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    Asleep at the Wheel's At Home Dance

    Asleep at the Wheel kicked off its 50th year with stadium dates opening for Lone Star dignitary George Strait. On the horizon: recording a new album, leader Ray Benson’s annual birthday concert during South by Southwest, loads of touring, and a star-studded, two-day blowout at the Long Center in October celebrating the Austinites’ golden anniversary.: “That all went away… in one day,” sighs Benson.: The coronavirus’ path of destruction through the concert industry wiped clean the Western swing vet’s schedule. Then, Benson contracted COVID-19 in late March.: “I was dizzy, nauseous, and deadbeat tired,” he reports. “It took 12 days before I was well enough to function. I’d lost 35 pounds. My right hamstring was so messed up I couldn’t bend over.”: As the pandemic continues, Benson & Co. adapt to the virtual concert experience, having produced Ray’s Birthday Bash online and made appearances on Luck Reunion’s ‘Till Further Notice, fundraiser A Night for Austin, and Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic. On Saturday, they’ll livestream from an outside stage at the Starlight Ranch. If you’re dance card’s full that night, viewers can purchase it on-demand afterward, with Zoom meet-n-greets available.: “When we decided to do something online, I said, ‘Well, let’s have ’em dance,’” Benson explains. “We’re gonna play dance music. You can push back the furniture, roll up the rug, and have a dance with your wife, girlfriend, or significant other. Some of the songs you can dance to and some of the songs you can smoke a joint, drink a beer, whatever.”
    Sat., July 25, 7pm  
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      Events

      AISD Crisis Relief Fundraiser

      The Great Outdoors Garden Center is raising funds to support Austin ISD's crisis relief fund. For every $100 or more spent, 10% of the proceeds will be donated to AISD.
      Sat.-Sun., July 25-26  
    • Arts

      Classical Music

      Austin Chamber Music Festival

      The 24th annual festival concludes this weekend, with the Horszowski Trio and their performance of Schumann's Piano Trio No. 1.
      Saturdays through Aug. 8. Free.  
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      Kids

      Backyard Ball Hosted by DJ Mel

      Celebrate summer with a virtual backyard ball! Austin Parks Foundation and Austin Ed Fund invite families and kids of all ages to dance, sing, and learn a little about parks and staying active. Free, but RSVP to get the link.
      Sat., July 25, 11am-noon. Free.  
      Online via Twitch
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      Dance

      Ballet Austin: Be Well with DJ Mel

      WOOOT! It's another Living Room Dance Party with Austin's beloved DJ Mel, this one to benefit Ballet Austin. "It’s a germ-free, nonstop dance mix for you and your loved ones - all in the safety of your own home. Put away the hand sanitizer, move the furniture, and tune in!"
      Sat., July 25, 6-10pm. Donations accepted.  
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      Visual Arts

      Collection Rert: Birdwatching

      This funky home-based gallery is having a show that's all about birds. They've invited more than a dozen artists to submit work in various mediums and now present all of the different avian creations. But – how to do this safely, right now? And how to make it work as an integral part of an exhibition about birds? If you thought the solution would be other than clever and effective, then you don't know Amanda Jones and Chad Hopper. Listen: "There will be select pieces arranged inside the gallery, which will be viewed from outside at two different windows. Each window will have a pair of sanitized binoculars for you to watch the birds. Other pieces will be displayed outside (in our front courtyard) and spaced out in safe distances." This show definitely belongs on your life list, birdlover, so contact the gallery for a reservation soon!
      Sat., Aug. 8, 2-5pm
      2608 Rogers
    • Food

      Food Events

      Delysia Chocolatier: Virtual Chocolate Tastings

      You know Zoom always works better when it's covered in chocolate, right? So we're telling you about Delysia's August series of tastings – an array of deliciously fun, interactive, and educational events hosted by the acclaimed Austin choco-mongers – and we're telling you early, because these things (each accompanied by four unique chocolate truffles) tend to sell out lickety-split. Check the website for details and to schedule your spot for Havana Nights (Aug. 2), Japanese Rising Sun (Aug. 9), Moroccan Medley (Aug. 16), Sweet as a Peach (Aug. 23), and Wine-a-Little (Aug. 29).
    • Music

