The Week in Cool: May 15–20
Thursday, May 15
Unplugged at the Grove: The Unlikely Candidates
8pm • Shady Grove, 1624 Barton Springs Rd. • Free
Free show, drink specials.
A Full Moon Calls for Moonshine
9pm • Hangar Lounge, 318 Colorado St. • Free
Firefly Flavored Moonshine tastings, drink specials, and a chance to “get your butt sketched by The Original Butt Sketch Artist.”
American Craft Beer Week
Various times and locations; ends on Sunday • Free
Several Austin establishments and breweries are celebrating American Craft Beer Week through the end of this weekend. Thursday’s highlights include the Infamous Brewing pint night and glass giveaway at Craft Pride; South Austin Brewery pint night at Red’s Porch, and the Deschutes, Dogfish Head and Stone Brewing Pub Crawl. A few more weekend events are listed individually below, and Austin 360 has a more comprehensive list here.
Friday, May 16
Bike to Work Day
7–9:30am and 4–6:30pm • Multiple locations; see list here • Free
Ride your bike on your morning and/or evening commute on Friday and score some free coffee, food, drinks, bike tune-ups and swag at dozens of “fueling stations” around town. One promising after-work option: Gourmands will give cyclists two free beers on their back patio from 5pm til they run out.
Free Friday Wine Tasting @ East End Wines
4–8pm • East End Wines, 1209 Rosewood Ave. • Free
Free tastings courtesy of MexCor Wines.
Brooklyn Brewing Cheese Pairing @ Draught House Pub
6pm • Draught House Pub, 4112 Medical Pkwy. • Free
The first 70 customers will get a free pairing of four beers and four cheeses from Antonelli’s Cheese Shop.
Friday Night Films in the Park: “Fast Times at Ridgemont High”
8pm • South Shore District, 1333 Shore District Drive • Free
Totalllly awesome free outdoor movie screening presented by South Shore District and Alamo Drafthouse.
Recommended Show: Sorne / Shmu / Hello Wheels / Nght Hcklrs / Golden Graves @ Holy Mountain
9pm–2am • Holy Mountain, 617 E. 7th St. • $8
See some very good local bands for less than 2 bucks apiece.
No Play Music presents: The Green Door @ Bar 2211
10pm–2am • Bar 2211, 2211 Webberville Rd. • Free
Vinyl record party with tunes by DJ Scotty Upton. Should be a good opportunity to check out this new eastside joint that’s trying to amass the largest selection of canned beers in Texas.
Saturday, May 17
West Austin Studio Tour
11am–8pm, Saturday and Sunday • Multiple locations — see map • Free
Check out dozens of local art galleries for free and meet the artists at the second weekend of EAST’s west-side cousin.
Black Sheep Lodge 5th Anniversary Party / Circus Freak Show
11am–1am • Black Sheep Lodge, 2108 South Lamar Blvd. • Free
Day-drinking + circus freaks = 5th anniversary party. (Taking the traditional route, eh, Black Sheep?) Also in the mix are a charity dunking booth, drink specials, and some really sweet raffle prizes including a grill, a Yeti cooler, a Jaeger shot-ski, and a Modelo mountain bike, among others.
Backyard Brew Games featuring New Belgium Brewing Company
Noon–2pm • Whole Foods Domain, 11920 Domain Drive • Free
The new Whole Foods hosts “a series of fun, well-known and somewhat ridiculous yard games and challenges” with a chance to win prizes from New Belgium.
Austin Cassette Fest + Afterparty
Festival — Noon–6pm • MASS Gallery, 507 Calles St., Suite 108 • $5
Afterparty — 8pm–1am • Cheer Up Charlie’s, 900 Red River • $5
Watch your back, vinyl — there’s a new throwback audio format in town. Cassette Fest is being billed as “a day-long festival of tapes and cassette culture” with live music and vendors hawking their tape selections for your browsing pleasure. Cheer Up Charlie’s is hosting the afterparty from 8pm–1am ($5 cover) with music by The Vegetable Kingdom, Basketball Shorts, and Chipper Jones.
