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Austin Dia de los Muertos Official Guide October 21-November 4 What is Dia de los Muertos? Dia de los Muertos—the Day of the Dead—is a holiday celebrated on November 1 and 2.The holiday was brought to the Americas by the Spanish conquistadores through All Saints Day and All Souls Day, which Aztec and Mayan people combined with their own ancient beliefs honoring their deceased loved ones. Through festivals and lively celebrations, Dia de los Muertos celebrates the lives of the deceased with food, drink, parties, and activities the dead enjoyed in life. Dia de los Muertos recognizes death as a natural part of the human experience,
a continuum with birth, childhood, and growing up to become a contributing member of the community. On Dia de los Muertos, the dead are also a part of the community, awakened from their eternal sleep to share celebrations with their loved ones. The legend of Dia de los Muertos is anchored on the idea that the gates of heaven are opened at midnight on October 31, and the spirits of all deceased children are allowed to reunite with their families for 24 hours. On November 2, the spirits of the adults come down to enjoy the festivities that are prepared for them. In many villages, beautiful altars are made in each home. They are decorated with candles, buckets
of “cempasuchil” or wild marigolds flowers, mounds of fruit, peanuts, plates of mole, stacks of tortillas and big Day-of-the-Dead breads called “pan de muerto.” The altar will have plenty of food, hot cocoa and water for the weary spirits. Toys and candies are left for the young souls, and cigarettes and shots of mezcal are offered to the adult spirits. Although marked throughout Latin America, Dia de los Muertos is most strongly associated with Mexico, where the tradition originated. The most familiar symbol of Dia de los Muertos may be the “calacas” and “calaveras” (skeletons and skulls), which appear everywhere during the holiday: in candied sweets, as parade masks, as dolls. These
are also placed on the altars for decoration. On the afternoon of November 2, the festivities are taken to the cemetery. People clean and decorate tombs with flowers and get together to listen to the village band and reminisce about their loved ones. Day of the Dead has been a part of our communities in Texas for centuries. Austin Dia de los Muertos has a variety of activities to offer in the area, from a procession, parties, festivals and more. Keep reading to find out how you can celebrate Dia de los Muertos with family and friends this year!
October 22nd, 4-7pm Zilker Hillside Theater Our World Family Music Festival Join many of the cultures that make up our Austin family as our Cultural Centers and Museums bring a multicultural hoedown of music, food and family fun 2206 William Barton Dr. Austin, Texas 78746
More information at: austintexas.gov/zht
October 21st, 4-10pm Mexican American Cultural Center Dia de los Muertos Festival Celebrating Life and Loved ones who have passed 600 River St. Austin, Texas 78701 More information at: austintexas.gov/esb-macc
October 26th, 7-9pm George Washington Carver Museum Artist Reggie Thomas shares a new body of work in glass and metal that examines human forms *exhibiting until January 13th
1165 Angelina St., Austin, TX 78702 More information at: austintexas.gov/gwc
Visit our Facebook page for all upcoming events! facebook.com/ArtsInParks The City of Austin is proud to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you require assistance for participation in our programs or use of our facilities, please call 512-974-3914.
Dia de los Muertos at the ESB-MACC The City of Austin’s Emma S. Barrientos-Mexican American Cultural Center will have a variety of activities associated with their seventh annual Día de los Muertos event, including sugar skull making, altar building and a car show. The culminating event, dedicated to Anthony Quinn Ortiz, Jr., will be held on Saturday, Oct. 21, from 3-7 p.m. This is the largest annual event at the ESB-MACC, and is free, open to the public and a great outing for families (feel free to bring chairs). The event will also include live music and entertainment, family art activities, a costume contest and more. Performers will include Clemencia Zapata, Susana Torres, Johnny Degollado, Accordion & Conjunto Allstars, and Las Corbetas, Anthony Ortiz, Jr.’s family mariachi band. Anthony passed away last July after a 10-month battle with cancer. The young, talented musician made an invaluable impact at the ESB-MACC as an artist, teacher and friend. Anthony’s introduction to the ESB-MACC was in 2008, when he performed at the Texas Folk Life Big Squeeze competition. He graduated from Austin High School in 2014 and was studying at Austin Community College. He performed with his father and his grandfather with Las Corbetas. The ESB-MACC also invites the community to participate in their annual Day of the Dead celebration by displaying customs or classic cars or bikes. This colorful community event grows every year, and it continues to provide an opportunity to celebrate Latino culture. Altars are also suggested and may be placed inside or outside a vehicle.
Display your pride and car or bike this year for a chance to win a special prize. The public is also encouraged to install a temporary altar outside along the perimeter of the zócalo. As part of the Día de los Muertos tradition, altars, or ofrendas, are built to commemorate loved ones who have passed away including family, friends, or even well-known leaders and activists. Ofrendas can also function as artworks in their own right. Altar applications are available online. There will also be family activities throughout the month of October, including workshops for making sugar skulls and a special storybook performance (see below for dates and times). These are handson workshops where both children and adults are invited to create traditional Days of the Dead crafts. Participants will learn more about the significance of Día de los Muertos and the beginning process of the sugar skull construction.
Join us with Clemencia Zapata, Susana Torres, Los Corbetas, Johnny Degollado, Accordion & Conjunto All-stars
DIA DE LOS MUERTOS WORKSHOPS: Saturday, Oct. 7: Bella Muerte, Dulce Vida Sugar Skulls Workshops (10 a.m.- 12:30 p.m., Black Box) / Dia con las Calaveras Storybook Performance (3 - 5 p.m., Black Box) Saturday, Oct. 14: Bella Muerte, Dulce Vida Sugar Skulls Workshops (10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., VA Room) Saturday, Oct. 21: Bella Muerte, Dulce Vida Sugar Skulls Workshops (10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., VA Room) For more information and to apply for the community altar contest, please visit maccaustin.org.
