Texas VegFest and more free events this week, March 27-April 2

Photo by Jay Janner
Photo by Jay Janner

Sunday
Game of Thorns musical. In honor of the holiday, this original play tells the story of Easter through the lens of the characters from “Game of Thrones.” Music from Stevie Wonder and “GodSpell” are woven into the script. 11 a.m. Life in the City United Methodist Church, 205 Monroe Street. lifeinthecityaustin.org.

Monday
Motown Monday. Want to take your dance floor game to the next level? Head to the Highball for West Coast Swing dance lessons followed by performances from Matchmaker Band and The Nightowls, so you can show off your new moves. Every Monday at 8 p.m. 1142 South Lamar Blvd. 512-383-8309, thehighball.com.

Wednesday
Marvel Universe Trivia Night. Assemble a team of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes for a trivia night dedicated entirely to the Marvel Universe presented by Who Wants a Dollar? Pub Quiz. 7-10 p.m. Volstead Lounge, 1500 East Sixth Street. hotelvegasaustin.com.

Thursday
Gutbusters. Some of the funniest people in Austin will gather at Hops And Grain Brewing for a night of laughs and lagers. 8 p.m. 507 Calles Street. hopsandgrain.com.

Friday
Downtown Street Fair. Taking a lunch break? Food vendors, retailers, entertainers and artists will line Congress Ave for your midday enjoyment. The fair will return every Friday afternoon with different vendors. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. 900 Congress Ave. downtownaustin.com.

Triple Z Threadz Grand Opening. The makers of the embroidered upcycled pearl snap are celebrating their new location on South Congress with complimentary cocktails, free Via 313 pizza, a DJ set and more fun activities. Wear your most 70s attire. 6-10 p.m. Triple Z Threadz, 1606 South Congress Ave. 512-994-8080, triplezthreadz.com.

Saturday
Texas VegFest. Local and national organizations put on this public education festival celebrating the benefits of a plant-based diet. Expect demonstrations, lectures, interactive booths, live music and, of course, food. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Fiesta Gardens, 2101 Jesse E. Segovia Street. texasvegfest.com.

Friday’s event pick: The City Theatre’s “Bus Stop”

"Bus Stop," the City Theatre's latest production, is a William Inge American classic in which eight snowbound strangers stranded at a Midwest diner get a full serving of love, longing and loneliness. Photo by Dave Inman.
“Bus Stop,” the City Theatre’s latest production, is a William Inge American classic in which eight snowbound strangers stranded at a Midwest diner get a full serving of love, longing and loneliness. Photo by Dave Inman.

The City Theatre takes on William Inge’s American classic, about eight snowbound strangers who stop into a roadside diner following a bus detour during a howling storm. As the storm rages outside, each of them spend the night discovering truths and uncovering lies — both about themselves and each other.

Among the characters is Cherie, a nightclub singer with big dreams, and Gerald Lyman, a college philosophy professor who comes to terms with who he is.

Details: 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday through April 3. $10-$25. 3823 Airport Blvd., Suite D. 512-524-2870,www.citytheatreaustin.org.

The Zilker Kite Festival and more free events this week, March 6-12

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Sunday
Zilker Kite Festival. Ring in spring at Zilker Park for one of Austin’s most-loved annual events. Create your own kite to compete in contests or buy one for leisurely flying. Local vendors will provide food, drinks and other fun activities. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Road. acbkitefestival.org.

Tuesday
Texas Rising Stars Concert. For the fourth year, the best of the Austin community orchestras with the best from the Butler School of Music collaborate for a community concert. Guest organist Storm Knien will also perform. 7:30 p.m. Bates Recital hall, 2406 Robert Dedman Drive. austincivicorchestra.org.

Thursday
March Wine Walk. Follow a map around the Hill Country Galleria to shop the mix of retailers while discovering wines from all over the world. 5-9 p.m. 12700 Hill Country Blvd (Bee Cave). 512-263-0001, hillcountrygalleria.com.
Books & Beer. Local librarians will choose their favorite reads to pair with Blue Owl’s craft brews. Bring gently used books to stock a series of new Little Free Libraries to be placed throughout Austin. 5 p.m. Blue Owl Brewing, 2400 East Cesar Chavez Street. blueowlbrewing.com.

