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  • Come and Smoke it

    Smoke Game Strong presents "Come and Smoke It", A BBQ foodie event with 10 specialty dishes for all to enjoy at Windy Point Park on Lake Travis! Food, drinks and park entry are all included in the ticket price! There's also free parking and live music so bring all your friends and family!
    Sat. June 26, 12pm-7pm  
    Windy Point (Bob Wentz Point)
  • 2021 Austin Greek Festival

    Delicious Greek food including lamb, spanakopita, gyros, souvlaki, baklava and much more will set the stage for dancing and fun. Greek dance performances, kid-friendly activities, Greek dance lessons, shopping for Greek souvenirs at the agora market and much more make this three-day event a must to attend! Come experience the Greek hospitality known around the world!
    June 18-20  
    Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church
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    Visual Arts

    Visual Arts Center: Small Refusals

    This is a three-woman exhibition featuring work by students from UT's 2021 Studio Art MFA graduating class: Magdalena Jarkowiec, Heather Canterbury, and Ania Mininkova. Uncanny experiences in Home Depot aisles, found diaries, and mythologies of the American landscape are revisited in sculpture, photography, and video works for a show that celebrates the everyday as a sea of unexamined alternatives to dominant narratives. Recommended: There's an Artist Talk via Zoom on Fri., May 7, 5pm.
    Through May 23. Wed.-Sat., noon-5pm
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    1800s Mother's Day

    Being a mother is a tough and important job, and you can see how Texas women did it in a Mother’s Day Homes Tour at the historic farm. Crafts to make Mom a gift for her special day will be offered for children, as will special walking tours of the popular "Girls of Grit" program about women in Texas history. A Mother’s Day tea takes place in the historic Wessels dance hall at 11am both days, with limited seating.
    Sat.-Sun., May 8-9. $10 admission; free for moms; $5 for tea service.  
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    Classical Music

    Austin Camerata: Fire & Fiddles

    This live performance includes works by Jessie Montgomery, the Danish String Quartet, Paul Wiancko, and Wynton Marsalis, an uprising of glorious sound outdoors at the Neill-Cochran House.
    May 7-8. Fri., 7 & 9pm; Sat., 4:30 & 6:30pm. $30.  
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    Sports

    Austin FC Queso Cup

    Austin FC, H-E-B, and 512 Food Co. partnered to present the inaugural Queso Cup contest. Fans send in their best queso recipes to be judged by a team including Q2 Stadium's exec chef. The prize includes an autographed Austin FC soccer ball, a $500 H-E-B gift card, and two tickets to an upcoming Austin FC match. The winning queso will also be one of the three featured in the club’s Queso Fountain, said to be "the signature Austin FC queso experience."
    Submissions due Mon., May 10  
    Online
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    Backyard Chickens

    Do you know the difference between a Buff Orpington and a Rhode Island Red? Find out and get all the details on starting your own coop at this beak-to-tail workshop, with options for online or on-site learning.
    Online: second Saturdays, 10am-noon; on-site: third Saturdays, 10am-2pm. $40, on-site; $30, online.  
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    Kids

    Bilingual Storytime

    Austin Parks Foundation presents storytime with the Little Hummingbird Society and Texas Book Festival. They'll read two stories in English and Spanish and do a related activity, and you can either attend in-person or via livestream.
    Sat., May 8, 10am  
    Online or at Reilly School Park, 6001 Guadalupe
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    Visual Arts

    Blue Genie Art Bazaar: New May Market

    The creators of the Blue Genie Art Bazaar present a new spring arts event called May Market, a free, family-friendly experience showcasing the work of regional artisans and craftspeople under one roof with centralized checkout. "This is the ideal place to shop for locally made, one-of-a-kind gifts for Father’s Day, graduations, anniversaries, weddings, and more." That's what the press release says, anyway, trying to entice us in; thing is, that's even a bit too humble: We know what sort of market the Blue Genie gathers, and it's sure to be a lively splendorama of well-made goods coveted by anyone with a taste for the original, off-beat, and brilliantly homegrown.
    Through May 31. Fri.-Sun., 10am-8pm
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    Cute AF