SHOW AND SHINE TRUCK, CAR, MOTOCYCLE & LOW RIDER BICYCLE COMMUNITY ALTARS DIA DE LOS MUERTOS WORkSHOpS: Saturday, Oct. 7: Bella Muerte, Dulce Vida Sugar Skulls Workshops (10 a.m.- 12:30 p.m., Black Box)) / Dia con las Calaveras Storybook Performance (3 – 5 p.m., Black Box) Saturday, Oct. 14 and Oct. 21: Bella Muerte, Dulce Vida Sugar Skulls Workshops (10 a.m.- 12:30 p.m., VA Room) For more information, call 512-974-3785 or visit maccaustin.org TODO AUSTIN // OCT 2017 // TODOAUSTIN.COM 05
Mexic-Arte’s Viva La Vida Festival and Parade By Liz Lopez
Mexic-Arte Museum is host to Austin’s largest and longest-running Dia de Los Muertos event and this 34th annual festival and parade features various activities for the whole family and special highlights. Make plans to spend the afternoon and early evening in downtown Austin on Saturday, Oct. 28 taking pictures with parade props that include large-scale moving sculptures and “mojigangas” or finding a special place along the parade route to view the grand procession from noon to 1 p.m. All the while, the street festival will feature artist vendors, live music, food trucks, a costume contest, an Austin Low-rider exhibition and showcase, casket artwork, plus a Dia de Los Muertos Mercado, from noon through 8 p.m.. If you want to be more than a spectator of the procession, you are welcome to participate with any of the sections of the parade, which include
pre-Columbian, Mexico Lindo, Juan Gabriel, and Austin Weird. People of all ages (individuals, families or groups) are invited to dress in calavera or skeleton costumes, carry a portable altar and noise makers and even bring their Chihuahua dogs. Aztec, samba and Ballet Folklorico dancers, as well as colorfully decorated cars, are invited to be a part of the joyful procession. This year, the parade will dedicate a special section to Frida Kahlo in honor of the 110th anniversary of her birth. There is no fee to participate, but parade registration is required ahead of time. The parade staging is at 10 a.m. (5th St. between I35 North Frontage Road and Waller Street) and it begins moving at noon, traveling west on 6th Street to the festival location at the corner of 4th Street and Congress. Educational activities will also be offered from noon to 6 p.m. the same day for free at the Frost Bank Tower Plaza, 401 Congress Avenue.
Main Gallery and Annex Gallery during museum hours.
Mexic-Arte will also offer several exhibits running through November 26. “Love to Death: Community Altars” is an opportunity for artists, community groups and individuals to create commemorative altars dedicated to the lives of influential figures who served the Austin community, figures from popular culture and loved ones who have passed. The altars will be on exhibit at the museum’s North
The exhibition of “Diego and Frida: A Smile in the Middle of the Way” features photography that presents the encounters and discussions of this famous couple of the twentieth century through works by Guillermo Kahlo, Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Edward Weston, Peter Jules, Ansel Adams, Nicholas Muray, Leo Matiz, Guillermo Zamora, Juan Guzmán, and others from the Museum
Round Rock Dia de los Muertos Festival
Pflugerville Public Library’s Día de los Muertos
By Selicia Sanchez-Adame
Please join the Round Rock Ballet Folklorico for the Fifth Annual Dia de los Muertos Festival on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 2 - 10 p.m. at the Centennial Plaza, located at 301 W. Bagdad Ave. in Round Rock. The event kicks off at 2 p.m. with performances by Copperfield Elementary Ballet Folklorico at 2:15 p.m., Round Rock Ballet Folklorico at 2:30 p.m., Lehman High School Mariachi from Kyle at 3 p.m., Ballet Folklorico South Texas College at 4 p.m. and Alexandra Dorantes at 4:30 p.m. There will also be arts and crafts for the family to enjoy during the day. To continue with the festivities, the evening will feature a parade through downtown Round Rock right before night fall at 5:15 p.m. The parade participants include local dance groups of all ages, as well as community residents who are welcome to wear their favorite Dia de los Muertos costume and even bring their pets along. The parade will be followed with performances by 06 TODO AUSTIN // OCT 2017 // TODOAUSTIN.COM
Rick Fuentes & The Brown Express at 5:45 p.m., Round Rock Ballet Folklorico at 6:40 p.m. and Dia Cero at 7 p.m. To conclude the day-long celebration, Round Rock Dia de los Muertos Festival is proud to announce this year’s headliner, Las Fenix. Back by pipular demand, Las Fenix is an all-female band of five sisters from Houston with a strong following base. New this year, the event will feature a truck exhibit showcasing all Ford truck models that are 1979 and older. The family-friendly event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Yolanda Sanchez with Round Rock Ballet Folklorico at 512-659-5667 or visit austindayofthedead.com.
Join the Pflugerville Public Library’s Día de los Muertos celebration on Saturday, Oct. 28. The celebration starts at 2 p.m. with a special bilingual story time with Ms. Silvia. She will share the history of the holiday and will read two stories: “The Day of the Dead/El Día de los Muertos” by Bob Barner and “Día de los Muertos” by Roseanne Greenfield Thong. After story time, guests can enjoy several crafts
House-Studio Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. MexicArte Museum will celebrate the 110th anniversary of Frida Kahlo through an altar and special silkscreens of the artist. The exhibit is open during museum hours at Mexic-Arte’s South Main Gallery. Viva La Vida is co-sponsored by the City of Austin. For more information on volunteering, vendor applications and other details, please visit mexicartemuseumevents.org. while watching a Día de los Muertos-themed animated movie. The library will provide tissue paper for guests to make paper marigolds and papel picado. There will also be calavera crafts. Personalize a paper skull or decorate a real sugar skull with icing, miniature paper flowers, and sequins. All ages are welcome. Materials for crafts will be provided while supplies last. The Library is located at 1008 W. Pfluger St. in Pflugerville. More information at library. pflugervilletx.gov.
Marble Falls Día de los Muertos Marta Stafford Fine Art presents Chaski in a Día de los Muertos event in Marble Falls on Thursday, Nov. 2, 6:30 p.m. at 200 Main Street. Guest guitarist and charanguista Dan Dickey joins harpist Shana Norton and flutist Adrienne Inglis. Chaski performs from its eclectic, multigenre repertoire including Latin American folk music, contemporary works and early music. Chaski also guarantees to enthrall with amazing instruments, colorful costumes and audience participation. Ethnomusicologist, teacher, and
musician Dan Dickey was a director of Andean music, Central American marimba, and mariachi ensembles at the University of Texas at Austin. Dickey also conducted extensive research on corridos, a popular form of Mexican and Chicano musical ballads.
VIVA LA VIDA
34th Annual Festival & Parade Celebrating Day of the Dead Saturday, October 28th 12 noon – 8 pm 4th St. between Colorado & Brazos FREE ADMISSION bit.ly/DDLM17
Line Up: 10am–12 noon on 5th St. between I-35 Northbound Frontage Road & Waller St. Route: West on 6th St. to the festival location at 4th and Congress Special Parade Component: An homage to Frida Kahlo honoring the 110th anniversary of her birth.
FESTIVAL Time: 12 noon - 8 pm Street Location: 4th Street between Colorado and Brazos Activities: Live Music, Costume Contest, Austin Lowriding Exhibition & Showcase, Casket Artwork, Día de los Muertos Mercado, Food Trucks, and more!
