Astronomy on Tap. Learning about the cosmos and all manner of out-of-this-world subjects has never been so fun and accessible. August’s talk brings a new round of topics: how the most massive galaxies in the universe are discovered with the use of large surveys, what the relevance is of exploding stars and a recent exciting discovery made by the Rosetta Mission, which was orbiting around a comet. Weather permitting, there will be telescopes available to look for exciting sights in the night sky. 7:30 p.m. Aug. 21. Free. The North Door, 502 Brushy St. facebook.com/events/724189277930948/.
Jill Lear + Katie Maratta at Gallery Shoal Creek. Locale — a sense of place — dominates in parallel exhibitions showcasing Lear, who is focusing on the language and essence of trees, and Maratta, who creates "horizonscapes" focusing specifically on Texas. Lear has taken inspiration from historical tree sites in Louisiana, while Maratta created her signature piece for the show by visiting the border wall in South Texas. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday through Sept. 29. 2832 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. galleryshoalcreek.com.
Rock ‘n’ Restock at the Belmont. Austin’s queen of soul, Tameca Jones, puts on a spectacular show that’s worth the ticket price, but this benefit event for the Central Texas Food Bank and the music patronage organization Black Fret also promises a special "super top secret headliner." Opening the show is local band Shy Beast and DJ Mixer Rogers. $25. 6:30 p.m. doors Aug. 23. 301 W. Sixth St. belmontaustin.com. — Deborah Sengupta Stith
Quesoff 2018. One of Austin’s most sacred foods is getting the spotlight with this returning celebration. About 30 vendors of all shapes and sizes — restaurants, top chefs, home cooks, neighbors and siblings — will all go head to head in four categories: meaty, spicy, veggie and wild card. A Best in Show will also be awarded. Quesoff benefits the Central Texas Food Bank, and entry is free with a donation of two canned goods or a $2 donation per person. Bags of chips will be available for $5. 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 25. Mohawk Austin, 912 Red River St. facebook.com/events/213225322638362/?.
POP Cats 2018. Are you a hopeless cat lover? POP Cats is more than a convention — it’s a two-day celebration of the feline that you won’t want to miss — and both days will have a different vibe, with a variety of activities and entertainment during each. Enjoy playtime with adoptable cats, get a cat tattoo, explore more than 80 exhibitors, try your luck at raffles and more. Plus, both days will offer lectures from different cat experts, as well as a demonstration about how to make yarn with cat hair. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 25 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 26. $13.49-$38.34. Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road. popcats.org.