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AIDS Services of Austin: The Sound of Music Sing-Along

Saturday's screening is hosted by Rebecca Havemeyer. Purchase advance tickets through ASA, and all proceeds will benefit the organization in addition to providing admission to a preparty, premier seating, and free parking.

7PM, Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress

  • Once There Were Six Seasons

    Here's the world premiere of what we were lucky enough to get a taste of as a workshop production a while back: A truly magnificent work of theatre. Watch, amazed, as Caroline Reck and Glass Half Full present this … ah … well, imagine a complex series of living dioramas about environmental changes that occur over thousands and thousands of years – and now see those dioramas morph from one to the next, live, as you watch. It's no wonder The Henson Foundation is backing this astonishing accomplishment in puppetry and scenic manipulation, and you know we're giving it our highest recommendation. Through June 7. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 6pm. $12-20

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

  • Big Medium: Pillow Book as Inheritance

    Terri Thomas – whose shows are always a welcome spectacle of technical brilliance, stunning graphics, and arch humor – explores notions of birthright through her variation of a Japanese Shunga Pillow Book: a folded-paper manual on the ways of intimacy, with explicitly illustrated sexual advice. Highly recommended. Through June 7. Fri.-Sat., noon-6pm.

    Canopy, 916 Springdale

  • grayDUCK Gallery: Venomous Cabbage and Other Demands Satisfied

    San Antonio's Leigh Anne Lester inaugurates the new grayDUCK space with her intricately detailed representations of plant species, inspired by genetic modification and evoking thoughts on the environmental effects humans may be creating. Gorgeous work on the Eastside. Through June 1.

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

    • Maifest at German Texan Heritage Society

      German beer, German music, German dancing, and Texas beers. A recipe for a fine celebration. Add in a mai pole, marionettes, games, magic, and more and you have a great reason to don the lederhosen. 11am-6pm. $10.

      German Texan Heritage Society, 507 E. 10th

    • Austin Aztex

      The Aztex will host the Midland-Odessa Sockers before heading up to Mississippi for a two game series with the Brilla. For more, see "Soccer Watch," p.XX. 7:30pm. $10.

      House Park, 1301 Shoal Creek Blvd., 512/335-8881

    • Round Rock Express

      The Express finish up a four game series with the Zephyrs before hosting the Storm Chasers. Sunday is H-E-B Kids Day, with pre-game events and a post-game run of the bases. Vs. New Orleans, May 29 & 30, 7:05pm; Vs. Omaha, May 31-June 3, 7:05pm. $7-16.

      Dell Diamond, 3400 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock, 512/255-2255

    • Texas Roller Derby

      The Rhinestone Cowgirls are still smarting from a controversial loss to the Putas Del Fuego a few years ago, so expect some hard hits and flaring tempers. 6pm. $15.

      Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd.

    • Texas Rollergirls Double Header

      Old school! If you’ve only ever seen the Texas Rollergirls skate at the Austin Convention Center, you never saw the old, smash mouth, punk rock, chaotic days of Roller Derby. For one night only, the original flat track league revives that early madcap energy with a special bout at their South Austin training facility, the Blood Shed. Skaters will be setting aside uniforms for the DIY ethos of made boutfits, the crowd will be close enough to hear the wheel bearings squeal, and there’ll even be live music, courtesy of fuzzed-up garage rockers the Ghetto-Birds. But if the feel of the night may be like back in the day, the rivalries are right up to date. The Hustlers will play every vintage card in the pack to take down last year’s league champions, the Honky Tonk Heartbreakers, when they line up in the opening bout. After that, the Hotrod Honeys may be this year’s front runners to take the Heartbreakers’ title, but when they face off against the insurgent Hell Marys in the night’s main event, it’s certain to be one for the history books. - Richard Whittaker 5pm. $15-40 ($10-20, kids).

      The Blood Shed, 6110 Trade Center Drive Ste. 101-B

    • Big Gay Garage Sale

      "Fabulous for fab-u-less," they say. They also say, "Coffee! Snacks! Weiners!" So, time's a-wastin'. Get over there, buy some junk, and benefit aGLIFF. 8am-2pm. Free.

      1427 Suffolk

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