Photo by Alison Narro

Holiday weekends call for packed schedules and these selected happenings are certain to keep you busy. Foodie festivals, outdoor films, and a plethora of live music performances are just a few ways to stay entertained in the days ahead. Check out the top seven things to do in Austin this weekend. For a full list of events, visit our calendar.

Thursday, May 25

Aaron Franklin's Hot Luck Fest
Big flavors and big cooking stars collide at the return of Hot Luck Fest. The three-day event at various venues including Franklin Barbecue and Fair Market will showcase the best in barbecue and live music. The chef lineup includes Chris Bianco, Crystal Wahpepah, Mashama Bailey, Ashley Christensen, Fermín Núñez, and many more. Live shows are scheduled nightly, immediately following the foodie fun. Visit hotluckfest.com for a full schedule of events and to buy tickets.

Texas Author Series with Cari Clark: Interview with Mark Pryor
Well-known mystery novelist Mark Pryor comes to Chez Zee American Bistro for an evening of dialogue as part of the Texas Author Series programming. The England-based author is best known for his successful Hugo Marston mystery series. Stick around after the conversation to enjoy an intimate Q&A. Get tickets on Eventbrite.

Austin Parks Foundation presents Movies in the Park: Free Guy
Settle in under the stars and in the glow of the silver screen at Gustavo "Gus" L. Garcia District Park. Guests of all ages are invited to a free screening of the 2021 film starring Ryan Reynolds, Free Guy, at this Austin Parks Foundation-hosted film series. Dogs, picnics, and lawn chairs are welcome. Admission is free.

Friday, May 26

Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church presents Austin Greek Festival
Experience and celebrate Greek culture and hospitality at this family-friendly festival. Highlights of the three-day event include Greek cuisine offerings, dance performances, souvenir markets, tours of the Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church, and live music by a band hailing from Greece. Go to austingreekfestival.com

Canopy Projects presents "Here Now" opening reception
Be among the first guests to experience the work of more than 50 artists from the East Austin community at Canopy Austin. The “Here Now” pop-up exhibition includes a range of mediums including photography, sculpture, paint, mixed media, and more. Following the opening reception, this exhibition will be on display through June 15. Admission is free and open to the public.

Saturday, May 27

Zilker Botanical Garden presents Woodland Faerie Trail Opening Day
Whimsical moments and folklore come together in the fields of the Zilker Botanical Garden. Guests to this summer trail kickoff will have the chance to participate in Scottish Country dancing, fairy story time, and activity tables for all ages. They can also learn botanical folklore and tour the Austinite-built faerie homes made in natural materials along the trail. Get more event details at zilkergarden.org.

14th Annual Lone Star Jam
Texas country music takes center stage for two days straight at Round Rock Amp. This year’s Lone Star Jam lineup features more than a dozen performers including Pat Green, Josh Abbott Band, Stoney LaRue, Bri Bagwell, and Parker Ryan. Check lonestarjam.net for ticket and schedule information.

Hot Luck Festival
Photo by Alison Narro
Indulge in equal parts food and music at Hot Luck Fest this weekend.
Photo courtesy of Texas Performing Arts

Here are the top 7 things to do in Austin this weekend

Weekend Event Guide

Making plans for the days ahead just got a lot easier. From live music to celebrity comedic encounters, locals and visitors alike are sure to be entertained. Head to the races at COTA for GT World Challenge America or feast on the many flavors found at The Arboretum. Check out the top seven things to do in Austin this weekend. For a full list of events, visit our calendar.

Thursday, May 18

Amplify LIVE presents "I Live Here I Give Here"
Historic Scoot Inn hosts a benefit concert in support of the philanthropic I Live Here I Give Here organization in Central Texas. Highlights include a performance by headliner and local star, Jackie Venson, plus sets by Tameca Jones and Mélat. Laurie Gallardo of KUTX 98.9FM will emcee. Go to ilivehereigivehere.org for ticket and donation information.

