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    Join us for Art Under The Oaks! An annual event where we invite local artisans to sell their work under our sweeping canopy of oaks. We will have hot food and drinks for sale as well. Perfect timing to pick up a few unique gifts!

      On Saturday, December 15, Red Bull Music teams up with Austin-based collectives Unbounded and Thank You For Sweating to transform a downtown Austin venue into an all-night party. *Red Bull Music Presents: Equal Axis *is a one-of-a-kind, multi-sensory experience focused on elevating and celebrating the city’s queer community. Three-dimensional art installations and striking projections provide the backdrop for a robust line-up of DJs and performances by Austin-area dancers, drag queens and aerialists.

      Connecting the crowd through sound are musical performances by Austin-based DJs and producers JEVA, Thank You For Sweating, and Wet Male, alongside San Antonio-based House of Kenzo and British-Japanese DJ/producer Maya Jane Coles who makes her Texas debut.

      Austin-based performance artists include aerialists and contortionists Caty Mae and Sarah Sparkles; dancers and genderqueer personalities Josue Allen Hart and Purple Matter; and drag queens Belladonna, Leia Sakura, Ruby Knight and Tatiana Cholula.

      Local artists and collectives Daigon Digital, the Hyperreal Film Club, Perpetual Design and Suzanne Wyss transform the venue into an immersive environment.

        With holiday shopping in full force our November Sip & Shop is the perfect time to get into the holiday spirit with a cocktail or two! This month we are proud to have an event made up of all women owned businesses. Shop local from these badass brands:

        The Sage Soul
        Prickly Pear Art
        Kerr Street Candle Co.
        NVMBR DCMBR Jewelry
        Succulents by Reeve

        Live Music
        Food from Gobble Gobble Food Truck

        Happy sipping & shopping!

        This event will be outside weather permitting otherwise it will be moved indoors!

        21 & Up.

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          Frida Friday ATX is back for October! Every month we feature a full house of amazing vendors, artists, and LOTS of fun for the whole family.

          During October’s market we’re welcoming new artists and makers full of the magical experience you’ve grown to love at each of our Mercado’s. We are here for womyn- led economies & for celebrating Austin’s rich culturally diverse communities – and it shows!

          MUSIC by See Jane Spin
          LOTERIA called by Grandma Steven
          Onsite/ Take Home Craft by Crafty Girl Austin
          And, Tamale Houses’ authentic Mexican cuisine.
          PLUS 25+ onsite vendors.

          ABOUT Frida Friday ATX:
          Frida Friday ATX is a local movement for economic and gender justice that creates monthly marketplaces & diverse cultural spaces. We promote alternative economies, and support self-identified Womyn of Color artists, makers and entrepreneurs.

          Our onsite market at Tamale House is every second Friday 6-10pm.

          *** This months graphic features artwork by Vogue Vignette her beautiful #frida inspired piece, which she painted onsite during the August mercado! ***

          To learn more about our mercado and our additional programming, please visit:
 / @FridaFridayATX

          Interested in volunteering for this October event? Sign up here:

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            Join Landmarks for an hour-long, docent-led walking tour of works in the public art collection. Meet your docent at Nancy Rubins’ Monochrome for Austin at 10 am and learn how Landmarks artists approach different media. The group will examine 2-D and 3-D works by Sol LeWitt and Nancy Rubins.

            Free and open to the public. Tours are held rain or shine; please dress accordingly.

            Please note the time change. June through September tours will start at 10 a.m. due to the summer heat.

            EVENT DATE:
            Sunday, 2 September 2018 –
            10:00am to 11:00am
            24th and Speedway

              With the popularity of chalk art festivals in Texas, could Austin be the next venue?

              If Austin loves anything besides tacos, it’s art! And of course Harry Potter!

              Local artist and teacher, April Ferrante, will be at Austin Public Library (Central branch) doing a live chalk drawing of a scene from Harry Potter. Which scene will she be doing? You’ll have to stop by and find out before this temporary art magically disappears.

              You’ll be able to take pictures with the artist and get some street art tips. The artist will be offering a street art class at Dougherty Arts Center later this year and is advocating for Austin’s very first street chalk art festival!

