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Mid-week events include Fourth of July festivities and more

Arianna Auber
Artists Carl Smith and Donna Starnes will highlight the differences in their abstract pieces with their Atelier 1205 show, which is on display for one more weekend. Contributed


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


Draught House’s Third of July Party. Why celebrate American independence on just one day? The top-notch Austin brewpub is hosting its annual patriotic party a day before the Fourth of July with free hot dogs, free watermelon, $3 pints of craft beer and DJ JBL’s playlist of American rock tunes. The Draught House is opening a couple of hours early to get the party started. 1 to 10 p.m. July 3. Free. 4112 Medical Pkwy.

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“Jaws” Movie Party. Too terrified to watch an elusive giant shark terrorize islanders while you’re marooned in Lake Travis on inner tubes, as part of the Alamo Drafthouse’s “Jaws” on the Water event this summer? The Alamo is offering a less scary alternative where you can feel safe in the theater seats. But it’s still going to be fun. This interactive movie party with props lets you live the shark-hunting adventure along with Brody, Hooper and Quint — minus the salty sea air and actual mortal peril, of course. 2:45, 6 and 9:40 p.m. July 4. $12. Alamo Ritz, 320 E. Sixth St.

Hill Country Galleria’s July 4 Celebration. Commemorate America’s freedom with this annual evening event featuring backyard games like tug of war and obstacle course, live music by local bands Edison Chair and Vallejo, face painting and other activities for the kids, an all-day sidewalk sale presented by Hill Country Galleria retailers and, of course, a flashy finish of fireworks. You can enjoy the music and the fireworks on chairs and blankets on the Central Plaza lawn. 4 to 9:30 p.m. July 4. Free. 12700 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave.

“Thick and Thin” at the Gallery at Atelier 1205. Austin artists Carl Smith and Donna Starnes highlight the differences between their abstract painting styles: alcohol ink moved with an airbrush shown side by side with thick gobs of cheap paint. The gallery isn’t usually open Saturdays, but Starnes will be present for the closing weekend event from 1 to 5 p.m. on July 7, demonstrating her painting techniques on yupo paper and ceramic tiles. Visitors can paint their own tiles to take home. And she and Smith will host an informal Q&A at 2 p.m. 1205 E. Cesar Chavez St.