What’s Up? Weekly: February 19-23, 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! Have an event to add to the calendar? Submit it here.

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Happening All Week

Barbara Jordan Featured at Texas Capitol Exhibit
Monday, Feb. 19 to 23 | from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. | Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress Ave.
In honor of Black History Month and relevant to the issues America faces today, the exhibit highlights Barbara Jordan’s significant impact on civil rights legislation, female empowerment and social justice. The Barbara Jordan Freedom Foundation will display an interactive exhibit of Jordan’s life on the ground floor of the Texas Capitol Rotunda from Monday, February 19 to Saturday, February 24. The exhibit is FREE and open to the public. February, Black History Month, also features Barbara Jordan Freedom Week, as designated by the 82nd Texas Legislature. Designed to highlight Barbara Jordan’s lifetime of significant contributions to society as a politician, policymaker, activist and educator, the audio and visual tribute is sponsored by the Barbara Jordan Freedom Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded to continue Barbara Jordan’s fight against injustice, with funding from the Tocker Family Foundation. The displays are created from the archive housed at Texas Southern University, Barbara Jordan’s alma mater, with contributions from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, where she was a professor for 17 years. New to the exhibit this year is the latest footage of Barbara Jordan recently released by Texas Southern University.

Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation Exhibit
Monday, Feb. 19 to 23 | from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. | Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Rd.
Through a vibrant collection of photographs, artifacts, art and interactive learning stations, visitors will experience the Indian American story and explore the many dynamic roles Indian Americans have played in shaping America. Complementing the exhibit, SAAM will host eight docent and educational programming days. Activities include group gallery tours, specialized programming that cover topics on Indian Immigration history, Indian Classical Dance, and Indian Jewelry, and special events such as an Indian regional fashion show, author readings, lectures, and a film screening. The exhibition is presented in partnership between City of Austin’s Asian American Resource Center (AARC) and South Asian Austin Moms (SAAM). FREE and open to the public.

Shadowing Austin
Monday, Feb. 19 to 23 | All Day | Public Art Installation, Various Locations
The City of Austin Cultural Arts Division, part of the Economic Development Department, presents Shadowing, a public art installation that utilizes city streetlights to capture and project shadows of passersby. Supported in part by an Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the installation will catalyze communal interaction and play, and create connections – person to person and person to city. Integrating art and technology, Shadowing underscores Austin’s reputation as a hub for innovation. Launching February 5, the installation will run for six weeks, through the close of the SXSW Festival on March 18. Shadowing street lights will be positioned throughout downtown Austin at: South Congress Avenue, West Monroe Street, Rosewood Avenue, Navasota Street and East 11th Street. A map with detailed locations may be viewed here.

Gallery Exhibition: “Off the Wall: Contemporary Prints” (Georgetown)
Monday, Feb. 19 to 23 | from 12 to 5 p.m. | Southwestern University Sarofim School of Fine Arts, E. Rutersville Rd., Georgetown
Join the Southwestern University Sarofim School of Fine Arts’ Studio Art Department for the Off the Wall: Contemporary Prints Artists Gallery Reception in conjunction with PrintAustin. Off the Wall: Contemporary Prints explores the intersections of sculptural and pictorial spaces in prints through three-dimensional works on paper by Stacy Elko (Texas, USA), Andrew Folan (Dublin, Ireland), Nicole Pietrantoni (Washington, USA), Samantha Parker Salazar (Illinois, USA), and Sang-Mi Yoo (Texas, USA). The Sarofim Fine Arts Gallery is open 12 – 5 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday, closed Mondays and holidays. The gallery will be open through March 8th. FREE and open to the public.


ATX Youth Summit 2018
Monday, Feb. 19 | from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. | George Washington Carver Museum,  1165 Angelina St.
The Women in Jazz Association, Inc. and the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department/Carver Museum will co-host this event. The purpose of the ATX Youth Summit 2018 project is to provide artistic learning experiences through visual art, music, and dance for youth ages 8 to 17. FREE registration is available via Eventbrite.

Monday Night Jazz
Monday, Feb. 19 | from 7 to 9 p.m. | in.gredients, 2610 Manor Rd.
Join in.gredients for the return of Project_Trio Jazz to the porch! Marco Antonio Santos (guitar), Don Gozzard (Drums) and Will Baroni (Upright Bass) are part of Project_Trio. All members are current students at the UT Jazz Program. The trio presents original music and rearrangements of Jazz standards in a contemporary vision. Improvisation, grooves, interaction, jazz, rock, Samba, guitar effects and a lot of energy: all are part of Project_Trio.

Capitol Rotunda Community Song Circle
Monday, Feb. 19 | from 7 to 9 p.m. | Texas State Capitol, 1100 S. Congress Ave.
The Texas Capitol Rotunda is a glorious place to sing together. The acoustics are unmatched and the power of singing songs of healing and resistance in a space rich with political history is significant. Local filmmakers Wendy Corn and Kanya Lyons will be in attendance capturing some footage for a short documentary about Finding Our Voice. Joining your voices in song is one of the oldest “technologies of belonging.” Simple yet beautiful songs – accessible to all levels of experience and ability – will be taught by ear in the oral tradition of community singing.

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Read with a Ranger
Tuesday, Feb. 20 | from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. | Zilker Ranger Station, 2105 Andrew Zilker Rd.
You and your children are invited to story time with the Park Rangers. A Ranger will read a nature-based story and follow it up with a hands-on lesson about Leave No Trace and Responsible Recreation! The event will be held indoors if raining, or in the outdoor classroom if it is clear. This program is held every Tuesday morning at 9:30 a.m. at the Zilker Caretaker Cottage.

