Torchy’s grand opening and more free events this week, Jan. 18-24

The newly added Torchy's Tacos inside the Darrell K. Royal Memorial Stadium on Sunday, August 9, 2015. Pluckers, Torchy's Tacos and Austin's Pizza will all be open for business inside of the stadium during the upcoming football season. Shelby Tauber / AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Shelby Tauber / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Monday
MLK Community March. Celebrate Dr. King’s legacy while uplifting diversity and multi-culturalism in our city. March with other community members from the MLK statue on the UT campus to the south steps of the Capitol and finally Huston-Tillotson university for a celebratory festival and food drive. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Begins at 305 East 23rd Street, ends at 804 Chalmers Ave. mlkcelebration.com.
Torchy’s Tacos grand opening party. The newest location of the Austin taco chain will offer free tacos, snacks and family-friendly entertainment featuring a live performance from the Lost Pines. Did we mention there will be free tacos? 6-9 p.m. Torchy’s Tacos – South Congress, 1822 South Congress Ave. torchystacos.com.

Tuesday
Astronomy on Tap. This monthly series kicks off the year with topics requested by the audience. Attendees will grab a beer and learn about dark matter, how we know it exists and how scientists are searching for it throughout the universe. The founder and director of the Art. Science. Gallery will also speak about astronomy in art. 7:30-9:30 p.m. The North Door, 502 Brushy Street. ndvenue.com.

Wednesday
A conversation with Ed Ruscha. One of the most acclaimed artists working today, Ruscha will discuss his life and work to celebrate the opening of his collection at the Harry Ransom Center. A reception will follow. 6-8 p.m. Blanton Museum of Art, 200 East Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. blantonmuseum.org.

Thursday
Third Thursday at the Blanton. Public programs like yoga, live music and in-depth tours take place throughout the day to welcome non-members to explore all the museum has to offer. Attendees can also look forward to a conversation with San Antonio-born artist Donald Moffett. Check the website for specific times. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Blanton Museum of Art, 200 East Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. blantonmuseum.org.

Sunday
Octavitas Celebration. Los Reyes Magos (The Three Kings) come to Austin to celebrate Octavitas with family-friendly song and Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance performances. Los Reyes will also give an award to someone making a significant contribution in the Texas Boricua community. 2-5 p.m. Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance and Cultural Center, 701 Tillery Street. 512-251-8122, prfdance.org.

Sunday’s event pick: Get Fit! at Ballet Austin

Ballet Austin Get fit
Ballet Austin Get fit

There’s no better time than now — just after your New Year’s resolution — to get yourself into shape with Ballet Austin’s annual free day of fitness classes at the Butler Center for Dance & Fitness. You’ll be able to try out year-round classes like Cardio Hip Hop, Barre Yoga Fit, Yoga 101 and many more.

Plus, you can listen to health and wellness talks, schedule a body mass index test, sample healthy food items and products from participating vendors, and more.

Details: 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Free. 501 W. Third St. 512-501-8704, balletaustin.org/dance-fitness/get-fit/.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day events in Austin

MLK March A: wall at MLK Memorial Park in Smithville displays the famous I have a dream speech of Martin Luther King Jr. MLK March SMI (1): Participants start Monday's MLK march from MLK Memorial Park in Smithville. Terry Hagerty for Bastrop Advertiser and Smithville Times. MLK March SMI (2): Youth help carry a banner proclaiming Let Freedom Ring during the Martin Luther King Jr. Day march Monday in Smithville. Bastrop County s annual march rotates between Bastrop, Smithville and Elgin. Terry Hagerty for Bastrop Advertiser and Smithville Times. MLK March SMI (3): The MLK walk had a strong turnout of county residents Monday in Smithville. Terry Hagerty for Bastrop Advertiser and Smithville Times. MLK March SMI (4): Many youth, with their pets, enjoyed the MLK walk to the Smithville Rec Center Monday. Terry Hagerty for Bastrop Advertiser and Smithville Times. MLK March SMI (5): Lee Etta Washington (from front to back), Abilene Oliver, Johnnie Gentry and Josephine McGregor enjoy the program at the Smithville Rec Center Monday. Terry Hagerty for Bastrop Advertiser and Smithville Times. MLK March SMI (6) Marissa Hardeman prepares food packets for after the program at the Smithville Rec Center during Monday s Martin Luther King Jr. Day festivities. Terry Hagerty for Bastrop Advertiser and Smithville Times. MLK March SMI (7): Youth say the Pledge of Allegiance to start off the program at the Smithville Rec Center Monday. Terry Hagerty for Bastrop Advertiser and Smithville Times. MLK March SMI (8): Joyous, spiritual songs were part of the MLK Day program in Smithville Monday. Terry Hagerty for Bastrop Advertiser and Smithville Times. MLK March SMI (9): Placards calling for stopping the execution of death-row inmate Rodney King were carried during the MLK Day parade Monday in Smithville. Terry Hagerty for Bastrop Advertiser and Smithville Times. 1-19-15 BASTROP ADVERTISER/SMITHVILLE TIMES
A wall at MLK Memorial Park in Smithville displays the famous I have a dream speech of Martin Luther King Jr. The Bastrop Advertiser.

