What’s Up? Weekly: April 24-28, 2017

Looking for things to do in Austin this week? What’s Up Weekly highlights some of the exciting events featured on our Free Fun Calendar! Have an event to add to the calendar? Submit it here.

What's Up? Weekly - Austin

Monday

Baby Bloomers: Up, In the Sky – Monday, April 24 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. Children age 0-3 and their families are invited to explore and grow. Try something new each week or build on the previous week’s activities. Cost: Members $3 each / Non-Members $5 each. All people attending, regardless of age, must purchase a ticket. Purchase a ticket online as limited walk-up tickets will be available. The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave, Austin.

Dog Storytime – Monday, April 24 at 1:00 p.m. Handler Holly with dog Chula will read with kiddos or visit with them. Pre-readers and readers are welcome. No registration is required. Be sure to call the library (512.327.3045) to confirm if Chula is in and to ask for any last minute cancellations. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Bow Wow Readers (Cedar Park) – Monday, April 24 at 4:30 p.m. Kids in grades K-3 are invited to read to a certified Bow Wow Reading Dog. Practice your reading skills with Tex and read to him for 10-15 minutes. FREE! Cedar Park Public Library, 550 Discovery Blvd, Cedar Park.

The Physics Circus Visits Rockin’ Kids Club (Round Rock) – Monday, April 24 at 4:30 p.m. Featuring some of the most important results from classical physics, this show from the University of Texas aims to show kids some of the cool things you can do when you know and understand science. Some of these demonstrations feature materials that can’t easily be used in a classroom–you won’t want to miss this! This program is FREE and open to elementary students (5+) and their families. Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.

Je Christine: A Medieval Woman In Her Own Words (Georgetown) – Monday, April 24 at 5:00 p.m. Christine de Pizan, a medieval woman who lived in France in the late 1300s and early 1400s, was a feminist hundreds of years before the term was used. She’s certainly not a household name, but probably should be, a point made by actress Suzanne Savoy (House of Cards), who portrays Christine in this new, one-woman performance. Free parking is available in the Admissions lot on Maple, just north of University Ave, on the right. Please note: this show is not appropriate for small children. Open to the public and FREE! Mood-Bridwell Atrium, Southwestern University, 1001 E University Ave, Georgetown.

Pajama Storytime – Monday, April 24 at 6:00 p.m. Feel free to wear pajamas to this family evening storytime featuring stories, songs, rhymes, games, crafts, and other activities. Recommended for children 5 and under. FREE! APL – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St, Austin.

Evening Storytime (Round Rock) – Monday, April 24 at 6:30 p.m. This pajama-friendly reading activity is a fun combination of books, fingerplays, songs, and a short film for preschool children ages 3 to 6. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.

Night Crafters: Quilling (17+) – Monday, April 24 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Are you a crafter? Do you wish you were a crafter? Then Night Crafters is for you. Adults only, please. FREE! APL – Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd, Austin.

Tuesday

Kids Club: Little Helping Hands – Tuesday, April 25 at 9:30 a.m. Kids ages 2-5 will enjoy snacks and a special storytime. This week will be hosted by Little Helping Hands. Their vision is to create generations of children who develop into community-minded leaders and citizens. Appropriate for ages 2-5 years old. Parental supervision is requested. FREE! Whole Foods Domain, 11920 Domain Dr, Austin.

Free Admission to Laguna Gloria – Tuesday, April 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. FREE! The Contemporary Austin, Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th St, Austin.

Hindi Bilingual Storytime (Round Rock) – Tuesday, April 25 at 10:30 a.m. This FREE program, developed for ages 3 and up, celebrates Indian culture with stories, fingerplays, songs, and other activities in both English and Hindi. Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.

Preposterous Puppet Show Players Storytime – Tuesday, April 25 at 10:30 a.m. Celebrate Shakespeare’s (belated) birthday with BookPeople’s favorite group of preposterous puppeteers. There will be silly voices, terrible jokes, and lots of laughs– you don’t want to miss this! FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Chuy’s Barton Springs 35th Birthday Bash – Tuesday, April 25 from 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Celebrate the 35th Birthday of Chuy’s Barton Springs (THE ORIGINAL!) with specials all day and a live performance from Austin’s own La Tampiquena from 5-8:00 p.m. in their parking lot. There will be giveaways, $10 limited-edition T-shirts, and lots of fun for everyone. Admission is FREE! Chuy’s Barton Springs, 1728 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.

Sensory Storytime – Tuesday, April 25 at 11:15 a.m. This storytime features interactive books, singing, and music and will incorporate some sensory activities like movement and bubbles. It is geared toward children with special needs, their families, and friends. Recommended for ages 5 and under. FREE! APL – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St, Austin.

