Last night I was digging through some old papers and discovered a great calendar I picked up back in 2006 at “1st Thursday” on South Congress. The item in question was a local Austin calendar created by “Keep Austin Beautiful”, a group who’s stated mission is to,
“empower the citizens of Austin to take personal responsibility for enhancing their local environment. KAB programs clean, beautify and protect the Austin environment through physical improvements and hands on education.”
Now, I’m all for helping the environment, but I must admit the reason I purchased the calendar was because I was foot loose and fancy free at the time and needed lots of things to do to keep me busy (something that no longer applies to my life!).
The calendar created by KAB was full of local Austin photos and events relavent to local artists, businesses and organizations, which I thought was pretty cool! Although I haven’t purchased another calendar like this one, it still inspired me to keep up with Austin events, which are spread all over the internet, not really found in any one location, like on the calendar. So, I’ve decided to try my hand at providing this service for you in 2011. Every month I plan to post a blog that includes as many interesting and intriguing local events as I can find. And you will have the benefit of being able to see them all in one place.
I kind of got a late start on the project this month, but here’s my effort. Note that I’ve included contact information, including emails and websites for most of the entries. The most helpful online calendar I found was the KUT calendar, which has an event for just about every day of the month.
Austin Boat, Sport & Outdoor Show
Jan 20, 2011 – Jan 23, 2011
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.
PLANET OF THE MERMAIDS The Electronic Planet Ensemble – David Jewell, Chad Salvata, Sergio Samayoa, and Rachel Fuhrer, who brought us Surfin’ UFO and Spaceman:Dada:Robot – returns with a music-driven, video-enhanced phantasmagoria featuring Jewell as Captain Rex Vydor, the brave space commander who encounters the Mer Queen and her beautiful minions in this convoluted spoof of silent films and sci-fi B-movies. Through Jan. 29. Thu.-Sun., 8pm. The Vortex, 2307 Manor Rd, 478-5282. $10-30.
“Senior Moments” – Jan 22, 2011 – Jan 30, 2011
“Senior Moments” is five funny, poignant, and slightly naughty short plays about seniors. In the 12 months since the play premiered in January, 2010, it has won 3 awards, played to full houses at 6 productions in the U.S. and Canada, and been accepted for publication.
Hyde Park Theatre – Frontera Fest – January 2011
Last Comic StandingOne World Theatre – Austin, TX Friday 1/28/2011 7:00 PM
Sip & Savor Austin – January 16-30, 2011
Brought to you by Launch787 (Austin Fashion Week, Modern Home Tour, Outdoor Living Tour), Sip & Savor Austin is a city-wide food and drink celebration taking place over the span of two weeks January 16-30, 2011.
The Harlem GlobetrottersFrank Erwin Center Austin, TX Friday 1/28/2011 7:00 PM
Austin’s 1st Annual Gorilla Run January 22, 2011, 9:00AM-2:00PM; (After-party at Fado has no end time)
Registrants will run/walk/bike three miles in a full gorilla suit to raise awareness of the endangered Mountain Gorilla! Registration includes the after party with free lunch and live music at Fado Irish Pub! All proceeds benefit the Mountain Gorilla Conservation Fund.
Identification Day (kids identify fossils they’ve discovered)
January 23, 1:00PM-5:00PM;
Texas Memorial Museum 2400 Trinity, Austin, TX
Free Admission at the Wildflower Center
Jan 1, 2011 – Jan 31, 2011
Enjoy free admission for the entire month of January.
See more daily events at the KUT Events Page: http://events.publicbroadcasting.net/kut/events.eventsmain