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    Books

    African American Book Festival: We Wear the Mask

    The 14th annual African American Book Festival goes virtual this year, of course, and features bestselling authors Isabel Wilkerson and Dr. Damon Tweedy, a presentation on poet Paul Laurence Dunbar by ACC's Mark Cunningham, and a creative writing workshop led by the Austin History Center's kYmberly Keeton. Look: Robert Faires provides further coverage right here.
    Sat., June 27, 10am-2pm. Free, but you have to reserve a ticket.  
  • Food

    Food Events

    Andiamo Ristorante: Fourth of July

    This popular Italian eatery's got a Picnic Box for your Independence Day celebrating, featuring a prosciutto, fresh mozzarella, spinach, and tomato panini, with: sides of pickled pepper and mushrooms,: watermelon, and an arugula-and-feta cheese salad. You want to pay a little extra and get some wine pairings? They've got you covered, with Terre Gaia Prosecco, Li Veli Negroamaro Rose, and J. Hofstatter Pinot Nero Riserva. Call to place your orders now, and you can pick 'em up on Fri., July 3, 5-9pm.
    $25 per person.
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Camiba Art: Signs

    Currently open by reservation only, yes, but you should have no reservations about seeing this stunning exhibition by Dallas native Lee Albert Hill. You want an eyeful of big, bright abstractions via acrylics on canvas over board, handwrought yet almost machinelike in their meticulous design and execution? You probably do, especially in this case. Because it's like … um … like if someone hired Mike Hinge and Bill Sienkewicz to show how well tangrams could be used to illustrate subatomic events from CERN's bubble chamber – and then threw a fistful of chaos shards at the collaboration's results. The accompanying image here is one miniaturized example; imagine seeing a roomful of such intricacies at full size. Hell, imagine scheduling a private viewing of this show with gallerist Troy Campa: That's some solid pandemic diversion right there, tell you what. (And your man Brenner rhapsodizes a bit further about it in this review.)
    Through July 11  
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    Events

    Ghost Tours at Pioneer Farms

    A nighttime walking tour through environs rich with stories about spirits, unexplained sightings, and things that go bump in the night, hosted by Austin ghost experts. A not-to-be-missed outing with history.
    Last Saturdays, 8pm, through Oct. 31  
  • Food

    Food Events

    House Wine: 12th Anniversary Rosé Party

    This weekend marks the beloved wine destination's dozenth anniversary in business, and guests can enjoy tasting flights paired with cheese plates, as well as rosés by the glass ($8) and by the bottle ($30). Also, tastes of beautiful rosés from vineyards around the world – featuring rosé from Bodkin Wines, with proceeds from those Bodkin sales going to Black Lives Matter. Bonus: Live music from 3-10pm.
    Sat., June 27, 3pm-12mid. $40.  
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    ICOSA: Coping Mechanisms

    In advance of the upcoming Swec & Criscoe exhibition, ICOSA presents a series of front-window installations that are viewable 24 hours a day. "An imperfect show in imperfect times that recognizes our shortcomings and missteps, our pain, loneliness, and uncertainty, that aims to move forward carefully and intentionally. This work was made during the pandemic, but before the world exploded once again in response to the horrific murder of George Floyd, thrusting the world into a greater awareness of systemic racism and police brutality, and renewing energy and momentum in the fight for justice." Note: A portion of the proceeds from sales of the artworks will be donated to Six Square: Austin’s Black Cultural District.
    Through July 2
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Jessica Fontenot: Make a Watercolor Painting

    In this online workshop, the artist guides you through creating a watercolor illustration of a place you love, sharing her approach to drawing architecture and place, featuring watercolor techniques she uses in her work – such as the recent illustration for Austin's Red Beans and Ricely Yours. Note: The price includes all the supplies you'll need, which you can pick up curbside (or have 'em delivered) from The Cathedral ATX.
    Workshop: Sat., June 27, 2pm. $55-65.  
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Lora Reynolds Gallery: Time and Again

    Carl Hammoud’s exhibition of paintings was open for only a few short weeks before the COVID-19 lockdown; now the gallery's open again (limited capacity, masks required, appointments recommended) and you can still catch the show before it closes this weekend.
    Through July 3. Wed.-Sat., 11am-6pm
  • Food

    Food Events

    Loro: Picnic Package for Two

    Pardon us, but we think this Loro menu addition qualifies, especially in these all-too-interesting times, as an event unto itself. Because we know the culinary excellence those chefs are capable of, and because this limited pick-it-up-and-go lunch package includes charred corn and cabbage salad, Thai fried chicken (with a Wild Turkey/black pepper cream sauce), housemade pickles, coconut-scented rice, and smoked chocolate crème brulee with which to finish your feast on a deeply sweet note. See what we mean? Note: This deal's available only on Fridays and Saturdays, 11:30am-3pm, and pre-orders are highly recommended.
    $37.95.
  • Qmmunity

