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.


MOST RECENT

Maj. Vito Errico, left, and Maj. Jason Zuniga are co-directors of Army Futures Command's Software Factory, for which the first cohort of soldiers started in January. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
From a rifle to a keyboard: Army Futures Command opens Software Factory at downtown ACC campus

Twenty-five soldiers started in January as part of the Software Factory's first cohort. Gen. Mark Milley, chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will be at the Rio Grande campus for a ribbon-cutting April 15.

Mobile Loaves & Fishes leaders and Community First Village residents unveiled the planned third and fourth phases of the Austin development for the formerly homeless April 14. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin's Community First Village for the formerly homeless announces 127-acre, 1,400-home expansion

Officials with the community, which is intended for residents who have experienced chronic homelessness, said that two new expansion phases are expected to begin development in 2022.

Photo of a sign that says "Travis County"
Travis County establishes new emergency rental assistance program for 2021

The program will provide $10.7 million in aid to county residents struggling to pay rent due to the pandemic.

Plank Seafood Provisions opened inside The Domain in late March. (Courtesy Richard Casteel)
Seafood spot opens in The Domain; All Star Liquor now serving Georgetown and more Central Texas news

Read the latest business and community news from the Central Texas area.

Federal funding is set aside for public schools to address effects of the pandemic. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Why Texas has not yet distributed $18 billion in federal funds intended for public schools

As budget decisions loom for school districts across Texas, state leaders are holding on to federal funds intended for public schools to use in addressing the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas said power outages are not expected April 13, while requesting energy conservation. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)
UPDATE: ERCOT call for energy conservation ends April 13 without need for power outages

An ERCOT official said "tight" supply and demand conditions arose on the state's electric grid April 13 due to forecasting issues amid planned, seasonal maintenance outages by some power generators.

Photo of hands holding a vaccine vial
After Austin Public Health appointments go unfilled, officials call for new distribution model

On April 12, APH filled 3,400 out of 14,000 available COVID-19 vaccine appointments in a registration window.

Masking continues to be required, with some relaxed circumstances for fully vaccinated residents. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Austin extends COVID-19 health rules through May 18, updates guidance for vaccinated residents

Masking continues to be required, with some relaxed circumstances for fully vaccinated residents.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommended health providers pause distribution of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine April 13. (Olivia Aldridge/Community Impact Newspaper)
State, federal health authorities recommend pause of Johnson & Johnson vaccine after 6 rare, severe blood clots

Hub providers in Dallas, Harris and Travis counties have all announced they will follow the recommendations and pause distribution of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Recipients of the COVID-19 vaccine wait after receiving their shot at the Delco Activity Center in Northeast Austin on March 13. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
National supply issues with Johnson & Johnson vaccine affect Austin-area shipments

After a manufacturing error ruined 15 million doses, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the supply will not increase until the plant in Baltimore is once again allowed to participate in production.