Check out this deliciously awesome stop-motion video from director/animator PES.
Every other Wednesday through August, KGSR hosts Blues on the Green, its free summer concert series. Past artists have been Los Lonely Boys, Marcia Ball, Asleep at the Wheel, and more, and playing tonight is guitar goddess Carolyn Wonderland, who has released six CDs and been featured on 20. The KGSR website says: “A bit of a renegade, she likes to incorporate elements of Blues, Country, Swing, Zydeco, Surf, Gospel, Soul, and some nights, maybe even a Cumbia into the musical mix.” Best of all, this event is free! (Remember, Zilker doesn’t let you have glass bottles or alcohol.)
2100 Barton Springs Rd • Austin, TX
The 2008 Austin Chamber Music Festival is happening through July 25, and tonight the festival features the famed Borromeo String Quartet. The Boston Globe says the quartet is “simply the best there is on this planet; every appearance they make is an event.” Tonight they will perform Beethoven’s “String Quartet No. 3,” Bartok’s “String Quartet No. 6,” and Schumann’s “String Quartet No. 1.” Get tickets here.
7:30pm | $29
Michael and Susan Dell Hall at the Long Center for the Performing Arts
701 W Riverside Dr • Austin, TX 78704
Another Friday, another fabulous Punchline to look forward to. What’s that? Something about a dark night? Yes, tonight it will get dark outside, but ColdTowne Theater’s parking lot is well-lit and you will surely be able to find your way inside. No excuses, Dad!
Tonight’s Punchline will be hosted by Ramin Nazer, and here’s the line-up:
10pm (arrive early) | $5 at the door
Beer flows from over 80 taps covering the entire wall behind the long bar; it’s hard to find a better selection. They have darts and pool, and all the furniture is comfortable, arranged into conversation snugs throughout the bar. If you’re with a large group it might be difficult to find a place to sit all together. Your best bet would likely be in the spacious beer garden out back, but even then, it’s iffy.
Sunday: Happy hour prices for all service industry workers. Monday: Logo pint nights featuring a different beer each Monday. Buy the beer and keep the glass. Tuesday: All Texas beers are $3 after 5pm. Thursday: All pints are $3 from 6pm–6:30pm.
304 W 4th Street • 473-8801
What’s your favorite foot?
Ohmygod. There’s a 50-foot waterfall here. And that’s just one of many reasons why Hamilton Pool is worth the 30-minute drive (and the subsequent quarter-mile walk from the parking lot – bring decent shoes). This superlative swimming hole is gorgeous, beautiful, pretty, and the opposite of an eyesore.
9am to 6pm daily, weather permitting (call 512-264-2740 to see if they’re open)
No admittance after 5:30pm
Day permit: $8 (per vehicle)
24300 Hamilton Pool Rd bull; Austin, TX 73301
You won’t find your typical karaoke hits at The Parish tonight – LCD Soundsystem, Belle and Sebastian, and Joan Jett are more the style at Karaoke Underground. You can see their songlist here.
8pm | FREE
214 E 6th St bull; Austin, TX
This is the second Hey Homo! event the Drafthouse has done, and this time the movie is Psycho Beach Party, starring Six Feet Under’s Lauren Ambrose. From the Drafthouse:
This film is a perfect mix of 1960s surfer movies and 1980s slasher flicks, so dress accordingly or be called out by MC Rebecca Havemeyer! Now we can’t bring you a beach, but expect an Air Surfing Competition, Hawaiian Leis, special drinks, performances and a zillion awesome queer folk!
10pm | $10 | Get tickets
Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz
320 E 6th St • Austin, TX
If you party too hard on Friday nights to make Saturday’s 9am–1pm Farmer’s Market, don’t worry — it happens on Wednesdays, too. Support local (within 150 miles) farmers, ranchers, dairies, and nurseries while getting fresh food and listening to live music. The market is part of the Sustainable Food Center, and they certify that sellers grow 100% of what they sell. Check out the Austin Farmer’s Market website for more information.
4pm–8pm | FREE
46th and Guadalupe • Austin, TX 78751
A kind of oasis on 6th Street, the Jackalope has a decadent lounge feel – dimly lit booths and velvet paintings line the walls around the padded horseshoe-shaped bar. Horror movies play on the various televisions. Out back there’s an outdoor bar, La Cucaracha, where you can smoke cigarettes and nod your head to the loud music or just gaze at the fire sculpture. The staff is hip, the clientele diverse, and you can always drink for cheap.
