What’s Up? Weekly: April 8 – 12, 2019

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!

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Happening All Week

Waller Creek Conservancy “New Monuments for New Cities”
Monday, April 8 through Friday, April 12 | all day | Symphony Square, 1111 Red River St.
New Monuments for New Cities is a three-month public art exhibition. The exhibition is the inaugural project of the High Line Network Joint Art Initiative, a collaboration between five industrial reuse projects in North America including Waller Creek Conservancy. Each project invited five local artists to create posters to be displayed in “New Monuments for New Cities,” which will travel throughout the U.S. and Canada this year.

Constant Escape Adrian Aguilera Betelhem Makonnen Tammie Rubin
Monday, April 8 through Friday, April 12 | from 12 to 4 p.m. | George Carver Washington, 1165 Angelina St.
Founding members of the Austin based Black Mountain Project Adrian Aguilera, Betelhem Makonnen, and Tammie Rubin will debut a new body of work in sculpture, photography, text, and video, at the George Washington Carver Museum, Cultural and Genealogy Center from March 7 through July 27, 2019.  This collaborative exhibition, constant escapeprovides a sensory prescription for resisting absolute definitions of culture and identity. The concept for this exhibition is inspired by text from Fred Moten’s, Black and Blur (Duke University Press, 2017).

The Rise of Everyday Design: The Arts and Crafts Movement in Britain and America
Monday, April 8 through Friday, April 12 | Hours Vary | Harry Ransom Center, 300 W 21st St.
Extraordinary drawings, sketches, photographs, art objects, and handcrafted furniture offer a new and detailed look at the history of the Arts and Crafts movement in Britain and America. Discover how this innovative design movement transformed the homes and lives of ordinary people and how it continues to influence modern design. Open daily with tours every day at noon. Free admission. Gallery hours:
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday / 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday / Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.


Scholarships & Financial Aid: Do this!
Monday, April 8 | from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. | Carver Branch – APL, 1161 Angelina St.
Open to all high school students and parents: Attend this college planning workshop to hear from an actual college admissions expert! Dale Price, MBA is the Founder of Access College America (www.AccessCollegeAmerica.Org), a national provider for college planning solutions. In this workshop families will leave with three tips to make every scholarship essay stand out! Find out our favorite websites that award thousands of dollars in merit aid. When is the best time to apply for scholarships? Hint: It’s not the senior year!

Breathing Life Into Words
Monday, April 8 | at 7 p.m. | Cepeda Branch Library, 651 N. Pleasant Valley Rd.
Writing program presented by Philip Yates. The program will cover simple topics based around writing prompts inspired by attendees’ lives: setting, dialogue, description, music, travel, and more. Library programs and workshops reflect the creative endeavors and diverse interests of the Austin community. All ages welcome.

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Free Breakfast for Students Taking the STAAR Test
Tuesday, April 9 | from 6 to 9 a.m. | McDonald’s, Locations Vary
Free Breakfast for Students taking STAAR Test at all participating McDonald’s in the Austin area. Please enjoy a healthy, balanced, and nutritious breakfast to help get ready for the big day of testing. Offer valid to teachers with school ID.

Sing & Shout For Kids (Round Rock)
Tuesday, April 9 | from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. | Calvary Apostolic Church, 2701 Sam Bass Rd., Round Rock
Sing & Shout for Kids! is a faith-based interactive kids program teaching life lessons and good values using action songs, demonstrations, skits with our loveable characters, and PUPPETS! Kids ranging in age from small toddler to pre-teen will fall in love with Maggie, Jack, Cordelia, Eggmont and all the other characters as they get into all sorts of shenanigans! Lots of music and loads of laughs with this crazy crew! The show also includes a BLACK LIGHT puppet show and prizes!! Come get silly with us  EVERY SECOND SATURDAY of the month! Program length is approximately one hour, followed with cookies and drink or other type of treat/snack. Your kids are sure to beg to come back! This event is FREE and open to the public!

Home School Program with Elizabeth Kahura
Tuesday, April 9 | at 2 p.m. | Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing
Kenyan-born storyteller Elizabeth Kahura will share an educational introduction to African culture through music, performance art, storytelling, and literature. This program is tailored to ages 5 to 10, but open to all.

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Donation Based Storytime Yoga
Wednesday, April 10 from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. | The Little Yoga House, 2700 West Anderson Ln., Ste. 229
Bring your kids of all ages (babies are very welcome) to watch their favorite stories come to life through yoga poses in this donation based class! If you’ve never visited the studio, this is a great way to get an idea of what kids yoga looks like! They request that you register online beforehand.