Special West Austin Studio Tour Reception: Ink Tank Vending Machine
3–5pm • Republic Square Park, 5th and Guadalupe St. • Free
Complimentary drinks and bites at a special reception for the Ink Tank Vending Machine art installation project, which is described as “a repurposed soda vending machine that will be rigged up to play audio clips recorded around and indicative of Austin’s current and rapidly changing cultural landscape.”
Gallery Black Lagoon’s Gallery Social & Jewelry Show
6-9pm • Black Lagoon Gallery, 43rd and Guadalupe • Free
Complimentary cocktails by Treaty Oak Distilling Company and pizza bites from The Parlor at this art and jewelry trunk show.
“A Sliver of the Whole” — New Works by Graham Franciose at Austin Art Garage
6–9pm • Austin Art Garage, 2200 South Lamar Blvd. • Free
Gallery opening sponsored by Austin Beerworks.
Sunday, May 18
The Grandest Opening: Cafe Ruckus & Toy Joy
Noon–4pm • Cafe Ruckus / Toy Joy, 403 and 409 W. 2nd St. • Free
A double celebration in honor of Cafe Ruckus’ grand opening and also the re-opening of Austin’s favorite toy store. The festivities include music by DJ Digg, coffee samples, raffle prizes, and … “magical unicorn rides,” apparently.
KUTX Live 98.9 Music Series: The Wind and the Wave
2–6pm • Uncle Billy’s, 1530 Barton Springs Rd. • Free
Free In-Store Performance: Bombay Bicycle Club
4:30pm • Waterloo Records, 600 N. Lamar • Free
Austin Beerworks Pint Night and Glass Giveaway
7pm • Craft Pride, 61 Rainey Street • Free
Craft Pride is tapping a full slate of selections from our favorite Austin brewery. Buy a beer, get a pint glass (while supplies last).
Monday, May 19
Fun Fun Fun Fest “Stunt Rock” Movie Screening + Lineup Announcement Party
7:30pm doors; 9:30pm showtime • Blue Starlite Drive-In, 1901 E. 51st St. • Free w/ RSVP (sold out)
Be the first to know FFF’s 2014 lineup at a BYOB drive-in movie.
New Recruit Monday @ Midway Field House
8–11pm • Midway Field House, 2015 E. Riverside • Free
Beer tastings and games. This week’s brewery is Abita.
Cinemondays @ Spider House: “Abby: The Black Exorcist”
8pm doors; 8:30pm screening • Spider House Ballroom, 2906 Fruth St. • Free
Free outdoor movie screening curated by the I Luv Video staff — plus pre-show trivia with prizes, free popcorn from Love Balls Bus, and drink specials including $2 Lone Star tallboys.
Tuesday, May 20
Brian Gaar’s “Never Gonna Be Famous” CD Release Party
8pm • Cap City Comedy Club, 8120 Research Blvd. • $8
Standup comedy by our nominee for the funniest Austinite on Twitter — if you appreciate frequent references to Mario Kart and Air Bud, you will most likely agree with that assessment.
The Week in Cool: May 15–20
The Weekend Ahead: Jan. 20-22
Friday, Jan. 20
Art Attack by Amity
5-8pm • Duo Austin, 225 W. 2nd Street • Free
Local art showcase with a build-your-own cupcake bar, cocktails, and a drawing for 25% off a custom commissioned piece.
Blowout VII Opening Reception
7pm • Gallery Black Lagoon, 4301 Guadalupe Street • Free
Complimentary drinks, food, live music, and displays of works by UT art students.
Elizabeth Engelhardt Book Signing
7pm • BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. • Free
Author Elizabeth Engelhardt will speak and sign her new book, “Mess of Greens.” The event, presented by Edible Austin Magazine, features tastings inspired by the book and complimentary beer from Saint Arnold Brewing Company.