EXHIBITIONS Diego and Frida: A Smile in the Middle of the Way and Love to Death: Day of the Dead Community Altars coincide with the Museum’s Celebration of Día de los Muertos. At Mexic-Arte Museum, 419 Congress Avenue.
This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department. This program is made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Special thanks to the City of Austin Hispanic/Latino Quality of Life Advisory Commission.
Celebration continues Austin DIA DE LOS MUERTOS: LIVE MUSIC and FILM the
HORROR FILM THEMED DRAG SHOW BY DIE FELICIA // Elysium // Thursday, Oct. 19
Darke Complex, Reign, and Xvia.
Louisianna Purchase and Zane Zena are returning to their roots for October’s Die Felicia. The show will celebrate the classic films that started our love of horror: universal monsters! Drag Dracula, Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, Creature From the Black Lagoon, Bride of Frankenstein and more. Special guests this month are Papi Churro and Estee Slaughter. There will be a costume contest for prizes. Doors open at 10 p.m. Show at 11 p.m. 18 and up. Cover is $6.
Doors open at 12 p.m. General admission tickets and VIP packages available now. VIP Packages include admission to Texas Revolution Fest at the Come and Take It Live, access to VIP viewing balcony, TXRF 2017 poster, TXRF 2017 VIP collector’s laminate, one complimentary slice of Hoek’s Death Metal Trailer pizza, two complimentary beverages included (alcohol for ages 21+ only) and early entry to venue. Visit comeandtakeitproductions.com to purchase tickets.
TEXAS DRAG SHOW MASSACRE IV WITH VANDER VON ODD // Elysium // Friday, Oct. 20
DEATH BY FESTIVAL // The North Door // Saturday, Oct. 28
Poo Poo Platter’s Texas Drag Show Massacre returns for its fourth year with special guest Vander Von Odd, the first Drag Supermonster of Dragula! Come out and see Vander, the girls of Poo Poo Platter and friends pay tribute to some of their favorite horror movies. Terrifying opening set by Future Blondes and DJ Daddie Dearest. Doors open at 10 p.m. Show at 10:30 p.m. 18 and up. Tickets are $7 presale and $10 at the door. L.A. Witch // Sidewinder // Saturday, Oct. 21
Margin Walker presents L.A. Witch at the Sidewinder this fall. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance and $14 the day of the show. All ages welcome. EMPLOYER, EMPLOYEE HARVEY RELIEF BENEFIT // Sidewinder // Friday, Oct. 27 Texans helping Texans rebuild! This show features Obedience (10-10:30 p.m.), Blk Ops (10:4511:15 p.m.), Fuck Work (11:30 p.m.-12 a.m.) and Employer, Employee (12:15-12:45 a.m.). Doors open at 9 p.m. DJ set before, between and after bands by The Gersch. Tickets are $8 up 21 and $10 under 21. All ages welcome.
3TEETH ON HALLOWEEN NIGHT // Empire Control Room & Garage // Tuesday, Oct. 31
Features electronic, Outlaw country, and Texas thrash metal legends Deadhorse from Houston. Join for an epic day of horror film screenings with live Q&As and extreme music in Austin. Taking place on Halloween weekend, 100 percent of the profits of this event will be donated to the Red Cross and Austin Pets Alive to support Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. Films and Q&As will take place in the morning and afternoon. Films include the world premiere for “Coffin Joe’s Heart of Darkness,” featuring a live Q&A with Co-Director Marcelo Colaiacovo and the Texas premiere for “American Guinea Pig - Song of Solomon,” featuring a live Q&A with Director Stephen Biro. Additional films to be announced once submissions close. Bands such as Shattered Sun, David Vincent from Morbid Angel, Deadhorse, Curse Mackey and Goatcraft will come out at night to burn faces off. Tickets are for sale now online. Music and Film pass is $30, music-only pass is $20. VIP passes available, which include table seating in the artist’s lounge balcony, an official DBF t-shirt and official DBF poster.
TEXAS REVOLUTION FEST 2017 // Come and Take It Live // Saturday, Oct. 28
For film submissions and more information, visit deathbyfestival.com.
Presented by Come and Take It Productions and Cowboy Harley-Davidson, Texas Revolution Fest will feature Upon A Burning Body, Fire From The Gods, Impending Doom, King 810, Witihin The Ruins, Rivers Of Nihil, Enterprise Earth, Aversions Crown, Traitors, Currents, Prison, Bodysnatcher,
HELLOWEEN 2: DEMON’S NIGHT // Elysium // Saturday, Oct. 28
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Society, Austin Witches Circle, Blood Over Texas, Other Worlds Austin and Zombie Life) as they join forces to throw the best Halloween party in town— horror style. Watch the horror imagery on the TVs; dance the night away with our DJ, spinning a mixture of Witchwave, Industrial, Horror, Goth and everything dark and devilish; get your tarot cards read; see horror-inspired performances featuring burlesque, drag and circus; enter the costume contest to win prizes and bragging rights; and take a picture with your friends in the horrific photo booth. This year’s theme is Demons so come prepared to sell your souls. Ages 21and up pay $5. Ages18 and up pay $7.
