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  • Come and Smoke it

    Smoke Game Strong presents "Come and Smoke It", A BBQ foodie event with 10 specialty dishes for all to enjoy at Windy Point Park on Lake Travis! Food, drinks and park entry are all included in the ticket price! There's also free parking and live music so bring all your friends and family!
    Sat. June 26, 12pm-7pm  
    Windy Point (Bob Wentz Point)
  • 2021 Austin Greek Festival

    Delicious Greek food including lamb, spanakopita, gyros, souvlaki, baklava and much more will set the stage for dancing and fun. Greek dance performances, kid-friendly activities, Greek dance lessons, shopping for Greek souvenirs at the agora market and much more make this three-day event a must to attend! Come experience the Greek hospitality known around the world!
    June 18-20  
    Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church
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    The Austin Chronicle Virtual Hot Sauce Festival

    The 30th annual Hot Sauce Festival is going virtual this year! Donate to the Central Texas Food Bank to count yourself in on the spicy festivities. The live event will feature winner announcements, hot sauce judging highlights, surprises from Camila McConaughey and Eldorado Cafe, plus music from Go Fever, Como Las Movies, Mike Melinoe, and Nemegata. Your donation helps Central Texas families in need and comes with special perks from local sponsors like Joy Organics, Tiff's Treats, Grassroots Harvest, and dozens more. Tasting kits are sold out, but all-new Hot Sauce merch is still available. Get more info and make your donation at austinchronicle.com/hot-sauce.
    Sun., Aug. 30  
    Online
  • Arts

    Books

    Christopher Brown: Failed State

    Here comes a new dystopian legal thriller from the author of Tropic of Kansas and Rule of Capture, as Austin's own Christopher Brown talks with Cory Doctorow about what happens in Failed State, Brown's latest literary provocation that explores the aftermath of a second American revolution. Listen: "Amid the flooded ruins of New Orleans, rebels are building their idea of utopia – which includes kidnapping their defeated adversaries who got rich destroying the country and trying them for their crimes."Zoom, citizen, from the relative safety of your present home, into a finely wrought future that may very well be among the darkling ones we're facing now.Note: You can purchase a copy of the new paperback right here.
    Wed., Aug. 12, 7pm. Free.  
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    Visual Arts

    Cloud Tree Studios: Being

    Here's the final weekend for Cloud Tree's safety-optimized show of new figurative works by longtime local, Peruvian-born sculptor Alejandra Almuelle, featuring a series that "explores the state of being as a process of becoming." Our own appreciation of sculpture in general is in the process of becoming overwhelmed by the powerful beauty of what Almuelle can do with clay and pigment, and this timely exhibition is another stunning example of why. So make a reservation, put on your best mask, and be sure you don't miss this soul-fortifying opportunity.
    Through Aug. 22. Free.
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    Fix-It at Home: Bike Gears

    Have you ever experienced trouble with your bike gears? What happens when your gears get out of alignment? Join this workshop hosted by Austin Resource Recovery to learn how bike gears work and how to fix the shifting system if you find yourself in a bind.
    Wed., Aug. 12, 11:30am. Free.  
    Online
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Flatbed Press: La Romita Revisited

    This is a group exhibition by the participants of the 2019 Italian Il Sole Residency at La Romita, Umbria, featuring work by Jo Harvey Allen, Katherine Brimberry, Belinda Casey, Monica Cimino, Suzi Davidoff, Orna Feinstein, Mary Fischer, Elaine Johnson, Charmaine Locke, Erica Stephenson, Sam Schwartz, and Susan Schwartz. A glass of prosecco, we reckon, will be the perfect liquid accompaniment to Friday's Zoomed reception.
    Through Aug. 18. Free.  
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    Visual Arts

    GrayDUCK Gallery: Two New Shows!

    There's not just one but two new exhibitions at this esteemed Eastside gallery: 1) This year's Eyes Got It winner David Alcantar presents "Continually, the Unnameable Moves On,"illustrations and musings about negotiation, the show itself perforce renegotiated due to Our Present Circumstances. 2) M.E. Laursen has curated "Occupied," a group show exploring the experience of occupying a body, featuring work by Christina Coleman, André Fuqua, Alex Kang, Ling-Lin Ku, Jay Jones, Diego Mireles Duran, Weylin Neyra, Rachael Starbuck, Tino Ward, and Ariel Wood.
    Through Aug. 23, by appointment
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    Visual Arts

    ICOSA: Window Dressing VII

    This latest in ICOSA's continually refreshed series of front-window installations features public (be)longing: SGMRT Rakhee Jain Desai and Jessica Blaustein's large textile panels based on a selection of Singapore MRT (subway) stations. "It feels oddly fitting that textile maps made for open interaction and touch hang silently behind a glass wall — almost like an open casket."
    Through Aug. 17
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    Visual Arts

    John Mulvany: The Pattern Days

    It's only because we've been a bit unnerved by this pandemic, probably: That's why the access point here makes us giggle. But damned if one of the best artists in this city, the man whose bright images of urban and forested realisms are forever haunted by ghosts of one kind or another – damned if that John Mulvany hasn't gone and mounted a public show via Google Docs. Once you get over the WHUT factor of that and have clicked to see what's up, you'll be pleasantly surprised: It's not quite as good as being there in the flesh – is anything, ever? – but this solution, room by room and painting by painting, elegantly showcases the artist's new mid-lockdown series of works depicting the deep, spirit-riddled natural world.
    Through Aug. 16. Free.  
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    Mexic-Arte Museum: Call for Día de los Muertos Ofrendas

    Mexic-Arte Museum is seeking community altar artists for their Día de los Muertos celebration this fall. Artists must be able to complete installation between Sept. 7 and Sept. 15. Email curator George Vargas for an application.
    Application deadline: Aug. 26  
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    Politicians & Musicians: Get Out the Vote Letter Writing Parties

    Join Swing Left ATX and Vote Forward for an entertaining night of music, community action, and getting out the vote! Volunteers will send heartfelt handwritten letters to unregistered and low-propensity voters, which has been shown to significantly boost voter turnout. Each Wednesday features a Texas House candidate and Texas musicians to entertain during the letter-writing.
    Wednesdays, 6:30pm. Free.  
    Virtual
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    Pride in Your Neighborhood

    Break out the rainbows for this citywide socially distanced Pride celebration because Austin Outpost is asking folks to help cover their neighborhoods with Pride flags, balloons, and decorative lights.
    Sun.-Sun., Aug. 9-15  
    Citywide
  • Food

    Food Events

    Siete Foods: Salsa-Making Class

    It's a summer-perfect virtual class in which chefs from Mexican-American food brand Siete Foods show how to make three different salsa recipes – pepita tomatillo salsa, charred peach habanero salsa, and salsa cruda – in addition to revealing the recipes for delicious cocktails (or mocktails) to enjoy while dipping their signature tortilla chips. Bonus: All proceeds from this instructional event go to World Central Kitchen. AND: The price includes a free bundle of Siete’s Grain-Free Tortilla Chips, if purchased by Aug. 10.
    Class: Tue., Aug. 18, 6pm. $10.  
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    Arts & Culture

    Transgender Feminisms Reading Group

    Join the UT LGBTQ Studies' bibliophiles as they continue to read from The Collection: Short Fiction from the Transgender Vanguard.
    Wed., Aug. 12, 6:30-8pm  
    Online
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    Arts & Culture

    "We'll Just Rock For Ourselves" Virtual Exhibit

    The Austin History Center's phenomenal 2018 exhibit on the late photographer Lisa Davis is now available online for your viewing pleasure. Davis' photos and videos capture the grrrls grrrls grrrls of Austin's lezzie rock scene in the Nineties. Revisit our review of the exhibit here, and don't forget to check out our interview with former Chronicle senior editor and "Gay Place" founder Kate X Messer, who was a key figure in curating her collection.
    Online
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    Out of Town

    60th Anniversary Summer Celebration

    All summer long, Natural Bridge Caverns is celebrating six decades of discovery. There are several tours and attractions, including the new Twisted Trails adventure course and a chance to pan for treasures just like gold miners.
    Through Aug. 23. $10-30.  
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    Visual Arts

    A05 Gallery

    This popular gallery represents a wide array of artists, both local and international, with creations that span a dazzling plethora of mediums. Cynda Valle. Rachel Dory. John Morse. And – oh, give that website a quick look and you'll be making an appointment ASAP.
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    Visual Arts

    Akirash Online

    Sure, Austin's Olaniyi Rasheed Akindiya aka AKIRASH has an exhibition at the Carver Museum right now – and the place is closed, of course. But this Lagos-born artist also happens to have one of the most robust websites around, though you'll need a mighty big screen to get the best effect of his huge and colorful mixed-media creations and performance pieces.
  • Film

    Special Screenings

    Alamo on Demand

    Make any Tuesday terror-iffic, any Wednesday weird, and the rest of the week fantastic with Alamo Drafthouse curated picks via Alamo on Demand. If a film is there, it's because an Alamo programmer loves it. It's kinda like going to your favorite video store when you could do that, mixed with going to your favorite theatre, when you could do that too. Staff picks, cult classics, Found Footage Fest and Master Pancake, Weird Wednesday and Terror Tuesday, Fantastic Fest faves, they're all there for rental or purchase.
    Ongoing  
    Online via ondemand.drafthouse.com
  • Film

