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Start your week with art, pingpong and beer

Arianna Auber
Spin, Austin's bar devoted to pingpong, will be hosting Wimbledon-themed events starting Monday. [AMERICAN-STATESMAN]


The Craft Series at 1886 Cafe & Bakery. Since 2015, the Craft Series has been showcasing Austin's vibrant local craft brewery scene with a series of monthly beer pairing dinners. Experience why our city makes the best brews at the July dinner, which will feature four courses of creative cuisine paired with beers from a local brewery — this time around, Cedar Park's Red Horn brewpub. At $45, it's an irresistible deal. Reservations are required, but you won't pay until afterward. 6 p.m. July 8. $45. The Driskill Hotel, 604 Brazos St. 512-391-7178,


Blue Monday at Antone’s. Almost all of this week’s shows at Antone’s are part of the club’s extensive 44th anniversary celebration. But we’re casting the spotlight on this weekly gig helmed by guitar master Derek O’Brien, because it regularly features some of the top classic blues players in town. If you want to get a sense of what the Antone’s vibe has really been all about for four-plus decades, this is a great place to start. Take a closer look at the walls, too, which will feature a special batch of photos from the 1969 Ann Arbor Blues Festival in Michigan. $10. 6:30 p.m. 305 E. Fifth St. — Peter Blackstock


“METROmorphosis.” The paintings and sculpture on view for a few more days at the Davis Gallery are fascinating examples of local artists Annie Darling and David Elliott’s own visions of our quickly expanding and changing city. Darling explores landmarks from around Austin and involves an array of media ranging from encaustic to photography. Elliott’s oil paintings and ceramic sculptures personify the undercurrent of eccentricity that seems to power this town. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. 837 W. 12th St.


Spin Austin's SPINbledon. SPIN Austin, a pingpong-focused bar downtown, will be celebrating the world’s oldest tennis tournament with a week of SPINbledon. The center court will be converted to lush grass, and the staff members will be dressed in their spiffiest tennis whites. The bar will also serve a British-inspired specialty cocktail menu. Monday's event is an epic pingpong tournament with up to 24 teams competing to take home the trophy. Make sure you wear all white. 7 to 10 p.m. July 8. Free to attend; $50 per team to play. 213 W. Fifth St.

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"The Tempest." In this fanciful Shakespearean classic staged by the City Theatre, an exiled noble turned sorcerer uses his power to raise a fierce storm, shipwrecking a group of conspirators onto his remote island home that’s full of mysterious and magical beasts. Here, nothing is as it seems, as the sorcerer leads his enemies into a dream where they must choose between vengeance and the freedom that only comes with forgiveness. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday through July 21. $10-$25. Santa Cruz Theater, 1805 E. Seventh St.