We comb the depths of the Internet to find as-close-to-everything-as-possible happening in Austin, from gallery openings and festivals to concerts and theater and beyond, finding the best to recommend to you.
Gale Theatre Company presents this adaptation of Oscar Wilder’s tragedy about the princess of Judea. “Salomé” is about one of the Bible’s most seductive, dangerous and misunderstood women who danced for the court, offered her body to her stepfather and asked for the head of John the Baptist in return. Her story and her demand were vital to the fate of Jesus and the modern church.
In this new production, the story begins after the death of John the Baptist.
Details: 8 p.m. Thursday-Sunday through Aug. 20. $10-$30. The Vortex, 2307 Manor Road. 512-478-5282, vortexrep.org.
Last month, Rogness Brewing announced a temporary hiatus of the brewery until a new project — “Rogness 2.0” — launches anew. Although there was a farewell party at the Pflugerville brewery, Growler Bar wants to send off Rogness as well and will have a pint night with five Rogness brews, including the Hefeweizen, Heller Weizenbock and the Yogi.
Stop in to hear from Forrest Rogness and Jon Airheart about plans for the next version.
This five-course feast promises suds from the beloved Colorado brewery Odell, as well as the esteemed presence of brewery owner Doug Odell. The festivities kick off with a reception at 6:30 — and Easy Tiger and Odell’s collaboration brew, the Tiger Whisper American Pale Ale — before leading into the dinner created by Chef Andrew Curren.
Expect beers that you can’t get every day, including the Zard-Alu Sour Apricot and the Brombeere Blackberry Gose.
The local cheese shop continues this DIY food-making workshop with SoCo Homebrew, which will teach you how to homebrew cider (a perfect pairing with cheese, naturally). The class consists of an intro into the history of cider-making, a tasting of several cider styles, and an overview and demo of the cider-making process.
By the end, you’ll have learned all the steps and components required for the successful result of homebrewed cider.
The fourth annual ticketed block party returns with tasty bites from some of Austin’s favorite restaurants as well as palate-pleasing beer pairings from 4th Tap Brewing Cooperative and more. Participating eateries include Lonesome Dove, the Bonneville and Cru Food & Wine Bar. And while you sip and stroll, Americana folk band the Traveling Ones will have you dancing, too.
Proceeds from the event benefit the Sustainable Food Center.
Award-winning Teatro Vivo alumni and Latino comedy artists are joining forces to craft a fun comedic experience. Hosted by Howard Beecher, the showcase features improv comedy by Shades of Brown, stand-up comedy by Jesse Pangelinan and Vanessa Gonzalez, and sketch comedy by Teatro Vivo’s own sketch comedy troupe, the Mexcentrics. The Mexcentrics’ act reflects the complexity and beauty of Latino life and culture with authenticity, sincerity and laughter.
Details: 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $15-$20. Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River St. brownpapertickets.com/event/2582915.
If ever there was a summer outing worth braving with the whole family, this Blues on the Green edition is it. This power punch of pop and soul featuring two of Texas’ most dynamic front women, Sabrina Ellis and Kam Franklin, closes out KGSR’s popular summer music series. Ellis leads Sweet Spirit through anthemic sing-a-long rockers while Franklin shakes it up to Gulf Coast Grooves.
— Deborah Sengupta Stith
Ballet Austin’s annual celebration, in connection with the Dizzy Feet Foundation and the Fox TV show “So You Think You Can Dance,” kicks off with a series of classes at the Butler Center for Dance & Fitness.
The day is designed to get us up and moving, having fun with dance, so Ballet Austin dance instructor Lauren Parra is leading two featured National Dance Day classes for both elementary-level dancers and more advanced students alike. There will also be other dance classes to try.
ICOSA’s fourth show in a newly built, artist-run gallery brings in artists beyond the 20-person collective for the show “Bread and Butter.” The group exhibit features five Austin-based artists: Jeana Baumgardner, Ted Carey, Sev Coursen, Ryan Cronk and Kyle Evans. They have each maintained an active studio life despite full-time jobs elsewhere and few opportunities to show off their pieces.
“Bread and Butter” imagines a scenario where art-making can put food on the table.
Details: Opening reception 7 to 10 p.m. Friday. Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and by appointment. 702 Shady Lane. icosacollective.com.
For this family-friendly summer production, Zilker Theatre takes on the story about the ogre and his zany donkey friend. And here’s the drill: Picnic baskets and coolers are welcome, but glass containers are not. The theater’s concession stand has food and drinks for sale. No unattended blankets before 6 p.m. No pets. Rent low-back chairs at $5 per chair.
Full-height lawn chairs are only allowed behind the low rock wall up the hill.
Details: 8:15 p.m. Thursday-Sunday through Aug. 13. Free. Beverly S. Sheffield Zilker Hillside Theater, 2206 William Barton Drive. 512-479-9491, zilker.org/shrek-the-musical.