The Horn's Allie Eissler guides you through a week of fun, cheap (and sometimes free!) happenings around Austin in this edition of On the Cheap.
Friday, Sept. 14
Come celebrate the opening of FILM, Austin's first and only vintage movie poster gallery, from 6-9 p.m. at the ART on 5th Gallery (1501 West 5th St.) Dress in your favorite movie-inspired costume, and enjoy complimentary treats from Sushi Zushi plus cocktails, old movies, and more.
For just $5, you can eat unlimited pancakes and marvel at the audio-visual creations of over 75 underground and emerging Austin artists at the aptly-titled Pancakes & Booze Art Show hosted by Elysium (705 Red River St.) from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. There will also be live body painting. Strictly 21-and-up.
If you're a fan of offbeat outlaw country music, you won't want to miss Crooks playing a free show at The White Horse (500 Comal St.) at 11:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 15
Twin Shadow is playing a free set at Waterloo Records at 5:30 p.m. (Check out their single “Five Seconds” if you haven't already...)
From 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., local boutique Fox on First (1906 S. 1st St.) will be hosting United We Art live relief printing on organic t-shirts. For every shirt sold, the organization will donate an identical article to a homeless shelter or relief center in the city. There will also be live acoustic music by Estelline
Head over to The Highball (1120 S. Lamar Blvd.) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for this month's Austin Flea, a market featuring handmade and vintage wares from a variety of local vendors — jewelry, art, clothing, cards, and more!
Celebrate the grand opening of Mockingbird Domestics (2151 S. Lamar Blvd.) from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. with an afternoon of shopping, sweets (more specifically: ice cream from Lick), and in-store artisan activities like rug-hooking, chalk-painting, watercolor-painting, and pottery. Check out the full schedule of events here.
Sunday, Sept. 16
From 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., enjoy sports, drink specials, special guest DJ's, and ice cream on the patio of Cuatro's (1004 W. 24th).
Monday, Sept. 17
The Austin Film Society will be screening “The Bounceback” at 7 p.m. at their screening room (1901 E. 51st St.) The romantic comedy spans one weekend in Austin as two ex-couples reconnect and seek revenge. AFS MAKE members (and higher) get in free, and everyone else pays $8.
Tuesday, Sept. 18
Agent Ribbons is playing a free set at End of an Ear (2209 S. 1st St.) at 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 19
This week's Weird Wednesday selection at the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz (320 E. Sixth St.) is “The Guy From Harlem,” a 1977 grade-C flick about a tough private investigator who is hired to protect a visiting African princess. Numerous reviewers call it “the worst movie ever,” and according to the Alamo description, “trying to follow the plot of this movie is like trying to ride a drunken llama to Cuba.” Tickets are $3, and the show starts at 10:30 p.m. (And we highly recommend ordering a pitcher of... something.)
Thursday, Sept. 20
Every Thursday from 6:30-7:30 p.m., you can attend a free body-mind-wellness workshop at the Art of Living Austin Center (5555 N. Lamar Blvd., Suite C104). Learn simple but powerful yoga and meditation techniques to eliminate stress, increase energy, and relieve depression and anxiety.