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Nonstop cinema, critically acclaimed comedy, and tons of festival fun are in our sights for the next several days. Enjoy riveting conversation and expert journalism up close at the Texas Tribune Festival, or enjoy nonstop cinema with the return of Fantastic Fest. Check out the top seven things to do in Austin this weekend. For a complete list of events, go to our calendar.

Thursday, September 21

Fantastic Fest
The country’s largest genre film festival returns to Alamo Drafthouse Cinema South Lamar for another year of all things fantasy, horror, sci-fi, and action. Attendees will have the opportunity to screen a curated selection of daring and thought-provoking cinema by filmmakers from around the world. Notable festival events include screenings of the opening night film The Toxic Avenger, the first two episodes of Netflix's The Fall of the House of Usher, the mystery thriller Eileen, the closing night film Totally Killer, and more. Screenings and events are scheduled through September 28. Badges are available at fantasticfest.com.

Texas Tribune Festival
Lone Star journalism takes center stage at the return of the Texas Tribune Festival. The three-day event is curated by the journalists of the Texas Tribune itself and features interviews, surprise talent mashups, panel discussions, and several guest speakers all in one jam-packed weekend. Confirmed speakers for this year’s festival include Jake Tapper, Katie Couric, Coln Allred, and many more. For a full schedule of events and to attend the festival, go to texastribune.org.

ACL Live presents "Jim Gaffigan: Barely Alive Tour"
ACL Live hosts multihyphenate entertainer Jim Gaffigan for two nights back-to-back. He’s widely known for his keenly hilarious observations on life and is also a New York Times best-selling author and three-time Emmy-winning recording artist. Ticket information can be found on acllive.com.

Cap City Comedy Club presents Kevin Nealon
Comedic great Kevin Nealon is the newest featured artist to take up a residency at Capitol City Comedy Club. He’s best known for his decade-long stint on Saturday Night Live and other popular television series including Weeds and Curb Your Enthusiasm. Shows are scheduled through September 23. Get more details at capcitycomedy.com.

Public Power Block Party
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Bust out your best moves at the Public Power Block Party on September 24.

Friday, September 22

Beerthoven Inc. presents "From the Top: A Duet for the Beginning of Time"
Duo da Capo, a local harp and oboe ensemble, explores the story of creation with a special live concert at Saengerrunde Hall. Guests can expect a program of contemporary music accompanied by creation artwork, for a dynamic showing for multiple senses. Pastries, beer and wine, and non-alcoholic beverages will be served. For tickets, go to Eventbrite.

Saturday, September 23

Dripping Springs Pumpkin Festival
Take a short trip to the Dr. Pound Historical Farmstead in Dripping Springs to welcome the fall season with a cornucopia of autumn-inspired activities for all ages. Pumpkin Festival highlights include live musical performances, seasonal food offerings, photo opportunities, games, attractions, a marketplace, and more. Following opening weekend, festival programming continues through October 29. For tickets and additional event information, visit geoji.com.

Sunday, September 24

Sierra Club Texas presents Public Power Block Party
Moontower Cider Company partners with the Texas Sierra Club to open its doors and grounds for a block party to raise awareness about clean energy plans and sustainability efforts. Visitors can enjoy food, drinks, live music, and other family-friendly activities all while learning about Austin Energy’s upcoming resource plan and other new initiatives. Block party admission is free and open to the public. Go to sierraclub.org for more details.

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

Weekend Event Guide

The beat goes on — literally — in the Live Musc Capitol of the World. The next several days show a forecast of live performances by musical acts any local would hate to miss. See Sting, Tenacious D, or Arctic Monkeys in concert. For a complete list of events, go to our calendar.

Thursday, September 14

Lake Travis Film Festival
Cinema takes center stage at Cinemark Hill Country Galleria at the 4th annual Lake Travis Film Festival. Highlights of the four-day event include screenings, panel discussions, music, immersive experiences, and more. For a full schedule of events and to purchase tickets, go to ltff.net.

Naked at My Age: Charla Hathaway
Sexologist and performer Charla Hathaway brings her unbridled one-woman show to Austin for two cheeky evenings of entertainment. Hathaway will share intimate stories from her more than 20 years of sex work experience with vivid reenactments and the occasional stylings of her feather boa prop. The first show was at Kick Butt Coffee on Wednesday, but you can still catch the second show at Forbidden Fruit on Thurday. This performance is suitable for adult audiences only. Get ticket details at charlahathaway.com.

Friday, September 15

Iliza Shlesinger: Hard Feelings World Tour
Iliza Shlesinger makes her comedic presence known at Bass Concert Hall for one night only. Shlesinger, who is in town as part of her Hard Feelings World Tour, is best known for her Netflix standup specials including 2022’s Hot Forever and 2018’s Elder Millennial. For show details, go to texasperformingarts.org.

