hillside Farmacy and The Vortex. To learn more about the festival and view a full event schedule, visit the FronteraFest website.

Broadway in Austin: Pretty Woman: The Musical
The beloved Hollywood romance story of an unexpected pairing comes to life at Bass Concert Hall. This endearing and timeless production is directed and choreographed by two-time Tony Award® winner Jerry Mitchell and features the original score by Grammy Award winner Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance. For more information, check out our previous coverage or visit the ticketing website.

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The Paper + Craft Pantry and Kathy Phantastic present Lunar New Year Festival and Vendor Market

Saturday, January 21

Le Garage Sale
Shop and discover hundreds of boutiques, brands, and designers all under the Palmer Events Center roof. Le Garage Sale returns with tons of stocked shelves and endless racks poised and ready for fashion-conscious shoppers over the course of two days. Guests can expect to peruse luxe lingerie, leisurewear, menswear, home decor, children’s apparel, accessories, and more while enjoying live music, coffee, and cocktails. Learn more about the event here or head here to purchase tickets.

Sunday, January 22

The Paper + Craft Pantry and Kathy Phantastic present Lunar New Year Festival and Vendor Market
Celebrate Year of the Rabbit and the Year of the Cat (in the Vietnamese zodiac) in the heart of East Austin at The Paper + Craft Pantry. This family-friendly festival will showcase more than 24 Asian vendors, children’s activations, lion + dragon dance performances, and more. VIP experience tickets are available for purchase here. In lieu of traditional admission, donations are encouraged.

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Here are the top 5 things to do in Austin this weekend

Weekend Event Guide

A great show is always nearby in the Live Music Capital of the World, and this selection is proof. Groove to the sounds of soul with Maze, Frankie Beverly, and The Isley Brother in concert or hear the sounds of France performed by the Austin Symphony. Even more live happenings offer up something for every interest. Check out the top five things to do in Austin this weekend. For more event listings, go to our calendar.

Thursday, January 12

Cap City Comedy Club presents Shane Gillis
Comedian Shane Gillis comes to Cap City Comedy Club for a short run of live performances. The New York City-based entertainer is best known for his regular appearances and co-hosting roles on Sirius XM and Comedy Central Radio’s The Bonfire and Matt and Shane’s Secret Podcast. Shows are scheduled through January 14.

The Austin Symphony presents "The Colors of France"
French classical music and its noteworthy composers are celebrated at The Long Center for the Performing Arts for two, back-to-back evening performances. Audiences will enjoy a program including Debussy's Danses sacrée et profane and Fauré's Requiem, Op 48 among other works by composers Ravel and Marcel Tournier. To purchase tickets and for more information, click here.

Paranormal Cirque
Cirque Italia’s newest show for a mature audience takes over Barton Creek Square. Paranormal Cirque is a unique production that mixes circus, theater, and cabaret elements to create a sultry horror story that will surely entertain. Following opening weekend, shows are scheduled through January 16. Check the ticketing website for more information.

Friday, January 13

Maze featuring Frankie Beverly in concert with The Isley Brothers
Soul music superstars Maze, Frankie Beverly, and The Isley Brothers bring their vocals to the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park. Fans can expect a show full of hit songs spanning their careers of collectively four decades such as Maze and Frankie Beverly’s “Before I Let Go” and The Isley Brothers’ “That Lady, Parts 1 & 2.” Purchase concert tickets here.

Sunday, January 15

The Long Center presents William Shatner and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
Actor and pop culture icon William Shatner comes to Austin for a special screening of the classic film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Shatner will take questions from the audience and share film stories after the movie credits roll. Limited VIP tickets with access to a post-show photo op with Shatner are available. Get more details on the event website.

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Cirque Italia presents Paranormal Cirque.

Haunted traveling circus shows Austin there's nothing to fear

Don't Get It Twisted

There’s a mysterious circus tent at Barton Creek Square, and screams are drifting across the pavement. A chainsaw roars inside. The black-and-white-striped peaks are topped with red lights and a sign that reads, “Paranormal Cirque.”

This latest effort by Cirque Italia leans into the haunted vibes, suggesting freak show — especially thanks to the rated-R warnings plastered all over the website — but delivering dramatic set design and theatrical camp. It’ll be in Austin until January 16 before moving to four other Texas cities.

A chipper description by the show’s general manager, Benjamin Holland, encapsulates the tone of the show: “I'm also the contortionist with the show so, you know; I take all my bones out of place and then all the people scream and say, ‘Oh my God, no!’ And then I try and put them back, and everybody has a great time about it.”

