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Arianna Auber
aauber@statesman.com
Lauded classical pianist Anton Nel is abandoning his usual instrument of choice for a harpsichord during La Follia’s season opener. Contributed by Austin Symphony Orchestra

Art

Second Saturdays: Sink or Swim. The Contemporary Austin’s monthly family event features an aquatic art-making workshop inspired by a sculpture on view in Laguna Gloria. Plus, the museum is free of charge that day, although you’ll want to register ahead of time for the workshop, which has a limited amount of space. The workshop, during which you’ll make aquatic art that can actually swim, was inspired by Elmgreen and Dragset’s watchful lifeguard sculpture “Watching.” 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Free. Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th St. thecontemporaryaustin.org/sink-or-swim.

Carol Dawson at Wally Workman Gallery. Local writer and water colorist Dawson aims to transform the perception of commonplace natural scenes into one of natural wonder — in this body of work going on display, in the form of birds as well as botanicals. The birds are depicted on a human-like scale, no longer the small, distant creatures forever flitting beyond reach that we’re used to but much larger creatures confronting the viewer eye-to-eye. Opening reception 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday through Sept. 29. 1202 W. Sixth St. 512-472-7428, wallyworkmangallery.com.

Music

Michael Nesmith & the First National Band at Paramount Theatre. He’ll forever be known for the Monkees, but Nesmith gained a wholly different cult-following for the country-influenced folk-rock records he made with his First National Band in the early 1970s. The shows he’s been playing with them this year mark a return from a nearly half-century hiatus. Now 75, Nesmith is enjoying a late-career revival that’s helping to recast his musical legacy. 8 p.m. Saturday. $29.50-$49.50. 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org. — Peter Blackstock

Works for Two Solo Harpsichords with Anton Nel and Keith Womer. La Follia opens its newest season with music for two solo harpsichords featuring internationally renowned pianist Anton Nel and La Follia director Keith Womer. The program includes works by Soler, Buxtehude, Couperin, W.F. Bach, J.C. Bach, J.S. Bach and Rameau. The sound of two harpsichords is electrifying, so it’s a show you don’t want to miss. 3 p.m. Saturday. $15-$30. Redeemer Presbyterian Church, 2111 Alexander Ave. brownpapertickets.com/event/3556476.

Shopping

Artista Rosso Grand Opening. If you need a breakfast sandwich, a scoop of gelato, a glass of wine and a charcuterie board or toilet paper and aluminum foil, you’ll find it all at a new specialty grocery store and all day cafe on South Lamar in the Lamar Union building. Artista Rosso is celebrating its grand opening with free coffee in the a.m. hours, a free appetizer provided alongside a purchase of beer or wine, and menu specials, tastings and live music all day. Proceeds from the day benefit Austin Pets Alive. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 8. Free. 1100 S. Lamar Blvd. facebook.com/events/626647154402682/.