2011 Resolution: Enjoy Austin Events!

January 14, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Here are our top picks for things to do in Austin this month! Have we missed anything? Feel free to comment below with your favorite monthly event; our team would love to see you there! Don't forget on Jan. 22nd I will be running down Congress in a Gorilla Suit! Just another fun way to keep my New Year's resolutions afloat–health and philanthropy. What are some of your New Year's resolutions? (Comment below!)  
On-Going Weekly/Monthly Entertainment
Thursday – Saturday Nights:
Times: Thursday, 8:00pm / Friday & Saturday, 8:00pm & 10:00pm. Tickets: $20.00 GA. / $25.00 Reserved
Musical Comedy, Magic, and Political Satire Review, on Sixth Street. Get your update on local, national, and world news in song, dance, and comedy sketches!
Currently Master Magician Ray Anderson makes a splash with his mesmerizing levitation illusion, WET! The Esther's Cast continue to rip comedy gold straight from the headlines in their up-to-the-minute, side-splitting, fast-paced musical comedy sketches, including The Esther's Follies' Health Care Revue and the latest in The Race for Texas Governor!
Esther's Follies, 525 East 6th. St., Austin. Info: (512) 320-0198 / RSVP 320-0553
Every Third Thursday 2010 – 2011 Season
TAPESTRY DANCE COMPANY, Tapestry on the Fringe!
Time: 8:00pm & 9:45pm, Tickets: $10.00
North America's only professional tap dance company is joining forces with Salvage Vanguard Theater to present a series of experimental rhythm performances pushing the boundaries of dance.
Tapestry on the Fringe! Episode I will delight audiences with the juggling of tap dancing and variety entertainment, all with a pervasive rhythm created by percussionist Andrew Brought. Known for his unique hybrid of sound, Andrew's one-of-a-kind style is influenced by African, Taiko, and steel drumming along with Northern Indian traditions and more. Two performances ensure a decidedly more “grown-up” attitude for the late show!
Salvage Vanguard Theater, 2803 Manor Road, Austin. Info: (512) 474-7886
 Limited Engagement
Currently January 15th, 2011, Saturdays Only
Time: 11:00pm 5:00pm, Tickets: $ FREE $
The Tinplate Trackers of Austin and AMLI residential are bringing the joy of model trains to the general public this holiday season. The Trackers are setting up their 30'x35' O gauge model train display in the 2nd Street District. They will be set up and operating from 12pm to 5pm.
For $5.00, you can also rent one of our trains for 10 minutes and let your kids enjoy themselves's they run a 10 foot long model train.
There will be a raffle to be drawn just before Christmas: A Lionel Hogwarts O Gauge “Ready to Run” set.
AMLI Residential, 201 Lavaca St , Austin. Info: mgraziano@austin.rr.com
Currently – January 29th, 2011, Wednesday – Sunday
Time: 8:00pm / Sunday 2:00pm, Tickets: $15.00 – $30.00
Different Stages continues its 2010-2011 season with the Austin premier of Charlotte Jones' Humble Boy, winner of the Susan Smith Blackburn Award, the Critics' Circle Best New Play Award and the People's Choice Best New Play Award. Felix Humble, theoretical physicist, has left Cambridge and his search for a unified “Theory of Everything”, to attend his beekeeper father's funeral — but finds himself in the middle of a hornet's nest instead. His overbearing mother Flora has exiled the bees, and taken the boorish next-door neighbor as her lover. Add a mousy family friend, a dutiful gardener, and a visitor from his own romantic past, and like the bees, Felix bumbles to find order amid the chaos.
The City Theater, 3823 Airport Blvd., Ste. D., Austin. Info: (512)474-8497
Currently – January – 31st, 2011
Time: Tu-Sa.9:00am 5:30pm / Su.12:00pm 5:30pm, Tickets: $ FREE $ The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center features a dual exhibit of floral images by artists who capture intimate portraits of nature. Stella Alesi uses photos as the basis for developing paintings that highlight flowers' textures and surfaces. Her “Still Life exhibit will be displayed in the McDermott Learning Center alongside works of landscape photographer Richard Reynold. His exhibit, “Wildflowers Close Up,” showcases a technique he developed to create large, detailed photographs of flowers that retain their sharpness.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 Lacrosse Ave. Austin. Info: (512) 232-0100
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January 12th, 2011, Wednesday
TREASURES OF THE YUNNAN PROVINCE, Folk Song & Dance Ensemble of the People's Republic of China
Time: 7:30pm, Tickets: $10.00 $20.00
A joint cultural exchange & celebration of friendship, showcasing folk singers, dancers, musicians, and acrobats from Yunnan Province, home to Austin's sister-city Xishuangbanna.
Wenshan Prefecture Traditional Song and Dance Troupe is renowned for its diversified songs and dances of Zhuang, Miao(Hmong), Yi, Yao, Dai, Bai, Naxi and other Chinese ethnic peoples. Since its establishment in 1959, the Troupe has performed in Japan, Russia and South Asian countries. Its performance vividly reflects the community life of 26 ethnic groups in Yunnan Province
Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave., Austin. Box Office: 1-866-443-8849 / 1-866-977-6849

