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  • Boomtown: A Musical Comedy

    A musical comedy about the most dangerous town in Texas, Boomtown follows the true story of promoter Ace Borger’s “overnight city” in the Texas panhandle. All shows feature a live band!
    Sept. 16-25, 8pm  
    Dougherty Arts Center
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  • Music

    Dead Space, Borzoi

    Quin Galavis went through some shit even before the pandemic hit, as explored in solo albums including 2019’s Victim/Nonvictim. That didn’t make the resurrection of his hibernating post-punk trio the Dead Space any less of a surprise. Seven years delayed, second full-length Chlorine Sleep spotlights the local trio’s tension-soaked chemistry. Which makes this pairing with Borzoi at esteemed punk pizza joint the Parlor a smart pairing. The local noise rockers, who share rostership on 12XU with Galavis’ crew, have been promising a new EP since 2019, so new songs should be aired alongside the requisite fan faves. Between the Dead Space’s brittle clangor and Borzoi’s brash crunge, crust may burn and mozzarella curdle.
    Sat., July 17, 4pm
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      Theatre

      Annie Jump and the Library of Heaven

      The Vortex production of acclaimed playwright Reina Hardy's first National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere moves to the Carver stage for a final held-over weekend. "This remarkable play engages young adults and audiences of all ages, bringing science and imagination into the theatre." Directed by Marcus McQuirter and Rudy Ramirez, and starring Jeremy Rashad Brown, Oktavea LaToi, Dane Parker, Christina Blake, and Eva McQuade.
      July 15-17. Thu.-Sat., 8:30pm. Free, but you've got to RSVP.  
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      Theatre

      Bring It On: The Musical

      After 15 months of mostly digital theatre, Summer Stock Austin combines high school and college students from the Austin area and all around the country to produce, live and in-person, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s 2002 musical.
      Through Aug. 1. Thu.-Fri., 7:30pm; Sat., 2 & 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. $15-45.  
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      Christine Renner (EP release), Caelin, Aubrey Hays [control room]

      What Olivia Rodrigo hoped to create with Sour, Christine Renner executed by landing emotional whirlwind Heartbreaker on the best post-breakup albums list. Light and in good spirits, opener “In Love With Love” explores the honeymoon phase of hopeless devotion and charisma written by a cascading upbeat drum and guitar echo. Title track “Heartbreaker” bounces blame between lovers with a heavy bass as Renner states, “Didn’t I tell you I’m a heartbreaker/ Don’t forget I’m a damn good lover.” Blondie-esque riffs take over “Sweet,” while “Young Girl” runs on deep chords and jazz. Mental health and self reflection homage “Drown” finishes the retro-vibed montage with pure punch and heartache.
      Sat., July 17, 8pm
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      Events

      City-Wide Vintage Sale

      Support small local businesses and shop for vintage clothing, antiques, collectibles, and more.
      Sat.-Sun., Aug. 14-15. $7; children under 12, free.  
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      Arts & Culture

      Death Becomes Her (1992)

      Drag at the Drive-In: Anyzha Dior St. James, Althea Trix, Lady D, Kelsey Hammer, and Mandy Quinn ooh and ah, followed by Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn’s black-comedy take on the elixir of life playing on the big screen.
      Sat., July 17, 8-10:30pm. $35+.  
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      Enter the Ember

      Austin’s finest fire collective presents an exclusive release of their full-length theatrical fire production including storytelling, acrobatics, choreography, fire props, and more, followed by a reception and dance party.
      Sat., July 17, 7:30pm  
    • Music

      Kalu & the Electric Joint, David Ramirez, Danilo (EP release), Electrophunck (DJ set)

      Kalu James approached artistic metamorphosis before the pandemic, but his quintet’s late June appearance at a sold-out Continental Club evidenced new performance heights. The Nigerian-rooted singer, who’d already delegated rhythm guitar duties, possesses powerful frontman moves to compliment his inspirational presence. Recent singles “Downfall,” about love conquering all, and “Mirror,” about how we see ourselves in our saviors, hit potently. Meanwhile, Brazilian-born local Danilo, owner of a sweet and soaring voice, christens his All I Want EP with enchanting melodic pop. Fresh off a rambunctious guest spot during Matthew Logan Vasquez’s hit parade at Hotel Vegas last Saturday, Austin songwriting sage David Ramirez commands the mic second, after his frequent collaborator and in-demand producer Jason Burt, performing again after the headliner as Electrophunck.
      Sat., July 17, 7:30pm
    • Community

      Kids

      Kids' Jewelrymaking Workshop

      Kids will flex creative muscles and repurpose reuse materials to craft earrings, pendants, and more. Plus, Girl Scouts going for the Junior Jeweler badge can earn one here by creating four pieces.
      Sat., July 17, 2-4pm. $10.  
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      Dance

      Metamorphosis Dance: Ballet Under the Stars

      For more than 25 years, Metamorphosis Dance has kicked off the summer at the Zilker Hillside Theater. This year, despite its many challenges, will be no different. Ballet Under the Stars: The Show Must Go On!, rehearsed and filmed in early June, is now available for viewing.
      Through July 23. Free.  
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      Visual Arts

      Northern-Southern: Baton

      This is a group show by relay, begun in July of 2020 as a method of socially distancing a community in the height of the pandemic: Artists took turns alone in the space, each adding to the exhibition. Now, as it nears its close, the exhibition resembles a community in which work converses and overlaps. With Adreon Henry, Vy Ngo, Dawn Okoro, Leon Alesi, Matt Steinke, Sev Coursen, Stella Alesi, and more.
      Closing reception: Sat., July 24, 3-9pm
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      Events