              Austin Public Library – Central branch
              710 W Cesar Chavez St
              Shoal Creek Plaza
              Austin TX
              Saturday & Sunday July 14th & 15th (rain date July 21st & 22nd)
              8:00 am – 8:00 pm each day

              You can contact me at 518-892-3453 or reply to this email if you have any questions.
              Thank you!
              April Ferrante

                Andrea Ariel Dance Theatre and multimedia artist Yuliya Lanina are premiering new, innovative and multimedia performances of live music, dance, Soundpainting and animatronic sculpture with “Locked-in” and “This is a Test of the Internal Emergency Broadcast.” Both performances will run June 21 through June 24 at the Museum of Human Achievement (located behind Canopy Austin on Springdale Road).

                “Locked-in” explores our relationship to our devices, and how they have changed, advanced and altered our world and our lives. Directed by award-winning choreographer Andrea Ariel, the new performance combines choreographed dance and live compositions of directed improvisations with original music composed by Andy Nolte.

                The show opens with artist Yuliya Lanina’s premiere of “This is a Test of the Internal Emergency Broadcast System,” a 20-minute multimedia performance. Lanina’s animations, sculptures and live movement will be accompanied by original music by Vladimir Rannev, an award-winning Russian avant-garde composer. It explores the mechanized nature of human life and its state of perpetual unrest, all the while poking fun at our fascination with the dark and animalistic parts of the human psyche.

                8 p.m. on June 21-23. Gallery opens at 6 p.m. on June 21 & 7:30 p.m. on June 22 & 23

                5 p.m. on June 24. Gallery opens at 4:30 p.m.

                Free Art Gallery Opening and Performance for “This is a Test…” and discounted $10 tickets for Locked-in on Thursday, June 21 only. Available at the door (cash/credit card).

                  Artist, George Huffman, is opening up his studio to the public for the seventh annual West Austin Studio Tour. This tour is a free, self-guided art event spanning two weekends in May that provides opportunities for the public to meet the artists and artisans of Austin in their creative spaces. George specializes in oil paintings that attempt to capture the essence of the transition of naiveté to awareness. The figures in his paintings represent the concept of emotional awakenings and the struggles revealed by that process. Stop by to get a special look of his latest works in his private studio.

                  When: May 12 – 13 & May 19 -20 from 11am – 6pm

                  After the disappointment of a hiatus year in 2017 LEVITATION, the original psych rock music festival produced by members of The Black Angels returns to downtown Austin April 26-29. Reborn a multi-venue festival after disastrous weather incidents at Carson Creek Ranch in 2015 and 2016 forced festival founders Rob Fitzpatrick, Alex Maas and Christian Bland to rethink the camping festival format for the internationally popular niche music fest. The secret to the popularity of the event is simple. The organizers curate lineups they want to see much like independent Austin booking company Margin Walker helmed by Graham Williams. The two groups share that philosophy. It doesn’t hurt that both have impeccable musical taste.

                  This year’s lineup is appearing at venues primarily situated in the Red River Cultural District plus a few East Austin locales. As expected, the caliber of acts is solid from the bottom of the bill all the way to headliners; The Black Angels, Slowdive, Ministry and Ty Segal. Music fans won’t find a similar bill anywhere else in America. Bookers curating a lineup as unique as LEVITATION has become exceedingly rare with all the consolidation in the festival market which means you should care about this one music fans. Especially if you haven’t heard of most of the acts performing. This event is as much about music discovery as it is about booking great sounds and showing neo-psychedelic art.

                  Honestly the entire schedule is worth checking out. Since you’re probably not going to buy tickets to every show, we’ll highlight a few we think are worth taking a second look at. Also worth taking a look at is are the incredible official LEVITATION posters the festival commissioned from various local artists ranging from Jaime Zuverza to the festival’s own Christian Bland. Fans can purchase the designs directly from the LEVITATION poster page.

                  Poster by Mishka Westell

                  Thursday, April 26

                  This is going to sound counterintuitive but hear us out… Ty Segall is fun enough to watch and you should, except on Thursday (Segall performs again Friday at Barracuda) when you’d do better to hit Stubb’s BBQ early for openers A Giant Dog (Austin) and Parquet Courts (Brooklyn). Both are known for exceeding expectations live as we can attest. songwriting partners, Sabrina Ellis and Andrew Cashen have consistently made impressive garage punk recordings with their band A Giant Dog but it’s their astounding live performances that have gotten them the kind of attention deserving of an act this talented. Parquet Courts are similar in the way their recordings hint at the greatness you’ll see when you catch them on stage. Their mix of rock, punk with a dash of Americana is hard to classify. Let’s just agree they make good music.  After seeing the band perform at Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona a few years ago we went from casual fan to avid. 

