Pecan Street Festival, Blue Lapis Light lead the weekend’s top events

12:00 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017 Things to Do
The brass quintet Spanish Brass is performing at Bates Recital Hall with its genre-crossing repertoire. Contributed by Angel Tejo

1. Fall Pecan Street Festival

11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 23 and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 24. Free. Sixth Street District between Brazos Street and Interstate 35. pecanstreetfestival.org.

The biannual art and music festival takes over Sixth Street for its 37th fall edition. The event features free music on several stages, and the lineup includes Louisiana act Royal Teeth and rising blues artist Jackie Venson, back from a couple of summer stints supporting Gary Clark Jr. on tour. The Peligrosa DJ collective, who are celebrating 10 years fusing hip-hop funk and Latin sounds this fall, will make an appearance alongside local acts such as Moving Panoramas, Kay Odyssey and Kiko Villamizar. — Deborah Sengupta Stith

2. Blue Lapis Light’s “Belonging, Part One”

8:15 p.m. Thursday-Sunday through Oct. 1. $20-$60. 211 Walter Seaholm Drive. bluelapislight.org.

Blue Lapis Light Aerial Dance has been performing high-flying, site-specific choreography across Austin since 2005. Now, for two weekends, the 20-member company takes on a new outdoor space — the Seaholm District plaza next to downtown’s Trader Joe’s — with “Belonging, Part One,” featuring aerial work on the Seaholm Power Plant’s towering stacks. Read about artistic director Sally Jacques’ inspiration behind the aerial dance on mystatesman.com. — Claire Christine Spera

3. Femme Film Fridays at the Bullock Museum

7 to 9:30 p.m. Sept. 22. $3-$5. 1800 Congress Ave. thestoryoftexas.com.

The latest movie to be showcased in the Bullock Museum’s Femme Film Fridays series is the animated “Persepolis,” based off Marjane Satrapi’s autobiographical graphic novel of the same name. “Persepolis” is about a precocious and outspoken Iranian girl who grows up during the Islamic Revolution. The night will include a cash bar, Christine Chen’s short film “Ya Albi” and a Q&A with Jeannette Okur, a Turkish studies program organizer at the University of Texas, and Chen, founder of Moth to Flame production company.

4. Treaty Oak Brewing & Distilling’s 2nd Anniversary Party

Noon to 10 p.m. Sept. 23. Free. 16604 Fitzhugh Road, Dripping Springs. treatyoakdistilling.com.

Though established in 2006, Treaty Oak moved into a sprawling new home on a ranch in Dripping Springs two years ago and is celebrating with an all-day party. Treaty Oak will showcase some of its favorite food and cocktails, along with live music by Emily Gimble & Marshall Food Duo, Jackie Venson and Bill Kirchen. Kids can run around on the new and improved playground while the adults enjoy booze, including two special product releases: Single Malt Reserve and the First Whiskey Made in Austin.

5. Spanish Brass at Bates Recital Hall

7 p.m. Sept. 24. $10-$32. 2350 Robert Dedman Drive. texasperformingarts.org.

The brass quintet is coming to Austin after 28 years of performing around the globe, at places and events as wide-ranging as the Juilliard School of Music and the Festival de Inverno de Brasilia. Five Spanish musicians formed the innovative project in 1989, and it gained international notoriety for its performances, educational programs and creative collaborations. Expect a genre-breaking show, of both covers and pieces written for them, that explores, pop, classical, Latin music and more.

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