2012’s Apologies served as a reset for Ramirez, so the local songwriter took his time in crafting follow-up Fables. It was worth the wait. Released on rising roots powerhouse Thirty Tigers, Fables still traffics in stark honesty and unwavering introspection as its author takes a hard look at the fictions we tell ourselves. Thursday’s release show capstones three years of local fan base building championed by the Cactus as he prepares for broader national exposure. – Doug Freeman
Cactus Cafe, Texas Union, UT campus
Iceland’s Kaleo have conquered Austin. After a live debut on their home continent in 2012, the indie popsters’ self-titled debut went gold just a year later. “All the Pretty Girls” in 2014 got them signed to Atlantic Records, after which they relocated locally, where they’re working on their sophomore album. They join Hozier in bringing bluesy folk-rock back into the mainstream. – María Núñez
Shady Grove, 1624 Barton Springs Rd.
A peerless classic, Kubrick's film is a complete and total film experience, magnificent in its scope and expression, singular in its vision and ambition. And this is the way Kubrick's groundbreaking monument was meant to be seen: in mind-boggling 70mm.
7PM, Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress
In this science-fiction thriller, a team of grad students invent mind-reading technology that destroys their lives and threatens the future of free will. Writer/director Sullins will be present for a Q&A.
9PM, Flix Brewhouse, 2200 S. I-35, Round Rock
This made-in-Austin film tells the story of a college dropout and a career criminal whose paths collide.
7:15PM, Violet Crown Cinema, 434 W. Second
Rajskub's best known for her iconic performance as Chloe on FOX’s 24. Or maybe as It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia's Gail The Snail? Aaaanyway, she's here to bring the funny to the Cap City mainstage, and Eliza Skinner opens. Aug. 26-29. Wed.-Thu., 8pm; Fri.-Sat., 8 & 10:30pm, $17-21
Sarah Saltwick's new play explores how human connection – a romantic relationship, specifically, as embodied by actors Hannah Burkhauser and Joseph Garlock – can progress through sex, isolation, natural and unnatural disasters. Directed by Jess Hutchinson for Groundswell Theatre and Rude Mechs. Through Aug. 29. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. Extra show: Sun., Aug. 30, 2pm, $15
The Off Center, 2211-A Hidalgo, 512/476-7833
Capital T Theatre, the award-winning company that so often brings eruditely violent and bloody fare to Austin stages, now offers Eric Dufault's "bad-ass black comedy about love, underdogs, and cockfighting." Mark Pickell directs a bang-up cast – Kenneth Wayne Bradley, Julia Bauer, Lana Dietrich, Jason Liebrecht, and Jason Newman – in this bloodsportish upheaval, with that Liebrecht playing the rooster(!) Note: The smart money's on you'd-better-make-reservations-quick. Through Sept. 19. Thu.-Sat., 8pm, $15-30
Here the Blanton invites us to explore the "unsanitized" version of those ancient and grisly tales
compiled by the legendary Brothers once upon a time, and this exhibition is predicated on the gorgeous
and, we reckon, unforgettable gouache and pastel drawings
by New York-based Austin native Natalie Frank
. The artist captures a phantasmagoria of narratives in the 40-plus images on display in the soaring gallery
, and the show is accompanied by Frank's new book of Grimmstory illustrations
, a book that was designed by – be still, our calligraphiliac hearts!
– Marian Bantjes
. Recommended? Yes, even if some mad-eyed crone with spiders in her hair warns you to stay away. Be brave, citizen! Be valiant and true, and seek this gathering of vivid treasures within the Blanton! Through Nov. 15
One of the best galleries in the history of Austin? Easily – and still one of the best. And here's a stunning show of venue regulars, which means 1) world-class brilliance on every wall and, ergo, 2) an exhibition not to be missed. For instance: Helmut Barnett! Ellen Heck! Ali Cavanaugh! Jane Radstrom! Ian Shults! June Stratton! Need we go on? Do we have to say "recommended," here? Through Aug. 29
Runway shows, trunk shows, parties, and more will showcase fashion from black designers and industry professionals all weekend at various locations. Go online for a complete list of events and to buy tickets. Thu.-Sun., Aug. 27-30.
Celebrate what would have been our 36th president's 107th birthday with free admission to the museum and cake and refreshments while they last. 10am-4pm. Free.
The Express continue to sit in the top slot of their division despite a recent losing streak. Get out to support them and make sure they stay there. Vs. Salt Lake, Aug. 23-26; vs. Las Vegas, Aug. 27-30, most games at 7:05pm (check schedule). $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.
Erica Nix will PUMP. YOU. UP. Errrr, we mean: Erica Nix will help facilitate your process of change. Early session for bulking up. Second session for long and lean. Thursdays, 6:45pm. $10-15, sliding scale.