Michael Bublé Brings “Crazy Love Tour” to the Frank Erwin Center - Jun 1, 2011
Grammy® Award-winner Michael Bublé is coming to the Frank Erwin Center for one night only on June 1!
Umlauf Retrospective Jun 1, 2011 – Jun 30, 2011
Starting June 1, 2011, Russell Collection Fine Art Gallery will showcase Charles Umlauf: A Retrospective.
When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., June 5 Where: Various venues
What: On the 15th such tour hosted by the Texas Solar Energy Society and Austin Energy Green Building, you can check out 16 local homes that use energy-efficient and environmentally sound construction and design. The projects include a mix of renovation and new construction. Tickets $15 at the homes the day of the tour or at both Austin Central Market stores (though Central Market will add a $2 handling charge).
When: June 9-12 Where: Travis County Expo Center, 7311 Decker Lane
What: When the second Thursday in June rolls around, bikers roll into Austin for the biggest motorcycle rally in Texas. Organizers estimate that the 2011 rally will draw 50,000 participants and thousands of spectators to downtown Austin for the Friday night parade of motorcycles, recognized as the longest such parade by the Guinness Book of World Records.
When: 8 p.m., June 10-11 Where: Zilker Hillside Theater, 2201 Barton Springs Road
What: Don’t forget to bring a picnic to the Austin Civic Orchestra’s free and family-friendly concert series in the park. The program will include arrangements from Broadway musicals such as “Cats” and “Chicago,” and in honor of the 175th anniversary of Texas independence, the orchestra will perform appropriate music such as “Texas, Our Texas” and the William Tell overture.
Moonlight Margarita Run and Gala -When: 8 p.m., June 16
Where: Run starts at the trailhead under the MoPac Boulevard (Loop 1 bridge) on Lady Bird Lake; the party will be held at the American Legion Hall, 2201 Veterans Drive What: The seventh annual race to benefit the Trail Foundation, sponsored by Maudie’s Tex-Mex, travels along Lady Bird Lake and ends with a gala that includes dinner, margaritas and live music. Race registration and party admission $30-110.
When: 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., June 18 Where: Various venues What: The Central Texas Juneteeth Celebration, which commemorates the day that Texas slaves learned they’d been freed after the Civil War, includes a 2K Freedom Run/Walk, a parade, a celebration in Rosewood Park and historical program. In addition, the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center (1165 Angelina St.) will host its Juneteenth program at noon.
When: Festival begins at 2 p.m.; 5K starts at 7 p.m., June 25 Where: Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive What: At the festival celebrating Austin’s quirky spirit, you’ll find live music, family activities, local artisans, vendors and plenty of people running the 5K in wacky costumes. Festival tickets $12-15. 5K registration fees $35-55 for adults and $12-15 for children under 12. Proceeds benefit the Austin Parks Foundation.
Ballet Under the Stars
June 3-4, 2011
Zilker Hillside Theater – Zilker Park
Black Arts Movement Austin (BAM)
June 3-18, 2011
Blues on the Green
June 8 – August 17, 2011
(Every Other Wednesday)
Keep Austin Weird 5K and Festival
June 25, 2011
Kerrville Folk Festival
May 26 – June 12, 2011
Luling Watermelon Thump
June 23-26, 2011
Downtown Luling, Texas
(Project Transitions Fundraiser)
June 3, 2011
Unplugged at the Grove
April 14 – September 15, 2011
Shady Grove Restaurant
Urban Assault Ride – Austin
June 26, 2011
Fiesta Gardens and Multiple Austin Locations
As usual, more than enough events happening in May 2011 for Austinites to enjoy. I’ve cherry picked a few that sounded fun, but there’s pretty much something going down every day. When I was listening to KUT radio the other day, one of the programs mentioned “hipsters chasing the cool”. I thought that was funny, but perhaps a little true. So if you’re an Austin hipster and you’re chasing “the cool” events, then you should have no problem reaching the hipster quota! Enjoy!
Cinco de Mayo Family Festival
Univision again throws the biggest Cinco soiree in town with live music from Tierra Cali, Duelo, and others; carnival rides and games for the kids; and much more Mexican heritage hoopla. Who doesn’t want to celebrate a beat down of the French? 11am-6pm. Free.
