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  • 40th Annual Oktoberfest in Fredericksburg

    Oktoberfest, the family-oriented German fest, gearing up its big 40th year in the Polka Capital of Texas. Enjoy five stages of Oompah at its Best!, artisans, family lederhosen and dirndl contest, 42 tournament contest, waltz contest, Bratwurst, potato pancakes, funnel cakes, the popular Chicken Dance(s), and more!
    Oct. 1-3  
    Fredericksburg
  • Boomtown: A Musical Comedy

    A musical comedy about the most dangerous town in Texas, Boomtown follows the true story of promoter Ace Borger’s “overnight city” in the Texas panhandle. All shows feature a live band!
    Sept. 16-25, 8pm  
    Dougherty Arts Center
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    Lydia Street Gallery: Attachment

    Deanna Miesch's new gallery on the Eastside debuts with an exhibition of drawings and sculptural works by Austin's Stephen Daly.
    Reception: Fri. Feb. 26, 6-10pm
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    #LoveThyNeighborTX: AAUL Emergency Donation Drive

    Austin Area Urban League launched the #LoveThyNeighborTX campaign with the support of fellow community-focused organizations to provide shelter, food, water, clothing, and more for housing-insecure Austinites put at risk during the winter storm, and continues to collect donations through Sunday.
    Through Feb. 21  
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    125th TSHA Annual Meeting

    The Texas State Historical Association's 125th annual meeting is all online, with more than 30 sessions featuring the research and work of top Texas historians. Regular sessions are prerecorded to watch at your own pace, and live events and Q&A sessions will take place March 3-6.
    Feb. 17-March 6. $25; VIP, $125.  
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    Austin & Travis County Declare Local State of Disaster

    Travis County Judge Andy Brown and Austin Mayor Steve Adler have issued a local state of disaster for both Travis County and the city of Austin in response to severe winter weather conditions. These declarations will last for no more than seven days, until Feb. 21. They urge residents to seek shelter, stay off the roads unless it's an emergency, and conserve energy. Helpful tips and links to pages such as Austin Energy outage maps are located at AustinTexas.gov.
    Feb. 14  
    Countywide
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    Austin Disaster Relief Network

    Austin Disaster Relief Network deployed volunteers to emergency shelters during the storm and is now seeking donations and volunteers for crisis cleanup. If you need assistance, call the hotline at 1-800-329-8052 through March 2.
    Feb. 16-March 2  
    Sign up/donate online
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    Black History Month With Austin Music Foundation

    AMF will celebrate Black History Month by featuring 28 days of Austin music history told through a series of stories by rock maverick Bevis M. Griffin, the first Black glam rock artist in Texas. Follow along on their blog all month.
    Through Feb. 28  
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    Black History Month With Texas State Parks

    Park rangers from around Texas, including the Buffalo Soldier Heritage Outreach Program and the Texas Outdoor Family staff, are debuting a new series of virtual programs celebrating Black history, culminating in a live, interactive trivia challenge at 6 p.m. on Feb. 27.
    Through Feb. 27  
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    Black History With Outschool

    Local teachers are using the platform Outschool to reach more students to educate about Black history. Check out the many, many activities and classes online by searching "Black History Month" and sort by age group, date, and more.
    Through Feb. 28  
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    Career Fair at Hyatt Regency Lost Pines

    Dreaming of a new career working at a beautiful resort? Hyatt Regency Lost Pines is hiring for a variety of seasonal, part-time, and full-time positions. Applicants are required to apply online in advance by visiting careers.hyatt.com and typing “Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa” into the location field. The event will provide a contactless check-in station at the top of the stairs at the Wolfdancer Golf Club. After participants check in using a QR code, they’ll be asked to wait in their vehicle and will receive a text or call when it is time to interview.
    Wed., Feb. 17, 1-5pm. Free.  
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    Cloud Tree Studio: We Talk to Colors

    Rachel Koper is the curator of this group show of paintings. "I just wanted to fill the space with color and paintings," she tells us. "It's a salon-style hanging of pieces with gestural realism and some abstracts, just this colorful mix of oil and acrylic artworks." Sure, and since the group of artists includes Chris Chappell, John Cobb, Heyd Fontenot(!), Yamin Li, Andrea Munoz Martinez, John Mulvany, Johari Palacio, Charles Randolph, and Koper herself – well, we're excited to see this stuff. Check the website to make your appointment soon.
    Through Feb.23
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    Davis Gallery: As the World Stood Still

    This is a retrospective of the creative journey that painter Kevin Greer started alone inside his studio during the lockdown that continued through this past month. You want to see some vivid, multicolored abstractions like strategically shattered shards of somebody's lysergic and fire-marked dreams? Then, says Brenner, you should see this.
    Through March 6
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    Encore Presentation: Virtual Community Night Spotlight: Black Heritage

    Celebrate Black history, culture, and lasting contributions to art and science with Thinkery and their community partners.
    Wed., Feb. 17, 4pm  
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    Free Lunch ATX

    Austin's Free Lunch program provides home-cooked meals to people experiencing homelessness. Make a donation, or contact them at freelunch.atx@gmail.com if you or someone you know is in need of support.
    Feb. 15-25  
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    Front Steps Blanket Drive

