TOP picks: Jan 3-9

Wednesday | January 3

photo / Pete Jelliffe 

Led Zeppelin Hoot Full Moon Party

Dude, 19 bands are lined up to rock their most rockin’ renditions of Zep tunes while you, rock ’n’ roll fan, enjoy beer, rare footage of Led Zeppelin, and, of course, Ruta Maya’s low-key atmosphere. Rock.

6pm | $7, $5 with student ID

512-Go!» Ruta Maya
3601 S Congress Ave • 707-9637

Thursday | January 4

photo / kyle_in_korea 

Ladies of the 80s Sing-Along

If you’ve been watching the Best of VH1, a sing-along with 80s hits is just what you’ve been looking for. Warm up those vocal chords, cut yourself a new pair of bangs, and get ready to sing along with Whitney, Tiffany, and Blondie. These are the girls of the 80s, and they just wanna have fun.

9:45pm | $10 | Tickets

512-Go!» Alamo Drafthouse downtown
4th & Colorado St • Austin, TX 78701

Friday | January 5

That’s right 

Punchline, presented by That Other Paper

Ohhh! Well, well, well. Look what’s back for another TOP Pick: It’s our very own stand-up comedy open-mic night where each comedian gets four minutes onstage. Support local comedy and the only paper in Austin – but you’d better show up early to guarantee a seat, as ColdTowne Theater only has room for about 30 people.

10pm | BYOB | $5

512-Go!» ColdTowne Theater
4803 Airport Blvd • 524-2807

Saturday | January 6

Stuck in Customs

Boy, does local photographer Trey Ratcliff have an interesting approach to photography. Using a method called high dynamic range (HDR), Ratcliff has a collection of incredible photos of places around the world. Words can’t do his work justice, so stop by Halcyon to enjoy his art on display.

8am–3am | Free

218 W 4th St • Austin, TX 78701

Sunday | January 7

Free Emo’s show alert

Emo’s sure does know how to kick off a new year. This whole week, until tomorrow, all shows are free. Free. Free! Okay, we’re cool. But seriously, you’ve gotta check out tonight’s show: Automusik, The Troublemen, Mr. Lewis & The Funeral 5, and The States play on the inside stage; Awesome Cool Dudes, Dogme 95, When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth, and MVSCLZ take over Emo’s Lounge.

Doors at 8pm, show at 10pm | Free

512-Go!» Emo’s
603 Red River St • 477-3667

Tuesday | January 9

photo / Celeste Hutchins Oh, right. I get it. Altar boys. 

Altar Boyz

Altar Boyz has resurrected the awesomeness of musicals, and this Tuesday is the show’s opening night. Winner of the 2005 Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical, this musical spoof takes place on the last night of a super-hot Christian (with the exception of one Jewish member) boy band’s last night on their Raise the Praise tour. With such hits as “Girl, You Make Me Wanna Wait” and “Jesus Called Me On My Cell Phone,” it’s no surprise that this musical has a following of Altarholics. Kevin Bacon’s even a member.

Altar Boyz
8pm | $24-$40

Paramount Theatre
713 Congress Ave • 472-5470