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for Sat., Oct. 20
  • Austin Archives Bazaar

    Join the Archivists of Central TX and discover the incredible archival collections in Austin! Speakers include the creators of the Two & Fro podcast and PBS series Strange Town. Photobooth, archival film, oral history booth, beers, and more! See all activities and full speaker lineup online.
    Sun., Oct. 28, 2-6pm  
    Saengerrunde Hall
  • Roots & Wings Festival

    Celebrating trees, pollinators, and all creatures! Come in costume or visit the costume creation station and fill the Enchanted Grove with fairies, butterflies, and bugs. Costume Parade and butterfly release at 1:30. Young, young at heart, and furry family are all welcome.
    Sat.,Oct. 27, 9am-2pm
    Zilker Botanical Garden
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    The Austin Facial Hair Club's Dog Beard and Moustache Competition

    Show off your dog's beard (or make them one) for the big competition, with prizes going to Best Groomed, Sweetest Stache, and more. There's also a lookalike contest. Proceeds benefit Bully Ranch, a refuge for pit bulls and mixed breeds.
    Sat., Oct. 20, 2-10pm. $5 suggested donation (free to watch).
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      Visual Arts

      Camp Contemporary

      You can imagine how cool it would be to camp at Laguna Gloria, right? In the shadow of that gorgeous mansion, among those partly manicured and partly wild woods? Among those worldclass works of outdoor art lurking around the curve of every trail? Now imagine doing that while The Contemporary Austin provides an evening of tasty camp-inspired noms (from épicerie and Le Politique and more) and craft cocktails, hands-on art workshops, lantern-led sculpture tours, lakeside hammock-lounging, s'mores around the campfire, and live music by Walker Lukens, Mobley, SMiiLE, and Lolita Lynne. Now – do we have to say kumbaya, citizen, or are you already clicking for reservations?
      Sat., Oct. 20, 5-10pm. $200.  
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      House of Torment

      Step into your worst nightmare at this fright farm in North Austin. Known for its high production values and immersive scare tactics, this is one up from watching horror movies all month. New this year is an on-site tavern in case you need some liquid courage in order to face the ghoulies.
      Through Nov. 10. $20 and up.  
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      Sports

      Texas Stars

      Two games against Iowa Wild.
      Fri.-Sat., Oct. 19-20, 7pm  
    • Austin Film Festival
    • Music

      101X Concert Series: Toadies, Ume, Otis the Destroyer

      Ft. Worth and ATX firepower.
      Sat., Oct. 20, 7pm  
    • Community

      Civic Events

      Austin Energy Presents: Community Connections

      A fam-friendly resource fair with local vendors. Learn about available social services, job opportunities (bring your résumé), and how to lower your utility bill through the city's Customer Assistance Program all while enjoying free food, health screenings, and kids' activities.
      Sat., Oct. 20, 11:30am-4pm
    • Arts

      Visual Arts

      Big Medium: War Tuba Recital

      It reflects well on the whole Tito's Prize thing, we think, that this year's recipient is one of the most interesting and relentless, one of the most community-oriented, artists in our creativity-glutted town. Whether you're an aficionado of the possibilities of visual art or the unexplored potential of musical instruments, Steve Parker's latest confluence of those two realms will delight your senses and inspire much thought.
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      Kids

      Boo at the Zoo

      See what the animals get up to at night and take a ride on the haunted train running every 20 minutes. Costumes make it more fun. Tickets are limited.
      Fridays & Saturdays through October, 6:30-9pm. $17.50.
    • Music

      Clinton Fearon, Music4Life

      Core member of the Gladiators and backer on countless Studio One and Black Ark sides, Clinton Fearon encores last year’s local appearance. The 67-year-old singer strips roots reggae to its essence in a solo acoustic set leaning on hits “Let Jah Be Praised” and “Richman Poorman.” Now based in Seattle, Fearon’s recent run of albums – 2012’s Heart and Soul in particular – cement his place as the standard-bearer for Jamaican roots music.
      Sat., Oct. 20, 9pm  
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      Comedy

