County officials estimate that more than 5,000 people are living with HIV in the region. To raise awareness, the Austin Healthy Adolescent Program will put on "Stigma," a play about seven characters affected by HIV who move from isolation to empowerment. Additional 12:30pm performance on July 30. 7:30pm. Free.
Have some barbecue and help raise money for GirlForward, a nonprofit which offers mentorship to adolescent refugee girls. 6-10pm. $35-40.
Free play, tournaments, live music, and a marketplace for all your old faves at one of the largest retro video game conventions in the USA. Local game-developer Warren Spector and author and screenwriter Ernie Cline headline the main stage. Sat.-Sun., July 30-31. $10-15 for one-day pass; $25 for two-day pass; kids, free.
Friday's VIP pre-sale is $25 and will benefit Dress for Success Austin, the Mexic-Arte Museum and the Kindness Campaign and then the doors open for free Saturday and Sunday with lots of shopping plus live music, street art, piñatas, drinks and food, and more. Fri., July 28, 12pm; Sat., July 30, 10am; Sun., July 31, 11am.
Use existing materials to make some shelves. That way you save the planet and have a place to put your crap! 1pm. Free.
Celebrate a decade of caffeine goodness with popsicles from Cold Ones, beer from Black Star Co-op, music, and more. 6-11pm. Free.
Epoch Coffee, 221 W. North Loop, 512/454-3762
Wear cool clothing and bring your mat and celebrate the art of yoga with the Consul General of India and other lovers of stretching and posing. 6-8pm. Free.
Donate music instruments of all types to help create an instrument lending library for at-risk youth in the Beyond the Grade program. Now the kids will have instruments to practice with at home, not just in class. 11am-5:30pm.
Rock n Roll Rentals: 1420 W. Oltorf and 8335 Burnet Rd.
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.
offer nooks-and-crannies walking tours that spotlight the dead to bring Austin's history and geography to life. Fri.-Sat., 8pm.
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.