What’s Up? Weekly, Online Live Streams, May 4 through 8, 2020

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What’s Up? Weekly is back! Though the listed events are a bit different than in the past. During the quarantine, we’re focusing on digital live streams and events you can log onto for free!

Austin Events

Here are this week’s online live streams in Austin!

Happening All Week

ATX Once Upon A Time Storytelling Podcast
Every Day | All Day | Storytime Everywhere

ATX Once Upon a Time is a storytelling podcast for everyone.  Listen in for folktales and fairy tales retold.

Free Fun In Austin continues to highlight Austin area locations and activities that may not be available at this time. We encourage you to take all safety measures to keep yourself and your neighbors safe. It is our hope that the stories and features on this site will help inform your plans in the future.

Snack Science Video Series For Kids
Every Day | All Day | Hosted by: Snack Science
Want to keep your child entertained and learning during this unexpected out of school time? Then these three to four minute videos are for you! HealthStart Foundation is sharing from our award-winning Snack Science Workshop series. HealthStart’s Snack Science series teaches young children how their brain, bones, circulatory system, muscles and digestion work and how to keep them healthy. Snack Science videos use science experiments, fun, healthy snack “art”, songs, fitness activities, and more to keep your children healthy, happy, and learning! Available anytime.

Mr Will’s Facebook Live Concerts!
Every Day | at 10 a.m. | Hosted by: Mr. Will

Mr. Will is hosting live concerts every morning at 10 a.m. featuring instruments of the day, dance parties, and more musical activities. Watch here: https://www.facebook.com/mrwillaustin/ He even has these fun color sheets you can print and work on during the show!

Sports Fun Austin
Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday | at 10 a.m. | Hosted by: Sports Fun Austin

Join every weekday at 10 a.m. on Facebook to learn a sports skill, have fun, and get your wiggles out!

Visit With A Librarian
May 4 through May 9 | from 10 to 11 a.m. and 5 to 6 p.m. | Hosted by: Westbank Libraries

Click here to visit with a librarian. Maybe you have a question, maybe you need help with something, or maybe you just want to say hi.


Texas History Tuesdays: First Encounters
Tuesday, May 5 | at 10 a.m. | Hosted by: Bullock State History Museum
Join for Texas History Tuesdays as they discuss the relationship between the Conquistadors and the Karankawa! How did early American Indians encounter their environment, other tribes, and the Spanish conquistadors in the vast landscape that would become Texas? A Museum Educator will lead audience as they search for evidence from artifacts and paintings to explore stories that reveal the many meanings of “Encounters on the Land.” BONUS: The curator of the Becoming Texas exhibit, which explores the earliest parts of Texas history, will be joining for a special Q&A!

Online Storytime
Tuesday, May 5 | at 10:30 a.m. | Hosted by: Westbank Libraries

Click here to join Storytime, a live virtual program happening Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.

ONLINE: Heartfulness Meditation
Tuesday, May 5 | from 12 to 1 p.m. | Hosted by: Westbank Libraries

Click here to join Heartfulness Meditation, a live virtual program happening Tuesdays from 12 to 1 p.m.


Virtual Hoppy Hour
Wednesday, May 6 | at 9 a.m. | Hosted by: Tiny Tail’s To You Austin’s Traveling Petting Zoo

Virtually hang out with Tiny Tails to You Owner and Founder, Chelsea Phillips, and some of our adorable animals. Live stream will be available on Facebook Live or Instagram Live (@TinyTailsToYou)

Literary Lunch Break
Wednesday, May 6 | at 12:30 p.m. | Hosted by:
Texas Book Fest
Join the Texas Book Fest and the author of What We Carry on Instagram live.

Outside of the Box Children
Wednesday, May 6 | from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. | Hosted by:
Westbank Libraries
Click here to join “Outside of the Box”, a live virtual program happening Wednesday, May 6 at 10:30 a.m.

Waterloo-In-Place: Interactive Tour
Wednesday, May 6 | from 12:30 to 1 p.m. | Hosted by: Waterloo Greenway

Join for a series of interactive tours of Waterloo Park from the comfort of your own home! Get a behind-the-scenes look at the construction progress of Austin’s newest 11-acre park in the heart of downtown. Each tour will highlight a different aspect of the park and feature presentations by Waterloo Greenway staff and our City partners.

