1. Austin Restaurant Weeks
Starts Aug. 16 and continues through Sept. 3. Various locations. austinrestaurantweeks.org.
Locals have half a month to explore some of their favorite restaurants and new-to-them eateries with this ongoing benefit for the Central Texas Food Bank. Participating Austin restaurants will offer specially priced lunches, dinners and cocktails. A portion of the price of each meal goes directly to the food bank, which can turn each dollar into four meals for those in need. Participating spots include Cannon + Belle, Boiler Nine, Nightcap and Olive & June. Breweries such as Blue Owl are also taking part. The full list of restaurants is on the website.
2. Literary Libations with Austin Film Society
2 to 5 p.m. Aug. 12. $9. 6406 N. Interstate 35, Suite 3100. austinfilm.org.
The Austin Book Festival is debuting another round of Literary Libations this week. Head to AFS Cinema to enjoy Algonquin-themed cocktails, a book swap and a special screening of the 1929 musical comedy "The Cocoanuts." For the book swap, bring a book that moved you, made you laugh or brought you characters you never want to forget. During the event, the festival will be taking donations to benefit Lit Crawl Austin.
3. Pints & Poses at Hyatt Regency Austin
6:30 p.m. Aug. 13. Free. 208 Barton Springs Road. 512-477-1234, austin.hyatt.com.
A good life’s all about balance, right? Find it with this serene evening of yoga and a beer. The monthly vinyasa flow yoga class returns with live meditative music from local yoga DJ Trey Tarwater and instruction by Ferny Barcelo and Zuzu Perkal. (Bring your own mat.) Following the class, participants will receive a coupon for a complimentary draft beer at a pop-up bar at the hotel’s Southwest Bistro restaurant, near the foyer of the Texas Ballroom where yoga will be located.
4. Joyce Howell at Wally Workman Gallery
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday through Sept. 1. 1202 W. Sixth St. 512-472-7428, wallyworkmangallery.com.
Wally Workman’s sixth solo show with Howell displays the artist’s abstract oil paintings. Howell’s use of color has always been inspired by nature and its flux between calm and chaos. Each color and the mark by which it is applied to the canvas informs the next. Colors give the impression of physical weight. Colors become instruments, much as in a musical composition. As the work progresses, the painting becomes collaborative, a dialogue between Howell and the canvas.
5. Warren Hood at ABGB
6:30 p.m. Aug. 15. Free. 1305 W. Oltorf St. theabgb.com.
Fiddler and bandleader Hood was typically low-key about his group celebrating its three-year anniversary of this popular weekly residency gig recently, suggesting residencies really start hitting their peak around year five. Hood knows the territory, having played many of them himself after being raised amid the long-running residences his late father Champ Hood held down here in the 1980s and ’90s. No need to wait till 2020, though: This is a great gig now, one of the best deals in town. — Peter Blackstock
6. Teatro Vivo’s "Real Women Have Curves"
8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday through Aug. 19. $20-$25. Emma S. Barrientos Mexican-American Cultural Center, 600 River St. teatrovivo.org.
When the film "Real Women Have Curves" hit the big screen more than 15 years ago, it not only gave audiences a glimpse into the Latina immigrant experience but also highlighted issues such as body positivity and the strength of female bonds. Now, the bilingual comedy by renowned writer Josefina López will be presented by Teatro Vivo. "Real Women Have Curves," originally a play, will have an all-female cast, bringing a contemporary and fresh outlook to the powerful play. — Nancy Flores
7. 14th Annual Bat Fest
4 p.m. to midnight Aug. 18. $15-$200. Congress Avenue Bridge, 100 S. Congress Ave. roadwayevents.com/event/bat-fest/.
Austin has a deep, abiding love for the 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats that emerge from beneath the Congress Avenue Bridge at dusk. To celebrate these unofficial mascots of ours, head to the bridge, which is being shut down for the evening and will have two stages with live music, more than 50 arts and crafts vendors, food and drinks, fun children’s activities, a bat costume contest and more. VIP tickets get you perks such as access to the front row of the main music stage.