Upcoming Events

October 2018

October 5, 2018 | 5 pm

Color Me Happy


Color Me Happy is the First Friday Artists Reception at the Old Bakery and Emporium Art Gallery, Friday, October 5th, 5:00-7:00 p.m. Tony Morris will joining the reception, he is a classical guitarist an award winning producer of Classical Guitar Alive!   The exhibit runs through October 31.   ‘Color Me Happy’ brings together two artists with vivid images. This exhibit is a visual explosion. The 3D art of Cindy Debold will light up your world and the photography of Roger McBee will just keep the buzz going. This is an electric combination that you will not want to miss.

October 11, 2018 | 7:00PM

Screening: The Films of Ed Ruscha

Harry Ransom Center

A rare opportunity to see a trio of iconic artist Ed Ruscha's classic films. Salad meets seduction in Premium (1971, 24 minutes), starring artist Larry Bell and model Léon Bing; an auto mechanic spends a very strange day working on a Ford Mustang in Miracle (1975, 28 minutes), with artist Jim Ganzer and actress Michelle Phillips; and musician Mason Williams reads artist's books by Ed Ruscha in the deadpan film The Books of Ed Ruscha (1969; 2012, 38 minutes). Line forms upon arrival of the first patron, and doors open 30 minutes in advance.

October 11, 2018 | 6:00 pm

Educators’ Night at Thinkery


You’re invited, educators! Mix, mingle and kick off the 2018–19 school year at Thinkery Educators’ Night in collaboration with Austin Museum Partnership. Educators’ Night features opportunities for educators to play in our galleries, connect with colleagues, discover other local museums, and learn more about our hands-on, STEAM-focused educational programs and resources.

Wear your school spirit and come ready to play! School teachers, administrative staff, and informal educators are all welcome to attend this FREE event. Ready for refreshments, door prizes, and tons of fun? Mark your calendars for Thursday, October 11 from 6–8:30 pm.

Preview some of our amazing programming for you (and your students!):

School Programs: Immersive. Innovative. Fun! Want to explore Thinkery with your students? Learn more about our unique school programs today.

Makey Makey Olympics: Come get active! Complete a circuit using our giant Makey Makey controllers to play Scratch versions of different Olympic sports.

Makey Makey "Rock" Band: Time to rock out! Our DIY guitars use a Makey Makey & Scratch code to turn conductive rocks & minerals into digital instruments.

Thinkery Professional Development: Make learning and fun go hand-in-hand. Thinkery provides educators across Central Texas with professional development programs to help you teach students through education and play.

Camps: Help bring STEAM to life with our innovative camp experiences. Students and educators play, discover, and create side-by-side! Are you ready for Thinkery Camps?

Marble Run Design Challenge: Engineer a solution to a real-world problem using various materials to help you build & refine a working model.

Linkages: Tinker with our tabletop pegboard sets to explore mechanics & movement. Can you create a moving contraption or a dynamic character?

Cardboard Costumes: Unleash your inner costume designer: use cardboard and simple tools to transform yourself! Optional: rock the runway at our 8:00 PM cardboard costume runway show.

Shadow Play: Get inspired to dust off your overhead projector! Explore materials, colors, and light as you create shadow puppets, settings, and props.

Tell Us a Story! Explore stop-motion: animate the triumphant story of a butterfly’s metamorphosis… or the tragedy of the division of an even number by 3. Or, write your own original screenplay!

Program A Bot- Your wish is their command! Learn how to speak two different robot programming languages as you tackle coding challenges.

United Way: The United Way for Greater Austin will provide information about our 2-1-1 Navigation Center that helps connect families resources to meet immediate needs, as well as resources for educators to share with families with young children to support optimal school readiness

KLRU: Bring the World to Your Classroom with PBS Learning Media! KLRU and PBS have curated, FREE, standards-aligned videos, interactives, lesson plans, and more for PreK to 12 teachers!

Want a party favor? Want to win some of our favorite equipment and tools? To enter the giveaway, complete your scavenger hunt and turn it in to a Thinkery staff member.

Enter our two contests for the chance to win more fun prizes!

Campus Roll Call: Recruit your squad and wear your campus spirit! The campus with the largest representation at Educators’ Night will receive complimentary popcorn and drink coupons from Alamo Drafthouse.

