Downtown events feature variation of laughs, leisure

Le Garage Sale

Putting a chic spin on discount shopping, Le Garage Sale brings together the best of Austin’s fashion boutiques for a bi-annual event. This weekend, several stores, including By George, c jane and Sanctuary, will gather at the Palmer Events Center.

WHAT: Le Garage Sale
WHERE: Palmer Events Center
WHEN: Saturday 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.- 5 p.m.
COST: $12 per day, $20 2-day pass

Out of Bounds Comedy Fest

If you’re looking for a laugh this weekend, you can get a sampling of Texas’ finest comedians at the 2010 Out of Bounds Comedy Fest. In its ninth year, the celebration is larger than ever, and has expanded to include spoofs of popular movies and television series.

WHAT: Out of Bounds Comedy Fest
WHERE: Salvage Vanguard Theatre, The Hideout Theatre, Coldtown Theatre and The Velveeta Room
WHEN: 7:30 a.m.- 10:30 p.m., at most locations
COST: $10-$12 per show, $70-$120 for festival passes

— Madeleine Crum

“The Jerk” at Alamo Drafthouse

Not only can you watch Steve Martin’s classic comedy “The Jerk,” but the Alamo Drafthouse will have screenwriter Carl Gottlieb (“Jaws” and “Jaws 2”) on hand to answer questions, share some anecdotes and possibly even reveal the origins of pizza in a cup. The movie stars Martin as the adopted son of a black sharecropper on a soul-searching quest.

WHAT: “The Jerk” with screenwriter Carl Gottlieb
WHERE: Alamo Downtown
WHEN: Sunday Sept. 5 at 7 p.m.
COST: $15

Rodrigo y Gabriela

Spanish classical guitar gods Rodrigo y Gabriela are back in Austin at Stubb’s BBQ. The duo met in a metal thrash band in Mexico City and have gone on to play for Barack Obama and alongside Beyoncé. You owe it to yourself to see Rodrigo Sánchez and Gabriela Quintero play faster than lightning at least once.

WHAT: Rodrigo y Gabriela
WHERE: Stubb’s BBQ
WHEN: Friday Sept. 3 at 7 p.m.
COST: $35

— Gerald Rich