Tuesday is half-priced chicken wings, Wednesday is 2-for-1 burger night, and on Thursday all pints are $2 (amazing deal).
404 E 6th St • 469-5801
How about this: Make me an offer that you think takes into account the following: Worth of the ring. Emotional toll. The negative balance of my checking account. 1 year’s membership to Match.com. Seriously. Following the advice of another friend, one much less wise than Barrett, I got on Match because it seemed like time to move on. Good grief. Date #1 proudly proclaimed she had been in a Girl’s Gone Wild video (the one with Snoop Dogg) and was also a Reds fan (much less forgivable). Date #2 showed up on my porch one night with a psychological study explaining passive/aggressive disorder. Date #3 was a raging bulimic…and alcoholic. And date #4…well, you think I would have learned, no? One of the few girls I actually did like -a non Match.com girl - moved to Scandinavia…and not Scandinavia, Indiana.
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Launching August 1, PaperDolls is, according to their MySpace page, “an advertisement-free, Web-based, girl positive magazine that provides frank, multi-sided, and well-researched articles and interviews that are relevant and interesting to teenage girls.” So it’s fitting that their Summer Film Series is featuring movies about ladies. Tonight’s films are Mean Girls and Heathers.
9pm | $5 suggested donation
1610 Nickerson • Austin, TX 78704
The Tiniest Bar in Texas is kind of easy to miss if you’ve never been because, it’s, well, tiny. No one has any idea where they got their name. Anyway, if you’ve never been, there’s no nicer time to go than tonight – they’ll be celebrating their one-year anniversary.
Enjoy live music from Karaoke Apocalypse, a local band that invites anyone to sign up before the show to get onstage with them and be their lead singer. You can see their playlist here. (If you want to sing, it’s best to sign up as early as possible because the list usually fills up fast.) It’s free to get in tonight, and they’ll have drink specials, so come by and wish The Tiniest Bar in Texas a happy first birthday.
7–10pm | FREE
The Tiniest Bar in Texas
817 W 5th St • Austin, TX
This happy hour is for folks who still don’t mind spending a little money, but it’s a good deal when you consider you’re saving about three bucks per specialty drink. They also discount seven items off the appetizer menu, including spring rolls, pot stickers, and hummus. Very upscale feel, romantic. There’s a sprawling patio shaded by a huge live oak, too.
3pm–7pm weekdays. 3pm–5pm Saturday and Sunday.
Mars Restaurant & Bar
1400 S Congress Ave • 472-3901
As part of their delicious Summer Film Series, the Paramount Theatre is playing producer Val Lewton’s classic thrillers I Walked with a Zombie and Cat People tonight. Starring Frances Dee and Tom Conway, I Walked with a Zombie is one of the greatest zombie movies of all time and incorporates elements of Charlotte Bronte’s eerie novel Jane Eyre. Cat People, starring Simone Simon, Kent Smith, and Tom Conway, is about a beautiful Serbian-born fashion designer who believes herself to be embroiled in the Serbian legend of the Cat People. It was selected in 1993 by the United States National Film Registry for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”
7pm, 8:40pm | $7
713 Congress Ave • Austin, TX
Religion has actually convinced people that there’s an invisible man. Living in the sky. Who watches everything you do every minute of every day of your life. And he has a list of ten things he does not want you to do. And if you do any, any, of these ten things, he has a special place full of fire and smoke and ash and torture where he will send you to suffer and burn and scream and cry forever and ever until the end of time. But he loves you.
From “There Is No God”, You Are All Diseased (1999)
Flooding in the Midwest over the last week or so has been devastating. Iowa is facing tremendous damage, and now parts of Missouri and Illinois are flooding. Several other states have been affected – Minnesota, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Indiana, South Dakota. Levees breaking have only made things worse. Families have been displaced, farmland has been ruined, and the whole situation is just absolutely heartbreaking.
If you’re looking for a way to help out – and boy, could Midwesterners really use your help – the best thing to do is donate money.
That Other Paper presents Punchline, a BYOB stand-up comedy show happening this Friday at ColdTowne Theater.
Opal Divine’s has tons of drink specials during happy hour, and their food is great. Definitely an ideal place to go to just relax and enjoy the outdoor patio.
Wednesday through Saturday 3pm–7pm, all day on Sunday.
It’s a show format you’ve likely never seen before — Jabbertalky is all about interviews. Whether you’re a comedian, an audience member, or even the Ego’s bartender, you’re probably going on get onstage to either interview someone else or be interviewed. What results is a truly entertaining, funny show.
7pm | FREE
510 S Congress Ave • Austin, TX