Breaking String Theater’s We Play Chekhov includes two of Chekhov’s masterful short stories adapted for the stage: The Black Monk (adapted by Kama Ginkas and translated by John Freedman) and the world premiere of playwright Eliza Bent‘s adaptation of Chekhov’s final story, The Fiancée. The Long Center | August 14-24 | #Austin #ATXThe Long Center Rollins Studio 701 W. Riverside Drive Austin, TX 78704
Alliance Française d’Austin presents Bastille Day 2014 on Saturday, July 12, from 6-10 p.m. at the historic French Legation Museum. Dance to the beautiful sounds of Christine Albert, along with the Fanfare Skroks, who’ve come all the way from Angers, France to entertain you. Savor delicious sandwiches, pastries, crêpes, fine wine and beers. Activities for the whole family. Tickets $10 in advance or $12 at the door; children 12 and under free. #Austin #ATXFrench Legation Museum 802 San Marcos Austin, TX 78702
Celebrate Pflugerville’s German heritage at Deutschen Pfest, May 16-18. Enjoy live music, a Saturday parade, carnival rides, children’s games and activities, shopping booths and a 5K Pfun Run/Walk on Sunday. #Pflugerville #Austin #ATXPfluger Park 515 City Park Road Pflugerville, TX 78660
Don’t miss Passport Italy at Central Market, a celebration of regional Italian cuisine and culture. Mingle with chefs, winemakers, and cheesemakers, attend bambino-friendly events, watch live cooking demos, learn authentic recipes, and more! Buon Appetito! North Lamar Store Schedule | Westgate Store Schedule #Austin #ATX
The Gelato World Tour stops in Austin May 9-11 after visiting Rome, Valencia, Melbourne and Dubai. The tour visits eight cities on five continents and hosts thousands of people before crowning the World’s Best Gelato champion. Sixteen North American gelato artisans compete for best flavor, including Austin’s Matthew Lee of Tèo Espresso and Gelato. Top three winners move on to represent the U.S. in the Grand Finale of the Gelato World Tour, in Rimini, Italy, later this year. The Gelato World Tour Village features instruction on the art of making gelato and educational workshops about the history of gelato. #Austin #ATX #FreeRepublic Square Park 422 Guadalupe Austin, TX 78701
Brenham Maifest | Brenham, Texas | May 2-4
Celebrate the annual Brenham Maifest, May 2-4, at historic Fireman’s Park in Brenham, Texas. This is one of the oldest heritage festivals anywhere in the south. Celebrate the heritage of German settlers in Texas with free live music, dancing, arts and craft vendors, food vendors and Saturday morning’s elaborate downtown parade.
Cinco de Mayo Austin | Fiesta Gardens Park | May 3-4
Fiestas Patrias of Austin invites you to its 9th Annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta, May 3-4, at Fiesta Gardens. The two-day event includes a variety of Tejano and Conjunto bands. An all-day Conjunto Festival takes place on Sunday. The event also includes dancing, a car show, food and family activities.
La Condesa is hosting their free Sixth Annual Cinco de Mayo Downtown Block Party on Sunday, May 4, 2014, from 1-9 pm, in celebration of the rich heritage and culture of Mexico. The annual downtown festival covers features food and free activities for the whole family. Music lineup includes Este Vato, Bombasta, DJ Chicken George & Chorizo Funk, Celsius, Vitera and more.
Polish Film: “Shivers / Dreszcze” @ Austin Public Library Manchaca Branch | May 4 | 3:30 p.m.
Austin Dance India Annual Showcase @ Asian American Resource Center | May 4 | 11 am – 1 pm
Austin Dance India’s Annual Showcase features the full student ensemble and Artistic Director, Anuradha Naimpally. Enjoy traditional Bharata Natyam as well as contemporary dances in colorful costumes by students of all ages. $5 Admission. All are welcome.
Spring Supper Club: From Italy with Love @ Olive & June | May 6
This sumptuous feast will kick off with Italian bubbles and serve an abundance the seasonal, vegetable-driven dishes that have made Shawn Cirkiel’s restaurant a beloved favorite. Nibble crostini, antipasti, green garlic risotto, a hearty ragu and other seasonal favorites—and end the evening with a dolci that promises to bring out the kid in everyone.
Austin Latino New Play Festival | May 8-10
Teatro Vivo presents the Austin Latino New Play Festival, May 8-10, at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center. The festival brings together Texas playwrights and audience members for staged readings and rich conversation about three Latino plays, each running just one night. After each reading, the playwright, director and actors participate in moderated talk-back sessions with the audience so attendees can provide feedback. Though the productions have Latino roots, they explore cross-cultural age-old themes and modern dilemmas that will surprise, challenge, engage and push the dramatic envelope for audience members accustomed to one-way conversations at the theater.
Texas Folklife presents The Big Squeeze Statewide Accordion Contest Finals and Concert at the Bullock Texas State History Museum on Saturday, April 26, from 2-6 pm. Nine finalists compete for three grand prizes in polka, zydeco and conjunto. Winners will perform at the Texas Folklife’s highly acclaimed annual Accordion Kings & Queens Festival at Houston’s Miller Outdoor Theatre on Saturday, June 7, 2014. #Free and open to the public. #Austin #ATXBullock Texas State History Museum 1800 N. Congress Avenue Austin, TX 78701
The first annual ThinkTanque International Pétanque Tourney and Music Festival takes place April 25 and 26 at The Bloor Ranch in Manor, Texas. Four hundred (400) players from 7 different countries compete for a $10,000 cash prize in the pétanque tourney (French version of bocce ball). The music stage will be erected at the bottom of a huge hillside, with room for thousands of folks to bring a cooler, spread a blanket, and enjoy live music under the Hill Country sky. #Austin #ATXThe Bloor Ranch 12000 Blue Bluff Road Manor, TX 78653
The 17th Cine Las Americas International Film Festival brings together Latino and indigenous filmmakers, actors, and screenwriters from all across the Americas and the Iberian Peninsula in Austin, Texas, April 22-27, 2014. This year’s festival honors and life and work of Efraín Gutiérrez, a pioneer of Mexican American cinema in Texas. All films are subtitled in English and are not rated. Festival passes and individual tickets are available. All screenings presented at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center and St. Edward’s University are #free and open to the public. #Austin #ATX #CLAIFF17
The Austin Public Library has partnered with the Austin Polish Society to present #free monthly screenings of award-winning Polish films of different genres every month at the Manchaca Branch. Films are unrated and have English subtitles. “Austeria” screens Sunday, April 6, at 3:30 p.m. “Austeria” examines the lives of Polish Jews on the eve of World War I. See full review on Culture.pl, an online magazine devoted to promoting Polish culture. #Austin #ATXAustin Public Library, Manchaca Branch 5500 Manchaca Rd. Austin, TX 78745 (512) 974-8700