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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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    Weird Homes Tour

    It's the 2020 Austin Weird Homes Tour, gone virtual due to those pesky 'ronas, but (we'll suggest) even more delightful than ever as Austinites welcome you into their amazing, one-of-a-kind, OMG-this-is-so-cool private living spaces. The Sand Dollar House! The Bartlett Bank House! Aqua House! Indra's Awarehouse! The return of the Mysterious Planchette! Oh, and more, as the sights and secrets of these local architectural and design wonderments are revealed via exclusive livestream this weekend. Recommended? Oh, you bet your oddly crenellated post-and-lintel it's recommended, citizen.
    Sat., Sept. 5, 10am-6pm. $25-45.  
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    AJC Black Food Week

    For its fourth annual installment, Austin Justice Coalition is going bigger and better with three full weeks of food, drinks, and community empowerment, including two restaurant weeks and a food truck week. Black Food Week's goal is to educate the community about new and longstanding Black-owned restaurants and support these places that have become pillars of the community. Join in and share on social media with #atxbfw2020.
    Through Sept. 13  
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    Big Medium: Tito's Prize Exhibition

    A compelling exhibition of new work by Betelhem Makonnen is this year's Tito's Prize show at Big Medium Gallery. (Note: To allow for social distancing, appointments will be scheduled every 30 minutes, with a maximum of 10 guests at a time. Schedule an appointment with at least 24 hours advance notice. Masks are required at all times.)
    Through Sept. 5. Thu.-Sat., noon-5pm
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    Black & Latino Playwrights Celebration

    This 18th annual event, now virtual, from Texas State University in San Marcos features a tribute to legendary playwright Gus Edwards, a playwriting workshop, new play readings, and more over the Labor Day weekend.
    Fri.-Sun., Sept. 4-6  
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    Call for Submissions: Aldrich Street's Got Talent

    Have you been practicing a special talent while quarantined? Aldrich Street's Got Talent, the virtual replacement for their Aldrich Street Fair, is calling for submissions for a virtual contest with hundreds of dollars worth of prizes at stake. Submit a short video of your performance to the link provided in the FB event, and the top five finalists will be featured in the Facebook Live event on Sept. 24.
    Submissions due Mon., Sept. 14. Free.  
    Online
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    Final Call for RENT: Relief of Emergency Needs for Tenants

    This program through the city of Austin provides full rent payment for income-eligible renters financially impacted by COVID-19. Get all the details on their FAQ and apply online.
    Applications due Tue., Dec. 8, noon  
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    Arts & Culture

    Gender Unbound Virtual Showcase

    Throughout September, Austin's arts fest celebrating trans and intersex artists will feature an interactive 3D exhibition, plus weekly livestreams of musicians, poets, storytellers, and interviews with exhibited artists. Catch Q contributor Lilli Hime's interview with Gender Unbound executive director Drew Riley & showcase artists here.
    Sept. 1-26. Free.  
    Online
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    Nightlife & Parties

    Haven Virtual Dance Party

    A coterie of ATX DJs bring ya goth and industrial sounds, plus special guest DJ Void.
    Sat., Sept. 5, 8pm-2am. Tips encouraged.  
    Online
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    Letters from Camp Shrewd: An Episodic Play by Mail

    Listen: "The kids of Camp Shrewd are in lockdown. With the Coronavirus preventing them from returning home, and an internet outage cutting them off from the online world, they resort to writing letters to their friends and loved ones. As the situation outside deteriorates, the kids find themselves haunted by the ghosts of campers past. With no means of escape, the campers must research and neutralize this supernatural threat themselves – and find their own place in history." Patrons who sign up to be a part of Letters from Camp Shrewd will receive six weekly letters via USPS from a camper – along with artifacts, souvenirs from camp, and maybe even some clues. This Shrewd Productions project features writing by Trey Deason, Reina Hardy, Krysta Gonzales, and Brian Daniel Oglesby, so we reckon you'll have a very happy (although possibly somewhat frightened) mailbox indeed.
    Sign up now. $35-60.  
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    One Page Salon

    One of Austin's most beloved reading series has gone virtual and teamed up with the Writers' League of Texas for a series of monthly events featuring quick readings from local writers, feel-good fundraising, and lots of literary shenanigans. This month they're partnering with Georgetown's Lark & Owl Booksellers, to raise funds for Hope Alliance, and the emcee is One Page Salon's own founder (and irrepressible ginger bon vivant) Owen Egerton.
    Sat., Sept. 5, 8pm. Donations accepted.  
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    Kids

    Participate in Viva México: Kids' Art Contest

    A visual arts contest for kids to create original works of art to celebrate Mexican Independence Day. Children ages 5-12 submit photos of their artwork, and images will be posted on the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center's Facebook and Instagram pages Sept. 12-18 and will be highlighted during the MACC's 16 de Septiembre event. Winners will be selected based on the number of likes they receive and will be sent a prize package of arts supplies and MACC swag. Winners announced Sept. 20.
    Through Sept. 11  
    Online
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    Participate in Viva México: Send in Your Best Grito

    Currently, there are calls of action from the community, passionate voices to be amplified, and diverse interpretations of freedom and independence. This year's Viva México celebration explores the grito, and they want to hear yours! Tag @AustinESBMACC with the hashtag #vivamexico2020 or email a link of your uploaded grito video to take part in Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center's celebration on Sept. 16.
    Deadline: Sun., Sept. 13  
    www.fb.com/austinesbmacc
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    Prismatic Taiwan: A Queer Film Series

