Monday’s event pick: Swift’s Attic’s Zack Attack

06.20.12 Alberto Martinez AMERICAN-STATESMAN - The Bowling Alley Burger and fries at Swift's Attic, a new restaurant on Congress Ave.
06.20.12 Alberto Martinez AMERICAN-STATESMAN – The Bowling Alley Burger and fries at Swift’s Attic, a new restaurant on Congress Ave.

With Chef Zack Northcutt moving to a new job, Swift’s Attic is celebrating his legacy at the restaurant with a special edition of the over-the-top burger specials that Northcutt had always enjoyed. The burger, dubbed “a Slice of Heaven,” will feature slices of Via 313’s Cadillac pizza as the buns.

But you’ll want to get there early because the kitchen is only making 18 of them. To be guaranteed a seat and a free burger, participate in Swift’s Attic’s Facebook and Instagram contest.

Details: 9 p.m. Monday. Free. 315 Congress Ave. Suite 200. 512-482-8842, facebook.com/swiftsattic.

How to celebrate the Fourth of July in Austin

DO NOT USE WITH FAMILY CAL Thousands sit at at Vic Mathias Shores on Lady Bird Lake as the Austin symphony orchestra performs during the firework show over the lake on Saturday, July 4, 2015. (RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)
Thousands sit at at Vic Mathias Shores on Lady Bird Lake as the Austin symphony orchestra performs during the firework show over the lake on Saturday, July 4, 2015. (RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

What’s that? You’re not going to Willie’s picnic this year? That’s a questionable decision, but alas, there will be plenty of live music, fireworks and meat grilling happening elsewhere in the city. Here’s a quick guide to some of the holiday’s highlights.

Where to see fireworks: 

  •  Don your red, white and blue at the H-E-B Austin Symphony Concert and join the largest Independence Day celebration in the state. Find a spot on the lawn to enjoy a fireworks display over Austin’s skyline with accompaniment from the Austin Symphony’s renditions of American classics. Concert at 8:30 p.m., fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Vic Mathias Shores, 900 West Riverside Drive.
  • KP and the Boom Boom and Vallejo are on the bill for the Hill Country Galleria Independence Day Celebration. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Hill Country Galleria Amphitheater, 12600 Hill Country Blvd.
  • Imagine the picture-perfect views of fireworks over the downtown skyline while paddling down Lady Bird Lake. Reserve a kayak, canoe or stand up paddleboard for Monday evening to make your vision come true. The Rowing Dock, 2418 Stratford Drive.
  • For more Fourth of July events, check out our events database

What to eat and drink: 

Saturday’s event pick: City-Wide Garage Sale

A crowd of early-bird shoppers look for bargains at Lakeway s citywide garage sale Saturday at the Lakeway Activity Center. It was the first of several planned this year. SUE KNOLLE FOR LAKE TRAVIS VIEW 3/5/2016 Lakeway Activity Center
A crowd of early-bird shoppers look for bargains at Lakeway s citywide garage sale Saturday at the Lakeway Activity Center. It was the first of several planned this year.
SUE KNOLLE FOR LAKE TRAVIS VIEW
3/5/2016
Lakeway Activity Center

Even many longtime Austinites might not realize that this tradition has been around since 1977, when gas shortages inspired the idea of having all garage sales in one location. The City-Wide Garage Sale has evolved since then to turn the Palmer Events Center into the vintage and collectibles marketplace, but the second-hand spirit remains the same.

Dedicated shoppers can show up at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday only for a chance at getting early-bird deals.

Details: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. $6-$12. Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road. citywidegaragesale.com.

Wednesday’s event pick: “Buyer and Cellar” at Zach Theatre

"Buyer and Cellar" is one of Zach Theatre's summer productions, a one-man show starring J. Robert Moore. Contributed by Zach Theatre.
“Buyer and Cellar” is one of Zach Theatre’s summer productions, a one-man show starring J. Robert Moore. Contributed by Zach Theatre.

Alex, a struggling Hollywood actor, takes a job working in Streisand’s Malibu Barbra dream house, located in an underground mall that houses her showbiz collections. Unexpectedly, the star herself comes downstairs to “shop” — but will this desperate actor ever be invited upstairs to Babs’ palatial estate?

This one-man play, the second of Zach Theatre’s summer productions, will have you doubled over with laughter.

Details: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday through Aug. 14. $29-$64. 1510 Toomey Road. 512-476-0541, zachtheatre.org.

