Best Austin parties for late August

Despite the unbearable heat, Austin throws some pretty fine parties in late August.

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Aug. 16: Brian Jones Classic Etiquette Dinner for Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area. Four Seasons Hotel Austin.

Aug. 18: Opening of “Chicago.” City Theatre.

Aug. 19: Austin Originals Benefit Concert for Austin Child Guidance. ACL Live.

Aug. 19: An Evening with NASA Pioneers from Texas State Historical Association. Driskill Hotel.

Aug. 20: Pure Prairie League. One World Theatre.

Cynthia Lee Fontaine rides on the Oil Can Harry’s float as it makes its way through downtown in the Pride Parade on Sept. 7, 2013. Christina Burke / American-Statesman

Aug. 20: Cochon 555 US Tour. Four Seasons Hotel Austin.

Aug. 23: “An Evening with the Piano Guys.” Long Center.

Aug. 25: Texas 4000 Tribute Gala for Cancer. JW Marriott.

Aug. 26: Austin Pride Festival and Parade. Downtown Austin.

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Aug. 26: Ice Ball for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas. JW Marriott.

Aug. 26: Studio 54lift for Forklife Danceworks. 5540 N. Lamar Blvd.

Aug. 27: “Gregeriart” from Rude Mechs. Carousel Lounge.

Aug. 29: Opening of “Austin at Midcentury: Photographs of Dewey Mears.” Austin History Center

Aug. 30: Opening of Robert Schenkkan’s “Building the Wall.” UT campus.

Aug. 30: “An Evening with Carrie Rodriguez.” Long Center.