Baby Gym at Champions South – Tuesday, April 25 at 11:15 a.m. Bring your little ones (ages 6-15 months) to play at Champions’ new South location for FREE! Give your kiddos the chance to play at the best play date in town with time to explore, make new friends, and spend special time with you. Champions Ranch Road 1826 Gymnastics & Cheer, 360 Lotus Circle, Austin.

Storytime Yoga (RSVP) – Tuesday, April 25 at 2:30 p.m. Bring your kids of all ages (babies are very welcome) to watch their favorite stories come to life through yoga poses. Reserve your child’s FREE spot here. The Little Yoga House Village, 2700 W Anderson Ln, Ste 229, Austin.

Crafternoon – Tuesday, April 25 at 3:00 p.m. Drop by the library and make a craft while you search for books, movies and music. There will be paper crafts, easy sewing, and more fun projects for the whole family. The library provides the supplies. You provide the creativity. FREE! APL – Terrazas Branch, 1105 E César Chávez St, Austin.

Family Flicks: Moana – Tuesday, April 25 at 4:00 p.m. Popcorn will be served. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing Rd, Austin.

Crafternoon – Tuesday, April 25 4:00 p.m. Drop by the library and make a craft while you search for books, movies and music. There will be paper crafts, easy sewing, and more fun projects for the whole family. The library provides the supplies. You provide the creativity. FREE! APL – Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr, Austin.

Groundwork Music Project: We Create – Tuesday, April 25 at 5:00 p.m. Young musicians from Little Folks, Martin House, Promiseland, and Trinity preschools and Blackshear, Brentwood, Palm, Parmer, Promiseland, Maplewood, Spilled Milk, and Sunset Valley Elementary Schools will perform with Groundwork Music Orchestra and a special guest. FREE! George Washington Carver Museum & Cultural Center, 1165 Angelina St, Austin.

Family Night: Pajama Storytime – Tuesday, April 25 at 6:00 p.m. A storytime for night owls of all ages, get comfy in your favorite pajamas, grab your sleepy toy, and enjoy the best bedtime stories ever. Milk and snacks provided. FREE! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin.

Art Smart: Celtic Sun Designs – Tuesday, April 25 at 6:30 p.m. Love art? Be Art Smart and explore different ethnic arts, art media, and techniques at this weekly family art experience for all ages and generations. This week, get creative with Celtic sun designs! Recommended for ages 3 and up. FREE! APL – Willie Mae Kirk Branch, 3101 Oak Springs Dr, Austin.

Wednesday

Grand Opening Event at 365 (Cedar Park) – Wednesday, April 26 from 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Join 365 by Whole Foods Market for their Cedar Park Store Opening. The store opens at 9:00 a.m., but live music starts at 8:00 a.m. and there will be fun goodies for the first people in line. 5% of all sales on opening day will go to local favorite the Thinkery, so arrive ready to shop. In addition to great food, there will be plenty of giveaways — but get there early, as supplies are limited. There will be live music by ShinyRibs, plus food, prizes, and fun for the whole family. FREE! 365 by Whole Foods Market, 5001 183A Toll Rd, #16 Cedar Park.

Kids Club – Wednesday, April 26 at 9:30 a.m. Kids of all ages will enjoy snacks, storytime, crafts, and more. Parental supervision is requested. FREE! Whole Foods, 525 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Chakra Kids Yoga Storytime – Wednesday, April 26 at 10:30 a.m. Chakra Kids Yoga founder Liz Shakti Hudson will lead a yoga class to engage your kids in a fun and challenging activity that encourages strength and creativity. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Community Night at The Thinkery – Wednesday, April 26 from 4-8:00 p.m. At the Thinkery, science and families play side by side. Every Wednesday the museum stays open late for families to discover new ideas and learn together. Cost: Admission is by donation only, with a suggested $1 donation. The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave, Austin.

Krispy Kreme Family Night – Wednesday, April 26 from 6-8:00 p.m. Kids can decorate one FREE doughnut each, plus enjoy crafts, balloons, paper hats, coloring sheets and more. Krispy Kreme, 701 E Stassney Ln and 12586 Research Blvd, Austin.

Texas Radio Live – Wednesday, April 26 from 6-8:00 p.m. Texas Radio Live brings you the very best Texas music with performances from Texas musicians.  This week, hear performances from Beaver Nelson and Beth James. FREE but donations to support the Sun Radio Foundation are appreciated. Read about Catherine’s experience here. Guero’s Oak Garden, 1412 S Congress Ave, Austin.