Friday, May 19

Kyle Fair: A Tex-travaganza
Kyles from all over the Lone Star State are invited to converge for a day of celebrating their namesake, Kyle, TX. Participating Kyles will receive a free fair T-shirt while supplies last. (Non-Kyles are more than welcome to attend, too.) The free festival includes live music, fireworks, carnival rides, a margarita contest, and a rib cook-off over the course of three days. All Kyles are encouraged to stick around on Sunday for the world’s largest same-name gathering, in another attempt to break the Guinness World Record. Go to kylefair.com for more information.

SRO Motorsports presents GT World Challenge America
Gear up for a weekend of high-octane, sports car action at the Circuit of the Americas. According to the website, Fanatec GT World Challenge America weekend highlights include a barrage of on-track racing, autograph sessions, an exclusive race grid walk, a car corral, and more. Visit showpass.com for more information and to get tickets.

The Austin Symphony presents "Eastern Winds"
Enjoy an evening of live music at The Long Center for the Performing Arts as part of the ongoing Masterworks Series. This concert features Jiebing Chen playing erhu with conductor Peter Bay, and serves as a showcase of the Far East’s musical artistry. Song selections for the program include Yasushi Akutagawa's Music for Symphony Orchestra, Chen Gang & He Zhanhao's The Butterfly Lovers Concerto, and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade, Op. 35. Tickets can be purchased at my.austinsymphony.org.

Texas Performing Arts presents "Steve Martin and Martin Short: You Won't Believe What They Look Like Today!"
Movie stars, friends, and longtime funnymen Steve Martin and Martin Short bring their show to the Bass Concert Hall for two nights only. Audiences can expect an intimate and uniquely informal evening of storytelling, conversations, stand-up material, and musical numbers all compiled into an evening with two of the most beloved figures in show business. They’ll be joined on stage by special guests Jeff Babko and The Steep Canyon Rangers. Visit texasperformingarts.org for more information.

Saturday, May 20

A Taste of The Arboretum
Explore the many flavors that fuse together to create an iconic neighborhood and retail plaza, The Arboretum. This family-friendly foodie event will highlight a mix of specials and exclusive menu items at participating eateries. Featured specials include free Amys Ice Cream samples, complimentary peanuts for dine-in orders at Five Guys Burgers & Fries, complimentary food and wine samples from Con Olio Oils & Vinegars, and more. See a list of vendors at thearboretum.com. Admission is free and open to the public.

Women & Their Work presents "Paradise Bloom" opening reception
A selection of local women artists explore the meaning and definition of “paradise” through their work at this new Women & Their Work exhibition. The exhibition features paintings, installations, neon lighting, and photography to portray the concept of paradise from each artist’s unique perspective. Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on display until July 6. Reception admission to the reception is free.

Steve Martin and Martin Short
Photo courtesy of Texas Performing Arts

CitySquare presents A Night to Remember featuring Steve Martin and Martin Short at Bass Concert Hall on May 19.

Courtesy of the Neill-Cochran House Museum

9 enticing art exhibits to whet the appetite in Austin this January

State of the Arts

As a new year rolls in and annual resolutions reset, the Austin arts beckon with exhibits to motivate, inspire, and ignite a new year of creativity. Peek behind the scenes with the Ransom Center’s moviemaking exhibit, or see the works of glass and oil on canvas from Austin artist Rejina Thomas at t he Neill-Cochran House. There’s also Print Austin’s annual “5x5” exhibition at Link & Pin, and a a multi-disciplinary exploration of what’s behind the “Façade” at the Visual Arts Center. It’s a smorgasbord of arts to energize the start of your year!


“El Nacimiento” — Now through February 5
If you aren’t ready to say goodbye to the holiday season just yet, visit Mexic-Arte to enjoy the largest museum display of Mexican nativity scenes in Texas. Each year on December 16th, nacimientos are set up in homes throughout Mexico, demonstrating the diversity and richness of cultural ancestry. Mexic-Arte Museum presents a variety of nacimientos from all over Mexico, including Chihuahua, Izúcar de Matamoros, Oaxaca, Mexico City, Metepec, Santa Maria de Garcia, Tlaquepaque, and Tonalá. Over 400 pieces reflects how nacimiento-making has transformed over the years, integrating uniquely Mexican motifs, styles, and iconography.

grayDuck Gallery

“Renee Lai: In The Water You Become” — January 7 through February 19
Renee Lai is an Asian American artist working in painting and drawing whose latest oeuvre focuses on the line between representation and anonymity. The exhibit demonstrates, “traces left behind by my body — silhouettes, records of movements made while swimming, a doubling of myself in a painting,” says Lai in an artist statement. “The large scale of the work imbues my body’s outlines with a mystical power. The reductive shapes of my body form an imposing collection, body after body confronting the viewer.”

Women & Their Work

“Jade Walker: Wayfinding” — January 7 through February 23
In this large-scale installation, sculptor Jade Walker uses color, weaving, rope, tools, notions of signage, and found objects to articulate questions around how we engage with our environment. “Wayfinding” asks whether we embed in our landscape or attain places to hold as our own. Influenced by the modernist writer and poet, Nan Shepherd, nature writer and linguist, Robert Mcfarlane, and textiles as a form of universal language, Walker’s exhibition includes architectural interventions as well as intimate embellishments of familiar tools and found natural elements. Walker's art identifies the need for wayfinding as we navigate the environment for ourselves and for future generations.

The Neill-Cochran House Museum

“Signs and Symbols: The Trees are Talking” — January 11 through August 13
This one-woman show features the work of longtime Austin artist Rejina Thomas, whose graphic glass studio became the first East Austin hub for many Austin creatives. Featuring more than 40 works of glass and oil on canvas, this exhibition explores how signs and symbols constantly surround us in both the natural and built environments. Her work blurs past and present, reminding us that we are all connected — not only to one another, but to those who came before us and those who will follow. Navigating both America and Austin as a Black woman has given Thomas a unique perspective on her own heritage, as well as the cultural ties that bind us across races and ethnicities.

Old Bakery and Emporium

Walking in My Shoes: The Art of Robert R. Jones” — January 14 through March 18
"Walking In My Shoes" is an artistic exploration of walking in someone else's shoes. This perspective shift provides a different angle from which to experience love, entertainment, and empathy. “Many ideas and themes come from my observations of daily life and spirit filled activities in and around my community,” Jones says in her artist statement. “Things I experience, see, and feel passionate about. Growing up was a simple pleasure and continues to lend nostalgic memories to many of my paintings.” Bright and colorful images bring a joyous feeling of visual contentment, even where there is pain or sorrow deep within.

Link & Pin Gallery

“Print Austin’s 2023 5x5 Exhibition” — January 19 through February 11
Starting in 2021 as an online exhibit, the concept for “5x5” was to have five artists judged on five submitted works. Artists drawn to submit to this call have at least five pieces of work, presented together and chosen from among all the entries.

The Visual Arts Center, The University of Texas at Austin

“Façade” — January 20 through March 10
“Façade” brings together the work of artists from various disciplines and backgrounds to explore the truths within any given object, historical narrative, or identity. Through sculpture, works on paper, video and painting, these artists question outward appearances, both personal and communal, addressing the notion of an idealized self, replicas, false control, and performative interactions. In doing so, they attempt to uncover the motivations behind our drive to conceal, perform, and play pretend. The artists in this exhibition consider façade an undeniable reality, encouraging visitors to take a critical view of façadism and examine how our attachments to performance and deception influence our experiences of the world around us.

Lydia Street Gallery

“Daniel & Marjory Johnston: The What of Whom” — January 21 through March 5
This exhibit presents new, never-before-created works of art by the world-renowned outsider poet, writer, and musician Daniel Johnston. In collaboration with his sister, artist Marjory Johnston, these works created contain lyrics from some of his over 900 songs, depicted in over 100 watercolors and collages. Each piece has the song and CD title identified on the piece.