      Desde La Sala w/ Money Chicha

      The dog days of summer bark and pant “From the Living Room” of the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center’s free online programming, beginning this weekend and stretching into the fall with some of the leche dulce of the local Latin scene: Money Chicha (July 25), Xenia Rubinos (Aug. 8), Texicana Mamas (Aug. 22), Gina Chavez (Sept. 5), and Carrie Rodriguez (Oct. 3). Third head on the King Ghidorah-like musical monster that is Grupo Fantasma/Brownout/Money Chicha, the latter quintet gives a visual taste of March barn burner En Vivo, whose live beat enhancement of folkloric psych-rock receives visual accompaniment here and remains embodied by the title of 13-minute live opener “Quieren Effectos, the Mexican Cumbia Beat,” which translates roughly to oralé!
      Sat., July 25, 6pm  
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      Nightlife & Parties

      Fat Bottom Cabaret: Brown South

      FBC's first-ever digital show promises to be a thoroughly queer and "curvrageous" evening of BIPOC-focused drag, burlesque, and more. Nikki DaVaughn hosts a babe squad spanning coast-to-coast: Bebe Bardot, Chola Magnolia, Dino Foxx, Jasper St James, Lady Lola LeStrange, and Tulla Moore.
      Sat., July 25, 7:30-8:30pm. $5-20 (sliding scale).  
      Online
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      Arts & Culture

      Frida Friday ATX Virtual Market and Celebration

      This July marks the the 113th birthday of Frida Kahlo, and Frida Friday ATX is celebrating with a weekendlong extravaganza featuring more than 45 independent BIPOC artists and creatives, panels, and workshops. To cap it all off is a Sunday afternoon dance party with music by Bombón Texas!
      Fri.-Sun., July 24-26  
      Online
    • Food

      Food Events

      Suerte Taqueria: ¡Puro Pinche Pollo!

      Suerte Taqueria continues the monthlong celebration of that tastiest of yardbirds, the pollo. (Note for the monoglots: That's a chicken, mmmkay?) Each meal features a different half-a-chicken each week and comes with two seasonal sides, and it's enough for two people, and is available for dine-in or carry-out alongside Suerte’s regular menu. Up next, it's Mr. James Chicken Adobo en Stylo Filipino (Aug. 3-9), and, finally, People's Choice (Aug. 10-15) among the diverse styles they've been offering. Hey, you're a people – treat yourself and help them choose!
      Through Aug. 9
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      Events

      TCDP Big Tent Party

      Join a slate of Democratic nominees for a musical celebration and telethon to kick off the Travis County Democratic Party's coordinated campaign to turn Texas blue and keep Travis County deep blue in 2020. Meet the candidates on your November ballot and listen to your favorite local bands.
      Sat., July 25, 1-9pm  
      Online
    • Arts

      Comedy

      Virtual Hideout: Pgraph

      The fantastic foursome of improv fabulators returns for another week, bringing their arch spontaneity through Zoom and onto Twitch to make your minds zoom and your hearts twitch at what a talented local quartet can do, off-the-cuff, at the intersection of goofy and brilliant.
      Sat., 7:30pm; Wed., 5pm. $5-15.  
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      Out of Town

      Viva Big Bend (Virtual) Music Festival

      Jonesing for a trip to West Texas during the pandemic? Take a trip to the Big Bend area virtually by tuning in see rare archive footage of past festivals. Registration required.
      Fri.-Sun., July 24-26. Free, but donations accepted.  
      Online
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      Volunteer With Refugee Services of Texas

      RSTX is seeking mentors for their Youth Mentoring Program, which is focused on meeting the unique needs of youth ages 15-24 as they adapt to life in a new country. Mentors are paired with a mentee for six months and meet for a minimum of eight hours per month to work on goals together. Mentors must be at least 18 years old, residing in or near Austin, and able to meet the time commitment. All applicants welcome, regardless of language or profession, but there is currently a specific need for male mentors that speak Pashto, Dari, or Kinyarwanda.
      Ongoing  
      Online
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      Visual Arts

      Wally Workman Gallery: America Martin

      The popular artist's distinctive style, inspired by Mid-Century Modernist masters, is underscored by the use of boldly brushed lines and punctuated bursts of color to imply tone and mood. And we, somewhat toned and moody ourselves, are very glad to infer. Call for appointment!
      Through Aug. 9
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      We Are Here! Living the Legacy of Dr. Givens

