Texas Independence Day is the thing to celebrate this weekend
1. Texas Independence Day at the Driskill Hotel
6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. March 2. Free. 604 Brazos St. 512-439-1234, driskillhotel.com/austin-events/texas-independence-day/.
Each March, celebrate Texas Independence Day in a style and manner that only the oldest hotel in Texas's capital can do — with regional brews and classic cocktails, live local music, southern hospitality and, above all, Texas spirit. The celebration starts early, with Texas-shaped pecan waffles available until 2:30 p.m. There will also be pop-up shops, complimentary whiskey tastings with TX Whiskey, Texas Tribune Trivia and a four-course patriotic pairing dinner at the Driskill Grill. Fifty years after Texas declared independence from Mexico, the Driskill Hotel opened.
2. "A Doll's House, Part 2" at Hyde Park Theatre
8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday through March 30. $23-$27. Hyde Park Theatre, 511 W. 43rd St. hydeparktheatre.org.
In 1879, Henrik Ibsen wrote one of the most controversial plays of all time, "A Doll's House," in which Nora walks out on her husband and children with a feminist door slam that reverberated worldwide. Fast forward to the 21st century with "A Doll's House, Part 2," a highly modern follow-up by playwright Lucas Hnath in which Nora must return 15 years after her dramatic exit to face what she left behind.
3. "No Me Olvides (Do Not Forget Me)" at Big Medium
Opening reception 7 to 10 p.m. March 1. 12 to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday through March 30. 916 Springdale Rd Bldg 2, #101. bigmedium.org.
The new Big Medium exhibit presents stories told by eight local established Latino artists, including Fidencio Duran and Alejandra Almuelle. Through art, music, poetry and food, these stories build a narrative of happiness, melancholy, sadness and hope. Curated by artist and poet Fernando Muñoz, "No Me Olvides" examines issues of migration, displacement, family, memories and the importance of belonging.
4. Craft Pride's 6th Anniversary Party
4 p.m. March 1 to 1 a.m. March 4. Free. 61 Rainey St. facebook.com/events/2006821036020439/.
One of Austin's best beer bars, featuring only Texas brews, will celebrate its birthday the only way it knows how: with special beer releases all weekend. There will also be live music each weekend. Plus, Craft Pride teamed up with several Texas breweries, including Pinthouse Pizza, Brazos Valley and TUPPS Brewery, to make collaboration beers. Head to the Facebook event page for the full schedule of beers and live music shows.
5. Indie Orchestra Night with Panoramic Voices, Roky Erickson, more at Millennium Center
3:45 p.m. doors March 3. $25-$30 (includes two drink tickets). 1156 Hargrave St. ion2019.brownpapertickets.com.
Wonder what your favorite Austin band would sound like with a string section? For the fourth year in a row, composer Nathan Felix and choral ensemble Panoramic Voices are arranging the songs of popular local artists for orchestra and choir. This year’s event features psych-rock legend Roky Erickson, pop savant Mobley, powerhouse rockers Sweet Spirit and electropop outfit Night Glitter. A portion of proceeds from the event will go to the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians. — Deborah Sengupta Stith