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The Planner: Seven Days, Seven Things, Sept. 8-14

September 7, 2013

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Sept. 07--1. "Batt on a Hot Tin Roof" at Zach Theatre

7 and 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. $40-$105. Kleberg Stage, 1421 W. Riverside Drive. 512-476-0541, www.zachtheatre.org.

Best known for his role as Salvatore Romano in "Mad Men," Bryan Batt has plenty of experience on Broadway, including roles in "Starlight Express," "Cats," "Beauty and the Beat" and "Saturday Night Fever." For Tuesday night's concert, Batt will perform alone onstage with a piano, singing standards from Cole Porter, Billy Joel and others, as well as some lesser-known works. VIP tickets are available for $105 for the 9:30 p.m. performance and include a meet-and-greet with Batt. It's all part of Zach's Top Concerts series, which features Broadway, film and television stars up close and personal. -- Melissa Martinez

2. Kicking + Screening Soccer Film Festival

5 p.m. Sunday. $15; $12 for University of Texas students. Texas Union Theatre, 2247 Guadalupe St. sportdev.utexas.org/ksaustin

Day two of Kicking + Screening, a film festival focused on soccer, features screenings and discussions, with titles including "After the Cup: Sons of Sakhnin United," a feature about the first soccer team from an Arab town to win the Israeli Cup and represent Israel in European competition.

The festival was founded by Greg Lalas and Rachel Markus in 2009 and features annual events in New York City and around the world. This is the festival's first appearance in Austin. --Matthew Odam

3. Dale Watson, the Derailers and Ghosts Along the Brazos at the Continental Club

8:30 p.m. Monday. $7. 1315 S. Congress Ave. www.continentalclub.com/Austin.

An expanded edition of Dale Watson's Monday residency welcomes the Arts Midwest Conference, which takes place Monday-Thursday.

Also playing: Betty Soo, Lost and Nameless Orchestra, MilkDrive and Patrice Pike at the Continental Club Gallery; Neurotic November, Words Like Dagger, Secrets of Olympus and Insurgence at Mohawk; Bob Schneider at the Saxon Pub. --Peter Mongillo

4. Brewniversity at Central Market

Various times starting Wednesday through Sept. 24. 4001 N. Lamar Blvd.; 4477 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-206-1000, www.centralmarket.com.

Learn the secrets behind your favorite brews at Central Market's annual celebration of beer. At this two-week crash course in all things hops and malts, you'll have the chance to meet brewmasters, take part in classes from brewers and enjoy pairing dinners. Participating breweries include No Label, Rahr & Sons, Real Ale, Independence and others from outside of Texas such as Boulevard, Deschutes, Full Sail, Harpoon and more.

5. Austin Playhouse's "Man of La Mancha"

8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 5 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 6. $34-$36. Highland Mall, 6001 Airport Blvd. 512-476-0084, www.austinplayhouse.com.

Opening the Playhouse's 14th season is this swashbuckler of a musical that chronicles the lyrical adventures of Don Quixote de la Mancha. Set during the Spanish Inquisition, "Man of La Mancha" begins with Miguel Cervantes, failed writer and tax collector, who is imprisoned for foreclosing on a church. To curry favor with the other prisoners, he tells the story of idealistic Don Quixote.

6. Grayduck Gallery's "That Silky Smooth Feeling"

Opening reception 7 to 9 p.m. Friday. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 12 to 5 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 13. 608 W. Monroe St. 512-826-5334, grayduckgallery.com.

The name of Grayduck's new exhibit, "That Silky Smooth Feeling," calls to mind slogans for hair products very intentionally: The three featured artists create complex pieces that use hair and hair products as their medium. Christina Coleman works with sculpture and paper, Clare Finin specializes in memory assemblages, and Loren Schwerd focuses on sculpture.

7. Hideout Theatre's "Austin Secrets"

8 p.m. Saturday. $12. 617 Congress Ave. www.hideoutheatre.com.

Every Saturday in September and every Friday and Saturday in October, the Hideout Theatre will take audiences on an improvisational exploration of the secrets that define people. Projects like PostSecret, StoryCorps and This American Life have already tapped into the very human need to share stories, and the Hideout draws its motivation for this series on their work. In each show, improvisers will delve into secrets, both serious and funny, that are anonymously submitted by Austinites.

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