MLK Community MarchThe triple-threat event of the holiday is a march, festival and food drive in one. Participants will meet at the MLK statue on the University of Texas campus for a short program before marching to the south steps of the State Capitol. Soon after, the group will continue to the campus of Huston-Tillotson University  to begin the festival. Local music and vendors highlight the festival’s offerings. Don’t forget to bring non-perishable food items! 9 a.m. Begins at 305 East 23rd Street, ends at 804 Chalmers Ave.

(Re)membering Martin Luther King Jr. The George Washington Carver museum hosts a series of screenings of films and documentaries about the life and influence of MLK. The marathon begins with “King – Go Beyond the Dream to Discover the Man” and ends with “Selma”. Free. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. George Washington Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina Street.

“Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution” screening. The National Black MBA Association Austin Chapter hosts a special screening of this Sundance featured film. Popcorn and parking are included in the price of a ticket. There will also be a mingling event held beforehand. $15 for members/$20 for non members. 7 p.m. Violet Crown Cinema, 434 West Second Street.

Peace Through Pie eventsRead Addie Broyles’ blog for more on these citywide pie fests.

Blood of the Martyrs Blood Drive.  The 13th annual blood drive sponsored by the Office of Black Catholics of the Diocese of Austin is an accessible way to give on this holiday. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The van will park at Chalmers Street between Eighth and 11th Streets on the campus of Huston-Tillotson University.

Saturday’s event pick: The Austin Home & Garden Show

Clint Harp, owner of furniture maker and home goods store Harp Design Co., has been on HGTV's "Fixer Upper."
Clint Harp, owner of furniture maker and home goods store Harp Design Co., has been on HGTV’s “Fixer Upper.”

Does your home need a facelift? Or your yard some sprucing up? That’s what the Austin Home & Garden Show has been helping with for almost two decades, bringing experts in both areas under one roof. From landscaping to interior design, these professionals will be on hand to give you valuable tips that will save your money and your house.

Plus, two celebrity guests are joining the bunch: HGTV’s Clint Harp and the “Wall Wizard” Brian Santos.

Details: 2 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. Jan. 17. Free-$8.50. Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez St. 512-300-5254, austinhomegardenshow.com.

Friday’s event pick: Margaret Craig and Tonja Torgerson at Grayduck Gallery

"Out of the Ruined Place" features works by Margaret Craig and Tonja Torgerson in honor of Print Austin. Contributed by Grayduck Gallery.
“Out of the Ruined Place” features works by Margaret Craig and Tonja Torgerson in honor of Print Austin. Contributed by Grayduck Gallery.

To celebrate Print Austin, a month-long, citywide exploration of the most democratic form of fine art-making, Grayduck Gallery is showcasing the work of two artists with an atypical approach to printmaking. The pieces in their exhibit “Out of the Ruined Place” find beauty in unlikely settings.

While Craig uses an invented printing process on discarded plastic to create a “trash reef” installation, Torgerson explores human impermanence with serigraphs, wheat paste graffiti and photography.

Details: Opening reception 7 to 10 p.m. Friday. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday through Feb. 14. 2213 E. Cesar Chavez St. 512-826-5334, grayduckgallery.com.

Thursday’s event pick: The Amazing Acro-cats at Stateside at the Paramount

GOES WITH BOX cutline for 122714 raising The Amazing Acro-cats will come back to Austin Jan. 17 and 18. Tuna, star of "The Rock Cats," a traveling cat circus playing Austin Nov. 12-18
The Amazing Acro-cats will come back to Austin Jan. 17 and 18.