Cardboard Costume Runway Show: (Optional) Rock the runway in your cardboard costume… or come vote for your favorite designer! Show begins at 8:00 PM.

October 13, 2018 | 10:00am

Astronomy Day

Science Mill

Our daytime hours make it hard to see the night sky and space when you visit the Science Mill, but that doesn’t mean you can’t see some super cool space-related items! On Saturday, October 13 we are celebrating Astronomy Day by hosting a collection of artifacts from the Space Station Museum in Novato, California. Come see a full Russian space suit, pieces of space stations, and more! During your day of exploration at the Science Mill, be sure to stop by our theater for a special, one day only showing of Space Junk 3D, too. The Astronomy Day exhibit is included with admission. All artifacts will be on display in the lobby.

October 13, 2018 | 2:00 PM

Asian American Voices of Resistance Panel Discussion

Austin History Center

The Austin History Center invites you to Taking it to the Streets: Asian American Voices of Resistance, a panel discussion and companion program to the photo exhibit Taking it to the Streets: A Visual History of Protest and Demonstration in Austin. The photo exhibit is currently on display at the Austin History Center in the David Earl Holt Gallery, where the panel discussion will take place on Saturday, October 13, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Due to commonly perpetuated “model minority” stereotypes, Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) activist movements and community members have been widely underrepresented across the country and in our archives. The event will bring together Austin AAPI community members who have been committed to creating transformational change within the city. Topics discussed will include aspects of their work, AAPI identity and activism, and how movements are documented. Attendees will gain insight into the panelists’ work and have the opportunity to engage in a moderated Q&A. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

October 17, 2018 | 5:30 pm

Drinking About Museums–October Happy Hour


Join us for Austin Museum Partnership's October Happy Hour. New location! We are moving Happy Hour around, and are trying Batch on Manor Road. The AMP's monthly #DrinkingAboutMuseums Happy Hour is a low-key networking opportunity for museum professionals to meet and collaborate. -Come talk shop, and hear about upcoming exhibits and programs at other local museums. -Catch up on the up-and-coming trends and issues in the museum world. -Troubleshoot with others and ask for advice. -Learn about job opportunities, or discuss partnership ideas. #atxmuseums

October 18, 2018 | 6:00PM

Michael Ondaatje: Selections from “Warlight”

Harry Ransom Center

The Harry Ransom Center presents an evening with internationally acclaimed, best-selling author Michael Ondaatje, who will read selections from his latest novel, Warlight (Alfred A. Knopf, 2018). This year, Ondaatje received the Golden Man Booker prize for The English Patient – crowned the best work of fiction of the last five decadesHis archive at the Ransom Center contains more than 90 boxes and offers insight into his writing process. Co-sponsored by the Michener Center for Writers. Line forms upon arrival of the first patron, and doors open 30 minutes in advance.

October 25, 2018 | 6:00PM

“Round Midnight” Screening and Book Signing

Harry Ransom Center

Maxine Gordon introduces the film "Round Midnight” (1986), starring her late husband, jazz saxophonist Dexter Gordon, who received an Oscar nomination for his performance. Gordon plays Dale Turner, a tenor saxophone player who leaves the U.S. for Paris in the 1950s. Directed by Bertrand Tavernier (runtime: 131 min., Rated R). Maxine Gordon will sign copies of her book, “Sophisticated Giant: The Life and Legacy of Dexter Gordon.”

October 27, 2018 | 10am

Murder, Mayhem and Misadventure Walking Tour at Oakwood Cemetery

Save Austins Cemeteries

Date Changed to 10/27 due to rain! Please join us for the 12th annual Murder, Mayhem & Misadventure Walking Tour at Historic Oakwood Cemetery, Austin's historic "outdoor museum" founded in 1839.  The free tours cover the chilling, untimely deaths of residents of Oakwood portrayed by actors at their grave sites. The 45-minute tours highlight historical (not scary) events from the 1800s and start every 15-20 minutes between 10 am-3: Kids under adult supervision are welcome, but please leave your pets at home and wear closed-toed shoes. The tours are sponsored by Save Austin's Cemeteries so donations are welcome to support gravestone cleaning and restoration projects of 1800s monuments. For more info, visit mmmtour.sachome.org, call or text 512-917-1666, email us at info@sachome.org, or find us on Facebook @SaveAustinsCemeteries or Instagram.com/save.atx.cemeteries/