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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All This Week
Barbara Jordan Exhibit
Monday through Friday, February 11 through 15 | from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. | Texas State Capitol Rotunda North Central Gallery, 1100 Congress Ave.
To highlight the works of one of the most impactful African-American female leaders in our history, the Barbara Jordan Freedom Foundation will display an interactive exhibit of Barbara Jordan’s life at the Texas Capitol. From Sunday, February 10 to Saturday, February 16, the exhibit will stand on the ground floor of the Texas Capitol Rotunda North Central Gallery. As always, the exhibit is free and open to the public. The displays are created from the archive housed at Texas Southern University, Barbara Jordan’s alma mater, with contributions from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, where she was a professor for 17 years.
Mirror Mirrored Exhibit
Monday through Friday, February 11 through 15 | from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. | Austin Public Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez St.
As writer Neil Gaiman reminds us, “Fairy Tales are more than true—not because they tell us dragons exist, but because they tell us dragons can be beaten.” Today, the most dangerous monsters reside not in haunted castles or forests, but right here in the real world. These tales are metaphorical swords and shields for our everyday struggles, and remind us that whether we are poor, unloved, sick, invisible, weak, depressed, oppressed, trapped, discriminated against, or simply mismatched with our world, we can conquer our demons and find a home that is right for us. Austin Public Library is launching a multi-media, interactive exploration of Grimms’ Fairy Tales. The month-long experience is anchored by a new art exhibit — Mirror, Mirrored: Contemporary Art & the Fairy Tale — which features more than 20 local and international artists and visual artwork inspired by Grimms’ Fairy Tales. All ages are welcome!
PRINTAUSTIN FLORA 2019
Monday through Friday, February 11 through 15 | from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (5 p.m. on Friday) | Austin Public Library – Cepeda Branch, 651 N Pleasant Valley Rd.
Art on display until February 15. Carol Hayman’s photo intaglio prints are based on real places in the desert where Paleoindians made their home thousands of years ago. Theresa Bond is inspired by the complex process of printmaking, and her subjects feature our impact on the landscape and the future of our planet.
The Rise of Everyday Design: The Arts and Crafts Movement in Britain and America
Monday, February 11 | from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. | 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. Also open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Monday, February 11 | from 5 to 7:30 p.m. | Austin Public Library – Willie Mae Kirk Branch, 3101 Oak Springs Dr.
Head to the Austin Public Library Willie Mae Kirk Branch and enjoy a family movie! View our Events Calendar for fun events and to see what movie is playing: http://library.austintexas.gov/events/search
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Hotel Ella Salon Series: “Navigating the Art Market” With Sally Whitman Coleman
Tuesday, February 12 | from 10 to 11:30 a.m. | Hotel Ella, 1900 Rio Grande St.
Join Hotel Ella and UMLAUF on Tuesday, February 12th at 6:00 pm for this month’s installment of the Salon Series. Art historian and appraiser Sally Whitman Coleman, Ph.D. will discuss how to survive the excesses of the art market and tips on managing your own art collection. All guests will receive a complimentary day pass to the gardens and museum, courtesy of the UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum. Food beverages are available for purchase during the event. To reserve your spot, visit hotelellasalonseries.splashthat.com.
Get It OM: Partner Yoga
Tuesday, February 12 | from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. | Republic Square, 422 Guadalupe St.
Grab a partner and join for a special evening of Let’s Get it Om FREE partner yoga.
Award Winning Thalea String Quartet Concert
Tuesday, February 12 | from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. | Bates Recital Hall, 2406 Robert Dedman Dr.
Following their sold-out performance at Carnegie Hall, the award-winning Thalea String Quartet presents their debut recital as the new Young Professional String Quartet in Residence at UT’s Butler School of Music. The program will be starting off with Joseph Haydn’s edgy Opus 20 No. 3 string quartet in G minor, a rarely performed and romantic work by African-American composer William Grant Still, and Dmitri Shostakovich’s dark and exciting 3rd string quartet written in 1946. Admission is Free, no tickets required.
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Wednesday, February 13 | 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 FREE class!
Wednesday, February 13 | from 5 to 6 p.m. | Austin Public Library – Willie Mae Kirk Branch, 3101 Oak Springs Dr.
Austin family and friends, come out and participate in Chess Club at the Austin Public Library-Willie Mae Kirk Branch. Kids and Adults are all welcome!
Aldrich Street Lending Library Grand Opening
Wednesday, February 13 | from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. | Aldrich Street, 1911 Aldrich St.
