Things to do in Austin the week of Nov. 10-16
1. East Austin Studio Tour
12 to 6 p.m. Nov. 16-17, 23-24. Free. Various locations. east.bigmedium.org
The annual, self‑guided tour of artist studios and galleries is back for two weekends in November. EAST, produced by Big Medium, is your chance to meet the artists of Austin in their creative spaces. East of Interstate 35, west and south of U.S. 183, and north of Riverside Drive, the tour has a catalog, map, app and event guide that will help you figure out where to go and what to see. Two nights before the first day is Due EAST, the official kick-off party and fundraiser at Canopy.
2. Austin Mac & Cheese Festival 2019
11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 10. $25-$45. Carson Creek Ranch, 701 Dalton Lane.mac-n-cheese-fest.ticketbud.com/austin-2019
Austin's cheesiest food festival is back with twice the mac and triple the cheese. And it just might prove that one of our favorite pasta dishes has remarkable versatility. Participating restaurants, including Hideaway Kitchen, Loro and Micklethwait Craft Meats, will prepare their version of the savory treat. Only general admission tickets are left, but these still allow for unlimited tastings and four drink tickets.
3. The Craft Series at 1886: Special 50th Event
6 p.m. Nov. 11. $65. The Driskill Hotel, 604 Brazos St. driskillhotel.com/austin-events/1886-craft-series
The Driskill’s 1886 Cafe & Bakery is pulling out all the stops for the 50th edition of its Craft Series dinner. In honor of this milestone, 1886 Bakery will be featuring five courses, rather than the usual four, paired with Real Ale beers. Start the night with a complimentary brew and meet Real Ale’s director of brewing operations, Tim Schwartz. Included with your ticket is some fun swag, including a commemorative pilsner glass, as well as raffle items throughout the dinner.
4. The Haunting of the Tavern
7 p.m. Nov. 12. $60. The Tavern, 922 W. 12th St. tavernaustin.com/haunting-of-the-tavern
Did you know the Tavern is as haunted as it gets? Find out just how much with a hilarious murder mystery dinner that runs select Tuesday nights through the end of this year. Current and former Esther’s Follies cast members, along with other Austin comedians, will transform into a mystery-solving gang a la “Scooby-Doo” to solve what’s really going on at the Tavern. There's a different ending each time, and the audience gets to decide the final whodunit.
5. Metalachi at Antone’s
9 p.m. Nov. 13-14. $18-$20. 305 E. Fifth St.antonesnightclub.com
Hailing from Hollywood via Juarez, Mexico, the five-piece ensemble infuses your favorite hair metal power ballads with the lovesick warble of traditional mariachi tunes. With a keen sense of humor and over-the-top theatrics, the crew says they aim to land their shows somewhere between the worlds of Spinal Tap and Cheech & Chong. If you’ve been yearning for mournful violin in your “Bohemian Rhapsody” or a trumpet fanfare to welcome you to the jungle, this is your ticket. — Deborah Sengupta Stith
6. “The Search for General Tso” at the Asian American Resource Center
7 p.m. Nov. 14. Free. 8401 Cameron Road. facebook.com/events/2227521154020827
“The Search for General Tso” travels the globe to unravel a captivating culinary mystery. General Tso's chicken is a staple of Chinese American cooking and a ubiquitous presence on restaurant menus across the country. But just who was General Tso? And how did his chicken become emblematic of an entire national cuisine? “The Search” is the first film in the AARC 2019-2020 Film Series. There will be servings of General Tso's chicken and tofu with rice at the screening.
7. “Moon” by the Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company
7:30 p.m. Nov. 15-16, 4 p.m. Nov. 16. $19-$22. Ground Floor Theatre, 979 Springdale Road. Suite 122. kdhdance.com
“Moon” is an original work with choreography by Kathy Dunn Hamrick, performed to live music by Line Upon Line Percussion. It's a 50-minute dance using alternating phases of acceleration and deceleration, of filling and emptying, of pushing and pulling and of light and dark to create moments of tension and surprise. Line Upon Line, an Austin-based percussion group, will play five different pieces of music for the new work.