1. Sam Smith at Erwin Center
8 p.m. July 21. $40.25-$125. 1701 Red River St. uterwincenter.com.
It’s no small challenge to follow up the kind of smash British singer Smith had with his 2014 debut "In the Lonely Hour," which won four Grammys. Even the minor controversy surrounding the similarity of the smash hit "Stay With Me" to Tom Petty’s "I Won’t Back Down" seems sweetly sentimental now. Smith seems determined to move forward from that early peak: He won a 2016 Oscar for his song "Writing’s on the Wall" from the James Bond film "Spectre," and last fall his second album, "The Thrill of It All," quickly topped the charts. — Peter Blackstock
2. Rhythm on Stage
7 p.m. July 19. Free. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Dr. 512-474-5664, thelongcenter.org.
Experience what it’s like to take center stage at the Long Center’s Dell Hall with this dance lesson from Ballet Austin, which has partnered with the Long Center to produce this family-friendly summer dance series. Up next is Videodance: Michael Jackson’s "Bad." The choreography for the song’s video might not be as well-known as that of "Thriller," but you’ll find yourself making the moves whether you’re an experienced dancer or not. Come dressed like the late star for added fun.
3. Sip & Shuck at Fairmont Austin
5 to 7 p.m. July 19. Free. 101 Red River St. facebook.com/events/1824531277612393/.
Oysters and bubbly might be the best possible way to unwind after a long week. Every third Thursday, Fulton Bar, in the lobby of Austin’s largest operating hotel, will feature oyster pairings and drink specials. A portion of the proceeds from glasses of Champagne Perrier-Jouët and cocktails featuring Beefeater Gin will benefit Austin Food & Wine Alliance’s culinary grant program. The first 100 oysters are complimentary; after that, you’ll get a "two buck shucks" deal.
4. "The Legend of Big Bend"
8 p.m. July 20. $21. Stateside at the Paramount, 719 Congress Ave. 512-472-5470, austintheatre.org.
Indie classical group Montopolis transforms West Texas tales into songs in a first-ever concert inspired by Big Bend National Park. The performance weaves science, history, poetry and personal stories into music inspired by the land and the people who have walked it. There will also be breathtaking video that captures the epic grandeur of the vast desert wilderness. "The Legend of Big Bend" takes the group, led by Justin Sherburn, back to its roots as an indie chamber orchestra.
5. "The Shining" at the Alamo Drafthouse
9:15 pm. July 22, 7 p.m. July 23 and 9:35 p.m. July 24. $5. Alamo Ritz, 320 E. Sixth St. drafthouse.com.
You’ve probably had the daylights scared out of you by the Stanley Kubrick masterpiece "The Shining," but have you seen it on the big screen yet? Jack Nicholson stars as an alcoholic, out-of-work teacher who aims to get some writing done while he acts as the wintertime caretaker of the isolated Overlook Hotel in snowy Colorado. But as the days pass, his wife (played by Shelley Duvall) and son, who have joined him, realize their lives have taken a very dark, unexpected turn.