      Comedy Brunch

      Yes, comedy brunch. Which means tacos and pastries and mimosas while you laugh. And, yes, it's in one of the regular clubs that we always list. But, c'mon, this is brunch. And there's sketch comedy by Hot Pot Comedy and improvisations by Linzy Beltran, Pete Parsons, Carlos LaRotta, Mason Pitluk, Laura de la Fuente, and more. So it's … kind of special, dig? And – hey, pass that coffee this way, wouldja? Maybe I can just sort of accidentally spill it on my laptop and wipe out all these listings I've been working on, unsaved, for the last few hours ...
      Sat., Oct. 20, 11am. $20.  
    • Arts

      Theatre

      Confessions of a Mexpatriate

      In Raul Garza's very funny and thought-provoking play, a Mexican-American urban sophisticate who wants to connect with his roots ventures deep into the Mexican interior and, ah, learns a thing or two about himself and the world. Featuring Mical Trejo, as directed by Ken Webster for Hyde Park Theatre. Note: When this excellent show debuted a few years ago, Robert Faires interviewed the playwright right here and – this just in!reviews the current show.
      Through Oct. 20. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $23-27 (pay what you can, Thursdays).  
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      Events

      DOGPOP Market and Pup Party

      Come out for pet costume contests, a doggie play area, local vendors, drinks from Independence Brewery, food trucks, and music by DJ Breezuh. Birds Barbershop will also offer a photo booth station and other goodies.
      Sat., Oct. 20, 5-9pm. Free ($5 suggested donation).
    • Music

      Exploded View

      Not as esoteric as their eponymous debut, Exploded View’s Obey still exists on the fringes like an obscure dream. Berlin-based frontwoman Anika Henderson sings with a Nico-tinged panache, manifested with simplicity and slight detachment but still elegant. Modulated overdubs spellbind in the title track, jarring industrial meets Depeche Mode on “Dark Stains,” and cacophonous distortion ensues in “Come on Honey.”
      Sat., Oct. 20, 8pm  
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      Formula 1 w/ Bruno Mars

      For the sixth time, COTA hosts Formula 1, featuring Super Bowl-style performances by mega pop stars Bruno Mars and Britney Spears. Fresh off her international Piece of Me Tour, the Las Vegas mother of “the next Bieber” has been nominated for this year’s People’s Choice Concert Tour award. Honolulu’s Michael Jackson, the former continues to rock out Grammy-winning 24K Magic and No. 1 Cardi B collab “Finesse.”
      Sat., Oct. 20  
    • Music

      Mary Chapin Carpenter

      Consecutive Grammys for Best Female Country Vocal Performance, 1992-1995.
      Sat., Oct. 20, 8pm  
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      Miranda Bennett Studio Nail Polish Launch

      Enjoy custom nail art or color application by Lacquer, complimentary with the purchase of two or more MBS Nail Colors. Sip cocktails while shopping a poolside pop-up of Miranda Bennett Studio's apparel, Zero Waste Collection, and MBS Home.
      Sat., Oct. 20, 1-4pm  
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      Mod Bikes Grand Opening Block Party

      Test drive an e-bike and make some new friends. Enjoy drinks, ice cream, vendor booths, and giveaways. Kid- and dog-friendly!
      Sat., Oct. 20, 3-7pm. Free.
      Mod Bikes, 1632 S. First
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      Visual Arts

      Museum of Natural and Artificial Ephemerata

      That local combination of bright whimsy, deep scholarship, and compelling design, aimed at artlovers and weirdos everywhere, like some oversized Star Trek phaser set to DELIGHT, is again open for your pleasure. With a newly comprehensive guidebook soon to follow.
      Saturdays, 4-7pm. Donations accepted.
    • Food

      Food Events

      North by Northwest: Oktoberfest

      You know what'd be good right about now, fellow workaday toiler? A weekend full of beer, brats, and bands. That's craft beer and bratwursts and live bands, of course. And, lucky us, it's all happening at this festival of Germanically inflected cuisine and frivolity, during which there's also a stein hoisting contest, a brat eating contest, and – pardon us while we squeeeee – a canine costume contest! With a separate wiener-dog category! October, you're getting better every minute.
      Oct. 20-21. Sat., noon-9pm; Sun., 11am-7pm. $2 and up.  
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      Visual Arts

