It's Oscars weekend. You could spend it running in and out of theaters trying to see all the nominated films and performances, but if you haven't already, are you really going to try and cram it all in one weekend? Exactly. You won't. You're just going to watch the broadcast Sunday night and judge all the actors' clothes and pray Tommy Lee Jones gets drunk and says something crazy.
So surrender the fantasy and enjoy our top event picks for the weekend.
ARTCRANK Austin opening
Bikers unite! But not the motorized kind. The pedal up hills and zip across the city kind. More than 30 Austin artists have designed original bike-inspired posters to create a bike-loving shrine as a part ARTCRANK, a collective of nationwide exhibits that hopes to reshape how a community thinks about its relationship with bikes. It’s free to get in at Pine Street Station Friday night at 6 p.m. and the posters will be for sale for $40 each.
10th Annual Art Night Austin
Experience all the art: one night, seven locations, so much food and booze and creative stuff. By shuttle, take in paintings, sculptures, photos, digital interactive performances and all kinds of other art as you travel between seven locations (including Yard Dog and the Scottish Rite Theater) and enjoy bites from local favorites like La Condesa. Each space will be curated with different art and food. The fundraiser is Saturday night starting at 7 p.m. and cost is $75 for the tour.
West by West Campus
Call it your SXSW pre-gaming. The third annual music and party bash housed in the co-ops in the neighborhood surrounding the UT campus adds a film day to its lineup this year. Two days, four locations and a slew of free live shows and movie screenings by local acts and artists. Full details of the bands and films can be found on the festival’s website. The party kicks off Friday night with the film portion.
For the fabric enthusiast in all of us. The Modern Quilt Guild has assembled a first-of-its-kind convention of more than 50 exhibitors and vendors that will includes a juried modern quilt show with cash prizes, vendors, lectures and workshops and a lot of soft quilts to think about buying. The plushness is all weekend at the Austin Convention Center for $10 a day or $40 for a three-day pass.
The Little Prince
The popular French children’s book about the interaction between a pilot stranded in the desert and a young prince that falls to Earth from an asteroid is adapted for the stage by Rick Cummins and John Scoullar at the Paramount Theatre. The puppet-led performances start a limited run this Sunday.