Close out summer with Hot Sauce Fest, Project ATX6 and more events
1. Project ATX6 kickoff at Yeti Flagship
2:30 p.m. doors Aug. 19. Free. 220 S. Congress Ave. projectatx6.com.
Next month Project ATX6, a documentary film and cultural export project, takes off on an international jaunt to Germany and France with six Austin artists. They’ll be back in town briefly in October before heading back out for festival appearances in Toronto and Japan. This afternoon event presents four of the six artists, including Austin360 August Artist of the Month Mobley, who kicks the party off. Little Mazarn, Taylor Wilkins of Otis the Destroyer and Acey Monaro of Go Fever will also perform. — Deborah Sengupta Stith
2. Cover 3’s Sippin’ with the Somm
6:30 p.m. doors Aug. 17. $80. 2700 W. Anderson Lane, Suite #202. cover-3.com/news/events/a-summer-wine-dinner.
Those not yet initiated into the vast world of wine will dive right into the array of flavors and aromas out there with this summer wine pairing dinner featuring wines from Vintage Wine Estates and five courses from Cover 3’s executive chef Kirk Doyle. Vintage Wine Estates is a nationally recognized collection of vintner family-owned winery estates and brands in California, and they’ll bring out varietals from sparkling rosé to Napa Cabernet Sauvignon to pair with the meal.
3. TexArts’ “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas”
Opens Aug. 18. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday through Sept. 3. $40-$50; $60 on opening night. 2300 Lohman’s Spur, Suite 160. 512-852-9079, tex-arts.org.
TexArts takes on this political satire, based on a true story, that tells of the demise of a brothel located just down the road from Austin. It made national headlines in the 1970s when Houston investigative reporter Marvin Zindler began a crusade to shut down the infamous house that had been in operation for more than a century — an ultimately successful campaign. “The Best Little Whorehouse” was a Broadway smash, getting nominated for eight Tony Awards, including best musical.
4. The Austin Pet Expo
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 19; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 20. Free. Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road. austinpetexpo.com.
Austinites sure love our pets — whether they bark, chirp or meow — and a weekend exhibition will bring us and our furry, feathered or reptilian friends together under one roof. There will be a host of pet products to check out, obedience demonstrations, author readings and book signings, discounted vaccinations, pet activities and even contests for agility, pet talent, costumes and pet-and-owner lookalikes. Adoptable animals will also be on hand, so you might leave with a new family member.
5. 27th Annual Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival
11 a.m. Aug. 20. $5. Fiesta Gardens, 2101 Jesse E. Segovia St. facebook.com/events/242102316276356.
It might be sweltering outside, but you won’t notice after the heat erupting in your mouth at this foodie fest. Sample hundreds of hot sauces, dine on local foods and tap your foot to live music by Mike and the Moonpies, Superfónicos, Carson McHone and more. Food will be provided by the Mighty Cone, Chilantro BBQ and other vendors. The family-friendly fest is free with a $5 donation to the Central Texas Food Bank or with a donation of three nonperishable foods.