Summer won’t drag on with events like Brewtorium’s dad jokes competition
1. National Geographic: Symphony for Our World
8 p.m. July 28. $29-$59. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. 512-474-5664, thelongcenter.org.
The Austin Symphony Orchestra and Chorus Austin will perform a five-part composition during this night of natural wonder. “Symphony for Our World” combines the music with National Geographic footage of the world’s beauty, transporting the audience from the depths of the sea to the coastlines and onto land, through mountains and finally into the sky. Each environment will be accompanied by a different orchestral movement. The original piece was created by Emmy- and BAFTA-nominated Bleeding Fingers Music. VIP tickets are available.
2. Dad Jokes Competition at the Brewtorium
3 to 5 p.m. July 22. Free. 6015 Dillard Circle, Suite A. facebook.com/events/2163983150499981.
Get your best groan-worthy material ready for this competition. In celebration of the Dad Jokes Mexican Lager on tap at the Brewtorium, the restaurant and brewery is hosting an afternoon of corny comedy. Participants can take the stage either individually or as a team — just keep it goofy and also clean (since dad jokes are supposed to be family-friendly, after all). There will be prizes for the first, second and third place winners. Sign up on Eventbrite to participate.
3. The Suffers at Waterloo Records
5 p.m. July 23. Free. 600 N Lamar Blvd. waterloorecords.com.
With an intro by rapper Paul Wall, a smoky interlude featuring Bun B. and the gut-wrenching track “After the Storm,” which uses slow burning love as a salve for any residual ache from Hurricane Harvey, “Everything Here,” the new release from the Gulf Coast powerhouse, feels like a love letter to Houston, the band’s hometown. It also showcases the band’s versatility as they move easily from simmering soul to jazzy variations to funky dance numbers with Latin flair. — Deborah Sengupta Stith
4. National Tequila Day at Craftsman
6 to 8 p.m. July 24. Free. 2000 E. Cesar Chavez St. facebook.com/events/1826155067687244.
Here’s a national holiday made for Austin. In celebration, East Austin bar Craftsman is hosting an evening of tequila tastings, featuring some staple brands you’ll want on your home bar shelf. Don Julio, Dulce Vida, Espolon, Partida and Maestro Dobel — as well as Grand Marnier, an orange liqueur — will all be available to sample, and if there’s one you like in particular, Craftsman is also featuring cocktails made with each brand. The drinks include margaritas and a frozen paloma.
5. Sound & Cinema
6 p.m. July 25. Free. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org.
Another popular Austin summer tradition is back, pairing live, local music with classic movies and cult films projected on the Alamo Drafthouse’s giant inflatable outdoor screen on the Long Center’s front lawn. Next up is the John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John musical “Grease,” about innocent new girl Sandy and the bad boy, Danny, who loves her but can’t admit it. The band Huggy & the Feel Goodz will play prior to the film starting at 7:30 p.m. Come early for a food truck dinner and more.
6. “Playhouse Creatures” at City Theatre
8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday through Aug. 5. $10-$25. 3823 Airport Blvd. 512-524-2870, citytheatreaustin.org.
The latest City Theatre production, which is making its Austin premiere, is the inspiring story of the first actresses of England. Considered little more than call girls and mistresses, the pioneering women were nonetheless determined to transform the theater world for good in 1663, the first year they were finally allowed to take the stage. “Playhouse Creatures,” by April De Angelis, is a high-spirited comedy with feminist themes that will resonate with modern audiences.
7. “Are You Doing Your Part / In Your Life?” at Icosa Collective
Opening reception 7 to 10 p.m. July 27. Noon to 6 p.m. Saturdays or by appointment through Aug. 25. 916 Springdale Road, Building 2, #102. icosacollective.com.
Icosa is hosting its first exhibit since moving into new gallery space in the Canopy complex. “Are You Doing Your Part / In Your Life?” will showcase the work of 11 new members, including Leon Alesi, Amy Bench and Tammie Rubin. The show explores personal and communal responsibility in the context of artistic pursuit. Each of the works questions what it means to enshrine something and strip it of its practical value, removing its functionality but imbuing it with creative power.