As Dolly Parton once famously said, "It costs a lot of money to look this cheap." But in August, it will only cost you the price of a ticket to celebrate the inspiration of the queen of Pigeon Forge.
Dolly Fest will come to the Museum of Human Achievement art space (behind Canopy at Springdale and Lyons roads in East Austin) Aug. 3, according to a news release. The performance and party, set for 8 p.m. to midnight, will feature a staged reading of the play "Songs For Drunk Cowboys Who May Also Be Women: An Anti-Musical (For Fools, Only)," a "camp philosophical remix" about a wannabe country singer and her chihuahua named Dolly Parton.
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After the play, Dolly Fest will host "Kill Jolene: A Karaoke Play," described as a "Dolly Parton song cycle featuring the talents of 20 local Austin artists" including dance, video and drag performance. Dolly Fest will close with a DJ set from Boi Orbison, who also spins for local 1990s country night Neon Rainbows.
The event is produced by MouthRadio, aka local artist Sarah Loucks and her collaborators. Tickets are $10-$20 and go on sale July 14. For more information, go to sarahloucks.space.
Update, July 17: Tickets are now on sale here. Dolly Fest organizers also say they have added a costume contest: "We will select the best dressed Dolly Parton – whatever this means to the individual is up to interpretation. This event is a celebration of what Dolly means to us as individuals and as a community – so the winner just has to be fabulous – not necessarily a look alike."