Tenacious D in concert
Jack Black and Kyle Glass' comedy rock duo, Tenacious D, comes to Germania Insurance Amphitheater in support of their Spicy Meatball Tour. Fans can expect a live performance of the viral, live-cover version of Chris Isaak’s "Wicked Game” and other songs from the group’s four-album discography. Get more concert information on Ticketmaster.

Arctic Monkeys in concert
Arctic Monkeys bring their newest music to a live audience at Moody Center. The English rock band performs in Austin in support of their new album, The Car. Since forming in 2012, they have amassed top hits such as “A Certain Romance” and “R U Mine?” For more information, visit Ticketmaster.

Sunday, September 17

Rowing Dock presents Paddlepalooza
Discover a new hobby or adventure with free access to a variety of water activities at Rowing Dock’s annual Paddlepalooza. Attendees can enjoy one complimentary hour of kayaking, canoeing, and stand-up paddle boarding on a first-come, first-served basis. No registration is required for the initial one-hour rental. For guests who prefer to stay on the water longer, regular rental rates will be applied following the first hour of use upon return of equipment. All experience levels are welcome. For more information, check out rowingdock.com.

Sting in concert
New-age rock icon Sting performs live for local fans at Moody Center. He comes to Austin in support of his My Songs tour. Fans can expect a selection of hits like “Roxanne,” “Fields of Gold,” and “Message In A Bottle” on the set list, along with other top songs spanning his more than 50-year career. For more information, go to Ticketmaster.

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Sting performs live in concert at Moody Center on September 17.

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

Weekend Event Guide

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.

Long Center for the Performing Arts

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

Weekend Event Guide

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

Weekend Event Guide

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.

Lil Baby

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Lil Baby visits Moody Center on July 28.

Photo by Jeremy Cowart

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

Weekend Event Guide

Concerts, Pride-themed partying, and live entertainment have made their way to the top of our agenda for the next few days. Celebrate Pride Month by dancing into the night at Vacancy Brewing or catch a screening of Eva Longoria’s new drama at Cine Las Americas Film Festival. For music fans, Weezer and Ryan Adams & The Cardinals shows are sure to be your speed. Check out the top seven things to do in Austin this weekend. For a full list of events, go to our calendar.

Thursday, June 8

Vaughn Art Gallery + Agency presents Thomas Flynn II: "To Catch the Sun Dreaming" opening reception
Experience the newest work by Thomas Flynn II, artist in residence at Vaughn Art Agency & Gallery. Flynn’s art is noted for his color choice and plein air painting (i.e. painting outdoors) to create highly-coveted contemporary marvels. Following the reception, the exhibit will be on display until July 22. Admission to the opening is free.

Cine Las Americas International Film Festival
The 25th Anniversary edition of Cine Las Americas features a packed schedule of the most in-theater screenings and events in festival history. Screenings will take place at AFS Cinema and Galaxy Theater. Highlights of the five-day event include Eva Longoria’s Flamin’ Hot on opening night, several competition films, and Claudia Sainte-Luce comedy Amor y matemáticas (Love and Mathematics) as the closing night film. For festival information, go to cinelasamericas.org.

Weezer in concert
Weezer comes back to Austin in support of their 2021 album, Van Weezer. The Los Angeles-based rock band has remained a worldwide sensation for decades due to chart-topping hits such as “Buddy Holly” and “Beverly Hills.” For ticketing information about this show at Germania Insurance Amphitheater, check Ticketmaster.

Stateside at the Paramount presents "Becky Robinson: She Gone Tour"
Comedian and multihyphenate Becky Robinson makes a stop at Stateside at the Paramount on her national stand-up tour. Robinson has made a lane for herself in the comedic space by way of social media stardom. She is best known for her viral videos, her one-woman show, The Heavy Pour, and her online persona, “Entitled Housewife.” Get more details on austintheatre.org.

Friday, June 9

Ryan Adams & The Cardinals in concert
Americana music stars Ryan Adams & The Cardinals return to Austin for a live show at ACL Live & 3TEN at ACL LIve. Fans of the “Now That You’re Gone” band can expect the same hits with a new line-up of Adams, Brad Pemberton, Chris Stills, Daniel Clarke, and Don Was. Get seating information on Ticketmaster.

Saturday, June 10

Vacancy Brewing presents a "Pride Night Party"
Show your Pride Month spirit at this Vacancy Brewing nighttime bash. Guests can enjoy glitter beer, live music from DJ Lucia Beyond, Pride merch, Pride cans, and extended hours to keep the dance party going. Admission is free. A portion of the proceeds from this event benefit the Austin chapter of PFLAG.

Sunday, June 11

Cap City Comedy Club presents Michael Palascak
Comedian Michael Palascak performs fresh material with two back-to-back shows in one night at Cap City Comedy Club. He’s appeared on many of the comedy world’s biggest stages including The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Conan, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and Late Night with David Letterman. For tickets, visit capcitycomedy.com.

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Weezer performs live at Germania Insurance Amphitheater on June 8.

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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.