Mueller Austin invites the community to attend the grand opening of the new Aldrich Street Lending Library. Visitors are encouraged to stop by to see the library and help fill its shelves by donating books, magazines, DVDs and games. This will be a family-friendly event in conjunction with other fun activities happening around Mueller. The Wednesday Mueller Farmers’ Market will be open from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Browning Hangar, and the Thinkery will host its weekly Community Night, with admission to the museum by donation from 4 to 8 p.m.
2nd Annual Galentine’s Gala
Wednesday, February 13 | from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. | Space 2055 Coworking, 2055 South Lamar Blvd.
Are you a girl advocate? Join a group dedicated to igniting the power in girls. Head on down to the Girl Advocacy League GALentine’s Gala! Free bites and drinks, a photo booth, cookie decorating station, crafting activities, and much more!
ATCENTRAL: Author Joe Nick Patoski & Austin to ATX
Wednesday, February 13 | from 7 to 9 p.m. | APL Central Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez St.
Austin-based writer and Texas historian Joe Nick Patoski launches his latest book, a gonzo history of the City of the Violet Crown, titled AUSTIN TO ATX: THE HIPPIES, PICKERS, SLACKERS & GEEKS WHO TRANSFORMED THE CITY OF AUSTIN. Patoski will read from and discuss the book with Austin American-Statesman writer Michael Barnes, followed by a book signing. Legendary Austin musician and songwriter Jon Dee Graham will perform a short set of Austin songs. Books will be available for purchase on site through BookPeople.
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Galentine’s Day Wine Walk
Thursday, February 14 | from 5 to 9 p.m. | Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Galleria Blvd.
The Hill Country Galleria’s Wine Walk is held the 2nd Thursday of every month from 5-9pm. 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.
Science Under the Stars
Thursday, February 14 | from 6 to 8 p.m. | Brackenridge Field Laboratory, 2907 Lake Austin Blvd.
What do people, peacocks, and Poeciliids have in common? This Valentine’s day, they are all looking for dates! While tasty treats and fancy feathers may work for many animals, clones need some special dating advice. Join us this month to discover how an all-female clonal fish joins the dating scene! Science Under the Stars is a free public outreach lecture series in Austin, Texas. The talk will be held outdoors. Snacks, kids activities, and displays of local animals and plants found at Brackenridge Field Laboratory will be available at 6 p.m., followed by a guided tour of the field lab (wear sturdy shoes and bring water). Talk begins at 7 p.m. with a Q&A at 7:45.
Second Annual Valentine Shmalentine Bash
Thursday, February 14 | from 6 to 8 p.m. | Lamar Union, 1100 S. Lamar Blvd.
Free entry but ticket enters you in the drawing for door prizes from our retail partners. Must be present to win. | Tickets: https://luplazavday.ticketbud.com/rsvp Who needs a Valentine when you can have baby goats, best friends, burgers, whiskey, and jazz under the Austin skyline? Lamar Union Plaza, with the Young Women’s Alliance and Young Men’s Business League, invites you to come celebrate Valentine’s Day with beverages, bites, and giveaways! Enjoy live music from local artist Taméca Jones, while indulging in a Jose Luis Salon braid bar, gumbo and cornhole with TLC, burgers and custard from Shake Shack, photos with baby goats from GOGA, and much more! Bumble BFF will be onsite making connections with friends, andNine Banded Whiskey and Waterloo Sparkling Water will be donating a signature beverage for the evening, as well as providing guests with samples. Located on the Lamar Union Sky Deck — enter through Building Two adjacent to Jose Luis Salon. Following the event, guests are invited to join The Highball lounge for two burlesque shows you won’t want to miss.
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Little Seedlings Storytime: China
Friday, February 15 | from 10 to 11 a.m. | Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Rd.
Explore Chinese culture through storytelling and crafts! This month features Bringing In the New Year by Grace Lin and Legend of the Milky Way by Jeanne M. Lee. Cost: Free w/ RSVP at http://aarcatx.eventbrite.com
Hidden Figures Screening
Friday, February 15 | from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. | APL – Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd.
Hidden Figures (PG) is a story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program. All ages welcome. Watch and discover family friendly films at the Austin Public Library while enjoying a snack.
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby Free Outdoor Screening
Friday, February 15 | from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. | Community Cinema & Amphitheater, 9301 Hog Eye Rd.
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. 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 and cash accepted!). The event is free, however a $5 donation would be highly appreciated.
When Love is Found: A Valentines Benefit Concert for All
Friday, February 15 | from 8 to 10 p.m. | Central Christian Church, 1110 Guadalupe St.
An evening of music for everyone (not just couples) celebrating all the forms love takes in our lives. From the spark of new love to the heartbreak of love lost to the permanence of everlasting devotion. Featuring an array of professional singers and instrumentalists from all over the Austin area performing a variety of lounge and folk songs, musical theater numbers, and classical works. Free admission with donations benefiting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Central Texas.
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