Kick off your weekend with these Thursday events, plus gardening fun


Film

Movies in the Park. The Austin Parks Foundation’s free movie series returns for another year of family-friendly film shown outdoors at local parks, in partnership with the Alamo Drafthouse. Kicking off Movies in the Park is an animated favorite, “Moana,” about a headstrong teenager who sets sail on a daring mission with once-mighty demigod Maui to save her people. Blankets, lawn chairs, picnics and leashed dogs are welcome. Each screening will be accompanied by local food trucks. 7 p.m. March 8. Free. Ramsey Park, 4301 Rosedale Ave. austinparks.org/calendar/movies/.

Theater & dance

“Wakey Wakey.” From the playwright of Hyde Park Theatre hit “Thom Pain” is this moving new production by Will Eno. Hyde Park Theatre’s artistic director, Ken Webster, along with actress Rebecca Robinson, star in the tragicomedy, during which the main character addresses the audience in a wheelchair and makes dying the subject of a stand-up routine. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday through March 31. $20-$24. 511 W. 43rd St. 512-479-7529, hydeparktheatre.org.

Comedy

Esther’s Follies. Comedy marches on for another month at Esther’s. Watch the “Big Little White House Lies” continuing saga as Donald Trump finds himself at the mercy of the Trump Ex-Wives Club. Plus, a disgruntled and domineering Sarah Huckabee Sanders, played by hilarious new cast member Kim Stacy, brings all the laughs in a new musical. “South by Southpocolypse” will ready you for the influx of hipsters coming to Austin. 8 p.m. Thursday, 8 and 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday in March. $25-$35. 525 E. Sixth St. 512-320-0198, esthersfollies.com.

Gardening calendar

Travis County Master Gardener Free Gardening Seminar and Plant Sale. With spring ready to bloom, it’s time to plant your warm-weather herbs, vegetables and other plants. To that end, there will be a plant sale at the Zilker Botanical Garden with representatives from the TCMGA, Austin Herb Society, Texas Bamboo Society and Iris Society of Austin to answer your questions. There will also be a free gardening seminar given by master gardener Patty Leander. 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. March 10. $1-$3. 2220 Barton Springs Road. tcmastergardeners.org.

Native Plant Gardening Series: Small Lot Landscapes. Part of one of the Wildflower Center’s most popular series, this class is ideal for participants designing landscapes with one acre of land or less — those with yards and gardens. The Native Plant Gardening series runs over the course of six classes from March 10-24. You can take the classes individually or enroll in the entire series, but note that it likely will sell out. 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. $45 or $243 for six-class series. 4801 La Crosse Ave. wildflower.org.



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