Parents, we realize it’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day grind of playdates, school, diapers, bedtime hissy-fits and all of the other love and sunshine that comes from our cherished littles. It’s easy to feel out of touch.

But, we beg you to Get A Sitter, to go out with your significant other and your friends and see some bands or check out a new restaurant or bar. There is SO MUCH going on in this city, embrace it. Introducing our new weekly column, Get A Sitter, in honor of our family over at Do512, here are some events to check out without the kids.


 Friday, Jan. 16:

“Into the Wild” Art Exhibit at Buzz Mill, 6 p.m.
Check out the talents of some local Austin artists at  “Into the Wild”, a sculpture and art exhibition. The event is free to attend, but while you’re there you can make a $10 donation to SafePlace for complimentary drink tickets.

Cold Lampin’! Old School Hip-Hop Night, Hotel Vegas, 9 p.m.
When is the last time you went out dancing? Get on out there with your friends! Don’t worry if you don’t know all of the latest moves — it’s old school! So go on and show off “the snake” or bust out your “cabbage patch” and have some fun.

Saturday, Jan. 17:

Supper Friends Hill Country Dinner, Swoop House, 7-9 p.m.
Enjoy a special multi-course dinner at Swoop House, a charming 1930’s bungalow in East Austin. The night starts with appetizers at 7 p.m. and finishes up with dessert and coffee around 10:30 p.m. Check out the menu and make your reservation here.

Bad Example: Sketch Comedy, The New Movement Theatre, 9 p.m.
Don’t just wait around for Saturday Night Live to come on the t.v., get out there and see some real, live sketch comedy. The New Movement’s own sketch troupe, Bad Example will debut an all-new hour of comedy every Saturday night at 9 p.m. Tickets are $7 online and $10 at the door. It’s also a BYOB venue!

A Night Together with Hillary Scott & Colbie Caillat, The Paramount Theatre, 7 p.m.
Dell Children’s Medical Center has partnered with myLIFEspeaks to welcome 7-time Grammy Award winning artist Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum, and 2-time Grammy Award winning artist Colbie Caillat for A Night Together 2015, an evening of music and compassion. Tickets range from $45-$115 and can be purchased online here.

Bricks in the Wall: The Sight & Sound of Pink Floyd, Emo’s, 9 p.m.
Bricks in the Wall is a nine-piece Pink Floyd Tribute Band out of Dallas, Texas. Faithfully creating the sound and feel of a live Pink Floyd show, Bricks plays to thousands every year and is the longest running Pink Floyd Tribute in the nation. And yes, there will be lights and lasers, too. Tickets are $15 in advance (order online here) or $18 at the door.

Sunday, Jan. 18:

The Appleseed Cast with Dreamtigers & Football, Holy Mountain, 8 p.m.
Want to get out and hear some music on Sunday night? Yeah! The Appleseed Cast is a band from Lawrence, KS. They formed in 1997, and released the first album in 1998. They have since released seven albums, including Illumination Ritual in April of 2013. Tickets are $10 at the door.


Where to Eat Late in Austin… because if you’re out partying, you’re going to need to refuel.

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Have fun out there!