Austin events this week include flamenco, “Harry Potter” symphony show

12:00 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 Things to Do
Austin’s beloved honky-tonk, the Broken Spoke, and its co-owner James White are the subject of a limited-run documentary playing at the Alamo Drafthouse. Contributed

1. “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”: In Concert

7:30 p.m. Sept. 23, 1 p.m. Sept. 24. $36.50-$91.50. Bass Concert Hall, 2350 Robert Dedman Drive. texasperformingarts.org.

Austin Muggles are about to get the biggest musical treat thanks to the Austin Symphony Orchestra, which is performing the score from “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” at two weekend shows. The symphony plans to play every note from the score of “The Sorcerer’s Stone,” the first film based off J.K. Rowling’s magical series about a boy wizard, while the movie plays in high definition on a 40-foot screen. This year marks 20 years since the book was published, and what better way to commemorate the anniversary than with this magical show?

2. “Honky Tonk Heaven: The Legend of the Broken Spoke” at Alamo Drafthouse

3:45 p.m. Sept. 17, 4:40 p.m. Sept. 18, 3:15 p.m. Sept. 19 and 4:10 p.m. Sept. 20. $11.64. Alamo South, 1120 S. Lamar Blvd. drafthouse.com.

The Alamo Drafthouse is screening this SXSW Audience Award-winning film for a very limited run. The documentary takes a look at more than 50 years of the landmark local venue and how its determined owners, James and Annetta White, persevered to keep the Broken Spoke open in the face of rapid urban growth. Filmmakers will be present at most of the screenings, and interviews in the film include such musical stars as Willie Nelson, Jerry Jeff Walker, Alvin Crow and more.

3. “Elements: Rock, Steel, Felt, Wax” at Davis Gallery

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday through Oct. 7. 837 W. Twelfth St. 512-477-4929, davisgalleryaustin.com.

This four-person group show is focused on a set of specific natural materials: rock, steel, felt and wax. The artists participating in the exhibit each represent one of the four materials. Giota Vorgia’s meticulously painted canvases depict stones, while Randall Reid’s abstract collages are fabricated out of discarded metals. Barbara Atwell’s richly symbolic sculptures are made from wool, and Annie Darling’s emotional encaustic paintings represent wax.

4. She Factory at the Townsend

8 p.m. Sept. 19. Free. 718 Congress Ave. thetownsendaustin.com.

Austinite and former Go-Go member Kathy Valentine was inspired to start this series “to highlight the talent and artistic endeavors of women and bring together the communities of women in the arts and businesses.” The first installment, “The Song Pool,” puts a spotlight on female musicians with a top-notch roster of singer-songwriters including Ruthie Foster, Suzanna Choffel, Carolyn Wonderland, Nina Diaz, Patricia Vonne and Jane Ellen Bryant. — Deborah Sengupta Stith

5. Trio for Paws Lawn Party

6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 20. $35 in advance; $40 at the door. Four Seasons Austin, 98 San Jacinto Blvd. eventbrite.com/e/2017-trio-for-paws-lawn-party-silent-auction-tickets-34749244927.

You and your dog will get pampered at this lawn party benefiting Austin Humane Society, Austin Pets Alive and Emancipet. In addition to the gourmet hors d’oeuvres on the human menu, the chefs at Trio at the Four Seasons will have passed treats for the pets such as homemade chicken jerky and peanut butter banana cookies. There will even be pup-friendly wine. The night also includes live music, a silent auction, a best dressed dog contest and a “smooch your pooch” photo booth.

6. Jarrott Productions’ “Prodigal Son”

7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday through Oct. 15. $15-$30. Trinity Street Theatre, 901 Trinity St. jarrottproductions.com.

Jarrott Productions takes on the latest play from John Patrick Shanley, the Oscar, Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer. His “Prodigal Son” is the autobiographical tale of a young boy from the Bronx who suddenly finds himself in a private school in New Hampshire. The boy is violent, gifted, alienated and on fire with a ferocious loneliness. Is he a star or a disaster? Shanley has constructed this passionate portrait of a young man on the verge of either salvation or destruction.

7. Flamenco Under the Stars with A’lante

8 p.m. Sept. 22 and 23. Free. Zilker Hillside Theater, 2206 William Barton Drive. alanteflamenco.com.

A’lante Flamenco wants to share their art, their unique brand of flamenco, with Austin more widely and will have two free shows to do it. Zilker Park will come alive after dark with thundering footwork, chattering castanets, soaring vocals and blazing guitars. Bring a picnic, a blanket, and friends and family to enjoy a fiery flamenco show featuring the company that has twice earned the “Best Dance Ensemble” award from the Austin Critics’ Table. Though you don’t have to buy tickets, A’lante asks that you RSVP on their website.

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