The Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival will be a torture party, as 15,000 masochists endure the scorching offerings of some 350 liquid-heat purveyors, who will compete in one of three categories: individual, restaurant, and commercial bottler.
Fiesta Gardens, August 25, austinchronicle.com
Sure, Rice could upset the highly ranked Texas A&M Aggies in this football season opener, but since the Owls’ defense is Swiss cheese, the game will likely be a tune-up for Heisman winner Johnny Manziel, who will lead his team in a national championship run.
Kyle Field, August 31, aggieathletics.com
See the inspiration for today’s movies at the Plaza Classic Film Festival, the largest of its kind, where more than eighty films—including the first Django, This Is Spinal Tap, and West Side Story—will be screened at the restored 1930 Plaza Theatre and other venues.
Plaza Theatre, August 1–11, plazaclassic.com
In Medias Res
The Wild West is long gone, but sculptures on display in the exhibition “Violent Motion: Frederic Remington’s Artistry in Bronze” capture the quintessential action scene of cowboys and Indians riding acrobatically atop horses.
Sid Richardson Museum, August 1–11, sidrichardsonmuseum.org
Trace the history of the Monkees, the sixties-era pop icons, when Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork, and Michael Nesmith, a native Texan, embark on a reunion tour featuring a multimedia homage to the late Davy Jones.
Verizon Theatre, August 2, monkees.com