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Brunch, Black art and local bops: What to do this weekend in Austin

(The Driskill)

The weekend is finally upon us and with temperatures largely staying above 60 degrees Saturday and Sunday, you’ll want to soak up all the spring weather you can get. Whether you’re in the mood for a boozy brunch, wandering around an art museum or listening to some local tunes, you can find it here in town.

Whether you’re painfully free all weekend or just need a little bit to supplement your agenda, try out one of these weekend activities.

Brunch at 1886 Cafe & Bakery | 604 Brazos St.

Start out the day with everyone’s favorite urban pastime: brunch. If you haven’t yet been to the historic Driskill Hotel’s cafe, 1886 Cafe & Bakery, it’s high time you tried one of its Texas-shaped waffles. You’ll find all the brunch staples like migas and eggs benedict but you’ll also spot some unique additions, like a cauliflower steak topped with jalapeno chimichurri or the Brazos Huevos Rancheros, topped with cotija cheese.

Best of all, 1886 Cafe doesn’t even take reservations so there’s no need to reserve ahead of time.

New Acquisitions by Contemporary Black Artists at the Blanton Museum of Art | 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.

An installation to celebrate Black artists across the nation, “Assembly,” was made possible by an anonymous donor who wanted to ameliorate the underrepresentation of Black art. Including sculptures, paintings, drawings, photographs, textiles and more produced between 1980 and 2019, the subject matter is diverse but comes back to a root theme: “the long afterlife of slavery.” Works include a resin sculpture made with raw cotton from artist Kevin Beasley’s family’s farm and a neon sculpture made by Cauleen Smith, commemorating the life of Sandra Bland, a Black woman who died in police custody.

Admission runs $5 for children and $12 for adults.

​Continental Club | 1315 S. Congress Ave.

Close the day out with a jazzy night at the historic Continental Club, which starts music out early in the day and goes deep into the night.

Saturday: Starting at 3:30 p.m., “Mr. Honky-Tonk Piano” Earl Poole Ball will take the stage with a cover-free show of re-inspired classic country.

Next up is a couple of Continental Club regulars The Peterson Brothers, dubbed the “baddest cats in the world” by Gary Clark Jr., who will take the stage at 8 p.m. Catch their jazz/funk sound for $17 in advance.

Later into the evening, Greyhounds, another Continental Club staple, will start their uniquely danceable set at 10 p.m. for a $15 cover. The last set of the night, East Austin native Nikki DaVaughn’s soul and funk tunes will start at midnight.


Sunday: Sunday’s music won’t run quite as late but still kicks off with a free show from Marshall Hood, nephew of singer-songwriter Champ Hood, starting at 2:30 p.m.

Earl Poole Ball returns with the band Heybale!, which claims to be the “most popular country supergroup in Austin. The band, which has been performing at the Continental Club since 2000, takes the stage at 6:30 p.m. for a $10 cover.

The final show of the night, Willie Pipkin & Friends will take to the stage at 9:30 p.m. Expect a mix of bluegrass, swing, jazz and rock at this show, with a $7 cover at the door.


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