                  After Parquet Courts finish, head down the street to Beerland for a noise bomb trifecta of Suspirians, Blushing and Ringo Deathstarr. All three are Austin-based. All three are really fun to watch perform. Besides there’s no better way to kick off LEVITATION than at the seediest, punkest bar on Red River. 

                  Friday, April 27

                  We’re truly torn on Friday given all the great shows listed on the LEVITATION schedule but one stands out to us for a few reasons. L.A. Witch, DIIV and Ariel Pink at Empire Garage presents a number of positives. This performance is presented by Desert Daze, a sister festival in California.  L.A. Witch were truly great the last time we caught this all-girl act when they come through town. Their Hotel Vegas set was something special. We’ve been keeping track of the West Coast upstarts led by Sade Sanchez. They’re riding the wave of great female-led acts into an exciting year. DIIV might be the most suspect recommendation of this lineup as lead vocalist, Zachary Smith must have been really high during his LEVITATION Fest set a few years ago. The performance was good, but not what was advertised.  He kept repeating the same lame stage banter. Perhaps he was nervous? That said we’re looking forward to a “make-up show” of sorts. Headliner, Ariel Pink put on a visually explosive performance when we saw the LA artist also known as Ariel Rosenberg at Mohawk in 2016. We missed seeing the band’s gig at The ‘Hawk last year thus the group’s appearance in this preview. 

                  Poster by Robin Gnista

                  Saturday, April, 28

                  The conundrum that is Saturday’s lineup choices is one we wouldn’t put on any devoted psych-rock fan. There’s just too much good music happening on Red River. A clone (or two) would be nice.  Assuming you don’t have a clone either, we made some hard decisions for you. Get out early Saturday for The Rotten Mangoes set at Cheer Up Charlie’s. Known for great cocktails, this the perfect place to catch one of our favorite local acts deliver a sonically pleasing psychedelic experience while you sip a quality libation at happy hour. We recommend the Golden Ticket with kombucha, whiskey, ginger and lavender. After you can hang around for South Americans, Boogarins or try door number two… 

                  Head across the street to Stubb’s for Alex Maas’ latest project, Mien. Comprised of Maas and members of the Horrors and The Earlies, the experimental psych rock group takes different approach to similarly dark material of The Black Angels.  Electronic horrorscape act SURVIVE perform following Mien. The group gained notoriety by writing the theme song to hit Netflix show “Stranger Things.” Headliner, Slowdive is an example of the type of act the festival founders loved as young music fans (the band formed in England in 1989) and booked for the festival when it became apparent the group had been relaunched via a new Twitter account after band members changed musical direction in 1995.

                  Side note: If you’d rather dance your ass off late Saturday evening, head to Empire Control Room and Garage for Austin’s answer to LCD Soundsystem, The Octopus Project. DJ Dan Deacon will take it home after Octopus Project. 

                  Poster by Simon Berndt

                  Sunday, April 27

                  Our recommendation for Sunday might seem obvious. Go see The Black Angels at Stubb’s BBQ. But don’t just go to see the legendary neo-psych pioneers headline the last night of their festival. Don’t get us wrong. It’s going to be amazing. Particularly with visuals from the Mustacio Light Show enhancing your viewing pleasure. But get there early for Austin’s Annabelle Chairlegs who open the show. The group is one of our favorite local acts precisely because their approach to psych-rock is decidedly different than many of their contemporaries. Lead vocalist Lindsay Mackin puts a decidedly pop spin on the songs while guitarist Matt Schweinberg melts faces with his solos. We’re eagerly anticipating their upcoming new album. 

                  San Francisco sister act to TBA, Brian Jonestown Massacre is no stranger to the festival having played LEVITATION twice before. Catch them just prior to The Black Angels closing set. We usually trip out on tambourine player Joel Gion’s massive sideburns and retro-chic clothing while watching bandleader Anton Newcombe shred on guitar. 

                  Tickets to LEVITATION are available for most shows scheduled. Check the festival website for more information. 

                    Join us for a brunch-themed Flea with our good friends at this fantastic new space – Confituras Little Kitchen (2129 Goodrich Ave) on Saturday, April 7th from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.!

                    The Flea features all local handmade items and vintage wares from some of Austin’s most amazing and talented vendors. Find one-of-a-kind gifts for any occasion including jewelry, bath/body products, vintage, original artwork, paper goods, textiles and so much more!

                    Entrance to the event is Free and open to all ages!

                    Handmade. Vintage. Local.