We comb the depths of the Internet to find as-close-to-everything-as-possible happening in Austin, from gallery openings and festivals to concerts and theater and beyond, finding the best to recommend to you.
Author: Melissa M. Martinez
Melissa M. Martinez is a content producer for austin360.com and statesman.com. She also writes the occasional story about her favorite hobby, baking!
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
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:
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.
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.
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.
The 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.