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Today is literally “Explore UT” day. Checking out the UT campus in general was bound to make the list at one point or another given all that it has to offer, including the tower, Texas Memorial Stadium and its various museums. But the Explore UT event is something else entirely. It’s the “the biggest open house in Texas.”  It’s a day focused on providing visitors an opportunity to get an in-depth look at life on campus at the university.

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Things and events to check out today include:

Lyndon B. Johnson Library and Museum http://www.lbjlib.utexas.edu
Perry-Castañeda Library Open House
Campus Scavenger Hunt
The Texas Memorial Museum
Walking Tour
Children’s International Festival
March with the Longhorn Band
Speedway Mall Festival
Tower Tours
The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum

Today really gives you a taste of all that the University of Texas has to offer in one large dose. There are over 400 activities and events going on around campus today!

As a former Longhorn, I can’t blog about Austin and not mention the University of Texas now and again. Hook ‘em Horns and have a great day!

Admission: free

Time: 11 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Location:
The University of Texas

http://www.utexas.edu/events/exploreut/

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The Blanton Museum of Art currently has a very unique and fun basketball exhibit.  Since we are in the middle of basketball season, now is the perfect time to check it out.  Plus, museums are always good rainy day activities.

This unique exhibit combines contemporary works by Paul Pfeiffer as well as a special display of James Naismith’s “Original Rules of Basketball.”  The display contains the original 13 rules of the game that later became a national phenomenon.

Pfeiffer uses photographs and video installations to re-frame the players, the ball, and the architecture of the arena.  Together, this gives you a unique view of the sport all the way from a historical sense, to a perspective behind the camera.

Speaking of basketball, UT has a game tonight.  Hook ‘Em Horns!

Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

When: now – January 13th

Admission:  Current UT ID Holder: Free
Blanton Museum Members: Free
Adult: $9
Senior (65+): $7
College students with valid ID: $5
Youth (13-21): $5
Kids 12 and under: Free, must be accompanied by a supervising adult
Admission is always FREE on Thursdays!

Location:
Blanton Museum of Art
200 E. Martin Luther King Junior Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78701

http://blantonmuseum.org/exhibitions/details/the_rules_of_basketball

Today is National Fossil Day and the Texas Memorial Museum at the University of Texas is celebrating! Today is a day to celebrate and appreciate the scientific and educational values fossils provide.

I happen to find them fascinating, Jurassic Park is one of my favorite movies so anything involving fossils perks my interest. Today is a great opportunity for you to learn more from a local expert.

Today’s blog goes out to my mom because if she could be in Austin today she would be here, she loves this stuff!

Here is a schedule of the days events:

Activities: A Mammoth Afternoon

1-3 p.m.: Fossil identifications
(1st floor, Paleo Lab)

2-3 p.m.Scoops & Stories—Young paleontologists can discover a mammoth molar in our new fossil dig pit, learn a lullaby for a mammoth, and listen to the story Mammoths on the Move.
(Outdoor Classroom)

3:15-3:45 p.m. and 4-4:30 p.m.Meet the Mammoths—Join Dr. Pamela R. Owen, TNSC vertebrate paleontologist, for a family-friendly gallery talk and hands-on exploration of mammoth fossils.
(1st floor, Ice Ages exhibit)

When: today, October 17th

Time: 1:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Location:
Texas Natural Science Center
Texas Memorial Museum
2400 Trinity Street Stop D1500
Austin, Texas 78712

http://www.utexas.edu/tmm/events/nfd/

 

 

The Garden Party is tonight at Laguna Gloria, and it’s your chance for an evening of outdoor fun, mini golf, cupcakes and more.

Come explore the beautiful grounds at Laguna Gloria and check out past blog item Art on the Green, an artist/architect-built mini golf course. Bring a picnic to set up and enjoy the sunset. The Cupcake Bar will be there to help you design custom cupcakes. Pedernales Cellars and The Brooklyn Brewery will be on hand to supply the drinks for the evening.

RSVP Required.

Tickets: members $10, non-members $14 http://garden_party.eventbrite.com/

When: today, April 9th

Time: 6 – 8 p.m.

Location:
Laguna Gloria
3809 W. 35th Street
Austin, Texas 78703

http://www.amoa.org/site/Calendar/31614499?view=Detail&id=109765&whence=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amoa.org%2Fsite%2FPageServer%3Fpagename%3Dcal_calendarevents

It would be a crime not to get outside and enjoy this wonderful spring weather.