    Special Screenings

    All Genders, Lifestyles and Identities Film Festival

    This virtual edition, aGLIFF 33: Prism, will offer more than 65 films, with features, shorts, and events showcasing the diverse experiences of LGBTQIA people. Badges and single tickets are available, but it's also a great time to become an aGLIFF member, which gets you tons of perks for the fest and throughout the year.
    Aug. 6-16. $35 per weekend, $65 for both.  
    Online via www.agliff.org
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    Visual Arts

    Artus Co: Amigos

    Artus Co is "a community of artists and makers at the Arboretum," and they've got a new display of that Matthew Rodriguez's work (you know: from Cheer Up Charlies, and random happy-faced trees, and those kerchief-masked black cats all over town?) and you're invited to stop by and see it inside the current pop-up shop of local creative goodness.
    Through Aug. 15. Daily, noon-6pm  
    1000 Research
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    Austin Music Disaster Relief Fund

    The city's Economic Development Department reopened the fund on Aug. 10 to reach additional local musicians facing hardships due to the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Apply for one of the $1,000 grants online if you're eligible.
    Applications open until funding expended  
    Online
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    Austin Public Library Virtual Summer Reading Program

    Download an age-appropriate "Quest Log" (children, youth, teen, or adult), then submit a form whenever a challenge is completed and earn a digital badge. Use the Austin Public Library's curbside pickup or virtual catalog to check out materials to complete your quest.
    Through Aug. 31  
    Online
  • Film

    Special Screenings

    Back to the Future (1985)

    Wed., Aug. 12, 8:55pm  
  • Arts

    Dance

    Ballet Austin: Classes Online

    While you're home, wherever you are across the world,: you can still take a dance, fitness, or Pilates class with Ballet Austin. Ballet, barre, contemporary dance, hip-hop, tap, cardio dance fitness, and Pilates out the wazoo, so to speak, because there are so many varieties to choose among, and all taught by professional instructors – and it's all available 24/7, just like the internets.
    $3-7 per class.  
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    Civic Events

    Bergstrom Spur Platinum Planning Study Virtual Open House

    Share input on potential urban trail and transit concepts for the Bergstrom Spur corridor, a former rail line located in South Austin.
    July 28-Aug. 14  
    Online
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    Books

    BOOKS: Pick 'Em Up Curbside!

    Don’t forget, citizen: The best place to get your reading material is from Austin's own Malvern Books or HalfPrice Books or Black Pearl Books or Bookpeople or BookWoman stores. (And for the ultimate in vintage collectors' editions and unique works on paper, we recommend the excellent South Congress Books.)Or try Bookshop.org in general – because Bookshop, unlike the online behemoth named after a river, shares the profits among all its independent-bookstore members.
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    Brand Strategy for Effective Marketing

    Women Communicators of Austin presents this virtual workshop with Gail Gonzales, owner of Evolve Your Brand, that will help you develop a brand strategy for your small business or freelance career. Register by Aug. 11 to get the link.
    Wed., Aug. 12, noon-1:30pm  
    Online
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Bullock Texas State History Museum: This Light of Ours

    This show features images by activist photographers of the Civil Rights Movement, telling a visual story of the struggle against segregation, race-based disenfranchisement, and Jim Crow laws in the 1960s. These photos capture the day-to-day struggles of everyday citizens and their resolve in the face of violence and institutionalized discrimination – with more than a dozen additional images representing activism and protest in Austin's own history.
    Tuesdays-Sundays. Through Dec. 6
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    Kids

    Camacho Activity Center Virtual Programs

    Visit the Camacho Activity Center virtually for bike tutorials, a Blunn Creek Nature Preserve hiking guide, and activity guides for homemade ice cream, nature bingo, leaf art, and more.
     
    Online
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    Visual Arts

    Camiba Art: Habitats and Pathways

    This is an exhibition of oil paintings and mixed media works on paper by Austin artist Valerie Fowler. Over the past eight months – partly during our recent pandemic lockdown – Fowler produced a dynamic body of work that honors the everyday natural landscapes of her local environment. If you recall our review of the artist's previous creations, you'll know we had to coin the term florapsychedelic in attempting to describe the sinuous, serpentine patterns of color with which she renders her lucky subjects. You really should get a look at these astonishing new works, images inspired by scenes from hikes and bike rides along Blunn Creek in Travis Heights, Onion Creek Metropolitan Park, and the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail at Lady Bird Lake. Note: It's a mostly virtual art show displayed on the gallery's website, yes, but you can make an appointment for a private viewing in the physical gallery. Recommended.
    Through Aug. 15

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