Harry Ransom Center

Neill-Cochran House Museum

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Reji Thomas, Untitled (2020). Oil on Canvas, 25 x 18 in. Collection of the artist. From “Signs and Symbols: The Trees are Talking”.

“Drawing the Motion Picture – Production Art and Storyboards” — January 28 through July 16
Explore the beauty and complexity of moviemaking through sketches, storyboards, and designs that illuminate history of film production from the silent era to the present day. Rare concept paintings, set designs, film stills, and more tell a visual story of some of our favorite films, bringing a deeper and more nuanced understanding of the creative process of filmmaking. See production art associated with iconic movies like Rebel Without a Cause, Raging Bull, Top Gun, Apollo 13, and Lawrence of Arabia — many connected with innovative directors like Alfred Hitchcock, David Lean, Mike Nichols, Michael Powell, Nicholas Ray, Martin Scorsese, Stephen Spielberg, King Vidor, and more.

Courtesy Blanton Museum of Art

'Tis the season to get artsy with 7 exciting Austin exhibits for December

State of the Arts

Free up your mind, spirit, and some time this December to appreciate all the arts on offer in Austin, from new installations to pop-up shows and year-end group exhibitions. New lights dazzle at the Umlauf Sculpture Garden with family-friendly sculptural art works from the Design Shine juried competition; over 120 rescue dogs have earned the spotlight in art works created by local and national artists capturing the Tito’s distillery dogs rescued over the years; and the Blanton presents the work of modern artists created prints, drawings, paintings, illustrated books, sculptures, and decorative objects informed by the craftsmanship and compelling historical figures of the Middle Ages in Medieval X Modern. So many options to dazzle the senses this holiday season.

Long Center
“Impressions of Tito’s Distillery Dogs Over 25 Years” — Now through January 4, 2023

Inspired by the 120+ distillery dogs rescued over the years, Tito’s Vodka for Dog People has unveiled its newest project, a one-of-a-kind, 25-piece art collection featuring vibrant dog artwork created by local and national artists. Dogs are a huge part of the brand's story, and since the early days when strays found their way to the distillery, they were always well received and the employees would feed, nurture, and find them loving homes. Each portrait depicts a dog’s unique story and legacy of resilience, with featured work by local artists including Tom Jean Webb, Sam Soper, Saira Holland, Raine Lipscher, Lindsay Laser Smith, Judy Paul, John Walker, Joel Ganucheau, Jeff Skele, Hope Perkins, Erika Jane Amerika, Elissa Marie, and Amy Ringholz.

ATX Wonderspaces

“Micromonumental Mapping, the Essence of Creation by Limelight” — New Installation
The Essence of Creation by Limelight was originally created to be displayed on the Opéra de Lille in France for the Lille Video Mapping Festival that was set to take place in April 2020. Due to COVID 19, the festival had to be postponed so the artists decided to downscale and project it onto a 1:40 3D model of the building. Inspired by the national divinity of the Greeks, Apollo, who has been recognized as a god of archery, music and dance, truth and prophecy, healing and diseases, the Sun and light, poetry, war and death, the artwork conveys this complexity by using the symbolic and physical elements of the building.

Umlauf Sculpture Garden

“Design Shine” — December 1 through April 15, 2023
Presented by the Emerging Professionals Committee of AIA Austin and the UMLAUF, the Design Shine juried competition was created to promote emerging talent in the fields of architecture and design. This year’s competition showcases winning installations by three local design teams, Crux Celestia, Introspectacle and Prismascope. Each presents a unique interpretation of the 2023 theme, Designing for Discovery with the goal of enlivening and energizing the UMLAUF Garden in new and unexpected ways with captivating, family-friendly sculptural art works. All three installations include elements of light that can also be enjoyed during evening events or viewed from the street.

Wally Workman

“America Martin: Solo Show” — December 3 through 30
America Martin is a Colombian-American fine artist based in Los Angeles and has been called a rising star in the contemporary art world with a national following. Martin describes herself as a painting anthropologist, working primarily with paint on canvas and paper to explore the human experience and the human form. Taking inspiration from Mid-Century Modernist masters, her distinctive style is underscored by the use of boldly brushed lines and punctuated bursts of color to imply tone and mood. She treats her subjects with an obvious reverence, and in a manner that captures their individuality and their dignity.