A dance party and celebration made by horror fans for horror fans. For the second year, join your local horror and dark community groups (Austin Horror
Rona Rougeheart of SINE
Halloween Night at Empire Control Room will feature an eclectic lineup of dark wave, electronic and industrial dance music. Headlined by LAbased breakout band 3teeth, who will be making their first Austin appearance since touring with TOOL and Rammstein, their sound evokes the classic 90’s Wax Trax era sound of KMFDM, Ministry and the likes while offering a modernized perspective to the genre. Local industrial icon Curse Mackey (Pigface, Thrill Kill Kult, Evil Mothers) will also perform along with Austin’s buzz worthy SINE. Fronted by Rona Rougeheart, SINE delivers a dark, enchanting aura reminiscent of Curve, Garbage and Depeche Mode. Austin’s angular, blissfully chaotic alternative rock act Bloody Knives along with the mysterious modular electronics of Black Magic Cyborg round out this sure-to-becompelling lineup. San Antonio’s premiere indieelectronic DJ Misery Machine will kick it all off. Doors open at 8 p.m. Cover is $10. The World is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die // Sidewinder // Tuesday, Oct. 31 Margin Walker presents The World is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die with Rozwell Kid, Adjy on Halloween night. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The World is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die have announced the forthcoming release of their third full-length album, “Always Foreign.” Due out September 29 on Epitaph, “Always Foreign” follows the Connecticut-bred collective’s acclaimed 2015 album “Harmlessness.” ALL SAINTS DAY SHOW WITH TROKER
Empire Control Room & Garage // Wednesday, Nov. 1
Troker, Photo by Calavera Estudio
If Salvador Dali ever made a heist movie, then Mexico’s Troker would have been the soundtrack. Hailing from the land where tequila has long been its most famous export, Troker may just be the most important new musical export today. Troker’s sound careens between the sublime and the dangerous; a blend where metal riffage merges with powerhouse funk drumming and DJ scratching, with melodic horn lines pull from jazz and mariachi traditions. Troker is a band that cannot be pigeonholed into any one genre. The show will feature an album preview of “Imperfecto.” Ages 21 and up. Cover is $12 and show begins at 7 p.m. More information at empireatx.com. ALL SOULS DAY SHOW W/ LESLY REYNAGA Barracuda // Thursday, Nov. 2 This Dia de los Muertos, join Lesly Reynaga and friends for a festive show on All Souls Day. Rock your calavera makeup and your most festive Dia de los Muertos outfit in a celebration of life and culture through a blend of rock, soul and mariachi music. Cover is $8. Doors at 9 p.m. More information at leslyreynaga.com. MOSH FOR A CAUSE (BENEFITTING CODY RUTHVEN) // Come and Take It Live // Friday, Nov. 3 Come and Take It Productions presents Mosh For a Cause, benefitting Cody Ruthven. The event features Covina, Combat, Aphotic Contrivance, Birth At The Massacres House, Gnarwolf, Minds & Machines, Dead Gods, and Harlyn Rose. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 the day of the show. This event is all ages, however, anyone under the age of 21 will be charged an additional ‘minor surcharge’ at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased at comeandtakeitproductions.com.
Texas Folklife presents ‘La Santa Muerte’
of San Angelo; and interviews with vendors of Santa Muerte devotional objects.
Austin Symphony’s Halloween Children’s Concert
The film features Dr. Andrew Chesnut a leading religious studies scholar and author of the first monograph on the subject; Dr. Malgorzata Oleszkiewicz-Peralba; Jungian analyst Dr. Priscilla Murr; Santa Muerte devotee and folk healer Marisela Guevara; Reverend Michael D. Pfeifer OMI, Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese
Film screenings and panel discussions will be held throughout the fall in Texas and Virginia. The film premiere will be a showing in Austin at Santa Cruz Theater on Tuesday, October 3, featuring a panel discussion with scholar Andrew Chesnut and filmmakers. “We are very proud to announce the release of this documentary short about La Santa Muerte,” said Texas Folklife Executive Director Charlie Lockwood. “It has taken several years to bring this project to fruition and we are extremely happy with the result. The film tackles an interesting and fascinating cultural phenomenon and tries to get at the underlying reasons for its emergence in today’s world, and its meaning in Texas. In order to explore la Santa Muerte we have brought together scholars, psychologists, religious leaders, and faith healers to help us better understand this folk spiritual practice, its following, and its emergent popularity. We invite you to try and catch one of the screenings this fall.”
Dia de los Muertos 5K Run/ Walk
Richard Hernandez Jr., who lost his life at age 18 after being hit by a vehicle while he was out for a run, will also be mentioned in remembrance.
Planet K Dia de los Muertos Fireworks Celebration
Come on out to celebrate Día de los Muertos on Saturday, Oct. 28 at the fifth annual morning 5K Run/Walk at Hernandez Elementary on 333 Stagecoach Trail in San Marcos. The race features face painting; photos with event mascots Catrina and Juanito; music by DJ Jesse Cruz/Jammin X-Press; door prizes and multiple chances to win unique trophy prizes. Guests are invited to place their name and photo on this year’s new Day of the Dead altar.
Proceeds are allocated to the Johnnie T. Rosales Memorial Scholarship and the Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos. More information at austindayofthedead.com.
Planet K Texas, in partnership with The Phogg Phoundation for the Pursuit of Happiness (a private non-profit (501[c]3) organization), will host its 10th Annual Dia De Los Muertos Fireworks Celebration in Austin on Halloween night, Tuesday Oct. 31. The Free Halloween fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m., and take place behind Krieg Baseball Fields, on S. Pleasant Valley Rd., just south of the Colorado River. While the fireworks are visible from all of East Austin and beyond, Krieg Baseball Fields are a great place to enjoy the show.
Texas Folklife is releasing a short documentary that explores the popularity of “La Santa Muerte” (“Saint Death” or “Holy Death”). Texas is one of the epicenters of devotion to La Santa Muerte, a controversial Mexican folk saint who personifies death. Through the perspectives of devotees, scholars, the media and members of the clergy, “La Santa Muerte: A Folk Saint in Texas” explores the rising presence of Santa Muerte in communities across Texas; from its controversial significance as a folk saint, to its condemnation by the Catholic Church, the impact it has on religious freedom and the place it holds among forbidden female deities.
This year’s Día de los Muertos honoree, Mr. Rick Hernandez, will be celebrated for his lifetime of service to the San Marcos community. Rick’s son,
Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos The Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos invites the community to the Dia de los Muertos celebration scheduled on October 28, 11 a.m. 5 p.m. There will be entertainment, music, food and family activities for all to enjoy. The cultural center opened its doors in 2010 and has since provided a unique space for people to learn about or share their Hispanic heritage and to participate in programs involving visual arts, theater, dance, literature, music, multimedia,
and the culinary arts. The Centro’s Southside location lies at the heart of what was one of the first Mexican American “barrios” of San Marcos. The building on 211 Lee Street was originally the Mexican school during a time when education was a segregated institution in San Marcos. Today, the building is a symbol and testament of the progress the Hispanic community has made over the past century for equality. For more details, visit sanmarcoscentro.org.
It’s creepy, crawly and so much fun it’s spooky! Little ghosts and goblins will help haunt the concert’s new location, the AISD Performing Arts Center, for the Austin Symphony’s annual Halloween Children’s Concert. This exciting concert features frightfully fun symphonic music that is stimulating for young eyes and ears (ages two to 10). The entire family is invited to dress up in their favorite costume and enjoy “boo-tiful” music with their Austin Symphony Orchestra.
The concert will be held on Sunday, Oct. 29 and there are two different show times: 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. The AISD Performing Arts Center is located at 1500 Barbara Jordan Blvd. For tickets and more info., please visit austinsymphony.org.
