Over the next three days, you can learn about any number of cultural causes at the “Lights. Camera. Help.” Nonprofit Film Festival, dedicated exclusively to nonprofit and cause-driven films. The festival’s goal is to give “films for a cause” the attention they deserve by putting several dozen of them on the big screen in a theater setting for a broad range of people to see. This year’s films, selected from more than 200 entries, cover everything from pollution and spiritual abuse to homelessness and hip hop activism.
+ Thursday, 7-10 pm at The RGK Center for Philanthropy & Community Service, 2315 Red River Street
+ Friday, 7-10 pm at The Spirit of Texas Theater at the Bob Bullock Museum, 1800 Congress Avenue
+ Saturday, 3-6 pm at The RGK Center for Philanthropy & Community Service, 2315 Red River Street
Equal parts goofball, bombshell, pinup and pop star, knockout Katy Perry takes the stage at the Frank Erwin Center next Saturday, July 30. Expect an unabashedly poptastic spectacle as she performs hits like “Teenage Dream,” “I Kissed a Girl” and current summer smash “Last Friday Night.” No telling whether or not husband Russell Brand will be in tow, but she’ll likely bring the comedy all on her own; she’s one of the few pop divas on the market today who seems to get her own joke. Special guest Robyn opens.
Show starts at 7:30 pm, Saturday, July 30
1701 Red River Street
Funded and supported in part by the City of Austin’s cultural arts division, the Women in Jazz series has been showcasing a broad range of emerging and established jazz talent since 1994, even supporting amateur jazz cats to learn the basics through special workshops hosted every year and capped off with a concert from a national headliner. This year, Grammy winner Norman Brown and veteran saxophonist Richard Elliot take the stage, along with vocalist Pamela Hart and saxophonist Charmin Greene.
Tickets $43, $53 and $63
Doors open at 7 pm; show starts at 8 pm
Paramount Theater, 713 Congress Ave
Austin has no shortage of awesome movie theaters, thanks to entrepreneur Tim League and the fine folks at the Alamo Drafthouse, but now there’s yet another reason to celebrate the town’s commitment to great films: Violet Crown Cinema. Although it might be seen by some as competition for the Alamo, word has it the two companies have been playing rather nicely together, with the Alamo greeting the Violet Crown warmly and openly noting the coolness of its elite selection of art and documentary films. Nestled into the 2nd Street district with its own in-house lounge, a screening at Violet Crown is the perfect cultural amuse bouche to a late, upscale dinner at any number of nearby eateries, including Malaga (tapas), La Condesa (gourmet interior Mexican), Lambert’s (upscale bbq) or La Taverna (Italian).
434 West 2nd Street
Most summer memories include pool time and air-conditioned movie theaters, and the Austin Parks & Recreation Department saw fit to cut out the middleman and just merge the two. Hence its Splash Party Movie Nights, hosting a family-friendly movie at Deep Eddy Pool every Saturday night throughout the summer. Inflate your inner tube and hop into the pool at dusk this Saturday for a showing of Megamind and spend some quality time with either your kids, the kid within you… or both. Movie Nights run every Saturday through early August.
Saturdays, just before sunset
Deep Eddy Pool, 401 Deep Eddy Ave.
$3 entry fee; $2 or $1 for children, depending on age