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    Live at Raul's 40th anniversary bash w/ the Skunks, the Next, the Explosives, Larry Seaman

    “It all runs together for me,” says master singer-songwriter Jon Dee Graham of being the teenage guitarist who replaced Eddie Muñoz in early Austin punk unit the Skunks. “The Raul’s period was so wild and vital to me.”: Graham revisits it Saturday, reuniting with fellow Skunks Jesse Sublett and Billy Blackmon onstage at Sam’s Town Point, marking the 40th anniversary of vintage local punk survey Live at Raul’s, reissued earlier this year. To celebrate, the South Austin Museum of Popular Culture has reassembled much of the LP’s cast besides the Skunks: the Next, Explosives, Standing Waves. After a cardiac incident in Chicago earlier this summer, Graham will be hitting his power chords from a chair.: “I’ve already been through it with Jesse,” affirms Graham. “He said, ‘If we have to roll you in on a gurney, we’ll do it that way!’”: After a 90-minute set at Fitzgerald’s Music Festival, which ended a seven-show run, the guitarist walked offstage to find his car.: “And next thing I knew, I was having my clothes cut off me inside an ambulance,” he says. “Let’s just say I was not well-hydrated. They think possibly my electrolytes might have been out of balance.”: Being out almost five minutes, Graham escaped brain damage but not nerve damage to his legs, hence being chairbound at recent shows.: “I walk with difficulty and with a cane,” he notes, “but every day is incrementally better. I can see a time in one month or six weeks where I’ll be standing up.”: This won’t stop him celebrating the personal watershed that was Live at Raul’s:: “I was 18, and it was the first time I’d ever been on a record. I remember finishing the show and thinking, ‘Well, that was pretty goddamn good!’”
    Sat., Sept. 21, 7pm  
    • Arts

      Dance

      Blue Lapis Light: In Light

      This latest Downtown spectacle of beauty and power from the acclaimed company features aerialists performing off the side of IBC Bank, dancers on Chinese poles, and an ensemble of ground-based performers. This event is not the sort of infrastructural phantasmagoria an arts-lover wants to miss, we reckon – so, yes, you'd best reserve tickets while you can.
      Through Sept. 29. Thu.-Sun., 8pm. $25-65.  
    • Film

      Special Screenings

      Fast Color (2019)

      Family Style: In Fast Color, Mbatha-Raw stars as Ruth, a young woman who is on the run, leaving a trail of seizure-induced earthquakes behind her. Local comic artist Cait Zellers will be in attendance at the Sat., Sept. 21, screening. Plus, $5 tickets for guests ages 17 & under (available at the box office only).
      Sat., Sept. 21, 2:30pm  
    • Community

      Events

      Pecan Street Festival

      This biannual street festival of arts & crafts vendors and live music knows how to party. Try an art class, or just park yourself in front of one of the stages with some handheld food and enjoy a performance. Don't worry about bringing the kids; they'll be busy getting their faces painted, staring rapt at one of the traveling street magicians, or petting zoo animals.
      Sat.-Sun., Sept. 21-22. Free.
      Sixth Street, from Brazos to I-35
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      Nightlife & Parties

      2019 Unite the Fight Gala

      The Equality Alliance – that queer org that raises cash for other (small) queer orgs so they can focus on their mission, while the Alliance helps fund it. So getcher glitzy on for a night of drag, dinner, and divas!
      Sat., Sept. 21, 6:30pm
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      Theatre

      Admissions

      Just in time for the start of the school year, Joshua Harmon's ripped-from-the-headlines show, presented here under the direction of David Jarrott, takes a satirical look at the things some people will do to get their child into the right university. Starring Tim Blackwood, Beth Burroughs, Rebecca Robinson, Tucker Shepherd, Jennie Underwood, and the spectre of white liberal privilege.
      Through Oct. 6. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2:30pm. $23-25.  
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      Community

      AIDS Walk Austin

      Got those boots made for walking? Slip 'em on and head Downtown to raise money for 10 local and statewide AIDS service organizations in Central Texas and to ultimately reduce the number of new HIV infections in Travis County by 50% in the next year. As the walk's first-ever headlining performer, Big Freedia will get walkers bouncing with not one but two performances.
      Sat., Sept. 21, 9am-1pm. Free.
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      Books

