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Month of May begins with Davis Sedaris, more events

Arianna Auber
Author and humorist David Sedaris returns to Austin for an appearance at Bass Concert Hall. [Contributed by Ingrid Christie via Little, Brown]


"Grimm Tales" at Lora Reynolds Gallery. Natalie Frank's most recent drawings — feminist reinterpretations of the unsanitized Brothers Grimm fairy tales — are a continuation of the body of work she began in 2011. The new drawings in this show flesh out where the stories left off, forming the basis for "Grimm Tales," a Ballet Austin production inspired by Frank's drawings and choreographed by Stephen Mills. Ceramics artist Tony Marsh's work is also on display. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday through June 8. 360 Nueces St., Ste. 50.


Way Back Whens-Day at Hotel San Jose. Forget Throwback Thursday. The lounge of Hotel San Jose is all about Way Back Whens-Day this spring, when it will play music courtesy of Breakaway Records every week. Grab a friend and a glass of the hotel's famous frosé, and enjoy the sounds of soul, funk and international grooves. Feeling nostalgic yet? 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. May 1. Free. 1316 S. Congress Ave.

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Little Mazarn album release at Cactus Cafe and Kim Simpson album release at Townsend. You could accurately say both Little Mazarn and Kim Simpson play folk music, but the sound of their respective new records is very different. Little Mazarn, the duo of singer-songwriter-guitarist Lindsey Verrill and saw player Jeff Johnston, is a mesmerizingly minimalist soundscape of enchanting originals. Simpson, host of KOOP radio’s “International Folk Bazaar” show, plays everything from mandolin and tin whistle to instruments from Finland (kantele), Bolivia (charango) and Morocco (oud). Cactus: $10, 8:30 p.m. May 2, 2247 Guadalupe St., Townsend: $10-$12, 7:30 p.m., 718 Congress Ave., — Peter Blackstock

David Sedaris. Using sardonic wit to make incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America’s most venerated humor writers. Don't doubt that he's a compelling performer, too. He'll make his insightful observations on the human condition in this appearance on-stage at Bass Concert Hall, and you may also expect to hear about his upcoming projects, which include a second volume of his diaries expected this summer. Most recently, he published a book of essays called "Calypso." 8 p.m. May 2. $30-$55. 2350 Robert Dedman Dr.

Ensemble VIII’s “When Heaven Is Wedded to Earth: Franco-Flemish Music of Springtime.” The classical vocal performers highlight the works of Antoine Brumel and other Franco-Flemish performers at their final show of the season. Bridging the gap of the rhythmic complexity of the medieval period to the smooth imitative style of the late Renaissance, Brumel’s "Earthquake Mass" transports the listener to another realm with sounds that wed heaven to earth. 7:30 p.m. May 2-3. $10-$45. May 2: Westlake Hills Presbyterian Church, 7127 Bee Caves Rd. May 3: St. Louis Catholic Church Chapel, 7601 Burnet Rd.