TOP picks: What we recommend

TOP picks: June 16-22

Monday | June 16



Baghead is about struggling actors who, fed-up with not being famous, go to a cabin in the woods where they can peacefully work on a screenplay for a horror movie that they hope will jump-start their careers. Their idea starts to come to life when one of them spots a scary dude with a bag over his head outside. From the Alamo Drafthouse:

While the Duplass Brothers were shooting their last feature film The Puffy Chair, a crew member raised the question “what’s the scariest thing you can think of?” Someone immediately said “a guy with a bag on his head staring into your window.” Some agreed, but some thought it was downright ridiculous and, if anything, funny (but definitely not scary). Thus, Baghead was born, an attempt to take the absurdly low-concept idea of a “guy with a bag on his head” and make a funny, truthful, endearing film that, maybe, just maybe, was a little bit scary, too.

Various showtimes | $6.50 | Get tickets

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar
1120 South Lamar • Austin, TX

Tuesday | June 17



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

Wednesday | June 18

New American Talent: The 23rd Exhibition

New American Talent is a national all-media competition open to artists living and working in the United States. Come to see work from artists all over the country – 43 artists total have their work in the exhibition, and 16 of them are from Texas.

11am–7pm | FREE

Arthouse at the Jones Center
700 Congress • Austin, TX

Thursday | June 19

photo courtesy Little, Brown and Company 

David Sedaris, When You Are Engulfed in Flames

Three words: David, Sedaris, BookPeople. What more do you need to know?

Well, you probably need to know that you need a voucher to meet Sedaris or get your book signed, although you don’t need one to attend the event. You should also probably know that Sedaris doesn’t want his picture taken and he won’t sign things that aren’t his books. And to get a voucher, you need to go to BookPeople and shell out $28.13 (the price of the book including tax). You’ll get your voucher then, and they’ll give you your book the day of the event.

7pm | $28.13 with voucher, free without voucher

603 N Lamar Blvd • Austin, TX

Friday | June 20

The Beauty Queen of Leenane

Renaissance Austin Theatre presents the Tony-winning play The Beauty Queen of Leenane, directed by Austin actor, director, and designer Frank Benge. The play’s author, Martin McDonagh, holds the honor of being the only playwright since Shakespeare to have four plays running simultaneously in London. From the Vortex website:

40-year-old spinster Maureen Folan is severely tried by her grumpy old mother Mag’s constant demands for attention, food, and cups of tea. Then one day, local hooligan Ray Dooley, arrives with an invitation to one of the neighbor’s parties, and the family bonds which unite the two women in their life of monotony and mutual hatred are forever shattered.

7pm | $10–$30

The Vortex
2307 Manor Rd • Austin, TX 78722

Saturday | June 21

Stool Pigeon

Every Saturday, ColdTowne invites a different local celebrity to stand on stage, tell some life stories, and sit back and watch as improvisers turn those stories on their heads. Tonight’s guest is Austin Chronicle writer Wayne Alan Brenner.

8pm | $7–$10

ColdTowne Theater
4803-B Airport Blvd (next to I Luv Video) • Austin, TX 78751

Sunday | June 22

The Language of Prints

Prints are a misunderstood medium – they include mezzotints, engravings, lithographs, woodcuts, etchings, and more. The Blanton Museum of Art’s The Language of Prints aims to educate us about the methods and history of printmaking while at the same time displaying some of the Blanton’s rarer works, including pieces from Albrecht Dürer, Rembrandt, Francisco Goya, Roy Lichtenstein, Henri Matisse, Carol Bove, and more. Read more about this exhibition at the Blanton’s website.

1pm–5pm | Free for current UT faculty/staff/students and children under age 12, $7 adults, $5 seniors, $3 college students with ID and youth ages 13-21

Blanton Museum of Art
200 E MLK (MLK at Congress) • Austin, TX 78701