Ivester Contemporary

“Late Bloomer” — December 3 through January 14, 2023
Late Bloomer is a solo exhibition of new paintings and sculptures by Honduran-American artist Jasmine Zelaya. Zelaya has used portraiture to explore themes of identity throughout her career, specifically from the perspective of a first generation, Latinx artist. This newest body of work is heavily informed by memory, the awkwardness of youth, and the experience of assimilation. Graphic floral masks, a subtle head tilt, teary eyes, and explosive gradients of color all coalesce to capture the strong, mixed emotions of introspective teen years. Zelaya’s work explores themes of identity, assimilation and the brown body through a familial narrative rich with symbolism.


“31 BY 12” — December 10 through January 7, 2023
This annual group exhibition includes work by twelve artists: Adrian Armstrong, Miguel A. Aragon, Connie Arismendi, Jennifer Anderson, Pepe Coronado, Laura Berman, David Everett, Mike Hart, Peter Nickel, Heather Parrish, Maricela Sanchez, and James Sullivan. Thirty-one refers to the number of projects published during 2022. Each project might include over fifty unique monoprints while some projects are editioned etchings or lithographs.

Blanton Museum

Blanton Museum of Art

Courtesy Blanton Museum of Art

Carlos Alonso, Que corrían mordiéndose [Those Who Run Biting Each Other], on display at the Blanton.

“Medieval X Modern” — December 10 through July 9, 2023
Many artists of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries were fascinated by the styles and subjects of medieval art. Soaring cathedrals and ornate illuminated manuscripts impressed artists living in an era of increasing mechanization, while reverent visions of saints and heroes offered inspirational models in the midst of war and political violence. Along with representative medieval objects, Medieval X Modern presents the work of modern artists from Europe and the Americas who created prints, drawings, paintings, illustrated books, sculptures, and decorative objects informed by the spectacular craftsmanship and compelling historical figures of the Middle Ages. Drawing primarily from the Blanton’s permanent collection, Medieval X Modern offers a wide array of artistic responses to the European Middle Ages, including one of the museum’s most iconic works — Ellsworth Kelly’s "Austin."

Courtesy of the Bob Bullock Museum

Ignite your inner artist at 10 expertly curated Austin exhibits this October

State of the Arts

In need of some creative motivation and a shot of imagination? Check out these 10 carefully curated exhibits this month ranging from comics to quilts and monsters to altars. And then there’s everything in between like the history of Pride parades at the Austin Public Library, cultivating community with Sam Coronado through screen printing at ACC, examining dresses and fabrics that have shaped Mexican culture and tradition at the Bob Bullock, and exploring the personal and cultural aspects of cotton through various Texas generations at Women & Their Work.

Ignite your inner artist this October with the variety and scope of arts on offer in Austin.

ICOSA Collective Gallery

“As It Was: Jonas Criscoe & B. Shawn Cox” — Now through October 29
“As It Was” explores the transformative power of quilting using traditional patterns, manipulated surfaces, and found materials. Artists Jonas Criscoe and B. Shawn Cox transform the familiar and nostalgic into an altered variation of its former self. Criscoe is an interdisciplinary artist and native of Austin, and a founding member of ICOSA, an artist-run exhibition space. Cox is a full time working artist in Austin who uses unconventional mediums to create analog transformations exploring subtext of collective social and personal mythologies.


“Jen Rose: The Unnameable Monster of the American Psyche” — Now through November 5
Jen Rose’s monsters, ranging in size from 8 feet tall to 5 inches small, are like objects in a museum of curiosities — they have an offbeat beauty to them that is hard to describe. Alien and familiar at the same time; the monsters draw you in. Charming, but also a bit odd, they are like the ugly duckling that you fall in love with and want to take home and nurture. Rose’s monsters are assembled with materials such as nylon cord and hand-made porcelain, but she’s also exploring materials such as ratan, foam, cactus fiber, gold luster, platinum luster, and a patent pending glow glaze.


