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Arianna Auber
Mistress of Musicality Productions has put together a theatrical tribute to Prince with "The Purple Party." [Contributed by the Vortex]


Movies in the Park: "Space Jam." Somehow, our Austin summer hasn't quite cracked 100-degree weather yet, which means after the sun goes down watching a movie outdoors might actually seem like a good idea. So don't miss the family-friendly nighttime screening of this basketball film, the next movie featured in the Austin Parks Foundation’s monthly series drawing locals out to their parks for a free good time. Come early to enjoy food truck grub from Garbo's, the Mighty Cone and more. 8:45 p.m. July 11. Free. Martin Middle School Fields, 1621 Nash Hernandez Senior Road.

Theater & dance

The Purple Party: A Tribute to Prince. Enjoy this heartfelt and fun tribute to one of the greatest pop icons of the century, Prince. Award-winning performer and producer Coco Lectric brings together a diverse cast of the brightest stars and the biggest hearts in dance and aerial arts with the three-day "Purple Party." This show is for lifelong Prince fans and new fans alike, blending the performers' relationship with his work with clips of the life and work of the bona fide virtuoso. 8 p.m. July 11-13. $15-$45. The Vortex, 2307 Manor Road.


Cover 3's Summer Wine Dinner. The original Cover 3 location on Anderson Lane hosts a special five-course summer wine dinner to kick off your weekend. This indulgent feast features paired wines from Sonoma's Jordan Winery and Vintage Wine Estates, a collection of producers from California and the Pacific Northwest. Courses include Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon with St. Louis Rib. As part of the dinner, Mike Patton of Vintage Wine and Kent Wagermann of Jordan will provide commentary and exclusive insights. 6:30 p.m. July 11. $80. 2700 W. Anderson Lane.

Gardening calendar

Woodland Faerie Trail by Moonlight. On a few special evenings each summer, the faeries' magical nighttime world at Zilker Botanical Garden is open for full-size people to enjoy. The wee folk light up the garden with thousands of sparkling lights and offer music and other entertainment including glow-in-the-dark hula hoops and face painting. Feel free to dress in your fairy best, if you'd like. 8 to 10 p.m. July 12 and 13. $2-$6. 2220 Barton Springs Road. 512-477-8672,

The Nature & Spirit of Japanese Gardens Gardening Seminar. Take a trip to gardens around the world without leaving Austin. Expert Molly Ogorzaly contrasts Western and Eastern gardening traditions and explains how religious beliefs influenced the conception and construction of Japanese gardens at this seminar, which is part of the Travis County Master Gardeners Association's Saturday Gardening Seminar Series. 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. July 13. $1-$3 park entrance fee. Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Road.

Water Efficiently Using Drip Irrigation: Class at the Natural Gardener. Don’t want to waste water? Drip irrigation has come to the rescue. Rather than losing so much precious water to the air through evaporation, drip systems put the water right where it needs to be – into the soil. Learn the basic steps to setting up your own submatic system at the Natural Gardener's free class. 10 a.m. July 13. 8648 Old Bee Cave Road. 512-288-6113,