What’s Up? Weekly: July 31-August 4, 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.

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Alamo Kids Camp Movies: Speed Racer, The Secret Life of Pets, Song of the Sea, and Jumanji. – Monday, July 31 – Friday, August 4; each movie plays various days and showtimes. Alamo Kids Camp now has a “choose-your-own-ticket price” model ranging from $1-$5 per person – you choose the amount. This new model not only allows for tickets to be purchased online, in advance with reserved seating, but also 100% of ticket sales will be donated to local nonprofits helping families. Now, while you’re enjoying some summer movie fun, you’re also helping your local community. Confirm showtimes and reserve your tickets here. All ages will be admitted to this show but families with loud children will be asked to leave. Alamo Drafthouse, various locations.

Southwest Theaters’ Summer Movie Series: Home– Monday, July 31 – Thursday, August 3 at 10:30 a.m. $1 per ticket. Southwest Theaters Lake Creek 7, 13729 Research Blvd, Ste 1500, Austin.

Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse: The Angry Birds Movie (Round Rock) – Monday, July 31 – Thursday, August 3 at 10:00 a.m. The Cinemark summer movie program offers 10 movies throughout the summer for only $1 per ticket. Cinemark Movies 8, 2132 N Mays St #800, Round Rock.

Free Admission to the UMLAUF – Tuesday, August 1 – Friday, August 4 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Thanks to generous donors from Amplify Austin, admission is FREE through August 31, 2017. Take advantage of this opportunity to check out the current exhibit, Mentoring a Muse: Charles Umlauf and Farrah Fawcett, which runs through August 20. This groundbreaking exploration of the lifelong artistic friendship between Charles Umlauf and his most famous student, Farrah Fawcett, features never-before-seen work made by both artists. Plus, kids can participate in a fun, FREE sculpture safari during your visit. UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum, 605 Robert E Lee Rd, Austin.

Monday

Baby Bloomers: Splash into Summer! – Monday, July 31 from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Summer is here, let’s give a big cheer! This month, soak up the sun while exploring all things summer. 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.

Early Literacy Playgroup – Monday, July 31 from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Escape the Texas summer heat and engage in a variety of early literacy based activities. Toys, board books, music, and a weekly craft will be provided. This is a come-and-go program recommended for ages 0-5 with a caregiver. FREE! APL – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St, Austin.

Craftapalooza – Monday, July 31 at 12:30 p.m. Don’t miss the final crafternoon of this summer, sure to be a creative afternoon. This week there will be a variety of fun crafts to create. Choose your favorite, or make a few! First-come, first-served while supplies last. Ages 3 and up. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Happy Birthday, Harry Potter! – Monday, July 31 at 3:00 p.m. Celebrate Harry Potter’s birthday with magical crafts. Make house journals with pencil wands, Hedwig puppets, and Harry Potter bookmarks. Recommended for ages 5 and up. FREE! APL – Howson Branch, 2500 Exposition Blvd, Austin.

Magician Cody Fisher (Round Rock) – Monday, July 31 at 4:00 p.m. AND 6:30 p.m. Celebrate summer reading with a magic show by Magician Cody Fisher. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.

Night Crafters: Mandala Stones (17+) – Monday, July 31 from 6:30-8:30 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 – Tuesday, August 1 at 9:30 a.m. Kids ages 2-5 will enjoy snacks and a special storytime. Parental supervision is requested. FREE! Whole Foods Domain, 11920 Domain Dr, Austin.

Summer Kids Camp: Paul Blart: Mall Cop or The Peanuts Movie – Tuesday, August 1 at 10:00 a.m. Tickets will be given out on a first-come, first-serve basis starting at 9:00 a.m. The movie itself will start at 10:00 a.m. in one of the dine-in theaters. FREE! Moviehouse & Eatery, 8300 N FM 620, Bldg B, Austin.

Regal Summer Movie Express: Storks and The LEGO Batman Movie – Tuesday, August 1 at 10:00 a.m. Admission is $1 and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Will Rogers Institute. Regal Westgate Stadium 11, 4477 S Lamar Blvd, Austin and Regal Gateway Stadium 16, 9700 Stonelake Blvd, Austin.

Austin Summer Musical for Kids Storytime – Tuesday, August 1 at 10:30 a.m. BookPeople is thrilled to welcome the Austin Summer Musical to storytime. They will be performing The Jungle Book. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

LEGO Lab – Tuesday, August 1 at 3:00 p.m. With LEGOs, you can build anything you can imagine and tell any story you can dream up. Visit the LEGO Lab to hear, see, make, and create different stories, all while building with LEGOs provided by the library. FREE! APL – Southeast Branch, 5803 Nuckols Crossing Rd, Austin.

LEGO Lab – Tuesday, August 1 at 3:30 p.m. With LEGOs, you can build anything you can imagine and tell any story you can dream up. Visit the LEGO Lab to hear, see, make, and create different stories, all while building with LEGOs provided by the library. FREE! APL – Terrazas Branch, 1105 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin.

