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Comedy theater and a garden party on Thursday

Arianna Auber
The Garden Club of Austin explores the Japanese gardens at Zilker Botanical Garden as part of its next meeting. [AMERICAN-STATESMAN 2006]

Theater & dance

"Severe Weather Warning." Theatre en Bloc presents the world premiere of this comedy, which explores the ups and downs of lifelong friendship during a much-needed girls' weekend getaway. When the idyllic weekend at the Texas Gulf Coast devolves into a night of drunken chaos inside, with severe weather outside, are the women prepared for the aftermath? "Severe Weather Warning" is a wild comedy about great friends and terrible choices. 8 p.m. Thursday-Sunday, with additional 8 p.m. performance May 1, through May 5. $15-$34. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive.


The Umlauf Garden Party. Is there any better way to spend a fine spring day than at a garden party on the stunning grounds of the Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum? Find out for yourself at this fundraiser that will have bites from many of Austin's great restaurants, including those not far from the Umlauf like Juliet Italian Kitchen, El Alma Cafe and Darcy's Donkey. The evening will also have performances by Sky Candy, Austin Classical Guitar and more. VIP ticket holders can arrive at 6 p.m., an hour early. 7 to 9:30 p.m. April 25. $175-$275. 605 Azie Morton Road.

Gardening calendar

Garden Club of Austin Monthly Meeting. The celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Isamu Taniguchi Gardens within Zilker Botanical Garden continues with a guided tour of the garden by Isamu’s grandson Evan. Light Asian-inspired drinks and bites will follow. All are welcome, from gardening newbies to seasoned gardeners. To attend, RSVP to 6:30 p.m. April 25. $1-$3 admission fee. 2220 Barton Springs Road.

Garden to Glass Cocktail Workshop. The Natural Gardener is teaming up with Desert Door Sotol to teach you how to grow your own garden and, from that fresh produce, how to create cocktails. During the one-hour workshop, you'll make three different cocktails using rosemary, mint, basil and chile pequin. Desert Door sets you up with bar tools, herbs from the distillery garden, agave nectar and a few simple juices. 6 p.m. April 25. $35. 211 Darden Hill Road, Driftwood.

"Such Lonely Country" art opening. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center celebrates the opening of Katy McCarthy's exhibit in the center's McDermott Learning Center. The artist will be present during the opening for questions. She has been closely reading the diaries of early-20th-century botanist Mary Sophie Young, who explored and collected plant specimens around Texas. Based on her research, McCarthy has created a new video work that merges Young’s diaries with McCarthy’s own writing in a meditation on solitude and health. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 27. $6-$12. 4801 La Crosse Ave.