1. Barks for Beers
Through May 31. $30. Multiple locations. divinecanines.org/barksforbeers/.
For $30, you’ll be able to enjoy a free pint at 25 participating breweries throughout the month of May as part of the annual Barks for Beers fundraiser. Local therapy dog organization Divine Canines hosts the fundraiser every year to raise money for its mission of providing free therapy dog services to people who need them. All you have to do is buy a branded Barks for Beers pint glass — and, in return, get complementary beer at breweries like Live Oak Brewing, Celis Brewery and Two Wheel Brewing. It’s your chance to check out a place you’ve never been before.
2. Final night at the Blackheart
5 p.m. through 1 a.m. April 29. Free. 86 Rainey St. blackheartbar.com.
Easily the best place to hear live music in the Rainey Street district, the Blackheart recently announced that it’s closing at the end of April. The bar’s support of local acts was significant: Full-band shows in its backyard on weekends were supplemented with midweek songwriter gigs in the front room. The final night will feature short sets by more than a dozen Blackheart faves from 5 p.m. on, including Mrs. Glass, Harvest Thieves, Megafauna, Croy & the Boys and Not in the Face. — Peter Blackstock
3. Umlauf After Dark
6 p.m. doors May 1. Free. 605 Robert E. Lee Road. facebook.com/events/1617028035082530/.
The scenic sculpture garden and museum is rarely seen at night, but this monthly event provides a special glimpse of the Umlauf as the sun sets. Umlauf After Dark this time will feature a talk from artists Sherry Owens and Art Shirer, whose latest exhibit, "Entangled," is currently on view in the gallery. The artists’ talk will begin at 7 p.m. There will also be live music from the Jon Klekman Trio, light snacks and complimentary refreshments. "Entangled" is a site-specific work that has transformed the gallery into a wild, turbulent place.
4. Austin Shakespeare’s "The Merry Wives of Windsor"
Opens May 2. 8 p.m. Thursday-Sunday through May 27. Free. Beverly S. Sheffield Zilker Hillside Theater, 2206 William Barton Drive. austinshakespeare.org.
It’s an Austin tradition: Shakespeare in the Park returns this year with this production of one of Shakespeare’s lesser known comedy works. Toby Minor will play the legendary comic flirt Falstaff, who plans to hustle his way to a comfortable retirement by seducing two wealthy "merry wives," played by Austin Shakespeare regulars Babs George and Gwendolyn Kelso. Audiences are encouraged to bring blankets, low chairs and a picnic to enjoy their evening on the grassy hillside.
5. Ransom Center’s Vaudeville Film Series
7 p.m. Thursdays through May 24. Free. Harry Ransom Center, 300 W. 21st St. hrc.utexas.edu.
This monthlong film series complements the Ransom Center’s ongoing exhibit "Vaudeville!" about the most popular form of American entertainment and one of the country’s largest cultural exports. First up to be screened is 1933’s "She Done Him Wrong," a racy black-and-white comedy starring Mae West as burlesque barroom singer Lady Lou and Cary Grant as a federal agent masquerading as the director of the city mission located next door to the bar. Come early to check out the exhibit beforehand.
6. Texas Monthly Live
7 p.m. May 4. $40-$100. The Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org.
A magazine reimagined: Texas Monthly is going live for one night and mixing music, video, narration and live performances for 90 minutes of gritty storytelling that you’ll never forget. Expect live stories curated by Texas Monthly editors that will showcase the depth and breadth of the state the magazine has so richly covered. Highlights include "Journey to Mars," during which you’ll blast off on a journey through space travel with executive editor Katy Vine through a cutting-edge means: the plasma drive engine.
7. Austin Beerworks’ Lucky 7th Anniversary
Noon to 7 p.m. May 5. $17.89-$28.45. 3001 Industrial Terrace. eventbrite.com/e/austin-beerworks-lucky-7th-anniversary-tickets-45384859336.
It’s always a good time at Austin Beerworks’ birthday parties — only partly because the North Austin brewery brings out some of its best brews for the occasion. Those include the Rocket Surgery Anniversary IPA, the Brain Science Anniversary IPL and, for those wanting to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, the La Verdad Mexican-style Lager. There will also be live music and food trucks: East Side King, Garbo’s, Conner’s Creamery and Austin Beerworks’ own new food truck, the ABW Can-tina.