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TOP picks: June 9-15

Monday | June 9


Fresh Rhymes and Videotape

Or you could call tonight’s show “Refreshing Bars and a Betamax,” as The Alchemist does on his MySpace page. Whatever you want to call it, The Alchemist is performing at Emo’s tonight with Dilated Peoples, Aceyalone, and 88 Keys. The flyer promises giveaways, videos, installations, and, of course, “all that other shit you dream about.” (We’re not convinced Mayor Will Wynn will be there holding a basket of dandelions and wearing nothing but a leather vest, but it’s worth a shot.)

9pm | $13 | Get tickets

801 Red River St • Austin, TX

Tuesday | June 10

photo / Claire L. Evans Creative Commons licensed: Attribution-No Derivatives 2.0 TOMS 

Style Your Sole

Just imagine how guilty your friends will feel when they compliment you on your new pair of TOMS and you respond, “Why, thank you. Because I purchased these, TOMS supplied a free pair to a child in need.” You could then ask them what they’ve done lately to help poor, shoeless children. The answer is probably “nothing,” which will confirm your suspicions that you are indeed superior.

So here’s the deal with what’s going on at both Austin Whole Foods locations tonight: Style Your Sole is where you can come in to buy and decorate your own pair of TOMS shoes. It’s all in time to celebrate the launch of TOMS’ eco-friendly and vegan collection of shoes. And for every pair purchased, they really do donate a free pair of shoes to a child in need – so far they’ve donated to kids in Argentina, South Africa, and Ethiopia.

3–7pm | $49/pair

Whole Foods Market (both locations)
525 N Lamar Blvd and 9607 Research Blvd • Austin, TX

Wednesday | June 11

Salvador Dali: The Argillet Collection

Fact: The guy responsible for that crazy melting clocks poster in your old dorm room made lots of other sweet posters– err, paintings. This exhibition at Russell Collection Fine Art features original watercolors, etchings, and Aubusson tapestries by Spanish surrealist painter Salvador Dali. (Sadly, The Persistence of Memory will not be there.)

10am–6pm | Exhibit runs Tues–Sat through June 30

Russell Collection Fine Art
1137 W 6th St • Austin, TX

Thursday | June 12

photo / Liz Wong Creative Commons licensed: Attribution Hole in the Wall 

The Hole in the Wall’s 34th Anniversary Show

This weekend, The Hole in the Wall is celebrating 34 years of patrons and passersby making jokes about its name. No cover tonight – order a beer and enjoy live music from Haunting Oboe Music, Red Monroe, and Frank Smith. The free party continues Friday and Saturday nights with more live music.

9pm | FREE

The Hole in the Wall
2538 Guadalupe St • Austin, TX

Friday | June 13

Loretta Lynn with Sunny Sweeney

With 70 (!!) albums, over 160 songs, four Grammy Awards, seven American Music Awards, and ten Academy of Country Music awards, and induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame, we can safely call Loretta Lynn a country icon. Like many artists during the ’60s and ’70s, Lynn used her music to air her political views. She’s doing the same thing today, playing her 1966 song “Dear Uncle Sam,” originally about the Vietnam War, in her present sets. Don’t miss this country legend and opening act Sunny Sweeney tonight at Stubb’s.

7pm | $30 in advance, $35 at the door

801 Red River • Austin, TX 78701

Saturday | June 14

Dog Sees God:Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead

photo courtesy Hyde Park Theatre 

Did you ever wonder what happened to Charlie Brown and company as they got older? You can watch Bert V. Royal’s version of their future in his off-Broadway hit Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead. It’s Peanuts fan fiction in play format! Don’t expect the cute Charlie Brown you’re used to – this darkly hilarious play explores the dark sides of being a teenager. Get tickets here.

$17 general admission, $15 students, seniors, and ACOT members

Hyde Park Theatre
511 W 43rd St • Austin, TX 78751

Sunday | June 15

Constellation by Blue Lapis Light

Art is taking to the skies in site-specific aerial dance company Blue Lapis Light’s show Constellation. Performed in downtown Austin on both of the Federal Courthouse buildings, Constellation features dancers and performers who “will soar, ascend and descend across on the faces of the buildings, reaching stunning heights (over 140 feet!).” Learn more at the Blue Lapis Light website. Get tickets here.

$20 prime seating, $15 general admission, $12 Dance Umbrella members, students, seniors, and children

Downtown Federal Buildings
300 E 8th St (entrance at Trinity St between 8th St and 9th St • Austin, TX