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Bill Clinton’s Austin appearance tops the week’s events

Arianna Auber
Easy Tiger teamed up with St. Elmo Brewing to create a beer made with Easy Tiger’s dark German rye sourdough and will release it at the bar Monday. Arianna Auber / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

1. A Conversation with Bill Clinton

7:30 p.m. June 10. $49.50-$499.50. Bass Concert Hall, 2350 Robert Dedman Drive.

The former U.S. president is headed to Austin for a reason you might not expect — he will be talking about a novel, “The President Is Missing,” that he has written in collaboration with one of the world’s most prolific authors, James Patterson. The resulting book is a thriller filled with details only a president could know and the kind of suspense that Patterson has become famous for. Clinton will offer candid insights into the process and research behind the novel, as well as the timely issues it raises about our world today. VIP tickets include a copy of the book.

2. St. Elmo and Easy Tiger’s Collaboration Beer Release Party

5 to 7 p.m. June 11. Free. Easy Tiger, 709 E. Sixth St.

St. Elmo Brewing and bakery and beer bar Easy Tiger have teamed up to create a very special beer together, called Norman. Head brewer Bryan Winslow and head doughpuncher David Norman were inspired to make this roggenbier using Easy Tiger’s dark German rye sourdough instead of the traditional malt — so it’s going to taste a little different but no doubt very good. (Rye generally adds some spice to a beer.) Taste it for the first time at this evening release party.

3. “Innocence in Silence” at Big Medium

Noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday through July 7. 916 Springdale Road, Building 2.

This solo show by Jieun Beth pairs an image of a shirt with a person’s obituary, to portray the traces of a body and the memory of personhood. Once used as an expression of individuality and a representation of self, the images and descriptions now remain as a relic and history. “Innocence in Silence” serves as a reminder of the ultimate vacancy of our body, the influence of perception and the idea of an identity to encourage the reflection of someone’s life intention.

4. John Prine tribute at Threadgill’s

7 p.m. June 13. $20. 301 W. Riverside Drive.

June feels like unofficial John Prine Month in Austin: The legendary songwriter played Waterloo Records and taped “Austin City Limits” earlier this week, and he’ll be back for a Bass Concert Hall show on June 30. In between, we get this evening of his songs as performed by more than 30 local acts, including Carrie Rodriguez, Monte Warden, Suzanna Choffel, Jonathan Terrell, Jaimee Harris, Colin Gilmore, Carson McHone and host Graham Weber. — Peter Blackstock

5. Gilbert & Sullivan Austin’s “Ruddigore; or, The Witch’s Curse”

7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, with additional 2 p.m. show June 23, through June 24. $8-$27. Brentwood Christian School, 11908 N. Lamar Blvd.

Gilbert & Sullivan Austin’s summer grand production is an opera that parodies elements of Victorian melodrama, popular in the mid-1800s, and features a topsy-turvy story of a virtuous heroine, a dastardly villain, deadly curses and menacing ghosts. “Ruddigore” was the tenth collaboration between Gilbert and Sullivan and one of W.S. Gilbert’s three favorites because of the comical way he turns the hallmarks of drama upside down: a hero who becomes evil, a villain who becomes good and so forth.

6. The Blanton Museum’s B Scene: Summer Down Under

6 p.m. June 15. $12. 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

The Australian Outback is coming to Austin to celebrate summer and the arrival of the Blanton’s newest exhibit, “Ancestral Modern: Australian Aboriginal Art from the Kaplan & Levin Collection.” The museum party will feature eclectic music, tasty bites and beverages, and more — all inspired by this colorful contemporary art from some leading aboriginal artists Down Under. Kicking off the night is Will Taylor and Strings Attached, presenting original music inspired by the show.

7. Let It Ring! Annual Juneteenth Celebration

Noon to 4 p.m. June 16. Free. George Washington Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina St.

The Carver Museum’s yearly Juneteenth celebration will feature live music, crafts and activities for kids, food, a marketplace with vendors, character interpretations and more. Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, is a holiday that commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas on June 19th, 1865, and more generally the emancipation of African-American slaves throughout the Confederate South.