Tuesday’s event pick: The Paramount Theatre’s Classic Film Series

(USE THIS PHOTO) The Paramount Theatre's new vertical blade sign is turned on during a lighting ceremony on Wednesday September 23, 2015.  The original sign was removed around 1963 or '64 and disappeared.  The new 48-foot-tall sign is a close replica of the original.  The Paramount is celebrating its 100th anniversary.   JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN
(USE THIS PHOTO) The Paramount Theatre’s new vertical blade sign is turned on during a lighting ceremony on Wednesday September 23, 2015. The original sign was removed around 1963 or ’64 and disappeared. The new 48-foot-tall sign is a close replica of the original. The Paramount is celebrating its 100th anniversary. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

A year after celebrating its 100th birthday, the Paramount Theatre’s popular film series has returned by ushering in a new era: the arrival of digital cinema, along with an all-new sound system and screen. The Classic Film Series, which continues Tuesday with “The Searchers” and “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance,” plays some of our favorite old films throughout the summer.

These are double features, with one ticket good for both films if you so choose.

Details: 7 and 8:50 p.m. Tuesday. $12. 713 Congress Ave. 512-474-1221, austintheatre.org/film/classic-film-series.

Where to watch the Kentucky Derby in Austin

A-List: Derby in the City, 05.02.15
Erika Rich/for American-Statesman

There will be no American Pharoah this year, but even without the dramatic story line, the Kentucky Derby has become known as “the most exciting two minutes in sports.” But more than that, it’s an excuse to wear a big hat and sip on minty whiskey. These parties will offer you a place to do just that when the race rolls around Saturday.

  • Derby in the City is more than just a watch party. Take in live music from Houndmouth, Jamestown Revival and more before gathering around the jumbotron for the main event.
  • Brass House hosts Talk Derby to Me 2 benefiting Leukemia Lymphoma Society’s Woman of the Year candidate. Drink cocktails, play games and dress up to compete for prizes.
  • Mint juleps compete for the title of Austin’s Best at Opal Divine’s Eighth Annual American Whiskey FestivalEach attendee also has the opportunity to sample 13 of the 60 whiskeys on the lineup.
  • Juleps not your thing? Drink.Well. is also offering Bourbon punches, Kentucky Hot Browns and other southern cocktail staples.
  • Geraldine’s first Derby party sounds almost like the rest of them, except this venue has a pool.

Find more Kentucky Derby parties in our events database.

Dancing, drinking and a miniature donkey: Cinco de Mayo in Austin

USE THIS PHOTO Johnathan Hernandez and Melina Montellanos dance as Celsius band performs during The La Condesa 7th-Annual Cinco de Mayo Downtown Block Party on Tuesday, May 5, 2015. Cinco de Mayo is the celebration of the 1862 Mexican victory at the Battle of Puebla over France, which occupied Mexico. The May 5th holiday has come to be a sort of Hispanic St. Patrick's Day in the United States that is celebrated by people of every ethnic background. (RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)
RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Don’t be the dummy who pays full price for a margarita on Cinco de Mayo. Dozens of local restaurants will be running drinks specials all day long. But if you’re looking for a little more than cheap tequila, try out one of these festive events:

Cinco de DrinkoOk, this one’s mostly tequila. Ten different vendors will offer tastings of the agave spirit all day long. But there will also be mariachi bands from 2-5 p.m., a D.J. until 9 p.m., and a photographable miniature donkey, Jack the Mini Ass. 2-9 p.m. Pelons Tex Mex, 802 Red River Street. pelonstexmex.com.

Cheer Up Charlies party duo. For a suggested $3 donation, join the Red River establishment from 6-8 p.m. for Circo de Mayo with performances from Matthews Easter Circus, Esther’s Follies and Circo Acts. Enjoy a $4 margarita and free chips and salsa with your live entertainment. At 8 p.m., the Cinco de Mayo Fiestón begins with Peligrosa until 10 p.m., followed by Selena tribute band Bidi Bidi Banda until midnight. Peligrosa’s DJs will round out the night until close. The 21 and up night show will set you back $5. 909 Red River Street. cheerupcharlies.com.

Tacos & TequilaShimmy and shake to a live performance from Groupo Fantasma while sampling margaritas special to the event’s menu and nomming on free tacos from Qdoba. Music, margs and muchies: what more could you want? 7-11 p.m. $30. The Belmont, 305 West Sixth Street. thebelmontaustin.com.

Cinco de Mayo Weekend Fiesta. Thirsty Thursday doesn’t fit into your work schedule? There’s nothing wrong with a belated celebration. Join Guadalajara’s Los Master Plus, Master Blaster Sound System and the very busy Peligrosa for a fusion fiesta fit for a Friday. 8 p.m.-close. $8 in advance, $12 day of show, $20 VIP. Empire Control Room & Garage, 606 East Seventh Street. empireatx.com.

Sunday’s event pick: Films of the 1990s: “Hackers” at the Blanton Museum of Art

The 1995 film "Hackers" is playing at the Blanton Museum of Art in conjunction with the museum's current 1990s art exhibit. Photo by United Artists.
The 1995 film “Hackers” is playing at the Blanton Museum of Art in conjunction with the museum’s current 1990s art exhibit. Photo by United Artists.

