15 Ways to Entirely Experience Austin Art in 2015

New year, new you, right? Now, in some cases this may mean cutting back on calories, hitting the gym, and several other cliché resolutions you hear year after year.

That’s great and all, but we feel (and pardon our bias) that spending the evening at the theatre- whether it be humming yourself through Million Dollar Quartet, singing along with the legendary Frankie Valli, or laughing yourself to tears with friends at Date*– sounds just a bit more enticing than another hour on the elliptical.

Thankfully, we’re here to help you, one curtain call at a time.

15. See Broadway’s biggest blockbusters without leaving the Austin city limits

NPH They say the neon lights are bright on Broadway, but they’re just as bright at Bass Concert Hall (and much, more closer). Lexus’ Broadway in Austin series brings showstoppers like Mamma Mia!, Jersey Boys, and Annie straight from New York to the Austin stage. No plane ticket needed.

14. Sit front row at one of the best high school musicals you’ve ever seen

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From Hairspray to Thoroughly Modern Millie, to Avenue Q and In the Heights, culminating with the second annual Greater Austin High School Musical Theatre Awards in April, you’ll want to be able to say you “knew them when,” right?

13. One word, four letters: SXSW

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One of the biggest sets of film, interactive, and music festivals is just a couple of months away, and whether you faithfully brave the crowds every year or have yet to experience the phenomenon, South by Southwest is  definitely worth adding to the 2015 bucket list.

12. Keep the resolution All Summer Long

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Most New Year’s resolutions teeter off around February, but we’re not letting that happen. How? Easy- Bubblepalooza!, Trailer Food Tuesdays, and Sound and Cinema (aka Movies on the Terrace). Mark your calendars!

11. …and into the Fall (ACL, anyone?).

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We wouldn’t be Austinities if we didn’t mention the world-famous Austin City Limits now, would we? The lineup isn’t out yet, but if it’s anything like last year (and if the Coachella lineup gives us any sort of hints), it’s going to be, yet again, amazing.

10. Taste the art…of Austin’s cooking.

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Okay, it’s a stretch…but admit it, it’s a delicious one. This city is filled with delicious food trucks (conveniently located on our City Terrace during our famous Trailer Food Tuesdays), the annual Austin Food & Wine Festival, and has 33 much anticipated restaurant openings this spring alone.

9. Put on your Sunday clothes.

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Rodeo Austin’s Gala featuring special guests The Band Perry, the Long Center’s annual Purple Party with a very special, yet-to-be-announced guest, Zach Theatre’s Red Hot & Soul featuring Duke Ellington, are more than perfect excuses to don that tux and floor-length gown for a night of acting artsy,  feeling fancy, and giving back.

8. In the words of Lady Gaga…just dance!

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Art isn’t (always) a spectator sport! Ballet Austin offers everything from pilates to Zumba, to classical ballet classes at a bargain. For those a little less classroom-oriented, in case you haven’t heard, good ole 6th Street (as well as 4th and 5th) are filled with clubs, music, and a dance floor just calling your name.

7. Make a change for the cultural

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For those of that don’t have Italy, France, or England on the agenda quite yet, Austin can be a hub of culture when you’re looking for it. Austin Opera, Austin Symphony, and Ballet Austin give you the best the classics have to offer.

6. Actually experience some good, old fashioned, literal art.

art Did you know Austin has over a dozen art galleries, and half a dozen museums? Visit two a month and you have more than your art quota for the entire year. The University of Texas’ Blanton Museum of Art alone has a collection of over 17,000 artworks.

5. Make it a family affair.

incredibles Whether it’s (attempting) to impress the in-laws with front row seats to the ultimate Elvis tribute show, getting a much-needed date night at the romantic Broadway musical Once, or bringing Chuggington at the Long Center or Peter Pan at Zach Theater to life with the little ones, there’s literally something for everyone in this town.

4. Go outside!

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Yes, you read that correctly. Architecture is art- and it’s free! Pack a picnic for Zilker Park, sit, eat, and enjoy the beautiful Austin skyline for an afternoon (whether you prefer to do it during our 30 degree Arctic freeze or our average 90 degree days is up to you). The best place in the city to check out the skyline? Our City Terrace (wink, wink).

3. Laugh your butt off!

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Charlie Chaplin said it best, ‘A day without laughter is a day wasted.’ Make it count and laugh until you cry with comedians Bill Maher and Kevin Hart at ACL Live, or make it a girl’s night out to remember at Date* the Play or Confessions of a Prairie B^!%!.

2. Experience the legends

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Marky Ramone, Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons, Alice Cooper, Diana Ross, Johnny Mathis…shall we go on, or just give you the ticket link(s)?

1. Trade the television for the theater…any theater!

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We’re called the Live Music Capital of the World for a reason!

Now…who said keeping resolutions was hard?

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