The French Legation Museum is inviting you to enjoy live music under the stars with the Merci Buckets. This is the perfect opportunity for you to bring your picnic basket, lawn chairs and even a cocktail or two as you enjoy some live music under the spring sky.

This is the perfect way to experience a nice, relaxing night in Austin.

Admission: $5

When: tonight, March 23

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Location:
French Legation Museum
802 San Marcos Street
Austin, Texas 78702

http://frenchlegationmuseum.org/march-23-6pm-merci-buckets-concert-under-the-oaks-at-the-flm/

It’s fall in Texas, which only means one thing — high school football. It’s pretty much a religion, especially in small towns, but that doesn’t mean Austin isn’t also football crazy. A Friday night at House Park is pretty special. And for all of the football lovers in Austin, the Bob Bullock Museum is offering a deeper look into the phenomena that is Texas high school football.

It sounds pretty cool, and from now until Oct. 5 there is a companion to the exhibit called Fridays in Fall. It’s features the work of a handful of St. Edward’s University students who spent their Friday nights last fall watching high school football through a camera lens.

When: now – January 22, 2012.

Admission:
Adults: $9
College Students: $8
Seniors/military: $7
Youth (ages 4-17): $6
3 and under: free

Location:
Bob Bullock Museum
1800 N. Congress Ave.
Austin, Texas 78701

http://www.thestoryoftexas.com/the_museum/texas-high-school-football-exhibit.html

Photo Thanks: Coltera

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After my visit to the CowParade I was feeling inspired by all the talent that was on display, so I thought I would blog on free Thursday at the Blanton Museum of Art.

The museum is packed with fun events throughout the day, starting with “New Ways of Seeing Texture.” Families can discover art through materials that can be touched, such as clay, felt, foam, plaster and more.

10 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Family Activity: New Ways of Seeing Texture

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  and 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. Story Time Tour

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Public Tour: About Face: Portraiture as Subject

Location:
MLK Blvd. at Congress
Austin, TX 78701

http://www.blantonmuseum.org/calendar_events


Austin has so many art galleries it’s tough to know where to start. I really like ArtHouse. It’s in a great location and the rooftop is a true winner.

I was never very artistic, but my best friend was truly gifted, so supporting and being inspired by today’s youth just spoke to me personally.

This is the 12th Annual Ahead of Their Time exhibit. It’s a collection of art made by local high school students who are enrolled in advanced classes.

The ArtHouse also has a great rooftop series on Wednesday that people should definitely check out. http://www.arthousetexas.org/article/ahead-of-their-time-2/

When: July 16-31st

Admission: Free

Location:
700 Congress Avenue
Austin, Texas 78701

http://www.arthousetexas.org/article/ahead-of-their-time-2/

There’s nothing like finishing a short week with a little live music, especially when it’s free. This popular summer concert series is now in its eighth year, and it’s back for more fun under the star at the Bob Bullock Museum.

They’ll have La Sombra tequila-infused tacos, dessert and Honest Tea, all compliments of the museum.

It’s a good idea to bring chairs and blankets to set up shop on the Lone Star Plaza.
Between sets you’re welcome to explore the three floors of the main exhibits for free. I love the Texas History Museum. There’s just so much to learn!

This is a rain or shine event, so if for some odd reason it actually rains, the concert will go on.

Line-Up:
July 8- White Ghost Shivers
July 15- Del Castillo
July 22- Nash Hernandez Orchestra
July 29- Cindy Cashdollar and the King of Swing

Time: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

When: Friday Nights in July

Location:
Bob Bullock Museum
1800 Congress Ave
Austin, Texas 78701

There’s free parking at the museum’s underground garage at the corner of 18th and Congress.

http://www.thestoryoftexas.com/special/muts_2011.html

 

The Texas Music Museum is a great, free way to cool down during this brutal summer. They currently have an exhibit, “Texas First, Texas Best,” which features groundbreaking musicians on the Texas music scene.
I figure plenty of Austinites would find this interesting, as we are the Live Music Capital of the World. It’s a great cause, as they try to encourage people to actively participate in the “enjoyment, appreciation, and ongoing preservation of the state’s musical heritage.” You can enjoy self-guided tours on the weekdays.
Also, every Sunday in July from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. they’re putting on their first annual “Texas Music Festival.” For a full schedule visit the website.

Free Admission

When: Monday – Friday 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Location:
1009 E. 11th Street
Austin, Texas 78702

http://www.texasmusicmuseum.org/