A slight man in a starchy blazer, with long fingers that strike minor melodies and eagle eyes searching for humanity and love in complicated times, Austin’s Gary Graves proves captivating in presence alone. Then, when he opens his mouth, he reveals a voice as graceful as a bird in flight. Long before he released last year’s euphoric Till the End of Time, the Houston native practiced his poetic folk textures as an open-mic co-host at the Cactus Cafe, where he returns. – Kevin Curtin
Cactus Cafe, Texas Union, UT campus
7:15PM, Stateside at the Paramount, 719 Congress
In the late 1800s, two sisters and their servant watch a third sister on her deathbed. Through flashbacks and actions in the present, their individual stories unfold and their legacy of deception and callousness emerges.
7:30PM, The Marchesa Hall & Theatre, 6406 N. I-35
Acclaimed author Marion Winik jets down from Baltimore to introduce three new collections of essays out from new e-publisher Shebooks: Guesswork, The End of the World as We Know It, and August in Paris. Recommended. Thu., July 17, 7pm (2014)
BookWoman, 5501 N. Lamar Ste. 105-A, 512/472-2785
Paper Chairs presents the touring version of this popular show of backwoodsy, homicidal, musical Americana – written by Elizabeth Doss, scored by Mark Stewart, directed by Keri Boyd, and featuring Kelli Bland as The Sherrif among a lively cast of ne'er-do-wells and slaughtered innocents. "Part slapstick exorcism and part ramshackle hoedown, this play investigates the many ways and whys we carry out a death sentence." And when we say "touring version," we mean it's fixin' to turn some of your favorite Texas watering holes into dens of foot-stomping, theatrical iniquity. Two Austin performances: Tue., July 15, 9pm; Cheer Up Charlie's, 900 Red River. Thu., July 17, 9pm; The Longbranch Inn, 1133 E. 11th. $5-10
Artist Jamie Rhodes, recently diagnosed with a severe allergy to the common alloy nickel, presents a collection of vivid photographs of things she can no longer safely touch. Printed large and glossy on sheets of aluminum and separated by pairs of the gloves Rhodes must constantly wear, this series greets the eyes with a bold Whasssup, human? and interrogates the complexities of flesh. Through July 20.
Salvage Vanguard Theater, 2803 Manor Rd., 512/474-7886
We're going to recommended this show above all others in town right now, because what figurative painters Sara and Shane Scribner
have rendered in oils on panel is about as gorgeous as art can be
when it's also a little unsettling, a little Shirley Jackson-wise creepy and compelling, and this collection of originals puts a fine shadowy chill into summer's fiery onslaught. Through Aug. 2
Wally Workman Gallery, 1202 W. Sixth, 512/472-7428
Bring the kids to get a taste of the outdoors with hikes, garden fun, interactive education, and more. Every week has a theme, go to their website for more info. Thursdays, June 12- July 17, 5-8pm. Free.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse, 512/232-0100
The Express host a four-game series against the Iowa Cubs before heading to Oklahoma City to face the Redhawks. Sunday, July 20 is H-E-B Kids Day. Thu.,-Sun., July 17-20, 7:05pm. $7-16.
Dell Diamond, 3400 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock, 512/255-2255
Loads of cyclists take part in this friendly, socially paced ride of 12 to 15 miles. Riders will stop for cars and try not to block intersections along the way. This adult ride concludes at a different bar each week. Thursdays, 7pm. Free.
Festival Beach, 2101 Bergman