Friday
SX Create. This official SXSW community event celebrates the new technologies that are shaping our future. See drones, 3D printers, biohacking and more disruptive solutions in action. 11 a.m.-6 p.m, March 11-13. Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd. sxsw.com/exhibitions/sx-create.

Saturday
Art Free-For-All. The whole family can learn all about the Contemporary Austin’s educational programs by creating a new work of art to take home and getting involved in some hands-on demonstrations. Afterward, check out the museum’s many sculptures and grab a snack from an on-site food truck. 12-4 p.m. Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th Street. 512-453-5312, thecontemporaryaustin.org.

 

Eat a Cowboy Breakfast and more free events this week, Feb. 29-March 6

USE THIS PHOTO MAIN B1 MARCH 06, 2015 -  Trick roper, Kevin Fitzpatrick, lassos Keaton, 4, and Bronson Long, 6, as their grandmother, Mindy Long, left, takes their picture during the annual Rodeo of Austin Cowboy Breakfast held at the Long Center in Austin, TX. The cowboy-style breakfast is free to the public and is a kick-off to Rodeo Austin which runs March 14-28.    (RODOLFO GONZALEZ / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)
The cowboy-style breakfast is free to the public and is a kick-off to Rodeo Austin. (RODOLFO GONZALEZ / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

Monday
Shakespeare in Print and Performance. Explore the legacy of Shakespeare through early printed books, his textual sources and his plays, along with costume and set designs showcasing the many ways his work has been interpreted into performance. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday with extended Thursday evening hours. Free public tour at noon. Harry Ransom Center, 300 West 21st Street. 512-471-8944, hrc.utexas.edu.

Wednesday
Star Party. Bring the whole family to the University of Texas for Austin’s best view of the moon and stars. The public is invited to gaze through the 16-inch telescope on the roof of Robert Lee Moore Hall. Can’t make it this week? Star parties happen every Wednesday during the semester. 7-9 p.m. Dean Keeton and Speedway. 512-232-4265, outreach.as.utexas.edu/public.

Thursday
South Congress Hotel Open House. You don’t have to be a tourist to explore the new South Congress Hotel. The first Thursday of every month, locals can enjoy special treats, live music, drink specials, shopping, dining and complimentary valet parking. 5-9 p.m. South Congress Hotel, 1603 South Congress Ave. 512-920-6405, southcongresshotel.com.

Friday
Cowboy Breakfast. Every year, this Texas-sized breakfast kicks off the Fair and Rodeo. You’ll be entertained with two-stepping lessons and live music while you munch on pancakes and biscuits. 6 a.m. The Long Center, 701 West Riverside Drive. rodeoaustin.com/events.

Saturday
25th Annual Lago Vista Bike Race. Watch almost 500 cyclists race through the hills of Lago Vista and enjoy family-friendly fun like face-painting and a kids’ bike race. Sponsors will also provide refreshments. Bring your lawn chairs and cheer on the competitors. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. 1925 American Drive. 512-267-7952, lagovista.org.
Spring Holidays Fair from Asia and Beyond. Spring’s arrival brings more than sunshine and wildflowers, especially to other cultures. Learn more about the Chinese New Year, French Speaking Month, Holi and more Spring festival traditions from around the world through family activities, demonstrations and performances. 12-4 p.m. Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Road. 512-974-1700, austintexas.gov/aarc.

Ring in the Year of the Monkey and more free things to do this week, Feb. 21-27

People feed money to the lion during the Lion Danc. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN
People feed money to the lion during the Lion Danc. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Sunday
Chinese New Year Celebration. Ring in the Year of the Monkey with your fellow Austinites. The Thein Hau Linh Son and Summit Lion Dance teams will wow you with their traditional lion and dragon routines, and each performance will be capped with celebratory firecrackers. 11 a.m. 5 p.m. Chinatown Center, 10901 North Lamar Blvd. chinatownaustin.com.