The Cirque nails the look; it’s unbelievable that not just a circus, but an entire haunted house hits the road for just a couple of weeks or even a few days — and it looks stunning. It’s hard to tell if the floorboards creak on purpose, but that’s one reason a haunted circus is a perfectly natural thing. It’s also freezing inside (remember: it’s just a tent), and the show starts with a sinking siren that sounds like some countries’ emergency alert systems.

In order to get to the main seating, attendees are ushered through a maze densely populated by actors (presumably the circus performers in more concealing costumes), who love a chance to reach out and creepily stroke an arm or tickle a neck. Still, the most suspenseful part of my night was when I showed a staff member my seat number and they disappeared, sending someone with a folding chair.

I was the only person outside of regular seating — forming my own row on the circular runway the performers strutted on between acts — despite swathes of empty seats (not an empty house, by any means, but enough that I could have fit many other places). I waited, at first apprehensively, to be singled out for some embarrassing crowd work, which never happened. Maybe it was a prank. Maybe it was a welcoming, if ambiguous gesture to make sure the press invite had a clear view. In any case, I preferred just to watch, and the real audience participants seemed to have a good time.

Once the alarms sounded, the show itself was straightforward circus fare; just a little ruder, and in gothy, bloody costumes that felt better suited to an Austin audience than the more traditional aesthetic. Holland’s act was perhaps the best suited to the theme, beginning with a vaguely perverse walk around the audience on a leash, and containing some of the more unusual physical feats. The show’s impressive aerialists gave beautiful performances in menacing tones, and the show moved on to a slapstick clown gag, and a super-campy magic show.

For those who took the content warnings very seriously, there may have been a distinct lack of freak show elements; fire eating and sword swallowing, target practice, body suspension, etc. (Some videos of past performances do show different acts than the one in Austin so far, including a bow-and-arrow stunt.) Perhaps some viewers have proven especially fragile, but it seems more likely that the marketing is all just part of the theater.

“We actually put a motorcycle on a tightrope…and that's something people sometimes turn away [from], because that's pretty exhilarating,” says Holland. “We also have a lady who ties her hair, and then she is hanging just by her hair. She gets suspended all above the ring of the circus, swinging around in the air doing tricks. That one, if anything, is hard for me to watch, because I know her; she's a very nice lady.”

The show does deliver some wholesome if horror-based entertainment (with a fair amount of dry humping), good for casual dates and fans of the circus in all its forms. For those who frequent local comedy nights, this could be a fun way to shake up the routine.

“All the people are just normal people; nobody's actually scary,” says Holland. “The show ends and people leave. We just wait around and … get everything ready for the next people. But you know, people aren't really like that. I paint myself all with blood, and then I go around and I scream at people. [Then] the show's over and I go home, and I make dinner with my wife.”

After the Cirque leaves Austin for the rest of Texas, it is scheduled in Katy (January 19-29), Robstown (February 2-5), Mercedes (February 9-12), and Midland (February 23-March 5). Tickets ($10-50) are available at cirqueitalia.com.

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Here are the top 5 things to do in Austin this weekend

Weekend Event Guide

Greet the new year with a renewed interest in the performing arts, fine arts, and live entertainment. Enjoy the debut of an adults-only Paranormal Cirque show or visit a local museum or gallery to catch can’t-miss exhibitions. Check out the top five things to do in Austin this weekend. For more event listings, go to our calendar.

Thursday, January 5

Cap City Comedy presents Vanessa Gonzalez
Vanessa Gonzalez has been featured on TruTV’s Laff Mobb’s Laff Tracks and HBO’s Entre Nos, has a half-hour Comedy Central Stand-Up Presents special, and made her late night debut on NBC’s A Little Late with Lilly Singh.” She recently released her debut comedy album, My Birthday's Tomorrow, and co-hosts a podcast with Micheal Foulk, I'm Not Busy. The show starts at 8 pm and tickets start at $25.

Friday, January 6

Shen Yun
Beautiful theatrics and ancient Chinese dance return to The Long Center for the Performing Arts stage. Shen Yun audiences will get a glimpse into the history and journey of classical Chinese dance accompanied by animated backdrops and all-original orchestral works. Tickets for all showtimes through January 8 are available.

Saturday, January 7

Women & Their Work presents Jade Walker: "Wayfinding" opening reception
Women & Their Work will showcase a large-scale installation by Austin sculptor Jade Walker. In this exhibition, Walker draws on textiles, poetry, nature literature, and more to interpret the concept of wayfinding and its importance within the human experience. This opening reception is free and open to the public. Following the reception, the exhibit will be on display until February 23.

