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Austin August 19, 2017
At dusk nearly every night in summer, the hot muggy air encompassing downtown Austin suddenly fills with 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed batsforming what resembles a torrential hurricane as they pour out from under the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge and take off across the river. Tourists line up daily on and around the bridgesome setting up picnics, some in canoes or balancing on stand-up paddleboards on the waterto catch a glimpse of the colony as it takes flight. And on August 19, the city aims to celebrate its winged residents with its annual festival on the bridge. The family-friendly event offers childrens activities, a batty costume contest, and live music from Blue October, American Authors, Warren G, Puddle of Mudd, and others. While the days activities are well planned, the timing of the bats flight is not (theyre wild animals, after all). Experts predict their emergence to occur sometime between 7 and 8:45 p.m. and last for half an hour.
Photo: Will van Overbeek
LakeFest Drag Boat Races http://www.marblefalls.org/events/2017/lakefest-drag-boat-races
Marble Falls August 1113, 2017
Start your engines and head to Lake Marble Falls, whose calm, warm waters will once again transform into a veritable racetrack for this annual spectacle. More than a hundred boats will reach speeds of more than 260 mph as they race across this reservoir on a bend in the Colorado River for the 26th consecutive year. As racers take to their boats each day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the banks of the lake turn into a lake party, with a special treat for spectators beginning after dusk: a free concert at the Johnson Park Amphitheater. While there, fans can see the boats up close, take photos with their favorites, and meet the drivers. On Sunday, the winners drive away with more than $100,000 in prizes.
Photo: Kevin Stillman
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Dallas Through August 20, 2017
Among the luminaries of the worlds great contemporary artists, Roni Horn has a new summer exhibition at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallasher first museum presentation in the United States since 2010. It features the large-scale, cast-glass work she has become renowned for: eight cylindrical glass sculptures of varying colors spaced somewhat sporadically throughout the museums main gallery. Make no mistake; the minimalist positioning is intentionalits strange, isolated beauty is one of the mainstays of the sculptors oeuvre.
Photo: courtesy of the Nasher Sculpture Center
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