Want to wrap Pease Park in yellow plastic? Maybe lead a multimedia performance inspired by Judy Chicago? Art in Public Places wants to hear from you. Creative types who live or work within 35 miles of Austin are invited to submit proposals for site-specific, short-term artworks or time-based performances for Austin parkland.
Now's the time to replace that old clunker of a refrigerator or air conditioner, since you won't be paying tax on certain energy-efficient appliances. Go to www.window.state.tx.us/taxinfo/taxpubs/tx96_1331 for a complete list of tax-free items. Sat.-Mon., May 25-27.
Every fourth Saturday, the AAUE offers a workshop covering home-purchasing, mortgage-securing, and money management. Classes fill up quickly, so call to get on the waiting list. Personalized sessions are available. 10am-4pm.
Austin Area Urban League, 8011-A Cameron #100, 478-7176
Take action against the Monsanto Protection Act and celebrate the benefits of eating local. The march ends with a rally at the Capitol with speakers and live music. Costumes encouraged if you feel like being a bad apple. 10am-noon. Free.
Austin is one of more than 100 cities hosting marches to protest the passing of the Monsanto Protection Act. Environmental activists, local farmers, and all citizens who believe a healthy food system is a fundamental right in our society are encouraged to gather at Brush Square Park Saturday morning for a march to the Capitol grounds. The parade will be led by a brass band and will arrive at the South steps of the Capitol at 10am, where there will be speakers and music. 9:30am.
The festival is split into daytime and evening events. While the sun shines folks from various tech fronts including animation, dance, film, and gaming present their work. In the evenings many of those same presenters don their party pants with live scores to films, A/V performances, interactive dance, and some live jams to keep things going until midnight. Thu.-Sun., May 23-26. Daytime panels, free; Evening showcases, $20 ($74, for a four-day pass).
Have you created the next great board game? Bring your dice, cards, game board, or what-have-you, and meet with other gamemakers to help test drive your creation. Be polite, and return the favor by playing their games. The festivities are pay-what-you-want and kick off on Friday with a dinner at Black Star at 6:45pm. Fri.-Sun., May 24-26.
How should Austin spend its money? Let city leaders know. Participants will be asked to decide to increase, decrease, or maintain current funding levels for common city services. Accumulated feedback will be taken into consideration as the city develops its proposed 2014 budget this summer.