New this year, other than the venue, is an assigned seating option. This season’s featured piece will be the always popular piece “Peter and the Wolf.” A “symphonic fairy tale for children,” the piece is a musical composition written by Sergei Prokofiev in 1936. The narrator tells a children’s story, while the orchestra illustrates it. It is Prokofiev’s most frequently performed work, and one of the most frequently performed works in the entire classical repertoire. It has been recorded many times. House The Homeless (housethehomeless. org), Austin Harm Reduction Coalition (austinharmreduction.org), Meals on Wheels Central Texas (mealsonwheelscentraltexas. org) and Austin Pets Alive (austinpetsalive. org). More information available at planetktexasfireworks.com.
Planet K is committed to giving back to our communities and has raised tens of thousands of dollars over the past decade collecting money as well as clothing, food & toys year round at all of their 19 Central Texas locations. Planet K’s Annual Fireworks Celebration hopes to bring people together during the traditional Mexican holiday, Dia De Los Muertos. This year, Planet K honors departed friends and family members with two huge fireworks shows. These shows encourage citizens of both cities to come together and celebrate the lives of loved ones past.Austin beneficiaries are Central Texas Food Bank (centraltexasfoodbank.org), TODO AUSTIN // OCT 2017 // TODOAUSTIN.COM 09
Austin Public Library Dia de los Muertos It’s time for books, stories and fun, with laughing skulls, lively music and mask-making amidst fluttering butterflies. Dia de los Muertos is a time to remember, a time to laugh at death and dance with our skeleton family, and especially a time to enjoy and have fun with our loved ones.
based art program is for people of all ages. All events are free and open to the public. PROGRAM LOCATIONS: Twin Oaks Branch, Thursday, Oct. 12, 4 p.m. Windsor Park Branch, Monday, Oct. 23, 5 p.m. Pleasant Hill Branch, Tuesday, Oct. 24, 3:30 p.m. Manchaca Road Branch, Thursday, Oct. 26, 6:30 p.m. Recycled Reads Bookstore, Friday, Oct. 27, 3:30 p.m. Ruiz Branch, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 4 p.m. Dove Springs Recreation Center, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 6:30 p.m.
The Austin Public Library will be having a series of Dia de los Muertos celebrations throughout October and early November, so come enjoy a great fiesta, dance, be merry and make your calaca (skull) mask!
Cepeda Branch, Wednesday, Nov. 1, 6 p.m.
Dia de los Muertos festivities will be held at 11 locations around Austin. The family literacy-
Hampton Branch at Oak Hill, Friday, Nov. 3, 3:30 p.m.
Higher Ed Dia de los Muertos Higher education in Austin comes with an annual course in the great civilizations of Mesoamerica, the legacy of Latin culture and the ubiquitous celebration of Dia de los Muertos. At the University of Texas at Austin, Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity – Eta Alpha Chapter does the Day of the Dead up big, and hosts its annual Dia de los Muertos event on Wednesday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. at the UT Tower on the Main Mall. Celebrate Dia de los Muertos on campus at the University of Texas. Decorate traditional sugar skulls with icing and crafts, drink Mexican hot chocolate, try some candy, build altars, get your face painted and participate in campus-wide activities to experience and educate yourself on Mexican-American culture. The event is free and open to the public. For more info go to www. texasbetas.org 10 TODO AUSTIN // OCT 2017 // TODOAUSTIN.COM
Willie Mae Kirk Branch, Thursday, Nov. 2, 6:30 p.m. Central Library, Friday, Nov. 3, 10:30 a.m.
Austin Community College’s Catch the Next (CTN) Project events are held during the fall and spring semesters. On Thursday Nov. 2, students will work on their campus to develop an “Altar de Muertos” where they will display photos and mementos from a person they admire, or a family member who passed away. Students can invite their mentors to this special opportunity. For more info see www.austincc.edu/support-andservices/student-experience-and-community/ catch-the-next St. Edward’s University invites the public to a campus celebration of Dia de los Muertos on Thursday, Nov., 12:45-1:45 p.m. at the Ragsdale Center at St. Edward’s University (3001 S Congress Ave). It’s a day to honor our beloved dead, with entertainment and refreshments. An altar will be arranged earlier. The event is hosted by St. Edward’s CAMP, the College Assistance Migrant Program is dedicated to serving the higher education needs of migrant students at St. Edward’s.
Eastside Pop Up Nights Día de los Muertos / Halloween Edition Eastside Pop Up Nights is back on Thursday, Oct. 12, 7 p.m.-1 a.m. at Hotel Vegas (1500 E. 6th St.) with a special Día de los Muertos / Halloween Edition. Join in the fun for a night of drinking, dancing and handcrafted market shopping
Luke’s Barbell Club Día de los Muertos Deadlift
under the beautiful Texas sky. Come early and enjoy one of the best happy hours around and stay late to dance the night away with deejay ulovei. Hotel Vegas Concession Stand will be open and serving up tasty bites. The event is free (21+ up). Hotel Vegas Bar is located in the heart of the East Sixth Street arts and entertainment district on the east end of the Salinas Building, next to neighboring sister bar, The Volstead Lounge. Hotel Vegas Bar offers live music and DJ’s every night.
Luke’s Barbell Club hosts its sixth annual Día de los Muertos Deadlift Celebration on Saturday, Oct. 21, 10 a.m. at 3637 Far West Blvd. Ste. G.
costumes, and your favorite socks. Event rules include: belts allowed; no straps; three lifts. Grip must be outside your stance. You will “weigh out” after your final lift. Top lift will be scored by coefficient. All participants receive a t-shirt and prizes will be awarded for the top three men and top three women.
Celebrate strength with the community and you’re encouraged to bring on the face paint,
Tickets are $30. For more information go to lukesbarbellclub.com.
Día de los Muertos Class and Party
our passed loved ones and celebrating their life as well.
Join Austin Metaphysical Academy as we honor our loved ones who passed and learn about the Día de los Muertos tradition on Thursday, Nov. 2, 7-10 p.m. at 14214 Anita Marie Lane in Austin. Traditional food and drink will be served as we learn about the holiday’s history and traditions.
Please bring a photo of or belonging of the loved ones that you would like to honor. A dish that your ancestors may have loved that you would like to share is also encouraged. We will provide all other materials needed. Cost is $20. This will be a fun, informative and rewarding event.
You will learn how to set up an ancestor altar and how to honor your loved ones that passed. We will be doing a group prayer for
For more information, contact Ricardo Gonzales, 512.560.8907, or go to austinmetaphysicalacademy.com.
