A variety of entertainment options are heading our way, with tickets for World Wrestling Entertainment, Cirque du Soleil and more going on sale this week.
In this corner, the longtime WWE flagship program, "Monday Night Raw," will be heading off the top rope and into the Frank Erwin Center on Aug. 4. WWE superstars such as John Cena, Daniel Bryan and Sheamus will head into the squared circle to fight for your fandom — one piledriver at a time.
WWE’s "Raw" debuted in 1993 on the USA Network and is now a fixture in the world of sports entertainment. Tickets for the show start at $15.
If powerbombs aren’t your thing, a more serene ticket option is hitting the market as well. Cirque du Soleil’s "Michael Jackson, the Immortal World Tour" is moonwalking its way toward the Cedar Park Center for shows on Aug. 5 and 6. The Cirque du Soleil talent will put their trademark aerial and dancing visuals on display to classic Jackson tunes.
According to Billboard, "Immortal" is one of the top 10 highest-grossing music tours of all time. Earlier this month, Jackson’s second posthumous album, "Xscape," was released. Tickets for this show range from $50 to $175.
That’s not all, though. Here are some other tickets going to market this week:
• Curren$y at the Mohawk (July 13)
• The Crookes at the Mohawk (July 16)
• Black Label Society at Emo’s (Aug. 1)
• Scale the Summit at Red 7 (Aug. 20)
• Freeman (Aaron Freeman, formerly of Ween) at the Parish (Oct. 25)
• Inked Magazine Presents: SuicideGirls at Emo’s (Nov. 21)
Friday has several great options for free activities around Austin. Get creative with Austin Kleon, author of "Steal Like An Artist" and "Show Your Work!" at 7 p.m. at BookPeople (603 N. Lamar Blvd). Across the street at Waterloo Records (600 N. Lamar Blvd.), the 1975 plays a free concert at 6:15 p.m. Later on, the South Shore District (1333 Shore District Drive) screens "Dirty Dancing" in the park at 8 p.m.
Celebrate the end of Bike Month 2014 with Please Be Kind to Cyclists from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at the ABGB. The wrap party will feature live music by Canvas People and Mayeux and Broussard, a bike art auction and children’s activities.
Tuesday, Centro-matic plays at 5 p.m. at Waterloo Records, complete with free beer. Over at the Belmont (305 W. Sixth St.) at 7 p.m., Mike & the Moonpies and Ghostland Observatory frontman Aaron Behrens & the Midnight Stroll perform.
More free events daily in the Austin Scoop blog at austin360.com.
— Melissa Martinez
Next week in Austin360
The X Games arrive, and we’ll have the rundown on the musical lineup, which includes newlywed Kanye West and Austin hero Gary Clark Jr. We’ll have highlights for the rest of the summer music season, too.