Local artist collective Atelier Dojo will give a live sketching demonstration at the Elisabet Ney Museum on Austin Museum Day. | Photo by ATXtoday
For one day each year, all of the major museums in Austin open their doors to residents for free. Buckle up, art and science lovers, that day is this Sunday, Sept. 17.
The annual Austin Museum Day involves nearly 40 Central Texas museums, many of which also offer special programming and activities. Here’s what to know.
What is Austin Museum Day?
This year is the 26th anniversary of Austin Museum Day, which was founded in 1998 by the Austin Museum Partnership. This organization (also founded in 1998) is dedicated toward promoting and supporting local museums — Austin Museum Day is their signature event.
Which museums are participating?
Basically, all of them. Some have special pop-up activities planned. Here are a few to consider:
UMLAUF Sculpture Garden + Museum | 605 Azie Morton Rd. | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | See the sculpture garden’s new contemporary exhibition while you take in live demos and displays from more than 25 artists.
Neill-Cochran House Museum | 2310 San Gabriel St. | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | Dig into a full day of activities including lawn games, ice cream-making, and art.
Mexic-Arte Museum at the Austin Central Library | 710 W. Cesar Chavez St. | 12 p.m.-3 pm. | Take in the Nuestro Mundo exhibit, try screen printing, and listen to music DJ Mierba Malita.
LBJ Presidential Library | 2313 Red River St. | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Kids will be able to use instant cameras for a special scavenger hunt and use the photos to create memory books of the experience.
Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farms | 10621 Pioneer Farms Dr. | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | This immersive farmstead space will host activities, music, and food on Austin Museum Day.
Check out the full list of activations + openings online.
Escuela de Nada Presenta: Semper Bichos | Wednesday, Sept. 13 | 8 p.m. | The Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave., Austin | $49-$69 | Find out whether the souls of Chris Andrade, Leo Rojas, and Nacho Redondo make it into the afterlife.
Thursday, Sept. 14
Leanne Morgan: “Just Getting Started” | Thursday, Sept. 14-Friday, Sept. 15 | Times vary | ACL Live, 310 W. Willie Nelson Blvd., Austin | $35-$60 | The stand-up comedian’s extensive resume includes online special “So Yummy,” which has more than 50 million views on YouTube.
Hershey Felder as “George Gershwin Alone” | Thursday, Sept. 14-Sunday, Oct. 1 | Times vary | ZACH Theatre, 202 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin | $28-$86 | This one-man show chronicles the life and music of George Gershwin.
Friday, Sept. 15
Iliza: “Hard Feelings” tour | Friday, Sept. 15 | 7 p.m. | Bass Concert Hall, 2350 Robert Dedman Dr., Austin | $40-$180 | Award-winning “Elder Millennial” comedian and actor Iliza Shlesinger will perform her new tour onstage in Austin.
Saturday, Sept. 16
Pecan Street Festival | Saturday, Sept. 16-Sunday, Sept. 17 | Times vary | 6th Street, Austin | Free | Shop from more than 300 artisans and food vendors at this biannual festival.
Downtown Italian steakhouse Red Ash caught fire Monday night, causing the restaurant to close for at least the rest of the week. The fire was ruled accidental and did not cause any injuries. (Austin American-Statesman)
Southern Living named two Austin-based restaurants in their list of best spots for barbecue in the South. The Capital City honorees were Franklin Barbecue at No. 16 and LeRoy and Lewis Barbecue at No. 26 — four other Central Texas businesses were also recognized.
8.8 million. That’s how many people tuned into this past weekend’s Texas-Alabama game, making the event the most-watched regular-season game on ESPN since 2015. Horns up. (Austin American-Statesman)
The removal and celebration of life for Barton Springs tree “Flo” has been indefinitely postponed while Austin Parks and Recreation reviews “additional considerations.”
Bandera-born singer-songwriter Charlie Robison died in San Antonio this past Sunday at 59 years old. Robison is well known for his hits “New Year’s Day” and “My Hometown,” plus his impact on 90s-era country. (Austin Chronicle)
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The Applied Intelligence Live! conference will bring together leaders in AI for two days at the Palmer Event Center. | Photo courtesy Applied Intelligence Live!
AI: it seems to be the buzzword on every tech mogul’s mind these days. In the coming decades, the growing industry is predicted to make big waves in almost every industry, from health care to retail.
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