Say goodbye to a musical legend and other things to do on a Monday
Paul Simon at Erwin Center. Is it really the last time? We don’t always trust farewell tours, well-intended as they may be, but Simon, 76, says this is his last go-round. He’s definitely in a looking-back phase, with journalist Robert Hilburn’s new biography “Paul Simon: The Life” hitting shelves this month. Judging from performances at Bass Concert Hall and on “Austin City Limits” two years ago, it’s still worth hearing one of the greatest living American songwriters, even if there is a next time. 8 p.m. June 4. $49.50-$149.50. 1701 Red River St. uterwincenter.com. — Peter Blackstock
“Western Futurism” at Yard Dog Art Gallery. There are many ways to create art, of course, and Jimmy Descant might have found one of the more unusual ones. He scours flea markets, thrift stores and alleyways around America to find parts “from the Golden Age of American manufacturing,” disassembling them down to the hardware and transforming them into his “upcycled” sculptural pieces. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday through July 31. 1510 S. Congress Ave. yarddog.com.
“Best F(r)iends.” Cult movie heroes Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero star in this dark, strange saga of a movie (told in two parts) inspired by a road trip made by Sestero and Wiseau after the production of “The Room” in April 2003, a movie made famous as a result of James Franco’s 2017 movie “The Disaster Artist.” “Best F(r)iends” will screen at three local theaters through Fathom Events. 8 p.m. June 4. $10.50-$13.54. Metropolitan, 901 Little Texas Lane. Southpark, 9900 S. Interstate 35. Arbor, 9828 Great Hills Trail. fathomevents.com.
“American Salute” at Zilker Park. Austin Civic Orchestra is hosting its annual Pops Concert at Austin’s beloved outdoor theater, the Sheffield Hillside Theater, where you can hear familiar and meaningful songs such as “The Star Spangled Banner” and “America, the Beautiful.” You might even be able to conduct a piece, John Phillip Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever,” if you win the annual raffle drawing. There will be tacos and sweet treats at a couple food trucks, or you can bring your own picnic. 8 to 9:30 p.m. June 8. Free. 2206 William Barton Drive. austincivicorchestra.org/events/.
“The Book of Liz.” Master satirists Amy and David Sedaris have made an unlikely food item the focus of this oddball play — cheese balls. That is, those specifically made by Sister Liz Donderstock from the Amish-like Squeamish order. Her community is sustained by the popularity of her cheese balls in the outside world, made with a secret recipe. When young Reverend Brightbee seeks to take over the cheese ball-making, she decides it’s time to venture out to save the Squeamish. Opens June 8. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday through June 30. $15-$30. Black Box Theater, 901 Trinity St. differentstagestheatre.org.
“Sexy Future Space Lady” at Hideout Theater. Strap on those silver space shorts: “Sexy Future Space Lady” is a completely improvised show drawn on the adventures of “Barbarella,” that 1960s cult phenomenon we all know and love. Using suggestions from the audience, “Sexy Future Space Lady “will take you on an erotic space adventure you’ve never seen before and will never see again. 8 p.m. Saturdays through June 30. $15. 617 Congress Ave. hideouttheatre.com. — Brently Heilbron