Ring in the Year of the Monkey and more free things to do this week, Feb. 21-27

People feed money to the lion during the Lion Danc. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

People feed money to the lion during the Lion Danc. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Sunday
Chinese New Year Celebration. Ring in the Year of the Monkey with your fellow Austinites. The Thein Hau Linh Son and Summit Lion Dance teams will wow you with their traditional lion and dragon routines, and each performance will be capped with celebratory firecrackers. 11 a.m. 5 p.m. Chinatown Center, 10901 North Lamar Blvd. chinatownaustin.com.

Monday
Barbara Jordan’s 80th birthday celebration. An interactive exhibit of Jordan’s life will live on the ground floor of the Texas Capitol Rotunda all week in honor of her legacy as a Texas leader of the Civil Rights movement. Note: her birthday is actually Sunday, Feb. 21. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Texas State Capitol, 201 East 14th Street. 512-476-4716, austintexas.org.

Tuesday
Texas Artist Series: Her Texas. The female pioneers, ranchers, fighters, and outlaws of Texas rarely have their stories told. Join anthology authors, poets and artists as they spread the word of historic of Texas women. 7 p.m. thestoryoftexas.com.

Wednesday
Insights: Live bronze pour. Take a closer look at the lost-wax casting technique Charles Umlauf used for his bronze sculptures. Enjoy beverages, examine the sculptures on display and witness a live bronze pour from the members of Austin’s Atelier 3-D studio. 6-8 p.m. Umlauf Sculpture Garden, 605 Robert E. Lee Road.  512-445-5582, umlaufsculpture.com.

Friday
The People’s Gallery Opening Reception. Stroll through the first three floors of City Hall where over 100 works from Austin-area artists, galleries, museums and arts organizations will be displayed. 6-9 p.m. Austin City Hall, 301 West Second Street. 512-974-7700, austintexas.org.
Jugglefest Renegade Show. What talents will jump onto the open stage of this year’s show? Jugglers, unicyclers and other unknowns will display their talents in a mish-mash show of organized chaos. This marks the 23rd year of Jugglefest, an event full of workshops, demos and shows featuring juggling and its related circus acts. 10 p.m. The North Door, 502 Brushy Street. 512-485-3001, ndvenue.com.

Saturday
Hooked on Mueller. Cast a line into Mueller Lake stocked with 2,300 rainbow trout ripe for the catching. In addition to the fish, Texas Parks and Wildlife will also provide demonstrations and additional activities. Coffee, snacks and giveaways will be provided by a few Mueller businesses. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Mueller Lake Park, 4550 Mueller Blvd. 512-974-6700, muelleraustin.com/thinking-green/parks/.


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