Stuff you gotta do in Austin – May 2011 Edition

Monday May 2nd

Bill Callahan at The Mohawk – I rarely put just regular music shows here because there are so so many, but i’m putting 3 this month that are just too good to miss – If you don’t know Bill Callahan, enrich your life & your music collection – early show 6:30 – hear a snippet on KUT’s MUSIC MINUTE

Thursday May 5th

Kristen Armstrong Book Signing at 1379 Family Sports 2727 Expositioin Blvd in Tarrytown – she will be signing her excellent new book Mile Markers – snacks from Galaxy Cafe

American Whiskey Festival at Opal Divine’s Penn Field – 7 to 11pm – sample the finest American Whiskeys, hors d’oeuvres includes $30- benefits Meals on Wheals

Diva de Mayo – presented by Rogue Running – this event is free & fun! 6-9pm at 500 San Marcos St, Austin, TX – Ladies Only!

*A margarita machine
*Food from Mel’s Meals
*All-new post-workout apparel showcase
*Custom jog bra fits
*Rae Cosmetics
*A special appearance by pro triathlete Desiree Ficker
*Deals and giveaways galore!

The Three Amigos Cinco De Mayo Quote-along – Alamo Drafthouse Ritz – All you can eat tacos & shouting out Three Amigos quotes – awesome way to celebrate – get tix here : ALAMO RITZ

The Gables West Avenue Presents: Pink-O de Mayo – Hudson’s on 5th, 6-8 pm – Help the Gables West team raise awareness & funds for the Komen Passionately Pink for the cure – RSVP on Do512 for a free Pink Passion Coctail

Friday May 6th

Sloane Crosley book signing – at Book People 7pm – the author of  the awesome I Was Told There’d Be Cake will be signing copies of her new book How Did You Get This Number  – details at

Two amazing Rock Shows:

Dengue Fever at Emos – from LA they combine Cambodian Pop & physchedelic rock, it’s kind of a must see

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion at the Mohawk  – one of the best rock shows I ever saw in the 90s, good n dirty – Ticketets HERE

No Pants Day – yeah, I rarely wear pants and I know a few men who proudly wear kilts, but lets just hope it’s not windy that day! – i may just stay home

Saturday  May 7th

Austin Family Music Festival – 10 to 3 at Pioneer Farms $12 per person – the Biscuit Brothers are playing, also Taiko Drums, Mariachi band and more!  Hay Rides, crafts, and the wondeful Pioneer Farms displays n stuff – read more details HERE

Gardens on Tour – the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center will host a tour of five  private & spectacular gardens from 9am to 5pm – this includes the Wildflower Center itself – check the WEBSITE for map, addresses & details.

Maifest – 12-6 at the German-Texan Heritage Society – German food, beer, wine & music. Family Friendly – looks very fun

Free Comic Book Day – yes, it is what it says. On this day, comic book stores will give away comic books for free! This is a nationwide event check to find participating Austin comic book stores

Saturday May 7th & Sunday May 8th

Cinco de Mayo Austin celebrations – at Fiesta Gardens – 2 days of conjunto music and partying – FLYER HERE

Saturday May 14th

Austin Dog Rescue K9 Karnival – noon to 4pm at Hyde Park High School – family and doggie friendly event with music, and games, even a PUPPY KISSING BOOTH! how cute. Benefits Austin Dog Rescue’s foster homes & adoption programs.  So much more….read HERE

Fight for Air Climb – join the American Lung Association in it’s fight for healthy lungs! Climb the stairs at the Frost Tower  – DETAILS

Build the HYP: Zoot Suit Riot featuring Cherry Poppin’ Daddies – Habitat For Humanity’s Habitat Young Professionals Gala event – looks like a blast! What an awesome band check the website for tickets, event details ect.  HYP

Thursday May 19th

Austin Pets Alive Tarrytown Adoption Center Grand Opening – 7 to 9pm 3108 Windsor Road – A great addition to Tarrytown Center, this new location will provide more opportunities to save cats & kittens! Goodie Bags & Refreshments!

Mamma Jamma Kick Off Party – 6-8pm at GSD&M Idea City on 6th St – The Mamma Jamma ride to leave Breast Cancer behind is in October, come to the awesome kick off party for food, drinks, & learn how to help or join in!  – MAMMA JAMMA

Saturday May 21st

Austin Outdoor Living Tour – Like the awesome Modern Living Tour – a self paced tour of some incredible homes with breathtaking outdoor living spaces – 11-6pm $15 –

Renegade Craft Fair – SUNDAY ALSO! – 11 am to 7 pm at Palmer Events Center – one of those (many) things that just make me love Austin so much! The BEST indie crafts, home made coolness, hand made stuff, craft activities – this looks so fun and it’s Free!!

O. Henry Pun Off – 34th Annual!! I must confess I still have not made it to this and I love puns!  11am to 6pm at Brushy Square, 409 E. 5th St, Austin, TX

Pachanga Fest – again a very me event I’ve never made it to – this year Ozomatli are headlining! Fiesta Gardens in East Austin – an amazing day of music

Sunday May 22nd

Boobapalooza 2 – Help Ginger Leigh kick cancer – my friend and Austin musician Ginger Leigh was diagnosed with breast cancer a couple of months ago, she has had surgery and like most musicians is without insurance. A day of music at the Saxon Pub to help ofset the crazy medical costs! Great line up – check it out on the FACEBOOK EVENT

Saturday May 28th

Williamson County Humane Society presents 2011 Car, Truck & Bike Show – 11am to 10pm rain or shine – at the HSWC Shelter 10930 Crystal Falls Parkway, Leander,  TX – enter your car, or go and admire! Live music and other entertainment – here is the FLYER

Saturday May 28th & Sunay May 29th

Austin Wine & Music Festival – a perfect pairing of local Austin music & local Autin wine sbeer!  Held for 2 days at the backyard of the Domain.

Tuesday May 31st

My Birthday – to celebrate my birthday & a year since being diagnosed with breast cancer, my dear friends are havinga party & benefit  at the Continental Club. They wanted to have it to benefit me, as it has been a rough year, but I feel better off than many others at this point in time – so I want it to benefit the Breast Cancer Resource CenterLi’l Cap’n Travis, David Garza, Star Star (stones cover band) and more!!!  Come out and party with me!

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