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TOP picks: July 7-13

Monday | July 7

Monday Night Mash

Kick Butt Coffee and talented improv troupe Snackers present the Monday Night Mash. Every Monday, three troupes, no cover. They’ll satisfy your Monday night jonesing for fresh, fun improv.

8pm | FREE

Kick Butt Coffee
5775 Airport Blvd #725 • Austin, TX 78752

Tuesday | July 8

Hellboy 2 with Guillermo del Toro Live

photo / courtesy Alamo Drathouse 

The folks at the Alamo Drafthouse have really outdone themselves this time. Guillermo del Toro, director of Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth (one of the most creepy-beautiful films of all time), and The Devil’s Backbone is coming to the Drafthouse to show us his latest film, Hellboy 2. (Oh yeah, he’s also signed on to direct a little film called The Hobbit. No big deal.) From the Drafthouse website:

The story of Hellboy is not one that can be easily (let alone elegantly) maneuvered in your average Hollywood Blockbuster – a demon avenger from Hell, his pyrokinetic girlfriend and an ultra-intelligent fish-man work together to save the world from an occult terrorist organization led by a resurrected Rasputin. But put these elements into the hands of visionary director Guillermo Del Toro, and the result is not only stunning to watch, but genuinely humane despite its own incredible inhumanity.

This event is only available to holders of a Fantastic Fest badge. To get a badge, go here. If you have a badge, email with “I’LL BE DAMNED” in the subject line.


Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar
1120 South Lamar Blvd • Austin, TX 78704

Wednesday | July 9

Austin Farmer’s Market

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

Triangle Park
46th and Guadalupe • Austin, TX 78751

Thursday | July 10

Sisters Morales CD Release Celebration

photo courtesy Sisters Morales 

For the Sisters Morales, Lisa and Roberta, “music was not just in the family blood but the daily air they breathed.” The two songstresses are releasing their fourth album, Talking to the River, today, and to celebrate, will be performing tonight at the Cactus Cafe. From their website:

The best music knows no boundaries, transcends borders and genres, and mixes, matches and melds styles into something all an artist’s own. And doing just that comes naturally to Sisters Morales. A veritable spectrum of sounds and styles can be heard in the music created by Lisa and Roberta Morales and their longtime multi-guitar cohort David Spencer: Music rooted in the Southwestern spirit of Texas (where they live in San Antonio), Arizona (where the sisters grew up) and Mexico (their family and cultural roots) by artists raised on everything from The Beatles to Buffalo Springfield, from Sinatra to the Funny Girl soundtrack, from Cash to Haggard.

8:30pm | FREE

Cactus Cafe at the Texas Union
UT campus, 24th and Guadalupe • Austin, TX

Friday | July 11

Out of the Gutter’s Victor Gischler and Anthony Neil Smith

From BookPeople’s website:

Out of the Gutter is more than just a literary magazine – it’s a state of mind. Full of “degenerate literature” any pulp fan will love, it has a mix of stories, interviews, and comics. BookPeople is proud to co-sponsor this reading of Out of the Gutter, featuring two authors who’ve been featured in their pages: Victor Gischler and Anthony Neil Smith. They both have new books out, and we’ll be celebrating their release by having soup and Schlitz. Yes, you read that right – enjoy tasty soup and an ice-cold Schlitz beer.
Out of the Gutter puppet show/book signing

7pm | FREE

603 N Lamar Blvd • Austin, TX

Saturday | July 12

Splash Party Movie Nights: Spirit

The ultimate relaxation: floating on a beautiful spring-fed pool while sipping refreshments and watching a movie. That’s what happens every Saturday night this summer with Splash Party Movie Nights at Deep Eddy Pool. Tonight’s feature film is Dreamworks film Spirit. Yes, it’s a kids’ movie, but you know you love it.


Deep Eddy Pool
401 Deep Eddy Ave • Austin, TX 78703

Sunday | July 13


Conversations in Film – The Last Picture Show with Polly Plant and Tom Schatz

The Last Picture Show has been called “the most impressive work by an American director since Citizen Kane” and has been nominated for eight Academy Awards, won two, was selected by the American Film Institute for inclusion on its AFI Top 100 List, and was deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry. And now the Austin Film Festival brings you the film’s producer, production designer and screenwriter Polly Platt, who will talk about making this classic film, as well as celebrated film historian Tom Schatz, who will place the film in historical context. Get your tickets here.

3pm–9pm | $17

Paramount Theatre
713 Congress Ave • Austin, TX