Monday
Barbara Jordan’s 80th birthday celebration. An interactive exhibit of Jordan’s life will live on the ground floor of the Texas Capitol Rotunda all week in honor of her legacy as a Texas leader of the Civil Rights movement. Note: her birthday is actually Sunday, Feb. 21. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Texas State Capitol, 201 East 14th Street. 512-476-4716, austintexas.org.

Tuesday
Texas Artist Series: Her Texas. The female pioneers, ranchers, fighters, and outlaws of Texas rarely have their stories told. Join anthology authors, poets and artists as they spread the word of historic of Texas women. 7 p.m. thestoryoftexas.com.

Wednesday
Insights: Live bronze pour. Take a closer look at the lost-wax casting technique Charles Umlauf used for his bronze sculptures. Enjoy beverages, examine the sculptures on display and witness a live bronze pour from the members of Austin’s Atelier 3-D studio. 6-8 p.m. Umlauf Sculpture Garden, 605 Robert E. Lee Road.  512-445-5582, umlaufsculpture.com.

Friday
The People’s Gallery Opening Reception. Stroll through the first three floors of City Hall where over 100 works from Austin-area artists, galleries, museums and arts organizations will be displayed. 6-9 p.m. Austin City Hall, 301 West Second Street. 512-974-7700, austintexas.org.
Jugglefest Renegade Show. What talents will jump onto the open stage of this year’s show? Jugglers, unicyclers and other unknowns will display their talents in a mish-mash show of organized chaos. This marks the 23rd year of Jugglefest, an event full of workshops, demos and shows featuring juggling and its related circus acts. 10 p.m. The North Door, 502 Brushy Street. 512-485-3001, ndvenue.com.

Saturday
Hooked on Mueller. Cast a line into Mueller Lake stocked with 2,300 rainbow trout ripe for the catching. In addition to the fish, Texas Parks and Wildlife will also provide demonstrations and additional activities. Coffee, snacks and giveaways will be provided by a few Mueller businesses. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Mueller Lake Park, 4550 Mueller Blvd. 512-974-6700, muelleraustin.com/thinking-green/parks/.

Sunday’s event pick: The Blanton Museum’s “Come As You Are: Art of the 1990s”

Alex Bag, video still from “Untitled Fall 95.” From “Come As You Are: Art of the 1990s."
Alex Bag, video still from “Untitled Fall 95.” From “Come As You Are: Art of the 1990s.”

This exhibit is the first major museum survey to examine, within a historical context, the art that emerged in this pivotal decade — and it might be the first because many of us are still coming to terms with the 1990s as a piece of history.

Nonetheless, the show displays the work of 45 U.S. artists —including Donald Moffett, Catherine Opie and Frances Stark — with installations, videos, paintings, sculpture, drawing, prints, photography and early Internet art.

Details: Opens Sunday. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. $5-$9; free on Thursdays. 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. 512-471-7324, blantonmuseum.org.

The University Co-Op celebrates 120 years and more free events, Feb. 1-7

The University Co-Op on Guadalupe Street across from the University of Texas campus has long been a fixture of college life offering clothing and fan gear, to textbooks and memorabilia. RALPH BARRERA / AMERICAN-STATESMAN
The University Co-Op on Guadalupe Street across from the University of Texas campus has long been a fixture of college life offering clothing and fan gear, to textbooks and memorabilia.
RALPH BARRERA / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Tuesday
Indie Lens Pop-up. The neighborhood series featuring documentaries seen on PBS’s Independent Lens screens “The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution.” The documentary explores the revolutionary culture that emerged in the 1960s. 7 p.m. APL – Windsor Park Branch. 5833 Westminster Drive. library.austintexas.gov, 512-974-9840.

Wednesday
Prose on the Plaza: Infinite Jest. Twenty years ago, David Foster Wallace published his novel “Infinite Jest.” Readers will share their favorite passages from the lengthy work in the place where Wallace’s archive resides: the Harry Ransom Center. 12 p.m. 300 West 21st Street. 512-417-8944, hrc.utexas.edu/events.

