What’s Up? Weekly: September 10-14, 2018

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

Art at Flower Hill
Monday through Friday, September 10 through 14 | All Day | Neill Cochran House, 2310 San Gabriel St.
Austin artist Valerie Fowler has created a body of work that includes paintings, drawings and mixed media inspired by the light, air, and landscape that is Flower Hill, the 1877 Austin home to three generations of the Smoot family. The Neill-Cochran House Museum, in collaboration with the Flower Hill Foundation, will display Fowler’s works in an exhibit titled “Art at Flower Hill,” on view September 1 through 15.


Pints & Poses
Monday, September 10 | from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. | Hyatt Regency Austin, 208 Barton Springs Rd.
Join in the Zilker Ballroom for a FREE, one-hour, all levels vinyasa class! This class is led by Ferny Barceló. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own mats, due to the limited amount that we have available for guests.  After yoga, you’ll receive a coupon for a *complimentary* local beer! Parking is complimentary when you park inside of the parking garage.

Music Bingo Night
Monday, September 10 | at 7 p.m. | Halcyon Mueller, 1905 Aldrich St.
You’ve played trivia. You’ve played bingo. Now, for the first time Halcyon Mueller is putting them together for music trivia bingo! Who needs boring numbers? These bingo cards will have pictures of album covers and instead of calling numbers, the MC will be playing audio clips. Get 5 in a row, win a prize! Halcyon Mueller has a full bar with a great drink selections, delicious coffee and plenty of prizes! Free to play. Bring your friends. Bingo starts right at 7.

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We Are Blood Hosts Blood Drive at Whole Foods for HAAM Day
Tuesday, September 11 | from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. | Whole Foods Market, 525 N. Lamar Blvd.
We Are Blood is joining forces with Health Alliance for Austin Musicians’ HAAM Day, the annual citywide benefit raising funds for the healthcare of local musicians. We Are Blood will host a mobile blood drive at Whole Foods Market’s location at 525 N. Lamar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For each blood donor seen at that drive, or at We Are Blood’s locations on September 11, $10 will go to HAAM.

Free Baby Playtime at Toybrary (for 1-6 months old)
Tuesday, September 11 | from 1 to 3 p.m. | Toybrary, 2001 Justin Ln.
Join for a FREE baby play time at Toybrary Austin every Tuesday afternoon. Babies must be 1 mo. to 6 mos. to participate.

Jr. Chef Skills
Tuesday, September 11 | from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. | Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing
Kids age 10 and up are invited to learn practical cooking skills in this hands-on class. This program is limited to eight participants.

Whataburger Oh Whata Night (Hutto)
Tuesday, September 11 | from 6 to 9 p.m. | Whataburger, 5012 Gattis School Rd., Hutto
Whataburger customers can show their support for the Hutto Band Booster Club by enjoying their favorite menu items, and 20 percent of Whataburger’s sales from 6 to 9 p.m. will be donated to the organization. At the event, attendees will have the chance to enter into Whataburger’s popular Whataburger for a Year prize drawing, where one lucky winner will receive free Whataburger each week for an entire year. In addition to fundraising, the restaurant has fun, family-friendly activities slated for attendees, including special prizes for the first 100 dine-in customers.

FVF Law & HAAM Benefit Day
Tuesday, September 11 | from 6 to 9 p.m. | ABGB, 1305 W. Oltorf St.
Join Fogelman & von Flatern (FVF) Law for the annual HAAM Benefit Day at the ABGB. HAAM Day lets customers, businesses and music lovers across Austin do their part to help Austin musicians and feel the satisfaction of contributing to an important piece of the fabric of the city. FVF Law invites the Austin community to help support Austin musicians while enjoying a good time at the ABGB. At the event, FVF will be selling festival-themed T-shirts with proceeds going to support HAAM. Live music from Shy Beast, SaulPaul, and Superfónicos.

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Wednesday, September 12 | from 4 to 9 p.m. | SLAB BBQ, 7101 W. Hwy 71
Every Wednesday is Family Night at SLAB BBQ! Kids under 12 eat free every from 4 to 9 p.m.

