What’s Up? Weekly: February 5-9, 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.

A big thanks to this week’s sponsor, Cirque Italia Water Circus. Attending this European-style circus is a special experience for a variety of reasons — the largest being the 35,000 gallon tank sitting below the performers, whose stunning acrobatic maneuvers will dazzle and ignite imaginations. Pirates, mermaids, contortionists, dancing jet skis, and even some soaking wet clowns, will combine their talents to leave your kids screaming with delight. It’s safe to say that this spectacular water show is unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. It’s happening from February 2 to 11, and tickets are on sale now. Learn more about the show here.

Happening All Week

Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation Exhibit
Monday, Feb. 5 to 9 | 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. 5 to 9 | 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.

Monday

Kids Yoga
Monday, Feb. 5 | from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. | Yarborough 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.

FREE Spring Youth Dance Camp
Monday, Feb. 5 | from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. | Esquina Tango, 209 Pedernales St.
The Youth Program at Esquina Tango uses Latin Dance – and its influences, such as Cumbia, Tango, Samba among other dances, as the foundation of its program. Participants will learn specific dances, rhythms, footwork, carriage, and frames of selected dances. A multi-cultural approach to the curriculum emphasizes community and individual expression while studying various dances. The curriculum is developed by a team of dance educators with extensive experience working with youth in diverse populations. Participants enjoy opportunities to express themselves and develop peer interactions in a positive environment and the classes culminates with a ‘showing’ for parents and invited guests. Four week session starts week of February 5. Register here.

Pints & Poses at Hyatt Regency Austin
Monday, Feb. 5 | from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. | Hyatt Regency Austin, 208 Barton Springs Rd.
Hyatt Regency Austin has announced the February “Pints & Poses” class for hotel guests and local residents. The event will include complimentary yoga hosted by Ferny Barcelo, lead class instructor, with assistant instructor Zuzu Perkal. The yoga class will be accompanied by live, meditative music from Trey Tarwater, a local yoga DJ. Guests are encouraged to bring their own mats. Following the class, participants will receive a coupon for a complimentary beer. The coupon can be redeemed at a pop-up bar which will be stationed on the hotel’s Zilker Terrace, an outdoor patio featuring beautiful views of downtown Austin and the surrounding area.

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Tuesday

Read with a Ranger
Tuesday, Feb. 6 | 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.

Playing With Purpose!
Tuesday, Feb. 6 | from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. | We Rock the Spectrum Kids Gym, 7010 W. Hwy 71
Tandem Speech Therapy will be hosting a FREE workshop on language development and the impact PLAY can have on your child’s development! (Hosted at We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym – Austin) Discounted Open Play will be awarded to participants needing to bring children to the seminar; WRTS – ATX staff will assist in watching children while caregivers are in workshop. RSVP to [email protected]

Safer Internet Day Family Night
Tuesday, Feb. 6 | from 6 to 7:45 p.m. | Zilker Ranger Station, 2105 Andrew Zilker Rd.
If you’re a parent of elementary students, join ConnectSafely and National Parent Teacher Association at Facebook’s Austin HQ for a special evening Safer Internet Day Family Night. Parents and kids welcome. Food provided. No charge. Register here.

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Wednesday

Dream Big Book Reading
Wednesday, Feb. 7 | from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. | Book People, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.
Join author Kat Kronenberg at Book People for an interactive reading of Dream Big and crafts.

Storytime
Wednesday, Feb. 7 | at 11 a.m. | Willie Mae Kirk Branch Austin Public Library, 3101 Oak Springs Dr.
Storytime for children ages 5 and under and their parents, featuring stories, songs, fingerplays, rhymes, and crafts.

Homeschool Class Astronomy (Lockhart)
Wednesday, Feb. 7 | from 2 to 3:30 p.m. | Lockhart State Park, 2012 State Park Rd., Lockhart
Explore the mysteries of space with special guests from the Austin Nature and Science Center! Lockhart State Park’s homeschool program is a set of outdoor classes designed for homeschool kiddos grades 1-5. February’s topic is astronomy with the Austin Nature and Science Center!  Step inside their amazing planetarium to discover stars and constellations, and then take a planet “spacewalk” to explore the life cycle of a star! Program will be held inside the park Recreation Hall. Regular park entrance fees apply ($3/adult, free for children 12 & under).

