• Weekend Recs: Joan Rivers, homecoming, karaoke and guitar lessons

    WHAT: Joan Rivers
    WHERE: Paramount Theatre
    WHEN: Today at 8 p.m.
    HOW MUCH: $25-$85
    WEB: austintheatre.org

    The comedy veteran will bring her caustic wit to Austin. With her long history of sharp jabs at fellow celebrities, you can count on her not pulling any punches.

    WHAT: Second Chance Homecoming
    WHERE: Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum
    WHEN: Friday at 6:30 p.m.
    HOW MUCH: $8 for members; $10 for non-members
    WEB: thestoryoftexas.com

    Relive your high school homecoming with the comforts of your advanced age. Dress as sports players, cheerleaders and band members, and enjoy a cash bar and DJ Jay Fox.

    WHAT: Karaoke Apocalypse
    WHERE: The Highball
    WHEN: Saturday at 10:30 p.m.
    HOW MUCH: Free
    WEB: thehighball.com

    Led by the intimidatingly titled Dead Motley Sex Maidens, this No. 1-ranked karaoke band promises to up the audience’s experience to an entirely new level.

    WHAT: Guitar Lessons by Luis Banuelos
    WHERE: Ruta Maya
    WHEN: Sunday from 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
    HOW MUCH: Free
    WEB: do512.com/venue/ruta-maya

    Luis Banuelos will offer free guitar lessons to Austinites ages 12 and up. Donations for new and old guitars for underprivileged students are encouraged.

    - Compiled by Katie Stroh

  • 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.