    The Austin Asian American Film Festival (AAAFF) is back with another curated program of rarely screened films. Prismatic Taiwan is a virtual six-film retrospective of ground-breaking Taiwanese queer cinema that spans from 1970 to 2016. Find the complete lineup at www.aaafilmfest.org, and read Q contributor Lilli Hime's article on this year's fest here.
    Sept. 4-13. Series pass: $12.99-14.99; individual film rentals, $3.99 each.  
    Online
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    Texas Tribune Festival

    For 10 years The Texas Tribune Festival has invited people from all over the state and country to talk about all things policy, politics, and current events. This year, the entirely virtual conference will feature a month of programming with more than 250 speakers and 100 engaging conversations. With speakers such as Hillary Clinton, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Ted Cruz, and Willie Nelson, you won’t want to miss it!
    Through Sept. 30. $49-199.  
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    "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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    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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    Absolute Beginning Ballet Workshop for Adults

    Designed for those who have never had a ballet class, this workshop teaches ballet from the very beginning. It's never too late: adults and teens age 15 and up welcome. At the end of the session, you will have learned some of the fundamental positions, vocabulary, and basic principles of ballet. Held on-site at Ballet Austin's Butler Center.
    Sundays, Sept. 20-Oct. 25, 2:30-3:30pm or Mondays, Sept. 21-Oct. 26, 12:30-1:30pm. $130 for six weeks.  
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    Absolute Beginning Hip-Hop for Adults

    It's never too late to learn something new, and hip-hop dance is tons of fun for all ages. This workshop is designed to introduce adults (and teens age 16 and up) to hip-hop culture and dance, build a solid foundation to execute popular dance moves, improve energy, lift mood, and lower stress. Sign up now; registration will close when full. Held on-site at Ballet Austin's Butler Center.
    Wednesdays, Sept. 23-Oct. 28, 8:30-9:30pm. $125 for six weeks.  
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    Absolute Beginning Pilates Group Reformer Workshop

    Pilates is one of the best workouts around, and if you're new to it and/or the Pilates Reformer equipment, this workshop is a perfect place to start. Everyone is a beginner in this workshop.
    Wednesdays, Oct. 7-Nov. 11, 6:15-7pm. $150 for six weeks.  
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    Absolute Beginning Tap Dance for Adults

    A tap workshop designed for adults to learn tap dance from the very beginning: fulfill a dream and learn something new! It's appropriate for any age, and a perfect dance style to learn as an adult, and is a great workout. Held on-site at Ballet Austin's Butler Center.
    Wednesdays, Sept. 16-Oct. 7, 7:15-8:15pm. $85.  
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    Advisory Councils Seek New Members

    For anyone passionate about pedestrian and bicyclist issues, you might consider becoming part of the groups that advise City Council on these matters. Applications are being accepted for both the Bicycle Advisory Council and Pedestrian Advisory Council. They typically meet monthly, and applicants are encouraged to attend the next virtual meeting of the council they'd like to join (PAC: Sept. 14; BAC: Sept. 15). Apply here for the BAC and here for the PAC.
    Deadline: Sept. 25  
    Apply online
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    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
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    Food Events

    Andiamo Ristorante: Half-Price Sale on Wine

    This beloved Italian joint celebrates its 16th year of operation by offering all bottles of wine at 50% off through the end of September. So we're feeling glad for them – ah, sweet sixteen! – and we're feeling glad for us, because, mmmmmm, dook-dook-dook.
    Through Sept. 30
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    Armadillo World Headquarters 50th Anniversary Exhibition

    AusPop presents a celebration of the legendary Armadillo World Headquarters, offering an impressive array of posters, photos, and newspaper clippings with which to immerse yourself in the venue's well-documented history. (No one may know exactly where we're going, these days, but this is – vividly – where we've been.) You can schedule a time in advance to visit the gallery (any Saturday or Sunday) and you've gotta wear a mask, citizen, because this long strange trip is something we're still in the confounding middle of, y'dig?
    Through Dec. 13
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    Art 84: Cornelius Carter

    This is a virtual preview of "Work in Progress" by Austin's Cornelius Carter, a work that "captures the struggles and glory of the African-American experience along with the artist’s faith in the American dream of equality and opportunity for all."
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    Artisan Mercado

    The Artisan Mercado has reopened at La Peña Gallery with social distancing and safety measures in place. The market features Latino products from different regions of Mexico, Honduras, Colombia, and the Southwest, including handcrafted jewelry and ceramics, ethnic clothing and handbags, as well as paintings and drawings. Parking is available at the Austin Convention Center.
    First and third Saturdays, 10am-4pm. Free.  
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    ArtsResponders: Applications Open

    The Austin Parks and Recreation Department’s Museums and Cultural Programs Division welcomes local artists' proposals for an upcoming outdoor "art action." exhibit. More details here.
    Deadline: Sun., Sept 13, 11:59pm  
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    ATD Parking Meter Updates

    Bad news for those who love to collect parking meter stickers and/or can't ever remember their license plate number: Austin Transportation is moving to a pay-by-plate system for parking. The good news is the technology allows you to add to your meter when you can't make it there in time, saving you from costly parking tickets. There's a new rate structure, so take note of that, and get all the details plus info on ways to save at the city's website.
    Beginning Sept. 1  
    Citywide

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