Travis County Expo Center, 7311 Decker, 854-4900
Poetry on the Plaza: Singers and Songwriters READING WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, NOON
The Harry Ransom Center presents the Poetry on the Plaza event Singers and Songwriters on Wednesday, May 4, at noon.
Performers include Austin musicians Jonathan Meiburg, Amy Annelle, and Brian Beattie. Meiburg is the lead singer and songwriter of Shearwater and is a former member of Okkervil River. Annelle is a singer-songwriter whose most recent album, The Cimarron Banks, was released in 2010. Beattie, who recorded with Annelle on that album, is also a member of the band Glass Eye and has produced records by the Dead Milkmen, Daniel Johnston, Shearwater, and Okkervil River.
Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein’s All the President’s Men BOOK DISCUSSION WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 6:30 P.M.
The Austin Public Library Friends Foundation and Ransom Center host a discussion of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein’s All the President’s Men in conjunction with the exhibition Culture Unbound: Collecting in the Twenty-First Century. A screening of the film follows.
AUSTIN PUBLIC LIBRARY, UNIVERSITY HILLS BRANCH, 4721 LOYOLA LANE
Postcards from America PHOTOGRAPHY DISCUSSION FRIDAY, MAY 13, 7 P.M.
As part of their “Postcards from America” tour, five Magnum photographers discuss photography and ways to picture America on Friday, May 13, at 7 p.m. in Jessen Auditorium in Homer Rainey Hall.
In the first of a series of trips around America, five Magnum photographers and one writer will be travelling from San Antonio, Texas, to Oakland, California, between May 12 and May 26, 2011. Meet photographers Christopher Anderson, Jim Goldberg, Susan Meiselas, Alec Soth, Mikhael Subotzky, and writer Ginger Strand on the plaza in front of the Ransom Center the from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. before their discussion on May 13.
The Magnum Photos archive currently resides at the Ransom Center.
|Ms. Lauryn Hill
5/1/2011 Sunday 7:00pm
Pecan Street Festival – May 7, 2011
The Pecan Street Festival is a free arts and crafts festival held on 6th Street.
Starts at: 11:00 AM
Length: 2 days
Eastside Movie in the Park – May 3, 2011
Eastside Movie in the Park – sponsored by the Expedition School and the Austin Parks Foundation. The Expedition School has partnered with the Austin Parks Foundation to bring you Eastside Movies in the Park. The Expedition School is committed to being part of the community and wants you to join in the fun! Join us for this 7-part series every first Tuesday of the month for a FREE movie and learn about some of the fabulous non-profit organizations in our community. Go Green – the City of Austin encourages carpooling use of mass transit when attending all events. Many events provide bike rack or a designated bike parking area on site. Please see the event website for specific opportunities provided.
For more information, please visit website or contact Kimery Duda at 512-626-6282.
Starts at: 6:00 PM
Ends at: 10:45 PM
Movie: Whale Rider, Running Time: 101 minutes
Place: Fiesta Gardens
Address: 2100 Jesse E. Segovia St. Austin, TX 78702
Zilker Hillside Theater – Austin Shakespeare Festival’s “Love’s Labours Lost” – May 5, 2011
Austin Shakespeare Festival’s “Love’s Labours Lost”
Fore more information, please visit website or call (512)477-5335.
Starts at: 8:00 PM
Length: 3 days
Place: Zilker Hillside Theatre
Address: 2201 Barton Springs Road Austin, TX 78704
Inside Austin Garden Tour – May 14, 2011
The Travis County Master Gardeners Association, in cooperation with the Texas AgriLife Extension Service of Travis County, will host the Inside Austin Gardens Tour 2011 on Saturday, May 14, 2011, from 9am until 4pm. This year, the tour focuses on water-wise gardening. Gardening through a Central Texas summer can be trying. At the same time, escalating water rates and mandatory restrictions have made a water-sapping plant palette or a grass lawn a luxury or an impossibility for many. Increasingly, Central Texas gardeners are turning to water-wise techniques, native and adapted plant selections, and various principles of xeriscaping. The Inside Austin Gardens Tour 2011 will include gardens that feature rain-water collection systems, drip irrigation, xeric and native plant selections, rain gardens, shade gardens, and water-conserving practices. Each garden will feature educational sessions throughout the day.
