- January 22, 2015

Free Date Nights in Austin (Jan 22-25, 2015)

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Thursday, January 22

Soul Thursdays at the Blackheart

Soul Thursdays at The Blackheart with ROXY ROCA and Mrs. Glass This dynamite duo of bands is reuniting at the Blackheart this Thursday and serving up lots of booty-shaking and feel good soul starting at 9pm. (The Blackheart, 86 Rainey Street, Austin)

Friday, January 23

Live Music at Central Market North

Latin performing artist Leticia Rodriguez is bringing her salsa and cha-cha infused music to Central Market North starting at 6:30pm and lasting until 9pm. Expect passionate vocals and impromptu dance as she livens up the night. (Central Market North, 4001 North Lamar Blvd, Austin)

The Suffers Live at Waterloo

Houston’s award-winning 10-piece jazz band, The Suffers, are performing an in-store at Waterloo this Friday at 5pm. The performance will help kick off their 11-city tour introducing their highly anticipated new release, Make Some Room. The event is FREE and refreshments will be provided by Shiner. (Waterloo Records, 600A North Lamar, Austin)

Head for the Hill’s Free Music Fridays

Chubby Knuckle Choir has been described as “acid funk soulgrass,” but I’m not sure what that means and I doubt they do either. This playful ensemble just gets on stage and cuts loose performing music that spans multiple genres. Never boring, keep an eye out for the band’s notorious practical jokes. FREE music from 7-9pm. (Hill’s Cafe, 4700 South Congress Ave, Austin)

Saturday, January 24

Live Music at Central Market North

In case you missed Roxy Roca at the Blackheart Thursday, you can still catch them at Central Market North starting at 6:30pm and lasting until 9pm. The show is FREE and this music critic’s favorite band never disappoints! (Central Market North, 4001 North Lamar Blvd, Austin)

Drawing Salon at Elisabet Ney

Embrace your inner artist this month and join in the drawing fun at Elisabet Ney! Using their sculptural works as inspiration, participants will develop observational and conceptual skills through unique drawing exercises. The Museum will provide all required materials, and trained staff members will offer constructive advice and guidance. Participation is FREE each Saturday this month from 10am – 12pm. (Elisabet Ney Museum, 304 East 44th Street, Austin)

SURE THING Comedy Show

SURE THING comedy show at the original Austin Java starts at 8pm. Various comedians are performing and the show is hosted by Duncan Carson and Brendan K. O’Grady. These events have been filling up quickly so be sure to get there early! Doors open at 7:30pm. FREE! (Austin Java Parkway, 1206 Parkway, Austin)

Throwback to ‘89 at TOMS this Sunday as they screen the cult classic, The Labyrinth, You’ll see a young Jennifer Connelly, David Bowie, and of course the adorable (or somewhat creepy?) muppets characters in this Jim Henson classic movie. The FREE movie starts at 7pm. (TOMS, 1401 South Congress Ave, Austin)

Laugh, DAMMIT at The Highball

If you’re looking for laugh-out-loud fun this weekend, check out Austin’s funniest game show, Laugh, DAMMIT. Inspired by the classic TV game show, Make Me Laugh, comics compete to make the audience laugh. If you can control your laughter and stay silent during the skit- you win prizes! Contestants are scooped up from the audience, but you don’t have to participate if you don’t want to.  The FREE show starts at 8pm. (The Highball, 1120 South Lamar, Austin)

Dupree at The Continental Club

At 8:30pm, enjoy the early show at The Continental Club Gallery with John Dee Graham and Greg Vanderpool. Stay for the late show at 10:30 when things heat up with Dupree, a swinging rock band with roots in swing, blues, ’50s rock, and a little country. FREE! (The Continental Club Gallery, 1313A S. Congress Ave, Austin)



Heather Schuck is the CEO of the children’s lifestyle brand, Glamajama. When she’s not scheming “glama” world domination or mentoring young designers, you can find her in her front yard chasing her three children with a garden hose. Connect with her at glamaLIFE or on Facebook.