Sunday, January 8

Blanton Museum of Art presents "Painted Cloth: Fashion and Ritual in Colonial Latin America" closing day
Discover and experience the social roles of textiles and their visual representations in media during the 1600s and 1700s for one final day. This exhibition expands upon and showcases garments and their civil and religious significance in places like Bolivia, Mexico, Peru, and Venezuela. Get museum tickets here.

Four Seasons Hotel Austin presents Ice Rodeo
Now’s your final chance to enjoy a Texas-inspired wonderland in the heart of downtown at the luxe Four Seasons Hotel Austin. Ice Rodeo is an elevated and stylish holiday experience that combines the nostalgia and whimsy of the winter season with modern activations. Highlights include an outdoor ice-skating rink and massive art installations like a 30-foot Christmas tree and a life-size gingerbread Airstream trailer. Get more information on tickets here.


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Here are the top 5 things to do in Austin this New Year's weekend

Weekend Event Guide

Send off 2022 in true, local fashion with these can’t-miss happenings. The top five things to do in Austin this New Year’s weekend include Wanderlust Wine Co.’s Tinseltown cocktail pop-up and partying in Roaring ‘20s style on New Year’s Eve. For a full listing of events, go to our calendar.

Thursday, December 29

Wanderlust Wine Co. presents Tinseltown: Where Everyday Is Christmas
Sip and be merry one last time at this popular cocktail experience by Wanderlust Wine Co. Tinseltown visitors can expect an immersive, Christmas-themed pop-up bar filled with classic holiday tunes, themed drinks, festive decor, Santa and his elves, and more. Non-alcoholic beverages are also available. Pop-up bar admission is for guests 21 and older. For reservation information, go to the ticketing website.

Cap City Comedy Club presents Chris Fairbanks
Laughter is on the setlist thanks to comedian Chris Fairbanks’ weekend stint at Capital City Comedy Club. Fairbanks is best known for his many appearances on Comedy Central, Conan, Last Comic Standing, and Jimmy Kimmel Live. For seating availability, go to the event website.

Friday, December 30

Shinyribs in concert
Cap off the year with favorite Austin-based band Shinyribs at ACL Live for one night only. Fans can expect the entire gang, including frontman Kevin Russell, keyboardist Winfield Cheek, bassist Jeff Brown, drummer Keith Langford, the Tijuana Trainwreck Horns, and The Shiny Soul Sisters, to perform a mix of both original songs and popular tunes as part of this special, down-home get down. A select number of tickets are available here.

Saturday, December 31

Pat Green in concert
San Antonio native and quintessential Texas musician Pat Green performs live at ACL Live & 3TEN at ACL Live. He comes to Austin in support of his new album, Miles and Miles of You. Green is a three-time Grammy-nominated artist and has sold more than 2 million albums throughout his career, making him a notable figure in the Texas country music scene.

The VORTEX and The Butterfly Bar present Gatsby Penthouse Party
Don your most illustrious outfits and channel your inner socialite at this glamorous, Great Gatsby-inspired evening hosted by The Butterfly Bar @ The VORTEX. Highlights include a cash bar, burlesque performances, and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Party admission is free. For even more New Year's celebrations happening throughout the ATX, check out our special guide.

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CultureMap Emails are Awesome

2 Austin suburbs cash in among the richest places in Texas for 2023

Where the 1 percent live

Central Texans wanting a glimpse into the lives of the 1 percent won't have to travel far to get a peek. Lakeway has been renamed the fifth richest place in Texas for 2023 in a recent study. Southlake, in the DFW, took the top spot, reprising its past success.

HomeSnacks.com has been ranking cities, neighborhoods, counties, and states across America for more than five years, using data from the Census Bureau, OpenStreetMaps, the FBI, and other sources. For this year's study, released January 18, the website compared 355 cities with populations of at least 5,000 people to determine where "the richest of the rich" live.

With a median income of $239,833, and an unemployment rate of just 2.2 percent, it's no surprise to see Southlake flashing cash around. HomeSnacks shows the median home price for Southlake at $697,000, but as of this writing, Realtor.com lists the city's median home price listing at $1.3 million.

Lakeway came in fifth, with a median home price of $481,900 and a median income of $142,566. Bee Cave, where the median income is $100,179, moved up four spots from 13th last year to ninth this year. Unfortunately, although both cost a pretty penny to stick around, neither made the site's Top 10 Best Places To Live In Texas, which several of the cities in other metro areas did, ostensibly getting more bang for their buck.

