Boy George, Yanni and Alice Cooper tickets on sale
British new-wave icons Boy George and Culture Club, whose 1980s hits included “Karma Chameleon” and “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me,” will play the new Statesman Skyline Theater at the Long Center on Aug. 2 as part of a 40-city national tour.
The newly announced dates follow a 20-city run last year that was the band’s first tour in more than a decade.
Tickets, starting at $49.50, go on sale Friday via skylinetheater.com.
— Peter Blackstock
One of the top global touring acts in the world is stopping by Bass Concert Hall this summer.
Yanni, the Greek composer and producer, has played to crowds at India’s Taj Mahal, China’s Forbidden City, and New York City’s Radio City Music Hall. On June 19, his 2016 North American Tour will stop in Austin for a night of music from his eighteenth studio album, “Sensuous Chill.” Tickets for the show go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. at texasperformingarts.com.
Known for his dark antics and horror-themed theatrics, Alice Cooper always puts on a memorable show. Perhaps that’s why he spends six months of every year on the road. Or maybe it’s because his ’70s albums “Lace and Whiskey” and “From the Inside” became classics in the world of rock ‘n’ roll. No matter the reason, one night of his 2016 tour will be spent at ACL Live in Austin. Tickets for the Aug. 21 show go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. at acl-live.com.
Other ticket sales happening this week:
• Buckethead at Emo’s (June 11)
• Dashboard Confessional and Taking Back Sunday at Cedar Park Center (July 3)
• Emily King at the Parish (July 25)
• Shinedown, Halestorm and more at Cedar Park Center (July 31)
— Rachel Corbelli
Free events this weekend
Bengali New Year Festival. The Bangladesh Association of Greater Austin presents a Bengali New Year Festival from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at Fiesta Gardens, 2101 Jesse E. Segovia St. The free celebration of traditional Bangladeshi ethnic foods, arts and clothing is open to the public and will also feature live musical and dance performances. Find out more at bagatx.org.
East Austin Garden Fair. Have questions about agriculture and gardening? Bring them to the East Austin Garden Fair, where experts from the Austin Parks and Recreation department, County Master Gardeners and Texas A&M AgriLife will be providing information, manning children’s activities and giving away free plants and gardening materials. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Parque Zaragoza Recreation Center, 2608 Gonzales St. Find out more at bit.ly/1RxVUN3.
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