Summer in Austin heats up with Sound & Cinema, 2nd Street Social, more
1. Sound & Cinema
6 p.m. July 11. Free. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org.
Another popular Austin summer tradition is back, pairing live, local music with classic movies and cult films projected on the Alamo Drafthouse’s giant inflatable outdoor screen on the Long Center’s front lawn. The kick-off event will feature a concert by Billy King and the Bad Bad Bad, followed by the movie “Wayne’s World.” Come early to fill up on food truck grub. Music begins at 7:30 p.m., and the film will play after sunset. Blankets or lawn chairs are welcome. The next Sound & Cinema installment will be “Grease” and Huggy & The Feel Goodz on July 25.
2. “Shakespeare and All That Jazz”
6 and 7:30 p.m. July 8. $20-$30. Parker Jazz Club, 117 W. Fourth St., Ste. 107B. brownpapertickets.com/event/3467318.
How about Shakespeare as a cabaret show? Austin Shakespeare has teamed with Austin’s newest downtown jazz venue for this one-night-only performance featuring Shakespeare-themed songs written in 1964 by John Dankworth for his wife, England jazz singer Cleo Laine. The cabaret show will be emceed by Nick Mayo and performed in part by Pamela Hart, another talented — and local — jazz vocalist. Tickets are selling out fast, so don’t wait to buy them at the door.
3. The Craft Series at the Driskill
6 to 9 p.m. July 9. $40. 1886 Cafe & Bakery, 604 Brazos St. eventbrite.com/e/the-craft-series-at-1886-tickets-47085240221.
The culinary team at the Driskill Hotel’s acclaimed eatery, 1886 Cafe, is joining forces for this month’s beer pairing dinner with Strange Land Brewery. The evening of well-made food, fine fellowship and flavorful beers — some of which are small-batch, hard-to-find options —will include, as always, four courses with four beers for $40. Courses include dishes such as chicken liver mousse paired with a Peach Berliner Weisse. You’ll only reserve your spot ahead of time; payment comes after the meal.
4. Diana Greenberg at Wally Workman Gallery
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday through July 28. 1202 W. Sixth St. 512-472-7428, wallyworkmangallery.com.
In Wally Workman Gallery’s fourth solo show with a local painter, Greenberg’s abstract work is once again an exploration in color and emotion. Patterns from both nature and figurative paintings are transformed into the abstract, as prisms of color pierce through solemn gray, filling the viewer with feelings of light and hope, joy and serenity. Greenberg’s current body of work is specifically influenced by Japanese calligraphy and kimonos, antique book covers and music.
5. Second Street Social
5 to 8 p.m. July 12. Free. Second Street between Colorado and San Antonio streets. 2ndstreetdistrict.com.
The shops and restaurants in the Second Street District have a whole new round of deals planned for the monthly sip-and-stroll, including a prix fixe meal from Taverna. The Italian restaurant will serve a dish and wine pairing of your choice for $19.95. Plus, on the Taverna patio, live music presented by the Austin Music Foundation will play — this month, by funky guitar player Aaron Stephens. Stores like Austin Rocks, Sikara and Toy Joy also have nightly specials.
6. The Austin Chronicle Five-8 Brew Tour
5 p.m. July 13 through 6 p.m. July 15. $25. Multiple locations. austinchronicle.com/five-8-brew-tour/.
North Austin’s 78758 ZIP code is a brewery epicenter where several breweries — and a cidery — are located, brewing up some of the best local beverages. The Austin Chronicle is offering a self-guided tour to help locals explore them all, with tickets granting you one complimentary pour at each of the eight locations, a tour bandana and more. You’ll start at the brewery of your choice, whether that’s 4th Tap Brewing Co-op, Celis Brewery, Oskar Blues or the other participants, and have the weekend to visit the rest.
7. 2nd Annual SCH Ice Cream Showdown & Movie Night
6:30 to 11 p.m. July 14. Free; ice cream tickets are $3. South Congress Hotel, 1603 S. Congress Ave. facebook.com/events/212385322923765/.
A group of Austin’s best pastry chefs will go scoop-to-scoop in one very cool competition. Participants, who include Anthony Sobotik of Lick Ice Creams and Sarah Prieto of Barley Swine, aim to capture your ice cream-loving heart by creating the most delicious flavors of the cold treat. Plus, a screening of the movie “Clueless” will play afterward. The night begins in the hotel’s courtyard with a live DJ set and full bar. The winner of the ice cream showdown will be crowned at 8:30 p.m.