Tickets can be purchased at each garden on the event date at $10 for the entire tour ticket or $5 for a single garden entry. Please, no dogs. Consult http://www.tcmastergardeners.org/what/gardentour.html for information. Save the date for a day-long look at what other gardeners are doing to weather the heat and conserve water. You’ll be glad you did.
Starts at: 9:00 AM
Ends at: 4:00 PM
SFC Farmers Market – May 7, 2011
Starts at: 9:00 AM
Ends at: 1:00 PM
Komen Austin Ride for the Cure®
Arte en la CharrerÃa The Artisanship of Mexican Equestrian Culture
April – June 5, 2011 – Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum
Here's some things to do in April 2011 in and around Austin, Texas...
Austin Reggae Festival - April 15-17, 2011 - Auditorium Shores
Eeyore's Birthday: April 30, 2011; http://www.eeyores.com/
11:00 a.m. until dark. Children's Area from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
LIVE MUSIC from 12 noon to 6 p.m. Featuring: The Bandulus, Scorpio Rising, The Johnston Brothers and Rattletree
April 24 & 25, 2011 - Austin Fine Arts Festival http://www.artallianceaustin.org/art_city_austin.html
April 2nd & 3rd, 2011 - Art City Austin: Downtown Art Festival http://www.artallianceaustin.org/index.html
Barsana Dham Mela (Indian Fair) April 30, 2011 - Barsana Dham (Southwest Austin)
Urban Music Festival - April 9, 2011 - Auditorium Shores
Kings of Leon with special guest Band of Horses - April 12, 2011, Irwin Center, 1701 Red River - Austin, TX 78701
Tornado Alley - 1:30PM, IMAX Theatre, 1800 N. Congress
Storm Chasers star Casey joins the researchers of VORTEX 2 in this effort to capture the origins and evolution of tornadoes.
ASH Dash 5K Bunny Run - April 23, 2011 - Austin State Hospital
Austin International Poetry Festival - April 7-10, 2011 Multiple Austin Venues
Austin Dragon Boat Festival and Race - April 30, 2011 Lady Bird Lake
Austin Jewish Film Festival - April 9-15, 2011 - Regal Arbor Cinema & City Lights Theatre
Austin Psych Fest - April 29 - May 1, 2011 - Austin, TX Austin Record Convention - April 30 - May 1, 2011
Carnival ah! - April 12-13, 2011 Austin Community College - Rio Grande Campus
Cine Las Americas International Film Festival April 21-28, 2011 - Mexican American Cultural Center
Lone Star State Jam - April 16, 2011 at Waterloo Park
Old Settler's Music Festival April 14-17, 2011, Driftwood, Texas
Red Poppy Festival - April 16-17, 2011 - Georgetown, Texas
South Asian New Year Festival - April 9, 2011 Zilker Hillside Theater (Zilker Park)
Feb 1 - July 31, 2011 - Becoming Tennessee Williams at the Harry Ransom Center on the UT Campus - http://www.hrc.utexas.edu/exhibitions/2011/williams/
Here’s the Austin, Texas calendar of events for March 1st – 31st, 2011. Number 1 on the list is everyone’s favorite, South by Southwest (SXSW) – Austin 2011. There are probably many more that I’ve missed, but here are some highlights for the month. Without further ado…
-It’s My Park Day, Austin’s Citywide Park Service Day
March 5, 2011 – http://www.austinparks.org/itsmypark.html
- SXSW – March 20-11 – Music, Film, Interactive and more.
Interactive: March 11-15
Film: March 11-19
Music: March 15-20
More info on SXSW Austin Activities: http://sxsw.com/
- Zilker Kite Festival: March 6th, 2011 at Zilker Park, Austin, TX
- Becoming Tennessee Williams
Nov 30, 2010 – Jul 31, 2011
Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
With his plays The Glass Menagerie (1945) and A Streetcar Named Desire (1947), Tennessee Williams (1911-1983) reinvented the theater. This exhibition draws on the Ransom Center’s extensive collection of his manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, and artwork to explore the idea, act, and process of artistic creation.
- Nature Nights- Stargazing at the Wildflower Center
Mar 4, 2011 – Mar 4, 2011
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Avenue, Austin, Texas
A night of celestial discovery on Friday, March 4 from 6 to 9 p.m. at our first monthly Nature Night of the Spring season. Experts from the McDonald Observatory, Austin Planetarium, Austin Astronomical Society and other organizations will talk about the cosmos above our Texas Hill Country. Field telescope viewing and take-home astronomy crafts will be on hand during the event. On April 1, Nature Night will focus on wildflowers and pollinators. Admission, $1 (free for Wildflower Center members.)
- Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo
March 11-26, 2011; http://www.rodeoaustin.com/
- Zilker Garden Festival 2010
Saturday, March 27 & Sunday, March 28
10am – 5pm daily
$5 Adults, $3 Children (3-12 yrs.)
- Old Settler’s Music Festival – April 14-17, 2011
is Central Texas’ signature music event featuring Grammy winning Americana, arts & crafts, camping, food & libations. Acoustic jazz & blues, bluegrass, old-time local faves & award-winning artists from around the world.
- 2011 Austin Reggae Festival: April 15-17 – Auditorium Shores, Austin, Texas
- Bill Maher Mar 26 7:00 pm – The Moody Theater http://eventful.com/austin/events/categories
As promised, here’s my Upcoming Events for Austin, Texas – February 2011 Calendar:
Tuesday, February 1st, 2011 – First Thursday – A notorious Austin event held every 1st Thursday of the month on South Congress Avenue. Shops stay open late, musical acts perform, special vendors/kiosks set up with crafts and arts of all kinds, and drink specials can be had. 1st Thursday Virtual Tour
Thursday, February 3, 2011 – Lewis Black, Paramount Theatre713 Congress Avenue – http://eventful.com/austin/events/february
Saturday, February 5, 2011 – Carnaval Brasileiro Arguably one of Austin’s best annual parties, Carnaval is a Brazilian-style samba costume party usually held at the Palmer Event Center. If you haven’t been yet then you don’t know what you’re missing. Costumes are optional but you will have more fun if you attend donning a costume! More info and tix: http://www.sambaparty.com/
Sunday, February 6, 2011 Chinese New Years Festival Austin
Chinatown Center, 10901 N. Lamar Blvd
Austin, Texas 78753
Admission – FREE
|Friday, February 11th, 2011 Warehouse District Ghost Tour (other dates available as well); 8pm, $20.00|
|From their website: On the Austin Ghost Tours’ Warehouse District Tour we will explore the city’s fascinating history on a one-and-a-half-hour walk through downtown’s shadowed streets. Relive Austin’s unforgettable history, legends, murders and true ghost stories with your knowledgeable and entertaining guide. Including Guytown, Germantown, the Driskill and much more. Listed in the Top Ten Ghost Tours in the country, experience the paranormal firsthand!|
Monday, February 14th, 2011 – Valentine’s Day!
Take the love of your life out for dinner, dancing, drinks or just a romantic stroll on the hike and bike trail. There is an assortment of events to choose from!
For example, From their website: “As Time Goes” – a 1940s themed dinner dance fundraiser. The Sentimental Journey Orchestra, accompanied by the Memphis Belle singers, will transport you back in time to World War II. Dancing, a superb dinner, dessert bar, free valet parking, silent and live auctions, and a host of other amenities will make this the perfect way for you to celebrate Valentines Day! Seating limited to 350, buy your tickets now. Tickets are $75 each and may be purchased at the museum, by mail – February 12th – http://events.austin360.com/austin-tx/events/show/161594345-as-time-goes-by-valentine-dinner-dance
Friday, February 18, 2011 – MMA -Strikeforce Challengers: Beerbohm vs. Healy at Cedar Park Center, Cedar Park, TX
Sunday, February 20, 2011 – Motorola Marathon – taking in downtown Austin and Town Lake this is the perfect chance to tour the city and some of its best sights if you’re a runner. http://www.youraustinmarathon.com/
Sunday, February 20, 2011 – Paramount 5K
Race Time: 7:30am
Paramount Theatre & Downtown Austin
Entry Fee – $30-$40
Friday, February 25, 2011 – Jerry Seinfeld, Bass Concert Hall – http://eventful.com/austin/events/jerry-seinfeld-/E0-001-035201812-3
February 25-27, 2011 – Jugglefest
University of Texas Campus
Admission: $15 (Free with UT Student ID)
Saturday, February 26, 2011 – African-American Community Heritage Festival – Huston-Tillotson University
Sunday, February 27, 2011 – Zilker Botanical Garden, Green Garden Festival from 12-4 pm at Zilker Botanical Garden at Zilker Park in Central Austin. http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/greengarden/festival.htm
Until February 27, 2011 Red Flags Sculpture at the LBJ Wildflower Center – This nature-related installation by local artists Bill Ivey and Bob Taylor will be completed in the Center’s Savanna Meadow by Tuesday, September 7. It is constructed of nearly 200 salvaged steel and stained cedar posts that resemble red flowers from afar and are meant to reflect the artist’s attitude toward the natural environment.
