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Celebrate Earth Day and other top events this week


1. Earth Day Austin

Noon to 7 p.m. April 22. Free. Huston-Tillotson University, 900 Chicon St. earthdayaustin.com.

With eight new activity areas and a focus on hands-on discovery, this year’s Earth Day aims to be more engaging and exploratory than ever, with everything from solar cars, a renewables marketplace, eco art, a rain garden installation and more. The festival moved to a bigger venue this year with both indoor and outdoor spaces but will still have some returning favorite activities, such as the Modern Vehicle Zone and Tiny House Exhibits.

2. Spring Eggstravaganza at Ingredients

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 16. Free. 2610 Manor Road. facebook.com/events/181955332307759.

Let your little ones search high and low for treat-filled eggs — which, in true Ingredients fashion, are both compostable and eco-friendly. While they’re on the hunt, you can enjoy hot coffee, mimosas and brunch, and local musician Staci Gray will perform a kids’ concert after the Easter egg hunt. Children up to 3 years old will take their turn with the eggs first, from 11 to 11:30, followed up kids 4 and older. The store will also provide flower pots to decorate as another family activity.

3. Open mic with Kacy Crowley at Cactus Cafe

7:30 p.m. performers sign-up, 8 p.m. show April 17. Free. 2247 Guadalupe St. cactuscafe.org.

Recovery from December’s sudden closure of busy local coffeehouse venue Strange Brew continues steadily, most recently with the logical relocation of Kacy Crowley’s open mic series. She’s bringing it to the Cactus, which had a long tradition of open mics under past management before KUT/KUTX took over the University of Texas Student Union venue. Manager Matt Munoz said he’d wanted to wait “until we found something special” to bring back the open mics. Rescuing Crowley’s popular series fits that bill nicely. — Peter Blackstock

4. MOMIX: “Opus Cactus” at the Long Center

8 p.m. April 18. $26-$64. 701 W. Riverside Drive. 512-474-5664, thelongcenter.org.

“Opus Cactus” brings desert landscapes to life in MOMIX’s signature illusionistic style, returning from a 10-year hiatus with a new look, fresh energy and fun surprises. Dynamic images of cactuses, slithering lizards and fire dancers fill the stage in this modern dance experience from a troupe known internationally for its inventive work. MOMIX is a company of dancers and illusionists under the direction of Moses Pendleton that works in film and television in addition to taking the stage.

5. “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill” at Zach Theatre

7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday through April 30. $29-$140. Zach Theatre, 202 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-476-0541, zachtheatre.org.

Order yourself a classic cocktail and watch as you go back in time to 1959, where a swanky nightclub awaits to deliver an intimate evening with legendary jazz songstress Billie Holiday. “God Bless the Child,” “Strange Fruit,” “Don’t Explain” and “My Man” are among the unforgettable hits you will savor from this production about one of the most inimitable blues performers of all time. Actress Chanel brings Holiday to life on stage with an absorbing performance you won’t soon forget.

6. Stoner Beer Dinner with Oskar Blues

7 to 10 p.m. April 20. $40-$45. Flying Saucer, 815 W. 47th St. facebook.com/events/1893104624307031.

In honor of the date, one of Austin’s oldest craft beer bars is throwing a not-to-miss beer dinner with Oskar Blues, which will have some special guests from the local location in attendance. You’ll get to taste four courses, with items like green chili mac ‘n’ cheese and mole-spiced chicken paired with Oskar Blues Hot Box IPA — a hoppy beer infused with Ethiopian coffee beans — that will please your palate whether you have the munchies or not.

7. “Flower Power” and “The Mighty Vignettes”

Opening reception 6:30 to 9 p.m. April 21. Exhibit continues noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday through July 8. 1711 S. First St. 512-76104708, artforthepeoplegallery.com.

Art for the People will have a whopping 37 artists represented at its latest set of shows. “Flower Power” embraces the diversity of flowers through different interpretations using science, photorealism, 3-D, mixed media, abstract art and watercolor. “Mighty Vignettes” is a microcosm displaying the beauty of what is possible when interior furnishings and artwork are crafted by Austin artists. Each small staged scene within “T​he Mighty Vignettes” w​ill involve 6 to 12 artists.



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