DJ Hot Britches! at Mohawk
9pm–2am • Mohawk, 912 Red River St. • Free
Hot Britches! will be playing a mix of indie jams, disco, chill wave, dream pop and more. No cover.
SceneTap Launch Party
10:30pm–12:30am • Trophy Room, 310 E. 6th St. / Soho Lounge, 217 E. 6th St.
11pm–1am • Haven Lounge, 409 Colorado St. • Free
Multi-venue launch party for a new mobile app. Get a free Grey Goose or Bacardi cocktail if you have SceneTap downloaded on your phone.
Saturday, Jan. 21
Austin Gorilla Run After Party ***Event of the Week***
10am • 4th Street between Lavaca and Colorado (near Fado Irish Pub) • Donations encouraged
Free food from Fado and live music by Achachay and SPEAK. Entry is free, but there is a suggested donation to benefit the Mountain Gorilla Conservation Fund.
81 Poppies Fall Overstock Trunk Show at Plain Ivey Jane
2–7pm • Plain Ivey Jane, 408 W. 2nd St. • Free
Complimentary beverages and snacks, a wine tasting from 4–6pm, and discounts on fall and spring items.
Nora and Bethany’s Texas 4000 Benefit Show
9pm–1am • Carousel Lounge, 1110 E. 52nd St. • Suggested donation of $5-$10
Music by The Soapbox Spellbinders, Three Leaf, The Grapes, and Band of Liars. BYO liquor and/or buy beer & wine at the bar. Proceeds benefit Texas 4000, a nonprofit that raises money for cancer research.
Larissa Ness Album Release & Video Premiere Party w/ Zeale
9pm–2am • The ND, East 5th at Brushy Street • Free
Music by DJ Andrew Parsons, Zeale, and Larissa Ness.
The Strawberry Piranhas and Bandfire Quartet @ Caffe Medici
9–11pm • Caffe Medici, 2222 Guadalupe St. • $5
Homecoming show for The Strawberry Piranhas and Bandfire Quartet. Free beer while it lasts.
Sunday, Jan. 22
Cash Mob at HOPE Farmers Market
11am • HOPE Farmers Market, 414 Waller St. • Free (but bring cash)
Be part of a new project to support local business by bringing at least $10 to spend en masse on good stuff at the farmers market.
Befriend the Bears EP Release
8pm–2am • The Parish, 214 E. Sixth St. • $6
Music by Befriend the Bears, the White White Lights, Shakey Graves, and Rikavista. The first 50 people in the door get a free Lone Star. Plus: a photo booth and a chance to win an iPod Shuffle with music by all the bands.
Off Night On
7pm • Mohawk, 912 Red River St. • Free
Free night of comedy at the Mohawk featuring The New Movement improv group.
The Weekend Ahead: Dec. 9-13
Friday, Dec. 9:
W Hotel 1st Anniversary Celebration
3–10pm • W Hotel, 200 Lavaca Street • Free
Happy hour with $1.29 specialty cocktails from 3-5pm; champagne toast at 6; disco dance party at 9.
Free Spanish Wine Tasting
4pm • East End Wines, 1209 Rosewood Ave. • Free
Five wine selections to taste.
Aussie’s Beach Bar Customer Appreciation Party
6pm • Aussie’s Grill & Beach Bar • Free
Complimentary food and drinks.
701 & 705 South Lamar Block Party
6pm • Howl Interiors, 705 South Lamar Boulevard, Ste. A • Free
Anniversary party for Moss Boutique and Howl Interiors with free drinks, live music, door prizes, shopping, and a raffle.
CsillaWear Holiday Soiree
6–11pm • The Mosaic, 4600 Mueller Blvd. • Free (RSVP required: Email)
Complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Raffle benefits People’s Community Clinic of Austin.
