Busy week for Willie. Monday, country music’s pater familias, 86, stages his exclusive friends and family Fourth of July preview, then Saturday he screens Red Headed Stranger at his ranch in Luck. In between, the mortality savant of trilogy of closer Ride Me Back Home welcomes a cavalcade of Nashville dos and don’ts: Luke Combs, Nathaniel Rateliff, Alison Krauss, Jamey Johnson, Steve Earle, David Allan Coe, Billy Joe Shaver, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Hayes Carll, etc. I call shotgun!
The Austin Symphony Orchestra hosts the biggest Fourth of July party in the state down at Vic Mathias Shores! Grab a spot early and sit back and enjoy Maestro Peter Bay conducting an array of patriotic classics at 8:30pm followed by the stunning "mile-high" fireworks display at 9:30.
San Benito-born, Charley Crockett burst onto the Lone Star country scene with five albums since 2015. His most recent, Lil G.L.’s Blues Bonanza, even reaching No. 10 on the Billboard Blues chart. Recovered from open-heart surgery this past winter, his Texan drawl returns home to convert roots fanatics far and wide.
Lucas Hnath's new and exceedingly dark comedy is directed by Ken Webster for Hyde Park Theatre and stars Chase Brewer, Lana Dieterich, Sarah Chong Harmer, and Web Jerome. (And the Chronicle's Elizabeth Cobbereviewed the show right here.)
Through July 27. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $24-28 (pay what you can, Thursdays).
Mathieu Grenier's work focuses on the modes of capture and presentation of the image, his elegantly sparse aesthetic reflecting an understanding of the photographic medium and its relevance in contemporary culture.
Newly Restored: Digitally remastered and re-released for Pride Month, Paris Is Burning paints a portrait of New York City's ballroom culture in the Eighties and the queer and transgender people of color communities at its core.
As good as this group show is – and it's damned good, to be sure, featuring gorgeous contemporary still lifes by MaryBeth Karaus, Scott Kiche, and James Andrew Smith – don't forget that there are two stories to this Westside gallery and you don't want to miss the treasures upstairs.
[SOLD OUT] You know the lovely Carpenter Hotel that’s nestled in the century-old pecan grove at the edge of Zilker Park, right? And that it’s the home of the acclaimed Carpenters Hall restaurant? For this luscious luau on July Fourth, there’ll be live entertainment, pool festivities, and an exclusive menu of tiki cocktails and food (kalua pork, huli huli chicken, Spam musubi, shaved ice, and more), making it the perfect launching pad before walking out to watch the fireworks at Vic Mathias Shores.
Live music, bingo, a washer tournament (at 4 pm), air castles, and laser tag, with a fireworks display blasting off at 9:15pm. Free entry, but fees apply for food concessions, carnival games, and carnival rides.
Ben Aqua curates a group exhibition of 17 QPOC Texans making art in photography, digital collage, illustration, performance, fashion design, new media, video, and painting to better visualize the artists' lived experience as brown queers in the Lonestar State.: Artists include: Adiean, Anthony Flores, Ben Aqua, Claudia G Aparicio Gamundi, Diego Mireles Durán, Henry N Rodriguez, House of KENZO, Isaiya Venegas, Josue Hart, Manuel Morales, Michael Anthony Garcia, Natalia Rocafuerte, Niko, p1nkstar, Jp Rivfe, Josh Garcia, S Rodriguez, Saakred, and Wayne Dean. Use #AllShadesConsidered on the gram!
Witness here an array of life-sized and larger works recently created by Meena Matocha, the artist having wielded charcoal, ashes, soil, acrylics, and wax to create paintings that "combine abstraction and figuration, exploring the space between grief and joy, the place where heaven and earth converge."
Austin Sports and Social Club supplies tunes, bevs, and a boat; you bring food for the grill and snacks. $10 round-trip bus option is available with pickup in the Sunset Valley Shopping Center. 21+ to party.
Thu., July 4, 12:30-5pm. $45, barge only; $55, barge plus bus option.
Join the 100,000 or so people gathering for the largest-ever Independence Day celebration in Austin, why don'tcha? The ASO, conducted by Peter Bay, will feature the usual favorites – soul-stirring music that was composed by immigrants or foreigners – and then, yes, there are those spectacular fireworks over Lady Bird Lake. USA! USA!
We Are Blood's annual competition between the Austin Police Department, Austin-Travis County EMS, and the Austin Fire Department. Departments battle it out to see who can recruit the most blood donors. Individuals who donate July 1-7 will have the opportunity to vote for one of the departments.
This Rosario I. Granados-curated exhibition features a selection of maps – known as Mapas de las Relaciones Geográficas, created by indigenous artists around 1580 – to expand our perspective on what happened when Spanish explorer Hernando Cortés invaded Mexico.
Thursdays, 7pm, Fri., April 12, 8pm, Sat., April 20, 8pm, Fri., April 26, 8pm, Sat., May 4, 8pm, Fri., May 10, 8pm, Fri., May 24, 8pm, Fri., June 7, 8pm, Fri., June 21, 8pm, Fri., July 5, 8pm and Fri., July 19, 8pm
BSOM University offers a six-course roster of classes centered around cultural contributions of minority groups in America and around the world, from poetry in the Middle East to counterculture America and the Vietnam War. The instructors include local artists, business owners, cultural archivists, and one UT staff affiliate.
June 5-Aug. 8. Mon.-Thu., 6:30 & 8pm. Free, but donations welcome.
For Maura Schaffer, the dining table is more than an ordinary domestic object. It's a symbol of all that is good about humanity. Functioning as tools for sustenance, conversation and unification, the tables created for this exhibit are not only sculpted and painted by the artist, but each is "imbued with a soul."