Summer Fun 2014





Tough Ladies in Cinema: To Kill a Mockingbird

This atmospheric Southern Gothic was adapted for the screen by Horton Foote from Harper Lee’s prize-winning novel about a widowed lawyer with two young children who takes on the locally scandalous job of defending a black man falsely accused of raping a white woman. Gregory Peck won an Oscar for his work, and Robert Duvall makes his screen debut as the mythic Boo Radley.

4PM, Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline, 14028 U.S. 183 N.


  • Fixing King John

    The Rude Mechs' resident playwright Kirk Lynn, we're told, years ago set himself the task of "fixing" Shakespeare's plays – at least, the ones that needed fixing. Well, if anybody can do that and do it right, it's Kirk Lynn. And now here come those Rudes and their talented friends with the first fixed play, about "one of history's shittiest kings, so obsessed with his own legacy that he drives his country to war, is willing to kill women and children, and rejects the authority of God and church." We reckon this thing will kick your ass in a most pleasurable fashion. Bonus: Even just the cast is to swoon for, you lucky theatregoers. Through Nov. 24. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 2 & 8pm $25

    The Off Center, 2211-A Hidalgo, 512/476-7833

  • The Cherry Bowl

    Gnap! Theatre Projects presents this commedia dell'arte-inspired adaptation of The Cherry Orchard, conceived and directed by Ben Schave – one of Austin's kings of physical comedy – and featuring a ridiculously talented cast (Joey Hood! Kerri Lendo! Michael Jastroch! Others!) performing this version of Chekhov's masterpiece entirely without dialogue. Tell you what: This is gonna be some wild, kazoo-spiked antics right here. Through Nov. 23. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $15 ($8, students, seniors; pay what you wish, Thursdays)

    Salvage Vanguard Theater, 2803 Manor Rd., 512/474-7886

  • There Is a Happiness That Morning Is

    You'd think the busy novelist Katherine Catmull wouldn't have time to spend delighting us onstage these days … but then, how could anyone resist starring opposite the talented Jason Phelps in this Mickle Maher comedy about two college professors who, overcome by the poetry of William Blake, have sex on the lawn of their campus in front of their students? And this new show (by the playwright responsible for Spirits to Enforce, remember?) is directed by Mark Pickell for Capital T Theatre. How great is this show? Our reviewer tells you that right here.Through Nov. 23. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $15-30

    Hyde Park Theatre, 511 W. 43rd, 512/479-7529

  • Art.Science.Gallery: Eclosion

    This is a juried group show of insect-inspired art, held in conjunction with the 61st annual meeting of the Entomological Society of America, and featuring 57 works (by 44 artists) chosen by Dr. Mark Moffett (National Geographic), Dr. Walter Tschinkel (University of Florida), Dr. David Maddison (Oregon State University) and Dr. Diane Ullman (University of California at Davis). Through Dec. 1. Canopy, 916 Springdale.


  • grayDUCK Gallery: The Singing Bone

    Artists Stephanie Chambers, Katy Horan, and Kathleen Lolley use Old World flavors and dark folktales in their acrylic paintings and mixed-media paper collages, and the sight of these images will please your adult eyes while, quite possibly, stirring a few childhood fears. Recommended. Reception: Fri., Oct. 18, 7-9pm. Exhibition: Through Nov. 17.

    grayDUCK Gallery, 2213 E. Cesar Chavez, 512/826-5334,

  • Laurie Anderson: Landfall

    This kaleidoscopic exhibition at UT's glorious Visual Arts Center showcases the work of performance artist and music innovator Anderson, offering a physical and visual manifestation of her intensely rhythmic multimedia performance. Even though the concert itself was, sadly, cancelled. Through Dec. 7.

    Visual Arts Center, 23rd and Trinity

  • Thirst

    It ain't Yggdrasil, but we reckon that the white tree in the middle of Lady Bird Lake is going to evoke all manner of mythic response, as Women & Their Work present an iconic vision acknowledging the power of water and memorializing the loss of the 300 million trees that died in the Texas drought of 2011. The results of a vast collaborative effort by Beili Liu, Emily Little, Norma Yancey, Cassie Bergstrom, and many others, the installation also features 14,000 prayer flags that loop for 2.5 miles between the Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge and the First Street Bridge. On display: Through Dec. 20.

