Best Bets: A weekend packed with arts

Published 10:13 am Friday, April 11, 2014

What’s going on in Austin this weekend? The better question is, what isn’t going on? There are myriad activities to take part in and many shows to enjoy.

1. Fun for everyone

6-8:30 p.m. Friday, April 11. Autism Fun Night at the Austin YMCA.

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Families with members who are on the autism spectrum can enjoy a nice night out at the YMCA. Register through the Hormel Historic Home at 507-433-4243.

2. Ready to start something?

7 p.m. Friday, April 11, Saturday, April 12. “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’?” Annual Austinaires show, Knowlton Auditorium, Austin High School. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for students/seniors.

Don’t let the name fool you. The only aggression at this show is how aggressively talented Austin’s elite high school choir students are. This is the second of three shows, so make sure you check it out.

3. Have you ever seen the rain (king)?

7 p.m. Friday, April 11, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 12-13. “After the Rain King,” Paramount Theatre. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for students.

The latest Matchbox Children’s Theatre production promises an adventure through time and space as fast friends must rescue one of their own and stop the Rain King from doing dastardly deeds.

4. Music works

7 p.m. Saturday, April 12. Music at the Bank concert, proposed ArtWorks Center at 300 N. Main St. Tickets are $5.

The Austin Area Commission for the Arts and the Austin ArtWorks Center will host James Bracken and Jon Stowell in a live concert at the proposed downtown ArtWorks Center location. For more information, call 507-434-0934.

5. Young at heart

2 p.m. Sunday, April 13. Austin Symphony Orchestra’s Young Artists’ Concert. Knowlton Auditorium.

The winners of the Young Artists’ competition will join the Austin Symphony Orchestra for its final show of the season, the annual Young Artists’ Concert. For more information, call 507-433-5647 or go to

Other events

That’s not all Austin has to offer. Look for a movie night featuring “The Ten Commandments” next Thursday, a few fun talks and even a chance to build something fun at the library.