The week ahead filled with fundraisers, from HAAM to Harvey relief

12:00 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017 Things to Do
The current production at Wimberley Playhouse, “Making God Laugh,” will take audiences through 30 years of one family’s lives. Contributed by Wimberley Playhouse

1. Austin Chefs Night Out: A Benefit for Hurricane Harvey

5 p.m. Sept. 10. $75-$500. 800 Congress. austinchefsnightout.ticketbud.com.

Many of the best chefs in Austin are coming together Sunday evening at 800 Congress Ave. to host this benefit for Hurricane Harvey relief. Following the format of a food festival evening, the night will feature small plates, beer, wine and cocktails. The roster of chefs preparing dishes includes Shawn Cirkiel (Parkside Projects), Tyson Cole (Uchi/Uchiko), Todd Duplechan (Lenoir), Kevin Fink (Emmer & Rye), Michael Fojtasek (Olamaie), Bryce Gilmore (Odd Duck/Barley Swine), Yoshi Okai (Otoko), Rene Ortiz (Launderette) and Zack Perez (Paperboy). — Matthew Odam

2. The Craft Series at 1886 Cafe & Bakery

6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 11. $40. The Driskill Hotel, 604 Brazos St. eventbrite.com/e/the-craft-series-at-1886-tickets-37045539205?.

The monthly beer pairing dinner — one of the most affordable in town — is back, this time with new executive chef for the Driskill, Christian Apetz, helming the food menu. He has created four courses to pair with beers from (512) Brewing. Courses include pimento cheese poppers with the (512) Wit, a Belgian-style wheat ale, and a porter float paired with (512) Pecan Porter for dessert. You’ll need to reserve your spot on Eventbrite, but you won’t pay for the dinner until afterward.

3. HAAM Benefit Day Songwriter Tribute to Willie Nelson at Threadgill’s

7:30 p.m. Sept. 12. $10 suggested donation. 301 W. Riverside Drive. threadgills.com.

Hundreds of shows will support the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians all over town on this annual mega-fundraiser day, but this event organized by the House of Songs stands out. Host Graham Weber has brought about 20 local musicians to sing the songs of Austin’s most famous musical visionary, including Monte Warden, Suzanna Choffel, Colin Gilmore, Carson McHone and Jonathan Terrell. Check out our list of additional HAAM Benefit Day shows on mystatesman.com. — Peter Blackstock

4. “Last Fan Standing” at the Alamo Ritz

6 p.m. Sept. 13. $67.48. 320 E. Sixth St. drafthouse.com/austin.

“Last Fan Standing” is a live trivia game show celebrating fandom and pop culture, and it’s coming to the Austin stage — or, rather, an Austin theater — with host Bruce Campbell. Each ticket includes a meet-and-greet with Campbell and a copy of his new book, “Hail to the Chin: Further Confessions of a B Movie Actor.” Plus, you’ll see the interactive trivia game show in action. Participants will be quizzed on four primary categories — fantasy, horror, sci-fi and superheroes.

5. Benefit Screening: “Honky Tonk Heaven”

7 p.m. Sept. 14. $11.64. Alamo South Lamar, 1120 S. Lamar Blvd. drafthouse.com/austin.

Austin’s legendary dance hall the Broken Spoke is the subject of the documentary “Honky Tonk Heaven: The Legend of the Broken Spoke.” Watch the film to learn about 50 years of the landmark venue and how its determined owners, James and Annetta White, perservered to keep the Broken Spoke open in the face of rapid urban growth. Interviews in the film include Willie Nelson, Jerry Jeff Walker, Alvin Crow and more. After the film, Dale Watson & his Lonestars will perform in the Highball. Proceeds benefit Harvey relief.

6. The Wimberley Players’ “Making God Laugh”

7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday through Oct. 1. $14-$21. 450 Old Kyle Road, Wimberley. 512-847-0575, wimberleyplayers.org.

“If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans” — Woody Allen’s well-cited wisdom is top of mind with Sean Grennan’s heartwarming dramedy. “Making God Laugh” takes us through 30 years with the same family, celebrating the holidays, squabbling over family issues and avoiding the dreaded fantasia dip. The play, directed by Jeremy White, is an equal mix of light-hearted humor and a poignant look at the many changes we encounter as we age.

7. A Night of Strait Country

9 p.m. Sept. 16. $17. The ABGB, 1305 W. Oltorf St. theabgb.com.

Make sure your pearl-snap shirt is starched and your Wranglers are nicely creased: The ABGB is honoring George Strait with a night of songs and beers. Taking turns wearing the crown of the king of country (there’s just no denying it) will be a star-studded cast of guest singers, as well as the Space in the Hole Band. Most of the music shows at the ABGB are free, but this one is ticketed and benefiting the SIMS Foundation, a nonprofit that provides health care to Austin musicians.

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