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The can't-miss Austin concerts, theater, and cultural events for fall 2017

Can't-miss Austin concerts, theater, and cultural events for fall 2017

ZACH Theatre presents <i>Singin’ in the Rain</i>
See Singin' in the Rain at Zach September 27-October 29. Photo by Kirk Tuck
Annie Leibovitz
Annie Leibovitz stops at the Long Center November 13. Annie Leibovitz/Facebook
Gladys Knight
Gladys Knight plays the Paramount November 19. Photo courtesy of Gladys Knight
The King and I national tour
The King and I comes to Austin in December. Photo courtesy of AT&T Performing Arts Center
ZACH Theatre presents <i>Singin’ in the Rain</i>
Annie Leibovitz
Gladys Knight
The King and I national tour

Ah, September. The weather begins to cool down and the events start to heat up. This season, why not expand your horizons by sampling a variety of activities and events. Enjoy the best Austin has to offer when you explore our top recommendations for concerts and culture.

Austin Shakespeare 
Austin is home to a top-notch Shakespeare theater company. Austin Shakespeare kicks off the season at the Rollins Theatre at the Long Center with Arthur Miller’s The Crucible from September 21-24, and we are also recommending that you sample one of Shakespeare’s finest comedies — Much Ado about Nothing — onstage November 15-December 3. 

Storm Large and Le Bonheur at McCullough Theatre
Dance, chamber music, voice, film, and theater is all included in the University of Texas Performing Arts Center’s 2017-18 season. Broaden your horizons with singer, actor, author, and playwright Storm Large and her band Le Bonheur as they perform American songbook classics, rock anthems, and Broadway tearjerkers with a twist and wicked sense of humor. September 21.

Singin’ in the Rain at Zach
Zach Scott Theatre celebrates a remarkable 85-year run with the classic musical Singin’ in the Rain. Filled with joyful song and dance numbers, this toe-tapping, laugh-out-loud production will help you escape. September 27-October 29. 

Austin Classical Guitar
Matthew Hinsley's vision was to bring the best classical guitarists in the world to Austin, establish education to perpetuate the music, and spread the love around the world. He has succeeded, and the 2017-18 season of Austin Classical Guitar is simply amazing, so we cannot choose just one performance to recommend. Instead, begin with renowned classical guitarist Jorge Caballero on October 7 and feel the heat of flamenco sensation Jose Luis de la Paz on October 28.

Herbie Hancock Austin City Limits taping
It is hard to believe that 14-time Grammy winner and legendary pianist and composer Herbie Hancock has never graced the ACL stage. A pioneer of new jazz, Hancock was a member of Miles Davis’ Second Great Quintet and has been making innovative music ever since. Free passes are distributed about a week before the taping, taking place October 12. 

Lisa Fischer at One World Theatre
One World Theatre has partnered with chef Steve Constantine of Chef ATX to provide culinary specialties and entertainment at one of the most intimate theaters in Austin. Enjoy pre-concert music, gourmet food, and Hill Country sunsets before most concerts. On our list? Lisa Fischer, a background singer featured in the Oscar-winning documentary Twenty Feet from Stardom, will step into the spotlight and take the stage for two shows on October 27. 

Carmen at the Long Center
Whether or not you are an opera aficionado, some operatic characters and tales are so well known that just the name makes you want to burst into song. And what could possibly be more dynamic than Bizet’s hot tale of love and betrayal? Austin Opera’s season opener is anything but stuffy and boring. We guarantee that Carmen will have you coming back for more. November 11, 16, and 19.

The Long Center presents Annie Leibovitz
From Rolling Stone to Vanity Fair, Annie Leibovitz’s distinctive and alluring photographs have portrayed some of the most iconic figures of our time. From politicians to musicians to writers, directors, actors, royals, and just plain people with something to say, Leibovitz has captured the soul and spirit of them all. Austin is one of only five cities Leibovitz will be visiting on her tour, where she will be showing and discussing selections from her newly published book, Annie Liebovitz: Portraits 2005-2016. November 13.

Gladys Knight at the Paramount Theatre
The 2017 fall season at the Paramount and State theatres has it all. When we saw that Jack Hannah, John Waters, Garrison Keillor, and The Flatlanders were on the list, it seemed impossible to make a single recommendation. But how can anyone resist the opportunity to mark Gladys Knight off the concert bucket list? November 19 at the Paramount. 

The King and I
Broadway Across America brings the memorable tunes and staging of hit musical The King and I to Austin. A wonderful family event, you and your children will be waltzing out singing “Getting to Know You” and “I Whistle a Happy Tune.” Bass Concert Hall December 12-17.