MARIACHI USA fesTex The 1st Annual MARIACHI USA fesTex is slated for Saturday, Nov. 4 at the Austin360 Amphitheater, Circuit of the Americas. For over 29 years the MARIACHI USA festival has played to sold out audiences at the Hollywood Bowl, making it the premier mariachi festival in the world. Founded and created by artist/producer Rodri J. Rodriguez in 1990, the festival plays homage to an important music genre and cultural tradition. MARIACHI USA celebrates the rich mariachi music tradition that many Mexicans take pride in and non-Mexicans embrace as the happy music of the world. Today, it is enjoyed across the world and by countless ethnicities. Now with a second home in Austin, the festival will allow new generations to experience the joy and passion that keeps families returning to the Hollywood Bowl to relive the magic. Día de los Muertos weekend will be celebrated con puro mariachi with doors opening at 3p.m. for fans to enjoy pre-show festivities, including face-painting to those feeling festive. The 4.5hour show begins at 6 p.m. with an all-mariachi National Anthem overture, followed by the parade of world-class musicians. Featuring Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlan from Guadalajara; the legendary Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano; the two-time Grammy Nominated Mariachi Los Arrieros from McAllen, Texas; Mariachi Campanas de America from San Antonio; the all-female Mariachi Las Alteñas; and Special Guest Trio Los Panchos. Illuminated by a full moon, and a starry Austin sky, MARIACHI USA will transport you to a world where your spirit is recharged in celebrating family, pride, and tradition. The stage will be transformed into a giant Día De Los Muertos Altar. The show will feature traditional Día de los Muertos music and folklorico dances by the Guadalupe Dance Company, and culminate with a spectacular sing-a-long firework finale. The amphitheater pit will have VIP tables of six available exclusively at mariachiusa.com. All other seats on sale at austin360amphitheater.com.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlan, from Guadalajara, Jalisco (birthplace of mariachi) is currently the favorite worldwide due to their impeccable arrangements, traditional interpretations and showmanship. Mariachi Los Camperos De Nati Cano is a two-time GRAMMY Award recipient mariachi, originated in 1961. Their violin section is the strongest in this genre and their vocal strength is breathtaking. The new generation of Los Camperos’ charge of maintaining mariachi excellence is at its best. Mariachi Campanas De America, from San Antonio, Texas, has long been the White House favorite and the San Antonio Spurs’ National Anthem mariachi. Their long-standing nontraditional approach to mariachi is the inclusion of sax, keyboards, and congas, earning them consistent standing ovations. Mariachi Las Alteñas is an all-female Mariachi equally stunning as they are learned musicians. Texas’s first all-female mariachi, they excel in their interpretations adding a unique flavor to what has been traditionally a male-dominated genre. Mariachi Los Arrieros Del Valle, based in McAllen, Texas, always delivers stellar performances featuring harmonious vocals, masterful execution of classical, traditional, and contemporary arrangements. Their vibrant stage presence has wow factor. Trio Los Panchos is unequivocally the world’s most famous trio, based in Veracruz, Mexico. Gaby Vargas is the group’s only second requinto player since his father Alfredo El Güero Gil passed. El Güero is the creator of the requinto, a smaller version of the guitar with its own unique sound. Gil inherited Gaby with the group and its iconic history. The Trio’s impeccable harmonies of their hits instinctively create the audience singing along wherever they perform in the world.
Easterseals’ Dia de los Muertos Concert Join Easterseals Central Texas, the leading organization serving people with disabilities in Central Texas, in their fifth annual Dia De Los Muertos Concert on Saturday, Nov. 4 at Stubb’s BBQ. With outstanding local talent, this year’s concert will be headlined by Grupo Fantasma and will feature performances by the Tiarra Girls and DJ King Louie. In addition to live music and performances, the festival is a unique Día los Muertos cultural experience with art, food and drink. Grupo Fantasma has been praised as one of the most important independent acts in the Latin genre and has continually defied expectations to create one of the most unique musical voices to come out of the United States in the last 15 years. In 2011, they garnered further acclaim by winning a Grammy (their second such nomination) for their self–produced release “El Existential” on Nat Geo Music. They
have also served as the backing band for and collaborated on several occasions with the late, great, legendary Prince, as well as other prominent acts. The Tiarra Girls is a local all sister band. Victoria Baltierra on lead vocals and guitar, Tiffany Baltierra on bass, and Sophia Baltierra on drums, the Tiarra Girls have been gigging steadily since SXSW 2012. The celebration will begin with the launch of Disability Awareness Day. Disabilities affect one in six Central Texans, impacting thousands of families in our community. With the launch of Austin’s first Disability Awareness Day, Easterseals aims to raise awareness around the challenges Austin’s disability community faces as well as raise needed funds to provide programming and support to people with disabilities. Disability Awareness Day will kick off with a proclamation by City of Austin Mayor Steve Adler. Throughout the day, the Texas Wranglers will be dispersed on various street corners all
over the city raising money for Easterseals through their annual Citywide Hold Up. More than 1,000 volunteers participate in the Hold Up. Alongside the Wranglers, the Firefighters’ Association will also be raising money with their pass-the-boot campaign.
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Easterseals’ Disability Awareness Day will culminate with the fifth annual Día de los Muertos concert at Stubb’s Wallercreek Amphitheater. Advance General Admission tickets are available now for $30. Venue VIP tickets are $100 and include access to new VIP room and elevated viewing platform, express entry, private bathrooms, complimentary food and non-alcoholic drinks. Additionally, local businesses are participating in Disability Awareness Day by contributing a portion of their sales to Easterseals, including Zocalo Cafe, Güero’s, Kendra Scott, Alamo Drafthouse, ColdTowne Theater and California Pizza Kitchen. For more information, visit austindiadelosmuertos.com.
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Central Market Dia de los Muertos By Rene Castro
Talented dancers, wonderful musicians and extravagant costumes will all be present at the North Lamar Central Market Dia de los Muertos celebration on Saturday, Nov. 4. Every year, Central Market holds their Dia de los Muertos celebration for the Austin community with about 100 dancers and musicians from Austin Samba, the largest Samba group in the U.S. “Our performance at Central Market for Dia de los Muertos has become a tradition for us and a big family tradition for others,” says Lee Clippard, Director of Austin Samba. “People coming to the show can expect a procession, giant puppets, soul-shaking drumming and beautiful dancing from Brazil, and everything usually ends with a dance party,” Clippard states.
would want to participate in a Mexican tradition, since Samba is traditionally a dance associated with Brazil. “Dia de los Muertos is a beautiful Mexican tradition where family and friends gather to celebrate life by honoring loved ones who have died,” Clippard says. “Its origins are in southern Mexico, but it is now celebrated across Mexico and other parts of Latin America as well as people in the U.S.” Countries like Brazil, Guatemala, Peru, El Salvador, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Honduras, Colombia, Costa Rica and Ecuador all celebrate Dia de los Muertos--some on November 1 and others on November 2--with similar traditions. Central Market looks forward to hosting this event for the public and to participate in such a rich cultural tradition. “This is one of the largest events we have each year, and always draws a huge crowd of enthusiastic participants,” says Will Moghanloo, Music and Events Director of Central Market in Austin.