Learning a New Language
Wednesday, May 6 | at 3 p.m. | Hosted by:
Westbank Libraries
Want to learn more French than “French fries”? Or learn how to tell your dog to “fetch” in three different languages? Join us for an introduction to new languages, along with tips and resources that can help you along your language learning journey. Whether you are preparing for a trip, want to refresh your language skills, or you’re just interested in learning something new, this program is for you. This week, we’ll be joined by Marcia from 3 Bridges to provide an introduction to American Sign Language. Click here to join Learning a New Language, a live virtual program.


Baby Zoom Room
Thursday, May 7 | at 10:30 a.m. |Hosted by: Westbank Libraries

Click here to join Education Conversations, a live virtual discussion group. Babies and caregivers, let’s meet for a virtual playdate! Join online Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. to hang out, share stories, check in with each other, and check out how much all our little ones have grown!

High Noon Talks
Thursday, May 7 | from 12 to 1 p.m. | Hosted by: Bullock Texas State History Museum

Author and historian Max Krochmal will reveal the often-overlooked foundations and liberal traditions of Texas. Dr. Krochmal’s research highlights the activists who, by crossing racial lines and building coalitions, democratized their cities and state from the 30s through the 60s. TUNE IN HERE >> bit.ly/3bS01zZ This program is FREE to the public and will be available post-livestream on the Bullock Museum’s YouTube channel >> bit.ly/2KPJrEY

ONLINE: WHS Presents: Life Transitions—How to Handle the Evolving Adolescent Brain
Thursday, May 7 | from 12 to 1 p.m. |Hosted by: Westbank Libraries

Click here to join WHS Presents, a live virtual program happening Thursday May 7 at noon.

ONLINE: Young Adult Book Club
Thursday, May 7 | from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m. |Hosted by: Westbank Libraries

Click here to join Young Adult Book Club, a live virtual discussion group happening Thursday, May 7 at 4:45 p.m.

Parenting and Education Conversations
Thursday, May 7 | from 6 to 7 p.m. |Hosted by: Westbank Libraries

Click here to join Education Conversations, a live virtual discussion group happening Thursdays at 6 p.m.


Friday, May 8 | at 10 a.m. | Hosted by:
Texas Book Fest
Join the Texas Book Fest and Avi with Gold Rush Girl on Instagram live.

Friday Knitting
Friday, May 8 | at 12 p.m. | Hosted by: Westbank Libraries

Click here to join Friday Knitting, a live virtual program happening Fridays at noon.

Mother’s Day Mommy and Me Yoga
Friday, May 8 | from 12 to 1 p.m. | Hosted by: Easter Seals Central Texas

Easter Seals Central Texas is honoring moms this Mothers’ Day with a fun yoga session from our home to yours featuring Bliss Kid Yoga. The event is open to anyone and is free! Please RSVP to Jennifer Ells at [email protected] or at Eventbrite.com (search “Mommy and Me Yoga with Easter Seals” or click https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mommy-and-me-yoga-with-easter-seals-central-texas-tickets-102684851154). You will be sent a link to the session on Zoom once you register.

A Free Night at the Movies Presented by Lionsgate
Friday, May 8 | at 8 p.m. | Hosted by: Lionsgate

In partnership with the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation and theaters across the nation, we are excited to announce #LionsgateLIVE: A Free Night At The Movies! Join the host Jamie Lee Curtis for 4 nights of free movies as we celebrate everything that we love about cinema, and support the people who make our theaters so extraordinary. The May 8 film is John Wick. Movies will be live on the YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/LionsgateLIVE/featured

At Home with ACL Live ft. Hayes Carll
Friday, May 8 | at 8 p.m. | Hosted by: ACL Live

Stay At Home with ACL Live, a streaming series bringing live music from artists you love directly to your living room! Enjoy the performances you miss, and support the artists who make them possible. Tune in Friday, May 8 at 8PM CT for a performance from Hayes Carll: acl.live/tunein

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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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