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No dog days of summer with Hot Summer Nights and more events

Arianna Auber
aauber@statesman.com
The animated film “Song of the Sea” is the next featured film in Laguna Gloria’s Green Screen Series, currently focused on female-centric movies. Contributed

1. Hot Summer Nights kickoff

6:30 p.m. doors July 26. Free. Various locations. facebook.com/redrivercd

The summer edition of Free Week returns to the Red River Cultural District as clubs throw open their doors for four nights of no cover shows. Highlights from night one include Houston electro groove duo Gio Chamba with local indie pop standouts Migrant Kids and cumbia band Como Las Movies at Stubb’s, sunny psychedelia from Holy Wave and Annabelle Chairlegs at Barracuda, muscular riffs from Emily Wolfe and Quiet Company at the Mohawk and a sweaty dance party with Cilantro Boombox at Empire. — Deborah Sengupta Stith

2. El Chipirón’s 1st Anniversary Grand Fiesta

6 to 10 p.m. July 26. $38. 2717 S. Lamar Blvd. #1085. 512-518-3618, eventbrite.com/e/el-chipirons-1st-anniversary-grand-fiesta-tickets-47595028010.

The authentic Spanish restaurant is transforming a bit for its all-night pintxo party, removing all tables and filling up the space with a wide variety of food. Visitors can indulge in an array of Spanish treats such as house-made empanadillas, croquetas, mousse de manchego with sherry wine, tigres de mejillón, bravas, sandía, sweet gacha blanca and more. Tickets include two drinks, whether that’s white wine, cava, beer or sangria, and unlimited bites. You can reserve your spot online or call and pay over the phone.

3. Green Screen Series at Laguna Gloria

Gates open at 7:30 p.m., film starts at 8:45 p.m. July 27. Free for members, $10 for general admission. 3809 W. 35th St. thecontemporaryaustin.org.

Every Friday night in July, gather in the Laguna Gloria amphitheater near Wangechi Mutu’s sculpture “Water Woman” to watch a selection of films related to Mutu’s art. Each one, including “Song of the Sea,” is about powerful women and girls living near and under the water. “Song of the Sea” is based on the Irish legend of the Selkies and tells the story of the last seal-child, Saoirse, and her brother Ben, who embark on an epic journey to save the world of magic and discover the secrets of their past.

4. National Dance Day at Ballet Austin

Classes start at 9:30 a.m. July 28. $10. 501 W. Third St. balletaustin.org.

The annual celebration dedicated to dance encourages people of all ages to incorporate dance into their lives, no matter their skill level. Ballet Austin’s Butler Center for Dance & Fitness will offer a variety of classes, including hip hop, ballet and zumba, at $10 each, and will also teach the featured dance routine created just for National Dance Day by choreographer Mandy Moore. The proceeds benefit Ballet Austin’s Pink Pilates program for breast cancer survivors.

5. Oddwood Ales’ First Bottle Release Party

1 to 5 p.m. July 29. $25. 3108 Manor Rd. eventbrite.com/e/oddwood-ales-bottle-release-party-tickets-46671278049.

Austinites’ first introduction to the funky Oddwood Ales, which now has an East Austin brewpub, was through bottles produced at Adelbert’s Brewery. Oddwood is releasing bottles once more with the debut of a mixed-culture saison — an aged, bottle-conditioned take on the first saison brewed there. Your ticket includes a custom Oddwood glass, three draft beer pours, your own personal bottle of the new release, buffet-style appetizers, live music and pizza from the in-house kitchen.