12 Years A Slave - A Public Roundtable & Discussion

Roundtable discussion of the debate around Steve McQueen's film. 5pm. Free.

UT Austin, Texas Union Building, Santa Rita Suite (UNB 3.502)


Answers About the New Health Insurance Landscape

Not sure if you should be thanking or cursing Obama and his new health insurance plan? Get your questions answered and maybe even get yourself signed up. Go online for times and locations. Free.


Beauty Goes Red

Wear red for the American Heart Association and enjoy beauty and pampering from a bevy of local companies along with some accessory shopping. 6-9pm. $10.

The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside, 512/474-5664


CAAAD Lunar New Year Celebration

The Capital Area Asian American Democrats honor local activists and legislators with awards while also honoring the Year of the Horse with food and cultural performances. 6-8pm. $10.

Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron


Central Market Chocolate Festival

Enjoy two weeks of absolute chocolate indulgence with a huge schedule of in-store demonstrations and presentations by international chocolatiers, taste samples in both stores, and get educated with chocolate-inspired cooking classes. Check website for schedule details. Feb. 5-18.

Central Market, 4001 N. Lamar; Central Market Westgate, 4477 S. Lamar


Central Market Cooking School

Chocolate Indulgence: Gluten-Free and Vegan. Class taught by Kaylee Walters, head baker at Thai Fresh Ltd. and Thrice Cafe. Ages 13 & up. 6:30pm. $50.

Central Market North Cooking School, 4001 N. Lamar, 512/206-1014


Commercial Recycling Lunch & Learn

Austin Resource Recovery trains property owners and managers on new Universal Recycling Ordinance requirements. noon-1pm. Free.

City Hall, 301 W. Second, 512/974-1884


Concordia University's Conversations With… Speaker Series

Brand Inclusion CEO Donna DeBerry talks about marketing and branding for diversity. noon. Free.

Concordia University, 11400 Concordia University Dr., 512/313-5302


Extreme Mammals

Learn about the biggest, smallest, meanest, and cutest mammals on earth using the museum's interactive exhibits. Through March 23.

Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress, 512/936-8746


First Thursday

Music, food, and shopping. Free.

South Congress

Good Taste For The Love Of Fungi

Mushroom centric bites to pair with your art experience. 6-8pm. $15.

Contemporary Austin, 3809 West 35th St., 512/458-8191


Pedal-Powered Machine Workshop

Learn about turning that beat-up bike into a useful machine and see how these inventions are helping Mexican and Central American communities. Thu. & Fri., Feb. 6 & 7, 6-9pm; Sun., Feb. 9, 11am-5pm. Free.

Yellow Bike Project, 1216 Webberville Rd., 512/524-5299


Rock Ball With Blue October

Dress in "punk cocktail" attire and enjoy an acoustic performance from platinum-selling artists Blue October. Proceeds go to the Austin School for the Performing and Visual Arts. 6:30-11:30pm. $115-150.

One World Theatre, 7701 Bee Caves Rd., 512/330-9500


Thursday Night Social Ride

Kinda like Critical Mass without all the pretension. Relax, ride around town, chat it up with cycle-lovers like yourself, and overrun a park or a local hangout or two or three. Thursdays, 7:30pm.

Festival Beach, 2101 Bergman


We Got Hoodwinked: The Problem Is Drug Policy, Not Drugs

Dr. Carl Hart speaks about the myths behind the war on drugs. 7-9pm. Free.

St. James' Episcopal Church, 1941 Webberville Rd.



Barton Springs Audio Tour

Take a self-guided tour of Austin's favorite swimming hole. All you have to do is download the audio files and map from the Save Our Springs Alliance website, and off you go.

Barton Springs Pool, 2201 Barton Springs Rd., 512/867-3080


Central Market Cooking School

Whether you need to brush up your knife skills or throw together a romantic Thai dinner for two, these guys have you covered year round with an eclectic array of classes spanning all skill levels.

Central Market North, 4001 N. Lamar, 512/206-1000


Helping Hands Center

needs strong, dependable males to help load/unload groceries twice monthly.

Helping Hands Center, 1151 San Bernard St., 472-2298