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Live entertainment is running rampant through the city, and this roundup of options will have you considering how to be in two places at once. Concerts by Rodney Crowell and Joshua Radin make their way onto our dance card, and an immersively musical screening of Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse promises to have senses tingling. Check out the top seven things to do in Austin this weekend. For a complete list of events, visit our calendar.

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Visit and explore every corner of the Long Center during the inaugural Teresa Lozano Long Community Day on September 9.

Friday, September 8

Ao5 Gallery presents "When the Sun Dips: An Evening with Carrie Graber"
California-based oil painter Carrie Graber hosts an intimate evening of art, discussion, and elevated entertainment at Ao5 Gallery. Attendees can enjoy complimentary cocktails by Tequila 512 and view the newest originals and limited editions in Graber’s collection depicting Palm Springs scenes. Admission to this event is free and open to the public.

The Paramount Theatre presents Rodney Crowell in concert
Country music legend Rodney Crowell brings his music to The Paramount Theatre. The “I Couldn’t Leave You If I Tried” singer comes to Austin in support of his new album, The Chicago Sessions. Fellow music great Dan Penn joins Crowell for a special guest performance. Go to tickets.austintheatre.org for more details.

Saturday, September 9

Long Center presents the Teresa Lozano Long Community Day
The Long Center for the Performing Arts hosts its first-ever block party complete with an open house highlighting the landmark’s most treasured spaces and more. Guests are encouraged to explore backstage spots, theatrical areas, and the wide-open lawn with fellow Austin neighbors in celebration of community. Admission is free and open to the public.

Moontower Comedy presents "Anthony Jeselnik: Bones and All"
Comedian Anthony Jeselnik performs his stand-up material live at The Paramount Theatre off the heels of his recently released Netflix special, Fire in the Maternity Ward. Jeselnik is no stranger to the comedic stage. He’s best known for his regular appearances on Comedy Central roasts and has performed on iconic late-night TV shows like Conan, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Shows are scheduled through September 10. Get ticket details at austintheatre.org.

Joshua Radin in concert
Folk artist Joshua Radin performs live at 04 Center in support of his new EP, Though the World Will Tell Me So, Volume 1. He’s best known for songs like “Winter” and “Only You,” which often make appearances on the soundtracks of well-known films and TV series. Get ticket availability information at 04center.com.

Sunday, September 10

Austin-Oita Sister City Committee presents the Oita Japan Festival
Celebrate Austin’s Japanese sister city, Oita, and the country’s rich culture at the Asian American Resource Center. Festival highlights include a tea ceremony, sumo wrestling, Japanese martial arts and drumming, festival food, crafts, informational business sessions, and many more family-friendly activities. For more information, go to austinoita.org.

Long Center presents Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse Live in Concert
Experience the Academy Award®-winning animated film, Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, while fully immersed in the movie’s score at this special Long Center production. Spidey fans will enjoy a screening of the blockbuster film paired with its score, which is performed by live musicians and a DJ scratcher on turntables. This sonically-centered story about the main character Miles Morales and his heroism is suitable for superhero fans of all ages. Go to thelongcenter.org for more information.

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Looking for respite from these unforgivingly hot temperatures? We’ve curated a list of the chillest events that offer equal parts relief from the heat and quintessential summertime entertainment. Shop it like it’s hot at the return of Le Garage Sale or help keep yourself and your four-legged friends cool at Dogs Day of Summer. For those who prefer to venture outdoors after sundown, Bat Fest is the place to be. Check out the top seven things to do in Austin this weekend. For a complete list of events, visit our calendar.

Thursday, August 24

aGLIFF presents Prism 36
Austin’s premiere LGBTQ+ film festival and oldest film festival in city history returns to a number of silver screens over five days of cinematic programming. Highlights of the ongoing event feature more than 50 films, exclusive screenings, afterparties, a dinner fundraiser, and more. A virtual component of the festival will be available once in-person events have concluded. For a full schedule of events and to purchase badges, go to agliff.org.

