Summer doesn't drag with these Austin events
1. Blues on the Green
8 p.m. July 17. Free. 2100 Barton Springs Road. acl-radio.com/blues19
The July edition of one of Austin’s most popular free summer events, Blues on the Green, will feature indie rocker Ben Kweller, who returned from a five-year hiatus from music with a snappy new single, “Heart Attack Kid,” in February. His new album “Circuit Boredom” is promised for later this year. Como Las Movies opens. The concert starts at 8 p.m., but organizers recommend early arrival to secure a good spot to spread out your blanket and set up lawn chairs. Limited parking is available on-site for $15 starting at 6 p.m. — Deborah Sengupta Stith
2. Bastille Day at the Four Seasons
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. July 14. Free. 98 San Jacinto Blvd. press.fourseasons.com/austin/hotel-news/2019/bastille-day-party
Pop the Champagne: The Four Seasons hosts two separate events in honor of Bastille Day, the French national holiday. First up is the Bastille Day brunch featuring dozens of dishes that pair well with the bubbly French wine. It'll also have live music and lawn games. The outdoor fun continues with the Veuve Clicquot happy hour during which you can try your hand at champong (beer pong, but with Champagne).
3. Wine Tour de France Tasting at the Austin Winery
7 to 9:30 p.m. July 15. $80-$160. 440 E. St. Elmo Road. facebook.com/events/441264296453419
The Austin Winery hosts the Uncorked Vintage Academia's masterclass that will explore both well-known and less-recognized varietals from France in honor of Bastille Day. Most of the wines are made by biodynamic, organic and sustainable natural producers using little intervention. Expect a mix of sparkling, white, rosé, red and even a more-than-30-year-old wine. The class will offer assorted cheese, charcuterie and other snacks to go with the tasting.
4. Astronomy on Tap
7:30 to 10:30 p.m. July 16. Free. The North Door, 502 Brushy St. astronomyontap.org/2019/06/astronomy-on-tap-atx-58-july-16-2019
You can explore the mysteries of the universe while keeping your feet firmly on the ground at this monthly event (while also drinking beer). Among the speakers this month is host Aaron Lee, who will talk about the formation and evolution of binary star systems for one last time before taking off to become a professor. Astronomy on Tap also will have trivia and telescopes so you can look for exciting objects in the night sky, weather permitting.
5. Rhythm on Stage
7 p.m. doors July 18. Free. 701 W. Riverside Drive. 512-474-5664, thelongcenter.org/events-and-tickets/rhythm-on-stage
The Long Center’s next free summer series will let you take center stage over the course of three hot summer nights. This all-ages event for beginners and experts alike focuses on different dance styles each time. Next up is an annual fan favorite, Bollywood dance. For the final Rhythm on Stage, on Aug. 1, try your hips at Beyonce’s “Love on Top.” Dance instruction from Rohit Ramachandran begins at 7:30 p.m.; you'll be able to dance until 8:45 p.m.
6. Green Screen Film Series at Laguna Gloria
7:30 p.m. doors July 19. $10. 3809 W. 35th St. 512-458-8191, thecontemporaryaustin.org/event/green-screen-film-series-the-fifth-element
Inspired by Tom Friedman’s alienlike silvery sculpture, "Looking Up," the Contemporary Austin's Green Screen Film Series returns to Laguna Gloria this summer with cult-classic sci-fi titles featuring otherworldly beings. In this Friday's screening, "The Fifth Element," 23rd-century New York is on the brink of cosmic destruction, and two unlikely heroes played by Bruce Willis and Chris Tucker must protect the person who can save them all. Bring a blanket to sit on.
7. "Circadian Buzz" at Davis Gallery
Opening reception 7 to 9 p.m. July 20. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday through Aug 31. 837 W. 12th St. davisgalleryaustin.com
"Circadian Buzz" is an extensive group exhibit focused on repetition and daily habits and how they play into each of the artists' work. Repetition is a fundamental principle of any work of art, and all of the artists are well aware of their habits day after day. Each of the participants, which include David Leonard, Gladys Poorte and Fallon Bartos, have created a new piece or have carefully chosen work from the past that recognizes these concepts.