Parents, we realize it’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day grind of playdates, school, diapers, bedtime hissy-fits. And 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. See some bands or check out a new restaurant or bar. There is SO MUCH going on in this city! Embrace it. In honor of our family over at Do512, here are some events to check out without the kids.



Kinky Boots @ Bass Concert Hall
Tuesday, Nov. 10 through Sunday, Nov. 15
Tuesday – Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2 p.m & 8 p.m.; Sunday at 1 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Broadway comes to Austin this week in the national tour of the Tony® Award-winning musical Kinky Boots. Inspired by true events, Kinky Boots takes you from a gentlemen’s shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan. Charlie Price is struggling to live up to his father’s expectations and continue the family business of Price & Son. With the factory’s future hanging in the balance, help arrives in the unlikely but spectacular form of Lola, a fabulous performer in need of some sturdy new stilettos. Tickets start at $30 and can be purchased online here.

Potted Potter @ Paramount Theatre
Tuesday, Nov. 10 through Sunday, Nov. 29
Playing to sold out houses all over the world, Potted Potter takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing all seven Harry Potter books (and a real life game of Quidditch) into seventy hilarious minutes. The world’s only Harry Potter parody has garnered rave reviews.  Even if you don’t know the difference between a Horcrux and a Hufflepuff, Potted Potter will make you roar with laughter. Tickets start at $32 and can be purchased online here.

Rebirth Brass Band @ Empire Control Room
Friday, Nov. 13, doors at 7 p.m.
Enjoy a night of heavy funk with
New Orleans’ The Rebirth Brass Band playing along with Naughty Professor, RAS and Trouble in the Streets. Tickets are $20 in advance online here, or $30 at the doors. 21+ event.

“Heather’s” Happy Hour @ Mohawk Austin
Friday, Nov. 13, 5-8 p.m.
Celebrate the movie, Heathers. Entertainment by DJ Erick Sanger. Boozy slushies and liquid drain-o shots. 5-8 p.m.. 21+ Free Entry

EAST Austin Studio Tour Opening Party @ The North Door
Friday, Nov. 13, 8 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Check out the Austin Art Refugees first exhibition opening party at this free event that includes: 20 local Austin artist under one roof, and EP release by RUBY RUNE with a live performance at 8:30 p.m., music from the LEFT SIDE DJS (featuring Jake Garcia and Christian Bland of the Black Angels) from 9 p.m. -midnight, specialty cocktails, beers, and ales.

An Evening with Merle Haggard @ Nutty Brown Cafe
Saturday, Nov. 14, doors at 6 p.m.
Merle Haggard hits the Nutty Brown stage for the first time! This American legend will be joined by special guests Charlie Robison and Carolyn Wonderland. This Country Music Hall of Fame member’s catalog of over 250 songs includes 38 number 1 hits.  Tickets are $40 which you can purchase online here or enter to win here.

Bad Example Sketch Comedy @ The New Movement Theatre
Saturday, Nov. 14, 9 p.m.

The New Movement’s own sketch troupe, Bad Example, will be debuting an all-new hour of comedy every Saturday night. No repeat sketches, no cutting corners, just a full hour of brand-new sketch comedy. Tickets are $7 online and $10 at the door. It’s also a BYOB venue!

— Ray Wylie Hubbard’s Birthday Bash @ The Paramount Theatre
Saturday, Nov. 14, doors at 7 p.m.
Hubbard started his journey as a folk singer in his native Oklahoma before falling in with the wild and wooly cosmic/outlaw Texas country scene of the 1970s. His most recent album, this year’s The Ruffian’s Misfortune, finds the Austin icon writing the strongest material of his career. He will soon release his hotly anticipated autobiography, A Life…Well, Lived.
Tickets start at $24 and can be purchased online here.

Bottles & Brushes @ Duchman Family Winery
Sunday, Nov. 15, 11:30 a.m.
A little bit of PAINT, A little bit of WINE, and A whole lot of FUN! Great for mom’s day out or a fun daytime date. Enjoy a gourmet lunch prepared by in-house Chef Deschner of Duchman Family Winery that will include: Charcuterie & Cheese, Gourmet Finger Sandwiches, Assorted Hummus & Pita, Marinated Olives, Italian Salad, Roasted Almonds & Cookies. Tickets are $50, which you can purchase online here.

  • Check-in & Lunch: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Painting Instruction begins promptly at 12:30 p.m.
  • Wine available: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.


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Have fun out there!