Weekend Recs: Paula Poundstone, Do-It-Yourself, Hot Sauce Festival


The popular improv comedienne and regular NPR panelist is in town to promote her first book, “There’s Nothing In This Book That I Meant To Say” with a set at the One World Theatre.

WHAT: Paula Poundstone
WHERE: One World Theatre
WHEN: Friday at 7 p.m.
HOW MUCH: $20-60 show alone; $55-95 with dinner

A curated collection of local artists with complimentary beverages provided by Circle Brewing Company.

WHAT: The Austin Series, Part 3
WHERE: Gallery Black Lagoon
WHEN: Friday at 7 p.m.

Electronic music group Bubble Gum Mafia host their first Austin show, a dance party where participants are encouraged to dress as their favorite video game characters. Full bar for 21+.

WHAT: Pixel Invasion: An 8-Bit Party Inspired By Video Game Classics
WHERE: The North Door
WHEN: Friday at 7:30 p.m.
HOW MUCH: $5 before 10 p.m.; $10 after 10 p.m.

Learn to build and maintain vegetable and rain gardens with gardening experts and take an optional tour of the Zilker gardens. Open to beginners and longtime gardeners alike.

WHAT: Green Garden Do-It-Yourself Day
WHERE: Zilker Botanical Gardens
WHEN: Saturday at 9 a.m.
HOW MUCH: $10 (registration required)


Local stores and independent boutiques offer significant markdowns and new merchandise ranging from men and women’s apparel to jewelry and home furnishings.

WHAT: Le Garage Boutique Sale
WHERE: Palmer Events Center
WHEN: Saturday at 11 a.m.
HOW MUCH: $10 a day (two-day event)

The 21st annual Hot Sauce Festival features over 350 entries homemade, professional and commercial. The festival also has raffle prizes and proceeds go to the Capital Area Food bank of Texas.

WHAT: Austin Chronicle’s Hot Sauce Festival feat. The Bright Light Social Hour
WHERE: Waterloo Park
WHEN: Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
HOW MUCH: Free with a healthy, nonperishable food items or a cash donation to the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas

The Upper Decks kicks off its first Sunday night movie series with Gangster Month, featuring classic Italian mob films screened alongside a spaghetti and wine meal. This week’s film is “Goodfellas.”

WHAT: Sunday Night Movie Series: Gangster Month and Spaghetti Dinner
WHERE: The Upper Decks
WHEN: Sunday at 9 p.m.
HOW MUCH: $19.95 for film screener, spaghetti dinner for two and a bottle of the house red wine