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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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    Don't Mess With Texans' Abortions!

    Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, Gov. Greg Abbott, and House Speaker Dade Phelan just forced an unpopular and extreme abortion law, Senate Bill 8, on Texans that bans abortion in most cases and opens up Texans to harassing lawsuits. Join the rally and march to unite and mobilize to let the state know not to mess with Texans’ abortions, and raise funds for orgs in need.
    Sat., May 29, 11am  
    Texas Capitol south steps, Congress & 11th
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      Dance

      Austin Dance and Film Festival 2021

      This year’s event has been reimagined to present both live dance performances and a film screening outdoors at Pioneer Farms, a living history museum located in northeast Austin. Featuring performances by Body Shift Collective, Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company, Blipswitch, Frank Wo/Men, Kitchen, and One-Off Works. Other events include a master class and improvisation-performance for youth led by Sarah Starkweather, and a community dance-along procession around the authentic 1800s town square.
      Sat., May 29, 6:30-9:30pm. $15-$30.  
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      Kids

      Barnyard Buddies

      Meet animal friends at a special hands-on farm tour where a handler will introduce youngsters to chickens, horses, and donkeys.
      Saturdays, 10am  
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      Visual Arts

      Blue Genie Art Bazaar: New May Market

      The creators of the Blue Genie Art Bazaar present a new spring arts event called May Market, a free, family-friendly experience showcasing the work of regional artisans and craftspeople under one roof with centralized checkout. "This is the ideal place to shop for locally made, one-of-a-kind gifts for Father’s Day, graduations, anniversaries, weddings, and more." That's what the press release says, anyway, trying to entice us in; thing is, that's even a bit too humble: We know what sort of market the Blue Genie gathers, and it's sure to be a lively splendorama of well-made goods coveted by anyone with a taste for the original, off-beat, and brilliantly homegrown.
      Through May 31. Fri.-Sun., 10am-8pm
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      Out of Town

      Crawfish Festival

      Dig into a mess of mudbugs while listening to some swamp rock in Marktplatz Park.
      Fri.-Sun., May 28-30
      Fredericksburg
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      Doggy/Cat Drag Show

      Austin queens Miss Vylette Ward, Ms. Jezebel, and Celia Light warm up the stage for primped pets who will strut their stuff in their best lewks. Bring your dollars to make it rain on your faves and support local charities, try your luck with the raffles, and enjoy tons of treats and lovely libations. Bonus: Talent judge Sarah Wolf will be doing dog tarot readings before (and maybe after) the show!
      Sat., May 29, 11am-3pm. Free.  
      Paws on Chicon, 7601 S. Congress
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      Donate Blood, Get a Car Wash

      Get a free Lucy's Special Express wash from Arbor Car Wash when you donate blood, platelets, or convalescent plasma with We Are Blood this weekend. Appointments mandatory; schedule online or call 512/206-1266.
      May 29-31  
      We Are Blood donor centers or mobile drives
    • Arts

      Comedy

      Fallout Comedy

      What's the fallout from this pandemic? Who knows, right? But we know this is the Fallout near the end of the pandemic: An eclectic mix of live, mind-rocking comedy from some of Austin's best, all week long – even that weekly Sure Thing showcase is back! Check the website for details.
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      Sports

      Fitness in the Park

      Austin Parks Foundation and Cap Metro present a virtual salsa class from Pan Am Park. Glenn Ball instructs as local band El Tule provides the soundtrack. Hosted by DJ Mel, aka Obama’s DJ, and creator of the smash hit Living Room Dance Party series.
      Sat., May 29, 10am  
      Online from Pan Am Park
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      Theatre

      Greater Tuna

      Yes, this show is presented live, onstage, just a little ways north of town! The Georgetown Palace Theatre presents the classic Lone Star-studded comedy about "the third smallest town in Texas," where "citizens parade across the stage in all their outrageous and irreverent glory, commenting on life, politics, and what makes them (and sometimes us) tick." Note: There is some adult language not appropriate for kids.
      Through June 27. Fri.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. $32-34.  
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      Food Events

