Wind down summer with Blues on the Green, more Austin events


1. Blues on the Green at Zilker Park

Music starts at 8 p.m. Aug. 8. Free, parking pass $15 + service fees. 2115 Lou Neff Road. kgsr.com.

Have we already reached the end of the road for this year’s Blues on the Green run? The popular KGSR-sponsored series, which draws thousands to Zilker Park every few weeks during the summer months, has tapped a bit of an underdog for its final headlining spot: The Oh Hellos are a San Marcos folk-rock outfit led by siblings Tyler and Maggie Heath whose new album, “Eurus,” is their sixth since forming in 2011. Opening act Bidi Bidi Banda, featuring Stephanie Bergara, is well-known locally for its lively Selena tribute performances. — Peter Blackstock

2. “The Meg” on the Water

6 p.m. Aug. 5. $42. Volente Beach Resort & Waterpark, 16107 FM 2769, Leander. eventbrite.com/e/the-meg-on-the-water-tickets-47996566021.

You thought watching “Jaws” floating in an inner tube on Lake Travis was scary enough, huh? Well, the great white shark has nothing on the prehistoric 75-foot megalodon, subject of the new Jason Statham movie “The Meg.” The Alamo Drafthouse’s Rolling Roadshow is giving an early screening of “The Meg” while viewers float on inflatable rafts, and it’s sure to inspire a fresh round of terror. Tickets to the show include access to Volente Beach Resort’s rides and hangout spots starting at 6 p.m.

3.“Reflector: A Summer Group Show” at Davis Gallery

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday through Sept. 8. 837 W. 12th St. davisgalleryaustin.com.

This annual summer show asks each participating artist — a large group that includes regular Davis Gallery artists David Leonard, Jan Heaton and Joseph Hammer — to cast their gazes inwardly and to capture either their whole self or some aspect of “self.” In “Reflector,” the artists aren’t limited to realistic portraits, and most of them have chosen to depict themselves via abstractions and symbolic representations. The work of 25 artists is on display.

4. Trailer Food Tuesday

5 p.m. Aug. 7. Free. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org.

Austin’s enduring love affair with food trucks is on full display with this returning summer tradition. Trailer Food Tuesdays feature a range of cuisine from rotating food trucks arranged around the Long Center terrace and lawn. This month, grab dinner and sweet treats from mobile participants including Burro Cheese Kitchen, East Side King, Cluck-N-Burger and Steel City Pops. There also will be live music from Bidi Bidi Banda, DJ Shani and Superfónicos.

5. “The Maltese Falcon” at the Paramount Theatre

7 p.m. Aug. 9. $7-$12. 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org.

The Paramount’s Summer Classic Film Series isn’t over yet — and heats up anew with Humphrey Bogart’s classic film noir, “The Maltese Falcon.” He stars as Sam Spade, one of literature’s most beloved private eyes, who finds himself tangled in a web of intrigue as he tries to uncover who killed his partner. The film is part of a double feature with “Double Indemnity,” and you can use one ticket for both movies if they’re viewed back-to-back on the same day.

6. National S’mores Day at Craftsman

7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 10. $1. 2000 E. Cesar Chavez St. facebook.com/events/192753958069921/.

It might be a little hot for a campfire, but who can resist the sweet treat of a s’more? The East Austin bungalow bar is building a DIY s’mores bar as well as a fire pit for you to roast your sugary creations. Each of the $1 s’mores kits will come with a giant 36-inch skewer and access to the s’mores bar. Craftsman will also offer drink specials. S’mores options go beyond the classic — try your hand at making options such as Cookies & Creme with graham crackers, Hershey’s Cookies ‘n’ Creme and marshmallows.

7. Oita Japan Festival

12 p.m. Aug. 11. $5-$10. Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Road. austinoita.org/2018-oita-japan-festival-oitaatx/.

Energetic Japanese punk rock group Peelander-Z will be the highlight of this family-friendly festival celebrating Japanese culture and Austin’s sister city relationship with Oita, Japan. The festival will also feature traditional Japanese drumming by Austin Taiko, an elegant Japanese tea ceremony by Central Texas Chado and hands-on kids’ activities including origami folding, kanji writing and using chopsticks. Plus, try your hand at shodo calligraphy in a friendly competition, and purchase Japanese art at the marketplace.



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