FYI: Each month I do research (combined with past events I’ve participated in) to bring fun things to this calendar. If you have suggestions or would like me to include your event, simply email me: AustinAmericana@gmail.com
Enjoy the Calendar!
Last night I was digging through some old papers and discovered a great calendar I picked up back in 2006 at “1st Thursday” on South Congress. The item in question was a local Austin calendar created by “Keep Austin Beautiful”, a group who’s stated mission is to,
“empower the citizens of Austin to take personal responsibility for enhancing their local environment. KAB programs clean, beautify and protect the Austin environment through physical improvements and hands on education.”
Now, I’m all for helping the environment, but I must admit the reason I purchased the calendar was because I was foot loose and fancy free at the time and needed lots of things to do to keep me busy (something that no longer applies to my life!).
The calendar created by KAB was full of local Austin photos and events relavent to local artists, businesses and organizations, which I thought was pretty cool! Although I haven’t purchased another calendar like this one, it still inspired me to keep up with Austin events, which are spread all over the internet, not really found in any one location, like on the calendar. So, I’ve decided to try my hand at providing this service for you in 2011. Every month I plan to post a blog that includes as many interesting and intriguing local events as I can find. And you will have the benefit of being able to see them all in one place.
I kind of got a late start on the project this month, but here’s my effort. Note that I’ve included contact information, including emails and websites for most of the entries. The most helpful online calendar I found was the KUT calendar, which has an event for just about every day of the month.
Austin Boat, Sport & Outdoor Show
Jan 20, 2011 – Jan 23, 2011
The Austin Boat Show has combined with the Central Texas Hunting and Fishing Show! All the same great local boat dealers you are used to PLUS a whole new element of Outdoor. Definitely a must-see for 2011.
PLANET OF THE MERMAIDS The Electronic Planet Ensemble – David Jewell, Chad Salvata, Sergio Samayoa, and Rachel Fuhrer, who brought us Surfin’ UFO and Spaceman:Dada:Robot – returns with a music-driven, video-enhanced phantasmagoria featuring Jewell as Captain Rex Vydor, the brave space commander who encounters the Mer Queen and her beautiful minions in this convoluted spoof of silent films and sci-fi B-movies. Through Jan. 29. Thu.-Sun., 8pm. The Vortex, 2307 Manor Rd, 478-5282. $10-30.
“Senior Moments” – Jan 22, 2011 – Jan 30, 2011
“Senior Moments” is five funny, poignant, and slightly naughty short plays about seniors. In the 12 months since the play premiered in January, 2010, it has won 3 awards, played to full houses at 6 productions in the U.S. and Canada, and been accepted for publication.
Hyde Park Theatre – Frontera Fest – January 2011
Last Comic StandingOne World Theatre – Austin, TX Friday 1/28/2011 7:00 PM
Sip & Savor Austin – January 16-30, 2011
Brought to you by Launch787 (Austin Fashion Week, Modern Home Tour, Outdoor Living Tour), Sip & Savor Austin is a city-wide food and drink celebration taking place over the span of two weeks January 16-30, 2011.
The Harlem GlobetrottersFrank Erwin Center Austin, TX Friday 1/28/2011 7:00 PM
Austin’s 1st Annual Gorilla Run January 22, 2011, 9:00AM-2:00PM; (After-party at Fado has no end time)
Registrants will run/walk/bike three miles in a full gorilla suit to raise awareness of the endangered Mountain Gorilla! Registration includes the after party with free lunch and live music at Fado Irish Pub! All proceeds benefit the Mountain Gorilla Conservation Fund.
Identification Day (kids identify fossils they’ve discovered)
January 23, 1:00PM-5:00PM;
Texas Memorial Museum 2400 Trinity, Austin, TX
Free Admission at the Wildflower Center
Jan 1, 2011 – Jan 31, 2011
Enjoy free admission for the entire month of January.
See more daily events at the KUT Events Page: http://events.publicbroadcasting.net/kut/events.eventsmain