The Week in Cool: April 25-30
That’s right … the Party of the Week is in San Marcos! Plot twist!!
Wednesday, April 25
Mel’s Meals Round Rock Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting
4–6pm • Mel’s Meals, 1208 N. IH 35 Suite W • Free; RSVP requested
Complimentary skinny margaritas by Z Tequila, soda by SANS soda, and music by Daniel Park.
Heartless Bastards In-Store Performance
5pm • Waterloo Records, 6th and Lamar • Free
Free show and free beer from Shiner.
The Wine Down @ ACL Live: Candace Bellamy
5–7pm • ACL Live at Moody Theater, 310 W. 2nd St. • Free
Free show with food by with bites from Hickory Street.
Jenny Lawson: “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened”
7pm • BookPeople, 6th and Lamar • Free
Jenny Lawson speaks about her new book. The talk is free, but you need to buy the book from BookPeople to have it signed.
KVET Free Texas Music Series: Casey Donahew Band w/ Curtis Grimes
8pm • Nutty Brown Café, 12225 Hwy. 290 West • Free
April 25–May 6 • Various times, locations and covers
One of Austin’s most unique festivals, Fusebox features a broad variety of art, theater and dance performances. Many of the events are free or under $10. Check the website for full schedule.
Thursday, April 26
Uncle Billy’s 5th Anniversary Party
11am–Midnight • Uncle Billy’s Brewery & BBQ, 1530 Barton Springs Road • Free
Half-price appetizers and $3 pints all day, plus music by Paul Renna.
Chewing the Fat: Delicious Conversations & Free Waffles
Noon–1pm Thu., Fri., Sat. • Fusebox Festival Hub, 1100 E. 5th St. • Free
You guessed it: free waffles! Chat with Fusebox Artistic Director Ron Berry on Thursday, Steve Moore on Friday, and Phil Soltanoff & Rob Ramirez on Saturday.
Mickey Hart Autograph Signing
5–8pm • Waterloo Records, 6th and Lamar • Free
Mickey Hart of The Grateful Dead will sign copies of his new album, Mysterium Tremendum.
Wild Flour Cakery & Boutique Ribbon Cutting & Grand Opening Weekend
5:30pm • Wild Flour Cakery & Boutique, 316 N Main St., Suite B, Buda • Free
Ribbon-cutting celebration with free treats from the bakery.
AYC’s 3rd Annual Non-Profit Fair
6–7:30pm • LiveStrong, 2201 East 6th St. • Free for AYC members, $5 for non-members
Food, drinks, and networking opportunities at a party showcasing 20 local non-profits.
Beauty For a Purpose
6–9pm • Plain Ivey Jane, 408 W. 2nd St. • Free; donations encouraged
Complimentary wine, cupcakes, mini-makeovers, and music by DJ Mr. Burnz. Benefits ALLIES, an Austin coalition dedicated to raising awareness about human trafficking.
Pinups for Paws Fundraiser
6–9pm • House Wine, 408 Josephine St. • Free
Complimentary appetizers from 7-9. Benefits local dog shelters.
Bangles & Booze: A Do512 Trunk Show
7pm • Do512 Lounge, 2208 S. Lamar • Free; RSVP required
Trunk show with complimentary treats and beverages.
Austin Social Affair’s 1st Annual Margarita Mixer
7pm • The Rattle Inn, 610 Nueces St. • $5 donation
A benefit for the Make-A-Wish Foundation with complimentary Z Tequila margaritas from 7–8pm, drink specials and sales from local vendors.
Unplugged at the Grove with The Gourds
8pm • Shady Grove, 1624 Barton Springs Rd. • Free
Free outdoor show + drink specials.
Thursday Night Social Club
8pm • ColdTowne Theater, 4803-B Airport Blvd. • $5
Every Thursday in April, ColdTowne is opening early to provide free beer and snacks before the improv comedy show.
The Boxing Lesson 7inch Vinyl Release Party
9pm–2am • Hotel Vegas, 1500 E. 6th St. • $5
The Boxing Lesson celebrates the launch of their new record, featuring performances by Purple, [paperthreat] & The Hi-Tones.
Feist Afterparty featuring Dana Falconberry
10pm • Stubb’s Indoors, 800 Red River St. • Free
Free Dana Falconberry show after Feist performs outside.
Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival: Charlie Hodge
10:30pm • Mohawk, 912 Red River St. • Free
Free comedy show.
