Find free fun in Austin with MLK poetry night, visual art and more


Second Sunday Family Day. Enjoy an afternoon under the live oaks at Live Oak Brewing with your kids. While you enjoy a pint of beer, they can jump around in a bounce house. Plus, there will be live family-friendly music by Reed Meisters, Austin’s only all-saxophone polka band, and the Black Forest food truck will offer hot German food and s’mores kits for roasting over the fire. 1 p.m. 1615 Crozier Lane, Del Valle.


MLK Day Open Mic Poetry. The Vortex is hosting an a night of open-mic poetry to honor the spirit and memory of Martin Luther King, Jr. Bring your poetry to share on-stage or simply listen to the free-flowing words of others. Sign-up begins at 6:30, open mic at 7 p.m. 2307 Manor Road.


“Zoë Shulman: The Allegory of Good and Bad Government.” The artist’s second solo show with Camiba Art is a series of 20 hexagon-shaped pieces presented as diptychs in a candlelit gallery, with elaborate geometric symbols to express the virtues and vices of government. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, through Feb. 10. 2000 E. Sixth St.


Melanie Benjamin at BookPeople. The New York Times bestselling author of “The Aviator’s Wife” and “The Swans of Fifth Avenue” is back with a compelling novel, “The Girls in the Picture,” about the friendship and creative partnership between two of Hollywood’s earliest female legends: screenwriter Frances Marion and superstar Mary Pickford. Tickets are required to join the signing line. 7 p.m. 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050,

“I Am Not Your Negro” Film Screening. The George Washington Carver Museum is teaming up with KLRU to play the 2017 documentary, which imagines the book James Baldwin never finished before he died. With it, he aimed to chronicle the lives and assassinations of three close friends: Medgar Evers, Malcom X and Martin Luther King, Jr. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. 1165 Angelina St.


“Universal Studios Monsters” at Mondo Gallery. The monsters of Universal Studios are back at the gallery to give you a scare. Featuring your favorite classic characters including Frankenstein, Dracula, the Mummy and more, the exhibit will showcase screen-printed posters sure to strike terror into the hearts of everyone who sees them. Opening reception 7 to 10 p.m. 4115 Guadalupe St.

Saturday, Jan. 20

Cuvée Cold-Brew New Can Launch Party. Cuvée Coffee has redesigned the can of its cold-brew — which can now fit in Yeti Colsters — and is celebrating with free cold brew floats, $1 Austin Beerworks Sputnik, a Yeti products raffle, live music and more. 12 to 4 p.m. Yeti Flagship, 220 S. Congress Ave.

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