Summer Fun 2014





Austin Film Society: New Releases: Bastards

French filmmaker Claire Denis creates a contemporary film noir with this story about a jagged tangle of characters who are mixed up with one another through suicide, sexcapades, and secrets.

7:30PM, The Marchesa Hall & Theatre, 6406 N I-35


  • Fusebox Festival Presents: 60 In Sixty

    Austin's rowdiest night of performance features actors, musicians, dancers, painters, thinkers, and personalities in wild, original, unpredictable performances of only sixty seconds each. With Doug Strahan & The Good Neighbors bringing their best to abet this crowd-pleasing fundraiser from those ever-busy fomentors of Fusebox. Recommended and a half! Tue., Dec. 17, 8pm (2013), $15

    The North Door, 502 Brushy, 512/485-3002

  • Thirst

    It ain't Yggdrasil, but we reckon that the white tree in the middle of Lady Bird Lake is going to evoke all manner of mythic response, as Women & Their Work present an iconic vision acknowledging the power of water and memorializing the loss of the 300 million trees that died in the Texas drought of 2011. The results of a vast collaborative effort by Beili Liu, Emily Little, Norma Yancey, Cassie Bergstrom, and many others, the installation also features 14,000 prayer flags that loop for 2.5 miles between the Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge and the First Street Bridge. On display: Through Dec. 20.

    Lady Bird Lake between First Street and the pedestrian bridge

  • Conspirare's Holiday Big Sing

    For the second year, Conspirare presents a holiday version of the “Big Sing,” its popular event “where the audience is the choir.” Participants at this free gathering will sing music of the season, directed by Craig Hella Johnson. Tue., Dec. 17, 6pm (2013), Free

    St. Martin's Lutheran Church, 606 W. 15th, 512/476-6757


    • Armadillo Christmas Bazaar

      Nothing says holidays in Austin like scouring aisles and aisles of local art, crafts, and – thank God – beer. All while surrounded by tunes from one of many musical acts performing this year. Don't worry; Post Office reps will be on the premises to spare you from lugging all that holiday cheer home. Dec. 17-24, 11am-11pm. $7 (free, kids).

      Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd.

    • Austin Trail of Lights

      Still bright and free after all these years. Every day has live entertainment, myriad photo ops, and, of course, funnel cake. Go online for a schedule of shuttles and other transpo options. You can pay online for parking or a pass that lets you cut everyone in line. Bike racks will be available for your pedal pushers. Every day through Dec. 22, 7-10pm. Free.

      Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Rd., 512/974-6700

    • Blue Genie Art Bazaar

      Need something Austin-y (art, jewelry, prints, clothing, etc., whatnot, and then some) for a loved one this year? More than 135 artists and artisans will help you with your gifting conundrums. Special events occur throughout the month of December, so shop early and often. Every day through Dec. 24, 10am-10pm. Free.

      The Marchesa Hall & Theatre, 6406 N I-35, 512/494-6178

    • Holiday Light Show

      This local coffee shop has been stepping up its holiday-light game for years. Every hour on the hour the lights and music explode with the spirit of the holidays. Through Dec. 31, 6-11pm. Free.

      Mozart's Coffee Roasters, 3825 Lake Austin Blvd., 512/477-2900

    • WWE Presents RAW

      After this weekend’s TLC pay-per-view, Austinites will see their first unified WWE champion since Brock Lesnar in 2002. John Cena – the modern Hulk Hogan – walks in holding the World Heavyweight Championship, while the viper Randy Orton slithers in with the World Championship around his torso. Bar the usual WWE swerve, one of those men enters the Frank Erwin Center as a double champ on Tuesday. But beyond the headliners, this is the best roster the WWE has fielded in a decade. Slamming in the mid-card are the cocky Dolph Ziggler (it’s only arrogance if you can’t back it up), the unstoppable Daniel Bryan and the best in the world, CM Punk. Add in a tag team division with the comedy genius of the redneck-baiting Real Americans, the Samoan wrestling royalty the Usos, the menacing Shield, and the Southern-fried horror of the Wyatt Family. Plus, with a women’s roster - headlined by the tiny but toxic AJ Lee - that has rarely looked stronger, this could be one of the best Christmas presents the WWE has given us in a long time. – Richard Whittaker 7pm. $15-95.

      Frank Erwin Center, 1701 Red River, 512/471-7744