This weekend’s highlights are Cherrywood Art Fair, Biden talk and more

12:00 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017 Things to Do
Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden will take the Paramount Stage to discuss his new memoir. Nick Wagner / American-Statesman

1. Vice President Joe Biden: American Promise Tour

8 p.m. Dec. 8. $50-$325. The Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org.

Former Vice President Joe Biden is going on tour across the country following the publication of his memoir, “Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose.” Among the things he’ll discuss are the big political moments of his career, the life-altering choices he has made both on and off the public stage, and the key traits that have helped him persevere. In particular, Biden will share how the loss of his son Beau tested his resolve — but that he was still able to find a new purpose. Each ticket includes a copy of his memoir.

2. Texas Beer Co.’s Austin launch at Slake Cafe

6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 7. $20. 120 E. Seventh St. facebook.com/events/1959558870952356/.

The Taylor brewery is expanding into cans that will be on H-E-B shelves shortly, but in the meantime, taste the five mainstay brews of Texas Beer Co. at a launch party. Meet the co-founders of Texas Beer Co., sample each of the brews and enjoy food from Slake. Just make sure to purchase your $20 ticket on the Slake website in advance. You’ll get to chow down on appetizers like mac and cheese, hummus, fresh pretzels and cheese dip and beers including the Pecos Amber Lager.

3. KOOP Radio 23rd birthday party at Spider House Ballroom

7:30 p.m. Dec. 9. $20. 2908 Fruth St. spiderhouse.com.

Over the past few decades, as commercial radio has steadily declined into bland homogeneity, Austin’s community radio station has remained a solid provider of weird and wonderful programming you can’t hear anywhere else. Our October Austin360 Artist of the Month, Tomar & the FCs, kicks the party off with searing soul. Then Bubble Puppy, a regional psych rock phenom with the 1969 track “Hot Smoke and Sassafras,” closes out the night. — Deborah Sengupta Stith

4. Cherrywood Art Fair

10 a.m. Dec. 9 and 10. Maplewood Elementary School, 3808 Maplewood Ave. cherrywoodartfair.org.

We’ve got only one weekend to find locally made gifts this holiday season at the East Austin shopping spot featuring the works of more than 85 Austin artists. In addition to the artistic vendors, Cherrywood Art Fair has live music and entertainment from the likes of Sour Bridges, Jed Craddock, TKO Puppeteers and more, as well as food from truck vendors including Mmmpanadas, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Texas Chili Queens, Hat Creek Provisions and more.

5. Family Day at Mexic-Arte Museum

1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 10. Free. 419 Congress Ave. mexic-artemuseum.org.

In this free arts and crafts workshop, families are invited to make lotería cards (Mexican bingo) based on the theme of Latina legends, or women who have roots in a Latin American country and have contributed greatly to the progress of Latinx people all over the world. These can be writers, activists, artists and performers. In addition to the art project, families can also view pieces in Mexic-Arte’s “Mix ‘n’ Mash” exhibit, play lotería, explore Nativity scenes and miniatures, and more.

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