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.
Now that the smoke has cleared, it appears that Tyler, the Creator is once again welcome in Austin.
The former Odd Future frontman comes to Stubb’s on May 29, two years and two months after he was accused of inciting a riot at Scoot Inn during the 2014 South by Southwest Music Festival. The charges against him were dropped in February, and he announced his triumphant return to our city this week.
Tickets for the show go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. at c3concerts.com. Members of the C3Concerts.com E-List will have access to the pre-sale at 10 a.m. Thursday.
Amplify Austin has become a yearly event designed to raise money for more than 500 nonprofits in Central Texas. Launched in 2013, the first two years of Amplify Austin saw more than $8 million raised. Many of the nonprofits involved are hosting parties and events to kick off the 24 hours of giving (and throughout the event).
Austin Habitat for Humanity hosts a craft beer and pizza party from 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at Pinthouse Pizza, with all proceeds from the establishment’s specialty brew Nitro Genny kegs going back to the nonprofit.
Lamberts hosts a live show with the Dirty River Boys and Ashley Monical benefiting the SIMS Foundation, which provides mental health services for Austin musicians and their families. A suggested $25 donation will be collected at the door.
Mother Nature can’t stop the 87th Annual Zilker Kite Festival. Despite a drizzly forecast, the festival will continue on as scheduled. Organizers say the National Weather Service has determined that any rain occurring on Sunday would amount to less than a tenth of an inch. Wind conditions are predicted to be ideal for kite flying.
The free kite festival is open to flyers and spectators alike. Vendor booths will open at 10 a.m., registration for the various kite contests begin at 11 a.m., and the events begin at 1 p.m. The festival closes at 5 p.m.
If conditions change unexpectedly (as they do in the great state of Texas), the festival will be moved to March 8, according to the website.
Pee-Wee was one of the 1980’s favorite characters, and his ‘Big Adventure’ has lived on as a cult film since its 1985 release. On Wednesday, the Alamo Drafhouse Lakeline screens the movie about Pee-Wee’s coveted bike to benefit National Multiple Sclerosis Society via the Drafthouse’s MS-150 bike team.
The show will begin at 7:00 p.m., and tickets are $10.25 each.
Also happening at Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline on Wednesday, Kody Keplinger appears for a screening of the motion picture ‘ The DUFF’, based on her first novel. She will also host a post-screening Q&A and book signing.
This second screening will begin at 7:25 p.m. Tickets cost $21.08, which includes admission to the film plus a paperback copy of Keplinger’s novel, ‘The DUFF,’ for her to sign.
A musical about music, ‘Once’ tells the story of a romance between two composers and the effects of the music they create. The play is based on the Irish independent film by the same name, which was first based on the lives of the movies’ stars. Both the movie and its stage adaptation have enjoyed great critical and commercial success.
After months riddled with controversial killings of black men by police, the campus of the University of Texas at Austin has found itself a host of multiple protests and discussions on the topic. On Monday, the Warfield Center for African and African American Studies hosts a free concert and conversation about police brutality.
The conversation will be led by Priscilla Hale, Director of allgo, a statewide Queer People of Color organization. Senior Associate Vice President of the Division of Diversity & Community Engagement Dr. Leonard Moore will also contribute.
BLXPLTN, an electro-punk band regularly featured in our weekly music picks, will perform live during the event.
Rebel Music: Police Brutality & the Sound of Protest will be held in room 2.206 of the Black & Latino Studies Building (210 W. 24th St) on the UT Austin campus at 3 p.m.
The modern quilt movement has reached Austin, as shown by the membership growth of the Austin Modern Quilt Guild in the past year. And now, the Austin Convention Center plays host to QuiltCon 2015, an international conference and quilt show.
Sunday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. is the last chance to catch the quilt show. With five different, themed exhibits and prizewinning quilts in 15 categories, QuiltCon offers the best in quilting from around the world. Experienced quilters and those who are unfamiliar with the art will be exposed to some of the finest works available.
Tickets for admission to Sunday’s quilt show and the vendor hall are $10 for non-members of the Modern Quilt Guild, $8.50 for members.
A beer garden with seating for 50 to 60 people, a taproom featuring Last Stand’s two flagship beers (a Belgian-style pale ale and a coffee porter), and a food truck serving one of the founder’s own Cajun recipes round out the highlights of Austin’s newest beer haven.
Taproom hours will be from 1-6 p.m. this and every Saturday. The opening also happens to coincide with Last Stand’s neighbor Revolution Spirits’ one-year business anniversary.
Also happening on Saturday, another taproom 18 miles east opens its doors. Independence Brewing Co. has been around for a decade, but this weekend their recently renovated tasting room will be debuted to the public. Beers will be available by the pint and in sampling flights from 1-7 p.m.
A comedy veteran on the screen and stage, Brian Posehn is also no stranger to Austin. He gave a performance well-reviewed by our own Dale Roe during the 2013 Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival. In his return, Posehn will perform five shows in three days at Capital City Comedy Club. His opening show on Thursday begins at 8 p.m., and tickets range from $18-$22.
On the comedy scene since 1994, Posehn has been featured on several comedic television programs like Mr. Show with Bob and David, The Sarah Silverman Program, Out of Jimmy’s Head, and recently some recurring roles in The Big Bang Theory and New Girl.
According to Roe, Posehn’s set will be chock-full of jokes about “self-loathing, scatology, and the myriad ways he’s trashed his body.”