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Dierks Bentley, ‘Hook’ screening and more things to do Thursday

Arianna Auber
aauber@statesman.com
Country singer Dierks Bentley will be one of three musicians taking the stage at the Austin360 Amphitheater. Suzanne Cordeiro for AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Books

At Central: Bethany McLean. America has become the world’s top producer of both oil and natural gas thanks to the technology of fracking in shale rock — particularly in the Permian Basin in Texas. But is it sustainable? Investigative journalist Bethany McLean has dug deep into the cycles of boom and bust that have plagued the American oil industry for the past decade and has explored her findings in the book “Saudi America: The Truth about Fracking and How It’s Changing the World.” She’ll speak and sign the book at this author event. 7 p.m. Sept. 20. Free to attend; only books purchased at BookPeople are eligible for signing. Austin Central Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez St. bookpeople.com.

Theater & dance

“Confessions of a Mexpatriate.” Hyde Park Theatre stages Austin-based playwright Raul Garza’s thought-provoking play about a Mexican-American urban sophisticate who wants to connect with his roots and ventures deep into the Mexican interior. “Confessions” was first produced by Teatro Vivo locally and then toured Chicago, New Mexico and San Miguel de Allende. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday through Oct. 20. $23-27 (Thursdays are pay-what-you-can). 511 W. 43rd St. 512-479-7529, hydeparktheatre.org.

Film

Movies in the Park: “Hook.” The Austin Park Foundation’s family-friendly movie series at various local parks continues with Robin Williams’ live-action version of the Peter Pan tale. Food truck Mmmpanadas will be on-site, and you can bring dogs, picnics and lawn chairs (but no glass or alcohol, please). 8 to 10 p.m. Sept. 20. Free. Govalle Park, 5200 Bolm Road. austinparks.org/movies-in-the-park/.

Music

Dierks Bentley, Brothers Osborne, Lanco at Austin360 Amphitheater. The summer concert season at the amphitheater is almost done, but first, one last big bash for mainstream country fans. Bentley is touring behind his 10th album, “The Mountain,” released in June on Capitol Nashville. John and T.J. Osborne have released two albums as Brothers Osborne, including 2018’s “Port Saint Joe.” Opener Lanco, led by singer Brandon Lancaster, released its debut album “Hallelujah Nights” this year. $31-$95.75. 7 p.m. Sept. 20. 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd. austin360amphitheater.com. — Peter Blackstock

Gardening calendar

Small Batch Canning at the Natural Gardener. Ever wanted to try canning, but didn’t want to buy all that equipment? You may not realize that you probably have what you need to complete small-batch water bath canning in your kitchen at home. The Natural Gardener’s Linda Wall is giving a live demonstration using common pots and tools. You can even pick up some canning jars after class to start right away. 10 a.m. Sept. 22 and 25. Free. 8648 Old Bee Cave Rd. 512-288-6113, naturalgardeneraustin.com.