Have summer fun this week with St. Elmo luau, Bernstein’s ‘Mass,’ more
1. Leonard Bernstein’s “Mass”
8 p.m. June 29-30. $29-$254. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. 512-474-5664, thelongcenter.org.
In celebration of the centenary of the composer’s birthday this year, the conductor of the Austin Symphony Orchestra, Peter Bay, is fulfilling a lifelong dream: leading the largest performing arts collaboration in Austin’s history with two fully staged performances of Bernstein’s “Mass.” The sprawling theatrical music production calls for more than 250 artists — from such organizations as the symphony, Conspirare, Chorus Austin, the Austin Children’s Choir and more. “Mass” was first performed in 1971 for the opening of the Kennedy Center in Washington.
2. St. Elmo Brewing Luau
Noon to 10 p.m. June 24. Free. 440 E. St. Elmo Road. facebook.com/events/1806768882748294/.
Dust off your coconut shells and hula skirts for St. Elmo’s second annual luau. The all-day party will feature the re-release of Mahalo, a malty pineapple pale ale that will leave you dreaming of the Hawaiian islands. Also compete in the limbo contest at 3 p.m. — the winner of which will win a $20 gift card to Pool Burger — and jam out to the music of local surf rock group the Nematoads. On-site food truck Soursop has prepared a Hawaiian-inspired menu featuring tuna poke and more.
3. Tyler’s Dam That Cancer Post-Paddle Party
6 p.m. June 25. Donations suggested. LCRA Lawn, adjacent to Hula Hut, 3825 Lake Austin Blvd. tylersdtc.com/.
Flatwater Foundation’s largest fundraiser features 185 paddle-boarders who have pledged to raise at least $2,500 and will travel a 21-mile course from Mansfield Dam on Lake Austin to the Tom Miller Dam near Hula Hut. The afternoon will culminate in an after-party with live music, food, raffles, giveaways and more. Enjoy beats from DJ Abe the Assassin, bites from the Texican cafe and drinks from William Chris Vineyards, Live Soda, Chameleon Cold Brew and more.
4. Night Glitter EP release at Mohawk indoor
10 p.m. doors June 26. $10-$13. 912 Red River St. mohawkaustin.com.
Perhaps you were among the thousands who heard them kicking off this year’s Blues on the Green series last month, opening for the Black Angels in Zilker Park. Centered on singer/keyboardist LouLou Ghelichkahani and bassist/guitarist John Michael Schoepf, Night Glitter also uses steel guitar to cast mesmerizing moods with music that transcends the indie realm. They’re celebrating the release of a new EP, “Hangin’ on a Dream,” at this show. — Peter Blackstock
5. “Heisenberg” at Zach Theatre
7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday through July 22. $30-$58. 202 S. Lamar Blvd. zachtheatre.org.
The next summer production from Zach is this delightful play by Tony Award winner Simon Stephens, who wrote a previous Zach staging, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.” “Heisenberg” is about quirky middle-age woman Georgie, who meets older man Alex in the crowds of a London train station. Together, they begin an often-comical relationship and learn there might be some truth to the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle: The closer you get to something, the less you know about it.
6. Mo Amer’s Netflix comedy special taping
7:30 p.m. June 28. $15. Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org.
Austin is quickly becoming a favorite place for national comics to tape their comedy specials for Netflix; Dave Chappelle, David Cross and Natasha Leggero come to mind. Next up is Amer, a pioneer of Arab-American stand-up. He has appeared on Comedy Central and “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”; his chance seating next to Eric Trump on an airplane quickly went viral. His unique perspective as an immigrant in these challenging times makes Amer’s comedy extremely relevant. — Brently Heilbron
7. Thirsty Planet 8th Anniversary Party
4 to 8 p.m. June 30. $35.08. 8201 S. Congress Ave. thirstyplanet.beer/events.
Get your first glimpse of Thirsty Planet’s sprawling new South Austin location at the brewery’s eighth anniversary celebration. Tickets get you a handmade ceramic beer tumbler that you can take home, as well as food by Taco Brother, music by the Lost Pines and, of course, plenty of tasty beer. Thirsty Planet staples like the Thirsty Goat Amber will be on tap, as will exciting small-batch options like Turbo Sloth Espresso Stout and Cosmic Butterfly Kettle Sour.