image: The Long Center
It’s never not fascinating to step across the threshold into one of the creations dreamed by by Architects of Air, and this month, it’s possible again when the luminarium known as Miracoco comes through town. Due to the hypersensory experience’s popularity, advance tickets are only available to Long Center members; walk-up tickets are available to the public on site. Show up, step inside and watch time and space come to a serene and blissful halt as children romp through the chambers and adults meditate, stare up in wonder and snap many an Instagram photo — this visual feast is certainly something to capture.
Miracoco by Architects of Air
Jan 24-Feb 2: luminarium opens at 11 am weekdays, 10 am weekends
Long Center Lawn, 701 West Riverside Drive
Ticket prices: from $10 same day
Live music venues may be a dime a dozen here in the “live music capital of the world,” but a select few stand head and shoulders above the rest as bastions of local history. Antone’s is one such place, and after inhabiting several different locations over the years, it’s rumored to be on the move again soon from its current location on West 5th. So if you’re in the mood to sing the blues… or at least groove along to them
… before the famed club moves to a new address, check out the Austin Blues Society’s Monday night series of free live shows through February.
Antone’s, 213 West Fifth Street
Free Monday night shows through Feb 25 at 8 pm
For those of you sports-minded NFL enthusiasts watching the NFL playoffs with bated breath, you don’t have to watch the narrowing of the field, so to speak, by yourself. The Liberty Tavern
in the massive lobby of the Hilton at 4th and Red River is as good a place as any to gather with fellow revelers as oversized men clobber their way to victory in the great American tradition of professional pigskin. With a full bar menu available as well as endless cocktails and a dozen beers on tap, you can cheer your team (or the team you hate the least of any two playing one another on any given Sunday) on to glory in the heart of downtown.
The Liberty Tavern, 500 East 4th Street
Playoff events on Sunday, Jan 13, Jan 20 and Feb 3 at 3 pm
We can’t all be professional basketball players, football champions or even badminton badasses, but if there’s one thing that’s as much about luck as it is about skill, it’s Skee-ball. This arcade classic is being taken to the next level each Monday night for the next few weeks at Kung Fu Saloon, a laid-back bar in the heart of the Warehouse District downtown. “Brew Skee Ball Mondays,” as they’re called, pit players in a best-of-three tournament as they vie for a $50 bar tab. Feeling like a winner? Go back each week until the series ends in mid-December if you want to go down in history as a true “Skeelebrity.” Good luck!
Mondays at 8 pm through mid-December 2012
Kung Fu Saloon, 510 Rio Grande
Tickets: $5 at the door
If ACL is the cool young uncle of music festivals — a fan of classic rock who’s open to new bands too — then Fun Fun Fun Fest
is the cooler-than-cool cousin who’s halfway through college and just knows
things the rest of us don’t. Now in its 6th year, Fun Fun Fun Fest takes over Auditorium Shores this weekend with a mile-long lineup including Santigold, El Ten Eleven, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes, and a group so classic it’s cool again, even though it’s missing a key member. Right here in Austin, Run DMC will rock the house like it’s 1982 all over again.
Tickets $55 per day or $110 for the whole fest
Auditorium Shores, 950 W Riverside Dr
Friday, Saturday & Sunday, November 2-4