A botox fundraiser, a mandala auction and 7 more things to do in Central Austin this weekend, Sept. 22-24

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Friday, Sept. 22

1. The stars align in Austin

Although sold out, the Harvey Can’t Mess With Texas Hurricane Harvey relief concert will be broadcast on 11 TEGNA stations and live-streamed here from 9-11 p.m. There will be performances by Willie Nelson, Paul Simon, James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt and Leon Bridges and appearances from Matthew McConaughey, Dan Rather, Renee Zellweger and Austin Mayor Steve Adler, among others.

2. Femme Fridays kicks off with “Persepolis”

The Bullock Museum’s first Femme Friday of the 2017-18 season is “Persepolis,” co-written and co-directed by Marjane Satrapi, who wrote the autobiographical graphic novel of the same name on which the film is based. The film follows a precocious and outspoken Iranian girl who grows up during the 1979 revolution. After the screening, there will be a question-and-answer session. 7 p.m. Tickets are $3-$5 and can be purchased here. Texas Spirit Theater, 1800 Congress Ave., Austin.

3. A Botox benefit for Harvey relief 

Plastic surgery practice TOC Eye and Face hosts a casual happy hour from 7-10 p.m. to benefit the American Red Cross Hurricane Harvey relief fund. The first 50 guests will receive a gift card for 20 units of Botox, and there will be free appetizers and drinks, as well as a raffle, silent auction, chair massages, a professional photo booth and live music. The office is located at 3705 Medical Pkwy., Ste. 120, Austin. www.toceyeandface.com

Friday, Sept. 22-Sunday, Sept. 24

4. Texas Tribune Fest turns 7

The Texas Tribune brings together some of the biggest names in Texas politics to discuss the state’s—and nation’s—most pressing issues. This year’s line-up includes than 60 sessions covering education, climate change, President Trump and the role of the media. Speakers include former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson, Houston Police Department Chief Art Acevedo, Austin Mayor Steve Adler, Lance Armstrong and a host of reporters and state representatives. A full program can be found here. Registration rates vary and can be purchased here.

Saturday, Sept. 23

5. Pub crawl for a good cause

After a successful inauguration last year, Pints & Pedals returns to support the House that Beer Built. All proceeds go toward Austin Habitat for Humanity’s efforts to build homes for low-income families in Austin. Enjoy a ride spanning four breweries, with snacks along the way. Registration includes a drink at each location, snacks at first stop Kung Fu Saloon, an event tank top and beer koozie and a bandana from starting location Pinthouse Pizza. 11 a.m.-4p.m. $25. Bike ride starts at Pinthouse Pizza, 4729 Burnet Road, Austin. More information can be found here.

6. Mandalas for Kristin to raise money for cancer treatment

More than 70 artists are creating original mandalas to be sold in a silent auction benefitting Kristin Heaton Peabody, co-owner of Hiatus Spa + Retreat in Austin. Peabody has stage 4 metastatic head and neck cancer and is no longer a candidate for conventional treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation. However, she is aiming to participate in what she hopes will be a life-saving clinical trial by raising $1.1 million through this event, which has been organized by her mother and local artist Jan Heaton. 6:30-9 p.m. Davis Gallery, 837 W. 12th St., Austin. 512-477-4929. Learn more about the fundraiser here.

7. Get to work at Blair Woods

Blair Woods, a 10-acre urban preserve in East Austin, hosts a work day from 8-11 a.m. Volunteers will help with invasive plant removal, trail and facilities maintenance, habitat restoration and other projects based on the needs of the preserve. Sign up by calling Christopher Murray at 512-219-8425 or emailing him at christophermurra@hotmail.com. Blair Woods is located at 5401 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Austin.

Saturday, Sept. 23-Sunday, Sept. 24

8. Jumpstart autumn at the Pecan Street Festival 

The Pecan Street Association throws its annual Fall Pecan Street Festival to raise funds to help preserve the historic Sixth Street district—Pecan Street was its original name. The festival includes dozens of arts and crafts vendors as well as live music from Tres Oui, Jackie Venson, Booher and more across three stages. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. (Sat.), 11 a.m.-8 p.m. (Sun.) Free. Sixth Street, Austin. 512-485-3190. www.pecanstreetfestival.org

9. Join Harry, Ron and Hermione for a magical evening

Texas Performing Arts and the Austin Symphony Orchestra present “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” at the Bass Concert Hall. The orchestra will perform John Williams’ score live as the movie is screened as part of the Harry Potter film concert series. 7:30 p.m. (Sat.), 1 p.m. (Sun.) $36.50-$101.50. Bass Concert Hall, 2350 Robert Dedman Drive, Austin. 512-471-2787. Find more information here.

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Emma Freer

Emma Freer began covering Central Austin for Community Impact Newspaper in 2017. In addition to reporting on local businesses, she also writes about the city's higher education community and topics such as the DACA program, local animal shelters' response to Hurricane Harvey and redistricting in Texas. She recently graduated from Columbia Journalism School.

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