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
There’s no shortage of cool family fun during the hottest months of the year in Austin. To wit: the Funnybun Family Picnic, which brings together a fun family of clowns for a kid-friendly performance at the Long Center in an air-conditioned space perfect for whiling away a Saturday or Sunday afternoon. The sweet summer stage show takes place for the next two weekends with varying start times. Take a break from the blazing Texas sun and have a laugh with the kiddos at one of the city’s finest performance venues. Tickets start at $9.75 apiece.
The Long Center, 701 West Riverside Drive
Sat 7/13 at 4 pm; Sun 7/14 at 2 pm
Sat 7/21 at 11 am; Sun 7/22 at 2 pm
Buy tickets online
If you love the sensory overload of Cirque du Soleil and Blue Man Group performances, Austin’s own artistic community has quite a treat for you. After receiving commercial and critical acclaim for its aerial dance performances at The Long Center last year, Blue Lapis Light is back for more with its Heaven~Earth~One show from May 19th through 26th. Blending dance both on the ground and in the air with swirling lights and swelling sounds, Blue Lapis Light’s dancers transport the audience to another world with their dynamic bodywork. For a truly unique visual and sonic experience, this phenomenal show is not to be missed.
Blue Lapis Light Heaven~Earth~One show
9-10 pm, Tuesday, May 19-26
The Long Center, 701 West Riverside Drive
Tickets: $15 to $58
Around this time last year, a stunning spectacle presented itself on the lawn of the Long Center, temporarily changing the scape of the downtown skyline and making it look like something straight out of the future. Architects of Air brought a luminarium called “Mirazozo” that caught the imaginations of everyone who entered the airlocked interactive artscape filled with calming lights and echo chambers, and lines stretched around the block once word got out of its awesomeness. This year, a different structure from the series — this one’s called Exxopolis— takes up residence on the south shore of Town Lake, giving visitors a similarly transcendent experience. Get your tickets and hop in line early; the wait may be a little long, but the coolness of your time spent inside will be totally worth it.
January 19-27, 2012 from 11 am until sunset each day
The Long Center lawn, 701 West Riverside Drive
Tickets $10 at the door (not available online); get the full scoop here
Photo by Peter Tsai
More photos of luminarium here.
Not only is The Nutcracker a holiday tradition, but this year, it also holds a special designation here in town; it’s the 50th consecutive year in which Ballet Austin has presented the Tchaikovsky classic to local culture seekers. A number of celebratory surprises are planned to accompany the season of commemorative events, including a massive cast party including every individual who’s ever been involved in the production over the past five decades. But for those just looking for a fun and festive seasonal indulgence for the kiddos (or maybe just a date night), this year’s performances are still sure to please. The ballet runs December 14-16 and 19-23, including evening and matinee shows. Tickets range from $12 to $72.
Michael & Susan Dell Hall at The Long Center, 701 W Riverside Dr.
December 14-16 and 19-23 at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm
Buy tickets here