Sound & Cinema spices up this summer week
1. Sound & Cinema
6 p.m. gates June 19. Free. The Long Center lawn, 701 W. Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org
One of Austin's most popular summer events, Sound & Cinema pairs beloved films with Texas artists playing live. They'll perform a musical tribute to the movie before it plays on the Alamo Drafthouse’s giant inflatable outdoor screen, with the Austin skyline providing a picturesque backdrop throughout. Sound & Cinema kicks off this summer on Wednesday with a showing of "The Goonies" and Duncan Fellows performing. Come early to have dinner via one of the on-site food trucks, such as Garbo's and the Peached Tortilla. There will be a full bar, too.
2. Friends & Allies Father's Day Ride
7 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 16. $45. 979 Springdale Road #124. facebook.com/events/314776406088306
How about bikes and beer to celebrate Dad? For the second annual Father's Day Ride, participants will meet at Friends & Allies Brewing for a leisurely 40-mile ride with Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop employees there for support. Cold beer and lunch from the Wholly Cow food truck will await the riders on their return around 11 a.m. Not a dad? No sweat. This ride is open to anyone who wants to celebrate dads everywhere.
3. Hole in the Wall 45th anniversary 45rpm single release at Hole in the Wall
8 p.m. June 17. $15-$20. 2538 Guadalupe St. holeinthewallaustin.com
Country band Mike & the Moonpies and indie-pop performer PR Newman have teamed up on a split-single featuring two big hits by bands that got started at the Hole — Fastball’s “The Way” and Timbuk 3’s “The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades,” respectively — to help the UT campus-area joint mark another milestone year. They’ll headline a solid Monday bill that kicks off a full week of shows featuring Hole favorites. — Peter Blackstock
4. Astronomy on Tap
7:30 to 10:30 p.m. June 18. Free. The North Door, 502 Brushy St.astronomyontap.org/2019/05/astronomy-on-tap-atx-57-june-18-2019
This month's installment of the series all about outer space commemorates the 20th year of the Chandra X-Ray Observatory with three all-star talks on X-ray astronomy. Experts include Jeremy Drake of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, who will give us a review of highlights in the 20 years of the Chandra observatory. In addition, the evening will include an overview of astronomy in the news, trivia and telescopes that attendees can use, weather permitting.
5. Esther's Follies
8 p.m. Thursdays, 8 and 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays in June. $20-$35. 525 E. Sixth St. esthersfollies.com
The heat is rising in Austin, not least because the cast of Esther's is sizzling with all-new sketches and musical numbers. In our new world of plastic, ozone-free zones and smaller Arctic circles, discover the “cool” new looks for climate control in "The Green New Deal Fashion Show." Plus, you'll go on the campaign trail with the wide cast of Democratic presidential candidates who will present "Summer Splash Satire." Meanwhile, President Trump crows about no obstruction in "White House Bohemian Rhapsody."
6. Different Stages' "A Doll's House"
Opens June 21. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday through July 13. $15-$30. Trinity Street Playhouse, 901 Trinity St. 512-926-6747, differentstagestheatre.org
Different Stages takes on an adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's "A Doll's House." The play, hugely controversial when first published and performed in Copenhagen in 1879, is about the unraveling of a family. Nora and Torvald Helmer believe they are happily married and on the brink of a blissful new phase of life. But Nora has a secret debt, incurred with good intentions and a forged signature, and with her husband's new bank manager job comes the threat of blackmail.
7. Chingona Fest Texas
11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. June 22. $30. Hops & Grain, 507 Calles St. chingonafesttx.com
Rescheduled from the spring, Chingona Fest Texas aims to inspire and empower Latinas through music, film, art and community. There will be an all-day music lineup, starting with Ballet Folklori MariCruz at 12:15 p.m. and finishing up with Tribes at 7:15 p.m. Bidi Bidi Banda, the Selena Quintanilla cover band, will also perform. A variety of vendors, many of them with Latina business owners, will form a temporary market. And did we mention the Chingona beer?