Home Events

for Sat., April 6
  • 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
  • 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
Recommended
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Raw Paw Gallery: Notes From a Windowless Room

    "These paintings," says Nadia Waheed, "are an effort to form a bridge between my Pakistani heritage and my westernization, primarily by exploring the brown female nude." Several large works by Waheed adorn the delightful Raw Paw space over there in the Yard on St. Elmo, and – tell you what – if every creative "effort" were as well-wrought and lovely to behold as these paintings, the whole world would be a better place to have eyes in.
  • Arts

    Theatre

    Antigonick

    This contemporary version of the classic Greek drama is translated and strangely reimagined by award-winning poet Anne Carson, asking "What can one woman do in the face of unjust laws? What is she willing to sacrifice?" Diana Lynn Small, directing the show for Salvage Vanguard, stretches the boundaries of story in poetry and theater. Bonus: original music by Henna Chou.
    March 21-April 6. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm. $10-20.  
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Butridge Gallery: Mayuko Ono Gray and Katy Schmader

    Gray’s graphite drawings hybridize combine traditional Japanese calligraphy with Western drawing practices and aesthetic; Schmader’s abstract collages explore the connection between tactile traces of a physical environment and the historic system of landscape semiotics.
    Reception: Wed., March 27, 7-9pm
  • Arts

    Theatre

    Crime and Punishment

    Performed in 90 minutes with only three actors, this award-winning adaptation of Dostoevsky's masterpiece "compresses all the tension and pathos of the novel into a powerful evening of theatre." Ryan Crowder, Ben Wolfe, and Chelsea Manasseri are directed by Jeremy Lee Cudd for Penfold Theatre.
    March 22-April 6. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. $15-30.  
  • Qmmunity

    Arts & Culture

    Glam Fam Presents: Feeling Myself

    Jesús I. Valles and Bonica Ayala have teamed up as director/producer duo to bring you a "powerhouse" comedy show: starring Linzy Beltran (of Jazz Kween and 2017 B. Iden Payne: award-winning Latinauts) and Kim Tran (of Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls and 2018 B. Iden Payne award-winning Y'all, We Asian). Expect a mix of multimedia and live performances digging into and digging on race, sexuality, body positivity, motherhood, and pop culture.
    Saturdays, 7pm, March 16-April 6th. $10.  
  • Qmmunity

    Nightlife & Parties

    LoveBalm 2019: A QueerBomb Fundraiser

    A night of love, queers, and quality performances in the name of QueerBomb 2019. As yer host, Debbie Penetration invites you to getcher fun on with a spanking booth, photo booth, and so much drag and burlesque to ensure you'll be shimmying all the way to June 1. Chulita Vinyl Club DJs, Caleb De Casper performs, and so does Dandy Velour, Chique Fil-Atio, Chola Magnolia, and more!
    Sat., April 6, 9pm. $5-7 suggested donation.  
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Prizer Arts & Letters: Journeying

    A new show by Stella Alesi is always cause for celebration, so we're partying (albeit in a stark and minimal fashion) just thinking about this latest one. "Journeying" features works created in direct opposition to the fast-paced and visually overloaded times we live in, the paintings here formed from simple shapes and a limited palette. "With influences from minimal abstraction, hard edge painting from the Fifties and Sixties as well as American Northwest Indian painting," say the gallery notes, "Alesi’s works introduce a unique vocabulary for the present time." A unique and, we would add, necessary vocabulary.
    Through April 13
  • Community

    Kids

    Treasure Island in the Bay of Bengal

    Austin Scottish Rite Theatre presents this swashbuckling adventure with fun new characters mirroring some old favorites from Robert Louis Stevenson's original tale – now done all Bollywood style.
    April 6-14: Sat.-Sun., 11am; April 20-28: Sat.-Sun., 11am & 1pm. $10-15.  
All Events
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    ACAC Gallery: Rights of Passage

    The Austin Creative Art Center presents this exhibition from Rejina Thomas – a show of paintings, architectural embellishments, and monumental glasswork – that moves from Cubistic Surrealism to Abstract Expressionism, "using geometric form and color to convey meaning and expression, reflecting the personal by removing the glamor to deconstruct racial history."
    Through May 31
    1605 W. Sixth
  • Arts

    Dance

    ACC Dance Classes

    The Dance Department of Austin Community College offers classes in modern, jazz, ballet, and improvisation techniques, with student work produced twice a year in the Choreographers' Showcase. Teachers include Ellen Bartel, Jessica Cox, Kathy Dunn Hamrick, Roxanne Gage, Darla Johnson, Sunny Shen, Catherine Solaas and Melissa Watt. Note: Classes can be taken for credit and applied toward your degree.
    Prices vary, scholarships available.  
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Angela Shelf Medearis: Our People

    During 2018, Medearis – known to millions as The Kitchen Diva – donated several books, manuscripts, photographs, awards, and research papers to the Carver Museum. Now, they’ve been curated and presented as this new exhibition.
    Through June 23
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Atelier Dojo

    This school of representational art is led by four world-class locals, teaches drawing and painting (both fundamental and advanced programs), has open studios with live modeling, a schedule of workshops featuring visiting artists from around the world, and is located in the heart of Big Medium's Canopy complex. Oh look – we profiled and interviewed the faculty right here!
  • Community

    Events

    Austin Bat Cave's School Supplies Drive

    Austin Bat Cave, a nonprofit organization that offers free creative writing programs to local youth ages 6 to 18, is holding a school supplies drive through April. If you would like to donate pencils, pens, paper, tape, composition notebooks, or any other classroom supplies, email heather@austinbatcave.org to learn how and where to drop off your items.
    March 11-April 30. Free.
  • Arts