“About the Altar/Ofrenda” — Now through November 20
This exhibition marks the 39th Annual Día de los Muertos exhibition and celebration at the Mexic-Arte Museum since 1984. “About the Altar” pays tribute to the tradition that celebrates the return of souls of family and friends on November 1 and November 2. Ofrendas, recuerdos, memorias, photos and offerings are assembled and shared in a room by community members to remember loved ones who passed away. This year, the installation will include a section to honor and memorialize the souls of the children and teachers lost in the tragic shooting at Robb Elementary in Uvalde.

Courtesy of the Bob Bullock Museum

Hilos de Tradición: Dresses of Mexico gallery-sinaloa

Art Galleries at Austin Community College

“Cultivating Community through Art: Sam Coronado’s Serie Project and its Continuing Legacy” — Now through December 8
Sam Coronado (1946 – 2013) was a former ACC professor, artist mentor, and Chicano art movement icon. His teachings and guidance made a lasting impact on Austin’s artistic community and beyond. His legacy includes the grant-funded Serie Project (1993-2013), which provided new opportunities for hundreds of emerging and established artists to learn screen-printing techniques by producing prints at Coronado Studio, in the Montopolis neighborhood. Coronado ensured that the high-quality works made at the studio were reproducible, affordable, and represented the viewpoints of undervalued communities. This exhibition demonstrates the far-reaching impacts and new opportunities that can be cultivated through persistence and dedication to the arts.

Bob Bullock

“Hilos de Tradición: Dresses of Mexico” — Now through February 26, 2023
This exhibition in collaboration with the Brownsville Historical Association, presents Mexican textiles as living traditions with roots that can be traced back thousands of years to the earliest peoples in Mesoamerica. The tools, patterns, materials, and techniques of crafting these textiles have evolved over the centuries. But the common thread in all of the textiles is the link they represent between Mexico’s past and present. The dresses reflect both the indigenous and European influences that have shaped Mexican culture and tradition. Through it all, color and pattern shine brightly as a testament to the vibrant and varied regions of Mexico. "Hilos" features 37 traditional outfits representing the states of Mexico, with hands-on stations allowing visitors to feel and examine up close the basic fabrics used to make the dresses on exhibit, the embellishments used to add texture and movement, and the details of embroidery stitches and woven patterns.


“Comic Con: Comic Inspired Art” — October 5 through 31
In October RichesArt is celebrating Comic Con (occurring in New York City this month) with plenty of pop culture comic book themed comedy shows, art history lectures, art classes, and other various events. Anything comic-inspired will be celebrated. Curated by Chris Tobar and Richard Samuel, artists represented will include Rachel bell, Lulu, Brandon Hill, Kennedy Thompson, Douglas brown, Chadd Stader, Monday and Treasure Coleman, just to name a few.

Wally Workman

“Carol Dawson: Monochromes” — October 8 through 30
Carol Dawson draws inspiration from the natural world, exploring the life cycles of flowers from their buds, infancies, blooms, and deaths. Only allowing herself to use at most three pigments in her works, she is intrigued with the idea of growth through restriction. This theme is also inherent in her use of negative space surrounding the florals, giving the works a sense of abstraction and movement. Dawson describes her work as “a process of diving straight into the delicious richness of the subject … while also using the discipline I’ve imposed for myself for the purpose of distilling the flowers’ life cycles into their purest, most vital forms.”

Link & Pin Gallery

“Lines of Interaction, a solo exhibition of works by Larry Akers” — October 13 through 29
Using layered, patterned, refractive, or reflective materials, color, and light, Texas artist Larry Akers produces kinetic sculptures with a twist; the only moving part being the viewer. His goal is to create feasts for visual perception, free of interpretative baggage and appealing to everyone's childlike impulse to intuitively grasp the unusual. The viewer is invited to look ever closer and by doing so, become part of the artwork through their unique internal manipulation of it. Akers stated hope is that by examination, the viewer will better understand both the artworks and the relationship between vision and cognition.