Sometimes, unimaginably cool things are real. Samantha Martin and her Amazing Acro-Cats, a troupe of former rescues, orphans and strays, have come to town to show off their striking feats of agility.

The one-hour show features more than a dozen felines performing tricks like walking tightropes, skateboarding, jumping through hoops and balancing on balls. Plus, Tuna, the star of the show, is the leader of the only cat band in existence — the Rock Cats. Part of the proceeds from each show will benefit the local rescue organization Austin Pets Alive.

Details: 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Saturday, 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday. $26-$34. 719 Congress Ave. 512-378-3952, austintheatre.org.

Wednesday’s event pick: Nerd Nite at the North Door

Edutainers L.B. Deyo, left, preisdent of The Dionysium, Michael Graupmann, center, producer of the Encyclopedia Show, and JC Dwyer, right, "co-boss" of Nerd Nite, at Stephen F's Bar and Terrace on Wed., Jan. 16, 2013. The Encyclopedia Show, Nerd Nite and The Dionysium join forces to make up The Brain Candy Collective, which performs for the first time at Alamo Drafthouse Village on Feb. 6. Ashley Landis for American-Statesman
Ashley Landis for American-Statesman

According to the organizers of the monthly Nerd Nite, it’s like the “backyard wrestling version” of TED Talks. Maybe not so professional, not talking to so large an audience, but fun all around nonetheless. Three people who love to learn lead discussions, drinks in hand, through topics culled from the “ivory towers of academia and the weird basements of geekdom.”

Or, if you want to be more social, speed dating, friend matching and a pop-up library are also available. If these can’t satiate your thirst for knowledge, Tuesday night at the North Door will feature Astronomy on Tap.

Tuesday’s event pick: “The Pearl Button” with the Austin Film Society

Explore Chile's past with filmmaker Patricio Guzm n and his latest documentary, "The Pearl Button," presented by the Austin Film Society. Contributed by Atacama Productions.
Explore Chile’s past with filmmaker Patricio Guzm n and his latest documentary, “The Pearl Button,” presented by the Austin Film Society. Contributed by Atacama Productions.

Patricio Guzmán, the man behind Chilean documentary masterpiece “Nostalgia for the Light,” revisits his country’s past, looking to the waterways that surround Chile as a prism reflecting two tales of genocide.

His foreign film, a documentary that was screened in the main competition of the 65th Berlin International Film Festival, is a bit of a departure from the movies Guzmán normally focuses on, as it doesn’t directly explore his country’s past under dictator Augusto Pinochet, but it’s as gripping a look at Chilean history as any he’s done.

Details: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Jan. 18. $7-$10. The Marchesa Hall and Theatre, 6226 Middle Fiskville Road. austinfilm.org.

Saturday’s event pick: Charles Atlas at Stateside at the Paramount

As part of the Contemporary Austin's "Strange Pilgrims" exhibit, New York-based artist Charles Atlas is coming to Stateside at the Paramount for one of his immersive multimedia performances.
As part of the Contemporary Austin’s “Strange Pilgrims” exhibit, New York-based artist Charles Atlas is coming to Stateside at the Paramount for one of his immersive multimedia performances.

Taking picture-making into the realm of choreography, New York-based artist Charles Atlas has bridged the worlds of visual arts, technology and dance. His performance Saturday, an essential component of the Contemporary Austin’s “Strange Pilgrims” exhibit, brings him center stage with avant-garde composer and musician William Basinski.

Together, they will use video, a live music feed and other multimedia elements to create an immersive, thought-provoking experience for their audience.

Details: 8 p.m. Saturday. $12-$18. 719 Congress Ave. www.austintheatre.org.

Friday’s event pick: Way Off Broadway’s “Pillow Talk”

Way Off Broadway Community Players' latest production, "Pillow Talk" centers around the comedy of dual identity.
Way Off Broadway Community Players’ latest production, “Pillow Talk” centers around the comedy of dual identity.

In Way Off Broadway Community Players’ new production, “Pillow Talk,” Jan is a successful interior decorator forced to share a party line with a man named Brad — which wouldn’t be so bad, except that he is constantly talking to his many girlfriends. When they finally meet, Brad pretends to be a nice guy from Texas named Rex Stetson, and that’s when the trouble really begins. His dual identity and Jan’s love for the gentle Rex makes “Pillow Talk” a very special comedy.

Details: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Jan. 17, through Jan. 30. $10-$20. 11880 W. Old FM 2243, Leander. 512-259-5878, www.wobcp.org.