Things to Do in Austin: Saturday, August 23, to Friday, August 29

BY: Tyler Clark |
Things to Do in Austin: Saturday, August 23, to Friday, August 29On this week’s agenda: the stage version of The Who’s Tommy, the Austin Chronicle’s Hot Sauce Festival, Man Man at the Mohawk, the Out of Bounds Comedy Festival, and '80s teen movies under the stars. Enjoy yourself and, as always, check Groupon for even more great things to do in Austin. Things-to-Do-in-Austin-Saturday-August-23-to-Friday-August-29-tommy_600c450 The Who's Tommy Zilker | Through August 24 The ZACH Theatre's production of The Who's Tommy closes this weekend, giving audiences one more chance to enter the psychedelic mind of its pinball-savant hero. This production pairs its classic songs with imagery out of Alice in Wonderland, a choice the Austin Chronicle called "a nice touch." (1510 Toomey Rd.; from $45; buy tickets here) Things-to-Do-in-Austin-Saturday-August-23-to-Friday-August-29-hotsauce_600c390 Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival East Downtown | Sunday, August 24 Big-name bottlers, restaurateurs, and home cooks descend on the Fiesta Gardens for the 24th annual Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival, the area’s largest hot-sauce competition. In addition to sampling mouth-scorching sauces, catch live music and chow down on food from vendors including Curra's Grill and Austin's Pizza. (2100 Jesse E. Segovia St.; free with donation of three nonperishable food items) Man Man Downtown | Tuesday, August 26 Philadelphia multi-instrumentalists Man Man return to Austin for a stomp-along outdoor set at The Mohawk in support of 2013's On Oni Pond. Although they've slimmed down to a duo, permanent members Honus Honus and Pow Pow have recruited enough part-time players to blend shanty-style sing-alongs with elements of '50s doo-wop, house, and their own experimental musicality. (912 Red River St.; $14; buy tickets here) Out of Bounds Comedy Festival Various | Tuesday, August 26–Monday, September 1 Returning for its 13th season, the weeklong Out of Bounds Comedy Festival showcases improv, sketch, and standup talent from homegrown artists and national touring acts. MADtv vet Mo Collins, SNL alum Paul Brittain, and the writers of Comedy Central’s Key & Peele are among the 500 performers spread out across the fest's 120 shows. (various locations; festival pass $109, individual shows from $10; buy tickets here) '80s Teen Flick Fest Old Airport | Through September 3 The Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In celebrates the beginning of its fifth fall season with a host of '80s teen double features screened under the evening sky. The totally tubular schedule includes Revenge of the Nerds, Risky Business, Valley Girl, and Say Anything. (1901 E. 51st St.; from $12; buy tickets here) Image credits: The Who’s Tommy courtesy of ZACH Theatre; Hot Sauce Festival courtesy of the Austin Chronicle