It appears that wealth is not only moving into Texas, but moving around, as well. Heath is up 8 spots from last year, breaking into the Top 10 at No. 7, followed by Highland Village at No. 8, up a huge 17 rankings.

Elsewhere in Texas ...

The Houston suburb of Bellaire came in at No. 2 with a whopping median income of $211,202 and other signifiers of affluence, moving up two spots from last year's rankings. Pearland, with a median income of $107,941 is the only other Houston-area city to rank in the top 20, squeaking in at number 20.

San Antonio's top spot was Alamo Heights. Ranked third, the area had a median income of $147,475 and an even lower unemployment rate than Southlake and Bellaire at 1.4 percent. The median home price on the list was similar to the cities that beat it, too, despite the very different income bracket, at $614,000. Bexar and Comal county cities Fair Oaks Ranch and Bulverde came in 16th and 17th. Median income in Fair Oaks Ranch is $127,917, while it's just $100,419 in Bulverde.

Dallas-Fort Worth suburbs dominated the list overall; a total of 13 cities in the area cashed in with a top-20 ranking. Lucas, a Collin County suburb with a population of 7,612 in the 2020 census, came in fourth, moving up from fifth place last year. With a poverty rate of just 1.1 percent and a median income of $159,563, the (comparatively) tiny little town is a haven for the well-heeled. Falling into the "more than comfortable" range are Coppell (No. 6), Heath (No. 7), and Highland Village (No. 8). HomeSnacks' 10th through 15th places are occupied by Keller, Royse City, Corinth, Krum, Rockwall, and Roanoke, in that order.

Texas' top 10 richest cities for 2023 are:

1. Southlake
2. Bellaire
3. Alamo Heights
4. Lucas
5. Lakeway
6. Coppell
7. Heath
8. Highland Village
9. Bee Cave
10. Keller

Visit HomeSnacks' website to see the top 100 richest cities in Texas, download the full list and rankings, or search to see where your city came in on the list.

Comedy heavyweights can't find the funny in racially-charged You People

Movie review

While the idea of systemic racism is a generally accepted fact in American society, a more indefinable concept is the cultural biases that people hold. It can be easy to spot someone who wears their racism on their sleeves, but sometimes a prejudice only reveals itself when someone is confronted with a world that is not their own.

This idea is attempted to be played for laughs in the new Netflix comedy You People. Ezra (Jonah Hill) is a 35-year-old stockbroker/aspiring podcaster who has yet to meet the right woman, much to the chagrin of his mother, Shelley (Julia Louis-Dreyfus). He has a meet-cute with Amira (Lauren London), a graphic designer, when he mistakes her car for an Uber.

While Ezra and Amira bond quickly over a number of shared likes, it’s the ingrained beliefs of their parents that threaten to stand in their way. Shelley and dad Arnold (David Duchovny) are a Jewish couple who either rely on Black stereotypes or go overboard in their attempts to relate to Amira. Meanwhile, Amira’s parents, Akbar (Eddie Murphy) and Fatima (Nia Long), want her to stay true to her Black Muslim roots, and do all they can to discourage the relationship.

Directed by Kenya Barris and written by Barris and Hill, the goal of the film – to shed a funny light on how awkward it can be when people of different races spend time in each other’s spaces – is clear, but the execution is sorely lacking.

The first mistake they make is that the film is almost exclusively focused on Ezra; while Amira gets a small introduction prior to meeting Ezra, there’s never a true exploration of who she is or what she wants outside of her relationship with him. Consequently, their bond is never believable; there appears to be little chemistry existing between the two, and any moments that might endear them to the audience are yada-yadaed for the sake of expediency.

The second is the strange way in which the film’s biggest star – Murphy – is withheld until 20-30 minutes into the movie, introduced in a lackadaisical way, and then given precious few opportunities to showcase his comic skills. Barris and Hill can never seem to find a great way to use the legendary comedian, giving him tepid scenarios that don’t come close to eliciting the big laughs for which he is known.

Ultimately, the film feels more like a series of barely-connected situations than a cohesive story. Any incisiveness that might come from putting the two racially- and religiously-disparate families together is lost because the filmmakers constantly jump from scene to scene in search of laughs. You’d think that Barris, who knows the value of establishing characters from sitcoms like Black-ish, would have figured out how to do that by now, but the film flails its way through its nearly two-hour running time.

