Hyde Park Bar & Grill’s 35th Birthday. The restaurant with some of the best fries in Austin is celebrating a milestone anniversary and wants to make sure proceeds from the party go toward a good cause. Although the party kicks off at 6 p.m, a portion of proceeds at Hyde Park Bar & Grill’s Duval location will go toward the Salvation Army to help Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. In the evening, Texas country artist Cory Morrow — and some other special guests — will play live for a short concert as part of the annual Rock the Red Kettle. 6 to 10 p.m. Sept. 25. Free. 4206 Duval St. facebook.com/events/1284466248331514/.
Rockport Relief BBQ at Irene’s. After raising nearly $4,000 via ELM Restaurant Group’s Houston-focused Hurricane Harvey fundraiser, Irene’s is partnering with 365 Things Austin to throw a barbecue that will benefit the affected towns along the Texas coast. Soul-folk singer and songwriter Dan Dyer will be serenading visitors on the patio with an acoustic set starting at 6 p.m., and Tito’s Vodka, Salt Life and Yeti have all donated fun raffle items. 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 25. Free. 506 West Ave. facebook.com/events/1779656189001937/.
Dan Jones at BookPeople. In "The Templars," the bestselling author of "The Plantagenets" tells the true story of the templars, drawing on extensive original sources to build a gripping account of these legendary warriors. They were protected by the pope, fought the forces of Islam in hand-to-hand combat, were experts at channeling money across borders and went beyond the control of kings. Tickets are required to join the signing line, available with the purchase of the book. 7 p.m. Sept. 25. Free. 603 N. Lamar Blvd. bookpeople.com.
Esther’s Follies. With school back in session and Washington back in the saddle, Esther’s has new sketches straight from the headlines as well as the classic "News in Review" covering such topics as Russian roulette with Putin, ICE, transgender laws and everything in between. Plus, a dance-off between Bill Nye the Science Guy and Neil deGrasse Tyson proves that science can be sexy. The "Back to School Special" shows that love can be bipartisan as cultures and politics clash in a story of star-crossed lovers. 8 p.m. Thursday, 8 and 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday in September. $25-$35. 525 E. Sixth St. 512-320-0198, esthersfollies.com.
Denise Prince: "Object Lessons." In large paintings, photographs, performance and a 16mm film displaying at Women and Their Work, artist Prince seeks to lay bare the outsized role that fantasy plays in the construction of identity and the perception of reality. In particular, she blends youthful fantasies about what adulthood will be with adult recollections of childhood. 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 28. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, noon to 6 p.m. Saturday through Nov. 10. 1710 Lavaca St. 512-477-1064, womenandtheirwork.org.
"The Game’s Afoot." In this wickedly funny Ken Ludwig play produced by Way Off Broadway Community Players, a stage actor known for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes must don the persona of his beloved detective when one of his friends is stabbed to death during a weekend of revelry at his Connecticut mansion. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday through Oct. 14, with Sunday matinee 3 p.m. Oct. 1. $10-$20. 11880 Hero Way West, Building 4, Leander. wobcp.org.