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for Sat., March 31
  • National Taco Championships: Austin

    Journey through a Taco-Tastic event of epic portions featuring 35+ Taco Makers battling it out for the $10,000 prize fund. Eat your way through $3 tacos around the festival, live music, Lucha Libre wrestling, Hot Chili Pepper Eating contest, Chihuahua Beauty Pageant, Day of the Dead Wedding, a boutique Tequila Expo with 100+ tequilas to sample, VIP experiences, and more!
    Sat. Mar. 30, 11am-6pm  
    Austin American-Statesman
  • HONK!TX 2019 Festival of Community Street Bands

    HONK!TX is a free three-day festival that features over 30 street and brass bands from around the country, performing in public spaces around Austin, Texas. This family-friendly event will take place in Mueller Lake Park, Friday evening March 29th; Adam Hemphill Park all day Saturday, March 30th; and will conclude with a concert in Pan Am Park Sunday afternoon March 31st.
    Mueller Lake Park
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    HavenCon 4: A Cosmic Journey

    Texas' first and only queer, geek, and gaymer convention returns for its final year, and they're going out with a bang! Four days (or one, if you choose) of epic nerdiness, cosplay, drag, and loads more. This year, celebrity guests include Tracee Cocco (Star Trek) and Daniel Newman (The Walking Dead). Fest organizers announced this will be the last year for HavenCon, so get out and get weird while you can!
    March 29-April 1. $15-200.
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    Visual Arts

    Jimmy LaFave: Searching for Peace Town

    Celebrate the late, great singer-singwriter at the debut exhibit of his photography: This is the first time LaFave's road, travel, and music shots will be shared with the public.
    Through March 31
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    Texas Relays

    There will be students from across the country running around in circles and jumping long and high and often. At night people come out in droves and fill up Sixth Street enough to make SXSW crowds look like a stroll in the woods. (Not really, but kinda.)
    Through March 31. $10-40.  
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    ASH Dash 5K Bunny Run

    14th annual ASH Dash is a race for mental health. Run or walk the double loop course on the Austin State Hospital grounds; an Easter egg hunt will follow. Proceeds benefit ASH patients.
    Sat., March 31, 8am. $35.
  • Film

    Special Screenings

    Bill Nye: Science Guy (2017)

    Science on Screen: Documentary portrait of the bow-tied TV host who's been turning kids onto the wonders of science since the early Nineties.
    Sat., March 31, 2:00  
  • Music

    Chris Smither

    Folk sage, 73, just released first new original tunes in six years, Call Me Lucky.
    Sat., March 31, 8pm
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    Community Easter Egg Hunt

    The hunt begins with an Easter story time before the kids are unleashed on the campus to find thousands of eggs. There's plenty of fun to be had, but someone will definitely have the most fun, because one of the eggs has a $500 scholarship in it. BYOB (Bring Your Own Basket).
    Sat., March 31, 10am. Free.
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    con flama

    Salvage Vanguard Theater presents Sharon Bridgforth's lyrical drama, set in Los Angeles in the 1940s-1970s, that offers a glimpse of a black gurl's coming-of-age, through ancestral passages and her family history. Directed by Florinda Bryant.
    Through April 7. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm. $10.  
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    Cradle of Filth, Jinjer, Uncured

    Another outsize extremity at Eastside slaughterhouse C&TIL stakes Suffolk vampires Cradle of Filth. Closing in on two decades that span black metal beginnings to the symphonic prog of last year’s 11th studio disc since 1994, Cryptoriana – The Seductiveness of Decay, the UK leather goths stage Phantom of the Opera-style metal theatrics. Ukrainian metalcore act Jinjer, lead by Tatiana Shmaylyuk, and NYC’s Uncured support.
    Sat., March 31, 6:30pm
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    Fashion X Austin

    There's too much to see and do at the largest fashion event in Texas to list here. See website for schedule of events and parties.
    Various locations
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    Jo's Coffee Easter Pet Parade

    Costumed pets parade down SoCo starting at Annie Street with a marching band in tow and finish at Jo's parking lot to get the costume contest started ($20, register online). Proceeds go to Austin Pets Alive!
    Sat., March 31, noon. Free.
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    Nightlife & Parties

