Busy week in Austin caps off with Texas Independence Day
1. Austin Music Awards at ACL Live
7:55 p.m. Feb. 27. $35-$150. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. acl-live.com
Putting a genre label on Austin music has always been tricky, but the umbrella’s even broader now than it was in the past, so this year’s awards show theme of “many sounds, one city” seems apt. The lineup reflects it: High-energy buzz band Black Pumas and recent ATX transplant John Doe of X head up a bill that also includes fast-rising rapper Abhi the Nomad, eclectic tango maestro Glover Gill, soul stirrer Tomar Williams, always-in-demand DJ Mel and string ensemble Tosca, as well as a pack of ace Continental Club regulars in Rosie Flores, Jon Dee Graham and the Peterson Brothers. Between performances, awards will be handed out to winners in more than two dozen categories. — Peter Blackstock
2. "The Public" screening with Emilio Estevez
3 to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 24. Free. Austin Central Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez St. eventbrite.com/e/the-public-movie-screening-general-admission-tickets-56500407239
The award-winning actor who wrote, produced and directed a new film about homelessness, Emilio Estevez, will be in attendance at a screening of "The Public." If you attend, you'll be one of the first in the country to see "The Public" — which unfolds in a public library — before its wide release in April. Afterward, Estevez gives a talk moderated by KVUE’s Quita Culpepper. Space is limited; RSVP at the Eventbrite link to attend.
3. Secrets of Maki Rolling Class at Uchiko
6:30 p.m. Feb. 25. $95. 4200 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-916-4808, facebook.com/events/580659189082929
Have you ever wanted to learn how to make makimono, or sushi rolls? With this class, participants will get guidance from some of the best people in the business — Uchiko's sushi chefs — who will talk about the process and techniques used when crafting rolls. You'll even be able to create your own maki. Snacks, sake samples and tons of new sushi skills will be provided. Reserve your spot by calling the restaurant.
4. 2019 Rabble Rouser at the ABGB
7:30 p.m. doors Feb. 26. $30. 1305 W. Oltorf St. texasobserver.org/rabble-rouser
The Texas Observer's annual rollicking Rabble Rouser returns. Local music favorites Shinyribs and TC Superstar will take the stage at the ABGB for a night of music, pizza and, of course, beer. It serves as your chance to support the important independent investigative reporting done at the Observer. All tickets come with a koozie, and there will be cool merchandise, a silent auction and a photo booth with fun props.
5. The Art of Bartending at the Four Seasons Austin
6 to 10 p.m. Feb. 28. Free. 98 San Jacinto Blvd. facebook.com/events/2128827840764975
Hosted at Four Seasons hotels across the country, this new bartending series merges the talent of the brand’s top bartenders. At Live Oak in Austin, award-winning head bartender Sarah Rahl will be accompanied by Jacopo Rosito and Valentino Longo of the famed Le Sirenuse Champagne Bar at Four Seasons Hotel at the Surf Club. For one night only, guests can enjoy a custom menu of highball cocktails alongside Live Oak’s signature drinks.
6. "Driving South in a Mostly Straight Line" at Icosa Collective
Opening reception 7 to 10 p.m. March 1. 12 to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday through March 30. 916 Springdale Road Bldg. 2, #102. icosacollective.com
The new show is the first phase of an art exchange between Rosalux Gallery, an art collective based in Minneapolis, and Icosa. Selected by Crit Group founder Andrea Mellard, the exhibit introduces Austin to the 20 members of Rosalux, with a diverse array of artmaking practices showcased, including painting, mixed media sculpture, watercolor, photography, printmaking, drawing and collage.
7. Texas Independence Day at Messina Hof Winery
5 to 7 p.m. March 2. $35. Trace at the W Austin, 200 Lavaca St. traceaustin.com/texaswine
One of our state's most esteemed wineries celebrates Texas Independence Day with Trace, where an evening of wine and bites captures the spirit of the Lone Star State. On the Trace patio, mingle with Messina Hof CEO and head winemaker Paul M. Bonarrigo while tasting some of the winery’s most exclusive and newly released wines. These include the 2018 Pinot Grigio, 2018 Grenache Rose and 2018 Gewurztraminer Tribute.