Weren't the Grammy's boring as hell last weekend? So many ballads no one knew! But this weekend is all about doing things that are active and exciting. In our picks for this weekend's top events, there's the kickoff to baseball season, twirling ballet dancers and arts shows with global origins.
There are sports teams at UT other than football, we promise. Arm yourself with some Cracker Jack (or some other sports cliche) and get yourself out to the ballgame for the first baseball game of the season against Sacramento State. The team was recently predicted to finish the season in third place in the Big 12 Preseason Coaches' Poll behind Oklahoma and TCU. The game starts today at 2 p.m. and plays through the weekend.
Face to Face at The Harry Ransom Center
The photographer Arnold Newman made famous the “environmental” style of portrait, where the subjects are taken out of the photo studio and captured in their homes or workplaces. His work of soft, intimate portraits of important figures and cultural titans will be displayed in the first major exhibit since his death in 2006. Face to Face is an early look at the exhibit, which also includes manuscripts, correspondence, business records and magazine tear sheets in addition to his photos. It’s tonight from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Harry Ransom Center, with food and booze from Austin Wine Merchant and Dripping Springs Vodka.
Rite of Spring at Ballet Austin
If baseball isn’t your thing, there’s a triptych of ballet performances to marvel at. Ballet Austin’s Rite of Spring, arranged into three separate ballets by three different composers, is set against the Austin Symphony Orchestra. There’s even one set to Tchaikovsky! So if you’re like me and your limited experience with the ballet is seeing Natalie Portman bug out in Black Swan, you have that. The performance is this weekend only.
No Idea Festival
Consider this your SXSW pre-gaming. This eight night festival of multicultural, multi-city, music, performance, art, food and salons is a cavalcade of artists and creative types from across the U.S., Mexico and Europe. There will be your traditional guitar jammers, but also classical musicians and experimental artists — a smattering of global music and talents. Split between Austin and San Antonio, the festival kicks off Saturday on the Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge for a free concert. There are dates and time and locations for the festival, which runs through February 24, online.