April wraps up with a garden party, 'Avengers' beers and more
1. 27th Annual Preservation Austin Homes Tour
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 27. $30-$40. Multiple locations. preservationaustin.org/events/the-art-of-the-craftsman-style-27th-annual-homes-tour
This year's exploration of Austin's beautiful homes is themed around the art of the craftsman style, with seven of these homes you can tour from all over the city. Each of their histories gives a glimpse of what it was like to live in these homes in the early 20th century, but creative updates and additions also show their seamless adaptation to modern life. Proceeds from the tour sustain the nonprofit’s efforts to protect Austin’s historic places for generations to come. The tour has been done in conjunction with the Ransom Center's "Rise of Everyday Design" exhibit.
2. Austin's Original Bloody Mary Fest + Crawfish Boil
12 to 4 p.m. April 21. Free; $15 to taste bloody marys, $10 to eat crawfish. 1607 San Jacinto Blvd. facebook.com/events/2213174559010893
Spend your Easter enjoying two Sunday essentials — bloody marys and crawfish. Scholz Garten is hosting a boozy competition between local chefs and restaurants who are hoping you'll love their bloody mary recipe the best. Two awards will be given for the winning participants: judges' choice and people's choice. The first 250 people who buy the $15 wristband to taste bloody marys get some swag. And what would a spring celebration be without crawfish?
3. "Once There Were Six Seasons"
7 p.m. Monday, 8 p.m. Friday, and 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday through May 4. $12-$30. Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Road. seasons.brownpapertickets.com
Glass Half Full Theatre's award-winning production featuring miniature puppets returns Earth Day weekend as a three-part interactive experience. Audiences will travel the globe and explore humanity's impact on climate change, watching as WWE-style wrestlers fight each other for limited funding and support. The new project, in which audiences share the stage with the actors, gives potential solutions to climate change.
4. The Hop Stone Series Party at Craft Pride
6 p.m. April 23. Free. 61 Rainey St. facebook.com/events/3160924850621530
Get psyched for the arrival of "Avengers: Endgame" with this series of beers, so limited in Austin that Craft Pride is the only place where all of them will be available. Ingenious Brewing, in the Houston area, has a beer named for each gemstone in the "Avengers" movies, such as the Soul Milk Stout with chocolate and orange — plus a triple IPA called Infinity Hopped. To top off the evening, the Rainey Street bar also hosts a showing of "Avengers: Infinity War."
5. Tameca Jones at Austin Central Library
7 p.m. April 24. Free with RSVP. 710 W. Cesar Chavez St. austintexas.gov/central-library
If you’re not ready to drop the big bucks, how about some homegrown soul from Austin’s queen of steamy, slow-burning love jams? Long regarded as one of Austin’s top talents, Jones has been building her national profile with a series of road trips with Gary Clark Jr. We’ll be on hand to talk to her about her music and her career after the free performance at Austin’s coolest new public space. — Deborah Sengupta Stith
6. The Umlauf Garden Party
7 to 9:30 p.m. April 25. $175-$275. 605 Azie Morton Road. umlaufsculpture.org/gardenparty
Is there any better way to spend a fine spring day than at a garden party on the stunning ground of the Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum? Find out for yourself at this fundraiser that will have bites from many of Austin's great restaurants, including those not far from the Umlauf like Juliet Italian Kitchen, El Alma Cafe and Darcy's Donkey. The evening will also have performances by Sky Candy, Austin Classical Guitar and more. VIP ticket holders can arrive at 6 p.m.
7. "Misread Signs" at Grayduck Gallery
Opening reception 7 to 10 p.m. Friday. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 12 to 5 p.m. Sunday through June 2. 2213 E. Cesar Chavez St. 512-826-5334, grayduckgallery.com
Exploring the effects of trauma on the human psyche, the exhibition of new works and performances by Yuliya Lanina begins with her signature paintings of collaged, malformed characters that later come to life in a three-channel immersive animation. The show will culminate with three days of a multimedia performance by Lanina featuring animatronic sculptures, projected animation, music and movement.