Wednesday Farmers’ Market at Mueller
Wednesday, September 12 | from 5 to 8 p.m. | Texas Farmer’s Market at Mueller, 4209 Airport Blvd. at the Browning Hangar
Make Mueller on Wednesdays your fave hang spot with friends or the fam. Perfect for an after work or after school wind down, TFM Mueller on Wed features 50 local food artisans, sustainable farmers and ranchers and craft beverages. Pack a blanket and picnic lakeside! Sip and stroll along Mueller Lake park under the shady trees beside the historic Browning Hangar. Take the kiddos for independent play in our play area, pony rides and other great family fun.

The Harvest Film Preview and Panel Discussion
Wednesday, September 12 | from 6 to 8 p.m. | Austin Film Society Cinema, 6259 Middle Fiskville Rd.
Join Humanities Texas for a screening in Austin featuring excerpts from the forthcoming documentary film The Harvest followed by a panel discussion with the film’s director, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Douglas A. Blackmon, and local community leaders. This event is FREE and open to the public.

Butterfly Bluegrass Jam
Wednesday, September 12 | from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. | Butterfly Bar at the Vortex, 1605 E. 38th & 1/2
Join Eddie Dickerson and Emma Dean as they lead us in a rousing Hump Day Bluegrass session! Bring your favorite instrument and jump on in, or sit back and sip something cold and delicious while listening to Bluegrass under the stars.

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Little Texans
Thursday, September 13 | from 10 to 11 a.m. | Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress Ave.
Take your young Texans (ages 2-5) for an interactive experience on the second Thursday of each month. This monthly hands-on program incorporates movement, play and tactile learning into engaging experiences where younger children can discover something new alongside their caregivers. Program is FREE for members or with exhibit admission.

Science Under the Stars
Thursday, September 13 | from 7 to 9 p.m. | Brackenridge Field Laboratory, 2907 Lake Austin Blvd.
Have you ever heard that fish only have a three-second memory? Well that might not be giving fish enough credit. Fish are smarter than we think! They can learn from other fish, solve mazes, and even learn to hit a moving target despite never practicing! Join for the first Science Under the Stars of the fall semester on September 13 with EEB candidate Kelly Wallace who will talk on some of the cool studies that scientists have conducted to show that fish have some pretty awesome cognitive abilities, as well as go over some of her own PhD work at UT looking at how fish solve problems. Science Under the Stars is a free public outreach lecture series.

Grassy Thursday
Thursday, September 13 | from 7 to 10 p.m. | St. Elmo Brewing Company, 440 E. St. Elmo Rd.
Head out for one of the best free shows in Austin. Some of the top pickers around play a THREE HOUR set at St Elmo every Thursday RAIN or SHINE! Couple that with good beer and hot food, and we have a recipe for a great night. Pet friendly outside.

Aldrich Street Fair: Have a Ball! – EVENT POSTPONED!
Thursday, September 13 – POSTPONED to September 20 | from 7 to 9 p.m. | Aldrich Street, 1911 Aldrich St.
The Aldrich Street Fair is returning this year with even more food and fun! The nighttime street fair will feature live music from PDA Band, glassblowing demonstrations, cocktails from Tito’s Handmade Vodka, a bubble artist and more. You will also find food samples, drinks or entertainment from many Aldrich Street businesses.

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Friday Movie Matinee
Friday, September 14 | from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. | Old Quarry Library, 7051 Village Center Dr.
Friday Movie Matinee free screening of Diary of a Wimpy Kid the Long Haul (PG). Free and open to the public.

Frida Friday ATX: Hispanic Heritage Month
Friday, September 14 | from 6 to 10 p.m.| Tamale House, 1707 E 6th St. 
Frida Friday ATX is back for September and you can celebrate Hispanic Heritage month! Frida Friday ATX is a local movement for economic and gender justice that creates monthly marketplaces and cultural spaces which promote alternative economies, and support self-identified Womyn of Color artists, makers and entrepreneurs.

Over the Rainbow Comedy
Friday, September 14 | from 8 to 10 p.m.| Barrel O’ Fun, 1911 Aldrich St.
Dont have FOMO go hang with a funny HOMO. Every Friday at 8 p.m. Comics as seen on Comedy Central, BET, TruTv, Late Night Free Show. Free parking. Free show.

Princess Bride Free Outdoor Screening
Friday, September 14 | from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. | The Community Cinema at Community First! Village, 9301 Hog 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 screeningGet there early to explore Community First! Village, pick your spot, and enjoy your favorite movie snacks. Hot dogs, milkshakes, popcorn, candy and drinks will be available for purchase (cash preferred). The event is free, however a $5 donation would be highly appreciated.

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About the Author

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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