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The Planner: The Long Weekend, Thursday-Sunday, Aug. 15-18


1. Zeus in Therapy at the Long Center

8 p.m. Aug. 16-18 and Aug. 21-24, 4:30 p.m. Aug. 17 and Aug. 24-25. $14-$21.50. 701 W. Riverside Drive. 512-474-5664, thelongcenter.org.

Even the Greek gods need a shrink. At least that’s what late longtime Austin resident and UT professor Douglass Stott Parker imagined when he penned “Zeus in Therapy,” a cycle of 52 poems about Zeus on the therapist’s couch. Although the project he shared with his students for 25 years ultimately went unfinished, it’ll jump off the page for two weekends starting Friday when the Tutto Theatre Company’s adaptation takes the work to the stage with a diverse ensemble of 11 performers playing the mighty Olympian god. As the actors scramble around to perform the various travails of Zeus’ life, the production suggests that he, just like the rest of us, finds himself overwhelmed by expectations.

2. ‘Greetings from Austin’ mural fundraiser

6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Free. Roadhouse Relics, 1720 South First St. greetingsfromaustinmural.com.

The iconic “Greetings from Austin” mural on South First Street is in need of some touch-ups. Help restore the mural at an open house at Roadhouse Relics, the gallery of Todd Sanders, who is teaming up with students from Creative Action to raise funds for the mural’s restoration. He originally painted the “Greetings from Austin” piece in 1998 with Rory Skagen. The open house will showcase the vision for the restoration project.

3. ‘A Few Good Men’ at the Georgetown Palace Theatre

7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 8. $10-$24. 810 South Austin Ave., Georgetown. 512-869-7469, www.georgetownpalace.com.

An Aaron Sorkin classic is returning to the stage in Georgetown for a four-weekend run. “A Few Good Men,” Sorkin’s Broadway hit that became an Academy Award-nominated film in 1992, is a courtroom drama about two U.S. Marines charged with the murder of a fellow Marine and the struggles of their lawyer trying to defend them.

4. Austin Ice Cream Festival

10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. $10 for adults; free for kids 8 and under. Fiesta Gardens, 2100 Jesse E. Segovia St. 512-441-9015, www.icecreamfestival.org.

Cool off from the oppressive August heat at the seventh annual Austin Ice Cream Festival, which celebrates the coolest of desserts. The day includes plenty of family-friendly games, contests, live entertainment and, of course, ice cream. Contests include making sculptures out of Popsicle sticks and seeing who can eat a gallon of ice cream the fastest — brain freeze very possible.

5. Austin’s Tour de Hives

8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. $5 for up to 5 people. Starts at Bee Friendly Austin Apiary, 9874 Wier Loop Circle. austintourdehives.weebly.com.

Catch the buzz behind the lure of owning honeybee hives at this tour of area bee yards, Austin’s first. In addition to the glimpse of local beehives, the day includes honey tasting, mead tasting from Rohan Meadery, an intro to beekeeping classes, a raffle of a starter hive from Bee Weaver and more. The tour of bee yards will be self-guided using a map given out that day.


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