Town Hall meeting, George A. Romero tribute and more events for Southwest Austinites to attend this weekend

The Rattle Inn is hosting a guacamole contest Sunday.

The Rattle Inn is hosting a guacamole contest Sunday.

Kick off the weekend early at a Town Hall Thursday evening where residents will have the chance to meet the finalists for the city's director of libraries position. Here are a few other events going on in Southwest Austin this weekend:

Thu., July 27

McCormick Middle School Meet the finalist for the director of libraries at the Town Hall Meeting.[/caption]

Town Hall Meeting

Meet the finalist for the director of libraries position. The previous director oflLibraries, Brenda Branch, retired Dec. 31 after nearly 40 years of service with the City of Austin. Candidates will give a short speech of three to five minutes each and then will take questions from the audience. An informal meet and greet will follow to give members of the public an opportunity to speak with the candidates on a more personal level. After the Town Hall, Interim Assistant City Manager Sara Hensley will decide which one or two candidates will move forward to a final interview July 28 with Interim City Manager Elaine Hart.

6:30-8:30 p.m. Carver Branch Library, 1161 Angelina St. 512-974-7400. library.austintexas.gov

Fri., July 28

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Art of Six Lecture Series: Inspired by Nature
The City of Austin Cultural Arts Division is hosting its monthly lecture series that will explore the historical inspiration of nature within art. A panel of speakers —Jennifer Hill, Greta Olivas and Daniel Rivera—will host a discussion about how nature has served as one of art's greatest inspirations. Free.

6-8 p.m. Austin City Hall, 201 West 2nd Street, Austin. 512-974-7870. www.austintexas.gov/artaftersix

Sat., July 29

Pong to Pokemon: The Evolution of Electronic Gaming

The Bullock Texas State History Museum is hosting an interactive, inside look at the games that have shaped electronic gaming and those that will shape its future. Visitors will have the chance to play early home computer games like ZORK I, arcade console games like Ms. PacMan, home game consoles and handhelds from the 1970s and 1980s such as Super Mario Bros., and modern home games such as Guitar Hero. The exhibition will remain open until March 18, 2018. $9-$13.

9 a.m.-5 p.m. Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress Ave. 512-936-8746. www.thestoryoftexas.com

Blue Starlite Drive-In George A. Romero tribute

Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In is hosting tribute screenings in remembrance of the “Father of Zombie Films” George A. Romero. Saturday’s showing is “Night of the Living Dead.” Concession are available. Tickets start at $5 .

11 p.m. 12419 Lowden Lane, Manchaca. https://www.bluestarlitedrivein.com

Sun., July 30

Rattle Inn "Rock Out with your Guac Out!" Guacamole Contest

Rattle Inn hosts its inaugural "Rock Out with you Guac Out" Guacamole Contest this Sunday. Guacamole, drink specials, raffle prizes, and live music from the Michael Dillard band will be available. The $10 entry fee to judge and taste the guacamole also includes a boat of tortilla chips, a commemorative pint glass, raffle tickets, and additional swag. Guests not participating in the tasting or judging are welcome to attend for free.
5-10 p.m. Rattle Inn, 610 Nueces St. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rattle-inns-inaugural-rock-out-with-your-guac-out-tickets-35985079341


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