If you’re on campus, the Blanton Museum of Art has a wonderful permanent collection, and there are several curious public art pieces, including a sculpture by Nancy Rubins made from 70 strung-up canoes. Right before the sun sets, make your way to the James Turrell Skyspace on top of the Student Activity Center for the relaxing evening light sequence.
On Guadalupe St, colloquially referred to as “the Drag,” a string of shops and restaurants have more or less been taken over by chains. But vestiges of the good old days remain, like Daniel Johnston’s lovable frog mural, “Jeremiah the Innocent,” at the corner of 21st St. Grab a few beers at the 44-year-old dive bar Hole in the Wall. The sign says it all: “Live Women, Cheap Music, and Fast Drinks." If you happen to wake up early enough the next morning, turn on KUTX and listen to John Aielli, the radio host who’s worked at UT’s station since 1966. In true Austin fashion, he plays eclectic music, rambles, and does whatever the hell he wants.