    An afternoon of shopping and pampering where you can find a unique gift from an array of local vendors and treat your mama. A portion of proceeds goes to Out Youth.
    Sat., May 8, 11am-4pm. Free.  
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    Dance

    Diverse Space Dance Theatre: A Change of Heart

    Featuring choreography by Michael Jahoda (Amsterdam) Toni Bravo (Austin), live musicians, and dancers in-person and via video, this is Diverse Space Dance Theatre's season finale.
    May 6-8. Thu.-Fri., 7pm; Sat., 3 & 7pm
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    East Side Cool Party & Grand Reopening

    If you haven't checked out Central Machine Works, their grand reopening party is the day for it! The beer hall will be open and screening the Austin FC game, there'll be live music in the enormous biergarten, they're releasing a new beer collab with Hi Sign, and launching Austin's first convertible van shuttle service, Safari ATX. Plus, they're one of 10 breweries raising money this weekend for nonprofit Casa Marianella. (Rescheduled from May 1 due to weather.)
    Sat., May 8, 11-12mid  
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    Farm Out Fest

    This mini-festival will have baby goats (squee!) on-site, a mini market provided by Farmshare Austin, a silent auction, and live music from Walker Lukens and the Red Headed Strangers (performing Lukens' reimagined Willie Nelson favorites), Jomo and the Possum Posse, and Lost Pines. Tito's Handmade Vodka has created a special cocktail with basil from Farmshare, and event proceeds will support local farmers through Farmshare Austin.
    Sat., May 8, noon-5pm  
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    Out of Town

    Mayfest

    It’s that time of the year for music, food trucks, and local craft beers in the park along the river.
    Fri.-Sat., May 7-8  
    Marble Falls
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    Theatre

    Out of Ink 2021: Perfect Glitch

    The annual theatrical event from ScriptWorks returns for a new year of creative exploration. Listen: "In a year filled with unintended technical glitches, ScriptWorks is making them purposeful. The malfunctions in this show are one of three elements used by ScriptWorks members to create their ten-minute masterpieces over 48 hours during the Weekend Fling last fall: 1) a phrase used at the beginning and end of the play, the meaning or understanding of which changes given the action that has transpired; 2) whispers of the ancestors; and 3) a technological glitch." This collection of works – written by Katherine Catmull, Elizabeth Cobbe, Kirk German, Meg Haley, Andra Laine Hunter, Christopher Krejci, Aneesa Needel, and Megan Thornton, and performed and directed by some of Austin's best stage talents – will be delivered via mail, phone call, text messages, audio content, video, web chat, and Zoom. Half of the plays will be presented synchronously; three of the plays will be delivered asynchronously; one piece has both asynchronous and synchronous content. Oh, there's a lot going on here! See the website for details.
    May 6-9. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. $5-25.  
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    Paddle for Puppies

    A fundraiser for Austin Pets Alive! presented by Austin Subaru. This year it's spread out over three days to accommodate everyone who wants to canoe, kayak, or stand-up paddleboard for the cause.
    Fri.-Sun., May 7-9  
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    RESCHEDULED: Tropic of Texas Crawfish Boil & Pop-up Market

    Ranch Rider and Kinda Tropical present a boil with 400 pounds of mudbugs (first drop at 2pm), a market curated by Decades in Retro, and DJ Mike Garrido.
    Sat., May 8, noon-6pm (rescheduled from May 1 due to inclement weather)  
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    Sports

    Round Rock Express

    Minor League Baseball is back, and they open the season playing against Oklahoma City Dodgers May 6-11, then the Sugar Land Skeeters May 13-18. Check the schedule for all the fun promo details including giveaway days, dog-friendly games, kids' day, and more, and enjoy postgame fireworks on opening day and Fridays.
    Thu.-Sat. & Mon., 7:05; Sun., 1:05, Tue., 6:05  
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    Arts & Culture

    Saving Face (2005)

    Movie Night: Catch Alice Wu's feature film debut and queer classic Saving Face, a romantic comedy following Chinese American surgeon Dr. Wilhelmina Pang and her experience coming out to her family. Free beer from Oddwood Brewing, and attendees will receive a 10% discount for The Little Gay Shop.
    Sat., May 8, 7:30pm. $15-20.  
    The Little Gay Shop, 828 Airport Blvd.
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    Visual Arts

