The Dark Knight Rises - The biggest movie of the year is finally here. The conclusion to Christopher Nolan’s epic, genre- and era-defining Batman trilogy finds a hermetic Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) being forced out of seclusion and into the cape and cowl again to battle the vile, monstrous, masked strongman/terrorist Bane (Tom Hardy). Also in the mix is the ambiguously-aligned, secretive Selina Kyle, who goes by night as Catwoman (Anne Hathaway). Gary Oldman, Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman all return as Commissioner Gordon, Alfred and Lucius Fox (respectively), and Marion Cotillard and Joseph Gordon-Levitt join the cast as two new characters, Miranda Tate and John Blake. You know you’re going to see this movie; we don’t need to tell you. It’s really the main event this weekend.
Paramount Theater – Sam Beam and his haunting voice and band, Iron & Wine, play a Benefit Concert for Midwives Alliance of North America & Mercy in Action. Doors at 7 PM.
Antone’s – Actually, this is also a pretty big deal. It’s Antone’s 37th Anniversary Show, and Jimmie Vaughan (the club looms large in his legend) will jam out with The Bluebonnets and The Horton Brothers. Starts at 8 PM.
ACL Live at the Moody Theater – Calling it The Last Summer on Earth, Barenaked Ladies, Blues Traveler, Cracker and Big Head Todd & The Monsters will all perform together. Doors at 6 PM.
Austin Convention Center – The Texas Rollergirls Tournament. The match pits our Texecutioners against New York City, Chicago and San Francisco. Let the games begin at 7 PM.
Whitewater Amphitheater at the Horseshoe – Ghostland Observatory continues to kick out the electronically-enhanced jams from 2010′s Codename: Rondo. Starts at 7:30 PM.
Uncle Billy’s on Lake Travis – James McMurtry and the open water. Perfect. 5 PM start.
The Backyard – Some classic acts get together as Joe Cocker and Huey Lewis and the News hit the stage. Starts at 7 PM.
The Highball – Some cool trivia with Geeks Who Drink! Begins at 7 PM.