      Prizer Arts & Letters: Gender Portraits

      This exhibition features an array of excellent portraits by Drew Riley, exploring the complexity of gender by documenting the experiences and struggles of transgender, intersex, and gender-nonconforming people.
      Artist talk: Thu., Oct. 18, 7pm. Closing reception: Sat, Oct. 20, 6-9pm
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      Visual Arts

      Recspec Gallery: Witches

      The pieces in this new show – curated by Katie Cowden and Laurel Barickman – speak of "female magic and strength, fortune-telling, alchemy, folklore, and old wives' tales. Fashions of a fairytale witch as a feminist icon. Scenes of eldritch empowerment. Reclaimed images of a crone. The archetype inside us all." Here are works of beauty, if sometimes eerie beauty, by 15 artists. Among those displayed: Katy Horan, Magda Boreysza, Alanna Loosen, Cam Damage, Darla Teagarden, Lys Santamaria, Emily Ding, Roshi Krautheim, and more.
      Through Nov. 3
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      Theatre

      Salvador Dali's Naked Feast

      Now here's an outrageous party for you, citizen, a performance installation cocktail party – with live painting, live music, naked aerials, human canvas, bizarre photo ops, Dali’s original Casanova Cocktail, delicious food art, and more. Here's a night of entertainments performed while you graze on catered noms displayed on beautiful naked bodies. Yes, it's the Vortex's annual fundraiser, decked out with culinarily extravagance in the manner of that divine madman from Figueras. Now's your chance to dress up all surreal for this, ah, Gala event.
      Sat., Oct. 20, 7-11pm. $30-100.  
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      Nightlife & Parties

      Si Se Puede

      An all-ages party with sounds by El Dusty, Superfónicos, DJ Chorizo Funk, and more. For your soundbites, see local candidates Reedy Spigner, Mariana Salazar, and Bobby Levinski. Still want more? Austin's League of Women Voters, the DSA Queer Coalition, Jolt Texas, and such will be there too.
      Sat., Oct. 20, 7pm-1am. $10.  
    • Arts

      Visual Arts

      SouthPop: It's a Plaid, Plaid, Plaid, Plaid World

      The year's final exhibition at SouthPop is a celebration of the life and art of that Austintatious punk cowboy Davy Jones, with part of the show reserved for selling the man's creations.
      Through Dec. 7
    • Arts

      Dance

      Theorist Festival

      Dance, dance, and dance. And live music and films and more dance. And of course that's live music for dancing to, and films about dancing. And dance workshops and master classes, as well, because this is the latest edition of the annual Theorist Festival from that Amy Morrow and her restless cadre of kinetic savants – this time, 44 artists from across the U.S., México, Canada, India, and the Middle East – galvanizing the Zilker Hillside Theatre and other venues for four days and nights in the wake of ACL. See website for details, yes – and be prepared to move yourself around.
      Thu.-Sun., Oct. 18-21. Prices vary ($250 for an all-festival pass).  
    • Music

      Tom Petty birthday show w/ the Damn Torpedoes

      The Damn Torpedoes won’t back down.
      Sat., Oct. 20, 8pm  
    • Arts

      Visual Arts

      Visual Arts Center: Fall 2018

      View the new exhibitions brightening this premier UT-based visual arts space here in the fall of 2018: "Lan Tuazon: In the Land of Real Shadows," "Exploring the Arctic Ocean," "Like the Lonely Traveler: Video Works by María Magdalena Campos-Pons," "Another Green World," and "Sit: Designs by Charles and Ray Eames."
      Free.  
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      Civic Events

      Volunteer to Clean Lady Bird Lake

      Help keep the lake (also know as the Colorado River) looking good. Volunteer for this weekend' lake cleanup along the shoreline and on the water – yes, kayaks and standup paddleboards are provided at some sites. Registration required.
      Sat., Oct. 20, 9-11am. Free.  
      Multiple sites on the lake
    • Arts

      Visual Arts

      Yard Dog: The Party's Just Getting Started

      Party's just getting started, yeah, and is that Bob Schneider music they're playing? Maybe. But maybe it's also some of this, excuse me, fucking righteousvisual work that the man's been up to recently. We fairly raved about his monochrome etchings, back in the day; this new full-color painting/collage thing Schneider's doing is at least as impressive – and more vibrant across the spectrum of light. Been to Yard Dog lately? Here's you a good excuse.
      Through Oct. 21

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