January 29-February 5 edition
It’s time for the weekend itinerary, our top picks for the best in Austin entertainment, music, food, and events. This week we recommend…
Austin-based singer/songwriter Ali Holder began performing as a solo artist when she was just 16, and her voice resonates with a confidence fit for the stage. Her latest solo album, “In Preparation for Saturn’s Return,” is folk-based, with elements of R&B and blues to be found. Catch her performance, Wednesday, January 29 at Rainey Street’s Blackheart (her set begins at 9pm).
FREE Only $20 Tickets available
Macaulay Culkin and his Velvet Underground cover band, the Pizza Underground, will headline this BYOB friendly pre-SXSW outdoor music event, Friday, January 31 at Break Point at the Boardwalk. Come celebrate the grand opening of the Unconventional Oven, a gourmet, locally sourced pizzeria concept, at which customers will be able to pay using Bitcoin. The event will feature off-the-wall pizza-themed tunes by Culkin’s band (set to begin at 9pm), promotional beverage sponsors, and Austin’s first four-wheeled brick-oven pizzeria. Update: Free general admission tickets are now sold out. $20 VIP tickets are still available here and include seating close to the stage, massages, and free liquor from Treaty Oak Distilling.
With Snowpocalypse delaying last week’s planned re-opening, this weekend seems to be the one fans of Thai food rejoice – as Titaya’s reopens their doors after a year-long hiatus. Titaya’s Facebook event page shows doors opening at 11:00am and closing at 10:00pm for the Friday opening – providing ample opportunity to drop in for lunch or a late dinner. Update: Titaya’s has just sent word that the expected opening will be delayed yet again, they now say to expect doors to open on Feb 3rd.
On Saturday, February 1, Austinites will have a chance to tour the city’s most impressive modern homes, as part of the annual Modern Home Tour of Austin. The tour is a self-paced, driving event that showcases the work of Austin’s top modern architects and builders. Advance tickets cost $30 and are on sale here. Tickets can also be purchased on the day of the tour for $40.
$38 in advance
Chances are, you probably won’t be able to make it to Carnaval in Brazil this year. But, if you’re looking for the next best thing, you won’t need to travel outside of Austin. The annual Carnaval Brasileiro, held at the Palmer Events Center, is one of the biggest Carnaval parties outside of Brazil. Live Brazilian samba bands, conga lines and costumes galore are all part of this not-to-be-missed bash.
Executive Chef Harold Mamulstein will preview his upcoming dinner at the iconic James Beard House in New York with a five-course event at Austin’s Salty Sow. The American gastropub will host a five-course dinner that features Georges Banks swordfish, Berkshire pork tenderloin and bananas foster beignets for dessert (it may be worth it for the beignets alone). Call for reservations, as seating is limited. 512. 391. 2337. The cost is $55 for five courses, or $75 with wine pairings.