Friday, August 25

Deep Eddy Vodka presents the V.O.D.K.A. Conference
Local vodka distillery Deep Eddy makes a sound and super-cool case for getting the weekend started a little early at this high-energy “conference.” This work-free experience includes activations, fake conference merch, live entertainment, and complimentary food and drinks for professionals who are looking to blow off some steam off (or on) the clock. Admission is free and open to the public. Get more information on Eventbrite.

Tiff’s Treats Tiffwich Block Party
Treat yourself to something sweet at Tiff's Treats' Nueces Street location. Block party guests can sink their teeth into a free Tiffwich ice cream sandwich and enjoy a refreshingly cold snack that’s perfect for the summertime. Party admission is free and open to the public.

Saturday, August 26

Zilker Botanical Garden Conservancy presents "Dog Days of Summer"
The International Dog Day fun is in full tail-wagging swing at this seasonal Zilker Botanical Garden shindig. Canine guests can enjoy a variety of pup pools spread throughout the event to stave off the hot temperatures, and enjoy goodies (T-R-E-A-T-S) from participating vendors. Additional highlights include live demonstrations, pet adoptions, giveaways, and more. For tickets and more information, visit zilkergarden.org.

Le Garage Sale
The city’s chicest sale of the year reopens for another healthy dose of end-of-season retail therapy. Attendees can expect rows upon rows and racks upon racks of sale-marked items from 100+ boutiques, brands, and designers over the course of two days at Palmer Events Center. Available items for purchase include luxe leisurewear, children’s apparel, menswear, home decor pieces, art, and more. Check out legaragsale.net for more event details.

Bat Fest 2023
Celebrate the unofficial and nocturnal mascot of Austin at the return of Bat Fest. This year’s highlights include a bat costume contest, kid’s zone activities, vendors, and a great view of the bats during their nightly flight. Attendees can also enjoy live music from special guests Mike Ryan Flo Rida, Lil Flip, George Birge, Mike Jones, Alien Ant Farm, and others. For more festival information and ticket options, check out roadwayevents.com.

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Paddleboarders can enjoy a view from Lady Bird Lake as Austin's famous bats emerge from under Congress Ave on August 26.

Rowing Dock presents Bat Fest: A Limited-Edition Guided Bat Paddle
Experience the breathtaking natural phenomenon of more than 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats emerging from under the Congress Avenue Bridge from the waters of Lake Austin during this special guided bat tour by Rowing Dock. This four-mile tour offers a unique view of the bats as they embark on their nightly feeding, while also offering up a background of live music from Bat Fest happening simultaneously. For tour details, visit rowingdock.com.

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All the world’s a stage in the Live Music Capital of the World, and this roundup of can’t-miss concerts and shows serves as proof. See artists like Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, Pantera, and Lamb of God live at some of the city’s hottest venues. Music-minded meet-ups and performance theatre offer alternative ways to get your local-approved music fix. Check out the top seven things to do in Austin this weekend. For a complete list of events, visit our calendar.

Thursday, August 17

KMFA Classical 89.5 presents an Austin Arts Mixer
Mingle and party with some of the city’s most regarded arts organizations at KMFA Classical 89.5. Highlights include exclusive networking opportunities, passed bites from Alfred’s Catering, wine by BOXT, cocktails by Tito’s Handmade Vodka, and more. Mixer admission is free and open to the public. For a full list of participating partners, go to kmfa.org.

Cap City Comedy Club presents David Koechner
Comedian and actor David Koechner is the latest resident at Capitol City Comedy Club. Koechner is best known for his longtime stand-up career and his scene-stealing roles in films like Anchorman and The Office. In addition to his stand-up performances, Koechner will host an Office trivia show for diehard fans of the groundbreaking comedy series. See showtimes and ticket details at capcitycomedy.com.

