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A Long Center (and often free) summer of fun

May 29, 2014

By Jeanne Claire van Ryzin, Austin American-Statesman

May 29--Time was, the advent of summer heat seemed to signal that much of Austin's arts scene went into hibernation.

But now for a third summer, the Long Center for the Performing Arts embraces the swelter with "All Summer Long," a series of events outside on the center's City Terrace or designed to bring people onto the Dell Hall stage. Many are free.

A roster of regular ticketed shows fills out the summer fun, which we preview here.

'All Summer Long' events

Trailer Food Tuesdays

When: 5 to 9 p.m. on the last Tuesday of the month through October (June 24, July 29, Aug. 26, Sept. 30, Oct. 28). trailerfoodtuesdays.com

Cost: Free to attend. Pay for what you eat.

On average, about 1,400 people turn out each month to nosh from the eight to 10 food trucks that park on the Long Center's City Terrace for "Trailer Food Tuesdays."

The changing lineup of rolling bites -- announced online by the 15th of each month at trailerfoodtuesdays.com -- features, among others, Lambert's Foodapalooza, Stony's Pizza, Cow Tipping Creamery, Tiger Lily, Regal Ravioli and Good Pop.

Family-friendly entertainment and music accompanies the chow fest. Bring your picnic blanket.

'Bubblepalooza'

When: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.June 14

Cost: Free

Because clearly no one is too old to have fun with bubbles, the popular "Bubblepalooza" returns for its third go-round. A celebration of open play features live music, chalk art, a little water fun -- and gallons and gallons of bubble mix. This year the T-Rex from "Erth's Dinosaur Zoo" makes a special appearance in conjunction with the interactive show's June 17-22 run in Dell Hall. (See listing below.)

Austin Sound and Cinema

When: 6 p.m.June 18, July 16, July 30, Aug. 13, Aug. 27

Cost: Free

Live music. And movies. And yes, more food trucks.

No wonder as many as 5,000 people fill the Long Center's lawn for the "Austin Sound and Cinema" series.

It's an irresistible formula. The Alamo Drafthouse sets up its giant inflatable outdoor screen. And before each movie rolls, cleverly chosen bands offer a fitting musical tribute.

Films for this summer are yet to be determined. But last year the Whiskey Shivers opened for the 1970s racing comedy "Smokey and the Bandit," and Queen tribute band Magnifico playing before sci-fi classic "Flash Gordon."

Get there early -- seating on the lawn is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Picnic baskets are welcome, but you can't bring alcoholic beverages. Drinks and food will be available for purchase.

'Rhythm on Stage'

When: 7 p.m.July 1, July 8, July 15, July 22

Cost: Free

For the first four Tuesdays in July, you can see what it's like to dance in the limelight on the stage of Dell Hall when instructors from Ballet Austin'sButler Community School offer free lessons in a variety of dance styles. On July 1, it's Bollywood, Zumba on July 8, hip hop on July 15 and West African dance on July 22.

'Dell Hall: Dance Hall'

When: 7 p.m.June 24, Aug. 7, Aug. 16, Aug. 26

Cost: $10 at the door. The "1950s Prom" event on Aug. 16 is $19.50. Cash bar.

So popular has the "Rhythm on Stage" event proven, the Long Center this summer adds "Dell Hall: Dance Hall." The performing arts center staff is teaming with Austin dance studios and dance bands to create a kind of pop-up dance hall on the Dell Hall stage.

A free lesson starts off the evening. On June 24, it's a salsa party. Then on Aug. 7 it's soul dancing, and Argentine tango on Aug. 26. And on Aug. 16, it's a special "1950s Prom" dance party.

Long Center Open House

When: Aug. 31

Exact details are still in the planning. The Long Center's founding resident companies -- Austin Lyric Opera, Austin Symphony Orchestra and Ballet Austin -- and its resident companies -- Austin Shakespeare, Conspirare, Pollyanna Theatre Company and Tapestry Dance Company -- likely will come together in a showcase celebration of the arts.

Other summer shows

'50 Shades of Grey, The Musical: The Official Parody.'

What's not to parody about the cultural phenom "Fifty Shades" trilogy of erotic novels?

When: 7:30 p.m.June 3 and 4

Cost: $39-$49

Mariachi Vargas de TecalitlÁn

With a legacy that stretches back more than a century, no mariachi ensemble quite compares.

When: 8 p.m.June 7

Cost: $19-$99

'Scooby-Doo Live! Musical Mysteries'

Live musical based on the popular cartoon series.

When: 3 p.m.June 8

Cost: $19-$69

Father's Day Gospel Brunch with the Jones Family Singers

As they head to the Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival, the Jones Family Singers make an Austin appearance. They are guaranteed to provide a joyous soundtrack as guests dine on a sumptuous brunch buffet provided by Sterling Events.

When: 11 a.m.June 15

Cost: $12.50-$39.50

'Erth's Dinosaur Zoo Live'

Animatronic puppets bring dinosaurs to life on stage in an audience participatory family-friendly show.

When: June 17-22

Cost: $18-$55

'Cosmicomics'

Sky Candy aerial circus arts collective stages its newest aerial show, adapted from Italo Calvino's collection of chimerical short stories "Cosmicomics."

When: 8 p.m.June 21-23, June 26-28; 2 p.m.June 22, 28-29

Cost: $12-$22

Eddie Izzard

The irreverent British comedian brings his "Force Majeure" tour to Austin.

When: 8 p.m.June 27-28

Cost: $46-$65

'Peter and the Piper'

Pollyanna Theatre Company stages Holly Hepp-Galvan's newest play for young audiences. Appropriate for ages 8 and older.

When: 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.July 12 and 19, 2 p.m.July 13 and 20

Cost: $9-$11

Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell

Bluegrass blended with comedy.

When: 8 p.m.July 29

Cost: $49-$119

Tori Amos

Amos tours on the release of her new album "Unrepentant Geraldines."

When: 8 p.m.July 30

Cost: $45-$75

Ray Lamontagne

Singer-songwriter tours with his new album, "Supernova."

When: 8 p.m.Aug. 1

Cost: $39-$79

Maxwell

Grammy-winning classical soul singer.

When: 8 p.m.Aug. 12

Cost: $49-$119

'America's Test Kitchen Live'

Christopher Kimball offers a behind-the-scenes look into how the equipment testings, food tastings and science experiments happen on the popular television show.

When: 7:30 p.m.Aug. 13

Cost: $39-$99

Crosby Stills & Nash

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers return.

When: 8 p.m.Aug. 28

Cost: $59-$99

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