      Quesoff 2021: Champions League Edition

      Holy State Dip of Texas, Batman! There's more queso here than in the Fabled Queso Mines of Machu Picchu!: This normally annual celebration of all things melted cheese presents a special format for our slowly-exiting-a-pandemic times, with a competition between past champs and special guestsBetter Half, Eldorado Cafe, Cheesus, Austin Facial Hair Club, Olamaie, Comedor, La Condesa, JuiceLand, Tacodeli, and Hawk's Hot Chicken – all certain to bring a tantalizing array of warm and cheesy, tortilla chip-enabled goodness to everyone attending. (Note: All proceeds from tickets sales will go to the Central Texas Food Bank.) Also, there's a lead-up Quesoff Challenge, with local restaurants; participating venues are donating a dollar for each queso dish sold during May. Bonus: Live music from Mariachi Los Gallos, with DJ sets by uLOVEi.
      Sat., May 29, 5-8pm. $16.  
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      Shop Small Saturdaze

      Shopping small made easy, with 20+ local vendors spread out over 3 acres, plus live music and food trucks Fowl Mouth, Austin Rotisserie, and Lucky's Italian Sandwiches. It's family- and dog-friendly, and this month, they're also raising money for National Alliance on Mental Illness Central Texas.
      Sat., May 29, noon-5pm. Free.  
    • Arts

      Theatre

      The Mysterious Affair at Styles

      Austin Playhouse's own Lara Toner Haddock has gone and adapted Agatha Christie's first published novel? Yes – and this debut opus features none other than the sharply mustachio'd Hercule Poirot. Featuring a sockdolager cast – Ben Wolfe (as Poirot himself), Scott Shipman, Toby Minor, Lara Toner, Sarah Chong Harmer, Sarah Fleming Walker, Ben Bazaěn, Robert Deike, Joseph Garlock, Babs George, Claire Grasso, Huck Huckaby, Marc Pouhé, Ken Webster, and Cyndi Williams – directed by that same Haddock, this murder mystery may be just what you need to transition out of the pandemic and into a semblance of former normalcy. Note: "Employing a hybrid method of theatrical filming, actors will be captured using both cinematic and traditional live performance approaches. To enhance the experience, early purchasers will electronically receive exclusive clues designed for the virtual whodunnit." Available for online viewing with live Q&As after each performance, and – regardez-vous! – here's a video trailer for the show.
      Through June 5. Thu.-Sun., 7:30pm. $15-18.  
    • Food

      Food Events

      Tiny Grocer: Farmers Market Grand Opening

      Tiny Grocer owner Steph Steele is hosting a celebration that will showcase local brands and products in a farmers-market style in the venue's back parking lot on Memorial Day Weekend – and you, citizen, are invited! The Burlap & Twine flower truck will be there with build-your-own bouquets, and Siete will be gifting summer lime chip bags with purchases of their products, and, oh, look who else will be there with delicious wares: Visca Charcuteria, Perennial Pecan, Chop Chop, Shar Snacks, Murphy’s Mellows, Blenders & Bowls, Lindsay’s Apothecary, Mayawell, The Fika Table, Swoon Lemonade (who will also debut their new Peach Tea flavor), Two Hives Honey, Sunriser CBD Coffee, Fronks, Tiny Pies, and more. Recommended: Head on over and sample this array of hometown excellence.
      Sat., May 29, 2-5pm
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      Food Events