Friday, August 18

High School Reunion Tour with Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa
Legendary Californian Hip-Hop artists Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa bring their co-headlining High School Reunion Tour to Austin’s Germania Insurance Amphitheater. The show will also feature performances by other rap heavy hitters including Too $hort, Warren G, Berner, and special guest DJ Drama. Go to Ticketmaster for more information.

Jurassic World Live Tour
Journey into the prehistoric world of dinosaurs and other ancient beasts at this immersive experience inspired by the cult classic cinematic universe, Jurassic World. Guests will enter a space at Moody Center wholly transformed into the environment depicted in the franchise, which features 24 film-accurate and life-sized dinosaurs operated by animatronics and performers. Pre-show activations are also available for guests who want to embark on the adventure early. Get more details on Ticketmaster.

Saturday, August 19

ZACH Theatre presents Head Over Heels
The love stories of a fictional royal family come to life through an in-verse production with a modern twist at ZACH Theatre. Kathy Valentine, bassist for 80s girl group The Go-Go's, presides as music director over this kingdom until September 10. Audiences can experience the chaotic, queer tale as told through Go-Go's music and a set completely made of pool inflatables. Familiar songs like “We Got the Beat” and “Vacation” offer the perfect soundtrack to this age-old story. Learn more about the creative Broadway play adaption in CultureMap's review and interviews.

Sunday, August 20

John Oliver in concert
Acclaimed comedian John Oliver performs live at Bass Concert Hall. The host and producer of the HBO show Last Week Tonight with John Oliver will perform two back-to-back shows. Throughout his career, Oliver’s style of comedy and writing skills have awarded accolades such as 23 Primetime Emmys, five Writer’s Guild Awards, and two Critics’ Choice Television Awards. For tickets, go to texasperformingarts.org.

Pantera in concert
Heavy metal band Pantera makes their highly anticipated return to the stage as part of their national tour. Fans can expect original band members Philip Anselmo and Rex Brown joined by Zakk Wylde, and Charlie Benante on the stage at Germania Insurance Amphitheater. Lamb of God joins the concert as special guest. Get more information on Ticketmaster.

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Snoop Dogg comes to Austin with Wiz Khalifa, Too $hort, and others on August 18.

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Live music may not help you beat the heat, but it's sure to keep you equal parts distracted and highly entertained. Luckily, our agenda is stacked with concerts, comedy shows, and theater arts worthy of our city’s reputation. Check out the top seven things to do in Austin this weekend. For a complete list of events, visit our calendar.

Thursday, August 3

Rhett Miller in concert
Singer and Old 97’s frontman Rhett Miller plays live in concert at the 04 Center. Fans can expect music from Miller’s 2022 solo album, The Misfit. He’s known for songs including “Come Around” and “Fireflies.” For ticket availability and more information, go to prekindle.com.

Magnolia Musical Theatre presents Beauty and The Beast
The story of an unconventional romance and true love unfolds on stage through music and movement in the Hill Country Galleria’s Central Plaza. Fairy tale fans can experience Beauty and the Beast with beloved characters, music, and magic known from the 1991 blockbuster Disney film. Following opening weekend, performances are scheduled through August 13. Admission to all shows is free and open to guests of all ages. For more details, visit magnoliamt.org.

Cap City Comedy Club presents Bryan Callen
Capitol City Comedy Club welcomes Bryan Callen to the stage for a three-day, multiple-show run. The actor and comedian is widely known for his recurring role as “Coach Mellor” on ABC’s Schooled and The Goldbergs, and has appeared in films like Ride Along. For more details, go to capcitycomedy.com.

Friday, August 4

Moody Amphitheater presents Dominic Fike in concert
Singer-songwriter and pop culture celebrity Dominic Fike performs live at Moody Amphitheater in support of his new album, Sunburn. Fike comes to Austin fresh off noteworthy festival runs including Coachella earlier this year. In addition to his music, the singer is widely known for his role on the HBO drama series Euphoria. Go to Ticketmaster for show details.

