Paramount Theatre

713 Congress, Austin, 78701, 512/472-5470

photo by John Anderson

The grande dame of Austin theatres celebrated her centennial in 2015 with the replacement and illumination of a re-creation of the original light blade, a fitting beacon for this opulent but unpretentious soul of Austin arts. Somewhere in the vicinity of 10,000 artists have performed here, including Harry Houdini spitting needles in 1916, and the stage now hosts some 250 performances annually. The palatial décor encases a surprisingly intimate 1,300-seat venue where top hats long ago gave way to jeans as appropriate attire. Fancy film premieres, musical concerts that include annual traditions like the Kelly Willis/Bruce Robison Christmas concert, comics, literary giants, theatre for youth, and the beloved summer classic film series comprise the programming that sooner or later welcomes all of Austin into this gilded and groovy treasure.
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Dax Shepard: Armchair Expert

He's not an expert on armchairs, fool, this Shepard's an expert in an armchair, exploring and celebrating the challenges and setbacks that people face "that ultimately lead to growth and betterment." To be sure, he's got a college degree in anthropology and four years of improv training. And since Moontower's producing, we reckon this must be comedy. Fri., Aug. 17, 7pm. $34.50.

Aparna Nancherla

OK, now here's some definite comedy firepower, as the celebrated young comedian – star of stage and screens both big and small – brings her stand-up stuff to the Paramount and all of Downtown Austin pretty much convulses, we reckon, with laughter. Sat., Aug. 18, 7pm. $25-85.

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RuPaul's Drag Race Presents: Werq the World

RuPaul's right hand Michelle Visage brings some of Drag Race's best queens to shantay all over Austin's main stage. Queens include season 10 faves Aquaria, Kameron Michael's, Eureka O'Hara, and Asia O'Hara along with all-time all stars bob the Drag Queen, Kim Chi, and Violet Chachki. Gentlequeers, start those engines. Thu., Oct. 11, 9pm. $39-150.

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