What’s Up? Weekly: March 25-29, 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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Heartsong Music Demo Class for Children 0-5 Years 
Monday, March 25 through Friday, March 29 | various days and times | various locations – see the Free Fun calendar for info
Heartsong Music is offering free demonstration classes March 20 through March 29 for families to experience Music Together® and to learn more about this local business that has been serving families in Austin for over 14 years. This class is for children ages 0 – 5 years and the grownups who love them.

Shells, Shore, and Wings to My Eyes Art Exhibit
Monday, March 25 through Friday, March 29 | from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Old Bakery and Emporium, 1006 Congress Ave.
You won’t want to miss ‘Shells, Shore and Wings to My Eyes’ with Yolande McGann, Lyrae Perry a winged specialist and Kristine Kainer. The vibrancy and intensity of subject matter will intrigue you.

Waller Creek Conservancy “New Monuments for New Cities”
Monday, March 25 through Friday, March 29 | 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, March 25 through Friday, March 29 | 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).


Free Advance Screening: Hummingbird Project
Monday, March 25 | from 7 to 9 p.m. | Regal Cinemas Arbor 8 at Great Hills, 9828 Great Hills Trail
Join Austin Film Festival in the free screening of a modern epic where Director Kim Nguyen exposes the ruthless edge of our increasingly digital world with Jesse Eisenberg and Alexander Skarsgård. Cousins from New York, Vincent (Jesse Eisenberg) and Anton (Alexander Skarsgård) are players in the high-stakes game of High-Frequency Trading, where winning is measured in milliseconds. Their dream? To build a straight fiber-optic cable line between Kansas and New Jersey, making them millions. But nothing is straightforward for this flawed pair. Anton is the brains, Vincent is the hustler, and together they push each other and everyone around them to the breaking point with their quixotic adventure. Constantly breathing down their necks is their old boss Eva Torres (Salma Hayek), a powerful, intoxicating and manipulative trader who will stop at nothing to come between them and beat them at their own game. Screening is FREE with RSVP.

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Outdoor Children’s Learning Experience (Round Rock)
Tuesday, March 26 | from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. | Virg Rabb Pavilion at Old Settlers Park, 3300 E Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock
At Tinkergarten, families meet outdoors to connect and learn through play. In this free trial, Tinkergarten Leader, Ashley Ortega, will facilitate an expert-designed play scenario, allowing children of various ages and needs to explore, problem solve, communicate, collaborate, and create together. Registration is required. Sign up at https://www.tinkergarten.com/leaders/ashley.ortega Age Range: 18 months to 8 years. Cost: Free.

Southwestern University Senior Art Exhibit (Georgetown)
Tuesday, March 26 | from 12 to 5 p.m. | Alma Thomas Fine Arts Center, 1001 E. University Ave., Georgetown
The Sarofim School of Fine Arts’ Art Department is proud to announce the first senior art exhibition of the Spring season. This exhibition is in partial fulfillment of requirements for the Bachelor of Fine Arts, and will showcase the impressive work that Studio Art seniors have accomplished in their time at Southwestern University. Free and Open to the Public. Runs through March 31. Gallery open Tuesday through Sunday, excluding holidays. Artists’ reception happens on March 28 from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

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Donation Based Storytime Yoga
Wednesday, March 27 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.

Women’s History Month: Women in the Military
Wednesday, March 27 | at 5:30 p.m. | University Hills Branch APL, 4721 Loyola Ln.
Celebrating women in the military with crafts and a movie. Decorate a reusable drinking cup with vinyl decals themed for woman and the military and watch Courage Under Fire. Refreshments provided!

Free Kickboxing at Republic Square
Wednesday, March 27 | from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. | Republic Square, 422 Guadalupe
Join KNOCKOUT at Republic Square for a FREE cardio kickboxing event series unlike any other workout you have experienced. Jab, cross, hook and kick to the beat of the music then get ready to hit the ground for a killer core section. One lucky winner will go home with an entire days’ worth of food from SNAP Kitchen and 5 class pack from KNOCKOUT! No equipment needed! Towel or yoga mat suggested for core work. Athletic shoes and clothes are highly recommended. Learn more and RSVP here.

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Artist Talks For “New Monuments for New Cities”
Thursday, March 28 | from 6 to 8 p.m. | Symphony Square, 1111 Red River St.
Waller Creek Conservancy invites the public to hear participating artists and local Austin community leaders and historians discuss the issues raised by the High Line Network Joint Art Initiative exhibition, New Monuments for New Cities. The three-month public art exhibition on Red River Street and 12th Street raises a number of questions about who and what has been memorialized in the past and how applying new lenses could shift the paradigm in the future. Two talks will feature the participating Central Texas artists in New Monuments for New Cities on Thursday March 28 and May 16. In between, Waller Creek Conservancy will host a panel discussion with Preservation Austin and the Austin History Center on May 2. All these events are free but registration is required via Eventbrite. For more information, check out the event page at: https://www.wallercreek.org/events/

Artist’s Reception: Southwestern University Senior Art Exhibit (Georgetown)
Thursday, March 28 | from 5 to 6:30 p.m. | Alma Thomas Fine Arts Center, 1001 E. University Ave., Georgetown
Artists’ reception for the Sarofim School of Fine Arts’ Art Department senior art exhibition of the Spring season. This exhibition is in partial fulfillment of requirements for the Bachelor of Fine Arts, and will showcase the impressive work that Studio Art seniors have accomplished in their time at Southwestern University. Free and Open to the Public. Runs through March 31. Gallery open Tuesday through Sunday, excluding holidays.

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Food Truck Fridays
Friday, March 29 | from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. | Republic Square, 422 Guadalupe
Presenting Food Truck Fridays this spring at Republic Square! Come enjoy your lunch break outside on Fridays in March and April. Each week will feature two popular local food trucks. From lobster rolls to BBQ to arepas, there is something for everyone! This Friday’s food truck is Four Brothers Emoji’s Grilled Cheese Bar.

Friday, March 29 from 6 to 10 p.m. | Mueller Lake Park, 4550 Mueller Blvd.
A free festival of community street bands, the 9th Annual HONK!TX brings you the best in brass, from homegrown local bands to international performers! Join for three days of music, mirth, and merriment as ensembles play across Austin! It’s a menagerie of sight and sound that can only be described as HONK!TX! For a full list of bands attending, click here.

Crazy Rich Asians Free Outdoor Screening
Friday, March 29 | 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.

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

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