Wednesday’s event pick: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s Circus Xtreme

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey" brings "Circus XTreme" to the Erwin Center, Aug. 24-28. Acts include  Taba Maluenda and his tigers and the Danguir Highwire Troupe. Credit: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey” brings “Circus XTreme” to the Erwin Center, Aug. 24-28. Acts include Taba Maluenda and his tigers and the Danguir Highwire Troupe.
Credit: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey

This circus extravaganza will magnify traditional elements of the circus and combine them with never-before-seen spectacles, original fast-paced performances and moments of hilarity.

Among the acts to watch for are high-wire wizards, powerful men of strength, BMX trick riders, trampoline daredevils, unbelievable contortionists and even a high-flying human cannonball. Prepare for more than 2 1/2 hours of thrilling entertainment.

Details: 7 p.m. Wednesday and various times through Aug. 28. $10-$70. Frank Erwin Center, 1701 Red River St. texasboxoffice.com.

Saturday’s event pick: Alamo Drafthouse’s “Star Wars” Marathon

 Darth Vader is shown in a scene from Lucasfilm's "Star Wars: Episode V, The Empire Strikes Back."
Darth Vader is shown in a scene from Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: Episode V, The Empire Strikes Back.”

It’s been nearly 40 years since we first saw the original “Star Wars” — but, especially after the most recent film last year, the Force is strong with us. The Alamo Drafthouse is celebrating our love for the original trilogy with screenings of “A New Hope,” “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi.”

Audiences are encouraged to dress in their finest Jedi robes or Galactic Empire uniforms; an emcee will host costume contests and trivia games.

Details: 2 p.m. Saturday. $32-$64. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. drafthouse.com/event/star-wars.

Friday’s event pick: “A River Runs Through It” at Art Science Gallery

Landry McMeans' "Cereus Cactus" is among the American West-depicted pieces she's presenting in a solo show at Art Science Gallery.
Landry McMeans’ “Cereus Cactus” is among the American West-depicted pieces she’s presenting in a solo show at Art Science Gallery.

This solo show features the work of Landry McMeans: specifically, her abstract reliefs and landscapes of the American West, with new inspiration from the Colorado River. In her hands, mountain ranges and other landscape features become groups of simple lines and colors, reducing the contours of the natural world into three-dimensional geometric shapes.

She evokes the natural history of the Southwestern deserts and native plant and animal species in a minimal style.

Details: Opening reception 7 to 10 p.m. Friday. 1 to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday through Sept. 17. 916 Springdale Road, Building 2 #102. artsciencegallery.eventbrite.com.

Wednesday’s event pick: “Salomé” at the Vortex

Gale Theatre Company s production of "Salom " combines dance, acrobatics and a huge bath tub filled to the brim with water to give Salom  her voice back. Contributed by the Vortex.
Gale Theatre Company s production of “Salom ” combines dance, acrobatics and a huge bath tub filled to the brim with water to give Salom her voice back. Contributed by the Vortex.

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.

Wednesday’s event pick: Rogness Brewing’s Super Final Hiatus Party

Rogness Brewing distributes its beer to Austin's bars and grocery stores in large format bottles. Emma Janzen/American-Statesman
Rogness Brewing distributes its beer to Austin’s bars and grocery stores in large format bottles. Emma Janzen/American-Statesman

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.

Details: 6 p.m. Wednesday. Free. The Growler Bar, 1300 FM 685, Pflugerville. facebook.com/rognessbrewing.

Tuesday’s event pick: Odell Brewing dinner at Easy Tiger

Bicycles park outside of Odell Brewing Company in Fort Collins, Colorado, for the Small Batch Revival festival in June 2016. Photo by Pam LeBlanc.
Bicycles park outside of Odell Brewing Company in Fort Collins, Colorado, for the Small Batch Revival festival in June 2016. Photo by Pam LeBlanc.

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.

Details: 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. $60. 709 E. Sixth St. facebook.com/events/1665035447151698.

Monday’s event pick: Swift’s Attic’s Zack Attack

06.20.12 Alberto Martinez AMERICAN-STATESMAN - The Bowling Alley Burger and fries at Swift's Attic, a new restaurant on Congress Ave.
06.20.12 Alberto Martinez AMERICAN-STATESMAN – The Bowling Alley Burger and fries at Swift’s Attic, a new restaurant on Congress Ave.

With Chef Zack Northcutt moving to a new job, Swift’s Attic is celebrating his legacy at the restaurant with a special edition of the over-the-top burger specials that Northcutt had always enjoyed. The burger, dubbed “a Slice of Heaven,” will feature slices of Via 313’s Cadillac pizza as the buns.

But you’ll want to get there early because the kitchen is only making 18 of them. To be guaranteed a seat and a free burger, participate in Swift’s Attic’s Facebook and Instagram contest.

Details: 9 p.m. Monday. Free. 315 Congress Ave. Suite 200. 512-482-8842, facebook.com/swiftsattic.

Sunday’s event pick: Antonelli’s Cheese Adult Summer Camp Series

Prelog's and Antonelli's are putting together a wine and cheese pairing for diners at the European-style fine dining restaurant. Contributed by Prelog's.
Prelog’s and Antonelli’s are putting together a wine and cheese pairing for diners at the European-style fine dining restaurant. Contributed by Prelog’s.

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.

Details: 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday. $60. Antonelli’s Cheese House, 500 Park Blvd. info.antonellischeese.com/calendar-cheese-classes-events.

Saturday’s event pick: Second Street District’s White Linen Night

Hand out photo. --White Linen Night is an arts benefit that New Orleans locals love and visitors can enjoy, too. CREDIT: Frank Aymami -- shot 2009. Received 07/07/11 for 0717travelmatters.
Hand out photo. –White Linen Night is an arts benefit that New Orleans locals love and visitors can enjoy, too. CREDIT: Frank Aymami — shot 2009. Received 07/07/11 for 0717travelmatters.

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.

Details: 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday. $35-$50. Second Street between San Antonio and Colorado. 2ndstreetdistrict.com/whitelinen.

Friday’s event pick: The Mexcentrics Latino Comedy Showcase

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.