1. "Dazed and Confused" at the Zilker Park moontower
5 to 10 p.m. Aug. 24. Technically sold out. 2100 Barton Springs Road. eventbrite.com/e/dazed-and-confused-at-the-zilker-park-moontower-tickets-47476908712?.
Do as Matthew McConaughey has instructed and make sure you’re at the "new fiesta in the making" out at the Moontower. There will actually be full kegs, too, just as he said — of Independence Brewing’s Native Texan Pilsner. In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the iconic Austin-set movie "Dazed and Confused," the Alamo Drafthouse is hosting a Rolling Roadshow screening at the Zilker Park moontower, where said new fiesta took place in the film. Food vendors will be on-site, McConaughey’s bourbon collaboration with Wild Turkey is pouring, and the Drafthouse will have props like pacifiers and paddles.
2. Kathy Griffin at Bass Concert Hall
7:30 p.m. Sunday. $39.50-$95. 2350 Robert Dedman Drive. texasperformingarts.org.
Make Comedy Dangerous Again. Few comics can influence the national discourse like self-proclaimed "D-Lister" Griffin, on her newest tour, the "Laugh Your Head Off World Tour." Case in point: that picture that brought the attention of the Secret Service. Griffin and her pull-no-punches comedic stylings are back, and she just might have a thing or two (OK, probably many things) to say about it when she appears live at the glorious Bass Concert Hall for a one-night-only show. — Brently Heilbron
3. Beyond the Wing Dinner with Blue Owl Brewing
7 to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 20. $72. Dai Due, 2406 Manor Road, Suite A. daidue.com/events/.
It’s all about the wing — the propelling avian appendage, you might say — at Dai Due’s five-course beer pairing dinner with the locally produced Blue Owl, which specializes in sour-mashed brews. Expect smoked, grilled and fried fish collars, frog legs, rabbit legs, and the wings of quail, duck, chicken and turkey. This meaty feast will be served family-style with beer pairings, followed by dessert. All seating is communal, so expect to share a booth or table and make new friends.
4. Astronomy on Tap
7:30 p.m. Aug. 21. Free. The North Door, 502 Brushy St. facebook.com/events/724189277930948/.
Learning about the cosmos and all manner of out-of-this-world subjects has never been so fun and accessible. August’s talk brings a new round of topics: how the most massive galaxies in the universe are discovered with the use of large surveys, what the relevance is of exploding stars and a recent exciting discovery made by the Rosetta Mission, which was orbiting around a comet. There will be trivia as well as, weather permitting, some telescopes available to look for exciting sights in the night sky.
5. "Disney’s Beauty and the Beast" at Zach Theatre
7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday through Sept. 2. $25-$125. 202 S. Lamar Blvd. zachtheatre.org.
Be Zach’s guest for the latest Zach Theatre production. This tale as old as time follows bookworm Belle, who rescues her ailing father from the clutches of the angry Beast, a once-dashing young prince cursed by an enchantress, by agreeing to take his place in the Beast’s castle. But time is running out for the Beast. The Broadway smash showcases a merry, award-winning score with songs you’ll recognize from the movie, including "Beauty and the Beast" and "Gaston."
6. Emily Wolfe SAFE benefit at Stubb’s indoor
7:45 p.m. doors Aug. 23. $20. 801 Red River St. stubbsaustin.com.
Wolfe took most of 2017 off to strategize and write new music for her debut full-length due out later this year, but she whet our appetites for more new tunes with last year’s single "Holy Roller," a hard-driving blues rocker propelled by muscular guitar. This show is a benefit for the SAFE Alliance, a local nonprofit that serves survivors of sexual assault and exploitation, child abuse and domestic violence. One hundred percent of ticket sales go to SAFE. — Deborah Sengupta Stith
7. POP Cats 2018
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 25 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 26. $13.49-$38.34. Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road. popcats.org.
Are you a hopeless cat lover? POP Cats is more than a convention — it’s a two-day celebration of the feline that you won’t want to miss — and both days will have a different vibe, with a variety of activities and entertainment during each. Enjoy playtime with adoptable cats, get a cat tattoo, explore more than 80 exhibitors, try your luck at raffles and more. Plus, both days will offer lectures from different cat experts, as well as a demonstration about how to make yarn with cat hair.