Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The Weekend of Love! (and indifference.)

Disclaimer: I don't always get into the Valentine's mood, but when I do, I go all the way. I whipped up this agenda for some visiting friends and ended up getting really excited to see all the fun and interesting things going on this weekend. No matter your mood this weekend, there is something for you to do! (Plus the weather should be fabulous). 

So, Because I Love You So Much:



THE WEEKEND OF LOVE! (and indifference.)


Choose your own adventure guide:
$ - Under $10.00
$$ - Over $10.00
- my top picks
events listed in a timely fashion


Friday, February 14th


5pm. Free cheese plates at Drink.Well. This cozy bar is home to tasty small plates, the best homemade dressing and an amazing Bloody Mary. $


6pm. Bananarchy Valentine's Fête Costumée. Bananarchy is opening up for one night to feed us frozen raspberry truffle bananas (and vegan chocolate options). Plus they encourage dressing up! Fancy pants banana party? Yes. $


7pm. Valentine Cabaret Starring Jolie Goodnight & Her Stardust Band at Firehouse Lounge. Her entrancing voice drips of nostalgia as she sings 1940's classics in lieu of the World War II era, when swing and jazz permeated smoky cabaret rooms. Each of her songs has a story to be shared and she'll expose even more to you, as she becomes unlaced. Enjoy delicious small plates, craft cocktails and prohibition-era drinks. Apparently her voice could melt a stone heart. I’M INTRIGUED. $15. $$


7:30pm. Mortified ATX: Doomed Valentines Show at Spiderhouse. Witness adults sharing their most embarrassing childhood artifacts (journals, letters, poems, lyrics, plays, home movies, art) with others, in order to reveal stories about their lives. Hear grown men and women confront their past with tales of their first kiss, first puff, worst prom, fights with mom, life at bible camp, worst hand job, best mall job, and reasons they deserved to marry Jon Bon Jovi. $12. Bonus! Eat dinner at Love Balls. Rice balls rice balls rice balls. $$


7:30pm. In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play by Sarah Ruhl at Zach Theater. A stimulating, funny and provocative new Broadway hit set in a prim upper class Victorian home, where a gentleman doctor has invented an extraordinary and mysterious device for treating “hysteria.” His wife overhears mystifying sounds emanating in the next room and sees patients leaving in blissful health. This smart comedy ponders marriage and intimacy, and what it truly means to find connection. Tickets are $40. $$

8:00pm. LoveFest at The Institution Theater. Troupes include: Bedfellows - Take a rare peek at the secretly hilarious post coital moments as they happen between a woman and a man and a woman. Nugefield - a show that celebrates a world falling apart while two people are falling in love. And Lovecast - Improvised stories of love and song intertwined. Plus special appearances! $12/$20 for couples. $$
8pm, 9pm, 10:30pm. The New Movement Valentine’s Day Party. Free pink bubbly, improv and dating games, a lie off, and dating.com spagetti dinner date…..yeah?!. Each show is $10 or $25 for the whole night. $-$$
9:00pm. 6th Annual Anti-Valentine's Day Burlesque Show at Speakeasy. The sultry Bat City Bombshells & swanky jazz ensemble Chico Chico will tear it up! $12-$15 presale, $15-$20 at the door. $$


❤ 9:00pm. The Subterranean Series: Ain’t Love a Drag!  Experience a one-of-a-kind-interactive-never-seen-before-never-to-be-seen-again theatrical experience of fierce and flawless magnitude...almost. The drag kings and queens of the "legendary" Purple Peacock gather together for the final performance at their east side dive-bar drag home before it is turned into condos for hipsters and yuppies. An irreverent homage to Valentine's Day (not really), Ain't Love A Drag is a full-on interactive experience for anyone seeking to celebrate a Hallmark-less holiday while laughing your ass off and drinking with friends you haven't met yet. Be you a love-struck romantic goon or a hard-hearted bitter old broad, this is the place for you to celebrate the magic (bitch) of love. DRAG ATTIRE ENCOURAGED! Themed snacks and libations available for your face! Tickets are $20. $$


❤ TBA? (Probably 8-9ish). I Hate Valentine's Party at Gourdough’s Public House. Drink specials, adult piñata, Anger release board - bring your photos of your ex to throw darts at, Breakup story confessions, Anti-Valentine music & movies and donuts! $


10:30pm. FETISH: A Valentine's Affair at The Marchesa Hall & Theater. Austin's sexiest aerial acrobats perform for you on poles, lyras, chairs, silks, trapeze, and aerial chains! Solos, sexy duets and sizzling group numbers! Highly choreographed scenes of aerial passion! Tickets are $25 for standing room only. $$

11pm. Austin Roller Disco of Love. Yes, Just Yes. $15. $$ (byob, going on until 4am!)



❤  7:30pm. Valentine X: A Candlelit Night of Horror, Presented by House of Torment. What was meant to be a romantic night has now become a tale of bloodied hearts that will keep you and your date or friends clenched in fear! House of Torment presents: Valentine X, a thrilling experience premiering Valentine’s weekend. Experience the Bear Butcher who seeks out his lustful and obsessive revenge in candlelit horror. He leaves nothing but an “X” carved into his victim’s foreheads. Celebrate Valentine’s weekend in a way like no other by getting scared at House of Torment! $25. $$


Saturday, February 15th


7:30pm. In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play by Sarah Ruhl at Zach Theater. A stimulating, funny and provocative new Broadway hit set in a prim upper class Victorian home, where a gentleman doctor has invented an extraordinary and mysterious device for treating “hysteria.” His wife overhears mystifying sounds emanating in the next room and sees patients leaving in blissful health. This smart comedy ponders marriage and intimacy, and what it truly means to find connection. Tickets are $40. $$


❤ 7:30pm or 9:30pm. Mortified ATX: Doomed Valentines Show at Spiderhouse. $12. Bonus! Eat dinner at Love Balls. Rice balls rice balls rice balls. $$


❤ 8:00pm. Never Have I Ever: The Musical. Mark and Candace host a cocktail party for Mark's rambunctious liberal arts college friends to celebrate their recent engagement. Emotions run high after a long night of the drinking game confessional "Never Have I Ever" when Mark reveals details of his sexual experiences in college. $10-$12. $-$$.


8:00pm. I Love You So Much: Interweaving and Improvised Stories About Love in all its Many Forms at the Hideout Theater. $12. $$






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