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Summer Film Classics: Hoop Dreams

Groundbreaking documentary follows five years in the lives of two promising high school basketball players from Chicago. Read a full review of Hoop Dreams.

7PM, Stateside at the Paramount, 719 Congress

  • The Austin Puppet Incident

    No, this has nothing to do with that whole Fragile Rock debacle on America's Got Talent, this is about local and national puppet artists performing short, original works. Funny, sweet, deep, enchanting – it's all here, but, note, it's definitely for adult audiences. Presented by Trouble Puppet and Glass Half Full Theatre, you know this is gonna be good. July 29-30. Fri.-Sat., 8 & 10pm, $10-20

    The Back Pack Co-Lab, 2400 E. Cesar Chavez #206.

  • Art.Science.Gallery.: Contemporary Art about Evolutionary Biology

    One of our favorite galleries in this art-loving town presents an evolution-themed exhibition in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Evolution, the Society of Systematic Biologists, and the American Society of Naturalists. Dig it: real art and real science. Through July 30

    Art.Science.Gallery., In the Canopy compound, 916 Springdale #102, 512/522-8278

  • grayDUCK Gallery: Midas

    This year's "Eyes Got It!" winner Rachel Wolfson Smith presents her series of large graphite drawings, bringing medieval battles and fables into the modern age with stunning, monochrome beauty and power. "I interpret the allure and consequences of King Midas' wish as drawings of race scenes reminiscent of Renaissance battle paintings," says Smith, "and gold-leafed stars, like gilded icons, hovering in the night sky above expensive cars that lost control." We look on, thunderstruck – and reckon you will, too, citizen. Through Aug. 21

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

  • Mac Blake

    Come on, citizen, it's Mac Blake. If you've been in this town for a while and checked out the comedy scene at all, you know this guy's one of the funniest around – the winner of 2013's Funniest Person In Austin honors, even. And when he's not rocking the stage with his Stag Comedy troupe, Blake's slaying the crowds with the kind of stand-up you'll see at the venerable Velv tonight, with that sharp-as-a-caltrop Amber Bixby hosting. July 29-30. Fri., 9pm; Sat., 9 & 11pm, $10

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

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