Summer of free: Sound & Cinema at the Long Center

Golden Dawn Arkestra performs on the lawn of the Long Center during Sound and Cinema presented by Alamo Drafthouse on Wed. August 13, 2014      Photo by James Gregg/American-Statesman.
Golden Dawn Arkestra performs on the lawn of the Long Center during Sound and Cinema presented by Alamo Drafthouse on Wed. August 13, 2014 Photo by James Gregg/American-Statesman.

Summer in Austin means high, high temperatures, but it also brings a bevy of free entertainment options. One of Austin’s newer and more beloved free entertainment series is “Sound and Cinema,” presented by Do512 and the Alamo Drafthouse on the lawn of the Long Center.

The series pairs classic films (“The Sandlot,” “Ghostbusters”) with local live music (Otis the Destroyer, Hard Proof). Kicking off this Wednesday, June 3, it will be competing for your affections with the rescheduled Blues on the Green kickoff with a screening of “Weekend at Bernies” and music by Don Chani.

The event starts at 6 p.m. with food trucks opening, then music starts at 7:30 p.m. and the movie starts at dark. Folding chairs, blankets and kids are allowed. Alcohol, drugs, weapons and pets are not.  Check out the full schedule below.

June 3: “Weekend at Bernies” with Don Chani
June 17: “The Sandlot” with the Nightowls
July 1: “Ferris Beuller’s Day Off” with Otis the Destroyer
July 15: “Ghostbusters” with Latasha Lee & the Black Ties
July 29: “Naked Gun” with Hard Proof
Aug. 12: “The Never Ending Story” with Calliope Musicals

Rainy day weekend events to keep the blues away

Stay out of the rain with a visit to the Thinkery this weekend. Photo by Richardo B. Brazziell.
Stay out of the rain with a visit to the Thinkery this weekend. Photo by Richardo B. Brazziell.

Memorial Day weekend marks the start of summer, but the weather forecast is calling for rain. While your start-of-summer picnic might be out of the question, we do have a few suggestions for fun times to be had indoors.

  • Austin Sketch Fest, celebrating and showcasing scripted comedy, continues through the weekend at Spider House Ballroom. Tickets range from free-$15.
  • On Saturday starting at 4:30, the Hole in the Wall hosts Plaidstock, a tribute and benefit to Austin punk rocker Davy Jones. There’s a suggested $15 donation. Find more weekend music picks here.
  • The Marchesa Hall and Theatre will host the Third Annual Capitol of Texas Aerial Championships, a showcase of novice to professional pole and aerial artists, on Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $35-$80.
  • Choreographer Shay Ishii has curated “Dancestry,” a performance including rarely performed modern masterpieces, which will be at the Long Center this Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $14-$18.
  • It really is summer – the Paramount’s Summer Classic Film Series kicks of this weekend with “Casablanca,” “Manhattan,” “The Iron Giant,” “Sunset Boulevard” and “Chinatown.” Admission is $12, unless you’re a Film Fan ($7) or purchase a “Flix-tix” book ($6).
  • Closing this weekend: “Shrine of Inevitable Forces,” a not-to-miss site-specific installation in a vacant 1930s church. Check it out from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday-Sunday.

If none of that appeals to you, here are some more hot spots to stay out of the rain:

Have a great weekend and stay dry!

Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Thousands of people leave the south steps of the Texas State Capitol after listening to guest speakers and performers for the Dr.Martin Luther King, Jr. community celebration. (Ricardo B. Brazziell/American-Statesman)
Thousands of people leave the south steps of the Texas State Capitol after listening to guest speakers and performers for the Dr.Martin Luther King, Jr. community celebration. (Ricardo B. Brazziell/American-Statesman)

MLK Day of Service

On Saturday, Jan. 17, United Way for Greater Austin and Hands on Central Texas invite Austinites to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day by serving the community with an opportunity to clean up MLK Boulevard, as well as indoor projects. The kick-off volunteer registration and breakfast is from 9-9:30 a.m. The clean up and other projects take place from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. J. J. Seabrook Park. More details.

America’s Sunday Supper and Peace through Pie Social

On Sunday, Jan. 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. Trinity United Methodist Church (4001 Speedway) invites people to an open conversation titled “Sincere Ignorance and Conscientious Stupidity: A Conversation on Race, Privilege and Power.” Bring a savory or sweet pie to share. More details. 

MLK March, Festival and Food Drive

The march kicks off at 9 a.m. with a short program at the MLK Statue on the University of Texas campus, heading east to the Huston-Tillotson University campus where the community festival kicks off and lasts until 3 p.m. Marchers are asked to donate canned goods or non perishable food items to the Capital Area Food Bank. More details. 

“Blood of the Martyrs” Blood Drive

On Monday, Jan. 19, the diocesan Office of Black Catholics is sponsoring the 12th annual “Blood of the Martyrs” Blood Drive in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. A Blood and Tissue Center van will be parked on Chalmers Street between 8th and 11th streets on the Campus of Huston-Tillotson University in Austin to accommodate those who want to give blood from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Donors must be at least 17 years of age, have a picture ID and provide a Social Security Number at the time they donate. More details.

