What’s Up? Weekly: April 2 – 6, 2018

Looking for things to do in Austin this week? What’s Up Weekly highlights some of the exciting Austin events featured on our Free Fun Calendar! Have an event to add to the calendar? Submit it here.

The City of Austin has temporarily banned public gatherings. Please stay home. The Free Fun in Austin calendar is only for live digital events at this time.

Happening All Week

Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation Exhibit
Monday, April 2 to Friday, April 6 | from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. | Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Rd.
Through a vibrant collection of photographs, artifacts, art and interactive learning stations, visitors will experience the Indian American story and explore the many dynamic roles Indian Americans have played in shaping America. Complementing the exhibit, SAAM will host eight docent and educational programming days. Activities include group gallery tours, specialized programming that cover topics on Indian Immigration history, Indian Classical Dance, and Indian Jewelry, and special events such as an Indian regional fashion show, author readings, lectures, and a film screening. The exhibition is presented in partnership between City of Austin’s Asian American Resource Center (AARC) and South Asian Austin Moms (SAAM). FREE and open to the public.

Open House at Gymboree of Arboretum Crossing
Monday, April 2 to Friday, April 6 | from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Gymboree of Arboretum Crossing, 9333 Research Blvd., Ste. C-240
Stay cool this season by swinging by Gymboree to try some classes! Kiddos aged 0-5 years old can engage in classes that encourage play, music, art, and school readiness! Get their Summer Special Deal if you enroll during Preview Week! Book your spot today! One free preview only during the week. Available ONLY at the Arboretum location.


Kids Eat Free
Monday, April 2 | from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. | Cafe Mueller by HEB, 1801 E. 51st St.
Treat the kids without breaking the bank! Receive one free kids meal per $8 adult entree. Excludes alcohol, dine-in only.

Capitol Rotunda Community Sing
Monday, April 2 | from 7 to 9 p.m. | Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress Ave.
Meet in the rotunda of the Texas State Capitol the first and last Monday of the month to sing wholeheartedly in the oral tradition of community singing. Simple yet powerful songs are taught call-and-response, creating an open and welcoming environment for all, regardless of singing experience or background.
Gifts of the monetary persuasion are graciously accepted to help support our mutual flourishing but are by no means required. Your presence is the greatest gift at all. It’s an uplifting and inspiring way to engage with friends, neighbors and new faces.

Sports At The Cinema: NCAA Basketball Championship
Monday, April 2 | from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. | The Community Cinema at Community First! Village, 9301 Hog Eye Rd.
Mobile Loaves & Fishes invites you to a free event at the Community First! Village. Grab chairs and a blanket, bring family and friends, and enjoy the NCAA championship game on the big screen at Community First! Village. Get there early to explore Community First! Village, pick your spot, and enjoy your favorite snacks. Burgers, hot dogs, milkshakes, popcorn, candy and drinks will be available for purchase (cash & cards accepted). The event is free, however a $5 donation would be highly appreciated.

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Read with a Ranger
Tuesday, April 3 | from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. | Zilker Ranger Station, 2105 Andrew Zilker Rd.
You and your children are invited to story time with the Park Rangers. A Ranger will read a nature-based story and follow it up with a hands-on lesson about Leave No Trace and Responsible Recreation! The event will be held indoors if raining, or in the outdoor classroom if it is clear. This program is held every Tuesday morning at 9:30 a.m. at the Zilker Caretaker Cottage.

Pajama Storytime
Tuesday, April 3 | at 6 p.m. | Austin Public Library, Yarborough Branch, 2200 Hancock Dr.
Pajama Storytime happens the first Tuesday of the month and is recommended for children 5 and under. Feel free to wear pajamas to this family storytime in the evening featuring stories, songs, rhymes, games, crafts, and other activities. Program length can vary. Please arrive a few minutes early to gain entrance.

The Smartest Girl in the World
Tuesday, April 3 | at 7 p.m. | Austin Playhouse at ACC Highland, 6001 Airport Blvd.
Austin Playhouse Spring Theatre for Youth Production kicks off with Miriam Gonzales’s The Smartest Girl in the World. This heartwarming and witty play tells the story of studious Leo Martinez and his younger sister Lizzy, two latch-key children of hardworking parents. Leo is convinced that winning a local TV quiz show and becoming “the smartest kid in the world” can create a better life for his family. When Mami and Papi refuse to let Leo participate due to his chronic illness, Lizzy studies up to compete in his place. Along the way, Leo and Lizzy discover that there are many ways to be smart—and that different people are smart in different ways. The Smartest Girl in the World will have public performances on Tuesday, April 3 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 7 and 14 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. In addition to public performances, The Smartest Girl in the World is also available for schools and camps throughout Central Texas and is targeted to children grades 2 – 6, but is appropriate for the whole family.

