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Have a good time with ‘The Book of Mormon’ and other Austin events

Arianna Auber
aauber@statesman.com
The Tony Award-winning musical “The Book of Mormon” returns to the Austin stage for a limited run. The play is about a mismatched pair of Mormons on a missionary trip to Africa. Contributed

1. “The Book of Mormon”

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.

If you missed it on the Austin stage a few years ago, you can catch this outrageous musical comedy this 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 disinterested locals facing more pressing issues like AIDS and famine, their mission doesn’t exactly go as they planned.

2. Bidi Bidi Brunch Brunch at El Chilito

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 15. Free. 2219 Manor Road. facebook.com/events/1931674650235839/.

Taco stop El Chilito is celebrating the final installment of its latest brunch series, celebrating late Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, in an extra-special way: with a birthday bash. (She would’ve been 47 on April 16.) The brunch will have a look-alike contest, a washing machine dance contest and drink specials such as $1 mimosas and $4 micheladas. Other festivities include a taco-themed photo booth and art vendors you can check out. Selena music will play throughout, of course.

3. Screening of “The Newspaperman”

6 to 8 p.m. April 16. Free. Harry Ransom Center, 300 W. 21st St. 512-471-8944, hrc.utexas.edu.

Ben Bradlee, the Washington Post editor who became a national figure during Richard Nixon’s tenure as president, is spotlighted in a documentary “The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee.” Following the screening of the 90-minute film, there will be a moderated discussion with Leonard Downie Jr., who served as managing editor of the Washington Post under Bradlee and later succeeded him as executive editor. Bradlee’s archive resides at the Ransom Center.

4. Foo Fighters at Austin360 Amphitheater

7 p.m. April 18. $45-$99. 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd. austin360amphitheater.com.

The last time through town in 2015, Dave Grohl and company headlined the Austin City Limits Music Festival, about a year after a marathon taping of the “Austin City Limits” TV show. This concert — the first of a monthslong tour — may be a little more “normal” by comparison, but the Foo Fighters do have new music, with “Concrete and Gold” becoming the band’s second Billboard 200 chart-topping album last fall. English glam-rockers the Struts open. — Peter Blackstock

5. “Violet”

7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday through April 22. $12-$28. Mary Moody Northen Theatre, 3001 S. Congress Ave. stedwards.edu/theatre.

St. Edward’s University Department of Performing Arts closes its 45th anniversary season with this uplifting musical about a severely scarred woman. Twelve troubled years after a childhood accident left its mark, she embarks on a pilgrimage through 1964 America to visit a televangelist she believes will heal her and, along the way, discovers the liberating powers of faith, hope and unconditional love. “Violet” features music rich with flavors of country, gospel, blues and honky-tonk rock.

6. Link & Pin Art Space’s “Discovery”

Noon to 4 p.m. Friday-Sunday through April 29. 2235 E. Sixth St. linkpinart.com.

Dwain Kelley’s sculptural works are about discovery. Using old wood, metal, gold leaf, glass, rocks and other materials, these pieces are grounded in the unearthing of another time — attempting to re-create the excitement of a kid reading about the discovery of Machu Picchu in Peru, King Tut’s Tomb in Egypt by Howard Carter in 1922, the history of the first Native Americans and countless other archaeological discoveries from around the world.

7. Tiki Party at Treaty Oak Brewing & Distilling

Noon to 9 p.m. April 21. Free. 16604 Fitzhugh Road, Dripping Springs. treatyoakdistilling.com.

Enjoy island vibes with Hill Country views at this returning celebration of all things tropical. Treaty Oak is transforming for the day with Caribbean-inspired food and tiki cocktails. Plus, Doug Moreland will be back with a live tiki carving demonstration, hula dancers will perform alongside Combo Mahalo, and the Nematodes will close out the night with their trippy surf jams. And it wouldn’t be a Treaty Oak party without a boozy release — go home with a bottle of a 5-year aged barrel reserve rum.

UPDATE, April 19:The April 21 Tiki Party at Treaty OakDistilling has been postponed to May 12 due to a forecast of bad weather.