Celebrate Harry Potter and more this Wednesday
Theater & dance
"Ann." Tough as nails, funny as hell, "Ann" as produced once again by Zach Theatre is an intimate, no-holds-barred portrait of Ann Richards, the legendary governor of Texas. This time, she'll be played by Libby Villari (rather than the Emmy Award-winning Holland Taylor, who also wrote the play and first performed it in 2011). She brings to life a complex, colorful and captivating character bigger than the state from which she hailed. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through Sept. 8. $30-$189. 202 S. Lamar Blvd. zachtheatre.org.
Sound & Cinema. Summer isn't over yet. One of the season's most popular events in Austin, Sound & Cinema returns to the Long Center lawn to pair beloved films with Texas artists playing live. They'll give a musical tribute to the movie before it plays on the Alamo Drafthouse's giant inflatable outdoor screen. Up next is a showing of "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" — on the boy wizard's birthday — and music from Nolan Potter's Nightmare Band. Come early for dinner from one of the on-site food trucks. 6 p.m. July 31. Free. The Long Center lawn, 701 W. Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org
Harry Potter's Birthday Bash. The Volstead will celebrate the birthday of one of the most beloved book characters of all time at a Harry Potter party the East Austin bar promises will be like no other. There will be trivia, games, costumes, prizes, themed drinks and so much more. Trivia will be free to play, with great prizes in store for the top trivia teams, best costumes, game winners and more. Music starts at 6:30 p.m.; everything else kicks off at 7:30 p.m. July 31. Free. 1500 E. Sixth St. facebook.com/events/379417506261724
Julien Baker, Lucy Dacus at Paramount Theatre. Dacus and Baker teamed up last year with Phoebe Bridgers in the indie-folk supergroup Boygenius, but this tour will spotlight the highly acclaimed work they've done on their own. Expect some collaboration during the evening as well, though. Still in their early- to mid-20s, Baker and Dacus are just getting started, but the music they've given us so far suggests they'll be around for a long time. (They’ll also tape an episode of “Austin City Limits” at ACL Live on July 30.) $20-$40. 8 p.m. July 31. 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org — Peter Blackstock