If it's July, this must be Cyprus -- if you're in Ballet Austin, anyway. The local dance company has returned to the Mediterranean island for the third year in a row to conduct a three-week dance intensive. BA artistic director Lambros Lambrou, a native Cypriot, leads the workshop, along with a handful of dancers and choreographers from the ballet and a couple of other local dance companies. Joining Lambrou this year are BA principal dancers Nadya Zybine and Rafael Padilla, Andrea Beckham of Sharir Dance Company, and Nicholas Young of Tapestry Dance Company. The intensive began this past Monday and continues through July 24. For more info, call 476-9051.
If you're reading this before 7pm on Thursday, July 10, it's not too late to make Contact, that is, the special screening of the big new movie starring Jodie Foster and Matthew McConaughey. McConaughey, the film's producer (and new Austinite) Lynda Obst, and local hero Richard Linklater are hosting a preview showing at the Paramount to benefit the Austin Film Society's Texas Filmmakers' Production Fund and the Austin Circle of Theatres' AusTix/The Box Office program, the front half of which provides half-price tickets to many performing arts events in town, the back half of which provides a centralized source of tickets to most area music, dance, and theatre events. Both are well worth your support. Tickets to the screening are $20. For info, call The Box Office, 454-TIXS, or the Austin Film Society, 322-0145.
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