Country Music Live presents Clint Black in concert
Country music superstar Clint Black comes to the Austin area as part of the ongoing Country Music Live concert series presented by KASE101 & 98.1 KVET. The singer-songwriter and voice behind hit songs including “Killin’ Time” and “Like the Rain” will perform songs from his extensive discography at Round Rock Amp. Fellow artist Rick Trevino joins Black as a special guest. Get tickets at Eventbrite.

Saturday, August 5

Banger's presents 11th Anniversary Party & Beer Festival
Raise a pint – or several – to more than a decade of good sausage, great beer, and even better company at Banger’s birthday bash. Festival highlights include special beer collaborations with local breweries, food specials, games, and more. The party is free and open to the public. Get more information bangersaustin.com.

Banger's Sausage House and Beer Garden
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Toast to 11 years of business at Banger's this Saturday.

The Gallery ATX presents "Good Times" Group Exhibition & Zine Drop Party
Texas-based feminist zine Mujer Manifesto and a collective of local artists present a joint demonstration of creative expression at Moontower Cider Company. Guests can experience art and stories from an intersectional perspective, through positive media representations and work by carefully-selected local makers. Admission is free and open to the public. For more event information, visit thegalleryatx.org.

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We're making space on our agenda for countless concerts, a summery supper, and a birthday bash in the days ahead. Catch the Steve Miller Band, Eric Church, and Lil Baby in concert, or feast on fresh flavors at the Midsummer Night’s Dream Supper. Check out the top seven things to do in Austin this weekend. For a complete list of events, go to our calendar.

Thursday, July 27

Counter Culture turns 14
Local food trailer-turned-restaurant Counter Culture celebrates 14 years of business and the birthday of its owner, Sue, on the back patio of Tweedy’s Bar. This year has been a roller coaster for the business, so there's even more perseverance to celebrate. Highlights include special menu items, good vibes, and a live DJ set of ‘60s and ‘70s vinyl records by the birthday star herself. Admission to this event is free.

Steve Miller Band in concert
The Steve Miller Band celebrates the 50th anniversary of their iconic album, The Joker, at this special show. Fans can flood the Germania Insurance Amphitheater and expect another can't-miss and very rare show, like the band's two fantastic ACL tapings in September. Cheap Trick will join the band as a special guest. Go to Ticketmaster for more details.

Friday, July 28

"Dig Deep ATX" showcase
ATX TV and Deep Cut Music join forces for the first-ever "Dig Deep ATX" showcase. The event features a curated lineup by Deep Cut Music’s Maggie Phillips: all emerging Austin musicians who are poised for TV and film success. Beverages from Still Austin and food will be available for purchase during the shows. Admission is free with RSVP via Mailchimp.

Supper Friends presents a "Midsummer Night’s Dream Supper"
Ready your tastebuds for the flavors of the season at this indulgent culinary experience. Supper Friends at the SWOOP House hosts a cell phone-free supper party featuring a summer menu curated by De Nada Cantina's Chef Nick Barrera. Guests will dine on imaginative dishes while fostering community through conversation, reminiscent of dinner parties of yore. Splurge on seating for the "Midsummer Night's Dream Supper" at exploretock.com.

Moody Center presents Lil Baby in concert
Rapper Lil Baby comes to Moody Center to support his 2022 album, It’s Only Me. The Atlanta-based artist is best known for his chart-topping hits including “Woah” and “Drip Too Hard.” He’s joined by fellow emcees GloRilla, The Kid LAROI, GLOSS UP, Rylo Rodriguez, and Hunxho. Get seating information on Ticketmaster.

Saturday, July 29

Eric Church in concert
Country music star Eric Church performs live in concert in support of his 2021 album, Heart & Soul. One of the genre's contemporary leaders, Church is known for gentle hits like "Springsteen" as well as rowdier ones like "Drink In My Hand." Midland and Ray Wylie Hubbard will join Church for this concert at Germania Insurance Amphitheater. For ticket details, visit Ticketmaster.

