COMMUNITY: AIDS Services of Austin will host the 30th annual AIDS Walk Austin at the newly renovated Republic Square on Sunday, October 29th. The day will be filled with live music, food & entertainment and will raise funds and awareness for 10 local HIV/AIDS advocacy organizations. Among the highlights of this year’s programming will be a pre-walk yoga session hosted by Eastside Yoga, DJ sets by 97.5 Pride Radio personalities, a live performance by the Nightowls and an after-walk bar crawl. More information about walking or supporting the effort can be found online.
FILM: This Friday, October 20th, Andrea Mellard, director of public programming & community engagement at The Contemporary Austin will introduce the Austin premiere of HUMAN FLOW, a powerful and heartbreaking documentary exploring the global refugee crisis, directed by renowned artist Ai Weiwei. C0-presented by The Contemporary Austin and Austin Film Society, screenings will take place at the AFS Cinema from Friday through October 28th. Specific information about special programming and screen times may be found online.
FOOD: In preparation for the Texas Book Festival, Elizabeth Street Cafe will be celebrating the launch of their very own cookbook with a four-course, family-style brunch featuring exclusive recipes from the book on Saturday, October 28th from 11am-2pm. Expect a lot of bottles of MMH’s new June’s Rosé Brut to be popped while MMH’s namesake chefs Tom Moorman & Larry McGuire are on hand to sign books. Pricing for the brunch start at $35 per person, with cookbooks available for $39.95. Tickets are available via TOCK.
ARTS: ARTBASH, Art Alliance Austin’s primary annual membership drive and fundraiser, returns in 2017 to Native Hostel in east Austin. The event will kick-off the East Austin Studio Tour on Friday, November 10th, with the venue remaining open to the public for the first weekend of EAST. Art Alliance Austin has also teamed up with Big Medium to create an exhibition and lounge at Native, designed to be a unique destination for art enthusiasts, artists, and gallerists. The exhibition will be open to the public for free on Saturday, November 11th and Sunday, November 12th from 11am–6pm each day, with a happy hour featuring artists talks from 4pm– 6pm daily. More information is available on the Art Alliance Austin/ARTBASH site.
FESTIVALS: Central Texas’ top chefs will honor the spirit of New Orleans alongside celebrated NOLA bartender Chris Hannah at the Austin Food & Wine Alliance‘s 7th Annual Wine & Swine on Sunday, Nov. 19th. Tickets are now on sale for the popular annual pig roast, one of Austin’s most anticipated seasonal events and raises funds for culinary grants. Advance purchase tickets are available online for $85, with tickets offered at the door for $95. Only 100 VIP tickets are available for $135 and include early entry, a bamboo plate, and special tastings.