      Amy Long: Codependence

      Long's memoir of pain and its paradoxes documents her coming of age as an ambitious young writer plagued by chronic headache and entangled with a boyfriend’s opioid addiction. She presents the book in conversation with another Amy – Austin's own Amy Gentry, no less! – here this night.
      Sat., Sept. 21, 2pm
    • Music

      Anjunadeep Open Air w/ 16BL, Ben Böhmer, Luttrell, Marsh, Öona Dahl, Yotto

      Electro rave: 16BL, Ben Böhmer, Luttrell, Marsh, Öona Dahl, Yotto.
      Sat., Sept. 21, 4pm  
    • Arts

      Dance

      Ballet Austin: Carmina Burana

      Carl Orff's soul-stirring composition built from ancient tales of drunken debauchery among a brotherhood of monks, presented as a full-length ballet? Indeed, squire – with choreography by Stephen Mills, accompaniment by the Austin Symphony Orchestra, and vocals (oh! those familiar yet still spine-tingling vocals!) by none other than the Conspirare Symphonic Choir. Recommended!
      Sept. 20-22. Fri., 8pm; Sat., 2 & 8pm; Sun., 3pm. $39-59.  
    • Film

      Special Screenings

      Bleak Street (La Calle de la Amargura) (2015)

      Ripstein and his screenwriter wife Paz Alicia Garciadiego craft a carnivalesque, true-crime tale out of a cast of eccentric characters living in Mexico City. One of Mexico's filmmaking legends, Ripstein began his career as an uncredited assistant director for Luis Buñuel in The Exterminating Angel (1962). Ripstein will be in attendance at the screening.
      Sat., Sept. 21, 4pm  
    • Music

      Borgore

      Israeli EDM from Yosef Asaf Borger.
      Sat., Sept. 21, 10pm  
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      Nightlife & Parties

      Butch Queen

      Are y'all ready for this epic return? You know the drill, eight new-to-drag performers partner with a well-versed queen for a gorgeous battle of fresh meat. The winning mother-daughter pair receive $500 cash. And, as always, this dragtastic event is brought to you by Mother Mouthfeel and Louisianna Purchase of Dragula season 3. Sounds from DJ Chorizo Funk.
      Sat., Sept. 21, 10pm-2am. $15.  
    • Arts

      Visual Arts

      Camiba Art: The Story of the Deer in the Road

      Bring a bright tangle of the wild outside deep into your soul by viewing this new exhibition of paintings from florapsychedelic artist Valerie Fowler, the woman who bends pigments to brilliantly warped realist effect and conjures forests that speak parseltongue to all that's serpentine in human memory. Also, Fowler will be performing three separate "crankie" shows, wherein she scrolls through a 30-foot-long narrative drawing accompanied by live music written and performed by Brian Beattie and preceded by writer Robin Chotzinoff's response to the artwork. Note that you've got to RSVP for those crankie performances, as the joint will likely be packed, OK? See website for details.
      Crankie show: Thu., Sept. 26, 6pm  
    • Food

      Food Events

      Central District Brewing: Hurricane Dorian Relief Benefit

      That small-batch brewery located in the central business district of Austin will showcase an array of collaborative beers to benefit Mercy Chefs, a nonprofit that serves professionally prepared meals for victims, volunteers, and first responders in national emergencies and natural disasters. That benefit part is why this event is good for humanity. Why it's good for you, specifically, Austinite, is that CDB's two-day event features innovative takes from Emmer & Rye, Suerte, and the Brewer’s Table. We know, right – nothing but this city's finest.
      Sept 21-22. Sat., 11am-11pm; Sun., noon-8pm  
    • Arts

      Comedy

      Chris Cubas

      This city's favorite lover of cute animal pictures returns to the Velv for a weekend of big laughs. Surely you've seen Cubas on Comedy Central and @Midnight, right? Surely you've heard people telling you he's like Austin's not-so-secret comedy weapon that'll eventually conquer the entire world of observational stand-up? Listen to those people: They're telling the truth. Give yourself a treat and catch this funny guy, with Roxy Castillo opening, right in the somewhat sclerotic heart of Downtown this weekend.
      Sept. 20-21. Fri., 9 & 11pm; Sat., 9pm. $10.  
    • Community

      Events

      Emancipet 20th Anniversary Gala

      Celebrate 20 years of healthy pets with Emancipet! The evening will kick off with cocktails and a silent auction, followed by dinner and an awards ceremony hosted by Jim Spencer, Edward Flores, and Kaxan aka CityDog Austin.
      Sat., Sept. 21, 5:30-8:30pm. $350.  
    • Qmmunity

