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for Sat., Feb. 22
  • Texas Independence Day Celebration

    Help honor the 184th anniversary of Texas Independence with this annual two-day free celebration featuring live music, food, traditional crafts, living history presentations, firing demonstrations, historical encampments and commemorative programs. Complete details and schedule are available online.
    Feb. 29-Mar. 1  
    Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site
  • Wastin' Away National Margarita Day Celebration

    High 5 and The Austin Chronicle are hosting a party on National Margarita Day at High 5's Anderson Lane location, featuring the Texas Tide Jimmy Buffett tribute band, a shrimp boil, give aways, and of course delicious MARGARITAS!
    Sat. Feb 22, 2pm-7pm  
    High 5
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  • Music

    Austin Bands for Bernie w/ Fastball, Hikes, the Halfways, Big Bill, Lunar Eclectic, Go Fever, Scott Collins, Christelle Bofale, Serumn, Jason C Morris, Van Mary, Darwood

    A fundraiser stacking more than 30 local acts stumps for independent thinker and political adherent Bernie Sanders, 78, who remains in hot pursuit of the presidency. Transparent singer-guitarist Christelle Bofale performs on day one. The 22-year-old confirms that she jumped at the opportunity to join the bill organized by Tim Regan from Nine Mile Records.: “Bernie is the only candidate I feel is really trying to benefit all people and not just one specific group,” the Congolese American offers. “It’s cool I can play my songs and have funds from that show benefit that campaign.”: Bofale said the junior U.S. senator from Vermont will receive her vote come election time.: Outside of five-song EP Swim Team, the San Antonio-born, Austin-based artist hasn’t posted much music online. Released this week, “Miles” begins a trail of Easter eggs from Bofale in 2020. The new track carries on the multilayered acoustic guitar and loose song structure approach prevalent on last May’s extended play. According to Bofale, she picks every note of a chord rather than strumming it to create an atmospheric soundscape that’s soothing in spite of occasional trips into a mental abyss.: “I like to kind of create a weightless, boundless environment for the listener. A world that you can navigate,” says the genre-fluid vocalist.: Work continues on a debut album, but a 2020 release may not occur. Still, the opaque circumstances that inspired the creation of Swim Team seem miles and miles ago on Bofale’s itinerary. Thanks to friends and therapy, things continue to improve as she looks back at her first project fondly.: “I think I’m heading toward complete and total honesty with who I am,” she reveals.
    Sat., Feb. 22, 4pm  
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      Dance

      A'lante Flamenco: Procession

      A’lante Flamenco gives you a chance to connect with your fellow humans, singing, chanting, and marching along with the dancers and musicians as they take you on a sensory experience that goes beyond flamenco, evoking Semana Santa in Sevilla, the Arabic culture of Granada, and the universal appeal of Mardi Gras in New Orleans. (Or, yes, you can also just sit back and take in the spectacle.) Bonus: Guest artists Julie Slim Nassif and Oliver Steck.
      Through Feb. 23. Fri.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 4pm. $22.  
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      Events

      Barbara Jordan Exhibition

      The Barbara Jordan Freedom Foundation displays an interactive exhibit of the politician, policymaker, and activist's life.
      Through Feb. 22. Free.
      Texas Capitol Rotunda, 1100 Congress
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      Civic Events

      Early Voting

      Cast your ballot for the 2020 joint primaries early. Sites throughout the city and county will open polling places. Need help deciding who to vote for and learning the issues? Check out austinchronicle.com/elections for our ongoing coverage.
      Feb. 18-28
      Anywhere you see "Vote Here"
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      Arts & Culture

      OUTsider Fest: NASTY Fruits

      Austin’s transmedia fest celebrating LGBTQIA+ boundary-pushers returns, with this year’s Legacy Award posthumously honoring Chavela Vargas – featuring a performance by Dorian Wood, with guests Michael Corwin & Mariachi las Coronelas. The lineup includes work by Christeene, Kay Turner, and Yuliya Lanina, among other queerdos. See full schedule online.
      Wed.-Sun., Feb. 19-23. Badges, $99; students & youth, $25.  
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      Visual Arts

      1815 Gallery: In Love and Tech

      This group show, which inaugurates the 1815 Gallery on Rosewood, is "an exploration of human interaction in the digital age."
      Through Feb. 28
      1815 Rosewood
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      Theatre

      Alabaster

      This new play by Audrey Cephaly is a darkly comic drama about love, art, and the power of healing. Listen: "After a tornado barrels through North Alabama leaving nothing but death and destruction, only June and her wisecracking pet goat Weezy live to tell the tale." Directed by Rudy Ramirez for Shrewd Productions, starring Lizzie Beckham, Shannon Grounds, Jennifer Jennings, and (the legendary) Jennie Underwood.
      Through March 7. Thu.-Sun., 8pm. $15-30.  
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      Theatre

