The cult phenomenon Hamilton isn't coming to Austin's Bass Concert Hall until 2019, but tickets just went on sale—and they won't be around for long. A quick caveat: In order to score a ticket for the show, presented by Texas Performing Arts, you'll need to buy into Broadway in Austin's entire season package, which includes seven shows and starts at $224. The schedule is as follows: The Play That Goes Wrong (Oct 23-28, 2018) Love Never Dies (Nov 27–Dec 2, 2018) Waitress (Jan 22-27, 2019) Anastacia (Feb 12-17, 2019) Fiddler on the Roof (Apr 2-7, 2019) CATS (May 7-12, 2019) Hamilton (May 28–Jun 16, 2019) It's a veritable list of classic Broadway staples (CATS! Fiddler on the Roof!) mixed in with recent runaway hits (Waitress!), with Hamilton capping it off as the proverbial cherry on top. The arrival of the play, written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, has been a long time coming—it first arrived on Broadway in 2015 and has since toured the country, captivating fans with its catchy musical numbers and creative storytelling. “We’re thrilled it’s finally coming to Austin,” says Kathy Panoff, Texas Performing Arts director and associate dean. “The 2018-19 Broadway in Austin series is an exciting year of live theatre.” So how do you score tickets? You can call Broadway in Austin at 800-731-7469 from 9am to 5pm, Monday through Friday (though the call volume has been understandably high) or purchase tickets online here. Current season subscribers will need to renew their seats by
SXSW 2018 is almost upon us, which means Austinites will soon be faced with close to two week of music, movies, panel discussions and, of course, traffic jams. Amidst all of the high-profile events, though, it might be easy to overlook some cool theater-related happenings that are part of this year’s festival. If you’re a theater geek trying to find your way through a music/movies/tech festival, we’ve got you. Check out these SXSW events that are geared towards theater lovers, all of which are conveniently happening on the same day: March 13. Be sure to check the links to each event for badge requirements. Choreographing the City: Policy through PerformanceFor the local dance fan, SXSW has you covered with this panel all about Forklift Danceworks, an Austin-based company that produces unique performance projects in collaboration with diverse communities. The panelists will discuss the company’s newest work, the Pools Project, which “uses dance to engage historically disenfranchised communities on the East Side of Austin.” Four Seasons, Ballroom CD, Mar 13, 9:55am-10:40am Brave New World: The Future of Theatre & TechThis is the SXSW event for theater geeks, as it features several industry experts (including Sarah Ellis, the director of digital development for the Royal Shakespeare Company) discussing the ways in which technology—like augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR)—will influence the future development of live theater. If you want to know what a night out at
How do we love Pop-Up Magazine? Let us count the ways. National Geographic photographer David Guttenfelder; Brittany Luse and Eric Eddings, co-hosts of The Nod; Cord Jefferson, TV writer for shows like The Good Place, Master of None and The Nightly Show; and many more contributors take the stage at Hogg Auditorium for an evening of magazine journalism brought to life. Expect video, music and stories that will move you to tears. At PechaKucha Night Austin #30, a roster of 10 creative Austinites will have enough time to show 20 images for 20 seconds each about their ideas, work and more—and nothing is off limits. Entry is first-come, first-serve. The event, hosted by PechaKucha Night Austin and Art Alliance Austin, will be held at Bealls (5811 Berkman Dr. #101). Catch a performance of the Filigree Theatre's A Delicate Ship, a poetic play about three characters who experience an unexpected—and unforgettable—evening together in New York City. Performances take place on the East Side's Santa Cruz Theatre; tonight's show is at 8pm. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
Some things just go together, you know? Zilker Park and puppies. BBQ and meat sweats. Doughnuts and...tequila? Thursday, February 22, is National Margarita Day—we're not entirely sure who established this most holy holiday, but we're rolling with it. And while there are plenty of margaritas to be had around town, only one is offered in doughnut form. Tequila giant Jose Cuervo has teamed up with Voodoo Doughnut to produce a margarita doughnut, featuring Cuervo-centric lemon jelly, vanilla frosting, lime dust and white sprinkles (as a salt rim—get it, get it?). They've also come up with two hand-frosted, supersized cake doughnuts—think six regular dougnuts smashed together. It's meant for sharing, but let's be real, you could probably polish it off on your own after a rough day. The (smaller) boozy doughnuts will be handed out for free on Thursday while supplies last, and will be available on Friday and Saturday for $2.50. Translation: You're probably going to be having doughnuts for breakfast on Thursday. Oh and don't worry about getting tipsy off the sweets—all that alcohol has been cooked off. But in case you do want a buzz, we know of a few tequila and mescal bars that can help you out. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
Our MetroRail system may be limited, to say the least, but CapMetro's new plan for a downtown rail just might kick our public transit system up a notch. The downtown station will replace the temporary station on 4th street that was installed in 2010, beefing it up with a canopy-covered platform (a much-needed benefit in the summer months), an information booth and a skybridge, which is already under construction. (The skybridge will link the Hilton hotel with the Convention Center.) Don't expect the new station to pop up overnight, though. According to Community Impact, building it will take about 34 months—and that's after CapMetro starts the permitting process, scheduled to take place in early summer once the design is officially complete. Want to learn more about the impending changes? An information session is scheduled for tomorrow, February 21, at the Austin Convention Center, Ballroom B, from 11am to 1pm. You'll be able to see additional renderings of the station, and learn more about the construction on 4th Street, the downtown station and the Lance Armstrong Bikeway. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
