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Begin your weekend with these Austin events

Arianna Auber
The Upside Bar at the East Austin Hotel hosts a themed movie night every Thursday with Vulcan Video. [Contributed by Ryann Ford]


Rock ‘n’ Roll Cinema with Vulcan Video. If you’re one of the likely thousands of Austinites who let your MoviePass subscription lapse, the next best thing is here. This fall, the East Austin Hotel is partnering with Vulcan Video to host the Upside Cinema series at its rooftop bar, the Upside, with a free film screening and happy hour specials each Thursday through December. This week the 1984 noir action thriller “Streets of Fire” screens as part of this month’s theme of rock ‘n’ roll flicks. 8:30 p.m. Sept. 12. Free. 1108 E. Sixth St.


The Official Drink of Austin. If Austin had an official cocktail, what would it taste like? An annual competition between local bar teams has explored that question for several years and will again with the return of the Official Drink of Austin event this week. The competition, which allows attendees to taste samples of each of the drinks being judged, is co-hosted by and benefits the Austin Food & Wine Alliance. Participating bar teams include those from Suerte, Midnight Cowboy and Live Oak at the Four Seasons. 7 p.m. Sept. 12. $55-$95. Fairmont Austin, 101 Red River St.

Theater & dance

"Holmes and Watson." Austin Playhouse celebrates its 20th anniversary season by revisiting two beloved characters. In this production, John Watson receives a telegram three years after Sherlock Holmes went over a waterfall with his nemesis, Professor Moriarty, that suggests Holmes might not really be dead after all. Watson is compelled to investigate, and a web of intrigue, murder and suspense begins to unravel. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 5 p.m. Sunday through Sept. 29, with additional 2 p.m. matinees Sept. 21 and 28. $17-$34. 6001 Airport Blvd.

Gardening calendar

Selection, Planting and Care of Your Trees. Get ready for tree planting season with this Travis County Master Gardeners seminar. It will cover, among other topics, which types of trees are native to Central Texas and when to plant them (ideally between October and April, allowing the tree's roots to grow and get established before the heat of summer). Instructor Jerry Naiser will have all the tips to help your trees live a long, healthy life. 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Sept. 14. Free; $1-$3 park admission fee. Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Road.

Family Bird Walk. There are many feathered friends to be found at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center if you watch for them winging or listen for their singing. Bring (or borrow) some binoculars and take a guided walk to learn about all the birds you might find in the gardens and of the center. Families and individuals are welcome. $6-$12; free for Wildflower Center and Travis Audubon members. 8 to 10 a.m. Sept. 14. 4801 La Crosse Ave.

Preserving the Harvest. Now that you’ve become a successful organic gardener, what do you do with all that bounty? Instructor Neil Schmidt of the Natural Gardener, where the class is held, will demonstrate the basics of freezing, drying and especially canning so that we can properly preserve our produce. Even if you are adept in the kitchen, Schmidt will have suggestions that can make the process easier, safer, tastier and more successful. 10 to 11 a.m. Sept. 14. Free. 8648 Old Bee Cave Road. 512-288-6113,