Joey Frisco Jr. is a third-generation elephant handler for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, which rolls into town for eight shows Aug. 21-25.
Elephants have been his whole life. He can remember being 3 or 4 and playing and running underneath a 9,500-pound female named Jenny. His family moved away from Jenny, but 10 years later, when he walked into a room she was in and said her name, “she started talking,” he says. “They say an elephant never forgets. You can believe that.”
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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey ‘Dragons’
When: 7:30 p.m Aug. 21-24; 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Aug. 24 and 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Aug. 25
Where: Erwin Center, 1701 Red River St.
Tickets: Ages 2 and older must have a ticket. $10-$80
Information: 512-471-7744, www.uterwincenter.com
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Curious George Family Red Carpet Event. Celebrate the opening of the new Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline location with KLRU and the Alamo Drafthouse. Come dressed in your best Hollywood glamour, monkey suit or safari wear. Walk the red carpet and get your photo taken with Curious George, plus hands-on activities. Reserve seats with the purchase of a $5 food/beverage voucher. Kids must be accompanied by adults. 10:30 a.m. July 27. Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline, 14028 N. U.S. 183, Building F. 512-476-1320, drafthouse.com.
Stargazing at the University of Texas campus. Held on the roof of Robert Lee Moore Hall on Wednesday nights; viewings also held at the Painter Hall Telescope on Friday and Saturday nights. Through Aug. 14. Free. Call 512-471-5007 for times and 512-232-4265 for weather cancellations. outreach.as.utexas.edu/public/parties.html.
Fish Gallery Summer Reading Program. Crafts, games, touch tanks and prizes. 3:30 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 22. Fish Gallery, 6500 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-381-0158, www.thefishgallery.com
Last month of current Austin Children’s Museum. It will close Sept. 1 and open up again in a new location with a new name on Dec. 7. Right now the exhibit “Think.Do.Make.” lets kids play with Science, Technology, Engineering and Math in fun ways. This month: Sing-alongs, 10:30 a.m. Aug. 5 and Aug. 12, Spark! Theatre 9:30 a.m. Aug. 10, Tiny Tails to You petting zoo 9 a.m. Aug. 17, and Woodcrafting 101, 1 p.m. Aug. 31. 201 Colorado St. 512-472-2499, www.austinkids.org.
Family tours of Blanton Museum of Art. Examine art through children’s stories for ages 4 to 7 at 10:30 a.m. Thursdays and Fridays and for ages 8 to 12 at 11:30 a.m. Thursdays through Aug. 9. The museum has art activities for ages 8 and older from 10 a.m. to noon every Thursday and Friday. The museum is at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard at Congress Avenue. 512-471-7324, www.blantonmuseum.org.
The Contemporary Austin (formerly AMOA-Arthouse) Summer Story Series. 1 p.m. Sunday and Aug. 4. They are both free with admission to the Jones Center, 700 Congress Ave. Over at the Laguna Gloria location, Second Saturdays offers hands-on art projects. On Aug. 10 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., it’s painting with ice cubes. $5 member families, $10 nonmember families. 3809 W. 35th St. amoa-arthouse.org.
Texplorations Family Story Time. Stories for the youngest museum goers on the first Sunday of every month at the Bullock Texas State History Museum. 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Aug. 4. 1800 N. Congress Ave. thestoryoftexas.com.
Summer Stock’s “The Bremen Town Musicians.” Biscuit Brother Allen Robertson creates this musical. 10 a.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 11 and 10 a.m. Aug. 7. $10 adults, $5 children. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Dr. 512-474-5664, www.thelongcenter.org.
“Little Shop of Horrors.” Head over to Beverly S. Sheffield Zilker Hillside Theater inside Zilker Park, spread out your blanket starting at 6 p.m. and watch the Zilker Summer Musical, “Little Shop of Horrors.” Thursdays-Sundays through Aug. 17 at dusk (approximately 8:30 p.m.) Free, but donations welcome. Beverly S. Sheffield Zilker Hillside Theater inside Zilker Park. www.zilker.org.
Deep Eddy Pool Splash Movies. On summer Saturdays, it shows movies at dusk. This Saturday, “Wreck-It Ralph;” next Saturday, “The Avengers.” $1 ages 1-11, $2 ages 12-17, $3 adults, $1 seniors. 401 Deep Eddy Ave. www.deepeddy.org.
Paramount Summer Movie Classics. “Back to the Future,” 2 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. Aug. 4, “The Karate Kid,” 4:20 p.m. Aug. 4. “The Neverending Story,” 3:35 p.m. Aug. 10. $6-$10. Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave. 512-472-5470, www.austintheatre.org.
Alamo Drafthouse’s Kid Camp: A free movie every morning at Alamo Slaughter Lane, Village and the new Lakeline. Check drafthouse.com for film and times.
Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse. $1 movies at 10 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at Tinseltown 17; Wednesday at Hill Country Galleria; Wednesday at Cedar Park; and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at Round Rock. www.cinemark.com for movie.
Regal Summer Movie Express: $1 movies at Arbor and Westgate theaters 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. www.regmovies.com.
Summer Story Time at the Austin Humane Society. 2 p.m. Aug. 6 for children 6 and up. Free, but you must sign up in advance. 124 W. Anderson Lane. www.austinhumanesociety.org.
“Willy Wonka Jr.” Zach’s Performing Arts School presents the Roald Dahl story. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Aug. 9-10. Zach Theatre. 512-476-0541, www.zachtheatre.org.
Bubblepalooza. Come play with bubbles and water and listen to the music on the Long Center City Terrace. 8 a.m. Aug. 10. Free. www.thelongcenter.org.
Press Forward Back to School event. Fitness competitions, educational resources and free school supplies with Agape Christian Ministries and WWE wrestler Mark Henry. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 10, Hernandez Middle School 1901 Sunrise Rd., Round Rock. www.agapetexas.org.