Thursday’s event pick: Different Stages’ “4000 Miles”

Amy Herzog’s “4000 Miles” centers around 21-year-old Leo, who seeks solace with his 91-year-old grandmother Vera in her West Village apartment after suffering a major loss on a cross–country bike trip.

Over the course of a single month, these unlikely roommates infuriate, bewilder and ultimately reach each other in a touching play that explores how two outsiders find their way in today’s world.

There is no performance on Easter Sunday.

Details: Opens 8 p.m. Friday. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 5 p.m. Sunda through April 2. $15-$30. Howson Hall, First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4700 Grover Ave.main.org/diffstages/inded.html.

Wednesday’s event pick: Round Rock’s Music on Main Street

07/31/15 Laura Skelding/AMERICAN-STATESMAN The Round Rock bar scene is hopping on a recent Friday night. The 2 blocks East of Mays Street, in Round Rock's downtown area, is packed with bars, restaurants and lots of live music. The Louisiana Longhorn Cafe keeps a steady stream of customers coming in and out and The Brass Tap next door has live music and beer on tap.
Laura Skelding/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Now that spring is in full swing, Round Rock is bringing back a fourth season of live music in the heart of the town. The series, which started last week on Texas Independence Day, returns for 12 more weeks with the country-folk group Lost and Nameless on Wednesday. Other upcoming shows will feature Charles Thibodeaux and the Austin Cajun Aces, Huck and the Jackknives and Hello Wheels.

Pack a picnic or visit a downtown restaurant for carry-out. The Svante’s Stuffed Burger food truck is also onsite.

Details: 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays. Free. Prete Main Street Plaza, 221 E. Main St. downtownroundrocktexas.com/music-on-main.

Tuesday’s event pick: Blanton Museum’s “Come As You Are”

Alex Bag, video still from “Untitled Fall 95.” From “Come As You Are: Art of the 1990s." Alex Bag (born 1969, USA) Untitled Fall  95, 1995 57 min, color, sound Courtesy of Team Gallery and Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York   Alex Bag
Alex Bag, video still from “Untitled Fall 95.” From “Come As You Are: Art of the 1990s.”
Alex Bag (born 1969, USA)
Untitled Fall 95, 1995
57 min, color, sound
Courtesy of Team Gallery and Electronic Arts
Intermix (EAI), New York
Alex Bag

This exhibit is the first major museum survey to examine, within a historical context, the art that emerged in this pivotal decade — and it might be the first because many of us are still coming to terms with the 1990s as a piece of history.

Nonetheless, the show displays the work of 45 U.S. artists — including Donald Moffett, Catherine Opie and Frances Stark — with installations, videos, paintings, sculpture, drawing, prints, photography and early Internet art.

Details: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. $5-$9; free on Thursdays. 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. 512-471-7324, blantonmuseum.org.

Saturday’s event pick: Austin’s No-Kill Anniversary Party

 

Kaxan. Photo by Deborah Cannon.
Kaxan. Photo by Deborah Cannon.

This month marks five years since Austin became the largest no-kill city in the nation, which is cause for celebration. The party will jam out with some of Nashville’s up-and-coming musicians, as well as many from Austin, including Folk Uke, the Texas KGB, Dan Dyer and surprise guests. Plus, you’ll get to enjoy dinner from local food trucks, snap fun pictures in an open-air photo booth and try to win raffle packages.

Although Kaxan, known for his CityDog Austin Facebook page, will be one of the co-hosts, other rescue pets will have to stay at home.

Details: 7 p.m. Saturday. $30-$45. Vintage Innovations, 1409 W. Third St. austinpetsalive.org/events/no-kill-anniversary-party.

Thursday’s event pick: Ruth Reichl at the Paramount Theatre

USE SECONDARY Ruth Reichl, the former editor of Gourmet magazine and groundbreaking New York Times restaurant critic, is now focusing on books, including her latest, "My Kitchen Year," a cookbook that chronicles the year after Gourmet closed. Photo by Fiona Aboud.
Photo by Fiona Aboud.

One of the most recognizable and beloved voices in the culinary world, Ruth Reichl has been many things over her long career: a bestselling author, food critic and judge on Bravo’s “Top Chef Masters.” She was also the editor-in-chief of Gourmet Magazine for 10 years, until it shut down, and most recently she released the memoir “My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes that Saved My Life.”

She’ll bring her culinary adventures and anecdotes to the Paramount stage.

Details: 7 p.m. doors Thursday. $20-$100. 713 Congress Ave. 512-472-5470, austintheatre.org.

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.