Thursday
University Co-Op 120 Year Birthday Bash. To commemorate the birthday milestone most of us will only dream of reaching, the Co-Op will give away free koozies, tote bags, t-shirts and food from the Co-Op food court trailers. If that’s not enough, local partners like High Brew Coffee, Tiff’s Treats and Alamo Drafthouse will come bearing giveaways. 4-6 p.m. 2246 Guadalupe Street. 512-476-7211, universitycoop.com.

Jaye Rhee’s “Shaping the Presence, Forming the Absence.” For this art show, Jaye Rhee displays her four-channel video installation, “The Flesh and the Book,” which addresses the intersections between performance, video and sound. In the installation, original dancers of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company perform within a musical staff set made of five thick rubber bands, suspended at different heights yet equidistant from each other, to showcase the tension between dance and music. She’ll have an artist talk at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, before the reception. Opening reception 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday. 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Sunday through March 10. Free. University Galleries at Texas State University, Sessom and Comanche streets, San Marcos. 512-245-2647, txstgalleries.org. – A. Auber

Saturday
South Austin Brewery’s 2-Year Anniversary
. South Austin Brewery is celebrating another year in business with a big bash that will include, naturally, plenty of beers for you to toast with. Enjoy $2 cans of Evel Ale (a blonde), Kol (a kolsch) and the TPA (a session IPA). Plus, Burro Cheese Kitchen and OMG Cheesecakery will be on-site to fill all your food needs, and live music will come from a variety of local bands, including Taylor and the Wild Now, That Girl Dre and the Knievels. You can bring dogs, extra seating and board games. 2 p.m. Saturday. Free. 415 St. Elmo Road, suite 1D. 512-354-2337, facebook.com/SouthAustinBrewery.

 

Torchy’s grand opening and more free events this week, Jan. 18-24

The newly added Torchy's Tacos inside the Darrell K. Royal Memorial Stadium on Sunday, August 9, 2015. Pluckers, Torchy's Tacos and Austin's Pizza will all be open for business inside of the stadium during the upcoming football season. Shelby Tauber / AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Shelby Tauber / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Monday
MLK Community March. Celebrate Dr. King’s legacy while uplifting diversity and multi-culturalism in our city. March with other community members from the MLK statue on the UT campus to the south steps of the Capitol and finally Huston-Tillotson university for a celebratory festival and food drive. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Begins at 305 East 23rd Street, ends at 804 Chalmers Ave. mlkcelebration.com.
Torchy’s Tacos grand opening party. The newest location of the Austin taco chain will offer free tacos, snacks and family-friendly entertainment featuring a live performance from the Lost Pines. Did we mention there will be free tacos? 6-9 p.m. Torchy’s Tacos – South Congress, 1822 South Congress Ave. torchystacos.com.

Tuesday
Astronomy on Tap. This monthly series kicks off the year with topics requested by the audience. Attendees will grab a beer and learn about dark matter, how we know it exists and how scientists are searching for it throughout the universe. The founder and director of the Art. Science. Gallery will also speak about astronomy in art. 7:30-9:30 p.m. The North Door, 502 Brushy Street. ndvenue.com.

Wednesday
A conversation with Ed Ruscha. One of the most acclaimed artists working today, Ruscha will discuss his life and work to celebrate the opening of his collection at the Harry Ransom Center. A reception will follow. 6-8 p.m. Blanton Museum of Art, 200 East Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. blantonmuseum.org.

Thursday
Third Thursday at the Blanton. Public programs like yoga, live music and in-depth tours take place throughout the day to welcome non-members to explore all the museum has to offer. Attendees can also look forward to a conversation with San Antonio-born artist Donald Moffett. Check the website for specific times. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Blanton Museum of Art, 200 East Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. blantonmuseum.org.

