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.
Since October 25, a crew of curators and technicians have been working to rebuild the 17th-century French ship La Belle, which sank in Matagorda Bay in 1686 along the Texas coast. But unlike anywhere else, this ship is being rebuilt inside the Bullock Texas State History Museum live in front of museum-goers and live stream-watchers.
The Bullock Museum also has more than 100 artifacts from the ship that was lost at sea for 300 years. Discover what items were most important to French settlers hoping to establish a new North American colony. See a film that explains the process of the ship’s conservation. Experience a 4D journey aboard La Belle and discover more about the voyage through interactive flat screen panels.
The live-action rebuild happens every Wednesday through Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets are $8-$12 for the exhibit and $6-$7 for the 4D film.
Thanks to our mild Southern winter, this year promises a season of plentiful and well-priced mudbugs. What better day to celebrate our wealth of crawfish than New Orleans’ favorite holiday, Mardi Gras? Two of Austin’s Cajun eateries are boiling up large batches of the stuff on Tuesday with live music, beads, and plenty of Abita. Laissez les bon temps rouler!
From 4 p.m.-9 p.m., Stuffed Cajun Meat Market (5207 Brodie Lane #125) helps put the “fat” in Fat Tuesday with their authentic NOLA favorites like gumbo, boudin, and of course, crawfish. Live music performances during the feast include swamp band The Mighty Pelicans and electric blues guitarist Harry Bodine. They’ll close the night with a costume contest and king cake.
Two hours later and a few minutes east, Sweetwater (730 W Stassney Ln) holds their own Mardis Gras get-together with music from Gumbo Ce Soir and Jimmie Dreams. They’ll be serving smoked sausage and fresh boiled crawfish, and representatives from Abita and Bacardi will be on hand with some possible freebies. The party runs from 6 p.m.-2 a.m.
Bluegrass Night at Radio Coffee and Bar. Monday. 8:30 p.m. 4208 Manchaca Road. An event recurring every Monday featuring members of Wood and Wire, Green Mountain Grass and more.
David Heymann at BookPeople. 7 p.m. Tuesday. 603 N. Lamar Blvd. Austin’s allure and its explosive growth are at the center of the pointed and funny stories in “My Beautiful City Austin,” David Heymann’s first book of fiction. The narrator, a young architect starting his own practice, struggles to understand why his clients want what they want — a retiring couple needs an immense home in the middle of nature, for instance — and why they want those things in Austin.
Urban Achievers Brass Band. Tuesday, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. 4001 N Lamar Blvd. New Orleans-style party band highlights part 2 of Central Market’s Mardi Gras celebration!
Texas Radio Live. Wednesday. 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. 1412 S Congress Ave. Guero’s brings you the very best Texas music, with performances from Texas Musicians. This week’s performers are Rich Hopkins & the Luminarios and Aaron McDonnell.
Cake: Rihanna Birthday Bash. Thursday. 10 p.m. 900 Red River. Cheer Up Charlies hosts a dance party for Rihanna’s 27th birthday. There will be cake.
‘The Lego Movie’ screening. Friday. 7 p.m. 12424 Scofield Farms Dr. Hosted by The Fellowship at Scofiled Farms, Community Night is open to everyone. Free pizza and movie every 3rd Friday of the Month!
‘Independence Brewing Co.’s Tasting Room Opening Party. Saturday. 1 p.m.-7 p.m. 3913 Todd Lane #607. Yes, the brewery’s already been opened for more than 10 years – what’s new is the renovated tasting room with expanded hours, more beers on draft and more places to sit.
Really Really Free Market. Sunday. 1 p.m.-3 p.m. It’s like a garage sale, but everything is free. Bring a friend and bring your own bags.
Jungle Book’screening. Sunday. 2:30 p.m.2200 Hancock Dr. A family movie matinee hosted by the Austin Public Library – Yarborough Branch.
The Oscars Watch Party at Black Sheep Lodge. Sunday. 5:30 p.m.. 2108 S Lamar Blvd. There will be a red carpet, a ballot contest, trivia, and prizes (possibly big ones).
Austin comic Amber Bixby has created a new web series, ‘Pretty Awful,’ starring and featuring some local funny people. Be the first to see the three episode season of ‘Pretty Awful’ during the free premiere at 8 p.m. on Sunday at the Highball.
Come for the web series, but stay for the games (including a whipped cream eating contest), giveaways, and live stand up comedy from cast members.
Creators call ‘Pretty Awful’ a mix of Beavis and Butthead and Mean Girls. Other cast members include Katie Pengra, Avery Moore, Maggie Maye, Lisa Friedrich, and Rob Gagnon. The series is produced by Voltaic Video.
There’s a little something for everyone this Valentines Day at Cheer Up Charlies. With two totally different shows happening at the same time, you and your valentine will surely find something you can agree on. And if not, you’ll still be in the same place anyways. Ah, romance.
Outside from 9 p.m.-midnight, catch Church Shoes, The Wolf, The Lochness Mobsters, and The Kid Carsons from NOLA in a rock ‘n’ roll showcase lovingly titled ‘I Like You More Than Pizza.’
And inside, from 10 p.m.-2 a.m., you’ll find LOVEFOOL: A Valentine’s Day Dance Attack featuring DJ Girlfriend and DJ Sarah Fly.
Valentine’s Day is near, bringing with it the stress of a fancy and expensive romantic outing. Keep it chill on Valentines Eve with a free screening of 2004’s romantic comedy ’50 First Dates.’
