- September 11, 2014

Free Fun in Austin: Date Night Edition (September 11-14, 2014)


Thursday, September 11, 2014
KGSR’s Unplugged at the Grove is back this Thursday with a performance by The Warren Hood Band. Warren Hood began playing the fiddle at age eleven and has won a string of awards and accolades since then. With high praise from Lyle Lovett and many other notable music veterans, his band has been in high demand at music festivals across the country this year. Please note, additional free parking is available at Bicycle Sports Shop and at the southeast corner of Barton Springs & Lamar. Show starts at 8pm. FREE! (Shady Grove, 1624 Barton Springs Rd., Austin, TX 78704)

Nutty Idol Kasual Karaoke
Starting at 8:30pm and lasting until midnight, Nutty Brown Cafe will be hosting their very own karaoke night with a contest for prizes being held at at 10pm. 
Join their singing bartender, KC Bruce Newman, and a bunch of other shameless karaoke singers for your favorite songs. FREE!  (Nutty Brown Cafe, 12225 Highway 290 West, Austin)

Soul Thursdays at The Blackheart with ROXY ROCA and Mrs. Glass

This dynamite duo of bands is kicking off their new residency every Thursday at the Blackheart by serving up lots of booty-shaking and feel good soul. These acts are high energy with talented front men who don’t disappoint. Show starts at 9pm. FREE! (The Blackheart, 86 Rainey, Austin)

Movies in the Park: Raising Arizona
Presented by Alamo Drafthouse in partnership with Austin Parks and Recreation, this week’s FREE movie in the park feature is the cult classic Raising Arizona. Show starts at 8pm and dogs, picnics, and lawn chairs are welcome. Alcoholic beverages, glass and styrofoam are not permitted in the park. (Republic Square Park, 422 Guadalupe St, Austin)

Austin Lumber Society Presents: TAPS
Every Thursday from 7-9pm at Buzzmill, enjoy complimentary tastings of one of their draft selections (while it lasts) with Smoked Wings from Blue Ox BBQ. 
FREE! (Buzzmill, 1505 Town Creek Drive, Austin)

Friday, September 12, 2014

Austin Astronomical Society Meeting
Interested in space travel? Wondering how to find water when you get there? You’re in luck! Dynamic presenter, William A. Ambrose, will be delivering an educational and entertaining presentation as part of the Austin Astronomical Society’s monthly meeting series. Enjoy some stargazing and learn a thing or two! FREE presentation, from 6:30-7:30pm. (UT Austin, ETC Building, Rm 2.136, near San Jacinto and Dean Keaton, Austin)

Hill’s Cafe is kicking off their FREE Friday music series with the Bottom Dollar String Band this Friday 7-9pm. The band is described as an “energetic five-piece bluegrass band that bridges old-time string band music with contemporary originals rooted in the bluegrass traditions of telling stories through song of whiskey, romance, life and death.” (Hill’s Cafe, 4700 South Congress, Austin)

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Rattletree Marimba at Central Market North Lamar
A mash-up between African-style marimba and live electronica, Rattletree Marimba is all about making you want to dance. Bring your dancing shoes and a picnic to this one of a kind FREE show. Music begins at 6:30pm on the patio and lasts until 9pm. (Central Market North Lamar, Austin)

While this might not be at the top of your man’s list, this FREE exhibition is a must-see for avid movie buffs. Celebrating 75 years, you’re invited on a tour behind-the-scenes of the landmark film “Gone With the Wind.” With costumes, paintings, photographs and more, the exhibit chronologically tells the story of the production through the 12th annual Academy Awards where the film became the first to win more than five Oscars. Hours for the exhibit are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday,Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.Thursday and noon to 5 p.m.Saturday and Sunday. (Harry Ransom Center, 21st and Guadalupe Streets, Austin)

SURE THING Comedy Show
SURE THING comedy show at the original Austin Java, 8pm. Headliners include performers seen on Comedy Central, Last Comic Standing, Letterman, and more, as well as the city’s best comics on the rise, plus special out-of-town guests. 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)
Sunday, September 14, 2014

KUTX Austin FREE MUSIC SERIES at Uncle Billy’s Brewery & BBQSunday music series 2-6pm, with DJ Mixer Rogers spinning and live music by Tameca Jones at 4pm. Tameca Jones, or as some would call her- “the Tina Turner of Jazz” is an Austin-native and quite possibly one of the hardest working ladies in local music. Well worth a listen and a trip to Uncle Billy’s. RSVP for FREE tickets. (Uncle Billy’s Brewery, 1530 Barton Springs Road, 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