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Head into Memorial weekend with Blues on the Green, Austin Sketch Fest

Arianna Auber
aauber@statesman.com
The City Theatre is taking on Arthur Miller’s classic family drama “All My Sons,” with themes still relevant today. Contributed by Aleks Ortynski

1. Blues on the Green with Black Angels, Night Glitter at Zilker Park

8 p.m. May 23. Free. 2100 Barton Springs Road. kgsr.com.

With Blues on the Green, summer is officially back. Fresh off an in-the-clubs revival of its revered Levitation Fest, Austin psych-rock heavy-hitters the Black Angels are kicking off radio station KGSR’s massively popular series of seasonal shows in the city’s crown-jewel public park. Night Glitter, featuring Thievery Corporation touring member LouLou Ghelichkhani, opens. Three more Blues on the Green concerts will follow in June, July and August, with performers to be announced. — Peter Blackstock

2. Cochon555

5 p.m. May 20. $130-$200. Four Seasons Austin, 98 San Jacinto Blvd. cochon555.com/us-tour/2018-austin/.

Which Austin chef can create the best meal out of a whole pig? The annual foodie event, which will tour 11 cities thie year, is putting that to the test with heritage breed pigs. Participating chefs include Ben Runkle and Louis Ciola of Salt & Time Salumeria, Fiore Tedesco of L’Oca d’Oro and Abril Galindo Lopez and James Flowers of host restaurant Trio. There will also be a couple of boozy competitions happening in tandem. Ticketholders are invited to indulge in all of it.

3. Uchiko’s second “KoLab” series dinner

6:30 p.m. May 21. $175. 4200 N. Lamar Blvd. facebook.com/events/454512871669419/.

The next collaborative dinner celebrating Hai Hospitality alumni will feature cuisine from East Austin restaurant Juniper, whose chef de cuisine, Amanda Turner, previously worked at Uchi. The evening’s menu will include sushi pieces and pastas created by both restaurants. A suckling pig porchetta seasoned with Japanese flavors will be on offer, along with Italian sausage, yakumi and fresh in-season vegetable dishes. Call 512-916-4808 to make a reservation to the dinner.

4. Austin Sketch Fest at ColdTowne and Fallout theaters and Spider House Ballroom

Various times May 22-27. $50 badges. 4803 Airport Blvd., 616 Lavaca St. and 2908 Fruth St. atxsketchfest.com.

The 9th Annual Austin Sketch Fest showcases the best scripted comedy from Austin and the national scene. I’ve been digging the rise of this festival for years, and the lineup to the 2018 edition is fierce. Featured performances include the 20th anniversary of the Latino Comedy Project, Victrola, Slime Time with Chritina Parrish and more. Festival director Will Cleveland says the festival has been a success because “it’s a week of making art and making new friends who share a passion for sketch comedy.” — Brently Heilbron

5. “All My Sons” at the City Theatre

8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday through June 3. $10-$25. 3823 Airport Blvd. 512-524-2870, citytheatreaustin.org.

How far would a man go to protect his family from the past? Arthur Miller’s award-winning stage classic tells the story of patriarch Joe Keller, desperately wanting to secure the financial security of his family and the legacy he spent so many years building. But a bad business decision and the loss of his soldier son instead catch his post-war American family in a vortex of lies, greed, love and loss. This gripping and emotional story has relevance today.

6. Anne Keene at BookPeople

7 p.m. May 25. Free. 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.

Ted Williams was far more than a famous Boston Red Sox player. In 1943, he was among a group of fighter-pilot cadets who wore the Cloudbuster Nine baseball jersey at an elite Navy training school in North Carolina. Author Anne Keene’s father suited up as a child as the team batboy and mascot and got to know his baseball heroes personally, later making his own (failed) bid to the major leagues — a story she found out only when she discovered his scrapbook. She’ll share it with “The Cloudbuster Nine” and sign the book.

7. Float the Moat at NLand Surf Park

1 p.m. May 26. $15. 4836 E. Texas 71. eventbrite.com/e/float-the-moat-tickets-45978489901.

NLand will be offering tubing for the first time ever on Memorial Day weekend. You can “float the moat” before or after you spend a session surfing (which is encouraged but not required) and then enjoy a few hours of entertainment. With belly dancing, live music and more, it’s a festive way to kick off the holiday weekend. Having a drink or two before tubing is allowed — at the Juice Bar, Blue Prairie or NLand Brewing on-site — but you can’t take the drink with you while tubing.