In addition to the performance, attendees can expect to see skull masks and face painting to partner with the traditional costumes. Attendees will also be able to purchase food and drinks, provided by Central Market. There is also a playground so that children can play before and after the performance. The performance will be broken up into two sets, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., and 8 to 9 p.m.
In addition to lively dancing, Central Market will also have several booths scattered around the event, with things like puppeteers and other activities that will allow people to learn more about the holiday. It is a free event and open to the public, but bring a few bucks to ensure that you can buy some of the delicious Central Market food and drinks.
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Saturday, October 7, 12 p.m. First Saturdays at the Carver. The George Washington Carver Museum’s free, once-a-month event is created for people of color. This event celebrates a range of themes each month. It’s family friendly, diverse, and the programming is intelligent. Activities, music, vendors, discussions and more. Friday, October 13, 6:30 p.m. that’s My Face young adult film series. That’s My Face is a young adult film series. October’s film is “I Am Not Your Negro” (2016). Writer James Baldwin tells the story of race in modern America with his unfinished novel, Remember This House. Rated PG 13. October 14 and 28, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. My Brother’s Keeper Coding Makerspace. Here is an opportunity for Black and Hispanic young men in 4th-12th grades and their parents to attend a free Coding Makerspace session. Breakfast and lunch provided. Wednesday, October 25, 6 p.m. Black Minds Matter speakers series. The Black Lives movement comes to the classroom via our doctoral class (livestreamed for the general public) instructing school and college leaders on how to educate, prepare, and mobilize their educators. Course focuses on Black boys and men. More information:
Dia de los Muertos is just around the corner! Altar participation forms are now available. This year, you can send in your submission online through a Google Form. Just type in your information, and we’ll reserve your spot. Please make note of which altar form you are submitting. Outdoor and indoor forms are available at maccaustin.org. There are limited spaces for the altars, so please submit your form as soon as possible. “Home Is Where The Heart Is”: a collection by Gloria Espitia. Monday - Saturday through October 14. Join us at the Community Gallery for an exhibit of artifacts, photographs and oral history interviews put together by Gloria Espitia as a wonderful collection of a history of East Austin as seen through Hispanic homes. “Vida y Obra: 50 Years of Art & Activism,” celebrating the work of Raúl Valdez. “Because I was born and raised in the Barrio I learned to question and analyze, to educate and be educated, and to resist, produce and struggle for ‘WE THE PEOPLE.’ As I have always told the students that I’ve addressed over the years: ‘It’s impossible to be proud when you don’t know who you are!’” -Raúl Valdez.
Monday - Thursday | 9am - 9pm; Friday & Saturday | 9am - 5pm. “Prayer Phone,” a handmade altar with a disconnected phone, is an invitation to the public to “call” their deceased loved ones while giving offerings and prayers. This project reflects a common custom of many Asian traditions: commemorating ancestors and venerating the spirit world. Zen Garden. Through a variety of educational programs, the Asian American Resource Center is dedicated to providing our community with camps, workshops, classes and events that highlight the rich diversity of Asian and Asian American cultures. The AARC’s Recreational and Intergenerational Community Education is a program designed to address the intergenerational wellness and education needs of Austin residents, with particular focus on the underserved Asian American community. The RICE program is a comprehensive educational program tailored to needs of seniors, adults and youth. In Sanskrit, the word for rice carries the meaning “sustainer of the human race.” Rice is a staple food spanning countries from the Philippines, Japan, China, Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and beyond. The RICE Program encompasses several components, including the Senior Lunch Social, recreational activities, health education and more.
HABLA Con Orgullo Hispanic Heritage Mixer and Awards is Oct. 12
Bolder Board Training Notley and I Live Here I Give Here will be copresenting the Bolder Board Training taking place on Saturday, Oct. 7. The Bolder Board Training in Austin will be the largest to date with over 200 attendees from some of the area’s most influential nonprofits. The event liberates nonprofits and social impact companies from financial and cultural barriers and empowers them to discover new paths to reach their goals. The part lecture, part workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m.4 p.m. at Brazos Hall (204 E 4th St.). Tickets are $150. The event will welcome executive directors, board members, advisory members and key staff members from nonprofit organizations.
HABLA honors Latino leaders HABLA Con Orgullo Hispanic Heritage Mixer and Awards is Thursday, Oct. 12, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Juan In A Million. HABLA will recognize following four award categories: Latino/a Community Leader – Demonstrated and proven leadership, advocacy, and action on behalf of Austin’s Latino community; Latino Community Organization – Outstanding organization, advocating, serving the needs, and/or making a positive impact on our Austin Latino community; Latino Campaign/ Cause – Outstanding advocacy initiative or 14 TODO AUSTIN // OCT 2017 // TODOAUSTIN.COM
Gallery Exhibition at Austin City Hall, on view Feb. 2018 – Jan. 2019. Eligibility Professional artists age 18 and over, who live or work in one of the following counties: Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Hays, Travis or Williamson. Extended Submission Deadline: Oct. 12 at Midnight. Go to austintexas.gov/ peoplesgallery to read the Call for Artworks and to apply online.
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Disabled Vet Business Enterprise The City of Austin launches an interim Service Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (SDVBE) program on Oct. 1, 2017. The pilot program provides preference points to SDVBEs who are certified as a Historically Underutilized
Businesses (HUB) with the State of Texas when submitting a response to Request for Proposal (RFP) solicitations. In order to receive consideration for the program, a SDVBE must be a prime contractor or consultant, be certified as a HUB by the State of Texas, and be a registered vendor with the City.
2018 People’s Gallery call out Cultural Arts is looking for two and three dimensional artworks in any medium from Austin-area visual artists, galleries or visual arts organizations for the 2018 People’s
Nonprofit community policing research organization, MEASURE, will hold the first Big Data & Community Policing Conference Oct. 26-28 in Austin. Big Data will bring together hundreds of law enforcement leaders, activists, tech developers, students, analysts, concerned citizens and stakeholders to join in a dialogue to learn more about databased community policing. All participants will be able to join the conversation, and learn about policing challenges and solutions through dynamic sessions. The conference will explore current and emerging efforts to improve the relationship between citizens and police through uses of data that increase transparency, build community trust, and strengthen accountability. The Big Data & Community Policing Conference will feature Mayor Steve Adler, Chief Brian Manley of Austin Police Department, Nelson Linder of the NAACP, and Chief Art Acevedo of Houston Police and other leaders in 21st century policing and research.