    Science Bear Arcade: 25 Cents Sale

    The proprietors of Collection Rert present a buffet of fun junk for your buying pleasure. "Search for treasures in this outdoor gift shop where everything costs a quarter. For all the big spenders, there'll be a bonus box of surprises with items priced at a whopping $5 each."
    Sat., May 8, 9am-5pm  
    2608-B Rogers
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    Theatre

    Street Corner Arts: The Spin

    The Street Corner production of Spenser Davis' new modern drama, performed live for several shows night after night, is now available in recorded form online.
    Through May 15. $3.  
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    Classical Music

    TEMP: Tales from the Decameron

    For its final video concert of the season, the Texas Early Music Project presents stories from an extremely timely source: The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio, a book of tales told by a group of young adults escaping the Black Death during the 1348 epidemic by sheltering in a villa just outside Florence. KMFA’s Sara Schneider provides a bit of historical background to The Decameron and the music of the period, then the action begins and we catch up with the intrepid group of plague-fleeing characters, accompanied with music composed by Gherardello da Firenze, Lorenzo da Firenze, Francesco Landini, and more.Still not convinced that this is a sonic wonderment perfectly suited to herald our exit from history's latest pandemic? Still thinking that this concert is something other than early-music glory so divinely embodied that it'll thrill anything you have that even resembles a soul? Doubt no more.Point one: The librettist is Wellesley College's Dr. Larry Rosenwald. Point two: These tales are narrated by Austin's own Marc Pouhé. Final point to, as they say, seal the deal: This preview trailer.Conclusion: Danny Johnson, you're a mensch.
    May 8-13. $5-50.  
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    Out of Town

    Texas Crab Festival

    A ferry ride away from Galveston, the food will make you want to walk like a crab and the music will get you dancing.
    Fri.-Sun., May 7-9. $10.  
    Crystal Beach
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    Theatre

    The Tempest

    As those pesky 'ronas become increasingly easier to deal with, due to vaccines and masking and social distancing, The Baron's Men stage a bold return, bringing Shakespeare's phantasmagoric brilliance to the Curtain Theatre for three weekends of betrayal, love, and forgiveness. On an island. With a sorcerer. And – oh, you know, right? Now come see it, live, in full swagger and quake.
    Through May 8. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $15-25.  
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    Events

    Virtual Kitten Shower

    It's kitten season! Austin Humane Society's annual event is fur-tual this year, featuring adorable kittens and cats available for adoption, virtual activities, a kitten supply drive, and paw-some happy hours. Donate online and check out one of the events::
    • Kitten Trivia: Thu., May 6, 6pm:
    • Kitten Yoga: Sat., May 8, 10am; Tue., May 11, 5:30pm:
    • Kitten Bingo: Sat., May 8, 11am:
    • Whiskey & Whiskers: Thu., May 13, 8pm
    May 6-13  
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  • Film

    Special Screenings

    "Into America's Wild" (2020)

    Laser IMAX 2D: From Oregon's stunning coast to the ancient canyons of the Southwest, from the wilds of Alaska to the Appalachian Trail, explore the scenic byways, ancient homelands, secret gems and hidden trails of America's great outdoors, and discover the human connection we all share with the secret wonders of nature.
    Sat., May 8, 2pm, 4pm  
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    Out of Town

    "Time No Longer" by Anri Sala

    The internationally renowned multimedia artist presents a new immersive sound and visual installation in the city’s former underground water reservoir.
    Fri., March 12-Sun., Dec. 12. $12/$8; free on Thursdays.  
    Buffalo Bayou Cistern, Houston
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    Special Screenings

    "Turtle Odyssey"

    Laser Imax 3D: Russell Crowe narrates this doc following the life cycle of an Australian green sea turtle named Bunji and her journey across the ocean.
    Sat., May 8, 12pm  
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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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    Visual Arts

    A05 Gallery

    This popular gallery represents a wide array of artists, both local and international, with creations that span a dazzling plethora of mediums. Cynda Valle. Rachel Dory. John Morse. And – oh, give that website a quick look and you'll be making an appointment ASAP.
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    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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