‘Book of Mormon,’ Ney Day and more things to do
“The Book of Mormon.” If you missed it on the Austin stage a few years ago, you can catch this outrageous musical comedy this time around. Or, even if you have seen it already, it’s a nine-time Tony Award-winning show worth watching again. The irreverent “The Book of Mormon” follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to Africa to spread the Good Word. Needless to say, with locals facing more pressing issues like AIDS and famine, their mission doesn’t exactly go as they planned. 8 p.m. April 17-21, 2 p.m. April 21, 1 and 7 p.m. April 22. $39-$154. Bass Concert Hall, 2350 Robert Dedman Drive. texasperformingarts.org.
Ney Day. The Elisabet Ney Museum — the former studio and portrait collection of the 19th-century sculptor — is hosting its sixth annual Ney Day celebrating women in the arts, sciences and civic culture. The event this year doubles as a tribute to singer Selena Quintanilla, whose birthday is April 14; dress like Selena and win a prize. There also will be live music from Chulita Vinyl Club; Bidi Bidi Banda, Austin’s only Selena tribute band; and the Bluebonnets. A variety of arts and social groups will have booths. Noon to 5 p.m. April 14. Free. 304 E. 44th St. facebook.com/events/104394243743335/.
Waller Creek Pop-Up Picnic. It’s like no picnic you’ve ever attended before. For one thing, each of the picnic baskets that participants will get as they spread out on blankets were prepared by some of Austin’s best restaurants, including Uchi, Intero, Henbit and more. (You can also BYOB: bring your own basket. But no outside alcohol.) Listen to great music, catch up with friends and watch the sunset. The Waller Creek Conservancy hosts the picnic each spring to raise funds and awareness in a casual Austin setting indicative of what will be possible when the Waller Creek project is complete. 6:30 p.m. April 14. Free; baskets $45-$200. Palm Park, 711 E. Third St. wallercreekpicnic.org.
Crawfish Boil at St. Elmo Brewing. There are many crawfish boils to choose from this spring, but you won’t want to miss this second annual boil thanks to on-site food truck Soursop, which is serving Viet-Cajun-style crawfish cooked up with garlic butter, Thai basil and secret seasoning. Sides include potatoes, corn and garlic toast. Three-pound baskets are $20 and are sure to go fast, so get there promptly at noon. There will also be live Cajun music by Charles Thibodeaux and the Austin Cajun Aces and beers like the Carl Kolsch that pair excellently with the crawdads. Noon April 15. Free. 440 E. St. Elmo Road. facebook.com/events/877390269135696.
The Local Post Pub’s Crawfish Boil. The Burnet Road hangout is bringing back its annual all-you-can-eat crawfish boil. In addition to the crawdads, the afternoon will include drink specials such as a $4 Hornitos margaritas, yard games on the large patio that include cornhole, Jenga, a giant checkers board, and more. The Local Post is also setting up their dodgeball court for those interested in getting a taste of its annual Dodgeball League, which starts on April 22. 1 p.m. April 14. $18 in advance, $25 at the door. 7113 Burnet Road. squadup.com/events/the-local-post-crawfish-boil.