Best bets, May 16

Garrett Lebeau — new to Austin, via the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming — creates music that’s sultry, substantial, soulful. Most importantly: It never shouts to make its point. Lebeau’s music is striking for its quietness, a welcome respite from this loud and restless world.

On first blush, Lebeau’s vocal style will remind a lot of music fans of Boz Scaggs. His inflection is jazzier, though, and the content more soulful. He wraps his voice around songs, like Van Morrison or Aaron Neville. What’s more: LeBeau is a fabulous electric guitarist, but again on the quiet side. He doesn’t wail. His essence is mature. It’s all about texture and space.

Lebeau — who headlines a Friday show at Threadgill’s World Headquarters — has recently released his debut album, “Rise to the Grind,” on the Music Road records, the label co-founded by Austin singer-songwriter Jimmy LaFave. It’s easy to see why LaFave likes him: There’s no superficiality or adornment in his music at all.

“Rise to the Grind” was co-produced by longtime Austinite Roscoe Beck, an elegant bass player most famous, of late, for his role as the director of Leonard Cohen’s touring band. Beck’s musical tastes run the gamut: jazz, blues, soul, rock. … and in that sense, he’s the perfect producer for a project that politely defies genre.

Beck is one of the standout players on the album, along with drummer J.J. Johnson, who has played with the Grammy-winning Tedeschi-Trucks band. But Austin’s Red Young, on Hammond B-3 organ and keyboards, may be the real hero of the record. His light touch, his sense of taste, accentuates what’s best about Garrett Lebeau: A calm glow of soulful authenticity in a loud and restless world.


An Allstar Tribute to Lloyd Maines at ACL Live. Including the Dixie Chicks, Natalie Maines and Ben Harper, Court Yard Hounds, Joe Ely, Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis, Terry Allen, Carolyn Wonderland and Terri Hendrix. The event also is a benefit for KLRU. 6:30 p.m. $35-$250. 210 W. Second St.

— Peter Mongillo

Big Sing 3. Conspirare presents its last community singing event of the season. 6 p.m. Thursday. Free. Northwest Hills United Methodist Church, 7050 Village Center Drive. 476-5775,

Body & Soul in Concert. Austin Classical Guitar Society presents a FlamencoAustin show serving as Carlos Piñana’s U.S. debut. 8 p.m. Thursday. $27-$52. The Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 West Riverside Dr. 474-5664,

Also playing: The Boxing Lesson, Megafauna and Boscured By Echoes at Mohawk; Ghetto Ghouls at Beerland; oOoOO, Groundislava, Beat Imprint x John Gomi at Red 7; Roxy Roca, LZ Love and Git Rite at the Continental Club; Pinata Protest, Hickoids and Black Eyed Vermillion at Antone’s.

Theater & dance

“12 Angry Men.” The City Theatre presents Reginal Rose’s classic courtroom drama. Opens Thursday. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 5:30 p.m. Sundays, through June 9. $10-$29. The City Theatre, 3823 Airport Blvd. 524-2870,

Austin Latino New Play Festival. Teatro Vivo’s annual event features workshop productions of “El Jardin Viviente,” “Quincea-What?” and “Petra’s Pastorela.” 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. $6-$25. Rollins Studio Theatre at the Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. 474-6379,

“HIT.” A Chick & a Dude Productions present Shannon Weaver’s noir family drama. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. $15-$25. Hyde Park Theatre, 511 W. 43rd St. 479-7530,

“The Winter’s Tale.” Austin Shakespeare presents Shakespeare in the Park. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays, through May 26. Free. Zilker Hillside Theatre, 2201 Barton Springs Road. 470-4505,

“The Chimponauts & the Mechanical Phantom.” Electronic Planet Ensemble’s production features puppetry movement, video and electric sound. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. $10-$30. The Vortex, 2307 Manor Road. 478-5282,

Literary events

BedPost Confessions. Readings and performances on sexuality. 8 p.m. Thursday. $10. The North Door, 501 N. Interstate Highway 35. 485-3001,

Author appearance. Young adult author Rick Yancey speaks and signs “The 5th Wave.” 7 p.m. Thursday. Free. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 472-5050,


“The Secret Garden” and “The Yellow Boat.” Presented by Sam Bass Community Theatre. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through June 1. $18-$20. Sam Bass Community Theatre, 600 Lee St., Round Rock. 244-0440,


Auteur Obscure. The Austin Film Society presents Fernando Di Lio’s “Mister Scarface.” 7:30 p.m. Thursday. $5-$10. The Marchesa Hall & Theatre, 6226 Middle Fiskville Road. 322-0145,

Blue Starlite Urban Mini Drive-In. “Benny & Joon,” 8:30 p.m. Thursday. Double-feature: “Jurassic Park” and “Jaws,” 8:30 p.m. Friday. Drive-in slots start at $25; walk-in slots $5. Blue Starlite at Old Airport, 1901 E. 51st St.

Movies in the Park. An outdoor screening of “The Fifth Element.” 8:30 p.m. Thursday. Free.. Republic Square Park, 422 Guadalupe St. 477-1566,

“The Wind.” A screeening of the silent film, along with live music. 7:30 p.m. Thursday. $10; free for museum members. Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave. 936-4649,

Action Pack: The “Anchorman” Quote-Along. Will Ferrell, Steve Carell and Paul Rudd star in the hit comedy. 7 p.m. Thursday. $12. Alamo Ritz, 320 E. Sixth St. 476-1320,

Action Pack: Teenage Dreams. The pop princess sing-along. 9:45 p.m. Thursday. $12. Alamo Ritz, 320 E. Sixth St. 476-1320,


Disney on Ice: “Worlds of Fantasy.” A nonstop show featuring some of Disney’s most famous stories. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 1:30 and 5:30 p.m. Sunday. $12.50-$45.50. Cedar Park Center, 2100 Avenue of the Stars, Cedar Park. 600-5000,

Nature & outdoors

Austin Nature and Science Center. Native Texas wildlife, the Dino Pit, hiking trails, ponds, camps, more. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Free. 301 Nature Center Drive inside Zilker Park. 974-3888,

Austin Zoo & Animal Sanctuary. Primates, big cats, birds, reptiles, more at kid-oriented, privately run sanctuary. 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily; no entry after 4:30 p.m. $5-$9. 10808 Rawhide Trail. 288-1490,

Capital of Texas Zoo. Nonprofit dedicated to education and conservation. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. 376-A Jenkins Road, Cedar Creek. Children younger than 2 free, ages 2-11 $7.49, adults $9.99. 303-6675,

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Gardens and exhibits celebrating the life and legacy of the former first lady. 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. $3-$9. 4801 La Crosse Ave. 232-0100,

Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve. Hill Country preserve offers three miles of hiking trails. Trails open sunrise to sundown daily. $2-$3. 805 N. Capital of Texas Highway. 327-7622,

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