Music on Main Street (Round Rock) – Wednesday, April 26 from 6-8:00 p.m. The City of Round Rock brings you Music on Main Street, a music series Wednesdays from March through May. This week, Chris Rybeck will perform cowboy accordion tunes. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and the entire family. Visit the variety of dining options on Main Street or pack a picnic basket to enjoy the evening of fun and music. Food vendors will be on site. FREE! Prete Main Street Plaza, 221 E Main St, Round Rock.

Wednesday Night Star Party at UT – Wednesday, April 26 from 8:30-10:30 p.m. Every Wednesday night while UT is in session, the astronomy department sponsors FREE public star parties on the top roof of Robert Lee Moore Hall. All ages are welcome, but younger children must be under adult supervision at all times. Please call 512-232-4265 for weather cancellation info. UT Campus – Robert Lee Moore Hall, Southeast corner of Dean Keeton and Speedway.

Thursday

Free Admission at The Blanton – Thursday, April 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Free admission to the Museum every Thursday. FREE! Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin.

Derrick Davis: The Phantom of the Opera Brown Bag Event – Thursday, April 27 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Derrick Davis—the first African-American star to tour in the blockbuster Broadway hit, Phantom of the Opera—will make an appearance, including meet and greet, Q&A, photo opportunities, and a bring-your-own brown bag lunch. FREE! George Washington Carver Museum, Cultural and Genealogy Center, 1165 Angelina St, Austin.

Music & Movement – Thursday, April 27 at 11:00 a.m Bring your favorite little one to stretch, sing, dance, and explore music with rhythm instruments. Recommended for ages 3-5. FREE! APL – Howson Branch, 2500 Exposition Blvd, Austin.

Sensory Storytime – Thursday, April 27 at 11:15 a.m. This storytime features interactive books, singing, and music and will incorporate some sensory activities like movement and bubbles. It is geared toward children with special needs, their families, and friends. Recommended for ages 5 and under. FREE! APL – Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd, Austin.

Free Noon Concert – Thursday, April 27 at Noon. Take a 30-minute lunchtime break to hear a Chamber Music concert by Austin Camerata. FREE! Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th St, Austin.

Explorer’s Club: Lego Lab (Cedar Park) – Thursday, April 27 at 3:30 p.m. Each Thursday, kids in grades K-5 meet to explore a set of rotating programs. This week: Lego Lab. It’s a free build Lego day. FREE! Cedar Park Public Library, 550 Discovery Blvd, Cedar Park.

Hogwarts Training Camps 2017: Magical Creatures – Thursday, April 27 at 5:00 p.m. Get ready for the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter’s first visit to Hogwarts with a magical mini-camp. This week you can discover magical creatures. Design and hatch your own dragon, pygmy puff, or other fantastic beast. Recommended for ages 7 and up. FREE! APL – Yarborough Branch, 2200 Hancock Dr, Austin.

Sun Radio presents Bruce Robison – Thursday, April 27 at 5:00 p.m. Celebrated Texas songwriter Bruce Robison performs his brand new album Bruce Robison & the Back Porch Band. Refreshments provided by Shiner Beer. This is an all-ages show. FREE! Waterloo Records, 600 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Pajama Storytime – Thursday, April 27 at 6:00 p.m. Feel free to wear pajamas to this family evening storytime featuring stories, songs, rhymes, games, crafts, and other activities. Recommended for children 5 and under. FREE! APL – Cepeda Branch, 651 N Pleasant Valley Rd, Austin.

Opening Reception: Little Artist BIG ARTIST Exhibition – Thursday, April 27 from 6-8:00 p.m. View artwork created by 40 students in the 5th and 6th grade from East Austin elementary schools. Chula League, who produces the Little Artist BIG ARTIST (LaBA) program, invites the public to attend the exhibition reception to enjoy food, drinks, and musical performances by students from the elementary schools participating in the program. English-Spanish translators will be available. Family friendly and FREE! Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.

Pajama Storytime – Thursday, April 27 at 6:30 p.m. Feel free to wear pajamas to this family evening storytime featuring stories, songs, rhymes, games, crafts, and other activities. Recommended for children 5 and under. FREE! APL – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd., Austin.

Beyond Barriers: The Community’s Role in Sustaining Diversity – Thursday, April 27 at 6:30 p.m. A conversation on community solutions for inclusivity, open access, democratization of information, preservation, human rights, and breaking institutional barriers. Panelists include Austin Mayor Steve Adler, UT Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement Gregory Vincent, and American Library Association President and Austin Community College Library Services Dean Julie Todaro. Moderated by Vice Provost and Director of the University of Texas Libraries Lorraine J. Haricombe. FREE! Perry-Castañeda Library (PCL), 2.500, UFCU Room, 101 E 21st St, Austin, TX 78712.