Ballet Folklorico de Austin presents Guelaguetza Oaxaqueña
Oaxacan performing arts are brought to life through a variety of dance and entertainment at The Long Center for the Performing Arts. Festival attendees can expect a program featuring "Guelaguetza” — a Zapoteca word meaning “active cooperation” — accompanied by a fusion of music, authentic costumes, and movement. Get tickets and more information at thelongcenter.org.

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Lil Baby visits Moody Center on July 28.

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Live shows, homegrown honey, and family-friendly festivities are on our agenda in the days to come. Venture out to Vista Brewing for the Hays County Honey Harvest Festival, or see Slightly Stoopid with Sublime With Rome live in concert. Check out the top seven things to do in Austin this weekend. For a complete list of events, go to our calendar.

Thursday, July 20

The Bullock Museum presents Third Thursdays Series
The Bullock Museum’s live music- and art-based experience series continues for another month. July’s special guest performer is Austin-based musician Zach Person. Local visual artist and therapist Kemi Yemi-Esi will also lead a collage-making activity for all ages. Additional activities include sketches inspired by African American poetry and photo opportunities. Get tickets and a full series schedule at thestoryoftexas.com.

Paramount Theatre presents Boz Scaggs in concert
Boz Scaggs comes to Austin’s Paramount Theatre for one night only. The legendary singer-songwriter and Texas Medal of Arts Award-winner is widely known for hit songs like “Lowdown” and “Heart of Mine." He'll perform live in support of his new album, Near You. For tickets, go to tickets.austintheatre.org.

Friday, July 21

Cap City Comedy Club presents Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce brings his unique improv style to Cap City Comedy Club for three days straight. He is best known for his many appearances on TV and film including BET's 10th Comic View, Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector, and Who’s Your Caddy. Get showtime and ticket details at capcitycomedy.com.

Saturday, July 22

Vista Brewing presents the Hays County Honey Harvest Festival
Savor the sweetness of the season with Vista Ranch, the Hays County Beekeepers Association, and local Hill Country honey. Festival highlights include honey tastings from apiaries around Hays County, live demonstrations of extracting and spinning honey, and honeybee education for all ages to enjoy. Adults can also sample this year’s batch of Hive Mind Honey Ale, made with freshly-harvested honey. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Hays County Beekeepers Association’s Youth Scholarship & Mentoring Program. Festival admission is free with registration on Eventbrite.

Germania Insurance Amphitheater presents Slightly Stoopid in concert with Sublime With Rome
Slightly Stoopid makes a stop at Germania Insurance Amphitheater along with Sublime With Rome as part of their Summertime 2023 tour. Fans of this co-headlining show will enjoy songs from Slightly Stoopid’s new album, So Many Other Realities Exist Simultaneously, as well as music from Sublime With Rome ahead of their new album’s release later this year. For seating options and availability, go to Ticketmaster.

Boz Scaggs
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Boz Scaggs will play at the Paramount Theater on July 20.

Hotel Viata presents the Dive in Summer Movie Series
Westlake boutique hideout Hotel Viata invites moviegoers to a poolside screening of the family-friendly 2021 animated film, Luca. Guests are encouraged to bring their own pool floaties for the best viewing experience. Additional highlights include complimentary popcorn for guests, and specialty food and drinks available for purchase from Café Viata. This event is free and open to the public.

Fallout Theater presents "Glow Show with Joey Z"
Austin-based entertainer Joey Z brings his touring variety show to Fallout Theater for an evening of groovy entertainment. Guests will take a glow-in-the-dark trip down memory lane with Joey Z and other performers through stories, soundscapes, and psychedelic misadventures. Get tickets and more details on Eventbrite.

