Red, White and Blues kicks off big week of events in Austin
1. Red, White and Blues 512
4 p.m. doors Nov. 11. $20-$25 general admission; $150-$175 VIP. 801 Red River St. redwhiteandblues512.com.
The night of Veterans Day, this fundraising concert aims to help homeless veterans. Head to Stubb's Waller Creek Amphitheater for an irresistible lineup of artists: the Nightowls, Black Pumas, Shinyribs and Samantha Fish. VIP tickets are available with perks that include drink tickets, access to Tito's Viewing Balcony and a VIP menu provided by Stubb's culinary team. The concert is free for veterans with a valid military ID on a first-come, first-serve basis. All proceeds and donations from the concert go toward four Austin-area nonprofits.
2. DOUGHvember at Home Slice Pizza
5 to 9 p.m. Mondays through Nov. 26. Free. 1415 S. Congress Ave., 1421 S. Congress Ave. and 501 E. 53rd St. facebook.com/events/1606959649404935/.
A successor of sorts to the restaurant's annual Carnival O' Pizza event, DOUGHvember is a major philanthropic effort. All three locations will donate a percentage of sales from special DOUGHvember menu items all month long and will host a profit-sharing event every Monday for a different charity partner each time. On Nov. 12, that nonprofit is Carrying Hope, which provides "hope packs" to children entering the foster care system.
3. Circa: "Humans" at Bass Concert Hall
8 p.m. Nov. 13. $10-$40. 2350 Robert Dedman Drive. texasperformingarts.org/season/circa-humans-bass-concert-hall-2018.
Australia’s award-winning contemporary circus ensemble, Circa, returns to Bass Concert Hall with a new program, "Humans." Ten acrobats will explore what it means to be human and how our bodies, our connections and our aspirations help to form who we are. Exploring the physical limits of their bodies as they are pushed to the extreme, they question how much we can take as humans in a thrilling and heart-stopping performance.
4. Kevin Welch at Waterloo Records
5 p.m. Nov. 14. Free. 600 N. Lamar Blvd. waterloorecords.com.
Oklahoma native and Wimberley resident Welch has been a left-of-center-country treasure since his self-titled major-label debut came out in 1990. He was never a great fit for mainstream Nashville but worked really well around its edges, leading to his partnership with the artist-run Dead Reckoning collective. Some of that crew’s key players return on his new album “Dust Devil,” a sterling new set of songs that run the range of the Americana genre. — Peter Blackstock
5. Sips & Scoops for a Cause with Celis Brewery and Lick Honest Ice Creams
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 15. $45. 10001 Metric Blvd. eventbrite.com/e/sips-scoops-for-a-cause-with-celis-brewery-and-lick-honest-ice-creams-tickets-51975634522.
Beer and ice cream might seem like a strange pairing, but Lick and Celis are out to prove what a tasty match they really are with this fall-themed food pairing event. Participants will try a flight of five 5 oz. beers and five 1 oz. ice cream flavors, while representatives of Lick and Celis talk through the ingredients and share their expertise on their selections. Pairings include caramel corn ice cream with Celis Dubbel Coffee Porter. All proceeds benefit the Central Texas Food Bank.
6. Different Stages' "Great Expectations"
Opens Nov. 16. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 6 p.m. Sunday through Dec. 8. $15-$30. 2307 Manor Road. vortexrep.org/31_greatexpectations.
This stage adaptation of Charles Dickens' novel of the same name centers around the adventures of Pip, the orphaned blacksmith's apprentice who is fashioned to become a gentleman with "great expectations," and the many fascinating people who shape his life, including the half-mad spinster Miss Havisham; her ward, the beautiful and icy Estella; Pip's friend, the aristocratic Herbert Pocket; and Jaggers, the lawyer made hard and brutal by the indignities of the world.
7. Conan O'Brien at ACL Live
8 p.m. Nov. 17. $52.50-$850. 310 W. Second St. acl-live.com/calendar/conan-and-friends.
Late night host O’Brien is again taking his act on the road. Anyone who has seen the 2011 documentary "Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop" knows the talk show host’s live show is unpredictable and wild and sure to be a good one. The Austin show will feature Conan along with performances from Run Funches ("Curb Your Enthusiasm"), Taylor Tomlinson (Netflix’s "The Comedy Lineup"), and Flula Borg ("Pitch Perfect 2"). — Brently Heilbron