      The Givens Park Working Group, in partnership with Forklift Danceworks and Austin PBS, invites you to tune in for a virtual celebration and community conversation honoring Dr. Everett Givens, the namesake of Givens Park and a tireless advocate for the Black community.: Host Kimberly Holiday (KAZI’s “Lady Joy”) and cast members from Givens Swims kick off the festivities and artist Cindy Elizabeth will share reflections on her work Allegiance, installed at Givens Park last summer. Then, Givens Park community leaders will discuss the past, present, and future of the park in a conversation moderated by Alberta Phillips. Donations to nonprofit Roslyn’s Novel, which supports the Givens community, are encouraged.
      Sat., July 25, 2-4pm  
      Online
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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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      Out of Town

      60th Anniversary Summer Celebration

      All summer long, Natural Bridge Caverns is celebrating six decades of discovery. There are several tours and attractions, including the new Twisted Trails adventure course and a chance to pan for treasures just like gold miners.
      Through Aug. 23. $10-30.  
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      Out of Town

      A New History of Old Texas

      Brandon Steele begins his third season of the popular history podcast with the story of Cabeza de Vaca’s journey in the wilderness of Texas.
      New episodes air Mondays and Thursdays  
      Online
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      Kids

      A Spacious Place

      A variety of programming including Young Artists and Young Writers clubs, activity pack delivery, and accessible art activities for seniors is all available online.
      Ongoing  
      Online
    • Arts

      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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      Kids

      Alamo Kids Club Fun at Home

      For the junior cineastes who are missing Alamo Drafthouse's Kids Club, they've got an online treasure trove of family-film-centric activity sheets and booklets you can print at home. Children can learn about all the animals from The Lion King, play the Frozen II memory card game, make their own thaumatrope, and so much more. And if the kiddos want to share their work, snap a photo and tag it #AlamoAtHome on Instagram and Twitter.
       
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    • 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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      Kids

      Art Garage Online Art Lessons

      The Art Garage is offering online art classes for little ones, and they've got kits you can order to work on at home. Learn to make homemade play dough, explore art from around the world, and more. Follow them on Facebook for details.
      Online
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      Kids

      Art Garage Pottery and More To-Go

      Cure cabin fever with pottery and craft kits from Art Garage, offering delivery and pickup. They've got tons of crafting options to keep the whole family entertained, including mosaics, tie-dye kits, pottery, and tons more.
       
    • Arts

      Visual Arts

      Artus Co: Amigos

      Artus Co is "a community of artists and makers at the Arboretum," and they've got a new display of that Matthew Rodriguez's work (you know: from Cheer Up Charlies, and random happy-faced trees, and those kerchief-masked black cats all over town?) and you're invited to stop by and see it inside the current pop-up shop of local creative goodness.
      Through Aug. 15. Daily, noon-6pm  
      1000 Research
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      Visual Arts

      Atelier Dojo: Remote Studios

      The local powerhouse of figurative painting, the art school that's the smart school for artists of all kinds, they've got a painting-along-at-home series going to help you keep your skills honed in these socially restrictive times, featuring live costumed models posing on camera and a thriving community of creatives rendering that lovely human biotecture from their separate studios. "Join us for a three-hour costumed-model drawing session. Use any supplies you wish, listen to music, share your work, chat with others. It’s a great way to stay connected with your art community!"
      Tuesdays, 1:30-4:30pm; Fridays, 6:30-9:30pm; Saturdays, 9:30-12:30pm. $5.  
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      Kids

      ATX Ballers Online Basketball Tutorials

      Local youth basketball organization ATX Ballers is providing free basketball video lessons that kiddos can do from home, even without a hoop! Expert coaches will upload a few engaging video lessons each week for the rest of the semester, complete with lesson goals to accomplish, for both beginners and experienced players.
      ATX Ballers Youth Sports YouTube channel
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      Events

      Austin Animal Center Now Open by Appointment

      AAC opened June 1 for pet adoptions and lost pet intake by appointment only. Drop-ins will only be accepted for sick or injured pets. Check out pet bios online and schedule an adoption appointment via email at ASOanimaladoption@austintexas.gov, and schedule intake appointments here.

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