In conjunction with the Blanton Museum’s current exhibit, “Come As You Are: Art of the 1990s,” the museum is hosting the screening of a 1990s classic, “Hackers.”

The 1995 flick features teenage hackers, played by Angelina Jolie and Jonny Lee Miller, who code by day and crack corporate conspiracies by night. Stay after the film to explore the exhibit, on view through May 15, featuring the seminal works from 45 artists who explored a range of subjects from 1989 to 2001.

Details: 1 p.m. Sunday. $5-$9. 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. blantonmuseum.org.

Tuesday’s event pick: Taste of Round Rock

The Round Rock Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday hosted the 13th annual Taste of Round Rock culinary event at Dell Diamond. Chamber officials estimated more than 1,000 turned out to sample food from 33 local restaurants in the chamber fundraiser. Pictured: Kathleen Champion treated participants to tres leches cake from Chuy's. HENRY HUEY FOR ROUND ROCK LEADER
The Round Rock Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday hosted the 13th annual Taste of Round Rock culinary event at Dell Diamond. Chamber officials estimated more than 1,000 turned out to sample food from 33 local restaurants in the chamber fundraiser. Pictured: Kathleen Champion treated participants to tres leches cake from Chuy’s.
HENRY HUEY FOR ROUND ROCK LEADER

Although Austin’s core often gets all the credit for culinary innovation and skill, some outlying cities are starting to step up their dining scenes, too, including Round Rock. The Taste of Round Rock event, which showcases area restaurants and caterers, returns this year with different menu items from old favorites and new spots alike.

Some of the participating places are Jack Allen’s Kitchen, Greenhouse Craft Food and Flix Brewhouse. There will also be a cash bar selling beer and wine.

Details: 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. $30. Round Rock Sports Center, 2400 Chisholm Trail, Round Rock. tasteofroundrock.com.

Free ice cream, ‘Star Wars’ and more things to do this week, April 3-9

Lick Ice Creams is now offering national shipping for its popular pints, which during the holiday season include flavors like plum jam and gin cake. Photo from Lick Ice Creams.`
Lick Ice Creams is now offering national shipping for its popular pints, which during the holiday season include flavors like plum jam and gin cake. Photo from Lick Ice Creams.`

Sunday
Honk!TX. Street and brass bands from around the country dissolve the line between crowd and performers by bringing music to the public spaces of town. The three day celebration of community and creative expression spread from South Congress to the Triangle. Sunday is the final day of the fest, beginning with a parade in East Austin followed by a band revue at Pan Am Park. 12-5 p.m. Pan American Park, Fourth and Chicon Streets. honktx.org.

Tuesday
‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ screening. Whether you didn’t catch the film in theaters or you couldn’t wait to see it again, almost everyone can get excited about this Weeknight Cinema feature. 6:30 p.m. Austin Public Library – North Village Branch, 2505 Steck Ave. 5120974-9960, library.austintexas.gov.

Lick Honest Ice Creams free scoop night. 
The local ice creamery is moving from its flagship location to a new home in the Lamar Union shopping district. Join them for a housewarming party where they’ll be scooping up free ice cream. They’ll also collect donations benefiting Hill Country Ride for AIDS throughout the week. 7-10 p.m. Lick Honest Ice Creams Lamar Union, 1100 South Lamar Blvd. ilikelick.com.

Wednesday
Fusebox Festival. This unique festival celebrating live performances, visual art and film will feature over 60 different installations, talks, and events in 24 venues across Austin. Continuing through Sunday, there are plenty of weird and wonderful happenings during this atypical long weekend. Find the calendar of events at fuseboxfestival.com/calendar.

Thursday
Brixton Comedy Hour. Looking for a laugh? Local comics Danny Palumbo, Amber Bixby, Yola Lu, Joey Zimmerman and Luis Flandes put on a free comedy show with happy hour specials. 8 p.m. The Brixton, 1412 East Sixth Street. 512-370-2749, thebrixtonaustin.com.

Friday
Hayes Carll in-store performance. Ahead of his new ‘Lovers and Leavers’ album release, Hayes Carll will give a free show at Waterloo Records. Grab a free Shiner beer and hear some of the new tracks from the upcoming album. Anyone who pre-purchases a copy of the CD or LP will receive a priority admission wristband to the performance. 5 p.m. Waterloo Records, 600A North Lamar Blvd. waterloorecords.com

Saturday
Clean Sweep. Keep Austin Beautiful! Over 4,000 volunteers will participate in the largest annual city-wide service day. More than 130 sites around town will be tended to in an attempt to remove more than 29 tons of trash from our city. Afterwards, grab a free t-shirt and lunch at the volunteer party with live music, art and other activities. 9-11 a.m. Various locations. keepaustinbeautiful.org/program/clean-sweep.