Literature Live! Presents: The Fifolet – Tuesday, August 1 at 4:00 p.m. Murder and mayhem in the swamp! What will happen to little Jolie as she meets the pirate ghost who is watching over his treasure? Will she survive the encounter? Find out in The Fifolet, Literature Live’s first production for older kids featuring live musical accompaniment by Joseph Palmer of Austin Classical Guitar. Recommended for youth ages 8-12 FREE! APL – University Hills, 4721 Loyola Ln, Austin.

Sew Happy – Tuesday, August 1 at 5:00 p.m. Each month, participants in this sewing program tackle a different small hand-sewn felt project. From pocket ninjas to embroidered cards to sloths – it is cuteness overload! You’ll be Sew Happy you joined the fun. All supplies are provided. Recommended for ages 10 and up. Adults are welcome to join in the fun. FREE! APL – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.

Family Night: Board Games – Tuesday, August 1 at 6:00 p.m. Join the library on Tuesday evenings for Family Night. There are different activities each week for the whole family to enjoy together including: kids crafts, adult coloring, pajama storytime, and laughter yoga. This week, have fun with board games. FREE! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin.

UMLAUF After Dark – Tuesday, August 1 from 6-8:00 p.m. Join the UMLAUF for curator led tours of Mentoring a Muse: Charles Umlauf & Farrah Fawcett. Tours will begin at 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Held on the first Tuesday of the month, UMLAUF After Darks offers visitors a chance to explore the Garden and Exhibition FREE of charge after hours. UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum, 605 Robert E Lee Rd, Austin.

Wednesday

Kids Club – Wednesday, August 2 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.

Regal Summer Movie Express: Storks and The LEGO Batman Movie – Wednesday, August 2 at 10:00 a.m. Admission is $1 and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Will Rogers Institute. Regal Westgate Stadium 11, 4477 S Lamar Blvd, Austin and Regal Gateway Stadium 16, 9700 Stonelake Blvd, Austin.

Siblings Rock Storytime – Wednesday, August 2 at 10:30 a.m. Let’s be honest: our siblings can drive us a little crazy sometimes, but we couldn’t live without them! At this storytime, you’ll hear stories about siblings and family, including Danny McGee Drinks the Sea. There will also be fun activities and giveaways for all the little readers. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Milk and Cookies with Author Jennifer Ziegler – Wednesday, August 2 at 11:00 a.m. Austin author Jennifer Ziegler will discuss her new book Revenge of the Happy Campers. This is the third book in a series featuring the Brewster triplets and their wild adventures. There will be cookies and crafts for the kids, plus FREE coffee for the adults. A book signing and photos will follow. This is a FREE event with FREE parking in the St. David’s garage. Holy Grounds Coffee Shop at St. David’s Episcopal Church, 301 E 8th St, Austin.

Tween STEAM: littleBits Theme Park– Wednesday, August 2 at 3:00 p.m. Explore science, technology, engineering, arts and math this summer with these activities offered in collaboration with the Thinkery. Participants will create a carnival theme ride using littleBits gizmos and gadgets, recyclables, and more. Recommended for ages 8-12. FREE! APL – Spicewood Springs Branch, 8637 Spicewood Springs Rd, Austin.

Community Night at The Thinkery – Wednesday, August 2 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.

Discovery! Fossils – Wednesday, August 2 at 4:30 p.m. Join Erich Rose with the Paleontological Society of Austin for a talk on fossils through time and fossils around the Austin area. Touch-table specimens will be available, as well as a cast of a therapod dino footprint. Recommended for ages 5 and up. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Krispy Kreme Family Night – Wednesday, August 2 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, August 2 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 Jo Carol Pierce and Lili Blessing. 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.

Blues on the Green: The Bright Light Social Hour with The Digital Wild – Wednesday, August 2 at 8:00 p.m. Austin’s favorite summer tradition is back! 93.3 KGSR’s Blues on the Green invites music lovers out to Zilker Park to enjoy a family and pet friendly night of homegrown music in a relaxed atmosphere. Grab your family, friends, dogs, and blankets, and come to Austin’s largest FREE concert series. Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.

Thursday

Free Admission at The Blanton – Thursday, August 3 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Blanton Museum offers FREE admission every Thursday. Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin.

Free Noon Concert – Thursday, August 3 at Noon. Take a 30-minute lunchtime break to hear a concert from Mijung An Piano Trio. FREE! Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th St, Austin.

Snakes 101: Learn the Facts – Thursday, August 3 at 3:00 p.m. Learn how to recognize venomous snakes, how bites are treated, and see live examples of non-venomous snakes presented by Dr. Lichtenhan of VIK Complete Care. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing Rd, Austin.

Summer Reading at the Fish Gallery – Thursday, August 3 at 3:30 p.m. Summer Reading is back! Head over to the Fish Gallery for an afternoon of stories, touch tanks, crafts, refreshments, and more. All ages welcome. Seating is first come, first serve. Bring a friend or two and escape the Texas summer heat. FREE! The Fish Gallery, 6500 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Literature Live! Presents: The Fifolet – Thursday, August 3 at 6:00 p.m. Murder and mayhem in the swamp! What will happen to little Jolie as she meets the pirate ghost who is watching over his treasure? Will she survive the encounter? Find out in The Fifolet, Literature Live’s first production for older kids featuring live musical accompaniment by Joseph Palmer of Austin Classical Guitar. Recommended for youth ages 8-12 FREE! APL – Manchaca Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.

