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Art City Austin

This outdoor art fair with works in paint, photography, fiber, wood, glass, and more, showcasing more than 120 artists and contemporary galleries from Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, and right here in the ATX. With live music; with entertainment for kids of all ages. It's a big three-day hullaballoo filled with art, art, and art. See website for details. March 31- April 2.

Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd.

www.artallianceaustin.org/artcity

Austin Community College Building Bridges Town Hall

A discussion on students benefiting from early college high schools and how these schools are promoting equity in central Texas 1:30-3pm.

Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex, 1156 Hargrave, 512/472-6932

www.myec.net

CodeNEXT Public Outreach Sessions

Each meeting will include a brief presentation, a display of key points in the code, and mingle to discuss and answer questions. Sat. April 1, 12-2pm.

Westwood High School, 12400 Mellow Meadow, 512/464-4000

www.austintexas.gov/codenext

Common Ground: The Music Festival Experience

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Common Ground: The Music Festival Experience

Austin could not be a better home for this exhibit focused on the history of music festivals. Artifacts and concert footage bring the experience alive whether it's Hendrix at Monterey or Queen at Live Aid - both featured in a video montage of the Top 10 festival performances of all-time. Artifacts include Muddy Waters' '59 Martin acoustic played at the '68 Newport Folk Festival, a poster board stenciled sign by Banksy, and Dave Navarro's Jane's Addiction stage getup. Curated by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. March 10-July 23, Mon.-Sat., 9am-5pm, Sun., 12-5pm. $9-13.

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

www.thestoryoftexas.com

Hip Hop Lounge

Local hip-hop producers showcase their talents at this laid-back scene happening every first Saturday of the month. Sat., Jan. 7, 7-9pm. Free.

Exploded Records, 4500 Duval St.

www.outofplace.info

HONK!TX

Street and brass bands from all over the world descend on Austin to make a big noise on the move and unamplified. Events take place all weekend including a community parade you can join. See website for full schedule. Fri.-Sun., March 31-April 2. Free.

www.honktx.org

House District 48 Town Hall Meeting w. Rep. Donna Howard

Rep. Howard hosts a meeting for House District 48 constituents. 10am-noon.

Cedar Creek Elementary School, 3301 Pinnacle Rd.

www.house.state.tx.us

Mattress Firm Foster Kids Dollar Drive

Donate in-store at one of their 77 stores or online to benefit area foster kids and families. Free.

Mattress Firm, 3910 N. Lamar

www.mattressfirmfosterkids.org

National Day of Action: Affordable Housing Now!

House the Homeless and Challenger Newspaper unite for a national day of action. Demands include: livable incomes for those who cannot work, universal living wage, ending criminalization of homelessness, etc. 11am.

Magnolia Cafe South, 1920 S. Congress, 512/445-0000

www.HousetheHomeless.org

Panel on Gerrymandering: Should Politicians Choose Their Voters, Or The Other Way Around?

Panel discussion on redistricting and politicians choosing their voters. 2-4pm.

Yarborough Branch Library, 2200 Hancock

www.cg4tx.org

Pride & Joy: The Texas Blues of Stevie Ray Vaughan

Stevie Ray Vaughan fans will not want to miss this exhaustive exhibit guest curated by his brother, Jimmie Vaughan. Many of Vaughan's guitars (including his legendary "Number One" Fender stratocaster) will be on view as well as early family photos, concert posters, stage outfits, handwritten lyrics, exclusive archival concert footage, his famed hat, and more. March 10 through July 23. $9-13.

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

www.thestoryoftexas.com

Purchased Lives: The American Slave Trade From 1808 to 1865

This exhibit examines "the lives of individuals intertwined in the domestic slave trade by exploring slavery’s reach beyond New Orleans and Galveston, beyond Texas, beyond the South, and into the very fabric of America." Through July 9. Cost of museum admission, free for members.

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

www.thestoryoftexas.com

Resident Evil Escape Experience

Schedule your one-hour session in this interactive escape room honoring the survival horror stalwart. Through April 12. $35.

The Yard, 902 E. Cesar Chavez

Sherwood Forest Faire

Get out your corsets and chain-mail and join the fun and fantasy in the medieval village with scads of performances each day, plus food, shopping, live music, and unparalleled people watching. Weekends, March 4-April 23, 10am-dusk.

Sherwood Forest Faire, 1883 Old Hwy. 20, McDade

www.sherwoodforestfaire.com

Urban Music Festival

This party got so big they had to expand it to two days. Local acts play on the smaller stage until it's time for the big names like Keith Sweat and Tony! Toni! Toné! to take the stage. Fri.-Sat. March 31-April 1.

Auditorium Shores, 920 W. Riverside

www.urbanmusicfest.com

Walk and Bike Talks

The Austin Transportation Department hosts a final discussion on the Pedestrian Safety Action Plan and the Bicycle Master Plan. 2-3:30pm.

Ruiz Branch Library, 1600 Grove, 512/974-7400

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#Resist Texas HHSC Assault On LGBTQIA Youth

Texas' Health & Human Services Commission removed inclusive language for LGBTQ youth from their children's mental health grant proposal. This is one way Texas leaves queer youth and families in need of help. Come out, speak up for queer kids. Fri., April 28, 9am..

Travis County Health and Human Services Building, 4614 North IH-35, 512/972-4900

Call for Platelet Donors

The supply of platelets has fallen to an unsafe level. Anyone who is able is urged to make a platelet donation appointment as soon as possible. Platelet donation may be done every 7 days or 24 times per year. The entire process from the time a donor walks through the doors until they leave is approximately 1 to 1.5 hours. Call to make an appointment. Open seven days a week.

We Are Blood, 4300 N. Lamar, 512/206-1266

www.inyourhands.org

Downtown Ghost Tours

offer nooks-and-crannies walking tours that spotlight the dead to bring Austin's history and geography to life. Fri.-Sat., 8pm.

853-9826

www.austinghosttours.com

Emancipet Free Days

This mobile spay/neuter clinic might be in your neighborhood today. Check www.emancipet.org to find out. Fri.-Sat., check-in begins 8am (first come, first served). Free.

587-SPAY

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