If you love the sensory overload of Cirque du Soleil and Blue Man Group performances, Austin’s own artistic community has quite a treat for you. After receiving commercial and critical acclaim for its aerial dance performances at The Long Center last year, Blue Lapis Light is back for more with its Heaven~Earth~One show from May 19th through 26th. Blending dance both on the ground and in the air with swirling lights and swelling sounds, Blue Lapis Light’s dancers transport the audience to another world with their dynamic bodywork. For a truly unique visual and sonic experience, this phenomenal show is not to be missed.
Blue Lapis Light Heaven~Earth~One show
9-10 pm, Tuesday, May 19-26
The Long Center, 701 West Riverside Drive
Tickets: $15 to $58
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
It doesn’t matter if you sing like a bird or croak like a frog; there’s fun to be had by all at Hi-Tunes Karaoke in north central Austin. With private rooms honoring the tradition of the form and a policy under which you can bring your own alcohol to loosen up those vocal cords (as long as everyone in the room is 21 or older), Hi-Tunes provides the perfect setting for a night of silly, sonic fun. Rooms are rentable at $20, $30 and $50 per hour depending on size and can hold up to 6, 10 or 20 people, respectively. Reservations are strongly recommended but not required.
Hi-Tunes Karaoke, 911 West Anderson Ln (just off of Lamar Blvd)
Tues, Weds, Thurs, Sun: 6 pm – 2 am
Fri & Sat: 6 pm – 5 am
It’s been impossible to watch the news lately without hearing about the explosion in West, Texas, that claimed the lives of hard-working people and devastated a community. So, Austin’s own residents are getting together to help out with a good old-fashioned bake sale called “Austin Bakes for West
,” taking place this Saturday at eight locations around town (including Round Rock Market Days and all three Whole Foods locations in town). All goods will be homemade in the kitchens of local Austinites, and all proceeds will be donated to the AmeriCares relief effort in West, benefiting local residents who were affected by the tragedy. This weekend, why not savor something sweet and, by doing so, do something sweet for someone else in the process?
Austin Bakes for West, Saturday, May 4, all day
All Whole Foods stores in Austin, plus 4 additional locations
Cash and checks only; all proceeds benefit AmeriCares
It’s no secret that, relatively speaking, there aren’t many women in the fields of math, science, technology and engineering. An Austin-based organization called GirlStart, however, is actively seeking to change that. This Saturday, the group is holding a festive, free open house event, called “SpringFest,” giving young girls a chance to experience live demonstrations and fun, hands-on activities to pique their interest in “the wonders of the natural world.” Fun for the whole family with a healthy dose of intellectual empowerment? Now, that’s a kind of girl power we can totally get behind.
GirlStart SpringFest, Saturday, April 20, 9:30 a.m. – noon
GirlStart STEM Center, 1400 W. Anderson Lane
Admission: free for kids and adults