Herald spring's bloom with these Austin events
1. The Blanton Block Party
11 a.m. to 11 p.m. March 30. 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. 512-471-5482, blantonmuseum.org
The Blanton Museum celebrates the return of spring with a day-to-night community festival. Combining world-class art with the best of Austin music and food, the block party will offer outdoor family art activities, museum tours throughout the day and live performances from Texas KGB, Shy Beast and Riders Against the Storm. Spoken word performances and poetry readings supplement the music. Food and drink will be available for purchase from Pueblo Viejo, Hummus Among Us and more vendors.
2. Golden Hornet's 4th Annual Young Composer Concert
2 to 4 p.m. March 24. $5-$60. The North Door, 502 Brushy St. eventbrite.com/e/golden-hornets-4th-annual-young-composer-concert-tickets-56072956723
Local young people between the ages of 8 and 18 can call themselves composers with this official show. The ensemble Tetractys will perform each piece that has been written by the composers (under the guidance of professional mentors) in between brief on-stage interviews with each one. Hosted by Graham Reynolds and Peter Stopschinski, the concert will feature works by Avi Beskrowni, Ayden Machajewski, Dylan Monahan and 12 others.
3. Suerte's One-Year Anniversary Party
5 to 11 p.m. March 25. $50 at the door. 1800 E. Sixth St. suerteatx.com
To celebrate its remarkable first year, the East Austin restaurant is throwing itself a taco party on Monday and has invited some of its friends to participate. Guest chefs from the Carpenter Hotel, the Tatsu-Ya group, Veracruz All Natural and L’Oca d’Oro will make tacos at Suerte, where there will be music from Clemente Castillo and bolero trio Los Compadres. A portion of proceeds will benefit Biblioteca El Rosario in Oaxaca and Capital Area Counseling in Austin. — Matthew Odam
4. Tuesday Twilights With a Twist
5 p.m. March 26 and select Tuesdays through May 28. $6-$12. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave. 512-232-0100, wildflower.org
Make the most of wildflower season with the Wildflower Center, which is staying open late every Tuesday through the end of May and offering special events on select Tuesdays during that time period. During Tuesday Twilights With a Twist, there will be hours of flowers paired with music, activities, signature cocktails from Tito’s Handmade Vodka, tours and more. On March 26 specifically, two-step, swing or sway to the sounds of artist Barbara Nesbitt.
5. "Thank You for Smoking" cookbook launch party
5 to 7 p.m. March 27. Free. Easy Tiger at the Linc, 6406 N. Interstate 35 #1100. facebook.com/events/840586196279526
Easy Tiger is firing up the grill for the release of local author Paula Disbrowe's release of "Thank You for Smoking," featuring recipes of wood-fired dishes. Get your copy signed while grooving to the tunes of Blake Whitmire. The beer garden will also offer a one-night-only menu of specials pulled straight from the pages of the cookbook. Disbrowe, married to Easy Tiger's own doughpuncher David Norman, is the author eight cookbooks total.
6. "Antigonick" with Salvage Vanguard Theater
7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday through April 6. $15-$20. Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Road. salvagevanguard.org
Salvage Vanguard Theater takes on this contemporary translation of the classic Greek drama that asks, “How do we care for the dead, and how we do grieve amid crisis?” The play was translated and strangely reimagined by inimitable classics scholar and award-winning poet Anne Carson. You'll find she stretches the boundaries of story in poetry and theater by exploring what one woman can do in the face of unjust laws.
7. Movies in the Park: "E.T."
8 to 10 p.m. March 29. Free. Northwest Park, 7000 Ardath St. austinparks.org/movies-in-the-park
The Austin Parks Foundation's family-friendly movie series drawing locals to their parks returns with another year of movies. First up is the 1980s science-fiction flick "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial." Food trucks will be in attendance at every screening. Dogs, picnics and lawn chairs are welcome, but alcoholic beverages, glass and styrofoam are not permitted in any of the parks. Future films include "Clueless" and "Harry Potter."