Drought/Fire/Ash and Pattern Lands Opening Reception
7-10pm • Gallery Black Lagoon, 4301A Guadalupe • Free
Local artists Marjorie Moore and Callen Thompson celebrate the opening of their new exhibits. Complimentary drinks by Dripping Springs Vodka, Texas Tea and Wunder-Pilz Kombucha Tea. Cheese provided by Antonelli’s Cheese Shop.
Film Night at Green House
8pm–Midnight • Green House, 701 E 53rd St. • Free
Screenings of “Meet the Feebles” and “Another Stakeout” with free cocktails and popcorn
90s Cuisine: Bayside High Homecoming
9pm–2am • The ND, East 5th at Brushy Street • $5 / $3 with costume
90s dance party with specialty drinks, friendship bracelets, and a photo booth.
BackSpin Records Closing Festivities **Event of the Week**
Fri. 10:30pm–1:30am; Sat. 1–7:30pm, Sun. 11am–5pm • BackSpin Records, 4631 Airport Blvd., Suite 110-A • Free
BackSpin goes out in style with a three-day party featuring more than 30 DJs and MCs — and free beer. See the event page for full lineup.
Saturday, Dec. 10
Thirsty Planet Brewery Tour
11am • Thirsty Planet Brewing Co., 11160 Circle Drive • Free (RSVP required)
Free tour and beer tasting. Make sure to reserve a spot online.
Live Oak Brewery Tour
11:30am–2pm • Live Oak Brewery, 3301 East 5th Street • Free (RSVP required)
Free tour and beer tasting. Make sure to reserve a spot online.
Big Medium presents “Fumes” — An Art Show by Doug Pollard
7pm-Midnight • Big Medium Gallery, 5305 Bolm Rd. #12 • Free
Free food & booze.
The Vagabond Collectives Ultimate Christmas party
8pm–Midnight • Beauty Bar, 617 E. 7th St. • $5
Music by Driver Friendly (aka Driver F), White White Lights, Major Major Major, and Glitta.
Ray Prim CD Listening Party
8pm–Midnight • One 2 One Bar, 121 East 5th St. • $5
Free Lone Star Tallboys while they last. Listen to the album and check out live performances by Kalu James and Ray Prim.
Trinity Hall Grand Opening: A Skank Family Affair
8pm–2am • Trinity Hall, 401 E. 6th St. • Free
Free show with performances by Mother Falcon, Little Lo, Marmalakes, Cryin’ Cole Wilson & Those Miserable Cowboys, and Dog Gone Dead.
Sunday, Dec. 11
“Office Christmas Party” Swing Dance with the Austin Swing Orchestra
9–11pm • Beauty Bar, 617 E. 7th St. • $5
The Austin Swing Orchestra plays classics from the ’30s and ’40s as well as some holiday favorites, followed by a set by Heaven for Betsy.
Tuesday, Dec. 13
Austin Chronicle Presents: Paper Cuts
7–9pm • The Palm Door, 401 Sabine St. • Free; RSVP required for priority admission
Complementary Shock Top beer, desserts from the Frisco Shop, and Bacardi Oakheart Rum. Music by Marmalakes. RSVP to reserve your spot; additional guests will be allowed in starting at 7:30 if the party isn’t at capacity.
SAVE THE DATE: CoolinAustin’s very first Free Week showcase is set for Jan. 2 at Swan Dive. We’ll announce the details next week, but suffice it to say, it will rock yo socks off.
Christmas comes early tonight and Friday
Thurs. (Tonight): Sanctuary Anniversary Party. Free drinks from Savvy Vodka & Tiffs Treats cookies! 3663 Bee Caves Road. 6-8p.
Also tonight: Don’t forget about the Dos Equis (8-10:30) and summer cocktail parties (6:30-8:30) discussed in the previous post!)
Fri. July 24: Christmas in July party at Happiness garden shop. Free drinks and appetizers. Local artisans. 2213 S. 1st. 5-10p.
Fri July 24: Free Dripping Springs Vodka & Sweet Leaf Tea @ Parts & Labour’s Perfect Strangers Photography Show, 1117 S. Congress. 7-10p.