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R&B singer Mélat epitomizes the independent Austin music experience in new album

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Even though Mélat is always busy — appearing in seemingly every major community showcase — she hasn't released a new album in four years. That is, until today.

Canon Metis: Wiser Than Gods and Mortal Men — with an appropriately grandiose title for the R&B singer's prodigal return — is out on September 29, with 14 gooey tracks incorporating everything from trap beats to gospel harmonies. It follows up 2019's After All: Episode One, with similarly spacious orchestrations and a little more confidence this time around on the songwriter's part.

"I feel like [after] going through COVID and all the things that have happened in the past four years ... it's the dawning of a new era for me," says Mélat. "I feel like I've shed a significant amount of fear, and doubt, and all these things that as humans we have to work to get off of ourselves. It feels like a new beginning for me."

The title of this "foundational" album, in Mélat's words, reaches back to two EPs that the singer has since grown out of, but represented a similar feeling of self-definition as her first-ever releases. First was Canon Aphaea, then Canon Ourania; Both referenced Greek goddesses. This time, Metis — Zeus' first wife, a Titan goddess, and the embodiment of wisdom — was the inspiration.

M\u00e9lat Canon Metis: Wiser Than Gods and Mortal MenThe album cover ties in "Easter Eggs" from Black woman-owned brands: fashion by Savage X Fenty, Black Girl Magic wine by McBride Sisters Wine Company, and an Ethiopian necklace referencing the singer's heritage.Shot by Marshall Tidrick

The subtitle comes from humbler origins than it sounds; probably something she read on Wikipedia, Mélat says, but definitely borrowed nonetheless. The quote also gives a name to a track in which the singer speaks semi-candidly about false idols and the wisdom to duck away from the judgment of "mere mortals."

"I'm like a lot of people in that I can be my worst my own worst critic," she says. "I hate my speaking voice, but I put it on the album [because] my gut was telling me, no, this needs to be said. There are songs that were cut from the album [that were part of] the plan the whole time."

Much of Mélat's local pull comes from her transparency about being an independent artist, which she discusses often on social media and will surely expound upon more when the Austin chapter of Women in Music launches later this year, with her on the leadership team. Nothing about working without a label is foreign to Austin musicians (although the landscape is slowly growing), and the singer confirms that she doesn't "know any other way to do it," but hints of that freedom shine through some tracks.

"Canon Metis," the opening track, pieces together a sort of trailer for the rest of the album with atmospheric synths and spoken announcements by disembodied femme voices — a softly futuristic approach. But "Lambs to Lions" and "The Now" deliver nostalgia via backup vocals and instrumental stylings, while "I.D.M.T.L.Y. (Freestyle)" pares things down to a simple phone recording that the songwriter and her close collaborator, sound engineer, and manager, Pha The Phenom, chose not to develop any further.

No through-lines were questioned. Nothing needed to be justified, except to each other. Both have gotten into meditating, anyway, so it's all about feel.

"I feel like I've gathered all this wisdom," Mélat says. "You can't really trust the quote-unquote gods, which are the shiny things that will distract you ... and you can't really worry too much about the judgment of others, because everybody's just human. I need to do what feels right for me."

There is no tour planned to promote the album yet, but given the singer's track record, it won't be long until something is on the books. A music video for "So Help Me God," incorporates AI technology via Kaiber AI, will be released on October 4.

Listen to Canon Metis: Wiser Than Gods and Mortal Men on your favorite streaming platform.

Unique art sale champions thousands of works by Austin artists who may not have homes

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The streets of Austin reveal a vibrant artistic spirit if you know where to look. Art From the Streets (AFTS), a nonprofit uplifting unhoused artists, invites art lovers to discover this local creativity at the annual Art Show & Sale on October 21-22.

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Onlookers look through hundreds of unique art pieces by unhoused Austinites.

