• Weekend recs: Food fight, cemetery tour, and Soundspace

    WHAT: Les Dames d’Escoffier present: Food Fight!
    WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 27 and Friday, Oct. 28 at 8 a.m.
    WHERE: Whole Foods Market
    525 North Lamar Boulevard
    WEB: austinfoodfight.org

    International nonprofit organization of female culinary professionals Les Dames d’Escoffier present the Third Annual Austin Food Fight, a charity auction offering food, vacations and food and wine events for auction, with the profits going to local culinary scholarships and farm-to-plate initiatives.

    WHAT: Murder, Mayhem and Misadventure Walking Tour
    WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 29 Tours begin every 30 minutes from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    WHERE: Oakwood Cemetery
    1601 Navasota Street
    WEB: sachome.org

    This Halloween a walking tour of Austin’s cemeteries will introduce participants to the lives and deaths of Austin’s early citizens, with research accumulated from historical newspapers and sexton records. The tours will be presented by Save Austin’s Cemeteries.

    WHAT: Soundspace: Music and Dance
    WHEN: Sunday, October 30 at 2 p.m.
    WHERE: Blanton Museum of Art
    200 E. MLK Jr. Boulevard
    ADMISSION: Included in museum admission; free to UT staff, faculty and students
    WEB: blantonmuseum.org

    At the Blanton Museum of Art, the mobile concert Soundspace will be traveling to various spaces. Featuring a variety of musical and dance genres, each performance will feature one dancer and one musician specially attuned to the acoustics of their space.

  • Weekend Recs: Titus Andronicus, White Denim, Gypsy Picnic Trailer Food Festival

    WHAT: Titus Andronicus
    WHEN: Thurs. Oct. 20 — Monday, Oct. 31 at 7 p.m.
    WHERE: CTC International, 1102 E. Cesar Chavez St.
    ADMISSION: $15
    WEB: http://www.lastacttheater.com/

    Last Act Theatre Company is debuting its production of Shakespeare’s bloodiest tragedy, “Titus Andronicus,” on Thursday night, just in time for Halloween.

    WHAT: The Rum Diary at the Paramount Theatre w/ Johnny Depp
    WHEN: Friday at 7 p.m.
    WHERE: Paramount Theatre
    ADMISSION: Priority to badge holders
    WEB: http://www.austinfilmfestival.com/new/johnny_depp

    Mr. Johnny Depp himself will grace Austin with his presence this weekend for the Austin Film Festival. Here to receive an award for his extraordinary contribution to the industry, the actor will also introduce and answer questions about his latest film, “The Rum Diary,” at the Paramount Theatre on Friday.

    WHAT: Gypsy Picnic Trailer Food Festival
    WHEN: Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    WHERE: Auditorium Shores
    WEB: gypsypicnic.com

    Fall has finally arrived to Austin, and the weather could not be anymore beautiful for a picnic. This Saturday, more than 40 local trailer food vendors are selling their tasty samples for $3 each at the Gypsy Picnic Trailer Food Festival at Auditorium Shores. Lounge out with friends and family, while enjoying live music, cook-offs and great food.

    WHAT: White Denim
    WHEN: Saturday at 8 p.m.
    WHERE: Stubb’s BBQ
    ADMISSION: $17 - $19
    WEB: stubbsaustin.com

    The four-piece Austin-based group White Denim brings its melodic, lo-fi sound to the Stubb’s stage with Manchester Orchestra, The Dear Hunter and Little Hunter.

  • Weekend Recs: Jennifer Egan, Afrobeat, Jonathan Franzen

    Pulitzer-winning writer Jennifer Egan will be reading and discussing her award-winning novel “A Visit from the Goon Squad” tonight. The coming of age novel received critical reception for its innovative delve into growing up and unconventional short story-like structure.

    WHAT: The Michener Center for Writers presents Jennifer Egan
    WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 13 from
    7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
    WHERE: ACE building, auditorium 2.302

    To celebrate the debut of its latest exhibition, “El Anatsui: When I Last Wrote to You About Africa,” this month’s B Scene is ’70s funk and soul-inspired. A Ghana-born artist who grew up in Nigeria, El Anatsui’s sculptural and wall arts are heavily influenced and inspired by the West African region he grew up in. There will be performances from Hard Proof (members of Black Joe Lewis & the Honey Bears) and Black Red Black and gallery tours.

    WHAT: B Scene: Afrobeat
    WHEN: Friday, Oct. 14 at 6 p.m.
    WHERE: Blanton Museum
    ADMISSION: $5 for members, $12 for public

    On tour for his latest novel, “Freedom,” award-winning American author Jonathan Franzen will speak about the best seller at Bass Concert Hall on Friday. Praised from its strong portrayal and criticism on modern social structure and norms, Franzen’s sophmore novel “The Corrections” won the National Book Award and was translated into 35 languages.

    WHAT: Jonathan Franzen
    WHEN: Friday, Oct. 14 at 8 p.m.
    WHERE: Bass Concert Hall
    ADMISSION: Tickets start at $10