Ben Reiter at BookPeople. Remember when Sports Illustrated prophesied in 2014 that the Houston Astros would win the World Series in 2017? Thought of as crazy at the time, the article’s author, Reiter, has now written a book, "Astroball: The New Way to Win It All," explaining how he had predicted the outcome so accurately and how the once-derided baseball team got so good. He’ll speak and sign the fascinating underdog story at BookPeople. 7 p.m. Monday. 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
"Color & Memory: Surface & Substance." The new Dougherty Arts Center exhibit features the works of Austin-based artists Walker Winn and Dimitri Gudgenov. Winn’s abstract wonderland of gridded colors will have you recalling personal memories and attaching them to particular colors. Gudgenov uses digital modeling software and laser cutting to create abstract sculptures. 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, with artist talk 7 p.m. Aug. 8, through Aug. 18. 1110 Barton Springs Road. facebook.com/doughertyarts/.
2018 Wine and Dine Series with Hugh Acheson. Austinites have the chance to be treated to dinners by some of the nation’s most acclaimed chefs through the Austin Food & Wine Alliance’s Wine & Dine Series. The series hosts each installment a at top local restaurant. For the second of these feasts, Emmer & Rye chef and owner Kevin Fink is collaborating with Hugh Acheson, a Georgia chef and owner of eateries including Five & Ten and the National. 6:30 to 9 p.m. July 30. $250. Emmer & Rye, 51 Rainey St. #110. austinfoodwinealliance.org/2018-wine-and-dine/.
Martini Monday at Drink.Well. Thought you were going to start your week with a quiet night in? Think again. North Loop bar Drink.Well is hosting this weekly night showcasing one of the best-known classic cocktails, the martini. For the month of July, there will be three featured martini recipes, each $10, featuring Plymouth Gin and Absolut Elyx Vodka. The martinis include the classic, the Turf Club and the Flame of Love. Garbo’s Lobster Truck will be on-site. 4 p.m. Mondays through July 30. 207 E. 53rd St. facebook.com/events/191456518182452/.
8th Annual Pay It Forward Benefit with Daniel Curtis. The yearly event benefiting the Lone Star Paralysis Foundation will showcase some of Austin’s most celebrated chefs, from 20 restaurants including Jack Allen’s Kitchen, the Bonneville, Be More Pacific and more. Local 10-piece soul ensemble the Nightowls will take the stage. Following Curtis’ Memorial Day 2011 accident that left him a quadriplegic, he decided to start a fundraiser that would help promote awareness about the spinal cord injury community. 6 to 10 p.m. Aug. 2. $75-$150. AT&T Hotel and Conference Center, 1900 University Ave. pifdaniel.com.
Larry Garza at the Velveeta Room. Garza is the 2016 Funniest in South Texas winner, plus a Funniest in Texas and World Series of Comedy finalist. He was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer that same year and has dealt with this the only way he knows how: by laughing in the face of adversity. Come on out to the Velv and support a true champ! Allison O’Conor will also perform. 9 p.m. Aug. 3, 9 and 11 p.m. Aug. 4. $10. 521 E. Sixth St. 512-766-8358, thevelveetaroom.com/show/larry-garza. —Brently Heilbron