    LoveBalm: QB's Annual Fundraising Party

    Rocky Lane hosts a night of queer love and positivity while raising cash for this year's QB – yes, it's still happening, on June 2. Chulita Vinyl Club, Mom Jeans, Fat Bottom Cabaret, and a whole lot more perform. Plus spanking booths, photo booths, and massage chairs from Spavia Day Spa.
    Sat., March 31, 9pm-1am. $5 suggested donation.  
  • Music

    Nikki Hill, Donovan Keith, Redd Volkaert

    Nikki Hill reveals her North Carolina roots in sultry blues lamentations and soul-baring gospel that incorporates Fifties rock & roll, Sixties Motown, and Seventies boogie-oogie. On 2013 debut Here’s Nikki Hill and 2015 follow-up Heavy Hearts, Hard Fists, she’s a powerhouse singer booming a country snarl (“Mama Wouldn’t Like It”), woman-scorned grit (“Right on the Brink”), and slinky reggae (“Who Were You Thinking Of?”).
    Sat., March 31, 3:30pm
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    Nils Lofgren

    A half-century later, Nils Lofgren remains best known as a guitar slinger to the stars (Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young). Yet his catalog oozes sly, pop-wise rock, from teen kicks in Grin to mid-period gems “No Mercy” and “Keith Don’t Go.” Given such a sustaining history, plus his guitar virtuosity and well-preserved reedy voice, expect a show that defines longevity.
    Sat., March 31, 7pm
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    Original Pinettes Brass Band, Betty Harris

    Even closing in on 80, Betty Harris retains a booming, emotive voice.: The Florida-born singer issued stellar soul sides throughout the Sixties, her molasses-slow cover of Solomon Burke’s “Cry to Me” cracking the Top 10 of the R&B charts in 1963. A prolific four-year run with producer Allen Toussaint and subsequent departure from music earned her the title “Lost Queen of New Orleans Soul” despite never living in the Big Easy. In fact, she didn’t like it there.: After a contentious 1965 session where she beefed with Irma Thomas (“I didn’t know who Irma was at that time, but she had a lot of mouth”), Harris worked one-on-one with Toussaint, flying in to lay vocals over tracks the late hitmaker pre-recorded with a rhythm section that became the Meters.: “Your first experience is going into Bell Sound Studios in New York and everything is tip-top, first class,” she recalled last Sunday from her home in Connecticut. “Then you get to New Orleans and here’s a barn with nothing in it. I understand what they were doing now, but back then I didn’t. It was kind of dreary.”: The sound proved different as well, particularly the blistering funk of 1969’s “There’s a Break in the Road,” complete with screeching guitar feedback and fatback drums.: “I couldn’t figure out if Allen had lost: his mind or what! I was totally shocked when I heard it the first time. I couldn’t: figure the drums out. I thought, ‘What are they smoking?!’: “But the song carries itself and still does today.: If you slow it way down, that’s the most funkiest song you’d ever want to hear.”
    Sat., March 31, 10pm
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    Texas Rollergirls

    Flat-track Roller Derby featuring the Honky Tonk Heartbreakers vs. the Hustlers.
    Sat., March 31, 6pm. $13, advance; $15, day of; $5, kids.  
    Austin Sports Center, 425 Woodward
  • Music

    Urban Music Fest w/ Johnny Gill, Dave Hollister, ZAPP

    For the second day of Urban Fest’s 13th iteration there will be bedroom lamentations from D.C. Casanova Johnny Gill, Blackstreet soloist Dave Hollister, and 40-year-old G-funk precursors Zapp.
    Sat., March 31
  • Arts


    Wakey, Wakey

    "Though the man telling the jokes is sitting down (he's in a wheelchair), dying is a stand-up routine in this glowingly dark, profoundly moving new play by Will Eno,” states The New York Times. From the playwright of Thom Pain (based on nothing) comes this welcome work of theatre, embodied here by Ken Webster and Rebecca Robinson for Hyde Park Theatre, and so you know that's already like five good reasons to attend. And here's our full review of the show.
    Through March 31. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $22-26 (pay what you can,Thursdays).  
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    White Rabbit Red Rabbit

    Ground Floor Theatre presents this unusual theatrical experience devised by Iranian playwright Nassim Solimanpour. It's different every night, for you and the show's solo performers, with Rebecca Havermeyer, Zell Miller III, kt shorb, Michael Ferstenfeld, Alexandra Bassett, Marc Pouhé, Shannon Sedwick, Rudy Ramirez, Owen Egerton, and Karen Jambon among those vigorously puppeted by the script.
    Through March 31. Thu.-Sun; times vary; see website for details. $25.  
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