Women & Their Work

“Jenelle Esparza: It Could Only Be Lived” — October 22 through December 15
Jenelle Esparza is interested in the landscape. She studies the ancestry and identity of a people through landmasses and other organic forms as they relate to culture and community, with a focus on the untold and lesser-known histories of a place and what was left behind. Esparza utilizes cotton as a root source material and inspiration. At least three generations of her family have picked cotton in Texas, which connects her to other Latino families who share the same history and also to the larger story of cotton in America. Her work explores the personal and cultural aspects of cotton, including the effects of hard labor on the body and the resiliency and resourcefulness it instills.

Austin Public Library

“Austin Proud: A History of Pride Parades in Austin” — October 26 through January 10, 2023
“Austin Proud” presents photographs, flyers, and clippings from the Austin History Center collections documenting the history of Austin's LGBTQ Pride parades and marches from 1971-2002. The exhibit will travel to Austin Public Library branches through June 2023. Currently on display at the Central Branch, starting October 26 it will move to the Twin Oaks Branch.

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Bee Cave Arts Foundation was founded in 2010 to enrich the lives of the community of Bee Cave. Today, visitors from across Texas and beyond come to enjoy contemporary art exhibitions and programs.


Volunteers are always welcome. Kindly use the website's secure contact form to reach Deby Childress, Director of Bee Cave Arts Foundation.


Membership is $10 for students; $20 for seniors (age 65 and older); $30 for members; $60 for families; $100 for supporters; $250 for leaders; $500 for benefactor; and $1,000 for sustainers. Donations of all sizes are welcome, as well as AmazonSmile supporters. There is also a Charity Wish List on Amazon.com.


The Foundation hosts the annual Member Artist Exhibition BuzzFest, plus art classes year-round for adults and children.

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2 Austin-area students advance to Scripps National Spelling Bee quarterfinals this week


The quarterfinals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee start on Wednesday, May 31. But on Tuesday, May 30, two students from the Austin area made it through the preliminary round.

Twelve-year-old Tarini Nandakumar from Challenger School-Avery Ranch and 14-year old Shrethan Botla from Meridian World Middle School both had some pretty hard words to spell on Tuesday.

According to his biography on the bee's website, Botla ... started spelling in kindergarten, and his other hobbies include hanging out with friends and playing video games. He is also fascinated with medical science and hopes to be a doctor one day.

Nandakumar has previously competed in the bee in 2021, where she tied for 16th place, and 2022, where she tied for 49th place.

The bee's quarterfinals air from 7 am to 12 pm CST Wednesday on Ion Plus. The semifinals will air from 7 pm to 10 pm CST Wednesday on Ion, and the finals will air from 7 pm to 10 pm CST Thursday on Ion.


Read the full story and watch the video at KVUE.com.

Pop culture provocateur Janelle Monáe brings her Age of Pleasure tour to Austin this fall

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Janelle Monáe's upcoming Age of Pleasure album is already making headlines with her latest single (and music video) "Lipstick Lover." And thankfully for Austinites, we won't have to wait long after the album's release (June 9, via Atlantic Records) to watch it come to life on stage.

The critically acclaimed and award winning singer and actress will bring her Age of Pleasure Tour across North America later this year, with a 26-city lineup kicking off on August 30 at WAMU Theater in Seattle, WA. The Texas leg of her tour will include a stop in Dallas (October 9 at The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory) before moving on to Houston's Bayou Music Center on October 10 and Austin's Moody Ampitheater on October 11.

Known worldwide for her inimitable style and visionary sound, Monáe is an eight time Grammy Award-nominated singer, songwriter, producer, performer, and fashion icon. According to a release, she promises to light up your body, soul, and all of your senses with an unforgettable performance featuring songs off her latest album and classic hits from her discography.