Sunday
Octavitas Celebration. Los Reyes Magos (The Three Kings) come to Austin to celebrate Octavitas with family-friendly song and Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance performances. Los Reyes will also give an award to someone making a significant contribution in the Texas Boricua community. 2-5 p.m. Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance and Cultural Center, 701 Tillery Street. 512-251-8122, prfdance.org.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day events in Austin

MLK March A: wall at MLK Memorial Park in Smithville displays the famous I have a dream speech of Martin Luther King Jr. MLK March SMI (1): Participants start Monday's MLK march from MLK Memorial Park in Smithville. Terry Hagerty for Bastrop Advertiser and Smithville Times. MLK March SMI (2): Youth help carry a banner proclaiming Let Freedom Ring during the Martin Luther King Jr. Day march Monday in Smithville. Bastrop County s annual march rotates between Bastrop, Smithville and Elgin. Terry Hagerty for Bastrop Advertiser and Smithville Times. MLK March SMI (3): The MLK walk had a strong turnout of county residents Monday in Smithville. Terry Hagerty for Bastrop Advertiser and Smithville Times. MLK March SMI (4): Many youth, with their pets, enjoyed the MLK walk to the Smithville Rec Center Monday. Terry Hagerty for Bastrop Advertiser and Smithville Times. MLK March SMI (5): Lee Etta Washington (from front to back), Abilene Oliver, Johnnie Gentry and Josephine McGregor enjoy the program at the Smithville Rec Center Monday. Terry Hagerty for Bastrop Advertiser and Smithville Times. MLK March SMI (6) Marissa Hardeman prepares food packets for after the program at the Smithville Rec Center during Monday s Martin Luther King Jr. Day festivities. Terry Hagerty for Bastrop Advertiser and Smithville Times. MLK March SMI (7): Youth say the Pledge of Allegiance to start off the program at the Smithville Rec Center Monday. Terry Hagerty for Bastrop Advertiser and Smithville Times. MLK March SMI (8): Joyous, spiritual songs were part of the MLK Day program in Smithville Monday. Terry Hagerty for Bastrop Advertiser and Smithville Times. MLK March SMI (9): Placards calling for stopping the execution of death-row inmate Rodney King were carried during the MLK Day parade Monday in Smithville. Terry Hagerty for Bastrop Advertiser and Smithville Times. 1-19-15 BASTROP ADVERTISER/SMITHVILLE TIMES
A wall at MLK Memorial Park in Smithville displays the famous I have a dream speech of Martin Luther King Jr. The Bastrop Advertiser.

MLK Community MarchThe triple-threat event of the holiday is a march, festival and food drive in one. Participants will meet at the MLK statue on the University of Texas campus for a short program before marching to the south steps of the State Capitol. Soon after, the group will continue to the campus of Huston-Tillotson University  to begin the festival. Local music and vendors highlight the festival’s offerings. Don’t forget to bring non-perishable food items! 9 a.m. Begins at 305 East 23rd Street, ends at 804 Chalmers Ave.

(Re)membering Martin Luther King Jr. The George Washington Carver museum hosts a series of screenings of films and documentaries about the life and influence of MLK. The marathon begins with “King – Go Beyond the Dream to Discover the Man” and ends with “Selma”. Free. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. George Washington Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina Street.

“Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution” screening. The National Black MBA Association Austin Chapter hosts a special screening of this Sundance featured film. Popcorn and parking are included in the price of a ticket. There will also be a mingling event held beforehand. $15 for members/$20 for non members. 7 p.m. Violet Crown Cinema, 434 West Second Street.

Peace Through Pie eventsRead Addie Broyles’ blog for more on these citywide pie fests.

Blood of the Martyrs Blood Drive.  The 13th annual blood drive sponsored by the Office of Black Catholics of the Diocese of Austin is an accessible way to give on this holiday. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The van will park at Chalmers Street between Eighth and 11th Streets on the campus of Huston-Tillotson University.

Monday’s event pick: Video Game Night at Craft Pride

Craft Pride, serving only craft beers made in Texas, makes for a fitting location of the June State Beer challenge.

At beer bar Craft Pride, Monday nights are going to be all about video games. The first Video Game Night is this week, when the bar staff is hooking up old video game consoles to the projector in the backyard and offering visitors the chance to play old favorites.

The new tradition is starting out with a free play format — this Monday with a Nintendo 64 and games like “Super Smash Brothers,” “GoldenEye 007” and more — but will switch to tournament play in a few weeks with prizes available.

Details: 8 p.m. Monday. Free. 61 Rainey St. www.facebook.com/CraftPrideAustin.