East Side Glass Studio is exactly what it sounds like: a professional hot glass studio on Austin’s eastside. Known as much for its cool monthly demonstrations (which are free and open to the public) as it is for the actual art it produces, these artisans seriously know what they’re doing. This Saturday, though, the studio opens its doors for a special Christmas in July event, where guests can get hands-on and create their own works of art with guidance from the experts. Craft a holiday ornament or create a solid glass “space rock” and enjoy on-site brews from hops&grain and yummy bites from Yume Burger while you stand back and admire your artistic prowess; portions of the day’s proceeds will go to Community Glass House to benefit disadvantaged youth in the arts.
$30 per person, Saturday, July 28, 3-6 pm
507 Calles Street, on the eastside
Learn more about the studio here
“Cheesemongers are categorically zealous,” declares the website for beloved local cheese shop Antonelli’s, located next door to the Hyde Park Bar & Grill in none other than Hyde Park itself: “Their counters are their pulpits, and they live to share the gospel.” Thanks to the shop’s dizzying array of fromage — all heartily explained by the very friendly and uber-knowledgeable staff — and its chocolates, olives, charcuterie and fresh baked breads, their words are perfectly accurate: it’s practically a religious experience to walk through its doors and take in all the sights. Along with the many fine eateries around town who proudly serve Antonelli’s finest on their cheese boards, all we can say is: consider us converted.
4220 Duval Street (between Hyde Park Bar & Grill and Dolce Vita)
Open Tues-Sat 11 am – 7 pm, Sun noon – 5 pm
Visit the website for more info
Every summer, the beautiful and historic Paramount Theater opens its doors for an exhausting array of classic movies, shown in twos and threes as themed events sharing a lead actor, director, style or genre among them. On Sunday, July 22, the hills will come alive onscreen (twice!) as Julie Andrews swirls and sings her doe-eyed way through The Sound of Music following Saturday’s showing of Grease — a family-friendly weekend full of sweet musical classics.
The Paramount Theater, 713 Congress Avenue
Saturday, July 22; shows start at 2 pm and 6 pm
Tickets: $10 at door, $8 online
Details at the Paramount website
This week’s rains brought with them an added benefit: they cooled things off just enough to allow for a perfectly comfortable evening of free music under the big Texas sky. The Bob Bullock museum’s annual “Music Under the Star” series is back again, gracing our ears every Friday in July at 6 pm with al fresco performances from some of the Lone Star State’s finest under the museum’s iconic star. This week, Kelly Willis and Ruby Jane grace the stage with neotraditionalist country leanings and killer fiddling chops. The show starts at 6; consider arriving early with a blanket or lawn chair to snag a spot and enjoy refreshments from local vendors. Yet another reason to TGIF.
Friday, July 13, 6-9 pm
Front lawn of Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum
Corner of Martin Luther King & Congress Avenues
4th of July weekend is undoubtedly a huge weekend for blockbuster movies, partially because movie studios always release big action films, and partially because we all want as much air conditioning as we can get. Since the 4th falls on a Wednesday this year, the way we see it, we get to enjoy both weekends surrounding it as if they’re official holidays in and of themselves. With three drastically different (and sure-to-be-huge) flicks opening during… let’s just call it “Independence Week,” options for the latter weekend are admirable; whether it’s The Amazing Spider-Man, Savages or that Katy Perry movie (don’t lie — you know you’re curious) that strikes your fancy, there’s a recliner waiting for you inside The Domain’s ultra-swanky (and did we mention air conditioned?) iPic Theaters, complete with seat service and supersoft blankets in case the A/C gets too intense. Now, there’s a perk of capitalism completely worth celebrating.
3225 Amy Donovan Plaza (The Domain, between Dillard’s & Macy’s)
Visit the iPic website for info, tickets and showtimes.