Happening All Weekend
One by One Texas- Friday, 7-10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, from 11 a..m. – 6 p.m. One By One Texas is a statewide art show featuring mobile photography from local and international artists. The three-day family-friendly event will feature work from 100 of Instagram’s most recognizable photographers, including Pei Ketron, Michael O’Neal, trashhand, Lauren Marek, and Chris Schoonover. Each artist will have one image that best characterizes their artistic vision selected for display in the gallery space, and 50% of the proceeds from the art sales will be donated to Girlstart, a local nonprofit dedicated to empowering girls in science, technology, engineering, and math through educational programs. FREE! Artpost Austin, 4704 East Cesar Chavez.
Blue Man Group at The Long Center- Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 4 and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Escape the ordinary and surround yourself in the explosion of comedy, music, and technology known as BLUE MAN GROUP. Never seen them? Now is the time for this renowned, high-octane theatrical experience! Already a fan? You’re in luck- this world famous sensation is back at the Long Center, and tickets are available now starting at $29. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland - Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday, from Noon to 5:00 p.m. The Ransom Center celebrates 150 years of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland with an exhibition for the curious and curiouser of all ages. Learn about Lewis Carroll and the real Alice who inspired his story. See one of the few surviving copies of the first edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Discover the rich array of personal and literary references that Carroll incorporated throughout Alice. Explore the surprising transformations of Alice and her story as they have traveled through time and across continents. Follow the White Rabbit’s path through the exhibition, have a tea party, or watch a 1933 paper filmstrip that has been carefully treated by Ransom Center conservators. The Center’s vast collections offer a new look at a story that has delighted generations and inspired artists from Salvador Dalí to Walt Disney. FREE! Harry Ransom Center, 300 W 21st St, Austin.
Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote- Saturday, 11 a.m. and Sunday, 2 p.m. Pancho Rabbit meets danger at every stage of his journey to find his missing Papá, but the greatest danger of all is his untrustworthy guide. Kids will be inspired and cautioned by this resonant and powerful story. Live music and imaginative scenes fill the Scottish Rite Theater stage. Curricular materials created by master teacher Caroline Sweet are available to teachers. Recommended for K-5th Grade. Tickets: Available online at Brownpapertickets.com and sold at the door. $8 for kids 12 and under, $12 for adults. School day show bookings available. Austin Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W 18th St., Austin.
Friday, February 20, 2015
Saturday, February 21, 2015
Engineers Day at Thinkery- 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., The first 400 children to arrive will get in free. Kids of all ages will be encouraged to participate in several engineering-themed activities alongside knowledgeable volunteers from local companies and organizations. Engineers Day is sponsored by the Austin Branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Austin Intellectual Property Law Association, Greater Austin Contractors & Engineers Association, Hayward Baker, MWM Design Group and SAM Inc. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Avenue.
Chinatown Center Celebration – 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Austin families are invited to celebrate the Chinese New Year with free face-painting, firecracker displays, Dragon and Lion Dance Teams, and more! FREE! Chinatown Center, 10901 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin.
Texas Dragon Dance Team - 11 a.m., Enjoy a Dragon Dance in celebration of the Chinese New Year. All ages welcome. FREE! Wells Branch Library, 15001 Wells Port Dr, Austin.
FREE Kite Making Workshop- 1-3 p.m., Fly on by for an afternoon of fun, then enter your creation in the Kite Competition at the Fest on March 1st! Northwest Recreation Center, 2913 Northland Drive.
Celebrate Urban Birds- 1-4 p.m., Learn about our feathered friends, specifically those who also call cities home! As you’ll learn, it’s a much richer community than you may expect. More than grackles and pigeons, from Warblers to Hawks, many can be found in an afternoon at a Certified Wildlife Habitat like the one at the Ney. Join expert ornithologist Ed Fair as he leads us in an hourly bird count, part of a special program sponsored by Cornell University. Also, become your favorite bird at our face painting booth! Construct an elaborate bird house from recyclable materials! Create colorful feathers and clay bird feeders! FREE! Elizabet Ney Museum, 304 E. 44th Street.
KUTX MapJam- 1-11 p.m., Nine Bands, Four Venues. Bringing the Austin Music Map To Life. FREE Shows. All Day. Brought To You By Your Favorite Radio Station in Austin, Texas. KUTX 98.9. Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center 600 River Street: 1pm Leticia Rodriguez, 2pm Clandestino All-Stars. French Legation Museum, 802 San Marcos Street: 3pm, Ruby Jane; 4pm, Walker Lukens Music. Oswaldo A. B. Cantu Pan American Recreation Center, 2100 E. 3rd Street: 5pm, Joel Laviolette & Rattletree Marimba; 6pm, The Golden Dawn Arkestra. Historic Scoot Inn, 1308 E. 4th Street: 8pm, Phranchyze; 9pm, SIP SIP; 10pm, Peligrosa. Attendees are encouraged to bicycle or walk between the stops, in keeping with the spirit of experiencing East Austin. Parking will be extremely limited. Please be respectful of the neighborhood.
The Little Yoga House – 2-4 p.m., enjoy a Lion Dance performance in celebration of the Lunar New Year! This event is FREE and open to everyone. The Little Yoga House will provide snacks and drinks following the performance. Please RSVP here. The Little Yoga House, 1211 Parkway, Austin.
2nd Annual Illuminate Austin- 5-8 p.m. Illuminate Austin is an evening walk in Mueller Lake Park, along a path lined with luminarias. This fun, family-friendly event benefits SafePlace, which provides shelter and essential services to survivors of domestic and sexual violence in Austin. Read more about Illuminate Austin here. Mueller Lake Park and Hangar, 4550 Mueller Lake Blvd.
Jugglefest- 7:30 p.m. Performers from Austin and all over the world will be featured as they demonstrate their skills in the circus arts. Come on down and check out the best family friendly show in Austin! $10 Admission (Free for 5 and under!). Texas School for the Deaf – Davis Auditorium, 1102 South Congress Avenue.
Sunday, February 22, 2015
FREE Admission to Mexic-Arte Museum- Noon – 5 p.m. Every Sunday is free admission! Don’t miss your chance to see Selections from the Contemporary Art Collection and Changarrito Collection 2012-2014! Mexic-Arte Museum, 419 Congress Ave.
Austin Chinese Church Chinese School – 1:30 p.m., the public is invited to see a FREE performance by the Texas Dragon/Lion Dance Team. 11118 Dessau Rd, Austin.
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