      Arden of Faversham

      Hidden Room Theatre presents the lamentable and true tale of Master Arden, his wicked wife, her insatiable lover, and the bumbling ruffians the illicit pair hire to kill him. No one's sure if Shakespeare (or Kyd? or Marlowe?) had a hand in writing the script back in the day, but we know that the show is here directed by Beth Burns and embodied by a fine and vigorous cast.
      Through March 1. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. $18-37.  
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      Black Art Matters

      Austin Justice Coalition's annual art show and fundraiser highlights criminal justice, social justice, and the Black Lives Matter movement through artists of color. This space will be dedicated to the exploration of how artists of color share their uniqueness with the world and how social justice work can aid them in their journey. There's a silent auction where each artist will donate one art piece, with proceeds going toward Austin Justice Coalition and its continued work to help and support the people of Austin, and all artists will keep their personal sales to encourage economic support of local Black artists.
      Sat., Feb. 22, 7-10pm. $20 suggested donation.  
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      Carnaval Brasileiro

      Austin's Brazilian-style Mardi Gras since 1978 offers five hours of nonstop live music that compels revelers to stay on the dance floor all night. Outrageous costumes provide an outlet for Austin's creative juices to flow, not to mention abundant eye candy. It has been described as a rave with live music. Grab your glitter, sequins, feathers, etc. and get ready to dance the night away!
      Sat., Feb. 22, 9pm-2am. $35 online, $45 at the door.  
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      Community

      Community Healing Health Fair

      Join allgo for its fourth annual gathering showcasing queer people of color healers, health care providers, and wellness professionals, plus free health screenings, giveaways, and wellness resources.
      Sat., Feb. 22, 1-5pm. Free.  
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      Nightlife & Parties

      CYb3rqu33n 4.0

      Can you feel the change? Because Y2K Technologies has optimized yer operating system with performances by Ansem, La Morena, Young Mijita (Roof Top), Ruby Knight, Brigitte Bandit, Honey Baby, and Andie Flores. Tonight's cyb3rd0llz are Y2K, p1nkstar, and Kanna.
      Sat., Feb. 22, 10pm. $5 donation after 1am.  
    • Music

      Distorted Pony, Suckling, Lazer Fire

      Steve Albini-produced LPs Punishment Room and Instant Winner remain crème de la crème of early-Nineties noise. Behind nihilistic throats, oil drum percussion, and sparking guitar, the L.A. crew cross paths with Austin’s noisy groove diggers Suckling, whose organ-wielding frontman Ezra Reynolds lends distinct drama to their sound.
      Sat., Feb. 22, 9pm  
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      Nightlife & Parties

      Drag Out the Vote

      Get excited to cast yer ballot in the November election and help raise funds for the drag queens doing the werk to register voters and get 'em to the polls.
      Sat., Feb. 22, 6-8pm. $10-20.  
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      Visual Arts

      Fancy Fancy Studios: Audiobiography

      Swing by this Eastside venue for a post-apocalyptic cup of coffee (!?) and a self-guided tour through "a surreal house of memory, grief, and floating bubbles" as author and multimedia artist Jamaica Cole presents her first book, The Endlessly Forking Snake Tongue, in audio and installation form. Local, lovely, and recommended.
      Feb. 21-23. Fri., 7-10pm; Sat., noon-10pm; Sun., noon-7pm
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      Visual Arts

      Flatbed Press: Redux

      Flatbed is celebrating its rich history of working with stylistically diverse artists to create fine art prints, the celebration now manifesting as a show of rarely seen prints by Flatbed artists Miguel Aragon, John Cobb, Ann Conner, Jack Craft, Suzi Davidoff, David Everett, Denny McCoy, Sharon Kopriva, Linda Ridgway, Dan Rizzie, Darden Smith, and Julie Speed. You want to see a wide range of printmaking styles and techniques, "Redux" will provide that range. You just want to be impressed by deep craft and talent and visual power and what those can communicate via print? Here's the place.
      Reception: Sat., Feb. 22, 6-8pm
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      Events

      How to Spot Disinformation

      As elections approach, we'll be bombarded with email, tweets, articles, editorials, opinions in print media, social media, and elsewhere. How do we tell fact from fiction? This meeting will cover how to identify disinformation, how to share responsibly on social media, how to tell when a bot or foreign agent is the source of information, and understanding what attracts people to "alternative facts." Panelists include UT School of Journalism professor Dr. Sharon Strover and Jessica Collier of the UT Center for Media Engagement.
      Sat., Feb. 22, 2-4pm. Free.  
    • Food