Story Time with Silly Sparkles (Pflugerville)
Tuesday, Feb. 20 | at 10 a.m. | Pflugerville Public Library, 3101 Oak Springs Dr., Pflugerville
Silly Sparkles will deliver a magic story time full of giggles and wonder. Story time will repeat at 11 a.m.

Music Together
Tuesday, Feb. 20 | from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. | We Rock the Spectrum Kids Gym, 7010 W. Hwy 71
Sing loud, dance with joy, make new friends, and create special memories with your little ones in our community of musical families. Come and preview a class with no obligation. Once you send your information, they’ll confirm your reservation.

Art Smart – Native American Celebration
Tuesday, Feb. 20 | at 3:30 | Milwood Branch – APL, 12500 Amherst Dr.
Celebrate Native American heritage! Enjoy interactive storytelling, a shadow puppet show, dance, music and related arts and crafts. All ages welcome.

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Music Together
Wednesday, Feb. 21 | from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. | We Rock the Spectrum Kids Gym, 7010 W. Hwy 71
Sing loud, dance with joy, make new friends, and create special memories with your little ones in our community of musical families. Come and preview a class with no obligation. Once you send your information, they’ll confirm your reservation.

Storytime/ Early Literacy Playgroup
Wednesday, Feb. 21 | at 11 a.m. | Willie Mae Kirk Branch Austin Public Library, 3101 Oak Springs Dr.
Playing is learning! Play is a great way to help develop and reinforce early literacy skills. This come-and-go program is designed to give caregivers and their children time to explore together. Toys, board books, and a weekly craft will be provided.

Art Smart – Native American Celebration
Wednesday, Feb. 21 | at 3:30 | St. John Branch Austin Public Library, 7500 Blessing Ave.
Celebrate Native American heritage! Enjoy interactive storytelling, a shadow puppet show, dance, music and related arts and crafts. All ages welcome.

Thinkery Community Night (admission by donation)
Wednesday, Feb. 21 | from 4 to 8 p.m. | The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave.
Admission is by donation, with a suggested $1 dollar donation. MAKE and DO together at Community Night! Every Wednesday, Thinkery stays open late for families to discover new ideas and learn together. Enjoy the exhibits and educational programs facilitated by staff. Plus, Bilingual Storytime happens Wednesdays at 6 p.m. (time subject to change during Community Night Spotlight evenings). Bilingual Storytime fosters early literacy through the presentation of themed stories, songs and activities.

Family Craft Night
Wednesday, Feb. 21 | at 6:30 | Howson Branch Austin Pubic Library, 2500 Exposition Blvd.
Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls, step right up for Family Craft Night, attendees get to explore the different avenues of art by trying their hand at new mediums and exciting projects. Tonight’s craft will be a printmaking project inspired by Adinkra cloth. FREE and open to the public

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Shaping Space
Thursday, Feb. 22 | from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. | Turner-Roberts Recreation Center, 7201 Colony Loop Dr.
Turner-Roberts Recreation is hosting a FREE art program provided by Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum. Program is open to all levels and the materials will be provided. This program is on Thursdays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and is geared toward youth ages 11 – 15 years old.

Family Movie Night Hidden Figures
Thursday, Feb. 22 | from 6 to 8 p.m. | Manchaca Road Branch – Austin Public Library, 5500 Manchaca Rd.
Watch and discover new films at the Austin Public Library. This week’s film is Hidden Figures. As the United States raced against Russia to put a man in space, NASA found untapped talent in a group of African-American female mathematicians that served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history. Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, and Katherine Johnson crossed all gender, race, and professional lines while their brilliance and desire to dream big, beyond anything ever accomplished before by the human race, firmly cemented them in U.S. history as true American heroes.

Balcones Prize Reading
Thursday, Feb. 22 | from 7 to 9 p.m. | Malvern Books, 613 W. 29th St.
Austin Community College’s Creative Writing Department will introduce two winners of their annual Balcones Prizes: fiction winner Tara Laskowski and poetry winner Jacqueline Allen Trimble who will read from their winning books at 7 p.m. at Malvern Books. Read more about the authors here.

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Musicale (Georgetown)
Friday, Feb. 23 | from 3 to 6 p.m. | Caldwell-Carvey Foyer, Sarofim School of Fine Arts at Southwestern University, E. Rutersville Rd., Georgetown
Sarofim School of Fine Arts’ Music Department is pleased to present a Musicale consisting of student solo and ensemble works. FREE and open to the public.

Living Leander Community Expo (Leander)
Friday, Feb. 23 | from 3 to 8 p.m. | Premier Athletic Complex, 8220 183A Toll Rd., Leander
This FREE community event provides tons of fun for all ages of the community. Join for shows, explore booths, apply for a job with one of our job fair vendors, or participate in the $1,000 prize give away. Activities include: Laser Tag, games throughout the show, and so much more!

Ron Campbell Beatles Cartoon Art Show
Friday, Feb. 23 | at 4 p.m. |Toy Joy, 318 W. 2nd St.
Austin Rocks Texas and Toy Joy are proud to present a special pop-up art exhibition featuring famed The Beatles Yellow Submarine animator and Beatles Saturday Morning TV Cartoon series director Ron Campbell Cartoon Pop Art! Campbell will appear live, painting, exhibiting, and talking cartoons. More info on the schedule of events here.

Clueless Free Outdoor Screening
Friday, Feb. 23 | from 6:30 to 9 p.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 screening of Clueless. Get there as early as 6:30 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. Donations can be made electronically when RSVPing to this event.

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

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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