Fourth of July
Red, White and Blue Owl Indoor Picnic. The sour-focused East Austin brewery Blue Owl is hosting a patriotic afternoon complete with corn dogs, cotton candy and the return of the Watermelon Man, a barrel-aged sour with watermelon. To make the second batch of Watermelon Man, Blue Owl brewers refermented Little Boss, a sour session wheat, with four gallons of fresh-squeezed, clarified watermelon juice. You can consider it the official beer of the Fourth of July. Noon to 10 p.m. July 4. Free. 2400 E. Cesar Chavez St. facebook.com/events/558897067838767/.
Fantastic Negrito at Antone’s. As a young man, Xavier Dphrepaulezz’s rock ’n’ roll dreams were waylaid by a shoddy record contract and a devastating car accident. He walked away from the music world completely. Then, in his 40s, he found a new voice as Fantastic Negrito and began blessing us with foot-stomping, gutbucket outcries, steeped in Delta blues tradition. His songs fiercely address inequality and injustice in modern America, and his electrifying live show ignites the urgency of the work. The Guestlist opens. $12-$15. 8 p.m. July 5. 305 E. Fifth St. antonesnightclub.com. — Deborah Sengupta Stith
Henry D. Terrell at BookPeople. Readers are in for a complex and freewheeling plot in Terrell’s book "Desert Discord: Marijuana, Music, and Murder in a West Texas Town." It’s 1970 in the small town of Duro, where a 23-year-old classical musician named Andy is attacked and beaten unconscious by young men who think he is gay. When he recovers, his whole world has changed, as he has sustained a serious brain injury. Terrell will speak and sign "Desert Discord" as part of his author appearance at BookPeople. 7 p.m. July 6. Free. 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
"Thick and Thin" at the Gallery at Atelier 1205. Austin artists Carl Smith and Donna Starnes highlight the differences between their abstract painting styles: alcohol ink moved with an airbrush shown side by side with thick gobs of cheap paint. The gallery isn’t usually open Saturdays, but Starnes will be present for the closing weekend event from 1 to 5 p.m. on July 7, demonstrating her painting techniques on yupo paper and ceramic tiles. Visitors can paint their own tiles to take home. And she and Smith will host an informal Q&A at 2 p.m. 1205 E. Cesar Chavez St. facebook.com/events/190167038469261/.