Have fall fun with “Star Wars” concert, “Woman in Black” show and more

12:00 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017 Things to Do
Lance Letscher’s collage art will be showcased in the Stephen L. Clark Gallery show “Libros,” a celebration of Austin’s new Central Library opening in late October. Contributed

1. “Star Wars: A New Hope” with the Austin Symphony Orchestra

7:30 p.m. Oct. 11 and 12. $39-$79. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org/event/star-wars-new-hope/.

The legendary film is turning 40 this year — and to commemorate the milestone, the Austin Symphony Orchestra will perform John Williams’ equally memorable “Star Wars” score while “A New Hope” plays on a big screen above. From “Binary Sunset” to “Leia’s Theme” and the “Throne Room,” the themes of the first movie ushered in a renaissance of film music that Hollywood hadn’t had in decades. With his score, Williams created fully-formed characters and a compelling narrative so fully realized that millions of fans could lose themselves without ever having to open their eyes.

2. Opening of “In Harmony: Celebrating Music in Photographs”

2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 8. Free. The Wittliff Collections, Texas State University, 601 University Dr., San Marcos. thewittliffcollections.txstate.edu/events.html.

The Wittliff Collections is celebrating the opening of the newest photography exhibit, on view through July 8. Tour the gallery of more than 90 photographs featuring musicians as notable as Willie Nelson and the late Tejano singer Selena. The artists will be posed in a variety of settings but all in the Southwest region of the U.S. and Mexico. Several of the 32 participating photographers, a group that includes Bill Wittliff, Annie Leibovitz, Yolanda Andrade and Arthur Tress, will be at the opening.

3. Pete Yorn at Parish

8 p.m. Oct. 9. $30. 214 E. Sixth St. theparishaustin.com.

A standout at last year’s Austin City Limits Fest, Yorn arrives for a headlining show of his own between the festival’s two ACL weekends at Sixth Street’s premier venue. Yorn’s an interesting career study, with fine rock-pop singer-songwriter records that never quite made him a star yet attracted the likes of Scarlett Johansson for a duo recording project. He’s playing solo acoustic on this tour, with no opener. — Peter Blackstock

4. The Wild Texas Film Tour

5 p.m. Oct. 10. $21. Zach Theatre, 1510 Toomey Rd. wildfilmtour.com.

The 7:30 p.m. showing is already sold out, so the Wild Texas Film Tour — an 11-city short film tour showcasing stories of wildlife, adventure and conservation — has opened up this matinee screening. Like the others, this one will feature both the characters in the films and the folks behind the cameras, as well as some of the best photographers, outdoorsmen and wildlife enthusiasts in the state. The tour aims to inspire grassroots efforts from its audience. Filmmaker and conservationist Ben Masters will host.

5. Pink Wine Walk with Komen Austin

5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 12. Free. Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave. facebook.com/events/356257121462044.

Drink pink while you shop your way through the galleria with wine samples, light bites, complimentary pink swag bags and a chance to take home items from participating stores. Start the evening at Twin Liquors to pick up a map that will take you to each stop along the way. One of the middle stops is a Komen Austin booth where you can find out more about breast cancer research, donate to the cause and browse the items in a drawing. All proceeds from the drawing will go directly to Komen.

6. Penfold Theatre’s “Woman in Black”

Opens Oct. 13. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 5 p.m. Sunday through Oct. 29, with no performance Oct. 21 and additional performance Oct. 30. $18-$25. Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th St. penfoldtheatre.org.

Stephen Mallatratt’s haunting adaptation of Susan Hill’s hair-raising ghost story comes to Austin just in time for the Halloween season. A lawyer obsessed with a curse that he believes has been cast over him and his family by the specter of a woman in black asks a skeptical young actor to help him tell his story and exorcise the fear that grips him. The further they reach into his darkest memories, the more they find themselves caught up in a world of moving shadows and deadly secrets.

7. “Libros” at the Stephen L. Clark Gallery

Opening reception 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 14. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday through Nov. 11. 1101 W. Sixth St. artnet.com/galleries/stephen-l-clark-gallery/.

This new show will celebrate internationally recognized collage artist Lance Letscher and the nearly open Austin Central Library. Letscher, currently living in Austin, has had a long relationship with books and with libraries, and much of his work includes the printed page. In “Libros,” Letscher’s collages are created from raw found materials such as album covers, papers, books, recipes, notes, letters and magazines. Each piece is put together with great intricacy of color and content.

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