Upcoming Events

November 2019

November 14, 2019 | 6:30 PM

‘George Littlefield’ book talk with David Gracy

Austin History Center

From Austin’s first “skyscraper” to a fountain on the University grounds, George Littlefield’s name is likely more widely known than the man himself. Join the Austin History Center and Dr. David B. Gracy for a discussion about his latest book, A Man Absolutely Sure of Himself: Texan George Washington Littlefield. Gracy will provide insight into this prominent Texas figure, focusing on his impact on Austin. A book signing will follow the event and light refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public.

November 14, 2019 | 10am

Homeschool Day at the Science Mill- Earth Science

Science Mill

The Science Mill’s monthly Homeschool Day focuses on careers in Earth Science! In hands-on activities, students examine fossils, play the Fossil Game and explore convection currents in a hands-on demo. Age-based Learning Labs include making soil layers with Legos, exploring earthquake vibrations with resonant rings and creating and testing an “earthquake-proof” structure. Plus, students can explore the museum’s 50+ unique exhibits and see “3D Sun”.  Admission: 0-2 years old – free, 3-18 (or with student ID) $9.50, Adults $11, Seniors (65+) $9 and Military $5.50. Learning Lab $5

November 14, 2019 | 7:00pm

Deborah Hay | New Book and Film Screening

Women & Their Work

In celebration of Using the Sky, Women & Their Work is pleased to host the iconic choreographer Deborah Hay for a selection of readings and a film screening. Deborah Hay is an internationally renowned dance artist whose unique approach to bodily practice has had a lasting impact on American choreography. Her commitment to dance as a process is as exquisite as it is provoking. Rooted in NYC’s 1960s experimental Judson Dance Theater in New York, of which Hay was a founding member, her work has evolved through experimentation with a use of language that is unique to dance. Using the Sky is an exploration and articulation of Hay’s process, focusing on several of her most recent works. The newly-released expanded edition is beautifully redesigned by Wesleyan University Press with additional materials and a cover photo by Ann Hamilton. Signed copies will be available for purchase. The film, Alignment is everywhere, is a 22-minute poetic portrait of Deborah Hay, as she reflects on life, death and her work as an artist and human being. In January 2019, Hay spent a week at the Australian coastal township of Indented Head to visit the home of her close friend and colleague, Margaret Cameron. Cameron, a theatre maker and poet, died of cancer a few years earlier. Peter Humble created the film on expired and hand processed 16mm film with a hand crank camera. David Young served as production assistant. Alignment is everywhere premiered in 2019 at the Tanz im August festival in Berlin as part of Deborah Hay’s retrospective titled RE-Perspective Deborah Hay: Works from 1968 to the Present.

November 16, 2019 | 5pm

Night of 5s: Science Mill Benefit

Science Mill

Celebrate the Science Mill’s 5th anniversary and support future STEM programs at their annual benefit on Nov. 16, 5-9pm. Indulge in gourmet bites and beverages from an all-star roster that includes Treaty Oak Distillery, Tillie's at Camp Lucy, William Chris Vineyards, Real Ale Brewing Co. and more. Dance to DJ Peytonius and live jazz by Armin Marmolejo Quintet, and bid on original artworks by renown, regional artists including Cruz Ortiz, Denise Prince, Jason Archer and many others. Austin and San Antonio guests can take advantage of complimentary transportation via luxury coach. All proceeds from the event help the Science Mill grow its nonprofit mission and empower kids to follow a love of science learning.   

November 17, 2019 | 10:00 a.m.

Chisholm Trail Day

Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farms

Join Pioneer Farms for a celebration of all things cowboy! Experience Texas history by walking the Chisholm Trail with a real pioneer. Mini tours to be help every hour beginning at 10:30. Listen to cowboy ballads, learn about cattle ranching in Texas, see cowboy artifacts, and don't forget to say hello the longhorns! Free with museum admission.

November 20, 2019 | 5:30 pm

Central Texas Librarians/Archivists/Museum Professionals Meetup

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This month, ATX Librarians Social Club and Archivists of Central Texas are joining forces with Austin Museum Partnership for a special info-sharing opportunity! Our usual round robin will surely uncover commonalities and inspire new connections and collaborations!
 
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Come mix & mingle with other library/archive/information/museum-types, both professional and student. Drop in when you can, split when you need to. Have a drink or don't. We're easy!
 
Our round robin activity starts at 6:30. Come prepared to introduce yourself, and feel free to share anything (updates, projects, jobs, events, internships, exhibits, partnership ideas, etc) that may be of interest to local information professionals!
 
We'll have table signs so you can find us :)
 
BRING YOUR COLLEAGUES!!
 
#atxmuseums #DrinkingAboutMuseums

November 23, 2019 | 7:00PM

the meaning wavers

Women & Their Work

Betelhem Makonnen and Stephanie Concepcion Ramirez’s artistic research converges in the exhibition, the meaning wavers, which explores immigration, transnational identity and the impact of silence on our perception of history. Makonnen reconfigures images, accounts, and official documents from her own experiences to shift perspectives on how life stories are told and understood. Ramirez examines the gaps in her Salvadoran-American family and cultural history to create artworks that disrupt existing narratives of Central American migrants. Both artists use photo, video, and installation to create an exhibition tracing two journeys toward new perspectives on the untold.

November 29, 2019 | 10am

Sleigh Racer Challenge at the Science Mill

Science Mill

How does Santa deliver all those toys in just one night? The secret is your engineering skill! Use recycled materials to design and build a souped-up sleigh that harnesses the physics of motion to fly (plus a pinch of holiday magic). When your sleigh is ready for the big night, send it on a ride across the globe to see if it has what it takes to carry Santa and his gifts to his target destination. Make the Science Mill your destination during the opening weekend of Lights Spectacular in Johnson City! We’re open late until 6pm on Friday, 11/29 and Saturday, 11/30. Explore 50+ hands-on exhibits and stock up on holiday gifts at the Science Store, with the best selection of science toys and gifts in the Hill Country. Then watch Johnson City transform into the “Twinkliest Town in Texas,” and enjoy an evening of activities, starting with fireworks on Friday and a Lighted Hooves and Wheels Parade on Saturday at 6:30pm. Admission: 0-2 years old – free, 3-18 (or with student ID) $9.50, Adults $11, Seniors (65+) $9 and Military $5.50 

November 30, 2019 | 10am

Sleigh Racer Challenge at the Science Mill

Science Mill

How does Santa deliver all those toys in just one night? The secret is your engineering skill! Use recycled materials to design and build a souped-up sleigh that harnesses the physics of motion to fly (plus a pinch of holiday magic). When your sleigh is ready for the big night, send it on a ride across the globe to see if it has what it takes to carry Santa and his gifts to his target destination. Make the Science Mill your destination during the opening weekend of Lights Spectacular in Johnson City! We’re open late until 6pm on Friday, 11/29 and Saturday, 11/30. Explore 50+ hands-on exhibits and stock up on holiday gifts at the Science Store, with the best selection of science toys and gifts in the Hill Country. Then watch Johnson City transform into the “Twinkliest Town in Texas,” and enjoy an evening of activities, starting with fireworks on Friday and a Lighted Hooves and Wheels Parade on Saturday at 6:30pm. Admission: 0-2 years old – free, 3-18 (or with student ID) $9.50, Adults $11, Seniors (65+) $9 and Military $5.50 

November 30, 2019 | 8:00 p.m.

Austin Ghost Tours at Pioneer Farms

Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farms

Ghosts, apparitions and things that go bump in the night will be the featured topic for exclusive nighttime ghost tours at Pioneer Farms the last Saturday of every Month.

From our 1841 Tonkawa Encampment and 1866 German Emigrant Farm to our 1878 Texian Farm and 1886 Cotton Planter’s Farm, each location is filled with genuine artifacts and historical items that contribute to the lively spirit activity that has been documented on our grounds.

In each area you can step back in time and experience Texas history first-hand — and maybe even catch a glimpse of the people who have long since passed on, and yet somehow still remain.

These tours are in the dark and all about ghosts, hosted by Austin's one and only Austin Ghost Tours. Ghost sightings, unexplained events disembodied voices are all common occurrences at Pioneer Farms. Mark your calendars for this not-to-miss nighttime experience, in a place with a documented history of ghosts, apparitions and other unexplained sightings.

 If you are afraid of ghosts, DO NOT TAKE THIS TOUR.

Buy your tickets now to ensure you get a spot! https://www.pioneerfarms.org/paranormal