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The Lord of the Rings Drive-in Marathon: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

At once a fanboy's wet dream and an engaging, emotionally supercharged epic adventure. Read a full review of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.

8:15PM, Blue Starlite Drive-In at Austin Studios, 1901 E. 51st

Prince Memorial: Purple Rain

Cry along with the doves.

1PM, Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth

Purple Rain

Cry with the doves.

3:15PM and 9:25PM, iPic Theaters Austin, 3225 Amy Donovan Plaza

  • Arena

    Here's a night of dance created inside a dressage riding school – that's horses, podner – with a beautiful view of the Hill Country from Fair Oaks Farm. It's also a night of family-style supper following the show, with a different cook each night serving hearty meals from chicken pozole to roasted whole pig, and jugs of wine and beer. That sounds enticing enough, but here's why this whole unique event is legit and recommended: choreography by Jennifer Sherburn; lighting design by Natalie George; live music by Justin Sherburn. Through May 1. Sat.-Sun., 7:30pm, $20 (show); $45 (show + dinner)

    1001 Brownson, Driftwood.

  • Tapestry Dance Company: Passing It Forward

    How does an individual navigate the complexities of race, culture, gender identity, and equal rights to reach the American Dream? This world premiere by Acia Gray explores just that, featuring the spoken-word artistry of Zell Miller III and new works of tap dance set to a musical score of hip-hop, jazz, and American classics. Bonus: Zein Al-Jundi. Through May 1. Thu.-Fri., 8pm; Sat., 2 & 8pm; Sun., 2pm

    Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside, 512/474-5664

  • Field Guide

    The Rude Mechs' latest action-packed spectacle – commissioned by Yale Repertory Theatre – does a tricky tarantella across thin-ice patches of intellectualism, spiritualism, sensualism and hedonism mixed with stand-up comedy, stompy dancing, and a cardboard bear and his geometric friends. See our review right here. Through April 30. Thu.-Sat., 8pm, $5-35

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

  • Hamlet

    Present Company Theatre's Stephanie Carll directs a fierce cast – Joseph Garlock and Judd Farris among them – in Shakespeare's most classic classic, done up all PCT-style for modern impact in the regicidal darkness. "Seven actors. 28 characters. Five flashlights. Hundreds of lightbulbs." Through May 9. Thu.-Sun., 8pm. Extra shows: Mon., May 2 & 9, 8pm, Free (donations gladly accepted)

    Museum of Human Achievement, Springdale & Lyons, 262/880-6982

  • Art City Austin

    The city's big annual art fair moves to the Palmer Events Center and features an outdoor art fair with works in paint, photography, fiber, wood, glass, and more, showcasing more than 120 artists and contemporary galleries from Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, and right here in the ATX. With a catered evening reception on Friday; with KGSR's Black Fret Music Stage; with entertainment for kids of all ages. It's a big three-day hullaballoo filled with art, art, and art. See website for details. Fri.-Sun., April 29-May 1, $10-50

    Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd.

  • Art on 5th: What's Done in the Dark

    The internationally acclaimed painter Gabe Leonard, inspired by cinematic depictions of the Great Depression and Prohibition times, presents his Noir collection that reveals the world of gangsters, G-men, lovers, and loners. Through May 14

    Art on 5th, 3005 S. Lamar, 512/481-1111

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