This weekend’s events include Blanton Block Party, Joe Ely show
1. Blanton Block Party
11 a.m. to 11 p.m. March 24. Free. The Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. blantonmuseum.org.
Celebrate the opening of Ellsworth Kelly’s “Austin” — a permanent installation in the form of a building on the grounds outside the Blanton — and explore the museum inside and out during this day-to-night community festival. The block party is the perfect fusion of live music and world-class art, providing outdoor family art activities, local food and tours throughout the day. Live music acts include the Peterson Brothers Band, Jackie Venson and the Bright Light Social Hour. An RSVP is requested but not required.
2. The Local Post’s One Year Anniversary
10 p.m. to 2 a.m. March 22. Free. 7113 Burnet Road. facebook.com/events/1998976023688596/.
The Burnet Road pub is celebrating one year in business with menu favorites, food and drink specials, music and a lively atmosphere for people to come and party. During the late-night anniversary festivities, the Local Post will feature a hot dog and Frito pie stand and service industry card renewals. Don’t miss that Frito pie: the bar famously prepares it in cans with 10 pounds of cheese, Texas chili and other delicious ingredients. March Madness basketball games will play on the TVs.
3. Joe Ely, Denny Freeman at Saxon Pub
9 p.m. March 23. $35-$40. 1320 S. Lamar Blvd. thesaxonpub.com.
Ely has popped up around town for special appearances in recent weeks, accepting a special songwriting honor at the Austin Music Awards and taking part in the South by Southwest Blaze Foley tribute. Here’s a chance to hear a full set from the Texas legend at one of the city’s best listening rooms. Come as early as 6 p.m. for the free happy-hour show from guitar great Freeman, whose weekly gig here is among Austin’s top-drawing residencies. — Peter Blackstock
4. “Yankee Tavern”
Opens March 23. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday through April 14, with no performance on April 1 and added performance April 11. $15-$30. Santa Cruz Theater, 1805 E. Seventh St. differentstagestheatre.org.
Different Stages takes on Steven Dietz’s chilling play for its next production. Just when you thought you’d heard every crazy 9/11 conspiracy theory, a guy walks into a bar and orders two beers, one for himself and one for his absent buddy. Yes, it sounds like the set-up for a joke, but the prolific Dietz has something darker and more sobering in mind. There, inside the walls of a crumbling New York tavern, a young couple find themselves caught up in what might be the biggest conspiracy of all.
5. HOPE’s Eco Fair 2018
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 25. Free. HOPE Farmers Market, 412 Comal St. hopefarmersmarket.com.
Interested in being part of Austin’s eco-friendly community? HOPE Farmers Market is teaming up with the Austin Permaculture Guild for a fourth year of the Eco Fair, featuring live music, the market’s usual vendors and a variety of environmental organizations, including the guild, the Austin Plant Swap, the Fertile Ground Gardens and the city itself, which will have information about the compost rebate program and the chicken rebate program. Plus, there will be eco-centric activities for kids.