Nightlife

Selena Birthday Tribute at Native Hostel. To celebrate what would have been late Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla-Pérez’s 47th birthday, the East Austin hostel will have a dance party and a tribute screening of the film "Selena," starring Jennifer Lopez. There will also be video footage of her old concerts, food and drink specials, contests and raffles of Selena prize packs. The first 100 guests arriving will receive a complimentary rose and more. Donations received will go to the Selena Foundation. 6 p.m. April 16. 807 E. Fourth St. facebook.com/events/205104236920737/.

Film

Screening of "The Newspaperman." Ben Bradlee, the Washington Post editor who became a national figure during Richard Nixon’s tenure as president, is spotlighted in a documentary "The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee." After the screening, there will be a moderated discussion with Leonard Downie Jr., who served as managing editor of the Washington Post under Bradlee and later succeeded him as executive editor. Bradlee’s archive resides at the Ransom Center. 6 to 8 p.m. April 16. Free. Harry Ransom Center, 300 W. 21st St. 512-471-8944, hrc.utexas.edu.

Art

"Coming Unraveled" at Dougherty Arts Center. Artist Jess Bee creates vivid worlds rich with texture that explore dreams and nightmares by capturing personal fears that are juxtaposed with haunting creatures and dreamlike landscapes. The richly textured paintings of March Mattingly are also on display in a separate exhibit at the center. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday through June 9. 1110 Barton Springs Road. 512-974-4000, austintexas.gov/dac.

"Comanche Motion: The Art of Eric Tippeconnic." This new exhibit at the Bullock Museum tells the story of a thriving Comanche culture rooted in the past but evolving toward the future. Filled with symbolism and meaning, the paintings highlight the strength, beauty, and grace of the Comanche past and present. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday through Jan. 2. $9-$13. 1800 Congress Ave. thestoryoftexas.com.

Books

Charles Frazier at BookPeople. In his powerful new novel, "Varina," Frazier returns to the time and place of "Cold Mountain," vividly bringing to life the chaos and devastation of the Civil War. Her marriage prospects limited, teenage Varina Howell agrees to wed the much-older widower Jefferson Davis, with whom she expects the secure life of a Mississippi landowner. Davis instead pursues a career in politics and is eventually appointed president of the Confederacy, placing Varina at the white-hot center of one of the darkest moments in American history — culpable regardless of her intentions. Tickets are required to join the signing line, though the speaking portion of the evening is free. 7 p.m. April 16. Free. 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

Coming up

"Austin Secrets" at Hideout Theatre. The improvised show takes its motivation from projects like PostSecret, Mortified, StoryCorps and This American Life, all of which reflect a current movement to celebrate the power of everyday lives, proclaiming that our most heartfelt memories are the most powerful stories we can tell. Every show will use improv to explore a range of secrets submitted anonymously by you and other Austinites. 8 p.m. Saturday through April 28. $15. 617 Congress Ave. hideouttheatre.com.