    Nonprofit Front Steps makes it easy to donate a blanket to a cold Austinite in need. They offer several good options to order online and have shipped directly to them, or you can drop one off at ARCH. Even easier: Simply hit the "Donate Now" button on their site and make a one-time or recurring donation to support their ongoing work serving those living without homes.
    Ongoing  
    Online or at Front Steps (ARCH), 500 E. Seventh
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    Intro to Intro to Sketch Class

    QueerTowne special guest host – and former Chronicle intern – Irielle Wesley teaches you how to bring the laughs while you learn the basics of writing a comedy sketch.
    Feb. 17-March31. Wednesdays, 6-7:30pm. Tips suggested.  
    Online
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    Maximizing Hope Seeks Donations

    During the freezing weather last week, local nonprofit Maximizing Hope provided hotel rooms for over 100 Austinites without homes, as well as food and hygiene items. Your donation can help spread the warmth to even more people in need in their continuing work.
    Ongoing  
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    Northern-Southern: Baton

    This is a group show by relay, begun in July of 2020 as a method of socially distancing a community in the height of the pandemic: Artists took turns alone in the space, each adding to the exhibition. Now, as it nears its close, the exhibition resembles a community in which work converses and overlaps. With Adreon Henry, Vy Ngo, Dawn Okoro, Leon Alesi, Matt Steinke, Sev Coursen, Stella Alesi, and more.
    Closing reception: Sat., July 24, 3-9pm
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    Northern-Southern: To

    Have we mentioned how we can't even with this Phillip Niemeyer and his Northern-Southern gallery? And that we mean that in a good way? Listen: While the artistic takeover called Baton continues in the N-S venue on East 12th, here comes another wide-ranging project set in and around the city itself, a group show of paths and directions considered as art experience – installed outdoors, in semi-wild public spaces across Austin and beyond. This show encompasses "audio tours, trails, portals, sculpture, digital media, instructions, new landmarks, wayfinding marks, sibyls, remote running sessions, and care stations." And the artists providing this panoply of discovery? Adreon Denson Henry, Alyssa Taylor Wendt, Amanda Julia Steinback, Amy Scofield & Lisa Hallee, Emma Hadzi Antich, Laura Latimer, Chris Lyons, Ted Carey, Sean Ripple, Staci Maloney & Michelle Smolensky, Tammy West, and Zoe Berg. Recommended. Five stars. 10/10. Get out of the house and remap your territory!
    Through Feb. 28. Free.  
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    Poet Showcase: A Virtual Art a La Carte Event

    The Dougherty Arts Center celebrates spoken word poetry with this Facebook live showcase, featuring renowned local writers Ebony Stewart and Joe Brundidge in a pair of powerful performances.
    Wed., Feb. 17, 7:30pm. Free.  
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    Support Austin Pets Alive!

    Head over to APA!'s blog to learn about the many ways you can help animals during the freeze and get resources if you need them. Monetary donations are always welcome, and they're collecting water and gas for generators. Staff and volunteers are answering emails to cold@austinpetsalive.org regarding donations and inquiries about help for animals stuck in the cold.
    Feb. 15-22  
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    Survive2Thrive Fundraiser

    Survive2Thrive partnered with Austin Hotel and Lodging Association to provide hotel rooms for the unhoused during the historic freeze. Donations are still being accepted.
    Feb. 16-March 8  
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    Texas Science Festival: Science for a Changing World

    UT-Austin's fest offers a series of virtual events, most of them live. Hear from world-changing researchers, COVID-19 vaccine innovators, and more; join virtual star parties with astronomers; and get step-by-step guidance for fun at-home experiments.
    Feb. 16-March 26. Free.  
    Virtual
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    UPDATED: AISD Warming Centers

    Austin ISD has opened four schools to serve as warming centers, 9am-9pm::
    • South: Joslin Elementary School, 4500 Menchaca Rd.:
    • North: Barrington Elementary School, 400 Cooper Dr.:
    • Central (UT campus area): Lee Elementary, 3308 Hampton Rd.:
    • Far West area: Murchison Middle School, 3700 North Hills Dr.:
    Ongoing  
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    Wally Workman Gallery: Be the Soul

    Emerging from the chaos of the pandemic and the fight for social justice, this exquisite show of paintings by Anne Siems explores "a shift in consciousness to a softer and more playful way of being. The women depicted are strong yet vulnerable; they are both a hope and a reflection of our world. In this work and in her practice, Siems has found strength and patience to be the soul." We heartily concur.
    Through Feb. 27
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    A Neighbor in Need A/C Giveaway

    Do you know of a homeowner in your area whose heating and air system no longer works? Someone that needs a new system but can’t afford it? Tell Del's Heating & Air Conditioning their story, and Del’s will provide one winner with a new HVAC system.
    Through April 15; winner chosen April 30  
    www.delsacservice.com
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    Aaron Stephens

    Wed., Feb. 17, 8pm
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    Special Screenings

    AFS Merch Store

    Attention cinephiles: Austin Film Society's online store is stocked with neat items, from Dazed and Confused pint glasses to throwback tees to framed vintage movie posters. Support AFS and score a unique gift for yourself or your fave filmgoer.
    Ongoing  
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    AHS Car Raffle

    You could win a Mazda Miata convertible through the 17th annual Austin Humane Society car raffle powered by Roger Beasley Mazda. Each ticket provides one night of safe and warm shelter, nutritious food, quality medical care, and lots of love for a cat or dog who is waiting to find a home.
    Tickets available now; drawing held April 17. $20; three tickets for $50.  
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    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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