Still feel like you need some guidance this year? Check out Irene's after work, where Kristin of Senders Receive will be offering tarot readings for anyone who stops by. It's also Tequila Tuesday, so tequila specials will be offered until close (and, to be fair, might make you feel a little emotional after your reading). Italic has been clutch at bringing us excellent wine tastings as of late, and today isn't any different. The Italian restaurant downtown is offering free pours of four Italian wines from Vias Imports from 4:30-6:30pm. Combine that with one of their half-off pizzas during happy hour and you've got yourself a legitimate dinner. Head to the Townsend tonight for a show by Donut Musik, an eclectic trio that promises to "bring the hoodoo and the mojo." Doors open at 7:30pm, show starts at 8pm and there are plenty of fantastic drinks to keep you occupied until then. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
It's Presidents Day, which means most of you will have the day off (hooray!). Sleep in, catch up on some reading (or Netflix) and head out into the world for some of our favorite activities happening today: First up—Wu Chow's Chinese New Year party starts at 5pm, featuring all sorts of good stuff: Plush Wu Chow pandas, an Austin Pets Alive Puppy Party from 5-7pm, and lion dancers at 7pm. There will be drink specials and passed appetizers, but no formal dinner. It's Launderette's third birthday today (y'all don't look a day over two!) and they're celebrating with free birthday cake ice cream sandwiches (yeah, the famous ones) for everyone who dines at the restaurant. Translation: Make a reservation STAT. As part of AFS Cinema's 10 Years of Oscilloscope Pictures, the movie theater will be screening Kedi today. Documentarian Ceyda Torun documents the lives of Istanbul's roaming felines as they coexist with the human population. The 7:30pm screening will feature a pre-film discussion with Monica Frenden, director of Feline Lifesaving at Austin Pets Alive. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
It's the weekend! You've worked hard to get to this point, so you deserve to play hard, too. We've curated our favorite events happening around Austin for the next few days, from pop-ups to festivals to grand openings—all you have to do is round up your crew. Have a great weekend, y'all! Fri 16 Chinese New Year at Wu ChowWu Chow is celebrating the Year of the Dog with dinner specials on Friday and Saturday, dim sum specials on Sunday, and a full-blown party on Monday. The Chinese New Year party features plenty of activities for the kiddos (including a puppy party!), plus a lion dance at 7pm, drink specials and appetizers. Fri–Mon at various times Frontera FestIt's the final weekend of Frontera Fest—if you haven't made it to Hyde Park Theatre's massive fringe festival, now's the time to do it. The fest brings artists, actors, musicians, poets and other performers to our fair city for a month of art off the beaten path; this weekend, catch five shows that have made it into "Best of Fest." Fri, Sat at 8pm Sat 17 Breakfast Bash for No Kid HungryOnly 62 percent of children who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch are getting school breakfast. This fundraiser led by Bryce Gilmore of Odd Duck and Barley Swine and Amanda Rockman of South Congress Hotel features more than 30 of the city's top chefs and bartenders. Sat at 1pm Dog of the Year of the DogIs your animal an alpha, or at least top dog at Yard Bar? Enter the bar's contest by posting a photo of your pop on th
Last month, we shared some pretty fascinating results from our Time Out City Index Survey, a global survey where we asked y'all a bunch of questions about living, working and playing in Austin. We found out that tacos are lifeblood (obviously), almost half of you own homes (41 percent, to be exact) and that Austinites have more workplace relationships than any other city in the U.S. Well, we've dissected the results even further to hone in on the neighborhoods that make this city great, and it turns out there's some fierce love for downtown Austin. The neighborhood swept its competitors in two categories: Best Neighborhood for Fun, and Best Neighborhood for Food and Drink (East Austin came in second for both). There's plenty of fun to be had downtown, from clubs and museums to live music venues and shopping. But in a neighborhood that was often seen as having lackluster lunch options, downtown's food and drink scene has recently started ramping up, with the arrival of Austin's first food hall, Fareground, and a handful of relative newcomers (Red Ash, Academia, Le Politique). Seems like everyone is appreciating the city center's culinary makeover. Another deep dig into the results found that Austin was ranked #3 (among the cities that were surveyed) for music and nightlife. We're not too surprised about that, though—where better to see a show than the live music capital of the world? Do you think downtown is Austin's best neighborhood for food and drink? Let us know in th
The James Beard Awards is starting to ramp up this year with the announcement of 2018's semifinalists—and once again, Austin has come away with some huge nods. Kemuri Tatsu-ya scored its very first James Beard Award nomination, gaining recognition in the Best New Restaurant category. The Holly restaurant has been killing it with awards recently, landing on Bon Appetit's Best New Restaurant list last year. Launderette's Laura Sawicki was nominated for a fourth time as Outstanding Pastry Chef, while Olamaie's Michael Fojtasek, Barley Swine's Bryce Gilmore and Emmer & Rye's Kevin Fink all received nominations for Best Chef: Southwest. Finally, Jeffrey Stuffings from Jester King Brewery was nominated in the Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Professionals category. The James Beard Award semifinalists are chosen from a list of 20,000 online entries across 21 categories, including Outstanding Bar Program, Outstanding Chef and Outstanding Baker. Finalists are announced on March 14; in the meantime, check out the full list of semifinalists here. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.