5 ways to spend your Wednesday without Blues on the Green

Storm clouds are reflected in a large pool of water formed on the grounds of Zilker Park after heavy rains overnight as a dog, Osa, enjoys cooling down in the water on Monday, June 15, 2015. Taiesa Laney, the dog's owner, said Osa enjoys playing in the pools of water at the park after rains. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Storm clouds are reflected in a large pool of water formed on the grounds of Zilker Park after heavy rains overnight as a dog, Osa, enjoys cooling down in the water on Monday, June 15, 2015. Taiesa Laney, the dog’s owner, said Osa enjoys playing in the pools of water at the park after rains. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

It’s too wet at Zilker Park for this Wednesday’s Blues on the Green, Austin’s largest free concert series,  and it looks like it’s still going to be wet and cloudy at least throughout this weekend.

The forecast shows chances of rain until Thursday night, with even higher chances for rain on Saturday.

Try not to let the weather get to you though. In lieu of Blues on the Green, here are some ways you can spend your Wednesday instead:

  • Regis Philbin and Don Rickles, 7 p.m. at Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave.
    Don Rickles and Regis Philbin.
    Don Rickles and Regis Philbin.

    It may not be live music, but comedians Regis Philbin and Don Rickles are slated to perform on Wednesday.
    Buy tickets for the show here.

  • KOKE FM Free Texas Music Series, gates at 5:30, show starts at 7 p.m. at Hill’s Cafe, 4700 S. Congress Ave.

    Wednesday’s show features country artist William Clark Green and special guest, southern rocker Dalton Domino.

  • Late show at The Continental Club, 9:30 p.m. to midnight at The Continental Club, 1315 S. Congress Ave.

    The show starts at 9:30 p.m. with Painted Redstarts, who hand off to Jon Dee Graham at 10:15 p.m. The show ends with James McMurty at midnight.
    Tickets are $8 at the door, and advanced tickets aren’t available.

  • Free advance screening: “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,” 7:30 p.m. at Regal Arbor Cinema at Great Hills, 9828 Great Hills free-advance-screening-me-and-earl-and-dying-girl-73

    Watch the Sundance Film Festival award-winning movie that tells the story of a high school senior trying to blend in and avoid deeper relationships to survive his teenager years.
    The screening is free and open to the public. Seats are available on a first come, first serve basis.

  • The Mau Mau Chaplains, 9 p.m. at Flamingo Cantina, 515 East Sixth St.

    The Mau Mau Chaplains may not be a blues band, but they play a free reggae show every Wednesday at Flamingo Cantina for Dreadneck Night.

For more ideas of things to do, check out our event’s page.

Celebrate Juneteenth with these events

It’s Juneteenth, the day Texas — after holding out for over two years — officially recognized the Emancipation Proclamation and freed the slaves. Today, the event is marked by celebrations, from concerts to exhibits and more.

FEBRUARY 6, 2014 - Serafia performs at the Javalina on Rainey Street in Austin, Texas, on Thursday, February 6, 2014.  Members of Serafia's band are Dan Kattan, guitar, Daniel Leivas, bass, and Cole Hoffpaiur, drums.  (RODOLFO GONZALEZ / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)
Serafia performs at the Javalina on Rainey Street in Austin, Texas, on Thursday, February 6, 2014. Members of Serafia’s band are Dan Kattan, guitar, Daniel Leivas, bass, and Cole Hoffpaiur, drums. (RODOLFO GONZALEZ / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

Here are a few ways you can celebrate the day’s 150th anniversary:

Friday:

This exhibit includes over 50 handmade quilts, arranged in chronological order to tell the story of African Americans from 1619 to present day.

Check out some of the quilts before you go with this gallery.

  • “A Municipal Report,” a Juneteenth reading of O. Henry’s classic short story, 1 to 3 p.m., George Washington Carver Museum’s Boyd Vance Theatre, 1165 Angelina St.

Guest reader Dr. Billy F. Harden of Austin’s Spectrum Theatre Company will read an abridged version of O. Henry’s short story, which tells the tale of a southern woman writer who is abused by her husband and rescued by an African American carriage driver.

Check out one of the last in a series of talks about the Civil War, which explore the divisions in Austin during that era, how the town rebuilt after the war and how newly freed slaves started their lives.

Featuring music performances from EastSide Blues Syndicate, Woody Russell, First Flight and more, this blues festival runs through Saturday (3 to 11 p.m.). Attendance is free, but a $10 cover donation is encouraged.

The brand new performing arts center is hosting the evening, which features acts such as Boss Street Brass Band and electro-soul artist Serafia. Tickets are $5.

More events:

This event starts with a 2K run/walk at 9:30 a.m. on Comal St. and MLK Blvd., followed by a parade at 10 a.m.in the same area. The celebration ends with a park party from noon to 8 p.m. at Rosewood Park, 2300 Rosewood Ave.

For more events, check out our Things To Do calendar.