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Summer in Austin continues with Zilker musical, Willie picnic and more

Arianna Auber
The 60th annual Zilker summer musical is “All Shook Up,” featuring Elvis Presley songs. AMERICAN-STATESMAN 2017

1. Zilker Summer Musical: “All Shook Up”

Opens July 6. 8:15 p.m. Thursday-Sunday through Aug. 18. Zilker Hillside Theater, 2206 William Barton Dr.

It’s the 60th year of Zilker Theatre Productions’ annual summer musical. This year’s production takes us back to the 1950s, the decade of the inaugural show, and serves as a modern twist on a Shakespeare classic: “Twelfth Night.” The jukebox musical “All Shook Up” features 24 Elvis Presley hits as well as lots of laughs and leather jackets. It’s the ’50s in the Midwest, and after a mysterious, guitar-playing stranger visits a small town and helps to introduce rock ‘n’ roll, young mechanic Natalie is instantly smitten.

2. Easy Tiger’s Free Summer Series Kick-Off

9 p.m. July 1. Free. 709 E. Sixth St.

The first movie in Easy Tiger’s summer film series in the beer garden is “Happy Gilmore,” a comedy starring Adam Sandler as a hockey lover who finds he has an unexpected talent at playing golf and decides to enter a tournament to try and win enough money to buy his grandmother’s house for her. Get there early for good seats; you can sip on beers like $5 Real Ale Axis IPA and enjoy $12 Movie Boards with hot dogs and more. The series continues every Sunday in July.

3. “The Lure” at Women and Their Work

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, noon to 6 p.m Sunday through July 26. 1710 Lavaca St. 512-477-1064,

Artist Margaux Crump debuts a body of work — sculptures, drawings and photographs — that explores gender and the natural world through the lens of power relationships: predator and prey, human and animal, masculine and feminine. Using the idea of hunting and courting both literally and metaphorically, her works trace the complex movements of power between these groups. In “The Lure,” materials like golden fishhooks come together in unfamiliar, unexpected ways.

4. Umlauf After Dark

6 to 8 p.m. July 3. Free. 605 Azie Morton Road.

The after-hours event at the Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum returns as a festival this month: the inaugural Keep the World Dancing Fest, that is. The evening will feature performances from Austin dance groups who have choreographed pieces inspired by the work of sculptor Charles Umlauf, and attendees can also explore the indoor gallery exhibits for free. Umlauf After Dark is a monthly event that gives art lovers a special glimpse of the scenic garden as the sun sets.

5. Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July Picnic at Circuit of the Americas

Noon July 4. $42.50-$99.50. 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd.

It’s now been four years of the Fourth with Willie at the Circuit of the Americas racetrack, with headliners in the Austin360 Amphitheater plus a bunch more acts in the venue’s grand plaza throughout the afternoon. Guests this year include Sturgill Simpson, Margo Price, the Head and the Heart, Ryan Bingham, Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, Jamestown Revival and longtime regulars such as Asleep at the Wheel, Ray Wylie Hubbard and Billy Joe Shaver. — Peter Blackstock

6. Esther’s Follies

8 p.m. Thursdays, 8 and 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays in July. $25-$35. 525 E. Sixth St.

July is a hot month for comedy. In “Call Me Baby,” President Trump will sing and dance his way through his late-night serenades to world leaders, including Angela Merkel, Justin Trudeau and Vladimir Putin — all while cracking jokes with his sidekick Sarah “Senior Smoky Eye Advisor” Huckabee Sanders. Plus, Esther’s will take a comical look at the potentially grim job market in “College Aftermath” and at keeping politicians in shape with “Congressional Work Out.”

7. Dog Day at Zilker Botanical Garden

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 7. $1-$3. 2220 Barton Springs Road. 512-477-8672,

We haven’t quite hit the dog days of summer yet, but the always dog-friendly Zilker Botanical Garden is hosting a special day for canines and their people to enjoy together nonetheless. Well-socialized, well-behaved pups on leash are welcome. Enjoy activities and amenities such as photo ops with your dog in the garden, cooling off stations and dog bowls throughout, educational talks about responsible pet etiquette and more. You’ll also take home a doggy bag with a dog treat and a stylish bandana.