Lyle Lovett takes over ACL Live for two nights; a new exhibit at the Bullock Texas State History Museum tackles the rise and fall of Prohibition; Ballet Austin opens the season with Romeo & Juliet.
8/4-10/7 Texas Bird Project | Frank X Tolbert 2 Frank X Tolbert 2’s large-scale paintings, prints and drawings capture the birds of Texas through Tolbert’s artistic eye. Expect the unexpected, for these are no ordinary birds. Flatbed Press and Gallery, 2830 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 512.477.9328, flatbedpress.com 26-27 8/26-27 Lyle Lovett and His Large Band For two nights, the Lone Star legend and his band will perform songs from the Grammy Award winner’s 30-plus-year career, spanning 14 albums that cross genres from swing and Americana to folk and jazz. Doors open 6:30PM, tickets $49-$99, ACL Live, 310 Willie Nelson Blvd., 512.225.7999, acl-live.com 9/2-1/4/18 American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition Complete with a re-created speak-easy and more than 100 rare artifacts, American Spirits explores the Roaring ’20s in a comprehensive exhibition of “America’s most colorful and complex constitutional hiccup.” Adult tickets $13, Bullock Texas State History Museum, 800 Congress Ave., 512.936.8726, thestoryoftexas.com 9/8-9 Mozart in Paris Be transported to Paris by conductor Peter Bay and the Austin Symphony in this inspiring season opener featuring classical pianist Anton Nel. Works will include music by Francis Poulenc as well as Mozart’s popular Symphony No. 31, “Paris.” 8PM, ticket prices vary depending on package, The Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive, 512.457.5100, austinsymphony.org 9 9/9 Sturgill Simpson with Fantastic Negrito One of music’s most exciting and genre-bending artists will perform under the stars. The show will cover music from Simpson’s catalog, including 2016’s A Sailor’s Guide to Earth. Gates open 7PM, tickets $29-$60, Austin360 Amphitheater, 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd., Del Valle, 512.301.6600, austin360amphitheater.com 9/11-1/1/18 Mexico Modern: Art, Commerce, and Cultural Exchange, 1920-1945 UT’s Harry Ransom Center’s forthcoming exhibition will feature artists such as Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, and photography by Paul Strand and Miguel Álvarez Bravo. The 200-plus items on view will showcase examples of modern Mexican art and design, and will also include jewelry, decorative arts and exhibition brochures. Harry Ransom Center, 300 W. 21st St., 512.471.8949, hrc.utexas.edu 15 9/15 Hill Country Nights The Hill Country Conservancy, dedicated to preserving priceless Central Texas land, hosts its 11th annual fundraising gala and concert. In addition to live music from Parker Millsap and headliner Shakey Graves, the gala will feature food from The Salt Lick, and live and silent auctions. 6:30PM, concert-only tickets $35-$60, sponsorships and packages from $500-$15,000, ACL Live, 310 W. Willie Nelson Blvd., 512.328.2481, hillcountrynights. hillcountryconservancy.org