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Summer Film Classics: 70mm: 2001: A Space Odyssey

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

  • Eric Krug

    This former FPIA winner's been on Comedy Central's Live at Gotham and recently performed at Montreal's Just for Laughs Festival. And he's about to vamoose to L.A. for keeps, so catch him (and hilarious opener Yusef Roach) while you can. Aug. 28-29. Fri., 9pm; Sat., 9 & 11pm, $10

    Velveeta Room, 521 E. Sixth, 512/766-8358

  • Mary Lynn Rajskub

    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

    Cap City Comedy Club, 8120 Research #100, 512/467-2333

  • Tender Rough Rough Tender

    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

  • The Year of the Rooster

    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

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

  • Northern Southern: Swimming and Aphotic Zone

    It's easy to be excited by a new group show at Phillip Niemeyer's gallery on Koenig, so of course we're looking forward to seeing what Swimming's nine artists have to offer. But, listen, the venue's also featuring "Aphotic Zone," new works by Shawn Camp – new works in which the industrious creator has taken his already-beautiful style of impasto'd abstractions and given them, in darkness, the magnificence of the aurora borealis. Emphatically, you don't want to miss this show, citizen: It may well light up your best dreams for many nights to come. Saturdays, noon-5pm. Through Sept. 5

    Northern-Southern, 1800 Koenig

  • The Blanton Museum: The Brothers Grimm

    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 eerie 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

    The Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr., 512/471-7324

  • Wally Workman Gallery: 35th Anniversary Show

    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

    Wally Workman Gallery, 1202 W. Sixth, 512/472-7428

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