Summer arts in Austin: Inside and out

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Arts Inside: Cool summer getaways, with culture

  • “Impressionism and the Caribbean: Francisco Oller and His Transatlantic World.” June 14 – Sept. 6. Puerto Rican painter Francisco Oller (1833–1917) emerged from the small art world of San Juan and after 20 years in Europe, returned burnished with his own worldly artistic style and with friends that included Monet, Cézanne and Pissaro among others. Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. 512-471-7324. www.blantonmuseum.org Monet (2)
  • “Heathers” and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” Nobody does campy musicals with as much glee (and finesse) as Doctah Mustuh Productions. June 18-July 11. Salvage Vanguard Theater, 2803 Manor Road. www.doctuhmistuh.org
  • “Reflections: African American Life from the Myrna Colley-Lee Collection.” One of the foremost costume designers of the Black Theatre movement, Myrna Colley-Lee amassed a collection of work by African Americans from the 20th century to the present including Romare Bearden, James Van Der Zee, Elizabeth Catlett, and Betye Saar. June 19-Aug. 23. Bullock Museum, 1900 N. Congress Ave. 512-936-8746. www.thestoryoftexas.com.
  • Austin Chamber Music Festival. This is not your parents chamber music festival. Symphonic rockers Mother Falcon, the jazz-streaked trio Time for Three and adventurous alt classical quartet Break of Reality join a line-up that also includes the Brazilian Guitar Quartet and the Miro Quartet. The festival includes a series of free community concerts as well. July 3-19. Various venues. www.austinchambermusic.org.
  • “The Night Alive.” Bleak yet intelligent contemporary comedies are the signature of Hyde Park Theatre. Adding a little dark poetry to this summer’s line-up is “The Night Alive,” the latest by Irish writer Conor McPherson. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, July 9-Aug. 8. Hyde Park Theatre, 511 W. 43rd St. www.hydeparktheatre.org
  • “Sophisticated Ladies.” Jennifer Holliday stars in this tribute show to Duke Ellington’s music for Harlem’s Cotton Club. July 15-Aug. 23. Zach Theatre, 202 S. Lamar Blvd. www.zachtheatre.org
  • “Frank Reaugh: Landscapes of Texas and the American West.” The painter considered the “dean of Texas artists” gets a sprawling retrospective of his vast impressionistic landscapes. Aug. 4-Nov. 29. Harry Ransom Center, 21st and Guadalupe streets. www.hrc.utexas.edu.

Arts Outside: Enjoy the outdoors

  • Green Screen Film Series. Films about contemporary artists in the cool breeze of the Laguna Gloria amphitheater. Among other surprising documentaries screened is “When Björk Met Attenborough.” 8:30 p.m. June 5 & 19. Laguna Gloria Amphitheater, Contemporary Austin, 3805 W. 35th St. $10. www.thecontemporaryaustin.org.
  • “Sound and Cinema” at the Long Center. A movie — typically a cult classic — paired with a live band on the City Terrace of the Long Center with its incomparable view of downtown Austin. Oh, and the six-movie series is entirely free. Films and bands to be announced. 6 p.m. June 3, 17, July 1, 15, 29 and Aug. 12. Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Dr. www.thelongcenter.org.

    "Sound and Cinema" at the Long Center.

    “Sound and Cinema” at the Long Center.

  • Concerts in the Park. Bring a picnic dinner, bring a blanket to lounge on. Once again, small ensembles from the Austin Symphony Orchestra will perform free, casual concerts on the Long Center City Terrace. 7:30 p.m. Sundays, May 31-Aug. 23. Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Dr. www.austinsymphony.org.
  • Zilker summer musical: “Hairspray.” The annual free show in the park is in its 57th year. This summer it’s the family friendly Tony Award-winning show about 1960s teens who integrate a television dance show. 8:30 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays, July 10-Aug. 15, Zilker Hillside Theatre, Zilker Park. Free. www.zilker.org

Family Arts

  • “Bubblepalooza.” Free extravaganza of chalk art, the ArcAttack robot, Pollyanna Theatre Company, a food truck courtyard and live music from Rattletree Marimba, Dan Zanes and The Jellydots — and of course plenty of bubbles. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 6. Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Dr.
    www.thelongcenter.org.
  • “The Wizard of Dogz.” The one-man, six rescue-dog, one-macaw circus presents its original show based on the film classic “The Wizard of Oz.” Aug. 15-23. $12. Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Road. www.chickendog.net.
  • “The Race: Tortoise vs. Hare.” The celebrated Summer Stock Austin stages an original new musical by Austin composer Allen Robertson that uses the fabled contest between a tortoise and a hare as a metaphor for cultures clashing — and finding harmony. July 25-Aug. 8. Rollins Studio Theater, Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Dr. www.thelongcenter.org.
  • Blanton Museum Summer Family Programs. An array of weekday drop-in art programs — from storytime gallery tours to art-making activities — fill the museum. June 10-Aug. 7. Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. www.blantonmuseum.org

 


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