Summer Fun 2014





  • Heather Woodbury: As The Globe Warms

    One of the most amazing theatre artists to ever set foot in this city returns to the Vortex with a new story – an American soap opera in six parts – and a whole new cast of characters, all played by Woodbury herself. Witness this creative powerhouse of a woman, directed by Michael Yawney, as she explores and explodes the headlines of our times with endangered frogs, whirling dervishes, desperate scientists, and evangelicals gone wild. Through Nov. 11, 8pm. Part Two: Thu., Nov. 1; Fri., Nov. 2. Part Three: Sat., Nov. 3; Sun., Nov. 4. Part Four: Wed., Nov. 7. Part Five: Thu., Nov. 8; Fri., Nov. 9. Part Six: Sat., Nov. 10; Sun., Nov. 11. $10-30 (but ask about those VIP passes!)

    The Vortex, 2307 Manor Rd., 512/478-5282

  • Museum of Natural and Artificial Ephemerata: House

    Witness all ye artlovers the Museum of Natural & Artificial Ephemerata's current exhibition of urban habitation, and enjoy a tour of their bizarre "impermanent collection" as well. Through Jan. 28. Saturdays, 1-4pm.

    Museum of Natural & Artificial Ephemerata, 1808 Singleton, 512/320-0566

  • Women & Their Work: Violent Delights

    Ann Wood's fantastic art incorporates two- and three-dimensional pieces – entire taxidermied deer, for instance – into a rococo outcropping of landscape that references topiaries, floral bouquets, and pastry decorating. But, note: The death and decay lurking below the surface or hovering nearby is, you might say, more than just the icing on this complex cake. Recommended. Through Nov. 17.

    Women & Their Work, 1710 Lavaca, 512/477-1064

  • SVT Gallery: Vivid Section

    Here's a retrospective of work by your Arts Listings editor, Wayne Alan Brenner, featuring pen-and-ink drawings, altered and embroidered cloth, screenprints, mixed-media works, and a new 4-by-6-foot portrait of Philip K. Dick in acrylics. Maybe check in and see what this fellow who's been writing about the scene for years can actually do, artwise, himself? Through Dec. 30.

    Salvage Vanguard Theater, 2803 Manor Rd., 512/474-7886


    • Barkitecture 2012

      Local architects and designers have created stylish animal abodes that you can bid on to help animal charities. Dress up your dog for the Fashound Show, or just prepare for some playtime in the temporary dog park on Second Street. noon-4pm. Free.

      2nd Street District

    • Darkstalkers

      Halloween is over, and even though the lights have been turned out the haunted house is still open. Groups get a glow stick to explore the otherwise pitch black spookery. Fri.-Sat., Nov. 9-10, 7pm-12mid. $25.

      Highland Mall, 6001 Airport

    • Carnival-O-Pizza

      Once again it's time for the best party in SoCo, the annual Home Slice pizza carnival to benefit Austin Bat Cave. The day offers contests of endurance and skill, carnival games, a big raffle with killer prizes, live music, beverages from Real Ale Brewing and Dublin Bottling Works, plus plenty of pizza. noon-7pm.

      Home Slice Pizza, 1415 S. Congress, 512/444-7437

    • Faraday's Holiday Baking Contest

      The sixth annual baking contest is this weekend and it's still not too late to enter in one of the four categories: Pies & Tarts, Cakes & Cupcakes, Cookies, and Other. Prizes will be awarded to the winner in each category and a grand prize winner chosen from the top four. Drop off entries at the store between 8:30 and 10am Saturday morning and judging runs from 10-11:45am before the public tasting noon-3pm, after which prizes will be awarded. Find rules, entry forms, and complete info online. 10am-4pm.

      Faraday's Kitchen Store, 12918 Shops Parkway #540, 512/266-5666

    • Scottish Gathering of the Clans & Highland Games

      The clans will be meeting on the field of honor to see who is the mightiest, plus food, music, and demonstrations. Fri.-Sun., Nov. 9-11.

      Salado, 254/947-5232

    • Wurstfest

      Put on your lederhosen and join the salute to sausage and oompah music for a unique German celebration with a Texas twang. Fri.-Sun., Nov. 2-11.

      New Braunfels, 800/221-4369

    • The Rules of Basketball

      Features an exhibition by artist Paul Pfeiffer and a display of James Naismith's 1891 document the Original Rules of Basketball. You won't want to miss this in-depth and historical look into the sport of basketball. Runs through Jan. 13, 2013.

      The Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr., 512/471-7324

    • University of Texas

      Men's Basketball Vs. Fresno State: Fri., Nov. 9, 7pm. Vs. Coppin State: Mon., Nov. 12, 7pm. Frank Erwin Center, 1701 Red River. $8-40. Women's Volleyball Wed., Nov. 14, 7pm. Gregory Gym, 2101 Speedway. $4-7. Football Vs. Iowa State: Sat., Nov. 10, 11am. Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, 2100 San Jacinto.

    • The Gifts of Being Queer

      Music, storytelling, auction, community. Come out for OutYouth and SoulForce. Hear it from the heart and flirt with the Capital City Men's Chorus – all of 'em. 7-10pm. $9-25, youth and presale discounts available.

      Conjunctured, 1309 E. Seventh, 612/217-0371,