Happening All Weekend
Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote– Saturday, January 31 at 11 a.m. and Sunday, February 1 at 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.
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Friday, January 30, 2015
Spring Season Opening Reception – 6-8 p.m. Join a night of celebration at the debut of “Inquiry: Department of Art and Art History Faculty Exhibition / Assembly / Collection / Assortment.” The Department of Art and Art History houses four divisions of study, including Studio Art, Art History, Design, and Art Education. Although the department is divided into these disciplines, a common factor shared by all faculty members is their investment in the act of research. Inquiry shares not only each faculty member’s mode of creative expression via object making, writing, teaching, designing, or theorizing, but also serves as a footnote/reference/inspiration
MezcladaGirl Opening Reception – 6 p.m. MezcladaGirl is a photography exhibit generated in Latinitas’ 12 afterschool programs and teen workshops focused on empowering Latina girls and teens using media and technology. MezcladaGirl represents the diversity of what it is to be Latina in Austin. Enjoy hot chocolate, snacks, and insight into the lens of Latinas and other girls of color in Austin. Childcare provided. FREE! Women’s Community Center of Central Texas, 1704 San Antonio St, Austin.
Live Music at Central Market North – 6:30-9:00 p.m. All-female acoustic trio The Carper Family Band play Americana and Bluegrass tunes. FREE! Central Market, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.
Live Music at Central Market Westgate – 6:30-9:00 p.m. French Jazz by Rendez Vous. FREE! Central Market Westgate, 4477 S Lamar Blvd, Austin.
Gallery Opening Reception at the MACC – 7-9 p.m. The upcoming exhibit at the Mexican American Cultural Center will feature works from artists Jaime Arredondo a New York resident and Paul Del Bosque, of Austin, Texas. Arredondo’s paintings will hang in the Sam Z. Coronado Gallery- his work embodies the poetic, the baroque, nature, and color. Bosque’s 19 charcoal drawings entitled “Estos Little Saint Cards”, will be in the Community Gallery. Food and refreshments will be served at this FREE event. ESB-MACC, 600 River St, Austin.
Head for the Hill’s: Free Music Fridays – 7-9:00 p.m. Hill’s Cafe is excited to announce the return of a live, local music series to the historic Hill’s stage. This week, Mayeux & Broussard perform. A special backyard menu will be available for purchase. Family-friendly and FREE! Hill’s Cafe, 4700 S Congress Ave, Austin.
Saturday, January 31, 2015
Free Day of Dance – Chose from more than 150 FREE classes offered in ballroom, social dancing, and solo dance styles at locations all over town! Classes are offered for all levels and no partner is needed! Just pick a class and dress comfortably. See the 2015 Free Day of Dance schedule.
MakerSpace Mania– 9 a.m. – noon. Attendees will learn how to make useful literacy tools from recycled and upcycled materials. Families, faculty and the community are invited to attend this fun reading event that helps inspire children to become lifelong readers. MakerSpace Mania will feature fair-style booths with a guide providing instructions on making take-away reading resources. Special guest and local writer Niki Loftin will read from her book and share her reading and writing experiences. MakerSpace Mania will let every child take home a free book. Makers can learn to make bookmarks, books, and book art. There will be light snacks and raffles. Lanier High School, 1201 Payton Gin Road.
Michael’s Kid’s Club: Wooden Valentine’s Frame– 10 a.m. – noon. Drop in. Take home a completed project. Just $2 per child for 30 minutes of creative craft fun. Ages 3 and up. All participating Michael’s locations.
STREAM Fest (San Marcos) – 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. STREAM Fest will showcase the arts and creative pursuits that exist within Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. There will be fun activities, performances, and crafts for kids of all ages! Activities will take place at both the Activity Center (501 East Hopkins St) and San Marcos Public Library (625 E. Hopkins St). Ongoing at Activity Center from 11-4: SCIENCE (Rock Salt Watercolor Painting, Color Mixing with Light and Transparencies, Abstract Drawings from Microscope Projections); TECHNOLOGY (Imagination Station’s Stop Motion Animation, 3D Printing demonstration); READING/WRITING (Calligraphy, Comics and Manga, Paper Engineering: Pop-up Card-making and Shadow Puppets); ENGINEERING (Freestyle Building Station, Make and Take Structure Building, Artistic Robots); ART (Freestyle Art Space, Collaborative Drawing, Printmaking, Reflective Drawings, Face Painting); MATHEMATICS (3D Modular Kirigami Paper Puzzles & Tangrams, Tessellations, Photo Symmetry, Inkblot Mandalas). Scheduled Events at Library: Scott Wade with Dirty Car Art demo (11:00-3:00); Terri Hendrix kids concert (11); Anansi and the Talking Melon Puppet Show (12); Science Sensations Stations (1); Lego Mania (2-4).