Tickets for the tour go on sale Thursday, June 1, starting with a Verizon presale at 10 am local time; the exclusive presale via Verizon Up gives customers access to purchase presale tickets for select shows until Tuesday, June 6, at 10 pm. Additional presales will run throughout the week ahead of the general onsale beginning Wednesday, June 7 at 10 am on Ticketmaster.

The full list of tour dates is below:

Wed Aug 30 – Seattle, WA – WAMU Theater
Thu Aug 31 – Vancouver, BC – UBC - Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre
Sat Sep 02 – Portland, OR – RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater
Wed Sep 06 –Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
Thu Sep 07 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Sat Sep 09 – Kansas City, MO – The Midland Theatre
Mon Sep 11 – Minneapolis, MN – Armory
Wed Sep 13 – St. Louis, MO – Stifel Theatre
Thu Sep 14 – Chicago, IL – Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom
Sun Sep 17 – Boston, MA – MGM Music Hall at Fenway
Mon Sep 18 – Philadelphia, PA – The Met
Wed Sep 20 – Montreal, QB – Mtelus
Thu Sep 21 – Toronto, ON – Massey Hall
Sun Sep 24 – Washington, DC – The Anthem*
Tue Sep 26 – New York City, NY – Radio City Music Hall
Thu Sep 28 – Brooklyn, NY – Kings Theatre
Mon Oct 02 – Charlotte, NC – Skyla Credit Union Amphitheatre
Tue Oct 03 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
Wed Oct 04 – Birmingham, AL – Avondale Brewing Company
Fri Oct 06 – Atlanta, GA – Fox Theatre Atlanta
Mon Oct 09 – Dallas, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
Tue Oct 10 – Houston, TX – Bayou Music Center
Wed Oct 11 – Austin, TX – Moody Amphitheater
Sun Oct 15 – Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Financial Theatre
Tue Oct 17 – San Francisco, CA – Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
Wed Oct 18 – Inglewood, CA – YouTube Theater

* non-Live Nation date

Austin Airbnb prices are the 3rd most expensive in the U.S., report says


Summer has arrived, and so have the summer tourists. For visitors looking to stay within their budget while traveling to Austin, or those who are looking for a staycation in their home city, you might want to allocate a little more for lodging. A new study by business website ChamberofCommerce.org has revealed Austin has the third least affordable Airbnb prices in the country, and was the only Texas city to make the top 10.

For the last 12 months, the average rate for "all [Airbnb] property types" in the city was $373 per night. However, the study did mention a dramatic decline of nightly rates as of May 22 to $243. There are a total of 3,761 active listings around town, which means there are 606 Airbnbs per 100,000 Austinites.

Looking deeper into average rates, a one-bedroom listing will cost you about $127 per night, while a two-bedroom will set you back $203 a night. The study says the average nightly rate for a three-bedroom Airbnb is $297.

This isn't the first time Austin-area Airbnb prices have caught the eye of budget-conscious travelers. In April, a Forbes Advisor study discovered visitors pay an average surcharge of 33 percent for an Airbnb in the city. At the time of Forbes' study, Austin Airbnbs cost an average of $244 a night.

Overall, California dominated the top 10 in the Chamber of Commerce report with three cities total making the list, and Oxnard ranking ahead of Austin in first place.

The top 10 U.S. cities with the most expensive daily rates are:

  • No. 1 – Oxnard, California
  • No. 2 – Scottsdale, Arizona
  • No. 3 – Austin, Texas
  • No. 4 – Las Vegas, Nevada
  • No. 5 – Honolulu, Hawaii
  • No. 6 – Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • No. 7 – Nashville, Tennessee
  • No. 8 – San Diego, California
  • No. 9 – Santa Clarita, California
  • No. 10 – Miami, Florida
The next Texas city that appeared in the ranking after Austin was Houston (No. 27), with their average rate for any Airbnb type at $224. Over in San Antonio (No. 32), their average rates are even lower at $218 a night.

In a separate ranking of cities with the most Airbnb listings, Austin ranked No. 12. The report looked at over 160,000 Airbnb listings within the largest American cities, analyzing the average daily rate and the total number of listings per 100,000 city residents.