What’s Up? Weekly: May 20-24, 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

Mondo Gallery Presents: 80 Years of Batman
Tuesday, May 21 through Friday, May 24 | from 12 to 6 p.m. |Mondo Gallery, 4115 Guadalupe St.
The Dark Knight returns to the gallery this May with a brand new show eight decades in the making! The “80 Years Of BATMAN” gallery show will celebrate the history of the caped crusader, along with his allies and infamous rogue gallery of villains, with 18classic, iconic and fan-favorite BATMAN comic book cover images produced as screenprinted posters. The show will be on display through May 25 during regular gallery hours (12 – 6 p.m., Tuesday to Saturday). This show is FREE and open to the public.

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Sales Save the Day
Tuesday, May 21 | from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. | St. John Branch Austin Public Library, 7500 Blessing Ave.
Discover how to sell your ideas to any audience. Play a game to convince people to buy something silly. Learn some smooth-talking skills from Start-Up Kids Club so you can win over anyone you meet, and start thinking about what type of business you could run. This program is best suited for children ages 7 and up.

Summer Sunset Series
Wednesday, May 21 | from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. | Republic Square, 422 Guadalupe St.
Join for Summer Sunset Series 2019, presented by Topo Chico and sponsored by Outdoor Voices, in Republic Square. An hour vinyasa flow led by a Wanderlust Yoga Austin instructor and accompanied by a live musician or DJ. We hope to build a connection through the activation of yoga, music and community. This free event will be open to the public and catered to all levels of yoga experience. Every Tuesday this summer.

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Summer Survival Workshop
Wednesday, May 22 | from 6 to 7 p.m. | Easter Seals of Central Texas, 8505 Cross Park Dr. Suite 120
Join Easter Seals Central Texas and Center for Autism and Related Disorders for a FREE parent workshop! Summer is a time of fun but also a big change in a child’s routine. This can create challenges for families who have children with special needs. At this workshop, we will learn strategies to help you and your family prepare for summer break in order to maximize your summer fun! Childcare is provided! Please select a childcare ticket if you plan to bring your child. RSVP HERE.

Foodie Fest at Village Farm
Wednesday, May 22 | from 6 to 8 p.m. | Village Farm, 8207 Canoga Ave.
Live Music Food Trucks Tiny Homes = Doesn’t get more Austin than this!
Village Farm Tiny Home Community presents: Taste Of Austin Food Festival! Enjoy a variety delicious local eats, live music and experience our tiny home community! This event is FREE & Family Friendly!

Summer Survival Workshop Spanish
Wednesday, May 22 | from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. | Easter Seals of Central Texas, 8505 Cross Park Dr. Suite 120
EL VERANO ES UN MOMENTO DE DIVERSIÓN PERO TAMBIÉN UN CAMBIO EN RUTINA. ESTO PUEDE TRAER RETOS A LAS FAMILIAS QUE TIENEN NIÑOS CON NECESIDADES ESPECIALES. En este taller, vamos a aprender estrategias para ayudar a usted y su familia a prepararse para las vacaciones de verano para que usted y sus hijos pueden gozar y divertirse mas!!! Cuidado de niños se proveraá. RSVP AQUI

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Play Group for all Abilities
Thursday, May 23 | from 10 to 11:30 a.m. | Easter Seals of Central Texas, 8505 Cross Park Dr. Suite 120
Armstrong Community Music School joins for a special time of music and movement at the Play Group for All Abilities. This group is intended for children ages 0-3 and siblings are welcome. Register here.

New Orleans Club Revisited: Tameca Jones
Thursday, May 23 | from 7 to 9 p.m. | Waller Creek Conservancy, 1111 Red River
A joint art initiative developed by the High Line Network, the exhibit opened in Austin on March 2 and features the work of 25 artists, five of whom represent Central Texas. Austin is one of five North American cities participating in this collaboration; each city selected five artists, all of whom were asked to reflect on the role monuments have played in shaping cities in the past and how we might reimagine them in the future. Waller Creek Conservancy has developed a range of public programs from artist talks to films and music as part of the three-month showcase. The live music series takes its inspiration from the rich history of the New Orleans Club, a former venue in the Red River Cultural District that featured rock, R&B, and soul music throughout the ‘50s and ‘60s. The building that housed the venue is now part of the Symphony Square complex. All events are free and open to the public and take place at Symphony Square.

Y’all We Asian Presents: A Night of Comedy
Thursday, May 23 | from 8 to 9 p.m. | Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Rd.
A one-night-only comedy show that showcases Austin’s best Asian American comedians in honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. With special out-of-town guests, featuring Will Choi (creator of the hit LA and NY show, Asian AF) and hosted by ya girls Yola and Kim, we got standup, improv, sketch, storytelling and last but not least – Asian snacks baby! Cuz guess what y’all? We Asian. #KeepAustinAsian Doors open at 7:30pm; Show begins at 8pm. Free with RSVP. More info here.

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Friday Movie Matinee Nim’s Island
Friday, May 24 | from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. | Austin Public Library Old Quarry Branch, 7051 Village Center Dr.
Join for Friday Movie Matinee at the Old Quarry Library on May 24 from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm. They will be screening “Nim’s Island” (PG). This is a free family event.

Negative Space Opening Reception
Friday, May 24 | from 7 to 10 p.m. | ICOSA Collective, 702 Shady Ln.
Exploring the in-between of signifiers and narrative, Leon Alesi and Bug Davidson cite ancestral lineage, uncomfortable compromise and abrasion of edges in this two person show at ICOSA Gallery.  Using photography, moving image, installation, assemblage and found objects, these artists attempt to visualize an embrace of primordial truths, reckless erasure, inventive histories and contracts of coercion. The exhibition runs May 24 through June 22 with the opening reception happening on Friday from 7 to 10 p.m.

Creed II Free Outdoor Screening
Friday, May 24 | from 8 to 11 p.m. | Community Cinema & Amphitheater, 9301 Hogs 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. 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. Donations can be made electronically when RSVPing to this event or via donation bucket at the venue.

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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