As usual, more than enough events happening in May 2011 for Austinites to enjoy. I’ve cherry picked a few that sounded fun, but there’s pretty much something going down every day. When I was listening to KUT radio the other day, one of the programs mentioned “hipsters chasing the cool”. I thought that was funny, but perhaps a little true. So if you’re an Austin hipster and you’re chasing “the cool” events, then you should have no problem reaching the hipster quota! Enjoy!
Cinco de Mayo Family Festival
Univision again throws the biggest Cinco soiree in town with live music from Tierra Cali, Duelo, and others; carnival rides and games for the kids; and much more Mexican heritage hoopla. Who doesn’t want to celebrate a beat down of the French? 11am-6pm. Free.
Travis County Expo Center, 7311 Decker, 854-4900
Poetry on the Plaza: Singers and Songwriters READING WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, NOON
The Harry Ransom Center presents the Poetry on the Plaza event Singers and Songwriters on Wednesday, May 4, at noon.
Performers include Austin musicians Jonathan Meiburg, Amy Annelle, and Brian Beattie. Meiburg is the lead singer and songwriter of Shearwater and is a former member of Okkervil River. Annelle is a singer-songwriter whose most recent album, The Cimarron Banks, was released in 2010. Beattie, who recorded with Annelle on that album, is also a member of the band Glass Eye and has produced records by the Dead Milkmen, Daniel Johnston, Shearwater, and Okkervil River.
Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein’s All the President’s Men BOOK DISCUSSION WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 6:30 P.M.
The Austin Public Library Friends Foundation and Ransom Center host a discussion of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein’s All the President’s Men in conjunction with the exhibition Culture Unbound: Collecting in the Twenty-First Century. A screening of the film follows.
AUSTIN PUBLIC LIBRARY, UNIVERSITY HILLS BRANCH, 4721 LOYOLA LANE
Postcards from America PHOTOGRAPHY DISCUSSION FRIDAY, MAY 13, 7 P.M.
As part of their “Postcards from America” tour, five Magnum photographers discuss photography and ways to picture America on Friday, May 13, at 7 p.m. in Jessen Auditorium in Homer Rainey Hall.
In the first of a series of trips around America, five Magnum photographers and one writer will be travelling from San Antonio, Texas, to Oakland, California, between May 12 and May 26, 2011. Meet photographers Christopher Anderson, Jim Goldberg, Susan Meiselas, Alec Soth, Mikhael Subotzky, and writer Ginger Strand on the plaza in front of the Ransom Center the from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. before their discussion on May 13.
The Magnum Photos archive currently resides at the Ransom Center.
|Ms. Lauryn Hill
5/1/2011 Sunday 7:00pm
Pecan Street Festival – May 7, 2011
The Pecan Street Festival is a free arts and crafts festival held on 6th Street.
Starts at: 11:00 AM
Length: 2 days
Eastside Movie in the Park – May 3, 2011
Eastside Movie in the Park – sponsored by the Expedition School and the Austin Parks Foundation. The Expedition School has partnered with the Austin Parks Foundation to bring you Eastside Movies in the Park. The Expedition School is committed to being part of the community and wants you to join in the fun! Join us for this 7-part series every first Tuesday of the month for a FREE movie and learn about some of the fabulous non-profit organizations in our community. Go Green – the City of Austin encourages carpooling use of mass transit when attending all events. Many events provide bike rack or a designated bike parking area on site. Please see the event website for specific opportunities provided.
For more information, please visit website or contact Kimery Duda at 512-626-6282.
Starts at: 6:00 PM
Ends at: 10:45 PM
Movie: Whale Rider, Running Time: 101 minutes
Place: Fiesta Gardens
Address: 2100 Jesse E. Segovia St. Austin, TX 78702
Zilker Hillside Theater – Austin Shakespeare Festival’s “Love’s Labours Lost” – May 5, 2011
Austin Shakespeare Festival’s “Love’s Labours Lost”
Fore more information, please visit website or call (512)477-5335.
Starts at: 8:00 PM
Length: 3 days
Place: Zilker Hillside Theatre
Address: 2201 Barton Springs Road Austin, TX 78704
Inside Austin Garden Tour – May 14, 2011
The Travis County Master Gardeners Association, in cooperation with the Texas AgriLife Extension Service of Travis County, will host the Inside Austin Gardens Tour 2011 on Saturday, May 14, 2011, from 9am until 4pm. This year, the tour focuses on water-wise gardening. Gardening through a Central Texas summer can be trying. At the same time, escalating water rates and mandatory restrictions have made a water-sapping plant palette or a grass lawn a luxury or an impossibility for many. Increasingly, Central Texas gardeners are turning to water-wise techniques, native and adapted plant selections, and various principles of xeriscaping. The Inside Austin Gardens Tour 2011 will include gardens that feature rain-water collection systems, drip irrigation, xeric and native plant selections, rain gardens, shade gardens, and water-conserving practices. Each garden will feature educational sessions throughout the day.
Tickets can be purchased at each garden on the event date at $10 for the entire tour ticket or $5 for a single garden entry. Please, no dogs. Consult http://www.tcmastergardeners.org/what/gardentour.html for information. Save the date for a day-long look at what other gardeners are doing to weather the heat and conserve water. You’ll be glad you did.
Starts at: 9:00 AM
Ends at: 4:00 PM
SFC Farmers Market – May 7, 2011
Starts at: 9:00 AM
Ends at: 1:00 PM
Komen Austin Ride for the Cure®
Arte en la CharrerÃa The Artisanship of Mexican Equestrian Culture
April – June 5, 2011 – Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum