Weekend Itinerary: Feb 20-26

Feb. 20

Official Drink of Austin

$65 in advance, $75 at the door

The Austin Food & Wine Alliance and Tipsy Texan bring the best Texas spirits to benefit The Culinary Grant Program. Six teams from qui, Weather Up, drink.well, the Four Seasons Hotel, Midnight Cowboy and Whisler’s will compete for the title of “Official Drink of Austin,” Judges include Aaron Franklin of Franklin Barbeque and Grammy award wining musician, Adrian Quesada. Sample bites from local restaurants including Peche, Finn & Porter and The Peached Tortilla while you experience the best of Austin’s bartending community.


Feb. 20

Clay McClinton Album Release Show

$10

Austin’s own Clay McClinton is Texas proud and his music is proof. Rich with the sounds of blues, rock ‘n’ roll and country and Tex-Mex, McClinton has nicknamed his blend of music “Texas gumbo.” Check him out this Thursday at the intimate Cactus Café, as he celebrates the release of his fourth album. “Bitin’ at the Bit” is his first collaboration with Grammy-winning producer and songwriter Gary Nicholson and promises to be worth a listen.


Feb. 21

Rabble Rowser Round-Up and Fat Cat Schmoozefest

$50

 Support the Texas Observer’s annual fundraiser at the White Horse this Friday featuring live music by Dave Quanbury, buffet provided by East Side King and Tacos & Tequila, a silent auction and presentation by keynote speaker Amy Goodman. Observer reporters, editors and freelancers will be in attendance. Come out for a chance to meet some of central Texas’s most progressive thinkers, as well as Texas Observer reporters, editors and freelance writers.


Feb. 22

Austin Herb Society- All About Herbs

$15/non-members, $10/members

If you’ve always dreamt of having an herb garden, but don’t have a green thumb, don’t miss your chance to learn from the pros this Saturday at Zilker Botanical Garden Center. For $15, you’ll hear presentations by Herbalist Cindy Burrows and Master Gardener Valkyrie Lang, participate in hands-on demos, sample herbal refreshments and browse plants for sale. The Austin Herb Society-sponsored event will address topics such as: planting for Austin, planning your beds, medicinal uses of culinary herbs and skin care recipes.


Feb. 22

Bacon and Beer Festival

SOLD OUT

Edible Austin and Eat Boston are throwing the Festival as a benefit for the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas. Featuring bacon inspired bites by a slew of area restaurants, and tasty beer from local breweries, this will be a dreamworld for bacon and beer lovers alike.


Feb. 23

In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play

tickets starting at $25

The Zach Topfer Theatre’s edgy, Broadway comedy, “In the Next Room Or the Vibrator” will celebrate its final performance in Austin, Sunday, February 23. A well-to-do doctor finds a new and mysterious treatment for his female patients’ “hysteria,” using an unusual device. The plot thickens when the doctor’s wife overhears the sounds of his patients and questions his endeavors. Contains adult content and brief nudity.

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Feb. 25

Austin Poetry Slam

$5

 The Austin Poetry Slam features 12 artists every Tuesday in its weekly cash prize competition. Five judges are selected at random from the crowd and are asked to judge each contestant’s performance on a scale of 1 to 10, with top three advancing to the final round. Audience members are encouraged to cheer for their favorites and boo the ones they dislike, so it’s sure to get rowdy. The top three contestants compete for cash, totaling $100.


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