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. 21
Check out the Fantastic Arcade anytime between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. at the Highball (1120 S. Lamar Blvd.) for free gameplay. Starting at 6 p.m. each night, there will also be complementary beer, video games, and an optional tournament with prizes.
Guy Forsyth is playing a free set at Waterloo Records at 5 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 22
Celebrate Playing for Change Day at the Blackheart (86 Rainey St.) at 1 p.m. with a variety of buzzworthy local bands, including GOBI, Henry + The Invisibles, 10yr, B.K. and Mr. E., End Wave, The Initials, Geoff Union, and So Long Problems. The show is free (with a suggested donation of $5 at the door).
The official Fun Fun Fun Fest Scavenger Hunt commences at 3:30 p.m. (check-in) at the Mohawk (912 Red River St.). The hunt begins at 5 p.m. (Be sure to sign your team up before 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 21 to participate and earn bonus points.) Winners of “Best Team Costume” will also be receiving free three-day passes to the fest.
From 4-8 p.m., check out the Second Annual Kollective Fusion Bicycle Art Show at Mellow Johnny's (400 Nueces St.), featuring bike-inspired art prints from over 20 international artists. Food from Frank, music from DJ Chicken George, and plenty of beer courtesy of Austin Beerworks. All proceeds benefit LIVESTRONG.
Sunday, Sept. 23
Hotel Vegas (1500 E. Sixth St.) and Axis Productions present BLOOD! THUNDER! MUSTARD! — a night of free BBQ, cheap drinks, and local bands Cause in Effect, the Gorgeous Hands, Dangeresque, Classy Nude, and the Space Crazies. Doors at 3 p.m., food at 5., and bands at 7. RSVP here.
Self-proclaimed “folk tornado” and “trashgrass” quintet Whiskey Shivers will be playing a free set at Uncle Billy's on Lake Travis (6550 Comanche Trail #201). Doors at 5 p.m., show at 6:15.
Monday, Sept. 24
Celebrate the six-month anniversary of Cenote (1010 E. Cesar Chavez) — voted best coffee in Austin in a recent Austin360 readers' poll — from 6-10 p.m. The party will include beer specials courtesy of Sixpoint Brewery, food specials, and a raffle to benefit Hermanos de East Austin. (The grand prize will be two tickets to the upcoming UTOPiAfest music festival.)
Tuesday, Sept. 25
Join the folks at Gibson Bar (1109 S. Lamar Blvd.) every Tuesday night at 8 p.m. for their weekly Geeks Who Drink Pub Quiz featuring a variety of cash and coupon prizes in addition to trivia happy hour drink specials. Get there early, 'cause seats fill up fast.
Wednesday, Sept. 26
Weird Wednesday fans and grade-F movie aficionados, have we got a winner this week. “Voodoo Black Exorcist” is the 1974 tale of angry mummies on a Caribbean pleasure cruise, with a whopping average rating of 2.5 out of 10 on IMDB. Reviewers warn of terrible special effects, bad dubbing, buxom flame-swallowing exotic dancers, and campy red-tinted flashbacks, and the Alamo description advises that “there are a lot of things that are historically inaccurate, absurd and just plain Wrong with this movie.” But seriously: what else do you have to do on a Wednesday night? Tickets are $3, and the show starts at 9:45 p.m. at the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz (320 E. Sixth St.)
Thursday, Sept. 27
Boy + Kite, Mirror Travel, and the Asteroid Shop are playing at the Mohawk (912 Red River St.) Tickets are only $6 for those over 21 ($8 if you're under) and the show starts at 9 p.m.