January 14, 2011. Friday
RED SHIRT FRIDAY, to show support for our servicemen and women.
Time: 7:00pm. Tickets: $39.50 – $89.50
The mission of Red Shirt Fridays redshirtfridays.org is to show support for our servicemen and women. It is not a political organization but a way to let our country's servicemen and women know we support their sacrifice and will not forget them by wearing red on every Friday.
Strait, a veteran himself, wanted to join the efforts of www.redshirtfridays.org and invite his fans and fellow Americans to do the same. Please spread the word to George Strait fans and ticket buyers.
“The holidays are a time to be with your family and friends and to be thankful and I can’t think of a better gift to the women and men serving our country than to show them how much we appreciate them and are thinking about them,” said Strait. “It’s a small gesture but together it does make a difference especially for those who can't be here with us.”
Frank Erwin Center, IH-35 at MLK Blvd, Austin. Info: (512)-471-4713, Box Office: (512) 477-6060 or 1-800-982-2386

January 19th – 23rd, 2011, Wednesday – Saturday
ANTHEM, Austin Shakespeare presents Ayn Rand's Anthem
Time: 8:00pm, Sun. 3:00pm & 7:00pm. Tickets: $21.00 – $29.00; $15 for stds
Austin Shakespeare will stage a new adaptation of Ayn Rand's ANTHEM, her story of a dark future where a man struggles to become a hero by re-discovering one forbidden word. The adaptation is by Jeff Britting, also the creator of projections and music for this professional production. Post-performance discussions for each show should be especially engaging, since Ayn Rand is known as a controversial and provocative author.
Ayn Rand's novels project a vision of rational egoism and individual rights; they're selling more today than when she first wrote them in the mid-twentieth century. Now totaling over 26.5 million copies in print, her most famous novels include The Fountainhead, Atlas Shrugged and the short futuristic novel, Anthem.
Long Center for the Performing Arts, Rollins Studio Theatre, 701 W. Riverside Drive. Austin. Info: (512) 474.LONG (5664)

January 20th – 23rd, 2011, Thursday – Sunday
Time: Thur & Fri. 12:00pm 9:00pm, Sat. 10:00am 9:00pm, Sun. 10:00am 6:00pm,
Tickets: $8.00; $4.00 snrs. 65+: $4.00 children 7-12,
The Austin Boat Show has combined with the Central Texas Hunting and Fishing Show! All the same great local boat dealers you are used to PLUS a whole new element of Outdoor. Definitely a must-see for 2011.
Austin Convention Center, 500 East Cesar Chavez, Austin. Info: (512) 494-1128

January 20th – March 14th, 2011, Thursday – Saturday
THE BREAK-UP NOTEBOOK, A Musical Comedy, Book by Patricia Cotter | Music and Lyrics by Lori Scarlett
Time: N/A, Tickets: $ tba $
It may be hard to do, but breaking up is uproarious in this brand-new runaway musical! ZACH Theatre is thrilled to produce the world premiere of THE BREAK-UP, following Helen Hill as she dives back into the dating pool and navigates the post-relationship world with wit, warmth and honesty. Whether partnered or single, the audience will cheer at the triumph of love with an original pop musical score paying homage to the Go-Go's, the Indigo Girls and Pat Benatar. Directed and produced by Peter Schneider, former head of Disney Studios who supervised the transition of Disney's hit films Beauty a

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nd the Beast, Lion King and Aida to the Broadway stage, this sensation is a must-see before it heads to Broadway!
Zachary Scott Theatre, 1510 Toomey Rd, @ Riverside Dr. at S. Lamar, Austin. Box Office: (512) 476-0541×221