      Arts & Culture

      Gender Unbound Art Fest 2019

      Save that date! Austin's trans and intersex art festival returns for year four to showcase the best, brightest, and most awesome work from a bevy of talented creators. From visual art to makers, poets to musicians, and some stunning drag – there's something to wow everyone. (And don't miss their first ever Film Showcase on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at Ground Floor Theatre from 7-10pm!): We love this fest so much, we invite you to check out our coverage from previous years, including last year's photo gallery, a Q&A with mixed-media performance artist and writer Alok Vaid-Menon and filmmaker Lisa Donato; and some history of how Drew Riley started the fest.
      Sat.-Sun., Sept. 21-22  
    • Arts

      Theatre

      Instructions for a Seance

      Part DIY seance, part historical cabaret, this is one woman's attempt to contact and resurrect the escape artist Harry Houdini. Inspired by the Houdini archives at the Harry Ransom Center, this show by Katie Bender is "a funny, haunting, and haunted exploration of ambition, legacy, and familial responsibility."
      Through Sept. 29. Thu.-Sun., 8pm. $15-30.  
    • Arts

      Books

      L.B. Deyo: The God-Damn Fool

      He's told the world about urban exploration in NYC right before 9/11, in the book Invisible Frontier … he's been the president of the Dionysium's intellectual confab for decades … he works motion graphics like a superstar and he's made a feature-length film, FFS … and now this Deyo releases his first prose novel, the second publication from the Austin-based company Persistence of Vision.
      Sat., Sept. 21, 7pm
    • Qmmunity

      Arts & Culture

      Liz Behan: One Woman at Dusk

      Our queer’d country star returns to share her tall tales of country dyke living. Laura de la Fuente is Liz Behan, and we promise she’ll make ya laugh ’til it hurts so good.
      Saturdays Thru Sept. 21. Saturdays, 7-8pm. $10.  
    • Arts

      Classical Music

      Texas Early Music Project: Oh, Henry!

      It's "The World According to Henry Purcell" for this season opener, and we're just lucky to live in it. Daniel Johnson and his talented TEMP gang celebrate the legendary English composer with a variety of works for the church, the stage, and the court – with guests Peter Walker, baritone, and Ryland Angel, countertenor, and more.
      Sept. 21-22. Sat., 7:30pm (at Redeemer Presbyterian); Sun., 3pm (at St. Martin's Lutheran). $5-30.  
    • Food

      Food Events

      Whiskies of the World

      This is one of the largest whiskey-tasting events in the U.S. of A., featuring more than 250 distilled spirits from around the globe, along with their makers and ambassadors, for a night of tastings, food pairings, cigar pairings, and a convivial atmosphere of whiskey-tinted camaraderie. It's also a night of upscale garment-flaunting, so plan to wear your best kilts, jackets, party dresses, and so on.
      Sat., Sept. 21, 5-9pm. $100-125.  
      Distro Hall, 1500 E. Fourth
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    • Community

      Events

      "To Believe" Opening Reception

      "To Believe" visits many approaches to faith and belief in contemporary and historic East Austin through video, photography, digital maps, and performance. Opening reception features a performance by Austin musician W. C. Clark.
      Opening reception: Sat., Sept. 21, 2-5pm. Exhibit: Sept. 21-Dec. 20. Free.  
      Oakwood Cemetery Chapel, 1601 Navasota
    • Arts

      Theatre

      :Humpty

      The Vortex is gonna rock your brain's cradle with this "twisted nursery rhyme pantomime" conjured up by that irrepressible Melissa Vogt, featuring an all-star cast grooving to an original score by Chad Salvata, and the whole fractured fairy-tale spectacle of it directed by Bonnie Cullum. Note that this darkling narrative from Ethos – it's funny and disgusting, charming and startling – is alive with adult aesthetics and not appropriate for children. And here is Trey Gutierrez's review of the show.
      Through Sept. 28. Thu.-Sun., 8pm. $15-35.  
    • Film

      Special Screenings

      A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: The Dream Warriors (1987)

      In the Drive-in Forest: A psychiatrist helps teens at a mental hospital battle the knife-wielding demon, Freddy Krueger, who is invading their dreams.
      Sat., Sept. 21, 10:30pm  
    • Music

    • Music

      Acoustic Grooves

      Sat., Sept. 21, 7pm
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    • Music

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