      Record Store Day

      You should support your local record store every day, but on this special occasion there will be one of a kind offerings from artists and labels to entice you.
      Sat., July 17
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      Events

      SIMS Electric Art Party & Online Auction

      Over 30 local musicians have donated their art to the SIMS Foundation for an auction to raise funds to support mental health and substance use recovery services for the music industry. Start bidding online now, and join the wrap party to view and bid on the art, meet some of the artists, listen to music from Akina Adderley and Frederico7, and watch live painting by Gabriel Portillo. Treats include artisan popsicles from Odd Pop and drink specials from Deep Eddy Vodka, Lone Star, and Nine Banded Whiskey.
      Online auction open July 9-24; in-person event Sat., July 24, 4-7pm. Donations encouraged.  
    • Community

      Kids

      Summer Out Loud

      A challenge that encourages families to make time for summer fun with on-demand workouts, activities, and three free visits to the Y. Text SUMMER to 877/799-6220 to register, then pick up a passport filled with ideas and activities, or download it online and get started. Turn in the completed passport at the end to be eligible to win a membership or a family trip.
      Through Aug. 4. Free.  
      All Austin YMCA locations
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      Events

      Unmute Yourself

      Join Texas After Violence Project for an evening of poetry, conversation, and community. Poet Juania Sueños will open the event, writer in residence Jorge Renaud will read a selection, and author and activist Darwin Hamilton will lead a discussion with Renaud and TAVP about the power of narrative in fighting for an end to mass incarceration and creating a world without violence.
      Sat., July 17, 8pm. Donations encouraged.  
    • Arts

      Theatre

      Young Shakespeare: Much Ado About Nothing

      Shakespeare Austin's teen company returns to the Curtain Theatre for its 14th season, presenting seven public performances of this romantic comedy. Co-directed by Nancy Eyermann and Ann Ciccolella.
      Through July 17. Thu.-Sun., 8pm. $14-22.  
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      Out of Town

      2021 Tomato U-Pick

      Money can only buy tomatoes this fresh if you’re willing to walk the fields and pick your own.
      Sat., July 10 & 17, 8am-1pm. $30/box.  
      Johnson’s Backyard Garden, Garfield
    • Community

      Sports

      30 Minute Hit Grand Opening

      Based on the concepts of boxing, kickboxing, self-defense, and core stability, 30 Minute Hit offers a full-body workout broken up into two-minute stations. Try a free session and sign up for membership at the grand opening.
      Sat., July 17, 8am-noon  
      3016 Guadalupe Ste. A-200
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      Theatre

      A Portrait of My Mother

      An artist remembers their mother, spinning a modern Mexican Cinderella tale as we follow the trials and tribulations of one woman's journey into motherhood – from her humble beginnings in the town of Laredo, Texas, to her journey to Chicago, and everything between. Written and performed by Carlo Lorenzo Garcia, directed by David R. Jarrott. Note: Now available for viewing on Vimeo.
      Through July 31. $5.  
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      Abelfest

      Sat., July 17
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    • Film

      Special Screenings

      After Munich (2019)

      Austin Jewish Film Festival presents a doc about four women who were affected by the Munich massacre during the 1972 Olympics.
      Through July 31  
      Online: austinjff.org
    • Arts

      Theatre

      AISD Summer Theatre Series

      The Austin ISD Visual and Performing Arts Department presents the 2021 AISD Summer Theatre Series – and this year the district-wide program is live, in-person, and bigger than ever. Coming up: Mamma Mia (July 22-25).
      $10.
    • Arts

      Visual Arts

      Akirash Online

      Sure, Austin's Olaniyi Rasheed Akindiya aka AKIRASH has an exhibition at the Carver Museum right now – and the place is closed, of course. But this Lagos-born artist also happens to have one of the most robust websites around, though you'll need a mighty big screen to get the best effect of his huge and colorful mixed-media creations and performance pieces.
    • Community

      Kids

      All-Ages Virtual Storytime

      Featuring stories, songs, finger plays, rhymes, and other extension activities. Registration required.
      Saturdays, 10:30am  
      Virtual
    • Arts

      Visual Arts

      Art 84: Cornelius Carter

      This is a virtual preview of "Work in Progress" by Austin's Cornelius Carter, a work that "captures the struggles and glory of the African-American experience along with the artist’s faith in the American dream of equality and opportunity for all."
    • Community

      Out of Town

      Art Auction

      Enjoy free drinks (mimosas & wine), tapas, and a chance to win an original piece of art. Auction starts at 4:45pm.
      Sat., July 17, 4-6pm  
      Panache, 330 Mercer St., Dripping Springs
    • Arts

      Visual Arts

      Art for the People Gallery: Thrive!

      Here's a showcase of work by more than 40 Austinites who’ve created art with an exuberance of color and energy over the past 15 pandemic months.
      Through Sept. 30
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      Events

      Artisan Market

      Tour the tiny home community and shop homemade local art while listening to live music and enjoying food from local vendors. At 10am, join a group Zumba class outside the farmhouse, and check out a chef demo with Green Gate Farms at noon.
      Sat., July 17, 10am-2pm. Free.  
      Village Farm Tiny Homes, 8316 Canoga

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