January 22nd – 25th, 2011, Saturday – Tuesday
PORTMANTEAU, Presented as part of FronteraFest
Time: Sat. & Sun. 10:00pm: Mon. & Tue. 8:00pm, Tickets: $10.00
An invasion. Five strangers arrive in a remote village with five very different goals. The characters enter the space with suitcases, from which they unpack the show; the action unfolds all around the audience as the five interlopers struggle for success and compete for control. Portmanteau is a choose-your-own-adventure play, where the audience is free to explore the space and follow whichever character they choose. Created by Philadelphias intrepid young performance group, Applied Mechanics, Portmanteau comes to FronteraFest after a sold out run at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. Applied Mechanics will now transform the cafe space at The VORTEX with this transient environmental installation parallel narrative adventure piece, which poses the questions, how do we change the spaces we enter? And how do they change us? What happens when we re strangers in a strange land? And how do our intentions and beliefs play out in that strange land when the going gets tough?
The Cafe at The VORTEX, 2307 Manor Road, Austin. Info: (512) 478-5828 / 228-9530

January 22, 2011, Saturday
Time: 11:00am, Tickets: $ FREE $
That's right folks..it's that time again! Get out your pots and pans, your favorite chili recipe and a group of friends and sign up for the chili cook off! Registration fee is $40 and you can pick up a form at Jo's on S. Congress or print one up from the Jo's website (www.joscoffee.com). Prizes include a night at the Hotel San Jose, Gift Cards to Jo's and the San Jose Lounge, and of course..trophies! We'll have live music, two steppin' lessons (11AM) and a two steppin' contest (12PM), and plenty of chili for you to taste if you don't want to participate. Live music will be provided by Chaparral (12PM), Scott Biram (1PM), and Chili Cold Blood (2PM). Proceeds will benefit Caritas of Austin. See you there!
Jo's Hot Coffee, 1300 S. Congress, Austin, Info: (512) 444-3800

January 25th – 30th, 2011
Time: 8:00pm. Tickets: $15.00 – $39.00
Dixie Longate, the fastest-talking Tupperware Lady south of the Mason-Dixon line, packed up her catalogues, left her children in an Alabama trailer park and took Off-Broadway by storm! Loaded with the most up-to-date products available for purchase, Ms. Longate will educate her guests (the audience) on the many alternative uses she has discovered for her plastic products. (Recommended for mature users.)
Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive. Austin. Info: (512) 474.LONG (5664)

January 26th, 2011, Wednesday
BANG ON A CAN ALL-STARS, with special guest Glen Kotche
Time: 8:00pm, Tickets: $24.00 $36.00
Out of the energy and excitement of New York s now legendary Bang on a Can Festival, six of the most brilliant and provocative musicians in America have come together to form one of the most powerful voices for contemporary music in the world. We invite you to spend an evening with the incomparable Bang on a Can All-Stars, performing with very special guest drummer/composer Glenn Kotche from the band Wilco.
Bass Concert Hall, 2350 Robert Dedman, Austin. Box Office: (512) 477-6060 or 800-731-7469

January 27th, 2011, Thursday
Time: 8:00pm, Tickets: $30.00 $45.00
As one of Hollywood's most recognizable faces, comedian Larry Miller takes to the stage in his one man show and shares his comic perspective about Marriage, Children & Drinking…and how each one leads to the other two. Hilarious!
Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave., Austin. Box Office: 1-866-443-8849 / 1-866-977-6849

January 28th, 2011, Friday
Time: 8:00pm. Tickets: $7.00
Hot on the heels of the most successful year in franchise history, the legendary Harlem Globetrotters will celebrate their 85th consecutive season when their dazzling 2011 “4 Times the Fun” World Tour, showcasing the wholesome family entertainment that has provided lifetime memories for generations of fans.
“Our 85th season promises to be a landmark year, with never before seen innovations in the game,” says Michael Kenney, the Globetrotters’ senior vice president, live event marketing. “You’ll want to get your tickets now to witness firsthand what we have in store for our wonderful fans around the world.”
Frank Erwin Center, IH-35 at MLK Blvd, Austin. Box Office: (512) 477-6060 or 1-800-982-2386

