What’s Up? Weekly: February 26 – March 2, 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.

Happening All Week

Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation Exhibit
Monday, Feb. 26 to Friday, March 2 | 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. 26 to Friday, March 2 | 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. 26 to Friday, March 2 | 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.

Fun Arts Exhibit (Cedar Park)
Monday, Feb. 26 to Friday, March 2 | All Day | Cedar Park Public Library, 550 Discovery Blvd., Cedar Park
Somewhere between the noble realm of Fine Art and the mighty realm of Illustration, lies a curious little field that is coming to be known as Fun Art. Cedar Park Public Library hosts this Fun Arts Exhibit, proudly sponsored by FunArtsWorld.com and Texas Cartoonists – National Cartoonists Society Texas Chapter.


Kids’ Yoga
Monday, Feb. 26 | from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. | Yarbrough Branch – Austin Public Library, 2200 Hancock Dr.
Registered yoga instructor Ali Kamas will lead the class in this fun and playful yoga practice. It is the perfect way for boys and girls to transition from the school hours. Recommended for ages 7 – 12 years. Adult companions are welcome to participate, as well. Please bring your own yoga mat or towel.

Monday Night Jazz
Monday, Feb. 26 | 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.

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Read with a Ranger
Tuesday, Feb. 27 | 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.

Music Together
Tuesday, Feb. 27 | 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.

Symbiosis III
Tuesday, Feb. 27 | at 6:30 p.m. | South Congress Hotel, 1603 S. Congress Ave.
Join South Congress Hotel on Tuesday, February 27, for round three of Symbiosis, a celebration of creation, collaboration community featuring works from multidisciplinary Austin artists Bob Schneider and Gareth Maguire. Free entry with RSVP

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Music Together
Wednesday, Feb. 28 | 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.

Wednesday, Feb. 28 | at 11 a.m. | Willie Mae Kirk Branch Austin Public Library, 3101 Oak Springs Dr.
Storytime for children aged 5 and under and their parents, featuring stories, songs, fingerplays, rhymes, and crafts.

Art Smart – Native American Celebration
Wednesday, Feb. 28 | at 3:30 | Dove Springs Recreation Center, 5801 Ainez Dr.
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. 28 | 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.

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The Grand Opening of ‘Schlotzsky’s Austin Eatery’! (Bee Cave)
Thursday, March 1 | from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. | Schlotzsky’s Austin Eatery, 3944 S FM 620 Bldg 2 Suite 100, Bee Cave
The Bee Cave Schlotzsky’s Austin Eatery grand opening will kick off officially on March 1st at 10 a.m. The first 100 fans in line who purchase a CinnaPack® of six Cinnabon® Classic rolls will be rewarded with FREE Schlotzsky’s for a year! The free sandwiches for a year prize entitles each winner to one small The Original sandwich per week for a year at the Bee Cave Schlotzsky’s Austin Eatery. There will also be a happy hour kicking off at 4 p.m. with specials including, $4 beer, $4 sliders, $5 glass of wine and $5 flats (also known as flatbreads). The first 100 guests who arrive between 4-7 p.m. will receive a swag bag!

Art Smart – Native American Celebration
Thursday, March 1 | at 3:30 | Pleasant Hill Branch Austin Public Library, 211 E. William Cannon Dr.
Celebrate Native American heritage! Enjoy interactive storytelling, a shadow puppet show, dance, music and related arts and crafts. All ages welcome.

Shaping Space
Thursday, March 1 | 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. The 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.

Dance Waterloo Backyard Bash
Thursday, March 1 | from 7 to 9 p.m. | Dance Waterloo, 11717 Larch Valley Dr.
Amplify Austin Day is a 24-hour online giving day. Kick off Amplify Austin with the entire family and Dance Waterloo at the 2nd Annual Backyard Bash. They’ll have booze, snacks, coloring, and yard games. Snacks provided graciously by Sprouts Farmers Market.

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Rodeo Austin Cowboy Breakfast
Friday, March 2 | from 6 to 9 a.m. | Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Dr.
The Cowboy Breakfast is a super-sized FREE Texas breakfast that kicks off the Fair and Rodeo. Come enjoy pancakes, authentic chuck wagon biscuits, doughnuts, brisket tacos and more at this free event. Featuring western-themed entertainment, live music, world renown trick roper, a longhorn and two-stepping lessons. The Cowboy Breakfast is fun for all ages.

Texas Independence Day
Friday, March 2 |at 6:30 a.m. | The Driskill, 604 Brazos St.
Celebrate Texas Independence Day in a style and manner that only the oldest hotel in Texas’ capital can do – with a full day of activities that includes art, live local music, photo ops, southern hospitality, and above all, Texas spirit. Get details on the activities and times here.

Little Seedlings Storytime: Dr. Seuss’s Birthday!
Friday, March 2 | from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. | Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Rd.
On Friday, March 2, come out to play, at the AARC we’re celebrating Dr. Seuss’s Birthday! In this month’s Little Seedlings Storytime, they will be celebrating Dr. Seuss’s Birthday and the National Education Association’s Read Across America Day with an AARC twist: reading Dr. Seuss’s stories in Chinese, Korean and English! Hear some familiar stories, while learning new languages without any worries. Recommended for ages 1-6.

First Friday Crafternoon (Georgetown)
Friday, March 2 | from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. | Bridges to Growth, 805 W. University Ave. # A, Georgetown
Calling all kids aged 5-12. Craft for a cause! Decorate cupcakes and make thank you cards and goodie bags to deliver to community’s first responders. Show our community’s heroes how much you care! RSVP so they have enough supplies for everyone! Call to RSVP (512) 864-3008 or online here.

Concert and Picnic in West Austin
Friday, March 2 | from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. | West Austin Park, 1317 W. 10th St.
Bring a blanket and picnic to the downtown West Austin Park located in the historic Clarksville neighborhood for a free concert and picnic, hosted by Old West Austin Neighborhood Association (OWANA). Playscape, Dog Park, Kickball Field! Music by Austin’s Jenifer Jackson, with support from Austin’s House of Songs Rene Gummer (Denmark). The Melting Potluck is a co-host of the event promoting diversity through music.

Coco Free Outdoor Screening
Friday, March 2 | 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 Coco. 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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