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The Planner: Seven Days, Seven Things, Aug. 25-31

August 24, 2013

YellowBrix

Aug. 24--1. So Long Summer concerts at the Long Center

8 p.m. Friday-Sunday. $20 a night. 701 W. Riverside Drive. 512-474-5664. thelongcenter.org.

Summer will go out with a loud, melodic bang during Labor Day weekend when the Long Center offers a series of concerts in Dell Hall. It's a chance for both the bands and the fans to rock out -- together on stage. Audience members can come to each of the five shows or only one. First up on Friday is steel-guitar-strumming Union Specific; at 9 p.m. alt-country band the Gourds will perform. Saturday showcases the soulful sounds of T-Bird and the Breaks at 8 p.m. and the Relatives at 9 p.m. And Sunday features just one performer: El Vez, the self-proclaimed Mexican Elvis whose live shows are a mix between the Ike and Tina Turner Revue, a Tom Jones Las Vegas gig and Elvis Presley's 1968 comeback special.

2. The Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival

11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Free if you bring three nonperishable food items for the Capital Area Food Bank or a $3 donation. Fiesta Gardens, 2101 Jesse E. Segovia St. www.austinchronicle.com/hotsauce.

It might seem counter-intuitive to attend a celebration of hot sauce on a scorching August day, but don't let three-digit temperatures keep you away. As our Austin360 cover story on Aug. 16 explained, preliminary and celebrity judges wade through a diverse array of sauces in individual, restaurant and commercial categories, in red, green and "special" varieties. You can try them all, too, if your taste buds can handle it. More than 400 hot sauces are entered, so you may want to start early.

3. "Out on a Limb: The Tree as Art and Metaphor" exhibit

Opens 8 a.m. Monday. 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Friday, 12:30 to 6 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday through Nov. 17. Gallery at the J, Dell Jewish Community Center, 7300 Hart Ln. 512-735-8000, shalomaustin.org.

Featuring 18 Austin artists, including Cathy Savage, Valerie Fowler, Amy Lindsay-Joynt and Ysabel Le May, "Out on a Limb" is a collective love letter to one of nature's most regal organisms, the tree. An opening reception on Thursday will offer live music and a talk from some of the artists.

4. LBJ's Birthday Celebration

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday. Free. LBJ Library, 2313 Red River St. 512-720-0200, www.lbjlibrary.org.

Former U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson would've been 105 on Tuesday, and LBJ library visitors can commemorate his birthday with free dessert and refreshments. Cake will be served at the library all day; cupcakes will be served on the West Mall of the UT campus beginning at 10 a.m. until they're gone. Once you're at the library, enjoy redesigned exhibits, step into a replica of the Oval Office and hear the president's private telephone conversations.

5. David Garza at the Cactus Cafe

8:30 p.m. Wednesday, $10. 2247 Guadalupe St. 512- 475-6515, cactuscafe.org.

One of Austin's favorite guitar slingers, David Garza presents music from his recently released album "Human Tattoo." Notable venue plus beloved local performer equals a must-see show. Garza's new album was produced by another Austin favorite, musician and producer Adrian Quesada. Quesada, who recently left the popular Grupo Fantasma ensemble, describes Garza's new music as having "a sense of intimacy and serenity." Garza teamed up with Girl in a Coma's Nina Diaz for one of the album's tracks, "Weigh you Down." Garza also performs Thursday at the Cactus Cafe. -- Nancy Flores

6. Out of Bounds Roast of Tim League

10 p.m. Thursday. $16. Stateside at the Paramount, 719 Congress Ave. 512-474-1221, www.austintheatre.org.

The Out of Bounds Festival fills some of Austin's biggest comedy venues for a week full of laughs, including the Hideout, ColdTowne and Stateside at the Paramount. And Thursday, top comics as well as friends and colleagues of Tim League will send the Alamo Drafthouse founder a few well-placed digs for the OOB Roast of a local celebrity. Festival organizers might even be tracking down the woman whose irate voicemail became a classic Drafthouse no-texting PSA.

7. Jungle Fever 5K

9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday. $50. Travis County Expo Center, 7311 Decker Lane. www.junglefever5K.com.

Bring out the wild animal in you at this 5K where getting blasted with colored paint and avoiding jungle beasts is more important than running fast. Show up in white or dress up like one of the animals you might encounter (or hear) on the trek. You'll get a chance to fight back if you get hit with a splash of paint with a colorful weapon of your own at the post-race celebration. Proceeds go to Austin Pets Alive. Pre-race packet pick-up will be at Sun & Ski Sports on West Anderson Lane.

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