Wednesday’s pick: 22 Nights of Halloween at the Drive-in

Kelly LeBrock and Anthony Michael Hall in Weird Science. Universal Pictures, 1985.
Kelly LeBrock and Anthony Michael Hall in Weird Science. Universal Pictures, 1985.

October is already upon us, and the Blue Starlite Drive-in is ready to start celebrating Halloween with 22 Nights of Halloween at the Drive-in, which kicks off Wednesday night.

The first night will feature both a vintage and an 80’s brat pack version of the Frankenstein tale with “Weird Science” and “The Bride of Frankenstein.” The double feature begins at 8 p.m.

You can purchase a membership pass for all the movies from Oct. 1 to Nov. 1 for $30, or pay general admission which starts at $5 per person in car or walk-in.

Visit the Blue Starlite Drive-in website for a full listing of Halloween movies showing this month.

Tuesday’s pick: Do Ho Suh at the Contemporary Austin

Do Ho Suh, “348 West 22nd Street, Apt. A, New York, NY 10011, USA.”
Do Ho Suh, “348 West 22nd Street, Apt. A, New York, NY 10011, USA.”

The Contemporary Austin, Laguna Gloria (3809 W. 35 St., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and Jones Center (700 Congress Ave., 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.) are free on Tuesdays. Read what art critic Jeanne Claire van Ryizn had to say about their latest exhibit by Do Ho Suh:

Ideas of home, displacement and personal space ricochet through the work of acclaimed artist Do Ho Suh. Now, Suh receives his first major solo exhibit in the United States in more than a decade when the Contemporary Austin launches a two-part show opening Saturday.

Suh has recently finished creating the last rooms of a fabric replica of his New York apartment, which he’ll debut at the Contemporary’s Jones Center along with two other components of his “348 West 22nd Street.” Also on view will be some of his “Specimen Series” of ghostly appliances and fixtures — radiators, toilets, stoves all rendered with meticulous detail — made of sheer colorful fabric over steel structures.

At the Contemporary’s Laguna Gloria site, Suh will install “Net-Work” along the shore of Lake Austin — a shimmering fishing net-like kinetic installation of thousands of gold and silver human figures.

Monday’s pick: Motown Monday at the Highball

The Matchmaker Band. RODOLFO GONZALEZ / AMERICAN-STATESMAN
The Matchmaker Band. RODOLFO GONZALEZ / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Always wanted to know how to swing dance? The newly-reopened Highball (1120 S. Lamar Blvd.) is hosting a free introductory West Coast Swing class from 8 to 9 p.m. Monday.

After the class and for no cover, Austin’s ten-piece Matchmaker Band performs from 9 to 11 p.m. so you can try out your new moves.

More into country than Motown? Go to the Highball Thursday for free Honky Tonk dance lessons followed by music from Dale Watson and Two Hoots and a Holler.

Sunday’s pick: Blanton Museum’s SoundSpace

The Blanton's SoundSpace show features musicians and dancers focusing on out-of-the-ordinary music techniques and instruments.
The Blanton’s SoundSpace show features musicians and dancers focusing on out-of-the-ordinary music techniques and instruments.

Out-of-the-ordinary musical techniques and newly constructed instruments are at the center of the eighth installment of SoundSpace, the Blanton Museum of Art’s acclaimed biannual concert series.

The Blanton’s galleries will transform into an immersive sensory space with a vibrant lineup of performances by musicians and dancers.

SoundSpace: Sound Construction will highlight the variety of ways in which musicians explore tonal color and texture, incorporating techniques and instruments ranging from guitar and violin to modified children’s toys.

Details: 2 p.m. Sunday. $5-$9 (museum admission). 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. 512-471-7324, http://www.blantonmuseum.org.

Saturday’s pick: Austin Pittie Limits

tigressaThe Austin Animal Center, in collaboration with other animal welfare organizations, will celebrate breeds known as “bully” dogs, dispel myths and offer information, including on positive training methods.

The event also will have live music, fun games for the kids and dogs available for free adoptions. Organizations included are Austin Pets Alive, Austin Humane Society, Love-A-Bull, Don’t Bully Me Rescue, Animal Trustees of Austin, Emancipet and more.

Details: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Free and open to the public. Austin Animal Center, 7201 Levander Loop. http://www.austintexas.gov/department/animal-services.

Friday’s pick: 82nd Annual Mediterranean Festival

St. Elias Mediterranean Festival, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013. Jenni Jones/For American-Statesman
St. Elias Mediterranean Festival, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013. Jenni Jones/For American-Statesman

Sample foods from Lebanon, Palestine, Greece, Eritrea and Romania at the 82nd Annual St. Elias Mediterranean Festival.

Held at St. Elias (408 E. 11th St), the festival also features live dance performances to live music by Greek and Dabke dancers, a festival marketplace and a kids’ oasis for children to enjoy games.

Admission is a $5 donation. The festival runs 6 to 11 p.m. Friday and noon to 11 p.m. Saturday.

Thursday’s pick: Martha Graham Dance Company

Martha Graham Dance Company performs “Appalachian Spring” to Aaron Copland’s score of the same name. JOHN DEANE
Martha Graham Dance Company performs “Appalachian Spring” to Aaron Copland’s score of the same name. JOHN DEANE

Dancemaker Martha Graham, who died in 1991 at age 97, left a legacy as one of the most groundbreaking artistic innovators of the 20th century.

Graham shaped modern dance as we understand it today and her creative influence is often compared to how Pablo Picasso reinvented painting or how Frank Lloyd Wright did the same for architecture. It’s been several years since the company founded by the choreographer has performed in Austin.

Now, the Martha Graham Dance Company returns with a program of some of Graham’s signature dances including Graham’s seminal “Appalachian Spring” from 1944 that features Aaron Copland’s Pulitzer Prize-winning score of the same name.

Details: 8 p.m. Thursday. Bass Concert Hall, University of Texas campus. $36-$45. 512-471-1441, www.texasperformingarts.org.