    Books

    Austin International Poetry Festival

    The irrepressible and relentlessly versiform event begins its 27th annual inundation of our rapidly embiggening river city. Poets from all over Texas; from all over the United States; hell, from all over the world: massing in the ATX, regaling one another and passersby and gathered crowds with their crafted harangues and lyrical elegies, hawking multiple copies of their latest broadsheets and chapbooks, drinking too much coffee and chai in so many cafes throughout this vibrant urban conflagration we call home. See website for more.
    Thu.-Sun., April 4-7
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Bale Creek Allen Gallery: Work Table Drawings

    Not just any work table, not just any drawings, the draftsmanship on display in this show is by the acclaimed sculptor James Surls – he's also got an exhibition of three-dimensional creations at the Umlauf Sculpture Garden, currently – and it's a show you don't want to miss.
  • Music

    Ben Rodgers

    Saturdays, 12pm
  • Community

    Sports

    Camp Gladiator Free Bootcamp at Hill Country Galleria

    This boot camp-style workout will take place on the Central Plaza lawn and is open to anyone over the age of 14. It's recommended to bring water, a towel, and a yoga mat.
    Saturdays through April, 9-10am. Free.
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Carver Museum: Constant Escape

    Founding members of the Austin-based Black Mountain ProjectAdrian Aguilera, Betelhem Makonnen, and Tammie Rubin – debut a new body of work in sculpture, photography, text, and, video. Also on display at the Carver: Re-Membering is the Responsibility of the Living, an installation by Taja Lindley.
    Through July 27
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Collection Rert: Tears and Laughter They Know About

    This June marks the 50th anniversary of Judy Garland's death – and also of the Stonewall Rebellion. Queer lore has it that Garland's demise was a catalyst that pushed the events of that night into the riots they became. Now multimedia artist Silky Shoemaker has returned to Austin to create a personal homage to one of her many idols, honoring the actress with a room-filling shrine in the gallery of Collection Rert.
    2608-B Rogers
  • Arts

    Comedy

    ComedySportz

    Two teams of improvisers compete for points and laughter in this family-friendly show based on audience suggestions.
    Fri.-Sat., 7:30pm. $12.  
    Zach North, 12129 Hwy 620 N
  • Music

  • Music

    Dave Insley's Careless Smokers

    Saturdays, 8pm and Saturdays, 8pm
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Davis Gallery: A Shared Vision

    There are about as many "shared visions" as there are pairs of eyeballs in this miserable world, of course, but this show's title is intended to embody the greater meaning of the phrase and – the important part, here – it titles a collection of artwork by Denise M. Fulton and Sam Yeates. The vision of either of those local artists, and the skill each exerts in rendering that vision visible to the rest of us, is nigh on incredible. And now here are new paintings from both of them? You can pretty much disregard all the hype about Virtual Reality going on at SXSW right now, because these modern fabulists Fulton and Yeates are capturing – via oldschool tech like pigments and brushes, imagine that! – realities (and fantasies) sufficient to fuel any immersive dreams for years to come.
    Through April 13
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Dimension Gallery: SWAARMS

    This new body of work by Suzanne Wyss at Dimension is a protean body, a visual representation of working together to create something beautiful and bigger than the self, driven by an array of thread-growth machines that evolve their own structures, adding to and transforming the site all the way until the exhibition ends. (Admit it: You've been wondering what the artist would do next, ever since you saw the dank honey she visited upon Facebook Austin.) Did you catch the opening reception at this intimate venue, where Wyss' mechanisms were just beginning their complex industry? Come back soon and witness the textile metamorphosis as it nears completion.
    Through April 7
  • Community

    Kids

    Don't Mess With Texas K-12 Art Contest

    Keep Texas Beautiful and the Texas Department of Transportation invite Texas students in kindergarten through 12th grade to submit their best litter prevention-inspired artwork to be considered for the Don’t Mess With Texas calendar. Students with the top 13 designs will have their work featured; one winner will be selected from each grade.
    Deadline: Mon., April 22. Free.
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Dougherty Arts Center

    The Dougherty Arts School's adult arts program is dedicated to enriching the Austin community with hands-on artistic opportunities, provided skilled artists to teach a variety of classes in ceramics, digital arts, drawing and painting, darkroom photography, and more.
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Elisabet Ney Museum: Women of Flatbed

    This part of Print Austin features work by leading female figures from the past and future of Austin's own Flatbed Press, including Alice Leora Briggs, Suzi Davidoff, Sandra C. Fernández, Annalise Natasha Gratovich, Sandria Hu, Sharon Kopriva, Mary McCleary, Melissa Miller, Celia Munoz, Liliana Porter, Linda Ridgway, Julie Speed, Sydney Yeager, and more. And, oh look, our Robert Faires gives you a fine preview right here.
    Through April 28  
  • Arts

    Comedy

    Esther's: New Year, New Follies

    Ah, the fun seldom pauses, with musical comedy skits, magic, and a political satirical revue where the bustling backdrop of Sixth Street is on view through the stagefront window! Reminisce on all the news-makers, celebrities, events, and mayhem that made 2018 so memorable with A Year in Review. Watch as the new Dems diversify the Hill and take on Trump in Bohemian Crapsody, and more. Bonus: That sexy magician Ray Anderson is going to wow you with illusions your mind won't believe your eyes have seen!
    Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $25-35.  
  • Food

    Food Events

  • Arts

    Theatre

    Fiddler on the Roof

    Tony Award-winning director Bartlett Sher and the team behind South PacificThe King and I, and Oslo bring a fresh vision to this beloved theatrical masterpiece, now with with movement and dance from acclaimed Israeli choreographer Hofesh Shechter, based on the original staging by Jerome Robbins.
    April 2-7. Tue.-Fri., 8pm; Sat., 2 & 8pm; Sun., 1 & 7pm. $30 and up.  

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle