She’s irrepressible, inescapable and — love her or hate her — really super catchy. Lady Gaga brings her Monster Ball tour to the largest performance arena she could find in Austin — the Frank Erwin Center. She’s come a long way since she played the Bobby Bones Morning Show’s “second chance prom” party just two years ago at Austin Music Hall. This time, the spectacle is sure to be grander than ever… but here’s hoping she left her meat dress at home.
Wednesday, April 6
Tickets begin at $75
Frank Erwin Center on the UT Campus (1701 Red River Street)
Few stage artists combine sound, costume, lights, psychology and humor with quite the intelligence and theatricality Blue Man Group does. What began as a single performance in a tiny theater has evolved into a year-round, five-city phenomenon and an ongoing international tour presenting a unique sensory experience to audiences all around the globe. Blue Man Group graces the stage, flings its paint (depending on where you sit, a poncho might be provided when you arrive) and delights Austinites young and old at the Long Center for the Performing Arts through February 27th.
Feb 22-27, 8 pm (plus a Sunday 2.27 matinee at 2 pm)
Tickets: $17 – $89
Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 West Riverside Drive
Nearly every Saturday since 2003, the Sustainable Food Center has hosted the somewhat legendary downtown farmers’ market in Republic Square Park at 4th Street and Guadalupe. Dozens of farmers converge each week selling fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses, milk, honey, plants and flowers alongside local artisans offering arts, crafts and baked goods (like new Austin sensation Bola Pizza [www.bolapizza.com] with its mobile wood-fired pizza ovens). Live music often abounds with plenty of tree-covered seating — perfect for relaxing with a healthful snack and a cup of locally-roasted, freshly-made coffee.
9 am – 1 pm
400 West Guadalupe St.
The Zilker Park Kite Festival is quite a sight to behold. Every March since 1956, the park has welcomed thousands of sun-seekers on a Saturday designated for kite-flying. The event offers kite-making (guaranteeing that your kite will be ready to fly in 10 minutes or less) and an annual competition hosted by the City of Austin and The Exchange Club (an organization dedicated to fostering creativity in children), as well as sponsor booths selling refreshments. It’s the longest-running kite festival in the United States and a favorite yearly occasion for lots of locals.
March 6th 2011 March 4th 2012, 10 am – 5 pm
Zilker Park on Barton Springs Road
$1 $2 shuttle service from 2 locations:
1604 Colorado Street (state parking lot)
3200 Jones Road (Toney Burger Activity Center)
Black Watch Trailer from Texas Performing Arts on Vimeo.
Hailed by Newsweek and The New York Times, the National Theatre of Scotland comes through Austin this week for a groundbreaking presentation of the critically-acclaimed Black Watch, a performance in which the audience is placed on the stage in a rare and intimate seating configuration. Based on Scottish playwright Gregory Burke’s interviews with Iraq war veterans, Black Watch reveals what it means to be part of the legendary Scottish regiment, what it means to be part of the war on terror – and what it means to make the journey home again. (The performance includes strong language and explosions and is not recommended for children under 16.)
$38 per ticket, Feb 16-20, 8 pm
Bass Concert Hall
2350 Robert Dedman Drive