Think Bilingual Austin Presents: Speaking in Tongues – Thursday, August 3 at 6:30 p.m. Join the Asian American Resource Center for a screening of Speaking in Tongues, a documentary following four children on their journey of learning a second language. The film aims to increase understanding of dual language and immersion programs, while demonstrating the ways they can enrich the lives of all children. It also explores the questions commonly raised by parents when adding a second language. The film is one hour in duration and will be followed by discussion and light refreshments. FREE! Asian American Resource Center, Community Room 8, 8401 Cameron Rd, Austin.

Rhythm on Stage with Ballet Austin: Video Dance Night! (RSVP) – Thursday, August 3 at 7:00 p.m. Head over to the stage at the Long Center for a fun night of FREE dance with Ballet Austin – learning the fun music video choreography “It’s Gonna Be Me” by NSYNC! Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Music video choreography instruction begins at 7:30 and the dancing goes until 8:45! It’s come and go, so stay the entire time and dance, or stay as long as you’d like. By the time you leave, you will feel as if you have danced in a music video on the big stage. All ages welcome. FREE! Signing up ahead of time is not required, but if you do RSVP you will automatically be entered into a drawing to win FREE dance classes! The Long Center, 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin.

Unplugged at the Grove: Flatland Cavalry – Thursday, August 3 at 8:00 p.m. 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.

Zilker Summer Musical: The Wizard of Oz – Thursday, August 3 at 8:15 p.m. For more than a century, The Wizard of Oz has enchanted readers, theatre, and movie goers alike. Now, Zilker Theater Productions will bring this cultural treasure to the historic, outdoor theater at The Zilker Hillside. This summer, the ZTP team looks forward to welcoming over 45,000+ Hillside audience members to follow the yellow brick road “over the rainbow.” The “curtain” goes up right around dusk at 8:15 p.m., but arrive early with your low-backed chairs and blankets to get your spot. FREE but donations are gratefully accepted. Zilker Hillside Theater, 2206 William Barton Dr, Austin.

Friday

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Tournament – Friday, August 4 at 2:00 p.m. Are you ready to smash? Compete in the annual Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Summer tournament. All dates are seed tournaments for the Championship finals at the Yarborough Branch on August 12. Sign-up begins 30 minutes prior to start time; the first 32 people to sign up are guaranteed a spot to play. All ages welcome. FREE! APL – Howson Branch, 2500 Exposition Blvd, Austin.

Literature Live! Presents: The Fifolet – Friday, August 4 at 3:00 p.m. Murder and mayhem in the swamp! What will happen to little Jolie as she meets the pirate ghost who is watching over his treasure? Will she survive the encounter? Find out in The Fifolet, Literature Live’s first production for older kids, featuring live musical accompaniment by Joseph Palmer of Austin Classical Guitar. Recommended for youth ages 8-12 FREE! APL – Little Walnut Creek Branch, 835 W Rundberg Ln, Austin.

LEGO Lab – Friday, August 4 at 4:00 p.m. With LEGOs, you can build anything you can imagine and tell any story you can dream up. Visit the LEGO Lab to hear, see, make, and create different stories, all while building with LEGOs provided by the library. FREE! APL – North Village Branch, 2505 Steck Ave, Austin.

BLVD First Fridays – Friday, August 4 from 6-9:00 p.m. Join The Domain NORTHSIDE for their final BLVD First Friday event. This fun event features live music, fun FREE games, FREE beverages, shopping discounts, and a FREE raffle with some great prizes – this month, enter to win some incredible furniture from CB2 (must be present to win)! Event is FREE! The Domain NORTHSIDE, 11700 Domain Blvd, Austin.

Community Cinema: Beauty and the Beast – Friday, August 4 at 7:30 p.m. Grab chairs and a blanket, bring family and friends, and enjoy a special screening of the animated version of Beauty and the Beast. 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. Rated G. Reserve your FREE tickets here. A donation of $5 is greatly appreciated. Community First! Village, 9301 Hog Eye Rd, Austin.

Zilker Summer Musical: The Wizard of Oz – Friday, August 4 at 8:15 p.m. For more than a century, The Wizard of Oz has enchanted readers, theatre, and movie goers alike. Now, Zilker Theater Productions will bring this cultural treasure to the historic, outdoor theater at The Zilker Hillside. This summer, the ZTP team looks forward to welcoming over 45,000+ Hillside audience members to follow the yellow brick road “over the rainbow.” The “curtain” goes up right around dusk at 8:15 p.m., but arrive early with your low-backed chairs and blankets to get your spot. FREE but donations are gratefully accepted. Zilker Hillside Theater, 2206 William Barton Dr, Austin.

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

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Jaelyn Penner
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.
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