Go. See. Stay Cool.

My friends. It is currently 106 outside (thats 41 degrees celsius for our [imaginary] foreign readers). I’m sure I don’t have to fill you in on the fact that its hot… Really hot. So hot in fact, that the Energy Reliability Council of Texas is urging everyone to reduce their energy consumption in the afternoon and evenings in order to protect from black outs.

So do your part beloved citizens/art patrons. Here are some events in your area that are easily reached by bus, have air conditioning, and are totally cool in and of themselves.

This is the final weekend of Hyde Park Theatre’s production of Conor McPherson’s The Good Thief.  It’s a small-time Irish hood’s story, by turns funny, touching, and profoundly harrowing, of a simple job gone horribly wrong.  In their rave about the off-Broadway production, the New York Times said McPherson has “a sure gift for unsettling by stealth. . . hypnotic.” The Hyde Park Theatre production features award-winning actor Ken Webster and  non-award winning but still pretty cool air conditioning.  The show runs Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m. Tickets are $19-21 dollars and are available at www.hydeparktheatre.org

I’ll Be Your Mirror is an exhibit put on by VSA Texas including art from 35 different artists with disabilities from around Texas. Whether it is an abstract, a photograph, an animal, or a person: a portrait is a reflection of the subject, as well as the viewer and the artist. Its an incredible opportunity and best of all- it’s free.  The exhibit is housed at the pump project art complex and the opening ceremony will take place on Saturday from 7-10.  More information can be found here.

ZACH Theatre’s Red Hot Patriot will also be opening this weekend.  But don’t let the title fool you, it’s in nice, cool air conditioning.  The show features the unsinkable Molly Ivins, Austin’s no-holds-barred newspaper columnist and best-selling author.  She’s back to tell it like it is in a Texas original, side-splittingly funny play. The show runs this week and next Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 (right when ERCOT wants you to turn off your power).

So hang tough my friends.  This heat too shall pass.  And with all the sincerity I have, at the risk of sounding like a high school yearbook, “Stay Cool, have a great summer -Mitch.”

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The Austin Creative Alliance is a nonprofit performing arts service organization working to cultivate an environment where the performing arts can grow and flourish. We serve over 130 arts organizations with marketing, ticketing, audience development services; AEA paymaster, information & referral services — plus access to affordable health, liability, and event insurance. We also provide online professional development seminars, fiscal sponsorship services for emerging arts groups, host annual unified general auditions, annual theatre industry awards, and consistently advocate for the many benefits the arts bring to our quality of life.

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