1. Robert Schenkkan’s "Building the Wall"
Opens 7:30 p.m. Aug. 30, with various dates and times through Sept. 10. $15-$26. Oscar G. Brockett Theatre, 300 E. 23rd St. theatredance.utexas.edu/event/building-wall.
From Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan — who was the creative mind behind "All the Way," a recent Zach Theatre production — comes this incendiary political thriller to open the University of Texas Department of Theatre and Dance’s season. Written in "a white heat" fury following the November 2016 election, Schenkkan’s "Building the Wall" imagines a dystopia affected by President Donald Trump’s border and immigration policies. This riveting and illuminating drama delivers a powerful warning for all audiences.
2. "The Lodger" at the Paramount
3 p.m. Aug. 27. $15. 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org.
The Paramount Theatre’s Hitchcock Week concludes with this special showing of "The Lodger," Alfred Hitchcock’s third silent film and first masterpiece. In this suspenseful thriller, a landlady suspects her new tenant might be the murderer terrorizing the town. Graham Reynolds will accompany the film with an original live score commissioned exclusively for the Paramount. Members of local orchestral group Mother Falcon will perform it along with Jeremy Bruch on drums.
3. "Elements: Rock, Steel, Felt, Wax" at Davis Gallery
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday through Oct. 7. 837 W. Twelfth St. 512-477-4929, davisgalleryaustin.com.
This four-person group show is focused on a set of specific natural materials: rock, steel, felt and wax. The artists participating in the exhibit each represent one of the four materials. Giota Vorgia’s meticulously painted canvases depict stones, while Randall Reid’s abstract collages are fabricated out of discarded metals. Barbara Atwell’s richly symbolic sculptures are made from wool, and Annie Darling’s emotional encaustic paintings represents wax.
4. Out of Bounds Comedy Festival
Various times Aug. 29 through Sept. 4. $10-$149. Various locations. outofboundscomedy.com.
As the name suggests, nothing is off-limits at this festival showcasing some of the best acts in improv, sketch and stand-up comedy. Now a full-blown seven-day affair held at several of Austin’s best venues for comedy — including the Velveeta Room, Spider House Ballroom and the Hideout Theatre — Out of Bounds features several live performances per day, with the highlight this year being former Texas Sen. Wendy Davis as a guest storyteller at Spider House on Sept. 1.
5. "Chicago" at the City Theatre
8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday through Sept. 10. $25-$45. 3823 Airport Blvd. Suite D. 512-524-2870, citytheatreaustin.org.
The City Theatre is topping off its summer season with the most razzle-dazzling of stage musical greats, now the longest-running American musical in Broadway history. "Chicago" is set amid the flashy decadence of the 1920s, when housewife and nightclub dancer Roxie Hart murders her on-the-side lover and transforms her malicious crime into sensational headlines reminiscent of today’s tabloids. Expect a jazzy score of "Cell Block Tango," "Mr. Cellophane" and more.
6. Drift-In Theater at the Contemporary Austin
7:30 p.m. doors Sept. 1. $25-$50. Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th St. thecontemporaryaustin.org.
Forget drive-in theater: Laguna Gloria’s film screening will require a boat, not a car. Watch the watery survival classic "Life of Pi" while in your boat, canoe or kayak to say farewell to summer with a splash. The Contemporary Austin will have complimentary beer on hand courtesy of Twisted X Brewing, as well as glow sticks and other treats. Only members of the Contemporary can purchase tickets, but join and right away you’ll be eligible to float the night away.
7. Art of the Brew
4 to 10 p.m. Sept. 2. $10-$20. Fair Market, 1100 E. Fifth St. artofthebrew.org.
Once again, local artists have teamed up with local breweries to produce one-of-a-kind pieces inspired by the breweries or the beers they produce. The collaborations this year include Matt Rebbholz with Pinthouse Pizza, Sandy Carson with Celis Brewery and Stephen Fishman with Draught House Pub & Brewery. View their artwork inside and then enjoy their beers in the beer garden. There will also be live music from the Avocados, Dead Music Capital Band and more.