What to do in Austin this week: Oct. 27-29

Austin Community College's Eastview Campus on Oct. 27 will host ASL Fusion, an event that includes 11 performances of musical interpretation—including nine from deaf people.

Celebrity sign language interpreter Amber Galloway Gallegos emcees the event, which is now in its sixth year of production. Gallegos recently gained national attention for her musical interpretations at Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago.

"[Gallegos] does a true meaning-based translation," said Lynne Wiesman, Austin Community College professor of American Sign Language, in a news release. "She really does her homework to figure out how to make a song visually accessible. She gets deaf people involved."

ACC's ASL program draws more than 1,000 students each year, according to the community college. Student organization ASL Friends United hosts the ASL Fusion event each year to raise money for student cultural, language and interpreting immersion experiences, an ACC news release states.

The school will stream the event live online here.

6–9 p.m. $10. Austin Community College Eastview Campus, 3401 Webberville Road, Multipurpose Room 8500.

OCT. 27Capital Metro begins selling three-day festival passes for use through Oct. 31–Nov. 2 during the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix race weekend and Fan Fest events. The pass enables unlimited rides on most MetroBus, MetroRapid and MetroRail services. MetroRail and MetroRapid will also offer extended late-night service, while the Night Owl buses will double frequency Halloween night. MetroRail: 6 a.m.–2:30 a.m. (Oct. 31), 10:30 a.m.–midnight (Nov. 1), 8 a.m.–7 p.m. (Nov. 2). $16.50 (three-day festival pass). www.capmetro.org/f1

OCT. 28—Learn how Special Olympics Texas changes the lives of athletes and communities throughout the state during free breakfast at The Starting Line. Attendees are encouraged to RSVP here. 10–11 a.m. Free. IBC Bank–First Equity Community Suite, 8998 Research Blvd. 512-835-9873. www.sotx.org/thestartingline

OCT. 28Trailer Food Tuesdays hosts its final event of 2014 by bringing together a collection of local food-truck favorites for patrons to sample from one location. The event includes 13 food trucks, according to the lineup announced online, as well as live music, family-friendly entertainment and workout lessons. 5–9 p.m. Free. The Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive. 512-474-5664. www.thelongcenter.org/event/trailer-food-tuesdays

OCT. 29—A Halloween-themed community mixer called Quantum Costume Eventus includes a DJ set, live dancing, hula hoop performances, a "Thriller" dance lesson, a costume contest, art vendors and a silent auction, which will help benefit B*TRU ARTS, a nonprofit that promotes Austin-area artistic efforts. 8 p.m.–2 a.m. Free. Lanai Rooftop Lounge, 422 Congress Ave. www.btruarts.org

OCT. 29Skyline, an all-inclusive event featuring sample hand-rolled cigars and custom golf greens, takes place while the sun sets over downtown Austin. The event benefits The Long Reach for the Arts education and outreach programs, which provide free and discounted event tickets to schools and community-based service organizations. 6–9 p.m. $65 (single), $100 (pair). The Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive. 512-474-5664. www.skylineaustin.org

By Joe Lanane
Joe Lanane’s career is rooted in community journalism, having worked for a variety of Midwest-area publications before landing south of the Mason-Dixon line in 2011 as the Stillwater News-Press news editor. He arrived at Community Impact Newspaper in 2012, gaining experience as editor of the company’s second-oldest publication in Leander/Cedar Park. He eventually became Central Austin editor, covering City Hall and the urban core of the city. Lanane leveraged that experience to become Austin managing editor in 2016. He managed eight Central Texas editions from Georgetown to San Marcos. Working from company headquarters, Lanane also became heavily involved in enacting corporate-wide editorial improvements. In 2017, Lanane was promoted to executive editor, overseeing editorial operations throughout the company. The Illinois native received his bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University and his journalism master’s degree from Ball State University.


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