Fri / 5 Feb
ART // 3rd Annual Fashion Freakout – A catwalk collaboration of rock-minded trendsetters hell-bent on outfitting Austin’s most fashion backward. Prototype Vintage Design, New Bohemia, and Buffalo Exchange define Austin style by mixing time-tested vintage trends with a taste of today, for the look of tomorrow. DJs Ben Blackout and Angel the Ripper, drink specials, and a Proto-photo booth snapped by the one and only Alison Narro. Comedian Matt Bearden will play master of ceremonies and The Carrots will perform two sets intent on getting some booties shimmying and a shakin’. 7pm. $10. Mohawk, 912 Red River Street.
MUSIC // Vitera with Este Vato and Chango Malo – 8pm. $TBD. One2One Bar, 121 E 5th Street.
Sat / 6 Feb
EDUCATION // Feria Para Aprender/The Learning Fair – Spanish-language education fair. 10am – 2pm. Travis County Expo, 7311 Decker Lane.
ART // La Peña presents “Toma Mi Corazon XVIII” – La Peña’s signature annual silent art auction fundraiser. For eighteen years La Peña has invited everyone to “Take My Heart” as hundreds of wooden hearts given out and decorated by artists, children, and many others. Then they are sold in a silent auction where the proceeds from the heart sales are used help support La Peña’s arts and educational programming. Preview party begins at 4:30pm, featuring live music, food, and drinks, followed by the silent auction at 6pm. Admission: preview party is $10, which includes admission to the silent auction / silent auction only is $5. 227 Congress.
ART // Imagining Mexico Panel Discussion: Collecting Mexican Popular Art – Toni Nelson Herrera, Mexic-Arte Museum Education Director, moderates a panel discussion about collecting Mexican popular art. 2pm. Free. Mexic-Arte Museum, 419 Congress Avenue.
SHOP // Make Out Session presented by G.A.G.A. – We’ll be crafting and creating with our loved ones in mind at this Swap-N-Chop. MAKE something OUT of items found at the swap to swoon your sweetheart! Upcycle fantastic fashions for your flame’s fancy! Musical guest: The Elizabeths. 2pm-7pm. USAA (next to Spiderhouse) 2906 Fruth.
SHOP // Austin Flea – Benefits the Blood and Tissue Center of Central Texas. Buy Valentine’s Day gifts made by local artists. Live music by Hilary York, Ethan Azarian, Mark Viator, and Susan Maxey. 11am-5pm. The Ghost Room, 304 W 4th.
Sun / 7 Feb
SPECIAL EVENT // Who Dat? Superbowl Shuffle – Watch the Saints in HD on a 30ft Projection Screen with surround sound! Music before and after by DJ Chicken George. Free beer and hurricanes, jambalaya, and Mardi Gras beads. 21+. 4pm. $10. The Independent, 501 Brushy St.
Mon / 8 Feb
MUSIC // The Downtown Rulers Club and The Bruce James Soultet – The DRC is an R&B outfit whose sound is anchored in a rich genealogy of soul music ranging from JB funk, to the emotive mystique of 60s Motown, and the innovative sensibilities of more recent neo-soul. Featuring members of some of Austin’s more renowned local acts (What Made Milwaukee Famous; Maneja Beto; Brownout; Grupo Fantasma). 9:30-11pm. Free. Continental Gallery (upstairs from the Continental Club – 1315 South Congress).
Tue / 9 Feb
VOLUNTEER // Ann Richards School For Young Women Leaders Mentor Informational Session – Find out how you can become a mentor. Special guest Ellen Richards. 6:30pm. Paggi House, 200 Lee Barton. RSVP.
FILM // Cine Las Americas Happy Hour to Launch the 2010 Mexican Cinema Series – Guests will be the first to see the 13th Cine Las Americas International Film Festival poster art. Features complimentary drinks, drink specials, and music by Manolo Black. 6-8pm. $10 suggested donation. Malverde, 400-B W 2nd Street.
DANCE // H3 by Grupo de Rua – Contemporary Brazilian street dancing. Artistic Director Bruno Beltrão is a talented young choreographer, based in Rio de Janeiro, who has become an international sensation for using hip hop to construct something totally new and fresh. 8pm. $22-$26. Hogg Memorial Auditorium, West 24th Street & Whitis Ave.
MUSIC // World Music Night presented by KUT and Bemba Entertainment – This week’s lineup includes Amie & Sangeet Millennium (traditional music and dance of the Indian subcontinent), the Austin Piazzolla Quintet (a blend of Tango, Jazz, Classical, and World music), and, lastly, the Gustavo Rodriguez Band (encompasses many types of music with Afro-Indo-Latino roots, including salsa, reggae, and rumba). 7:30pm. $5/$3 students. Momo’s, 618 W 6th St #200.
Thu / 11 Feb
SOCIAL // #BATHH (Big A** Twitter Happy Hour) – Free BYOW (bring your own wallet) happy hour so Austinites can get off of the computer and go meet each other! 6pm. Ginger Man, 301 Lavaca St.
Until 22 Feb
EDUCATION // Deadline extended! Get EMPOWERED and apply for the 2010 HSC Scholarship Program today for a chance to win a $2,000 – $5000 renewable scholarship! For details and to apply, go to www.hispanicscholar.org.