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Mallika Sarabhai is one of India’s leading choreographers and dancers, in constant demand as a soloist and with her dance company, Darpana, creating and performing both classical and contemporary works. India Fine Arts hosts the renowned performer on Saturday, Oct. 7, 6 p.m. at Westlake Community Theater. GA tickets are $26 for the program, “Nataraja Vandanam: Long Songs to Shiva.” austinifa.org
Brown Sound News Polarizado is an Austin-based music project which performs a pulsing, reverb-drenched and tremolo-heavy style of music inspired by the sounds of 50s Southern rockabilly/honky tonk, 70s German motorik/ krautrock, and 90s Mexican norteño. They will celebrate the release of a new five-song EP, “Onward.” Doors 7 p.m., Como Las Movies at 8 p.m. Cover is $5. Wednesday, Oct. 18 at Hard Luck Lounge, 3526 E 7th St. The 37th annual Tejano Music Awards and Dance featuring Jay Perez, Gary Hobbs and Ricardo Castillon y La Diferenza will be held on Saturday, October 21 from 7 p.m. - 1 a.m. at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, 900 E Market St. in San Antonio. Ticket information at ticketmaster. com. “Legends of Tejano Music: Highlights From The Ramón Hernández Archives” is an ongoing exhibit that celebrates the rich history of Tejano music at the Texas State University Wittliff Collections featuring treasured artifacts from the world-class collection of famed musicologist Ramón Hernández. This exhibition shows how Tejano music evolved from the early 1900s to present day through a series of hybrids, and how it continues to spin off into new genres. See historic photographs, one-of-a-kind stage outfits, vintage concert posters, rare recordings, artifacts and instruments from legendary stars like Lydia Mendoza, Laura Canales, Freddy Fender, Little Joe Hernández, Sunny Ozuna, Selena and many more. The 10th anniversary reissue of the celebrated book “Chicano Soul: Recordings and History of an American Culture” will be celebrated with a panel discussion featuring author Ruben Molina and a music performance by Oscar Villanueva. This event is hosted by the AFOS and The Center for Public History at the University of Houston and moderated by AFOS DJ and cultural historian Alex La Rotta. Villanueva will perform a few classics with back-up support from local soul favorites, Allen Oldies Band (Archie Bell, Reynaldo Domino). Out-of-print since 2007, the new edition of ‘Chicano Soul’ will be for sale through Cactus Music. Wednesday, October 18 from 6:30 - 10 p.m. MECA, 1900 Kane St. in Houston.
The Native American and Indigenous Collective, in partnership with the Native American and Indigenous Peoples’ Association, and the Native American and Indigenous Studies Program at UT Austin, present its’ first Indigenous Peoples’ Week from Oct. 9-15 at various locations. Included in the program are panels, a musical gathering, film, flea market and powwow. For more info go to diversity.utexas.edu Emmy Award winning writer and comedian John Mulaney appears at Bass Concert Hall on Thursday, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. He most recently starred in the Broadway hit, “Oh, Hello on Broadway” alongside Nick Kroll. In 2015, Mulaney released his 3rd hour stand up special, a Netflix Original titled “The Comeback Kid,” which the AV Club called “his best hour of his career.” texasperformingarts.org “Just Tap!” presents the world of tap dance, from traditional to the avant-garde featuring world renown tap dance artist Acia Gray with the professional members of Tapestry Dance Company from Oct. 12-22 in Rollins Studio Theatre. Utilizing the structures from jazz to classical to hip-hop and alternative music, this worldclass tap dance concert shares the power of rhythm and virtuoso technique. tapestry.org Fashion and Art Palooza 3.0 is a showcase of talent brought together by Beautifully Made Hair & Faces on Sunday, Oct. 15, 5 p.m. at Lucas Events Center in Pflugerville. Special guest is former NFL/UT star Vince Young, who will be part of the festivities where fashion and art collide. New designers, models, stylists, artists, vendors, a fashion show and more. GA tickets $30. fashionandartpalooza.wordpress.com Legendary rap group Blackalicious joins forces with Northern California funk master, Lyrics Born, for an epic co-headlining show at Empire Control Room & Garage on Thursday, Oct. 19, doors at 7 p.m. Blackalicious is an American hip hop duo from Sacramento who favor what hip-hoppers call the “positive tip.” LB developed a signature sound that paired his lilting flow with organic funk beats. empireatx.com Jazz artist Jeff Lofton—together with his groups The Jeff Lofton Trio and The Jeff Lofton Electric Thang— has quickly become a household name around Austin’s low-key bars and jazz lounges. Lofton arrived in Austin in 2007, blowing the underground scene away with his Miles Davis tributes and original compositions. He performs in Rollins Studio Theatre on Wednesday, Oct. 25, 7:30 p.m. thelongcenter.org
The Austin Film Festival, one of the nation’s top film festivals recognizing writers’ and filmmakers’ contributions to film, television and new media, has announced both its opening night film and centerpiece programming film, both major anchors of the well-known festival’s run, which runs in Austin this year from October 26-November 2. This year’s opening night film is “Lady Bird,” the directorial debut by actress Greta Gerwig (“Frances Ha,” “Mistress America”). “Lady Bird” stars Saoirse Ronan (“Brooklyn,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel”) as Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson, a young woman who fights against but is exactly like her wildly loving, deeply opinionated and strong-willed mom (Laurie Metcalf), a nurse working tirelessly to keep her family afloat after Lady Bird’s father (Tracy Letts) loses his job. Gerwig will be in attendance for the film’s screening. As for the Centerpiece Programming film, “the Current War” is the epic story of the cutthroat competition between the greatest inventors of the industrial age over whose electrical system would power the new century, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Thomas Edison and Michael Shannon as George Westinghouse. Backed by J.P. Morgan, Edison dazzles the world by lighting Manhattan. But Westinghouse, aided by Nikola Tesla, has seen fatal flaws in Edison’s direct current design. Igniting a war of currents, Westinghouse and Tesla bet everything on risky and dangerous alternating current. Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl”) and written by playwright Michael Mitnick (“Sex Lives of our Parents”), “The Current War” also stars Katherine Waterston, Nicholas Hoult, Tom Holland, Matthew Macfadyen, and Tuppence Middleton. Alfonso Gomez-Rejon will be in attendance to present at the festival. “Lady Bird” and “The Current War” will join the many other films and events that have already been announced. For more information on the festival, visit austinfilmfestival. com. TODO AUSTIN // OCT 2017 // TODOAUSTIN.COM 15