Hill, as star, co-writer, and co-producer, is obviously the driving force behind the film, and he is given plenty of time to dole out his brand of comedy. London is likable enough, but we never get to know her character well enough to fully judge her performance. The wealth of talent on the supporting side – including Murphy, Louis-Dreyfus, Long, Duchovny, Sam Jay, Rhea Perlman, Molly Gordon, Deon Cole, Andrea Savage, Elliott Gould, and Mike Epps – is mostly wasted.

Finding comedy in race relations has been done many times in movies and on TV, and can be a winner if done properly. The story of You People can never find its footing, opting for a haphazard approach that doesn’t make good use of its greatest assets.


You People debuts on Netflix on January 27.

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Jonah Hill and Eddie Murphy in You People.

7 things to know in Austin food right now: Upscale bowling alley rolls into Cedar Park

News You Can Eat

Editor’s note: We get it. It can be difficult to keep up with the fast pace of Austin’s restaurant and bar scene. We have you covered with our regular roundup of essential food news.


Sometimes it feels like Austinites always have to be doing something, and that's what makes this town beautiful. In the spirit of not taking drinks sitting down, Spare Birdie Public House is rolling into Cedar Park (1400 Discovery Blvd) for a soft opening on February 1, and a grand opening on February 20. A bit like an upscale Top Golf or neighborhood bowling alley with an incredibly chic interior, the bar and restaurant serves its "chef-driven" food among bowling lanes, augmented reality and indoor golf setups, billiard tables, yard games, and more. The team that started Goodfolks in Georgetown are bowling over alley cliches like hotdogs and fries with lamb meatballs, grilled oysters, and Wagyu sliders.

The Belterra Plaza out in Dripping Springs is collecting new restaurants left and right, making itself a fast burger destination. Mighty Fine Burgers opened its seventh location — the first that is freestanding — in a huge 4,000-square-foot space at 165 Hargraves Drive, Suite T100. The simple menu sticks to the tried-and-true with The Classic Texas Burger, crinkle fries, onion rings, and Blue Bell milkshakes. In January, monthly specials shake up those base elements: a pimento cheese burger and a coconut cream pie shake. The new location is the first in Dripping Springs.

Theres been some buzz about burgers at the Buzz Mill recently, with the very recent departure of the vegan food truck Plow Burger. The buns were barely cold before the Buzz Mill opened its own burger truck, some vegan and some not. The grand opening coincided with the bar and coffee venue's tenth anniversary, on January 20. These are not beefy burgers; the thin patties leave plenty of room for toppings, and there are lots of other snacks to fill up on, like loaded fries, meatless chicken nuggets, and extra patties. The truck is open daily from 11 am to midnight.

Other News and Notes

Chefs Michael Fojtasek and Amanda Turner, of Austin's celebrated Southern restaurant Olamaie, are throwing a new chef series in the fryer on January 31, emphasizing Southern cooking styles while utilizing Texan ingredients. "Southern Exposure" is scheduled for the last Tuesday of every month, and there are three on the calendar already. Chef Turner, a James Beard semi-finalist and CultureMap's reigning rising star chef of the year, is taking the lead while collaborating with Fojtasek. Tickets ($100) available at olamaieaustin.com, benefitting the Jeremiah Program.

Nothing gold can stay, and unfortunately that means Loro's golden ramen noodles are ephemeral on the menu. For the month of February, the "Asian smokehouse" is offering two types of ramen. Both serve up a unique Balinese curry broth, one with brisket and one with grilled prawns. These winter items pair also include ajitama egg, green onion, and sesame, as the more traditional elements. Loro does not accept reservations.

If you can't afford rent in Austin, have you tried, like, not buying coffee? That might work if you were used to Proud Mary Coffee Roasters, an Australian company with an Austin cafe offering just 22 super-luxe cups of $150 joe here and Portland, Oregon. It seems like it's worth the price, given its award-winning flavor and very expensive source beans, but in case that's still not in your budget, a golden ticket giveaway may cover it. Purchase a Hartmann presale tin ($48) online on January 26 to enter.

The Bloody Mary Festival is now almost two weeks away, so people who love drinking their tomatoes should consider snatching up a ticket soon (although ticket sales will technically be open until the day of the event, if they last). On February 11 from 10:30 am to 6 pm, bartenders are pulling out all the stops, or at least all the toppings. Attendees will vote for participating local bars to choose the best cocktail. Tickets (starting at $49.50) available at thebloodymaryfest.com.