January 28th, 2011, Friday
Time: 7:00pm & 9:30pm. Tickets: $ tba $
Enjoy an evening of great stand-up comedy with the finalists from NBC's popular laughfest “Last Comic Standing.” The seventh season of NBC's Emmy-nominated competition series, hosted by Craig Robinson (NBC's “The Office”) , aired this summer on NBC. Talent scouts watched performances from the best and brightest aspiring and professional comedians – and each week America voted – to find the contestant who would win a contract with NBC and a TV special on Comedy Central, later to air on Bravo. Join the five 2010 season finalists including winner Felipe Esparza along with Tommy Johnagin, Roy Wood, Jr., Myq Kaplan and Mike DeStefano for a night of laugh-out-loud fun and entertainment.
One World Theatre, 7701 Bee Caves Road, Austin. Box Office: (512) 329-6753

January 29th, 2011, Saturday
THE BERENSTAIN BEARS, in “Family Matters: The Musical”
Time: 11:00am & 1:00pm, Tickets: $ tba $
The Berenstain Bears have enchanted young readers for generations. Matt Murphy Productions presents a fun-filled new musical featuring Stan and Jan Berenstain's most popular books. Join Mama, Papa and the cubs on a treehouse caper as Mama tries to figure out who keeps hiding things in the cookie jar!
One World Theatre, 7701 Bee Caves Road, Austin. Box Office: (512) 329-6753

January 29th, 2011, Saturday
THE COMPLETE WORLD OF SPORTS, Reduced Shakespeare Company presents
Time:8:00pm, Tickets: $28.00
Join Texas Performing Arts for an evening of laugh-out-loud, original theatre. The Reduced Shakespeare Company (RSC) is renowned for taking long, serious subjects and reducing them to short, sharp comedies.
Since its 1981 origins as a pass-the-hat act in California, RSC has created six stage shows, several TV programs, and numerous radio pieces all of which have been performed, seen, and heard the world over.
Hogg Memorial Auditorium, UT campus- Whitis & Inner Campus Drive, Austin. Info:(800)-687-6010, Box Office: (512) 471-1444

January 29th & 30th, 2011, Saturday & Sunday
Time: Sat. 10:00am 5:00pm, Sun. 12:00pm 5:00pm, Tickets: $10.00, CASH ONLY
We have something for everyone! There are over 50 retailers at Le Garage Boutique Sale offering a diverse selection of goods for all ages, genders and tastes! This means you can come shopping with your mom, your boyfriend, your baby sister and your little dog too… they will all find something they love!
Le Garage Boutique Sale is a two day shopping event that brings together your city's coolest independent boutiques all under one roof and all at clearance sale prices! You will find unbelievable markdowns at many of your favorite stores AND you will discover new, up and coming retailers with a fresh take on style. Spend the afternoon discovering great deals on everything from shoes to handbags to jewelry, to clothing for men, women and children as well as home furnishings and accessories. Now you can feel good about supporting your local businesses and saving money!
Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd., Austin. Info: (512) 472-5111

January 29th, February 2nd, 4th & 6th, 2011
THE ITALIAN GIRL IN ALGIERS, presented by Austin Lyric Opera
Time: 8:00pm. Tickets: $20.00 – $200.00
Hey, whatever happened to Amelia Earheart, anyway?
No, she didn't land in Algiers, but she was clearly the inspiration for the aviatrix in this twentieth century take on Rossini's 1813 dramma goicoso. A madcap farce in a storybook setting, this production of The Italian Girl in Algiers has all the bumbling suitors, wacky plot twists, and bubbling musical themes you need to forget all your troubles. Sung in Italian with English Supertitles.
Long Center for the Performing Arts, (Dell Hall), 701 W. Riverside Drive. Austin. Info: (512) 474-LONG (5664)

January 30th, 2011, Sunday
Time: 8:00pm. Tickets: $ tba $
“Listening to a full band perform the complete scores, written and timed to the action, became a surprising delight. The audience chuckled along, as much to the music as the films.” The Washington Post
The MARK of ZORRO (1920) Together again at last the swashbuckling silent classic with its original, Spanish-flavored score! Played by Rick Benjamin's Paragon Orchestra.
Old Spanish California is the setting in which Douglas Fairbanks creates the prototype of the modern action-adventure hero, with surprising humor and athleticism, as “Senor Zorro.” Slashing his trademark “Z” on the consciousness and sometimes the posteriors of the corrupt administration of Governor Alvarado, Zorro leads the way to “Justice for all!” Rick Benjamin and his Paragon Orchestra reunite the zesty original score with the cinema classic as they have for 20 years with the films of Chaplin, Keaton and Harold Lloyd.
Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive. Austin. Info: (512) 474.LONG (5664)

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