Monthly Archives: June 2012
When was the last time you went to a proper arcade? If you’ve been jonesing to get in front of a classic pinball machine or go back in time and see if you can top your old Pac-Man score from the 80s, Pinballz Arcade is the place to go. With more than 200 games spanning 13,000 square feet of space, the arcade hosts old-school staples like Skee-ball, a Zoltar fortune-telling machine, and every video game the imagination can conjure up from the past three decades. Located just east of Burnet Road on Research Boulevard, the establishment is BYOB and also offers simple refreshments like chips and sodas. Be sure to bring cash for the token machines, and don’t forget to bring your A-game.
8940 Research Boulevard #100, just east of Burnet Rd.
Hours: Mon-Thurs noon-11 pm, Fri-Sat noon-1 am, Sun noon-10 pm
Visit the Pinballz website for more info
The Blanton Museum of Art, near both the Capitol Building and the heart of the UT Campus, is known for its thoughtfully-curated exhibits and fantastic monthly parties for the public, making art as accessible as possible to community members of all socioeconomic levels. This summer, the Blanton doesn’t disappoint with its selection of 90 works of art between The Human Touch exhibit and its accompanying The Collecting Impulse showcase. Offering a blend of musings on the human form and humans’ impulse to collect things, the dual exhibit debuted in early June and will remain on display through August 12.
The Blanton Museum of Art, 200 East MLK Blvd. (at Congress Ave.)
Hours: 10 am-5 pm Mon-Weds, Fri-Sat
Open every Thursday 10 am – 9 pm with free admission all day
Learn more about the Blanton at its official website
Ladies and gentlemen, the time has come to Bust a Move (or the Wild Thing — whichever you prefer) and enjoy some Funky Cold Medina. Syndicated radio DJ Bobby Bones (@mrbobbybones) is at it again this year with his annual “Second Chance Prom,” in which he brings old-school musical acts to town and encourages ticket holders to come to the show dressed in traditional high school prom gear. This year’s prom is sure to delight with the likes of late-80s hip hoppers Young MC and Tone-Loc hitting the stage for a night of silly fun, dancing, and of course, the sorts of drinks not found at actual high school dances — unless, that is, someone spikes the punch. Tickets for this Friday night’s event are on sale online for $15.
Friday, June 15, doors at 7 pm, show at 8 pm
ACL Live at the Moody Theater (inside the W Hotel)
310 West Willie Nelson Boulevard (2nd Street and Lavaca)
Our favorite cinema geeks, the folks of The Alamo Drafthouse, have crowned 1982 the greatest summer for movies, ever. So, as part of its ongoing nostalgia-tinged lovefest, it’s hosting several special showings of the 1982 Steven Spielberg classic E.T., starring everyone’s favorite alien — the sweet little guy who wanted nothing more than to knock back a few Reese’s pieces and call the folks back home. Beat the heat and bring the kids this weekend (if you don’t have children, just summon up your inner eight-year-old) and take a little trip back in time.