"Vincent Valdez: The City" opening day. The Blanton Museum’s newest exhibit displays Valdez’ "City" paintings as what the artist calls "symbols of modern society." The first piece, for example, is a four-part, black-and-white canvas depicting a Ku Klux Klan-clad group on a bluff overloooking a glowing metropolitan area at night. It’s not clear where this city is, but that’s not the point: Valdez is pointing out that it could be any urban area in America. His works are on display through Oct. 28. 11 a.m. July 17. $5-$9. 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. blantonmuseum.org.
Astronomy on Tap. Learning about the cosmos and all manner of out-of-this-world subjects has never been so fun and accessible. June’s talk brings a new round of topics: Dustin Davis will discuss some of the largest structure in the universe that emit the lyman-alpha line. Ilya Beskin will demonstrate how we can navigate without Google Maps. And Gordon Wesley will finish the talks with a look at the intricate designs engineers create for the instruments at McDonald Observatory. Weather permitting, there will be telescopes to look for exciting sights in the night sky. 7:30 to 10 p.m. July 17. Free. 502 Brushy St. facebook.com/events/226534337963760/.
Trailer Food Tuesday. Austin’s all-enduring love affair with food trucks is on full display with this returning summer tradition. Trailer Food Tuesday features a variety of rotating food trucks parked outside the Long Center. This month, grab bites and sips from participants including Kesos Taco House, Dock & Roll Diner, Stacked Sliders and Avalanche Blast Shaved Ice. There also will be live music from DJ Shani, Annabelle Chairlegs and the Selfless Lovers. Local breweries will provide the beer. 5 to 9 p.m. July 17. Free. The Long Center Terrace, 701 W. Riverside Drive. trailerfoodtuesdays.com.
Ume at Waterloo Records. Four years after their last album, "Monuments," dropped, Austin’s hard rock outfit is back with a new collection, "Other Nature." The band slowed down in 2015 after the couple at the core, Lauren and Eric Larsen, had a baby girl. For a period of time, the future of the group was up in the air, but Lauren Larson felt driven to write the deeply personal songs on the album while the baby slept. "I needed to recover and accept myself, let go of fear and let love in and these songs were the journey," she says. Ume heads out on tour with the Sword later this month. — Deborah Sengupta Stith