MR Fest 2012 **Party of the Week**
April 26–28 • Multiple venues around San Marcos Square • Free
Free shows by more than 100 artists, including some of Austin’s best bands: Quiet Company, White Denim, Knifight, Stereo Is a Lie, The White White Lights, Boyfrndz, The Sour Notes, Sphynx, The Eastern Sea, Little Radar, Marmalakes, and Wild Child. Presented by KTSW 899.
Friday, April 27
Del Castillo In-Store Performance
5–6pm • Waterloo Records, 6th and Lamar • Free
Free show and free beer from Shiner.
Lige Williamson, Barebones Orchestra, All Eyes Closed, We The Sea Lions, Pocket Rockets, Boy + Kite
6pm–2am • Skinny’s Ballroom, 115 San Jacinto Blvd. • Cover?
Red Beard Promotions Presents: The Nouns + Follow That Bird + Country Mice + Hot Rod Radio
8pm–2am • Swan Dive, 615 Red River • $5
Saturday, April 28
15th Annual Buda Country Fair and Wiener Dog Races
8am–6pm • Main Street and San Antonio St., Buda • $3 adults, free for kids 12 and under
Wiener dogs racing each other! Also: cook-off, bake-off, pet parade, washer tournament and lots of other activities. Benefits the Buda Lions Club.
Austin Dragon Boat Festival
10am–3pm • Festival Beach at Town Lake, Waller St. @ Festival Beach Rd. • Free
Another distinctly Austin event, the Dragon Boat Festival features dragon boat races, dancing, music, martial arts, games, food, and more.
Eeyore’s 49th Annual Birthday Party
11am–Dark • Pease Park, Lamar and MLK • Free
One of Austin’s oldest traditions, this crazy hippie-fest has something for almost everyone — hula hoops, maypoles, face painting, music, and a lot more. Feel free to come in costume and bring an instrument, and prepare to experience the original standard for keeping Austin weird.
EcoAustin Spring Fling
Noon–6pm • Hops & Grain Brewery, 507 Calles Street #101 • $10 suggested donation
Free Hops & Grain beer and live music by The Niel Nasset Band, Patton Sparks, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, Taylor Pritchet, and Dallas Seely. Donations benefit the Trail Foundation of Austin.
South Austin Pitch and Pooch Family Golf Outing and Canine Extravaganza
Noon–8pm • Butler Park Pitch and Putt, 301 Lee Barton Drive • $5 suggested donation
A benefit for The Dream Come True Foundation featuring food catered by P. Terry’s, a dog costume contest, a silent auction, golf, music and dance performances.
Applied Pressure presents: NickNack - State Machine LP Release Party
9pm–2am • The Belmont, 305 W. 6th St. • Free
Sets by NickNack and The LOEGz, Lophi, BoomBaptist, ABT, Bird Peterson, Kid Slyce, 4th Wall, Hobo D, and Goon.
Blue October Afterparty featuring Eyes Burn Electric
11pm • Stubb’s Indoors, 800 Red River St. • Free
Free Eyes Burn Electric show after Blue October performs outside.
Sunday, April 29
Jessie Street Eats Grand Opening
11am–2pm • Jessie Street Eats, 415 Jessie St. • Free
Live music, free beer, and food from Clem’s Hot Diggity Dogs, Mister Fruit Cup, Bahn-Bahn, Chocosutra, Ice Cream Social, Fatback Boucherie, plus an eating contest featuring Hungry Todd Rungy.
Oldies But Goodies
Noon–3pm • Parts + Labour, 1117 South Congress Ave. • Free; donations accepted
A benefit for Austin Pets Alive featuring complimentary snacks and beverages from Jo’s Coffee and Tito’s Vodka, dog treats from Sugar Mama’s, a raffle, a dog photo booth, and a chance to adopt some older loveable dogs.
Mohawk Beach Party Series Presents: Burgess Meredith
5–9pm • Mohawk, 912 Red River St. • Free
Food by Frank, sno-cones, giveaways, drink specials, and music by Burgess Meredith + DJ Saturday Night Matador. Sponsored by Pucker Vodka, Crispin Cider and Frank.
Little Radar Album Release Show, with The Couch + The Baker Family
8pm–2am • Mohawk, 912 Red River St. • $6
Our friends Little Radar celebrate the release of their first full-length album.
Monday, April 30
The Good Music Club #4
7pm • The ND @ 501 Studios, 501 N. I-35 • Free
Free show and professional live taping with 5-song sets by Lonesome Heroes, The Sour Notes, Frank Smith & The Dalles. The first 100 drinks are sponsored by Tito’s Vodka.