Austin Film Festival: On Story Season 9 Premiere Party
Wednesday, April 10 | from 6 to 9 p.m. | KLRU-TV, 2504 Whitis Ave.
Join AFF for the Season 9 Premiere Party of On Story®. They will feature a live taping of the show. On Story airs locally on KLRU and is now in over 88% of the national market, airing on PBS-affiliated stations across the country. Past episodes have featured interviews from leading screenwriters and filmmakers Callie Khouri, Larry Wilmore, Harold Ramis, Sydney Pollack, Caroline Thompson, Vince Gilligan, and Matthew Weiner. Season 9 premieres Saturday, April 13, 7:30 p.m. on KLRU-Q.

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Watercolor Workshop
Thursday, April 11 | at 2 p.m. | Cepeda Branch Library, 651 N. Pleasant Valley Rd.
Get ready to relax and learn how to paint easy, soothing landscapes in watercolor! Join us for a watercolor workshop where we’ll be creating some simple landscape paintings. Join for making and crafting and, while you’re at the Library, explore our diverse collection of DIY books! All ages welcome.

Freedom Writers Film Screening
Thursday, April 11 | at 5 p.m. | Willie Mae Kirk- Austin Public Library, 3103 Oak Springs Dr.
A dedicated teacher (Hilary Swank) in a racially divided Los Angeles school has a class of at-risk teenagers deemed incapable of learning. Instead of giving up, she inspires her students to take an interest in their education and planning their future. She assigns reading material that relates to their lives and encourages them all to keep journals. Library programs and workshops reflect the creative endeavors and diverse interests of the Austin community.

April Wine Walk
Thursday, April 11 | from 5 to 9 p.m. | Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd.
The Hill Country Galleria’s Wine Walk is held the 2nd Thursday of every month from 5 to 9 p.m. Guests can shop a variety of retailers at the Galleria while discovering great wines from all over the world. Walkers and wine enthusiasts will start at Twin Liquors to pick up a map of the Wine Walk, and the map will also serve as a ticket for each wine walk stop. The walk is organized so that the last stop is a restaurant for attendees to then hang out and end the night with dinner. This event is open to everyone, so join friends, family, groups or a date for a fun way to spend Thursday evening.

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Taste of Austin
Friday, April 12 | from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. | Factory Builder Stores, 9715 Burnet Rd. Bldg. 7, #100
Join for the 6th Annual Taste of Austin at Factory Builder Stores. This FREE, family-friendly event will feature chefs from around the state competing in a Tex-Mex Showdown, live music, food and drinks, and tons of prizes. Stop by for a hands on experience with the latest in kitchen technology and design during an afternoon of fun!

Southwestern University’s Musicale (Georgetown)
Friday, April 12 | at 3 p.m. |Southwestern University’s Alma Thomas Fine Arts Center, Caldwell-Carvery Foyer. E. Rutersville Rd., Georgetown
The Sarofim School of Fine Arts’ Music Department is pleased to present a Musicale consisting of student solo and ensemble works.  Free and Open to the Public. No ticket reservation needed. Box Office: (512) 863- 1378.

Ant-Man and the Wasp Screening
Friday, April 12 | from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. | Austin Public Library Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd.
Rated PG-13. All ages welcome. Watch and discover family friendly films at the Austin Public Library. In Ant-Man and the Wasp, Scott Lang balances being both a Super Hero and a father, as Hope Van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym present an urgent new mission that finds the Ant-Man fighting alongside The Wasp to uncover secrets from their past.

Concert in the Park
Friday, April 12 | from 7 to 9:30 p.m. | Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd.
Bring your lawn chairs/blankets as there is plenty of space. Food concessions will be available; you are welcome to bring a picnic and your own ice chest. Glass containers are prohibited. Band: Suede (cover band).

Movies in the Park: Zoolander 
Friday, April 12 | from 8:15 to 10:15 p.m. | Zilker Park (Monkey Tree), 898 Azie Morton Rd.
Movies in the Park is a series of free films brought to you by Austin Parks Foundation. We’ll be visiting nine different parks this year, so head out to grab some food from our food trucks and enjoy a night under the stars and in front of the screen. If there’s inclement weather, the event will be moved to Friday, April 19th at 8:15 p.m.

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

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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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