Weekend Roundup

Beat the weekend heat with Red, White & Blue plus kung fu and Zelda

Beat the weekend heat with Red, White & Blue plus kung fu and Zelda

Red White and Blue Ball waterslide
Yes, there's a water slide at the Red, White & Blue Ball. Photo courtesy of the Red White and Blue Ball
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Old School Kung Fu Weekend at Marchesa Theatre Courtesy of Ulta 8 California
The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses
The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses at the Long Center
Red White and Blue Ball waterslide
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The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses

Hang in there folks, because we’re just moments away from celebrating our biggest national holiday, promoting grilling and drinking beer, which just so happen to the favorite activities of America’s greatest patriot — Hank Hill.

But just because you might have some big plans for the Fourth of July, it doesn’t mean you should take it easy this weekend. At the very least, go out and buy yourself a proper propane grill. That little charcoal smoker just looks asinine.

Reefer Madness: The Musical

PSAs are an important part of American pop culture, and Reefer Madness is the Citizen Kane of the genre. It was epic, revolutionary and timeless in its effect on viewers. To pay tribute to the insanity of the enduring propaganda film, Doctuh Mistuh Productions presents a musical adaptation/parody that is in its final weekend of performances.

This stylized satire will teach you the ill that will befall the youth if they choose to pass the Dutchie, including horrors like sex, violence and jazz. If Rob Delaney’s tweets haven’t convinced you, then maybe this musical will.

Old School Kung Fu Weekend

If the likes of Bruce Lee or Jackie Chan made an impact on your childhood with their fists and feet of fury, then you’ll want to check out some super secret screenings of old school kung fu flicks at the Marchesa Hall & Theatre — all in glorious 35mm.

Dan Halsted, a programmer of Portland’s Kung Fu Theater, will be the guest programmer for Friday night to screen five select films that have never been projected on a screen in Austin. You’ll have to actually go to see which films are played, but it’s very likely they’ll be power-packed like a Kareem Abdul-Jabbar kick to the chest.

The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses

It is one of the most beloved franchises in video game history, and now you can imagine yourself as the Hero of Time with a concert that pays tribute to the music of The Legend of Zelda.

Conducted by Eímear Noone and arranged by Zelda Symphony music director Chad Seiter, this is the first video game-themed concert to feature a complete four-movement symphony. Representing 25 years of some of the best music in video game history, this sweeping symphony will make you feel as if you’re soaring across all the lands of the kingdom of Hyrule.

Second Annual Red, White & Blue Ball

Who are we kidding? It’s practically impossible to wait until next Thursday to begin the festivities, and luckily there is a weekend outlet for your patriotic fervor.

The Red, White & Blue Ball unites the fun of camping and live music, with acts like Hard Proof Aftrobeat and Whiskey Shivers, along with food trailers, arts vendors and a family-friendly atmosphere. It’s going to be a scorcher this weekend, but that shouldn’t be so bad with the help of a giant, inflatable tropical water slide. It is indeed the American dream.