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Welcome the weekend with these Austin events

Arianna Auber
Web Jerome and Lana Dieterich star in Hyde Park Theatre's production of "Death Tax," a dark comedy by Lucas Hnath. [Contributed]

Theater & dance

"Death Tax." In Lucas Hnath's devilishly funny play staged by Hyde Park Theatre, Maxine has weeks to live — and she thinks, incorrectly, that her daughter is paying her nurse to make sure she dies before a new, higher inheritance tax kicks in after the first of the year. Although she's wrong, she comes to offer the nurse a good chunk of change to keep her alive instead. Expect a tangled web of deceit and plenty of double dealings in this dark comedy. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday through July 27. $24-$28. 511 W. 43rd St.


KLRU NEXT Night: Chasing the Moon. KLRU NEXT is hosting a far-out night celebrating the PBS special "American Experience: Chasing the Moon." While thinking about the "giant leap for mankind," cool off with sips from Tequila 512, cosmic ice cream from Lick and stellar snacks from Maudie's. Explore the Milky Way of today with night sky viewing through telescopes, courtesy of Astronomy on Tap ATX, who will also have professional astronomers on-site to answer all your celestial questions. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. June 27. $20. Symphony Square, 1111 Red River St.


L'Oca d'Oro's 3rd Birthday Party: a Good Work Austin Benefit. This month, Mueller restaurant L'Oca d'Oro celebrates its third anniversary with a fundraiser for Good Work Austin. The evening will feature small plates by local chefs Fiore Tedesco (L'Oca d'Oro), Michael Fojtasek (Olamaie), Sarah Heard and Nathaniel Lemley (Foreign & Domestic), Fermin Nunez (Suerte) and Mari Soto (Sweet Ritual). The party will have an open bar with special birthday cocktails and a silent auction. 6 to 11 p.m. June 27. $75. 1900 Simond Ave., Suite 100.

Gardening calendar

Nature Nights: Birds of Prey & Reptiles. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center's free, family-friendly summer series showcasing the scenic center at night features a look at the animals that stalk and hunt to survive. The event combines two of the most popular Nature Night subjects, bringing participants creatures of the land and sky, including snakes, hawks and owls. Kids can enjoy nature crafting, and there will be hikes with experts in their fields. 6 to 9 p.m. June 27. Free. 4801 La Crosse Ave. 512-232-0100,

The Garden Club of Austin's Monthly Meeting: Surviving the Texas Heat. Master gardener Laura Holland, also a longtime member of the Garden Club, will introduce us to various plant species that tolerate the harsh Texas climate. Laura will have samples of some key plants, plus some handouts that attendees can take home for easy reference to spruce up their yards. All are welcome to attend. 7 p.m. doors June 27. Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Road. 512-477-8672,

Intro to Herb Gardening. The next class at the Natural Gardener will teach the fundamentals of herb gardening, including soil and nutrient requirements, how and when to harvest, and how to preserve and store herbs successfully. Central Texas is a perfect place to grow herbs, and the gardening center's instructor, Stacie, has all the tips on how to make it happen. 10 a.m. June 29. Free. 8648 Old Bee Caves Road.