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

 

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
 

Texas Polka Festival & Symposium | Schulenberg, Texas | Feb. 22

Texas Polka Festival 2014

The Texas Polka Festival & Symposium featuring the state’s European polka traditions of German, Czech and Polish heritage takes place Sat., Feb. 22, in Schulenburg, Texas.  Performances by The Boerne Village Band, Brian Marshall, Czech Melody Masters, Mark Halata, Santiago Jimenez Jr., and a showcase of contestants in the Big Squeeze Accordion Contest. Panel discussions include European history, Texas dance hall architecture, polka music history, culture and more. Tickets $0-15.

Menuhin International Competition for Young Violinists @ UT Butler School of Music | Feb. 21 to March 2

Menuhin Competition 2014 Austin

The Menuhin Competition, the world’s leading competition for young violinists, takes place for the first time in the United States at the Butler School of Music on The University of Texas at #Austin campus, Feb. 21 to March 2. Two of the competitors currently reside in Texas: 12-year-old Claire Wells of Plano and Hao Miao, a University of North Texas undergraduate. Event includes concerts, master classes, and community activities with world-class musicians. Performances are open to the public and include #free and ticketed events.

POLKAPOCALYPSE | Multicultural Polka Festival | Nov. 23

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The First Annual POLKAPOCALYPSE, a multicultural polka festival, takes place Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, at the Elisabet Ney Museum from Noon to 5 p.m. Tap your feet to the Czech, Polish, Slavic, Mexican-American and Ukrainian Polka beat. Lineup includes Brian Marshall, The Fabulous Polkasonics, Conjunto Los Pinkys, The Flying Balalaika Brothers, Mark Halata and Texavia. Family-Friendly and #FREE Admission. #Austin #ATX

Elisabet Ney Museum
304 East 44th Street
Austin, TX 78751
 

Polish Film Festival and Polish Poster Exhibit | Nov. 1-3

Austin Polish Film Festival 2013

Austin Polish Society presents the 8th Annual Polish Film Festival and Polish Poster Exhibit at Marchesa Hall & Theatre, November 1-3, 2013. This is a unique opportunity to see Polish feature films, documentaries, shorts and animated films. The Polish Poster Exhibit represents the work of art students from the Wyższa Szkoła Sztuki Użytkowej w Szczecinie (WSSU, The Higher School of Applied Arts), Szczecin, Poland. The poster exhibit runs through November 15 and is #free.  #Austin #ATX #Film #Festival

Marchesa Hall & Theatre
6226 Middle Fiskville Road
Austin, TX 78752
 

Polish Film: KRET/THE MOLE @ Austin Public Library – Sun., Sept 15

Polish Film Sept 2013

The Austin Public Library and the Austin Polish Society 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. KRET/THE MOLE (2011) screens Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, at 3:30 p.m. #ATX #Austin

Austin Public Library, Manchaca Branch
5500 Manchaca Rd.
Austin, TX 78745