The Austin Film Society and Fantastic Fest present this unique opportunity to hear from five of the fiercest stunt performers of all time. Join stunt legends Gary Kent, Chuck Bail, John "Bud" Cardos, Bobby Sargent, and Bob Ivy for a couple of hours of charbroiled meat, drinks, true stories, tall tales, and life advice – as moderated by Fantastic Fest's Zack Carlson and AFS's Lars Nilsen! Fri., Sept. 27, 8pm. $10
The Marchesa Hall & Theatre, 6406 N I-35, 512/454-2000
This dark spectacle showcases almost 20 years of original work by ethos
, the Austin-based performance troupe headed by maestro Chad Salvata
. Blending electronic media and live performance to transcend typical theatrical offerings
, this concert-style event invites the audience to dance, drink, tweet, take photos – there's an Instagram photo contest during the performances, even – and be dazzled by performances from cybernetic operas
including The Black Blood
, and more. (Bonus: Songs from ethos' upcoming film, Octia of the Pink Ocean
.) Directed by Bonnie Cullum
and featuring a top-notch cast and tech crew of talented Vortex regulars. Wild? Bizarre? Complex? Electronically rocking? Yes, and then some. Sept. 20-28. Thu.-Sun., 9pm
As if it's not enough that almost 30 local museums dispense with their usual admission fees, most locations will have guided tours of exhibits and/or crafts for the kids. Interact with historical re-enactors at the Neill-Cochran House Museum, play petanque at the French Legation Museum, meet children's authors at the Wildflower Center, and go on a scavenger hunt at the Texas State History Museum. Those are just drops in a big bucket of arty awesomeness to fill your Sunday. Free.
If you forgot to get passes to the film festival, the video-game portion of Fantastic Fest is still free and open to the public. See, play, and learn about the latest independent games from here in Austin and around the world. Tournaments take place every evening but you have to sign up in the afternoon. Thu.-Sun., Sept. 19-22. Free.
Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline, 14028 U.S. 183 N., 512/861-7070
Surely this will not be an ordinary hunt. There will be drinking, novelty team costumes, and lots of running around town. All of that effort benefits Caritas of Austin. Show up early to register. 3pm.
Mohawk, 912 Red River, 512/482-8404
Liberty Tavern joins forces with ESPN to present Formula One watch parties on Sunday afternoons throughout the fall. Races from around the world will be played on tape delay on the 11 large hi-def screens in the bar. Beers from the host country will be highlighted with reduced prices on all beers and 50% off bar menu items. Personalities from ESPN's Speed City and The Horn will be on hand for most viewing parties. Sundays, noon-5pm, through Nov. 24..
Liberty Tavern, 500 E. Fourth, 512/493-4901
Tailgate with the family and come out for a match of polo. Food can also be purchased on the premises. Proceeds go to Texas Equine and Canine Rescue. The first weekend (Sept. 21-22) is free. Weekends through Nov. 23, 2-10pm. $10 (free, kids).
The Austin Polo Club, 13628 Gregg Manor Rd., 512/971-5852