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Big Squeeze Finals at Bullock Texas State History Museum

Event Date: 
Saturday, April 26, 2014 (All day)
Event Category: 
Texas Folklife Event

The 8th Annual Big Squeeze contest & concert returns to the Bullock Museum in Austin!

 

This year we'll have 9 finalists competing in 3 separate categories: Conjunto (including Norteno, Tejano, etc); Zydeco (including Cajun, Creole, etc), and Polka (including Czech, German-style, etc.) 

THERE WILL BE 3 WINNERS CHOSEN IN AUSTIN!! 

Polkapocalypse Polka Festival - POSTPONED

Event Date: 
Saturday, November 23, 2013 - 12:00 to 17:00
Event Category: 
Texas Folklife Event

 POSTPONED - Due to inclement weather, the Elisabet Ney Museum has postponed The Polkapocalypse to a later date. The festival was scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 23 from noon to 5 p.m.

Exhibit Opening: Paño art - Handkerchief drawings from Texas prisons

Event Date: 
Sunday, August 18, 2013 - 14:00 to 16:00
Event Category: 
Texas Folklife Event

Sunday August 18, From 2:00 to 4:00 PM
Free and open to the public.
Texas Folklife Gallery, 1317 S. Congress, Austin (behind Ten Thousand Villages)
Regular Gallery Hours: 11 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Mon - Fri

The paño art collection of artist and collector Ed Jordan will on display at the Texas Folklife gallery. Jordan began collecting paños after teaching art at Blinn College's auxiliary campus at the federal prison in Bastrop, Texas. Jordan is a collector of Mexican folk art and a long-time member of Austin Friends of Folk Art.

Exhibit: Paños/Pañuelos - Handkerchief Art by Hispanic Inmates in Texas Prisons

Event Date: 
Thursday, August 1, 2013 (All day) to Friday, October 25, 2013 (All day)
Event Category: 
Texas Folklife Event

Paños or pañuelos - Spanish for “cloths” or “handkerchiefs” - are a popular form of Chicano prison art with handkerchiefs and occasionally pillow cases or bedsheets used as the canvas for imaginative drawings of the artist’s lifestyles before prison. Aztec figures, Disney characters, women, and the ever-popular Virgen de Guadalupe are popular subjects of drawings with ballpoint pens often highlighted with colored pencils or whatever supplies may be at hand. They are highly detailed and complex illustrations that tell the inmate’s story or his visions in art rather than words.

Exhibit: Papercuts by Bradley Jaye Williams

Event Date: 
Thursday, November 7, 2013 (All day) to Friday, February 28, 2014 (All day)
Event Category: 
Texas Folklife Event

an exhibit of paper birds, plants, trees of life, mandalas and digital designs

Holiday Night: Papercuts Opening Reception & Shopping Night

Event Date: 
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 18:00 to 21:00
Event Category: 
Texas Folklife Event

Exhibit reception and holiday party will be held on December 4, 2013 at 6:00 PM, at the Texas Folklife Gallery located at 1317 S. Congress Street in Austin (back entrance on Circle Street, between the Continental Club and Botticelli's Restaurant.) Live music provided by members of The Fabulous Polkasonics.

Getting to know the Goddess Series: La Santa Muerte

Event Date: 
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - 19:00 to 20:45
Event Category: 
Texas Folklife Event

La Santa Muerte ˆ Mexican Folk Saint Personifying Death

A relatively new and controversial folk saint has emerged in the Americas ˆ La Santa Muerte (Saint Death or Most Holy Death,) a syncretic version of the European grim reaper influenced by Meso-American views on death and folk religion. Most media accounts of Santa Muerte focus on the faith practices of traffickers and murderers, but in reality her devotees include millions of people not involved in the drug trade. They see her as an efficient miracle worker and healer in their lives.

AKQ CD Release Party @ Antone's


AKQ Live! CD had a great release at the historic Antone's Night Club in Austin.  The evening offered live music of two bands featured on the CD - Los Texmaniacs of San Antonio fronted by Max Baca and the up and coming Morales Boyz of Dallas, fronted by Big Squeeze Champion Nachito Morales and also including 2013 reigning champion Michael Ramos.  

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