    Lady Bird Lake between First Street and the pedestrian bridge

  • Tiny Park: Still Life: Nocturne

    The artist Nick Brown explores Southern California's coast at night with a camera and headlamp, waiting for low tide, photographing the creatures and plant life left in shallow pools when waves recede. The resulting spot-lit photographs become source material for his thickly impasto'd oil paintings. Obvious key words: Thickly impasto'd. More subtle key words: Totally gorgeous. Bonus: Musical soundtrack composed and recorded by the Los Angeles duo Cardoo. Through Nov. 30. Saturdays, noon-5pm.

    Tiny Park, 1101 Navasota #2

  • Community

    • Texas Conference On Civic Life

      Citizens discuss the future of civic life and how we can work together toward greater civic health. 8:30am-5:30pm. $45 general admission, $15 students.

      UT Belo Center For New Media, 300 W. Dean Keeton

    • Beauty360 Expo

      In conjunction with the Race for the Cure this weekend is a wonderland of health, beauty, and wellness. What better way to look good after a 5K run then a bit of pampering. A portion of the proceeds goes back to Susan G. Komen Austin. Sat.-Sun., Nov. 9-10, 10am-5pm. $15 ($25, two-day ticket).

      Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd.

    • Brass Ovaries: Cherry Bomb

      Those sexy pole riders take things up a notch, literally. Things get aerial as trapeze, hammock, and pole performers take to the air accompanied by music and dressed in retro rags. Come dressed to impress so you don't stand out too much. 9pm. $25 ($20, advance).

      Getaway Motor Club, 3000 Thompson

    • Fall Festival & Corn Maze

      Sure, the live music, pumpkin painting, farm animals, and 2,000 square foot jumping pillow are cool, but we're really just in it for the 5 acre, Willie Nelson-themed corn maze. We're not sure what that entails, but if we're not high by the end we're asking for our money back. Saturdays & Sundays through Nov. 10, 10am. $10 ($7, kids).

      Barton Hill Farms, 1115 FM 969, Bastrop

    • Austin Insect Rodeo

      Introduce kids to the friendly side of the crawling and flying friends with an insect petting zoo, a pollination station, honey tasting, termite NASCAR, games, crafts, and more. Teachers can pre-register and get the know-how on the additional-legged creatures that can be taken back to the classroom. 8:45am-1:30pm. Free.

      Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress, 608/232-1410

    • American Home Brewers Association Rally

      Meet and greet other home brewers and share their brews, recruit new members to your club, enjoy brewery tours, vendor booths, food from Stanley's Farmhouse Pizza, a Beerist podcast, and door prizes. Admission is free to AHA members. 1-4pm.

      Jester King Craft Brewery, 13005 Fitzhugh Rd., Bldg. B, 512/537-5100

    • Texas Renaissance Festival

      The fantasy world of Olde England and faraway lands comes alive with fun, food, and shopping for all ages. Weekends, Nov. 2-Dec. 1.

      Plantersville, 800/458-3435

    • Wurstfest

      Celebrate the best of the wurst at the biggest sausage party in the state with music, food, carnival rides, and more. Fri.-Sun., Nov. 1-10.

      New Braunfels, 800/221-4369

    • Polo & Party

      Tailgate with the family and come out for a match of polo. Food can also be purchased on the premises. Proceeds go to Texas Equine and Canine Rescue. The first weekend (Sept. 21-22) is free. Weekends through Nov. 23, 2-10pm. $10 (free, kids).

      The Austin Polo Club, 13628 Gregg Manor Rd., Manor, 512/971-5852

    • St. Edward's Volleyball

      Thu., Nov. 7, 7pm, vs. UA Fort Smith. Sat., Nov. 9, noon, vs. Dallas Baptist. $5.

      Recreation and Convocation Center, 3001 S. Congress

    • Texas Stars

      Our boys on the ice return from their road trip with a three-game home stand. Fri. & Sat., Nov. 8 & 9, 7pm, vs. Milwaukee; Wed., Nov. 13, 7:30pm, vs. Abbotsford. $17-47.

      Cedar Park Center, 2100 Avenue of the Stars, Cedar Park, 512/600-5000

    • Gretchen's Disco Plague (It's Infectious!), Christeene, kand MEN

      Between these three, it's safe to say at least six of the seven deadly sins are covered. Maybe not Wrath. They're all pretty mellow. 9pm. $5; $10 under 21.

      Cheer Up Charlie's, 900 Red River, 512/524-1111