Alamo Kid’s Club: Ernest Goes to Jail – 11 a.m. Children age 3 and up and their adults are invited to attend a FREE Alamo Kid’s Club screening of Ernest Goes to Jail (PG). No children under the age of 3 will be allowed and families with loud children will be asked to leave. This screening is absolutely FREE, but tickets are distributed at the Box Office on a first come, first served basis. Arrive early to ensure you get seats. Showtimes are subject to change, so be sure to check the Alamo Drafthouse website to verify details before heading out. Alamo South Lamar, 1120 S Lamar Blvd., Austin.
The Six Seasons– 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. An innovative and thought provoking play that shows the effects of climate change on distinct environments around the globe. Before your eyes, puppeteers transform miniature landscapes to demonstrate the effects of drought, flood and melting ice caps on the earth’s human and animal inhabitants. The tiny characters are driven to find solutions to these challenges — as population centers shift, they must rebuild, rethink and re-imagine cultural mindsets about how we live on Earth. The production is created by Caroline Reck for Glass Half Full Theatre and presented by ZACH. Ages 7 and up. Cost: $10- $20. ZACH Theatre, 1510 Toomey Road.
2015 Austin MDA Musicfest – 1-7 p.m. Stop by this FREE event to promote awareness and fundraising for the Muscular Dystrophy Association… and support of Amadeo’s Army! Music includes Mr. Will (1:30), Josh Buckley (3), Harvest Thieves (4:30), and Graham Wilkinson Music & Shawn Nelson Music (6). Fun includes a cakewalk, a raffle, a Kids’ Corner with cool games and a Photo Booth. The ABGB, 1305 W Oltorf St, Austin.
Sunday, February 1, 2015
Landmarks Public Art Tour – 11 a.m. Join Landmarks student docents from the University of Texas for a walking tour of the public art collection and get a sneak peek of the new Monochrome for Austin. Meet at Mark di Suvero’s Clock Knot near East Dean Keeton Street and Speedway to learn about the materiality of large-scale sculptures and the effect they have on surrounding space. 11 a.m until noon. FREE! East Dean Keeton Street and Speedway, Austin.
Free First Sundays: WeatherFest at the Bullock Museum -12-3 p.m. Keep weather on your radar at this event co-presented by the Bullock Museum and Time Warner Cable News. WeatherFest is part of the Bullock’s Free First Sundays, held the first Sunday of the month. Families can explore the Story of Texas through three floors of exhibitions that showcase artifacts from around the state. From noon until 3 p.m., the family can enjoy WeatherFest, featuring hands-on science experiments by Girlstart, weather-related films and panel discussions, and family-friendly activities. Plus, meet your favorite local meteorologist, and more! For more information, click here. Free First Sundays take place from noon until 5 p.m. and WeatherFest takes place from noon until 3 p.m. FREE! Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress Ave., Austin.
Family Day at the Umlauf – 12-4 p.m. First Sundays offer a special, hands-on program designed for families with children, four to 15 years old. Families have the opportunity to explore the Umlauf collection and exhibitions in the garden and museum while engaging in creative activities. The theme of the February Family Day is Let’s Celebrate Birds! For a full schedule, click here. FREE! Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum, 605 Robert E. Lee Road, Austin.
Afternoon in the Garden: Dinosaur Detectives– 1-4 p.m. Plants in the Hartman Prehistoric Garden represent the species that existed at the time of the dinosaurs. Embark on a prehistoric scavenger hunt and find artifacts that still exist today; look into the exciting lives of famous fossil collectors and their discoveries, and create a paper plate dinosaur or a fossil to take home. Free with garden admission: $1 for children and seniors, $2 for resident adults, $3 for non-resident adults. Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Road.
Sunday-Fundays: Old-Fashioned Valentine – 1-4 p.m. Every first Sunday of the month the Neill-Cochran House Museum will be open to the public. Each Sunday will include an activity highlighting a theme that embodies both the history of Texas and the Neill-Cochran House Museum. Walk-through tours of the house will also be available. FREE! 2310 San Gabriel Street, Austin.
Austin Opera Sunday Matinee Music Camp– Drop off begins at 1:45 with pickup by 6:30 p.m. Adults who purchase a ticket to see Romeo & Juliet this Sunday at 3 p.m. can sign their kids up for The Sunday Matinee Music Camp program! Led by teachers from Armstrong Community Music School, the camp provides cultural enrichment for kids ages 5 to 12 years old. Kids will make instruments, take a music lesson, try on historical costumes and more as well as take a break for snacks. Parents are asked to purchase their tickets by phone and reserve spots for their children in Sunday Matinee Music Camp at the time they purchase their tickets. Cost: $20 a child. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today! Long Center for Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive.
The Passionate Piano – 2:30 p.m. You can be sure to enjoy Dr. Michael Schneider’s expressive performance through a passionate journey of solo piano music by Brahms, Liszt, Bolcom and Paderewski. Families with young children are always welcome! Admission is FREE but donations will be accepted at the door. First Baptist Church of Austin, 901 Trinity St., Austin.