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Modernist Networks: The Annette Campbell-White Collection
Monday through Friday, September 16 through 20 | from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (open until 7 p.m. on Thursday) | Harry Ransom Center, 300 West 21st Street
A rare opportunity to see letters, books, artifacts, and manuscripts by Modernist writers who defined a literary revolution – Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, T. S. Eliot, Virginia Woolf, Joseph Conrad, and others – from the private collection of Annette Campbell-White, a pioneering venture capitalist and rare book collector. Free docent tours every day at noon.
STEM Club (Pflugerville)
Monday, September 16 | from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. | Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 West Pfluger Street, Pflugerville
STEM at the library offers opportunities for kids 5 to 8 to creatively explore science, technology, engineering and math through different activities each week. This program starts on time. Instructions and materials will be reviewed at the beginning. Late comers will be accommodated when possible. This week’s theme is Geo-board Challenge.
Math Club for Adults
Monday, September 16 | at 6:30 p.m. | Carver Branch Library, 1161 Angelina Street
This is a club for adults with an interest in Mathematics. Participants must have an understanding of basic algebra. This is not a tutoring or a test prep class although you may come to get help with challenging areas. This is a place for enthusiasts of mathematics to learn and grow. Classes are limited to 15 adults and registration is required.
PJ Story Time
Tuesday, September 17 | from 6:15 to 7 p.m. | Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing
PJ Story Time! Snuggle in for bedtime stories, followed by milk and cookies.
Austin Forum: Date, Privacy, and Ethics
Tuesday, September 17 | from 6:15 to 7:45 p.m. | Austin Central Library, 710 West Cesar Chavez Street
Our world is increasingly digital and connected, and data is being produced at extraordinary, exponentially increasing rates. As a result, data analytics and artificial intelligence are enabling improvements in everything from product design to business operations, from customer experiences to civic engagement. And new societal transformations powered by data and analytics on the horizon, including autonomous vehicles, and smart and safe buildings and cities. However, with growing concerns around personal privacy, data security, and the power of influence that data and artificial intelligence provide, many are wondering what the future holds for our society. Can our governance structures—laws, ordinances, policies, procedures, and even cultural norms—evolve rapidly enough? What is the balance between social good and potential risks and dangers? Join us as we address these concerns by hosting a debate with technology and policy leaders with wide-ranging perspectives to talk about the implications of data, personal privacy, and ethics of new technologies that will shape our future.
Basic Computer Class (Adults Only)
Tuesday, September 17 | from 7 to 8:45 p.m. | APL Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 South 5th Street
Adults are invited to improve their computer skills on third Tuesdays each month, with new topics each time. Learn everything you need to know to start using a computer, from how to use a mouse and keyboard to an introduction to the internet. No prerequisties.
Southwestern University Presents Yael Weiss Piano (Georgetown)
Tuesday, September 17 | from 7:30 to 9 p.m. | Southwestern University Alma Thomas Theater, East Rutersville Road, Georgetown
The Music Department is excited to announce the piano concert of guest artist, Yael Weiss, as part of the Sarofim Music Series season. Described by The Washington Post as “a pianist who delves deeply and tellingly into that cloudy area where fantasy morphs into improvisation,” award-winning artist Yael Weiss has been praised by esteemed musicians and critics worldwide for her arresting performances. Ms. Weiss has performed around the globe in prestigious venues including the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Bolshoi Hall (Moscow) and Wigmore Hall (London), and has been featured as a soloist with major international orchestras such as the Seattle Symphony, the Prague Chamber Orchestra, Brazil National Symphony, and the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. Her Sarofim Music Series concert will showcase her touring program, “32 Bright Clouds: Beethoven Conversations Around the World.” Inspired by Beethoven’s 32 Piano Sonatas, this project connects composers from 32 countries of unrest in an effort to create new compositions that send a message of peace and unity.
Donation Based Storytime Yoga
Wednesday, September 18 | from 9:30 to 10 a.m. | Little Yoga House, 2700 W Anderson Lane Suite 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 our studio, this is a great way to get an idea of what kids yoga looks like! *please register online beforehand*
Mommy N Me Storytime Gymnastics
Wednesday, September 18 | from 10 to 11 a.m. | Astrokids, 13450 North Highway 183, Suite 106
FREE Mommy N Me Story Time & Gymnastics at AstroKids Gym. Story time, bubbles, music, instruments, puppets and more!