    Nightlife & Parties

    Pandemic Pride

    Unbounded Agency, Thee Gay Agenda, and KD Kinetic join forces to explore the "rebellious roots of pride" all month long. That means puppet shows, sex ed, and more queer entertainment with a focus on intersectionality. Follow the action on Instagram at @pandemic.pride.
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    Community

    Queer Weekend of Action for Black Lives

    Support Austin's Black queer and trans community over three days of IRL and URL events: Friday night's Peace Rally at City Hall (7pm; 301 W. Second); Austin Black Pride's intersectionality panel Saturday (2pm; www.fb.com/austinblackpride); and Sunday night's Marsha P. Johnson Memorial March and Candlelight Vigil (7pm; 2100 E. Third).
    June 26-28  
    Multiple locations
  • Food

    Food Events

    The Cupcake Bar: Fourth of July

    Well, of course this place has a special Cupcake Box ($24) ready for the big patriotic huzzah this weekend: It includes three vanilla cupcakes with vanilla icing, and three chocolate/strawberry milkshake cupcakes with buttercream, sprinkles, and a cherry on top – and it comes with a sparkler. But, listen, you're a parent of a small child and you wanna blow your kiddo's mind? Get one of their Candy Charcuterie Boards ($35), featuring sparklers, a confetti pack, Cracker Jacks, Pop Rocks, sunflowers seeds, yogurt pretzels, saltwater taffy, various gummies, and more. Take that, King George! Let freedom ring!
  • Arts

    Comedy

    Virtual Hideout: Maestro

    This is an all-improvised battle royale, featuring the most ornery cusses in the scene doing their damnedest to emerge victorious from a mindwarping multiplayer fray. Imagine: A screen crowded with Zoomers, competing in short improv games and wild-ass gambits to be crowned the one and only Maestro for the week. Sound good? Yeah – we like it, too.
    Wed., 8pm; Sat., 10pm. $5.  
  • 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.
    Thu. & Sat., 7:30pm. $5-15.  
  • Arts

    Theatre

    Virtual Vortex: Our Lady of the Sacred Part

    Catch this livestream of Marina DeYoe-Pedraza's "reverently irreverent ceremony celebrating the feminine," featuring object puppetry, storytelling, and confessionals.
    Sat., June 27, 8pm. Donations accepted.  
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Wally Workman Gallery: Reopened!

    Make an appointment, friend, and you can see these beauties in person. And if there's anything (aside from certain substances still criminalized by a failed system of law) that can elevate the senses and lighten the load, it's this bright collection of new works by Austin's Patrick Puckett. The artist's "large, bold canvases explore the human figure inspired by the artist’s life in the American South and often include symbolic references of both real and imagined nostalgia." And, we add, the downright Fauvist, polychrome exuberance of these paintings will likewise inspire your art-hungry eyes.
    Through July 3
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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
  • Community

    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
  • Film

    Special Screenings

    AFS Cinema Virtual Screenings

    The quality programming you've come to expect from AFS Cinema is available virtually, and online ticket purchases will help ensure it can reopen so you can visit again in person.
    Ongoing  
    Online via www.austinfilm.org
  • Community

    Kids

    AISD Encourages Families to Apply for P-EBT

    The Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer program could provide Austin ISD families a one-time benefit for eligible families to buy food. Families could receive up to $285 per child, which can be used in the same way as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program food benefits to pay for groceries. If you think you might be eligible, get more info at hhs.texas.gov.
    Apply by June 30  
    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.
  • Community

    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
  • Community

    Events

    Apply Now for Vote-by-Mail Ballot

    If you're interested in applying to vote by mail for the July 14 special election for Senate District 14 and the primary run-off, send in your application ASAP, as they must be received, not just postmarked, by July 2. If you submit it via email or fax, it must also be sent and received via mail within four days of the electronic submission. Download the application via the county clerk's website and call 512/238-VOTE if you need assistance.
    Due by July 2  
    Online/by mail
  • Community

    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
  • Community

    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

    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.  
  • Community

    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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    Events

    Austin Pets Alive! Virtual Events

    Austin Pets Alive! encourages you to #SavePetsInSweats with fun online activities you can enjoy from home. Learn to make dog treats and embroider, and even schedule an e-reading with a psychic groomer to get inside your pet's mind and find out if they really want you to keep working from home. And donations are always welcome!
    Online

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