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    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  
  • Arts

    Comedy

    ColdTowne TV: Yeah, But Are You Happy?

    Austin comedians Katie Stone and Lane Ingram invite you to an ongoing podcast that explores the intersection between creativity and mental health.
    Wednesdays, 8pm. Donations accepted.  
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Flatbed Press: Over My Head

    That Austin epicenter of the printing arts presents a new exhibition of woodcuts by Ben Muñoz, featuring his series called The Endless Endeavor. These stunning woodcuts are 100-by-52-inches, the massive pieces communicating both in scale and content the idea of life being larger and much more than ourselves. Flatbed and Muñoz "are eager for the artist and individuals to talk about the content of his work one-on-one;" reserve your meeting with the artist for July 24 or July 25; other appointments for multigenerational groups of four or fewer can be scheduled here.
    Through July 29. Wed.-Fri., 10am-5pm. Free.  
  • 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
  • Food

    Food Events

    Launderette: Lobster and Friends

    Maybe a Friday meal out can be as good as it used to be, as Launderette’s one-night-only fête features a seafood boil with lobster, shrimp, crab, clams, mussels, and sausage, with corn and potatoes and other family-style sides. And, desserts? How about some devil’s food cake cones or a cookie platter with pretzel brownie, cherry white chocolate crunchie, coconut key lime cookie, and a strawberry lemonade macaron? Yeah, better make those reservation quick! Bonus: You can also get this package to-go.
    Fri., July 3, noon-9pm. $45.  
  • 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

    Old Thousand: 'Merica's Birthday Grill Pack

    This bastion of inspired cuisine is offering a flavor-forward fourth-of-July feast of smoked beef ribs, chicken wings, Chinese sausage corndogs, and a plethora of barbecue sides: lemon ginger pickles, duck egg potato salad, kimchi macaroni, cucumber salad, and Chinese elote(!). Yeah, no, this is soooooo good; and you can get the whole delicious deal for $75 or choose-your-own-price-point by ordering items a la carte until your budget squeaks.
  • 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., 9:30pm. $5.  
  • 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
  • Food

    Food Events

    Willie Nelson's Fourth of July Picnic

    The "picnic" part, that's where this department comes in – letting you know that Assembly Kitchen has curated an artisanal picnic kit with the Austin Food & Wine Alliance for you to feast on during this annual musical extravaganza. Enjoy a diverse array of delectable treats from Austin’s top restaurants, including country pork pâté with tender belly bacon, fermented morita, and crispy tostadas from Comedor; lacto tomato salsa from Nixta Taqueria; goodies from Pure Luck Farm & Dairy, Two Hives Honey, Urban American Farmer, Confituras, Barton Springs Mill, and Abby Jane Bakeshop. (Note: Each $59 kit feeds two people.) And you probably want some cocktails with that, yes? Try a pair of summer drink kits, each packed with all the ingredients to make 6-8 cocktails ($59). Acclaimed mixologists Jessica Sanders of drink.well and Paul Finn of Garage have created "Altar of the Sun," a refreshing bourbon-based beauty that flares with lime juice, raspberry gum syrup, vermouth, Topo Chico, and a few fiery dashes of bitters – and we reckon it'll get you almost as high as Willie. Note: Orders for Austin delivery must be placed by midnight, Friday, July 3.
    Sat., July 4, 3:30pm  
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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

    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.  
  • 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
  • Community

    Events

    AAYHF Lunchtime Workshops

    These workshops facilitated by Twaski Simmons of D'Affluenza LLC, in partnership with the African American Youth Harvest Foundation, will address issues like stress management and developing resiliency. Get more information and register by emailing daffluenza@gmail.com.
    Beginning Tue., June 9 11-12:30pm; get schedule via email. Free.  
    Online
  • Community

    Events

    Accounting Crash Course for Creatives

    Austin Music Foundation and the Accountable Artist present a two-part introduction to bookkeeping and accounting for creative entrepreneurs. Part one on July 1 focuses on accounting theory, and part two on July 8 teaches posting and reporting transactions.
    Wed., July 1 & 8, 7-8:30pm. Free.  
    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
  • 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.
     
  • Community

    Events

    Art You Virtual Event

    Dougherty Arts Center invites all artistic high schoolers to join this Zoom event connecting industry professionals with the next generation of artists, creators, and community leaders. Registration by July 10 is encouraged to guarantee a spot and lock in your mentorship sessions. When you sign up, check out the resource list packed with tips on portfolios, career guides, college prep, and more.
    Event is July 18, 1-3pm; registration by July 10 encouraged. Free.  
    Online
  • 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
  • Community

    Kids

    ATX Kids Club Online

    ATX Kids Club is offering daily Zoom calls for kids to meet and discuss movies, pets, family, and more, and participate in activities like origami or charades. Email info@atxkidsclub.org to join, and follow their Facebook page for more details.
    Mon.-Fri., 2pm  
    Online via Zoom
  • Community

    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
  • Community

    Events

    Austin Public Library Virtual Summer Reading Program

    Download an age-appropriate "Quest Log" (children, youth, teen, or adult), then submit a form whenever a challenge is completed and earn a digital badge. Use the Austin Public Library's curbside pickup or virtual catalog to check out materials to complete your quest.
    Through Aug. 31  
    Online

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