- Arianna Auber American-Statesman Staff
1. The Austin Symphony Orchestra’s “Mozart in Paris”
8 p.m. Sept. 8 and 9. $19-$75. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. 512-476-6064, austinsymphony.org/events/mozart-in-paris.
The Austin Symphony opens the new season with crowd favorite musician Anton Nel, performing on both piano and harpsichord for “Mozart in Paris.” For the concert, expect an exciting program of compositions by both Mozart and French composer Poulenc. He will start the show with “Suite from ‘Les biches.’” Mozart’s “Piano Concerto No. 15 in B-flat Major” follows the first piece and showcases Nel on piano. Nel will move to harpsichord for the first concerto Poulenc wrote, “Concert champêtre for Harpsichord and Orchestra.” The program concludes with Mozart’s “Symphony No. 31 in D Major.”
2. H-E-B Free First Sunday
Noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 3. Free. Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress Ave. thestoryoftexas.com.
The first Sunday of every month offers free admission to the Bullock to explore exhibits at the museum. This time around, play more than a dozen iconic video games as part of “Pong to Pokemon: The Evolution of Electronic Gaming” and get a first look at the newest exhibit, “American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition.” With this one, you’ll step back in time to an era of flappers and suffragists, bootleggers and temperance workers, and real-life legends like Al Capone and Carry Nation.
3. The ABGB’s 4th Anniversary Party
Noon to 9 p.m. Sept. 4. Free. 1305 Oltorf St. facebook.com/events/812591675588611/.
As always, the ABGB is celebrating its anniversary on a Monday — Labor Day. Expect a full day of activities as well as house beer, pizza and birthday cake. There will be music playing throughout the evening, including No Recess, a full-on Nirvana experience with Mark Creaney, Will Rhodes and friends, at 6:30 p.m. The activities include a cornhole-in-one power hour, the Apple Bomb Jump into Barton Springs Pool and a guided flight with one of the brewers, tickets for which will benefit HAAM.
4. Umlauf After Dark
6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 5. Free. Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum, 605 Robert E. Lee Road. 512-445-5582, umlaufsculpture.org/umlauf-after-dark.
This special edition of Umlauf After Dark will feature the opening reception of Umlauf’s latest exhibit, “Bucky Miller: Grackle Actions.” His art was chosen for display when Miller won the Umlauf Prize, given to honor an outstanding graduate student in studio art at the University of Texas. Bring your friends out for a night of art, live music by Jon Klekman Quartet, beer courtesy of Lagunitas Brewing and Independence Brewing, nonalcoholic beverages from SoCo Ginger Beer and more.
5. Texas Gentlemen at Waterloo Records
5 p.m. Sept. 6. Free. 600 N. Lamar Blvd. waterloorecords.com.
Dallas band the Texas Gentlemen caught some people by surprise this summer when they opened for Dawes at a free Bud Light Series show in the American-Statesman warehouse. Their set of largely cover tunes featured some great choices — but their debut album, “TX Jelly,” due Sept. 15 on New West Records, will focus on their original material. Their stop at Waterloo precedes a Thursday appearance at Austin360 Amphitheater opening for Eric Church and Elle King. — Peter Blackstock
6. Austin Playhouse’s “This Random World”
8 p.m Thursday-Saturday, 5 p.m. Sunday through Sept. 24. $16-$36. 6001 Airport Blvd. 512-476-0084, austinplayhouse.ticketleap.com/this-random-world/.
Renowned playwright Steven Dietz’s comedy of missed connections is getting an Austin premiere. Through Dietz’s funny and intimate masterpiece, Austin Playhouse takes audiences on a trip to a world where seven intersecting characters meet — or just barely miss each other — in imaginative and unexpected ways. The play will take us to dirty diners, beautiful Japanese temples, possibly haunted funeral homes and other settings that will help explore the myth of serendipity, a major theme.
7. “Home Remedies For Cabin Fever” at Big Medium
Opening reception 7 to 10 p.m. Sept. 9; exhibit noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday through Oct. 7. 916 Springdale Road in Canopy complex. bigmedium.org/gallery.html.
Big Medium’s fifth exhibit of the year opens as a part of Canopy GO, the complex’s fourth annual grand opening event when the entire complex of studios and galleries will be open to the public. With “Home Remedies for Cabin Fever,” artist Emily Peacock is exploring family history and relationships, domesticity, and personal loss and tragedy, subjects that serve as the foundation of her work. For nearly a decade, she has created videos and photographs that examine and celebrate this bond.