The weekend before Thanksgiving, give back at Chuy’s parade and more


1. Chuy’s Children Giving to Children Parade

11 a.m. Nov. 18. Texas State Capitol, 11th Street and Congress Avenue. Free. chuysparade.com.

The annual parade down Congress Avenue doubles as a toy drive for the Austin Police Department’s Operation Blue Santa program. Bring new, unwrapped toys to donate at a designated time during the procession, when a group of Santa’s helpers will line the parade route and help spectators give their toys. Highlights of the parade include giant inflatable balloons, festive holiday floats, spectacular marching bands, cool classic cars — and Santa, of course. Chuy’s Children Giving to Children Parade starts at the Capitol and moves south to Cesar Chavez Street.

2. “Anon(ymous)” at St. Edward’s University

7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. $18-$25. Mary Moody Northen Theatre, 3001 S. Congress Ave. stedwards.edu/mary-moody-northen-theatre.

The St. Edward’s University Theater Department takes on this Naomi Iizuka adaptation of Homer’s “Odyssey” for one more weekend. Separated from his mother, refugee Anon searches for his place in his new home. His travels unfold across the American landscape, bringing him face-to-face with a cast of strange and glorious characters. “Anon(ymous)” is a beautiful, funny and poetic examination of the search for belonging in a fractured world.

3. Geraldine’s Second “Birdday” Party

9 p.m. Nov. 17. Free. 605 Davis St. geraldinesaustin.com.

Two of Austin’s best new blues artists join forces to celebrate the second birthday of the music-friendly hotel bar. Jackie Venson appears hot on the heels of a new EP release and a big year that included several stints opening for Gary Clark Jr. on the road. Meanwhile, Jai Malano, a fierce singer who recently found the courage to share her voice, has become a powerful force on the local scene. The two women will each log a solo set and then, for the first time, perform together. — Deborah Sengupta Stith

4. Bird Bird Biscuit Pop-Up at Patrizi’s

9 to 11 a.m. Nov. 18. Free. 2307 Manor Road. facebook.com/events/351904438591999/.

Bird Bird Biscuit, an upcoming fast-casual restaurant all about biscuit sandwiches for lunch and breakfast, is hosting its first pop-up at the food truck Patrizi’s, just down the road from where Bird Bird will open in the spring. The pop-up will offer three types of breakfast sandwiches, including the Breakfast Classic: melted aged cheddar on top of a house-prepared chicken sausage, fried egg and Sriracha mayonnaise, all layered inside a soft, flaky house buttermilk biscuit.

5. Wine for the People’s Harvest Celebration

4 p.m. Nov. 19. $30. Palm Door on Sabine, 401 Sabine St. eventbrite.com/e/wine-for-the-peoples-harvest-celebration-tickets-39193506834.

Wine for the People, a local organization that aims to foster community through sharing small-batch, well-made wine, is throwing a party to launch Texas’ first-ever nouveau wines straight from the tanks. These fresh, accessible wines include the Dandy Rosé and a sangiovese and trebbiano from the Grower Project, Wine for the People’s collaboration with Andrew Sides of Lost Draw Cellars. The event, which will have passed tapas, benefits California wildlife relief efforts.



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