Kids Music with Amber, Johnny and Sharon
Wednesday, September 18 | from 6 to 7:30 p.m. | Central Market, 4477 South Lamar Boulevard
Join Amber, Johnny & Sharon for a wild array of streamers, bubbles, flying scarves, hoppin’ Dads, Moms and laughing kids. Energetic crowds of Moms, Dads and kids co-create the show with scarf snowball fights, bug toss games, drumming, dancing, clapping, singing and high-fiving. Includes Amber’s “Conga Line”, “Sock Hop” and the new “Mama-Papa Jam” (Moms and Dads play drums, harmonicas, kazoos, flute etc.) Grab some dinner in the cafe (kids eat Free too!)
Homeschool Kids (Pflugerville)
Tuesday, September 19 | from 2 to 3 p.m. | Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 West Pfluger Street, Pflugerville
Children 5 to 8 with an adult are welcome. Informal enrichment activities that explore reading, science, art, and more. This program will begin on time. Please arrive a few minutes early. Latecomers will be accommodated when possible. Materials will be available while supplies last. The 9/10 activity is Board Games.
Kids Crafternoons (Pflugerville)
Thursday, September 19 | from 3:30 to 4 p.m. | Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 West Pfluger Street, Pflugerville
Fun activities that encompass a variety of art forms. This program is for children 5 to 8 years old with a parent/caregiver. Materials provided while supplies last. The 9/12 activity is Sewn Notebook Covers – sponsored by Pflugerville Quilt Guild.
September Third Thursday: Learning to Write by Watching TV
Thursday, September 19 | from 7 to 8:30 p.m. | BookPeople, 603 North Lamar Boulevard
For writers, television usually gets lumped in with social media in the list of wastes of time. But probably every writer you know watches television, in part because we’re living in a golden age of programming and because so many shows are based on novels (Game of Thrones, Handmaid’s Tale, Pretty Little Liars, Outlander, Big Little Lies, Orange Is the New Black). And, it’s always been the case that some writers move back and forth between working on books and scripts. In this panel, we’ll talk about the inspiration and mechanics that can be borrowed from TV for use on the page.
Art in Cahoots
Friday, September 20 | from 10 to 11:15 a.m. | Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Road
A Creative Collaboration between Caregiver and Child. Socialize, cooperate, and connect over art! Further strengthen the one-on-one bond between caregiver and child, while being able to interact with other caregiver-child pairs. Each class will include themed group activities and collaborative, process-based art experiences. Children will build social-emotional skills, familiarize themselves with a classroom setting, and learn about art while still under the wing of a trusted caregiver. This free, recurring event meets every other Friday from 10am to 11:15am. (Check Eventbrite for dates!) Registration is requested on Eventbrite prior to the event date. Unregistered drop-ins may be accepted when vacancies are available, but spots are limited due to space restrictions, so please call ahead. Children must be at least 2½ years of age (30 months) in order to attend. Only one adult caregiver may attend with each child. If an adult caregiver wishes to attend with more than one child (within the activity age range), please call ahead to see if we have the space available for your request. Separate changing and nursing areas will be available, as well as stroller parking.
Meditation for Beginners
Friday, September 20 | from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. | Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing
In this one hour session you will learn Isha Kriya,a simple 12-18 minute practice,to help you to become meditative effortlessly
X-Men Dark Phoenix Free Outdoor Screening
Friday, September 20 | from 7 to 10 p.m. | Community Cinema & Amphitheater, 9301 Hog Eye Road
Mobile Loaves & Fishes invites you to a free movie night at our Community First! Village. Grab chairs and a blanket, bring family and friends, and enjoy this special screening. Come explore Community First! Village, pick your spot, and enjoy your favorite movie snacks from the Community Grille. Burgers, french fries, snacks, and drinks will be available for purchase (cards only, cash no longer accepted). The event is free, however a $5 donation would be highly appreciated. Donations can be made via donation bucket at the venue.
Flamenco Under the Stars
Friday, September 20 | from 8 to 10 p.m. | Zilker Hillside Theater, 2206 William Barton Drive
A’lante Flamenco wants to share their art with Austin! To make sure every Austinite has an opportunity to experience A’lante’s unique brand of flamenco, the company is offering two free shows at the Zilker Hillside Theater, September 20 and 21, 2019. Thundering footwork, chattering castanets, soaring vocals and blazing guitars bring Zilker Park alive after dark! We’ll be joined by special guest Alex Ruiz (of Del Castillo and Chingon) for the Friday show, and guest musicians from Agua Clara for both nights! Bring a picnic, a blanket, and plenty of friends to enjoy a fiery flamenco show featuring the company that has twice earned the “Best Dance Ensemble” award from the Austin Critics’ Table. This is a free show, open to the public, and appropriate for all ages. Important: Please RSVP your attendance at www.alanteflamenco.com/tickets No cost, just let us know you’re coming!
Check out the Free Fun Calendar for even more ways to fill your week with fun Austin events.