Some things never go out of style, and Shakespeare’s work is a perfect example of one such timeless classic. That must be why people still flock to their neighborhood parks every spring and summer to see local theatrical productions of the Bard’s greatest hits. This spring in Austin is no exception as Something for Nothing Theater stages its own production of Two Gentlemen of Verona for this year’s Shakespeare at Ramsey Park series. Running for several weeks now, the troupe’s final two performances take place under the stars this Friday and Saturday at 8 pm. Play on!
Shakespeare at Ramsey Park, Friday and Saturday, May 17 and 18
Performances begin at 8 pm
Admission is free
Dogs are called man’s best friend for a reason; they’re the ultimate companions, giving us friendship, fun and an occasional moment of frustration or two, just to keep us on our toes. To celebrate all things canine, Service Dogs Inc. is hosting the 15th Annual Mighty Texas Dog Walk
this Saturday, featuring a one-mile walk around Town Lake, plus games, treats and more for our favorite four-legged friends. Free samples will abound, too; they alone might be worth the price of admission (which is $30 per pup online and $35 at the gate). Fun in the sun on a beautiful spring Saturday? Man, it’s a “ruff” life indeed.
Click here to purchase advance Mighty Texas Dog Walk tickets
Saturday, March 23, 9 am- 6 pm
Auditorium Shores, 950 W Riverside
When the song says “The stars at night are big and bright deep in the heart of Texas,” it may as well be talking about the talent behind the longstanding lone star staple, Rodeo Austin, which kicks up its boots and sticks around for a few weeks every spring. This year, contemporary superstars like Alabama Shakes, Kip Moore, Eli Young Band and Josh Turner will share the country stage with the likes of legends Merle Haggard, The Charlie Daniels Band and even Three Dog Night. Of course, there’s the actual rodeo itself, too, with competitive events, horse shows and agricultural exhibitions galore. And what would a good state fair & rodeo be without a cold beer and some funnel cake? Enjoy some of the finest down-home entertainment the Lone Star State has to offer at the Travis County Expo Center.
The Star of Texas Fair & Rodeo (aka “Rodeo Austin”)
Friday March 8, 2013 through Saturday, March 23, 2013; hours vary by day
Travis County Expo Center, 7311 Decker Lane
Admission is $5-8 per person
Every year around this time, throngs of techies, film folks and music lovers flood Austin by the tens of thousands — yes, literally — to experience the spectacle that is South by Southwest (SXSW). While badges for any or all of the film, interactive and music conferences may cost a pretty penny, there’s long been an equally hot ticket in town: the unofficial party circuit. That’s where the Facebook page, aptly titled “Unofficial SXSW Guide,” comes into play. Giving you all the “who/what/when/where/how to get in” info you could possibly need for the various free shows happening around town, the page is an endlessly updated well of insider information on where to go and how to get through the door. With a scene thriving every bit as much as the one where you have to pay to get in, why not enjoy some free tacos while making new friends and rocking out to the next big band?
Click here to access the Unofficial SXSW Parties page on Facebook.
SXSW Interactive: Mar 8-12 / Film: Mar 8-16 / Music: Mar 12-17
Second perhaps only to music and food, Austin is starting to take its art pretty seriously. While the eastside has long been a bastion for artists enjoying cheap studio rent and the untouched inspiration of diversity, decay and renewal, the local arts scene has been geographically expanding and picking up the pace in recent years; as a result, a burgeoning creative culture is emerging. To celebrate that, Art Night Austin kicks off its tenth year this Saturday, offering a studio crawl complete with complimentary shuttles and local food and sound pairings at each showcase. Individual tickets are $75; the evening begins at grayDUCK Gallery at West Monroe Street and South First.
grayDUCK Gallery, 608 West Monroe Street, Suite C
Art Night Austin runs 7 to 9:30 pm Saturday, February 23 (tickets)
Afterparty at Vuka Co-op begins at 9:30 pm (party tickets are $25)