Play in a Mario Kart 8 video game tournament and 3 other things for Southwest Austinites to do this weekend

A Mario Kart tournament is one of the many events taking place in the city this weekend.

A Mario Kart tournament is one of the many events taking place in the city this weekend.

Jump into the new year with the celebration of Shen Yun or by attending WeatherFest. Here are a few events happening this weekend:

Friday-Sunday, Jan. 5-7

Celebrate Shen Yun

Guests can experience the lost civilization of ancient China through this performance held by the Shen Yun Performing Arts company. Performers combine ancient legends with technological innovations and historically authentic costumes with animated backdrops. They let classical Chinese dance do the storytelling and share beautifully diverse ethnic and folk traditions. $85-$154.

Times vary. The Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive. 512-457-5100.

Saturday, Jan. 6

TalkAbout presents discussion about the internet

TalkAbout is a new program that facilitates casual Saturday morning conversations with exhibiting artists and the people who inspire them. This program will focus on art and the world wide web with artist Rachel Stuckey, plus guest artists Melanie Clemmons, Rachel Weil, Bug Davidson and Sean Ripple. Coffee, mimosas, and snacks will be provided. Free.

11:30 a.m. Women & Their Work, 1710 Lavaca St., Austin. 512-477-1064.

Compete in a video-game tournament

Sign-up begins 30 minutes prior to start time, and the first 32 people are guaranteed a spot to play. All ages are welcome. Controllers will be provided but participants may also bring their own. All dates are seed tournaments for the grand championship at the Central Library on Jan. 18. Tournaments now played with Mario Kart 8 on the Wii U. Free.

Noon. Hampton Branch at Oak Hill, 5125 Convict Hill Road. 512-974-9900.

Sunday, Jan. 7

Learn about the weather at annual WeatherFest

The American Meteorological Society will host its 17th Annual WeatherFest that will explore weather, water and climate. A number of booths will be open that afternoon so guests can talk with organizations such as the Austin Watershed Protection Department and the National Weather Service. Free.

Noon-4 p.m. Austin Convention Center, 500 East Cesar Chavez St., Austin. 617-226-3916.


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