The Planner: 7 Days, 7 Things, April 19-25
“Armadillo Rising” at Texas State’s Wittliff Collections
Reception 2 p.m. Sunday. Exhibit ongoing through July 3. Free. Alkek Library, Texas State University, 601 University Drive. 512-245-2313, www.thewittliffcollections.txstate.edu.
The title of this new Wittliff Collections exhibit, “Armadillo Rising: Austin’s Music Scene in the 1970s,” is inspired by the Armadillo World Headquarters, the old live music venue in Austin that brought together both hippies and “rednecks” and fused country music with counterculture lifestyles. The reception will include a discussion between the founder of the ’Dillo, Eddie Wilson, and music journalist (and Wittliff donor) Joe Nick Patoski, moderated by cultural historian Jason Mellard. To attend, RSVP to email@example.com.
Cafe Josie’s Karbach Beer Dinner
6 p.m. Monday. $60. 1200B W. Sixth St. 512-322-9226, www.cafejosie.com/events.
The first of many beer pairing dinners at Cafe Josie kicks off Monday with a five-course feast featuring craft beers from Houston’s Karbach Brewing Co., including the Love Street Kolsch-style Blonde, the Bourbon Barrel-aged Hellfighter Imperial Porter and more. Cicerone Jessica Villanueva of Brown Distributing Co. will be in attendance to guide diners through the distinct beer flavor profiles and pairings. In addition, there will be door prizes and giveaways. To make a reservation, call the restaurant.
Hozier at Austin Music Hall
7 p.m. doors Tuesday. Technically sold out. 208 Nueces St. c3concerts.com.
The emotional Irish singer became a superstar last year when his stirring song “Take Me to Church,” accompanied by an intrepid, graphic video outcry against Russia’s anti-homosexuality laws, became a viral sensation. He was supposed to play an afternoon slot at the Austin City Limits Music Festival but missed weekend one because of illness and weekend two for “Saturday Night Live.” In a brutal tease, South by Southwest announced and then un-announced him for the 2014 fest. This is the show Austin fans have been waiting for. — Deborah Sengupta Stith
Texas Performing Arts’ “Annie”
8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday, 1 and 7 p.m. Sunday. $30-$105. Bass Concert Hall, 2350 Robert Dedman Drive. texasperformingarts.org./season/annie-broadway-austin-2014.
One of the world’s most loved musicals is back in time-honored form. Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin, this new production of “Annie” will be a classic incarnation of the beloved original. Featuring the script and score by Thomas Meehan and Charles Strouse, the play about a redheaded orphan who wins over the heart of billionaire businessman Daddy Warbucks includes such unforgettable songs as “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “Easy Street,” “I Don’t Need Anything But You,” plus the eternal anthem of optimism, “Tomorrow.”
City Theatre’s “The Graduate”
8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 5:30 p.m. Sunday through May 10. $10-$25. 3823 Airport Blvd. 512-524-2870, www.citytheatreaustin.org.
The popular novel, adapted for the stage by Terry Johnson, follows recent college graduate Benjamin Braddock’s journey toward finding himself — with detours including run-ins with his establishment parents, an affair with older family friend Mrs. Robinson and a budding romance with her daughter, Elaine. It is the age-old story of a promising young man trying to make sense of an adult world he must face for the first time.
Jill Lear’s “Witness Trees of Texas” at Gallery Shoal Creek
Opening reception 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. Exhibit 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 12 to 5 p.m. Saturday, through June 6. 2832 E. MLK Jr. Blvd. Suite 3. 512-454-6671, www.galleryshoalcreek.com.
April 24 is Arbor Day. It is also the opening of Jill Lear’s exhibit “Witness Trees of Texas” at Gallery Shoal Creek. Lear will be in Austin to talk about the yearlong project and to unveil the collection of 20 large-scale mixed media paintings and an installation of smaller works reflecting the scope of the project. Her interest in trees has taken her to far parts of the world, from the San Saba Wedding tree to the Goose Island Oak, more than 1,000 years old. Austin’s own Treaty Oak is also featured — the show focuses on Texas trees in particular.
Sunset Valley ArtFest
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Free. 3205 Jones Road, Sunset Valley. www.sunsetvalley.org/artfest.
The Sunset Valley ArtFest is a large-scale community event that hosts many Central Texas artisans displaying various forms of their art such as paintings, music, jewelry, crafts, local foods and much more. Live music from local artists will be played throughout the day on a main stage and kids stage. This year’s live music lineup features acts such as Lost and Nameless, Two Tons of Steel, Austin Samba School and the Bowie High School Steel Drum Band on the Main Stage. On the popular kid’s stage are Joe McDermott and the Biscuit Brothers.