Playing off their chemistry in ‘The Wedding Singer,’ Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler star in this unlikely love story. Henry (Sandler) meets Lucy (Barrymore) and falls for her quickly, but discovers that she has short-term memory loss, causing her to forget him every time she goes to sleep. This ridiculous and romantic film will keep your valentine activities low-key and lighthearted.
The screening will take place at the Dittmar Recreation Center park at 7:45 p.m. Free popcorn will be provided.
Despite coming up short on NBC’s 7th season of The Voice, native Texan Luke Wade sees his career heading in a positive direction. Wasting no time after being eliminated, the former Team Pharrell member kicked off a U.S. tour early in January. On Thursday, Stubb’s BBQ will be filled with Wade’s rich, soulful voice that won over Grammy-winning Pharrell.
Actually, Wade’s audition impressed all the superstar Voice coaches last season, earning him a coveted four-chair turn. He quickly became a front-runner in the competition, breezing through the battle and knockout rounds. Wade was eventually eliminated at the Top 5 mark.
The Dublin, Texas-born singer-songwriter will perform some of his original music along with arrangements created by Pharrell during The Voice.
Jonny Gray, a season 5 Voice contestant from Texas, serves as the opening act. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Doors open at 8 p.m.
Attention Austinites with unusual strength and a signature dance move – you may be interested in Scoot Inn’s Wednesday night programming. This week’s Lumberjack Off promises to be a fairly inappropriate but generally good time for participants and spectators alike.
Aspiring lumberjacks and lumberjills will compete in contests like keg lifting, arm wrestling, burping, and dancing. The best performers in each category will be awarded prizes, as well as the respect of their flannel-clad peers. The ultimate lumberperson will walk away with the grand prize – the golden axe.
The contest begins at 10 p.m., doors open at 9 p.m. Admission is free.
This year marks the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,’ and the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas will not let the landmark year go by unnoticed. The Center hosts an exhibition that follows the creation and inspiration of the original Alice and the transformations of the character and her story over time.
The elusive White Rabbit’s path will guide you through the exhibition that includes one of the few surviving copies of the first edition of Carroll’s novel, as well as a 1933 paper film strip.
The exhibition opens to the public on Tuesday at 10 a.m. and entry is free to the public (but donations are welcome). The exhibition galleries are open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday and until 7 p.m. on Thursday. The galleries are also open from noon-5 p.m. during the weekend. Tours are given daily at noon.
“Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.” Every day. Ransom Center, University of Texas campus, 21st and Guadalupe streets. The University of Texas’ Ransom Center has an unusually broad collection of Alice-related materials including some of Dodgson’s original photographs of Alice Liddell, the real-life little girl who inspired the fictional character, and an original manuscript by Dodgson and illustrator John Tenniel and Dodgson. www.hrc.utexas.edu.
‘Better Call Saul’ Premiere, Parts 1 & 2. Monday. 8 p.m.-10 p.m. North Door, 502 Brushy St. The ‘Breaking Bad’ spin-off based on Bob Odenkirk’s character Saul premiers the first part of the first episode on AMC Sunday. The North Door will host a free screening of that episode on Sunday, and on Monday they’ll screen a reprise of Part 1 before also screening Part 2 live. www.ndvenue.com.
The Wonder of Wes at Hops and Grain. Monday. 7 to 9:30 p.m. 507 Calles St. The folks at Hops and Grain appreciate the films of Wes Anderson so much that on Monday, they’re going to play the one that just might win the director his first Oscar. Come watch “The Grand Budapest Hotel” free of charge (the only thing you have to pay for is the beer) at the brewery’s taproom. www.hopsandgrain.com.
‘Maleficent’ Screening. Tuesday. 6:30 p.m. Austin Public Library – Twin Oaks, 1800 S Fifth St. Angelina Jolie stars as Disney’s iconic villain in her untold story. library.austintexas.gov.
‘Soul Food Junkies’ Screening. Tuesday. 6:30 p.m. Austin Public Library – Carver, 1161 Angelina St. As part of ‘A Century of Black Life, History, and Culture’ at APL, enjoy a screening of a film that explores whether soul food does more harm to health than soothing the soul. libray.austintexas.gov.
Texas Radio Live. Wednesday, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Guero’s Oak Garden, 1412 S Congress Ave. Two Tons of Steel and Hoodygoode are this weeks performers in the KDRP series celebrating Texas musicians.
Steve Earle in-store at Waterloo Records.Thursday. 5 p.m. 600-A N. Lamar Blvd. Texas native Steve Earle will release his 16th album, “Terraplane,” on Feb. 17, but Waterloo will have copies for sale early at this solo performance. “Terraplane” delves more deeply into the blues than any previous Earle release. waterloorecords.com.
Ann Johnson talk at Women and Their Work.Thursday. Houston-based artist Ann Johnson is coming to Women and Their Work for one night only as part of the citywide celebration of PrintAustin. Johnson will discuss her experimental printmaking process that includes intaglio on feathers and leaves, iron relief prints and incorporating found objects and family photos into her prints. Her work often addresses African-American genealogy, family folklore and legacy. womenandtheirwork.org.
Head for the Hills: Free Music Fridays. Friday, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Hill’s Cafe, 4700 S Congress Ave. The weekly free music series continues with a performance from John Evans Band.
12th Street East End Black Heritage Festival. Saturday. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Rosewood Park Pavilion, 1182 Pleasant Valley Road. The family-friendly event will include a Black History Bowl, community awards ceremony, activities for kids and a Ujamaa Market Place. Food, vendors and entertainment from various ministries and church groups from around Austin. ujamaa-austin.org.