      Food Events

      Intero’s Italian Wine Dinner

      This is the first – the first! – of Intero’s monthly wine dinner series showcasing different Italian wines paired with the acclaimed Eastside restaurant’s locally sourced Italian cuisine. Winemakers from the Cesari family of Brigaldara Winery are jetting in to share their experiences with Valpolicella wine over a four-course pairing menu. Not the sort of event any true oenophile wants to miss out on, hey?
      Sat., Feb. 22, 6:30-9pm. $120.  
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    • Film

      Special Screenings

      Miss Congeniality (2000)

      20th Anniversary of Austin Studios: Celebrate the hundreds of local cast and crew members that made the smash hit happen. Austin's sweetheart Sandy B. stars, and locals should keep their eyes peeled for locations like Bass, Stephen F. Austin Hotel, and the original Dog & Duck Pub.
      Sat., Feb. 22, 7pm  
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      Food Events

      National Margarita Day Where “Margaritaville” Was Born?

      No, for real: That local bowl-o-centric and boozy bastion of good times, High 5? Is the actual physical location of the former Lung’s Cocina del Sur restaurant on Anderson Lane – where Jimmy Buffet had his first margarita and was inspired to write that “Margaritaville” song – so of course they’ll be celebrating this day up right, with drink specials and more than the usual abundance of fun among the games and revelry. And if you’re not there, citizen, well … it’s your own damn fault.
      Sat., Feb. 22, 2-7pm  
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      Visual Arts

      QuiltCon 2020

      The world's premier modern quilting event returns to Austin with nearly 600 quilts on display, including the works of Victoria Findlay Wolfe and the Amish of Lancaster County, PA. Demos, merchandise, and much quilty camaraderie all around!
      Feb. 20-23. Thu.-Sat., 10am-6pm; Sun., 10am-4pm. $12.  
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      Food Events

      Scholz Garten Chili Cook-Off

      When those German-inflected vittlemeisters at Scholz invite you to “come on down for a chili-tastin’, live music-listenin’, cold beer-drinkin’, whiskey-slingin’ good time,” we’re inclined to do just that. And when we know that local amateurs and professional culinary teams are going to chili up their best recipes and offer samples all around (starting at 2pm), why, we’re already staking out the best table. ’Course, if you miss this second annual shindig, then maybe we’ll see you at Scholz's second annual crawfish boil on Tuesday instead? So much going on here, it’s almost, how you say, unglaublich.
      Sat., Feb. 22, 2-6pm. Free.  
    • Arts

      Theatre

      Single Black Female

      This is the premiere of Lisa B. Thompson's two-woman show of rapid-fire comic vignettes exploring the lives of thirty-something middle-class African American women in urban America as they search for love, clothes, and dignity in a world that fails to recognize them among a parade of stereotypes. Directed by Matrex Kilgore for Ground Floor Theatre, starring Michelle Alexander and Valoneecia Tolbert in multiple roles.
      Through Feb. 29. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. $5-40.  
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      Classical Music

      TEMP: She Loves and She Confesses

      Texas Early Music Project's 21st season continues with a bevy of beautiful and often bittersweet love songs from the 17th century in Italy (Strozzi, Monteverdi, Cavalli, Frescobaldi, and Rossi), France (airs de cour by Lambert, Guédron, Boësset, and Moulinié), and England (Purcell, Johnson, Dowland(!), and Lanier). The concert's soloists – accompanied by a small band of lutes, harp, and strings – are Jenifer Thyssen, Meredith Ruduski, Jenny Houghton, Cayla Cardiff, Jeffrey Jones-Ragona, David Lopez, Brett Barnes, and special guest Ryland Angel.
      Sat., Feb. 22, 7:30pm. $25-30 ($5, students).  
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      That Takes the Cake!

      Do you like cake? Do you like amazing works of art? Looking for an awesome event with things to see and do for all ages? Then this sugar art show and cake competition is for you.
      Sat., Feb. 22, 11am-6pm. $12 and up; kids 12 & under, free.  
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      Visual Arts

      Vault Stone Shop: I Picked You a Flower

      This is a group exhibition of paintings, a mural, photographs, and sculptural works that explore the thin line between the romantic and sinister, featuring art by Alison Sagebiel, Carlos Carballo, Emmy Laursen, Jaime Reynolds, Josh Row, Navasota Sering, Rohitash Rao, and Scott David Gordon.
      Through March 14
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      Out of Town

      "Beili Liu: One and Another"

      The UT-Austin art professor and Austin-based visual artist begins a three-year series of exhibitions honoring the cultural traditions of Asia by three contemporary Texas women. This spring the UT-Dallas affiliated museum hosts artist performances and gallery talks.
      Jan. 18-Aug. 16. Free.
      Crow Museum of Asian Art, Dallas

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