Musical Beginnings Music Together
Wednesday, Feb. 7 | from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. | Tango Tribe Dance School, 5446 W HWY 290 Service Rd. Suite 105
Check out the beautiful new location of Tango Tribe Dance School for some singing and dancing with the whole family! Save 20% on Winter Session registration for new families.

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Thursday

Homeschool Class Astronomy (Lockhart)
Thursday, Feb. 8 | from 10 to 11:30 a.m. | Lockhart State Park, 2012 State Park Rd., Lockhart
Explore the mysteries of space with special guests from the Austin Nature and Science Center! Lockhart State Park’s homeschool program is a set of outdoor classes designed for homeschool kiddos grades 1-5. February’s topic is astronomy with the Austin Nature and Science Center!  Step inside their amazing planetarium to discover stars and constellations, and then take a planet “spacewalk” to explore the life cycle of a star! Program will be held inside the park Recreation Hall. Regular park entrance fees apply ($3/adult, free for children 12 & under).

Toddler Talent Show (Pflugerville)
Thursday, Feb. 8 | from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. | Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 Pfluger St. W., Pflugerville
Let your little one show off their talent in front of a friendly audience. All talents are welcome, from singing to giving a high-five. Whatever their talent is, each participant will get a round of applause and a ribbon. Recommended for ages 18 months – 5 years.

Robin Preiss Glasser – Fancy Nancy: Oodles of Kittens
Thursday, Feb. 8 | from 4 to 6 p.m. | Book People, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.
Join BookPeople after school for a fancy tea party with Robin Preiss Glasser, illustrator of the beloved Fancy Nancy series! Put on your fanciest outfit and come grab some delicious treats! To get a book signed at this event, a copy of the event book must be purchased from BookPeople.

Science Under The Stars
Thursday, Feb. 8 | from 6:30 to 8 p.m. | Brackenridge Field Laboratory, 2907 Lake Austin Blvd.
Between the Ebola epidemic, Zika epidemic, and this year’s bad flu season, it seems every month there is a new disease in the news. Have you ever wondered what public health officials are doing behind the scenes to combat the spread of these diseases? Head to Science Under the Stars this February to discover how disease detectives predict and respond to these types of outbreaks, and learn how you can help them out! Science Under the Stars is a FREE public outreach lecture series. Starting at 6:30 pm.m, food and displays of local animals and plants found at Brackenridge Field Laboratory will be available. Also, meet with their children’s division for fun activities designed for all ages. Talks begin at 7, followed by a Q&A with the speaker.

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Friday

Edison Lecture Series
Friday, Feb. 9 | from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. | The University of Texas at Austin Engineering Education & Research Center, 2501 Speedway
The Edison Lecture Series is an interactive STEM learning experience that engages middle and high school students with the fun side of electrical and computer engineering. Edison attendees learn the fundamentals of an engineering topic through a university-style lecture, then see these concepts come to life through hands-on demos. This year’s Edison will examine issues ranging from superhuman sensing, computer vision, navigation and much more… all with an eye towards enabling autonomous roadways in the near future.

FIT4MOM Hill Country – National Pizza Day Play Date (Liberty Hill)
Friday, Feb. 9 | from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. | Liberty Hill City Park, CO Rd. 200, Liberty Hill
Join Liberty Hill City Park for a play date celebrating National Pizza Day. Your kids can enjoy some snacks and fun crafts while moms can get to know the FIT4MOM Hill Country tribe. Workout from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and enjoy a play date right after. Your first class is FREE. Text F4M Owner Ali for more info at 512-572-0337.

Friday Movie Matinee
Friday, Feb. 9 | from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. | Old Quarry Branch – Austin Public Library, 7051 Village Center Dr.
The Friday Movie Matinee FREE family event will be a  screening of Beauty and the Beast (2017).

Free Dark Girls (2011) Screening – That’s My Face Film Series
Friday, Feb. 9 | from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. | Old Quarry Branch – Austin Public Library, 7051 Village Center Dr.
This young adult film series is FREE and open to the public. Dark Girls is a documentary exploring the deep-seated biases and attitudes about skin color—particularly dark skinned women, outside of and within the Black American culture. Film is not rated. For more information on film, click here.

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

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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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