A New History of the First PhotographThursday, April 27 at 7:00 p.m. Jessica S. McDonald, the Nancy Inman and Marlene Nathan Meyerson Curator of Photography, rethinks the historical moment, as well as the personal circumstance, shaping Helmut and Alison Gernsheim’s announcement of their “re-discovery of the world’s first photograph” in 1952. She presents a critical examination of the Gernsheims’ subsequent rewriting of the history of photography and their championing of Joseph Nicéphore Niépce as the sole inventor of photography, and considers the legacy of those efforts on the Ransom Center’s interpretation of the Gernsheim collection today. The theater seats 125, line forms upon arrival of the first patron, and doors open 30 minutes in advance. FREE! Harry Ransom Center, 300 W 21st St, Austin.

Unplugged at the Grove: The Peterson Brothers– Thursday, April 27 at 8:00 p.m. KGSR’s ‘Unplugged at The Grove’ is returning for its 24th season. Starting early April thru mid-September, people of all ages have the opportunity to experience Austin’s longest-running FREE live music series on Shady Grove’s beautiful pecan tree shaded patio. Unplugged will be featuring exceptional local, regional, and national acts. Shady Grove, 1624 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.

Friday

Story and Craft Time – Friday, April 28 from 10-10:30 a.m. Brentwood Social House and Virginia Schnobrich, an independent consultant with Usborne Books & More, have partnered to have a themed craft and storytime. Enjoy your morning cup of joe while your little ones enjoy fun, interactive stories featuring lots of rhythm and rhyme that will get them moving and shaking. This event is FREE for all participants. Brentwood Social House, 1601 W Koenig Ln, Austin.

Sun Radio Presents The Mavericks – Friday, April 28 at 5:00 p.m. Celebrate the release of The Mavericks brand new album Brand New Day and get a record signed by the band. Event is FREE, but subject to capacity. To guarantee admission, you can receive one free Priority Admission wristband with purchase of the Mavericks’ Brand New Day CD or LP, (or proof of previous purchase – CD, LP or receipt). This is the Mavericks’ only scheduled Austin show. Waterloo Records, 600 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Family Literacy Celebration /Día de los niños – Friday, April 28 at 5:30 p.m. The library will be open after hours for this great special event featuring performers, literacy games, and crafts. FREE! APL – Southeast Branch, 5803 Nuckols Crossing Rd, Austin.

18th Annual Red Poppy Festival: Opening Night (Georgetown) – Friday, April 28 from 6-9:00 p.m. Located in the “Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas,” the festival encompasses three days of concerts, parades, contests, art, food, and family fun in the downtown area. Friday night’s kick-off concert will feature Groove Knight. Admission is FREE! Historic Georgetown Square.

HOPE Night Market Final Fridays – Friday, April 28 from 7-10:00 p.m. Enjoy live music by The Jeff Hortillosa Band, DJ Cassie Shankman, artisans, live screen printing demonstrations, and more. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Kid friendly and FREE! Plaza Saltillo, 412 Comal St, Austin.

Community Cinema: Gladiator (17+)– Friday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m. Grab chairs and a blanket, bring family and friends, and enjoy a special screening of Avatar. Arrive early to explore Community First! Village, pick your spot, and enjoy a family favorite on the big screen. Plus, stop by the Community Market to check out all the beautiful art and handcrafted products that Community First! residents make in the various micro-enterprise programs at the Village. Candy, popcorn, water, and sodas will be available for purchase (cash preferred). Concession sales and tips help Community First! friends who will be serving you to earn a modest living income. Movie begins around 8:30 p.m. Please note: this movie is rated R. Reserve your FREE tickets here. A donation of $5 is greatly appreciated. Community First! Village, 9301 Hog Eye Rd, Austin.

Painter Hall Telescope Public Viewing – Friday, April 28 from 8:30-10:30 p.m. Every Friday and Saturday while UT is in session the Department of Astronomy hosts viewing on the Painter Hall Telescope. Both Friday and Saturday nights are open to the general public. All ages are welcome, but children must be under adult supervision at all times. Please call 512-232-4265 for weather cancellation information. FREE! University of Texas – Painter Hall, 103 W 24th St, Austin.

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

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Jaelyn was born and raised in Kansas, but she got to Texas as soon as she could! After a few years of youthful fun in Dallas, Jaelyn decided to make her passion her career and headed to west Texas to make it happen. There, she honed her musical chops while studying Commercial Music, and then headed straight for Austin to help keep it weird. Once here, she unexpectedly found her soul mate, and loves that her husband and two boys are now her biggest fans! Besides being a musician, Jaelyn also works as a corporate event planner, is a self-proclaimed “celebratory expert” and a long-time foodie. She doesn’t feel complete unless she is keeping up with all the cool stuff Austin has to offer.