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    Lyle Lovett & His Large Band

    Though the weekend starts in Austin on Thursday, good seats remain for the first of a two-night Lyle Lovett stand at ACL Live. Cosmopolitan country is still what the lanky, Klein-born song genius is known for, but he also encompasses Americana, bluegrass, swing, folk, pop, and rock. At 61, he keeps the vintage goodies golden and experiment strains constant.
    Thu., Aug. 15, 8pm  
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      Arts & Culture

      Whatsinthemirror? Presents: Fireflies

      A play, set somewhere in the Jim Crow South, about civil rights and unrest. Returning to the director’s seat, Tarik Daniels brings: Donja R. Love’s work to the Austin stage.
      Aug. 14-18, Wed.-Sat., 8pm; Sat.-Sun., 4pm. $15.  
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      Theatre

      American Blood Song: A Puppet Operetta of the Donner Party

      Oh, holy shit. That unstoppable Trouble Puppet crew, led by Connor Hopkins, often as sick and twisted as they are brilliant – and, yeah, they've been mind-bogglingly good at times – returns with a true-historical tale of the sort of privilege, entitlement, and hubris that leads to nation-building … and sometimes cannibalism. This spectacle is performed by Zac Crofford, Caroline Reck, Marina DeYoe-Pedraza, Indigo Rael, Jay Young, Zac Carr, and Melissa Vogt. It's a musical, too, with an original score by Mother Falcon. Recommended, but note: This is not the sort of puppet show you wanna take your smaller kids to – unless you've been feeding them long pig all this time.
      Through Aug. 17. Thu.-Sun., 8pm. $15-35.  
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      Food Events

      Austin Restaurant Weeks: Final Weekend

      The Central Texas Food Bank announces the return of Austin Restaurant Weeks for 2019, with Tito’s Handmade Vodka as the main sponsor and an impressive array of venues offering prix fixe meals and drink specials and – oh, here comes the final weekend of an incredible two weeks’ worth of culinary goodness, with proceeds going to sustain that community-forward Food Bank while you happily feast at, for example, Barley Swine, Café No Sé, the Capital Grille, Caroline Restaurant, Central Standard, Citizen Eatery, Contigo, the Driskill Grill, Easy Tiger Downtown & the Linc, Goodall’s Kitchen, Gusto Italian Kitchen, Hideaway Kitchen & Bar, Il Brutto, Intero, Le Politique, L’Oca d’Oro, Olive & June, Oskar Blues Brewery, Parkside, the Peached Tortilla, Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille, Sala & Betty, Salt & Time, Sway, and more. See website for specific menus and details!
      Through Sept. 2. Prix fixe: $20, lunch & brunch; $35-50, dinner.  
      See website for participating restaurants
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      Theatre

      Hidden Room Salon Series

      That Beth Burns-helmed theatrical powerhouse known as Hidden Room Theatre presents three summer evenings of discussion, entertainment, and themed refreshments inside the exquisite Neill-Cochran House, with each event led by a scholar/expert in the topic and enhanced by live performance. Recommended! Behind the Veil: Spiritualism in the 19th Century; Thu., Aug. 1, 6-8pm. Bardolatry on the Boards: Shakespeare in America; Thu., Aug. 8, 6-8pm. Parlour Games: How to Behave and How to Amuse; Thu., Aug. 15, 6-8pm.
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      Comedy

      Jake Johannsen

      You know Johannsen is "one of the finest and more cerebral comics around," right? That's why you're reserving a seat for the weekend's shows right now.
      Aug. 14-17. Wed.-Thu., 8pm; Fri.-Sat., 7:30 & 10pm. $12-23.  
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      Theatre

      Robert Mueller's Greatest Hits

      Robert Mueller (as played by Hyde Park Theatre's own Ken Webster), with help from a rotation of local all-star actors, presents highlights of the special counsel’s two-volume, 400-plus page report in this staged reading – including, of course, the Mueller team's assessment of Russian interference and the president’s efforts to obstruct the investigation into his campaign. Conceived and directed by Mark Pickell for Capital T Theatre. (Also, we feel compelled to add, in the interests of full disclosure: FUCK TRUMP.)
      Through Aug. 31. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. Pay what you can, impeach if possible.
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      Visual Arts

      Susanna Dickinson Museum: Notes from the Border

      The photographer Ilana Panich-Linsman gives us a small glimpse into the lives of those detained and displaced, via images captured on the U.S.-Mexican Border.
      Through Sept. 22
      411 E. Fifth
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      Theatre

      Transom

      This new play, devised by a trans/nonbinary ensemble – the lead writers are Libby Carr and Lane Stanley – tells the story of a "found family" living together in the same house, redefining the meaning and importance of community and overcoming personal grief and loss while fostering an atmosphere of love and acceptance. Directed by Lisa Scheps and Jess O'Rear for Ground Floor Theatre.
      Through Aug. 31. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. Extra show: Wed., Aug. 28, 8pm. $5-40.  
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