      Treaty Oak Distilling: Smoke & Mash BBQ Celebration

      Just down the road a piece, at the start of the Texas Hill Country, sits a gorgeous spread of reclaimed ranchland on which Daniel Barnes and his meticulous associates craft up several of the finest tipples available in our crazy-ass world: Bourbon, rye whiskey, gin, even (shhh) some wine.Maybe you've visited this little patch of paradise already? And maybe you've understandably become addicted to the grainy goodness that flows from Barton Springs Mill on the same property? Well, this Memorial Day weekend's a good time to return: Saturday's Smoke & Mash is an all-day barbecue expo with offerings from the professionals at Alice’s Restaurant, World Barbecue Champion pitmaster Tuffy Stone, third-generation barbecuer Sam Jones, and award-winning pitmaster Moe Cason. (Guests can purchase $5 tickets, each of which can be exchanged for a small barbecue plate from any of the vendors.)You want, what, more than just perfect barbecue in a pastoral outdoor setting? Of course there'll be live music – the Hot Texas Swing Band, Night Cap, and Deezie Brown – but, check this out, Austin Speed Shop's presenting a car show (starting at 2pm) and Treaty Oak will release their new Red, White & Blue single barrel whiskey at this celebration. (Note: There's only 210 bottles to this expression, sold exclusively at the distillery while supplies last.) And this whole thing serves as a benefit for the Southern Smoke Foundation and Tate Farms, too.Reservations? Nah, hoss, just show up and be ready for a real good time.
      Sat., May 29, noon until closing time  
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      Nightlife & Parties

      Unofficial Splash Weekend at Iron Bear

      The bears promise to keep you partying all weekend long with three nights of DJs, drink specials, and drag.
      Fri.-Sun., May 28-30. No cover.  
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      WeaselFest 2021

      Twelve hours of cigars, live music, and fun on the lawn. Musicians include Scarface & the Formaldehyde Funk Band, Third Root, Superfonicos, and DJ D-Money; food is provided by Valentina's and Stiles Switch; four spirit and craft beer vendors pour libations; and limited-edition cigar sampler boxes will be for sale. Music passes and VIP packages are available.
      Sat., May 29, noon-12mid. $100.  
      13581 Pond Springs
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    • Film

      Special Screenings

      "Into America's Wild" (2020)

      Laser IMAX 2D: From Oregon's stunning coast to the ancient canyons of the Southwest, from the wilds of Alaska to the Appalachian Trail, explore the scenic byways, ancient homelands, secret gems and hidden trails of America's great outdoors, and discover the human connection we all share with the secret wonders of nature.
      Sat., May 29, 2pm, 4pm  
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      Out of Town

      "Time No Longer" by Anri Sala

      The internationally renowned multimedia artist presents a new immersive sound and visual installation in the city’s former underground water reservoir.
      Fri., March 12-Sun., Dec. 12. $12/$8; free on Thursdays.  
      Buffalo Bayou Cistern, Houston
    • Film

      Special Screenings

      "Turtle Odyssey"

      Laser Imax 3D: Russell Crowe narrates this doc following the life cycle of an Australian green sea turtle named Bunji and her journey across the ocean.
      Sat., May 29, 12pm  
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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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      4 Corners Creative Market

      Live music, aerial arts, and comedy performances, as well as a live art battle between four epic graffiti artists, plus creatives displaying and selling handmade products from paintings and jewelry to spices and incense. Treats from Archie's BBQ, Emojis Grilled Cheese Bar, and Make My Day Ice.
      Sat., May 29, 11am-4pm. Free.  
      1905 E. 12th
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      Theatre

      A Portrait of My Mother

      An artist remembers their mother, spinning a modern Mexican Cinderella tale as we follow the trials and tribulations of one woman's journey into motherhood – from her humble beginnings in the town of Laredo, Texas, to her journey to Chicago, and everything between. Written and performed by Carlo Lorenzo Garcia, directed by David R. Jarrott. Note: Now available for viewing on Vimeo.
      Through July 31. $5.  
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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.
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      Visual Arts

      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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      Visual Arts

      Art for the People Gallery: Such Miracles Among Us

      Kate Fitzpatrick's work enlivens this gallery's first solo show of 2021, the artist's painted depictions of wildlife a colorful delight for the eyes.
      Through June 6  
    • Film

      Special Screenings

      Asian Pacific Virtual Showcase

      During Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month, join Austin Asian American Film Festival for a showcase that aims to highlight artists of different communities and neighborhoods in the United States, Canada, and Oceania.
      Through May 31  
      Online: www.aaafilmfest.org

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