Art From the Streets has announced its 31st Annual Art Show & Sale at the Blue Genie Art Bazaar, best known for its holiday market. This two-day event will showcase thousands of original artworks from unhoused and at-risk artists in the Austin area, from compelling portraits to vibrant abstracts, all while supporting an amazing creative community.

Attending this event gives the Austin community the special opportunity to meet these artists, hear their stories, and purchase their one-of-a-kind creations, with 95 percent of the art sale proceeds going directly to the artists themselves.

In turn, it provides platform for the artists to proudly display their works, coming into the arts scene in an official, marketable capacity. It brings visibility to their skills and lets them earn income from their passion.

"We believe that these artistic endeavors form a pathway to self-determination, and we invite the Austin community to join us this October in supporting these artists by making connections and purchasing some amazing art," said AFTS executive director Kelley Worden in a press release.

Volunteers form the backbone of AFTS by assisting with a wide range of tasks, from facilitating art creation sessions to helping with exhibition setup and more; the funds that AFTS collects through donations and art sales are directly funneled back into supporting these volunteers' efforts, providing art supplies, covering exhibition costs, and supplying other resources needed to uplift the unhoused artists in the Austin community.

The 31st Annual Art From the Streets Show & Sale will be held at the Blue Genie Art Bazaar from October 21-22. Attendance is free and open to the public, with a suggested $5 donation at the door to help support AFTS' mission of empowering unhoused artists. RSVP on Eventbrite.

Tasteful Austin ice cream shop starts crowdfunding to scoop up new cities

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We're not sure how many licks it takes to get to a popular Austin ice cream shop into new markets, but a crowdfunding campaign gives fans a chance to find out.

Lick Honest Ice Creams, known for interesting, mature flavors (without getting too serious), has launched a campaign via MicroVentures that will allow onlookers a chance to support the business with small investments of $100 or more. Ice cream never goes out of style, and the company is hoping to appeal not just to repeat customers, but anyone who thinks the sweet treat has growth potential.

Although this could be a long-term holding, the root idea is to eventually trade back the stake for a financial gain once the company has grown. In less than two days (since the campaign launched on September 28), Lick has already sold stakes worth more than $66,000 from 90 investors.

“This isn’t just an investment in terms of capital," said CEO Anthony Sobotik in a news release. "It’s an opportunity to own a piece of your favorite ice cream shop, shared memories, and a piece of Lick’s future. By investing, you’re supporting our dream and commitment to spread the Lick experience further, enabling Lick to support family-owned farms in a more significant way, and ensuring more people can truly know what they’re licking."

The ice cream shop has been in Austin since its inception in 2012, and now operates three stores in the area, plus stores in San Antonio, Houston, and College Station. The total store count is currently at eight, with a ninth coming to Houston's Autry Park "soon," according to the website. The release states intentions to use the crowdfunding to "build more scoop shops and expand into new markets," but does not specify which cities the brand is eyeing, or even if they are in Texas or farther away.

Some of the flavors pay homage to their Texas roots, like "Caramel Salt Lick," "Hill Country Honey & Vanilla Bean," and "Texas Sheet Cake." It is easy to see where ingredients come from, as suppliers are listed on the menu. Seasonal flavors right now include creative twists like "Back Porch Iced Tea" and "Fig & Fromage," sticking to Lick's script of interesting and local ingredients. The menu also includes a small number of dairy-free flavors.

“From our first scoop shop opening in 2011 to where Lick is now, it’s been an extraordinary journey. We’ve now served over a million scoops, and with each one, we’ve shared our commitment to and love for thoughtfully crafted, ethically, and sustainably-sourced and produced ice cream,” said Sobotik.

“But beyond just charming your taste buds, our flavors tell stories," he continued. "Those are the stories of favorite dishes, the family and friends we shared them with, and the farmers we work with. It’s a special connection that ice cream grants us, and it’s what really makes this our story, not just Lick’s story.”

More information and links to contribute to the campaign are available at microventures.com.