Cochon555, Piano Guys and more events to brighten up your August week
5 p.m. Aug. 20. $125-$400. Four Seasons Austin, 98 San Jacinto Blvd. cochon555.com/2017-tour/austin.
The culinary festival is back on the road with its pig-cooking tour and is headed to Austin to pit five local chefs against one another. They’ll have one week to prepare a whole heritage-breed pig for six different dishes that judges will score and attendees will eat; ticket holders can also enjoy other bites from Austin restaurants. Participating chefs include Nicholas Yanes of Juniper, Evan LeRoy of LeRoy and Lewis and Clinton Kendall of East Side King. Plus, there will also be a tiki bar, a heritage rum cart and other boozy offerings.
2. Solar Eclipse Event at Austin Nature & Science Center
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 21. Free. 2389 Stratford Drive. austintexas.gov/department/austin-nature-and-science-center.
There are many solar eclipse viewing parties happening midday Monday, but this one’s got a dual purpose. The Austin Nature and Science Center is debuting its Human Sundial, which you can visit to learn about how people tracked time in earlier days, as well as how the sun’s movements create a record of time. Plus, you’ll experience a total solar eclipse in the darkness of the planetarium before heading outside to observe the real one overhead (though this one isn’t total for Texans).
3. Hitchcock Week
7 p.m. Aug. 22 and various times through Aug. 27. $11. The Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave. 512-472-5470, austintheatre.org.
For this segment of the Summer Classic Film Series at the Paramount, spine-tingling suspense comes to Congress Avenue. The master of mystery has returned for another week filled with Hitchcock favorites including “Pyscho,” ‘The Birds,” “Strangers on a Train” and more, starting with Tuesday’s screening of “Rope,” starring Jimmy Stewart. End the week in true Hitchcock fashion at the Paramount’s special presentation of “The Lodger,” with a new original score by Graham Reynolds Music.
4. Piano Guys at Long Center
8 p.m. Aug. 23. $49-$79. 701 W. Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org.
One of those only-in-the-digital-age success stories, this Utah instrumental quartet started posting videos to YouTube in 2010 and eventually topped a billion views, helped by the release of a half-dozen records that have topped the classical and new age charts. Though they do some original material, it’s their piano-and-cello renditions of songs taken from Coldplay to Bach to Disney’s “Frozen” soundtrack and beyond that have driven their internet stardom. — Peter Blackstock
5. TexArts’ “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas”
7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday through Sept. 3. $40-$50. 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.
6. Michelle Tam at BookPeople
7 p.m. Aug. 25. Free. 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
“Ready or Not” is a new cookbook from the James Beard Award nominees and New York Times bestselling creators of Nom Nom Paleo, the popular blog, app and cookbook. The new cookbook is for the crazy busy (but kind of lazy) home cook in all of us, making healthy paleo home cooking a breeze no matter whether you’re a fastidious planner or a last-minute improvisers. Presented in Nom Nom Paleo’s comic book-style, “Ready or Not” is organized into color-coded sections to match your readiness level.
7. “Elements: Rock, Steel, Felt, Wax” at Davis Gallery
Opening reception 7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 26. 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.