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Wednesday, April 4 | at 11 a.m.| Austin Public Library, Willie Mae Kirk Branch, 3101 Oak Springs Dr.
Storytime for children aged 5 and under and their parents, featuring stories, songs, fingerplays, rhymes, and crafts or other extension activities.

SLAB BBQ family night!
Wednesday, April 4 | from 4 to 9 p.m.| SLAB BBQ, 7101 TX 71 W., Ste. E1
Every Wednesday from 4 to 9 p.m. kids under 12 eat free at Slab BBQ!

Our King: How African American Artists Depict Iconic Champion
Wednesday, April 4 | from 6 to 8 p.m.| George Washington Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina St.
The George Washington Carver Museum, Cultural & Genealogy Center will conclude its January-April series of programs, Fifty Years since King, with a slide illustrated presentation on April 4 at 6:30 pm. Bamidele Agbasegbe Demerson, the manager of the Carver, will explore how African American artists over the course of five decades—from 1968, the time of Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination, to 2018—have portrayed the champion of civil rights in paintings, sculptures, and alter like constructions. Demerson said “While many artists certainly depict King as an orator and activist, several artists examine him as a preacher, family man, and martyred drum major for peace. However, others creatively interpret King’s profound presence as the conscience of America, and as a voice of moral authority on the world stage.” Among the many artists featured in the slide illustrated presentation are the compelling images by Elizabeth Catlett, John Wilson, Geraldine McCullough, Jon Onye Lockard, and Faith Ringgold, to name a few.

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Continuing Creativity: Our Voices, Our Legacy
Thursday, April 5 | from 10 to 11:30 a.m.| George Washington Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina St.
Creative Action in association with the Carver Museum presents “Continuing Creativity: Our Voices, Our Legacy on Thursday, April 5, beginning at 10 a.m. in the Boyd Vance Theatre. Join for a special presentation of work dedicated to individual stories which illuminate important issues of diversity, hope and healing throughout the journey of life. Free and open to the public.

Austin Parks Foundation Presents The Lion King for Movies In the Park
Thursday, April 5 | from 8:15 to 10:15 p.m. | Northwest District Park, 7000 Ardath St.
Already planning things to do for the summer? Hakuna Matata, Austin Parks Foundation has got you covered with The Lion King in Northwest District Park. As a part of the Movies In The Park series the Alamo Drafthouse and Austin Parks Foundation have partnered up to bring free movies in parks all over Austin. So bring a blanket and get ready to enjoy the Disney classic under the stars.

Cuddle Up and Read: Infant Storytime
Thursday, April 5 | from 2 to 3 p.m.| Manchaca Rd. Branch, Austin Public Library, 5500 Manchaca Rd.
New at the Manchaca Road Branch beginning, the Austin Public Library will be providing our special lap-sit storytime designed for our very youngest library users, infants ages 0-12 months! Join for this sweet, weekly, social, storytime where together we will sing, chant read and play, helping parents and caregivers incorporate early childhood literacy practices into their daily lives.

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Lake Travis Fiddlers
Friday, April 6 | from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. | Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing Rd.
Lake Travis Fiddlers – Friday, April 6th at 4:30pm – Lake Travis Fiddlers will entertain with violinists, guitarists, mandolin and horn players, and more!

First Friday Art Walk
Friday, April 6 | from 6 to 9 p.m. | Twyla, OLA Gallery, Art.Work Austin, Den Property Group, Various Locations in Downtown Austin
Downtown Austin’s art galleries are teaming up to bring you First Friday Art Walk, a special night designed to celebrate the Austin arts community taking place in downtown Austin from 6 to 9 p.m.! Enjoy extended hours, special performances, live music, art giveaways, drinks and bites at some of Austin’s most up and coming downtown art venues. Hosted by Twyla, OLA Gallery, Den Property Group and Art.Work Austin, First Friday Art Walk is a night to foster friendships between locals, artists and the downtown businesses that support them.

Friday, April 6 | from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. | The Community Cinema at Community First! Village, 9301 Hog Eye Rd.
Mobile Loaves & Fishes invites you to a FREE movie night at Community First! Village. Grab chairs and a blanket, bring family and friends, and enjoy this special screening of Jumanji. Get there as early as 6:30 to explore Community First! Village, pick your spot, and enjoy your favorite movie snacks. Hot dogs, milkshakes, popcorn, candy and drinks will be available for purchase (cash preferred). The event is free, however a $5 donation would be highly appreciated.

Check out the Free Fun Calendar for even more ways to fill your week with fun Austin events.



About the Author

Dani Dudek
Dani Dudek is an Emmy-winning marketer who has been active professionally in the entertainment industry for two decades. She has mastered the art of celebrity spotting across the country, but does so best in Austin, where she runs the website ATXGossip.com. With a special eye for even the most minor of celebs, she is basically Shazam and IMDB together in human form.
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