1. Humans of New York’s Brandon Stanton
8 p.m. April 11. $29-$125. The Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org.
The founder of the immensely popular blog "Humans of New York" is taking the stage to put the focus on someone not normally featured: creator Brandon Stanton. He will candidly share his own story and the perspective he has gained since starting the street portrait blog, which aims to document the stories of people from all walks of life. Stanton has additionally been a huge philanthropist who has raised millions in social campaigns to various causes, and hearing him speak will leave you feeling inspired to contribute something meaningful to the world.
2. NOLA, Texas Food & Music Festival at H-E-B Center
11 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 8. $30 ($35 day of event, $99 VIP, kids 8 and younger free with paid adult). 2100 Avenue of the Stars, Cedar Park. hebcenter.com.
This annual outdoor event on the lawn outside Cedar Park’s primary entertainment destination combines Cajun specialties such as jambalaya and crawfish with a solid lineup of music leaning toward the Louisiana side of the spectrum. This year’s performers are the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Dr. Zog, Wayne Toups & Royal BluGarou, Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience, Dikki Du & the Zydeco Krewe, and Mayeux & Broussard. VIP tickets offer a no-wait line for crawfish. — Peter Blackstock
3. Oasis, Texas Brewing Beer Dinner
7:30 to 9:30 p.m. April 9. $58.24. 6550 Comanche Trail, Suite 301. eventbrite.com/e/oasis-texas-brewing-company-beer-dinner-tickets-43490717908.
You can enjoy meals at Oasis, Texas Brewing during the Lake Travis brewery’s taproom hours, but OTXBC is going all out with this multi-course dinner featuring seasonal, rare and exclusive beer pairings. Head brewer Brian Dwyer and executive chef Josh Kotschedoff have joined forces to offer five courses — including three dessert options each paired with a beer. Featured ales include the Cabernet Barrel-Aged Saison and the Whiskey Shakes Pale Ale with cocoa nibs.
4. Will Klemm: Solo Show
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday through April 28. 1202 W. Sixth St. 512-472-7428, wallyworkmangallery.com.
Wally Workman Gallery showcases veteran artist Klemm’s latest work. Currently, he is focused on capturing the horizon and the soft transitions that occur above and below, lending each ethereal piece a quiet sense of stratification. Plus, the exceptional light quality Klemm is known for infuses each piece with ethereal and meditative elements that make each of his pieces — from the orange-hued "Idaho Homestead" to the airy "Field With Stream" — a serene sight to behold.
5. Thinkery21: Sounds and Sips
7 to 10 p.m. April 12. $12-$30. The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. thinkeryaustin.org.
Tune in to this installment of the Thinkery’s adult night, which is a booming block party this time around with artists, musicians and scientists who explore sound in innovative ways. Among the things you can do is have a jam session with a robot, trace the shape of a sound wave or listen to music on a 111-year-old wind-up gramophone record player. Plus, you can preview a cello and electronics performance featuring new music from upcoming "The Sound of Science," commissioned by Golden Hornet.
6. Beethoven’s Fifth with the Austin Symphony
8 p.m. April 13-14. $35-$75. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. austinsymphony.org.
One of the most recognized classical music pieces of all time (dit-dit-dit-DAH!) is raising the roof at the Long Center when the Austin Symphony Orchestra plays it live at what’s sure to be a sell-out concert. The night won’t begin with the famous symphony, of course. One of the other pieces will be Leonard Bernstein’s "Serenade," performed by special guest violinist Vadim Gluzman on his 1690 "ex-Leopold Auer" Stradivari — so it’s a special weekend for classical music.
7. Ney Day at Elisabet Ney Museum
Noon to 5 p.m. April 14. Free. 304 E. 44th St. facebook.com/events/104394243743335/.
The Elisabet Ney Museum — the former studio and portrait collection created by the 19th-century sculptor — is hosting its sixth annual Ney Day celebrating women in the arts, sciences and civic culture. The event this year doubles as a tribute to singer Selena Quintanilla, whose birthday is April 14; dress like Selena and win a prize. There will also be live music from Chulita Vinyl Club; Bidi Bidi Banda, Austin’s only Selena tribute band; and the Bluebonnets. A wide variety of arts and social groups will have booths.