 

Wednesday’s pick: 22 Nights of Halloween at the Drive-in

Kelly LeBrock and Anthony Michael Hall in Weird Science. Universal Pictures, 1985.
Kelly LeBrock and Anthony Michael Hall in Weird Science. Universal Pictures, 1985.

October is already upon us, and the Blue Starlite Drive-in is ready to start celebrating Halloween with 22 Nights of Halloween at the Drive-in, which kicks off Wednesday night.

The first night will feature both a vintage and an 80’s brat pack version of the Frankenstein tale with “Weird Science” and “The Bride of Frankenstein.” The double feature begins at 8 p.m.

You can purchase a membership pass for all the movies from Oct. 1 to Nov. 1 for $30, or pay general admission which starts at $5 per person in car or walk-in.

Visit the Blue Starlite Drive-in website for a full listing of Halloween movies showing this month.

Tuesday’s pick: Do Ho Suh at the Contemporary Austin

Do Ho Suh, “348 West 22nd Street, Apt. A, New York, NY 10011, USA.”
Do Ho Suh, “348 West 22nd Street, Apt. A, New York, NY 10011, USA.”

The Contemporary Austin, Laguna Gloria (3809 W. 35 St., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and Jones Center (700 Congress Ave., 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.) are free on Tuesdays. Read what art critic Jeanne Claire van Ryizn had to say about their latest exhibit by Do Ho Suh:

Ideas of home, displacement and personal space ricochet through the work of acclaimed artist Do Ho Suh. Now, Suh receives his first major solo exhibit in the United States in more than a decade when the Contemporary Austin launches a two-part show opening Saturday.

Suh has recently finished creating the last rooms of a fabric replica of his New York apartment, which he’ll debut at the Contemporary’s Jones Center along with two other components of his “348 West 22nd Street.” Also on view will be some of his “Specimen Series” of ghostly appliances and fixtures — radiators, toilets, stoves all rendered with meticulous detail — made of sheer colorful fabric over steel structures.

At the Contemporary’s Laguna Gloria site, Suh will install “Net-Work” along the shore of Lake Austin — a shimmering fishing net-like kinetic installation of thousands of gold and silver human figures.

Monday’s pick: Motown Monday at the Highball

The Matchmaker Band. RODOLFO GONZALEZ / AMERICAN-STATESMAN
The Matchmaker Band. RODOLFO GONZALEZ / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Always wanted to know how to swing dance? The newly-reopened Highball (1120 S. Lamar Blvd.) is hosting a free introductory West Coast Swing class from 8 to 9 p.m. Monday.

After the class and for no cover, Austin’s ten-piece Matchmaker Band performs from 9 to 11 p.m. so you can try out your new moves.

More into country than Motown? Go to the Highball Thursday for free Honky Tonk dance lessons followed by music from Dale Watson and Two Hoots and a Holler.

Sunday’s pick: Blanton Museum’s SoundSpace

The Blanton's SoundSpace show features musicians and dancers focusing on out-of-the-ordinary music techniques and instruments.
The Blanton’s SoundSpace show features musicians and dancers focusing on out-of-the-ordinary music techniques and instruments.

Out-of-the-ordinary musical techniques and newly constructed instruments are at the center of the eighth installment of SoundSpace, the Blanton Museum of Art’s acclaimed biannual concert series.

The Blanton’s galleries will transform into an immersive sensory space with a vibrant lineup of performances by musicians and dancers.

SoundSpace: Sound Construction will highlight the variety of ways in which musicians explore tonal color and texture, incorporating techniques and instruments ranging from guitar and violin to modified children’s toys.

Details: 2 p.m. Sunday. $5-$9 (museum admission). 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. 512-471-7324, http://www.blantonmuseum.org.

Saturday’s pick: Austin Pittie Limits

tigressaThe Austin Animal Center, in collaboration with other animal welfare organizations, will celebrate breeds known as “bully” dogs, dispel myths and offer information, including on positive training methods.

The event also will have live music, fun games for the kids and dogs available for free adoptions. Organizations included are Austin Pets Alive, Austin Humane Society, Love-A-Bull, Don’t Bully Me Rescue, Animal Trustees of Austin, Emancipet and more.

Details: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Free and open to the public. Austin Animal Center, 7201 Levander Loop. http://www.austintexas.gov/department/animal-services.

Friday’s pick: 82nd Annual Mediterranean Festival

St. Elias Mediterranean Festival, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013. Jenni Jones/For American-Statesman
St. Elias Mediterranean Festival, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013. Jenni Jones/For American-Statesman

Sample foods from Lebanon, Palestine, Greece, Eritrea and Romania at the 82nd Annual St. Elias Mediterranean Festival.

Held at St. Elias (408 E. 11th St), the festival also features live dance performances to live music by Greek and Dabke dancers, a festival marketplace and a kids’ oasis for children to enjoy games.

Admission is a $5 donation. The festival runs 6 to 11 p.m. Friday and noon to 11 p.m. Saturday.