“We Play Chekhov: Two Short Stories for the Stage” @ The Long Center | Aug 14-24

Breaking String We Play Chekhov Aug 2014

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 #ATX

The Long Center
Rollins Studio
701 W. Riverside Drive
Austin, TX 78704
 

Bastille Day 2014 @ French Legation Museum | July 12

Bastille Day 2014

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 #ATX

French Legation Museum
802 San Marcos
Austin, TX 78702
 

Pflugerville Deutschen Pfest | May 16-18

Deutschen Pfest

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 #ATX

Pfluger Park
515 City Park Road
Pflugerville, TX 78660
 

 

Passport Italy @ Central Market | through May 13

Central Market Passport to Italy 2014

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

 

Gelato World Tour | May 9-11

Gelato World Tour 2014 No. 2

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 #Free

Republic Square Park
422 Guadalupe
Austin, TX 78701
 

Events May 2-10

Brenham Maifest 2014

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 2014

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.

Cinco de Mayo Austin Downtown Block Party 2014

Cinco de Mayo Downtown Austin Block Party | May 4

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 May 2014

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 2014

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.

#Austin #ATX

 

The Big Squeeze Statewide Accordion Contest Finals and Concert @ Bullock Texas State History Museum | April 26

The Big Squeeze Finals 2014

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 #ATX

Bullock Texas State History Museum
1800 N. Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78701
 

ThinkTanque International Pétangue Tourney & Music Festival | April 25-26

ThinkTanque2014

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 #ATX

The Bloor Ranch
12000 Blue Bluff Road
Manor, TX 78653
 

Cine Las Americas International Film Festival | April 22-27

Cine Las Americas Film Festival 2014

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

 

Polish Film: “Austeria” @ Austin Public Library, Manchaca Branch | April 6

Polish Film April 2014

Photo: Studio Filmowe Kadr / Filmoteka Narodowa/www.fototeka.fn.org.pl

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 #ATX

Austin Public Library, Manchaca Branch
5500 Manchaca Rd.
Austin, TX 78745
(512) 974-8700