Books


BookPeople author event: Cecile Richards. From former Planned Parenthood president and activist Cecile Richards comes the young readers edition of her New York Times bestselling memoir, “Make Trouble.” The takeaway from her book: To make change, you have to make trouble. She will speak and sign it at this author talk where seating is first come, first served. Tickets include a copy of the book, which will not be available at BookPeople beforehand. 6:30 p.m. Nov. 18. $17.99. Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E. Eighth St. bookpeople.com


Art


“Recalling Memory/The Interior Lay.” Be it the flight of wind, the roll of grass or the ripple of water, artist Sylvia Benitez tries to capture what she recalls of the Texas landscape from memory, and her efforts have resulted in this solo show at the Dougherty Arts Center. Her memory exercise follows in Ash Can School artist Robert Henri's tradition. 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 Jan. 3. 1110 Barton Springs Road. austintexas.gov/jcbgallery


Nightlife


Women Behind the Bar After 3 PM. The ATX Women of Food & Beverage and Les Dames D'Escoffier groups celebrate female bartenders and raise funds for SAFE with a cash-only bar at Nickel City, while showing just how capable women behind the bar can be. A custom craft cocktail menu will be available during the event, with featured brands including Grand Marnier, Still Austin Whiskey Co., Milagro Tequila, Hendrick's Gin, Western Son Vodka and Wild Turkey Bourbon. 7 to 10 p.m. Nov. 18. Free. 1133 E. 11th St. facebook.com/events/2434367523486798


Coming up


Doug Sahm memorial tribute with Durawa & friends at El Mercado Backstage. This week marks 20 years since we lost Sahm, one of the most important and influential Texas musicians. Drummer Ernie Durawa, a lifelong friend and collaborator, plays every Tuesday at the Backstage and is marking the occasion with an evening of Sahm’s music, featuring special guests Joe King Carrasco, Will Owen Gage, Billy Broome, Mike Barfield, Will Knaak and Speedy Sparks. $10. All proceeds go to the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19. 1302 South First St. austinbackstage.com. — Peter Blackstock


“A Christmas Carol.” Austin's most rockin' holiday tradition returns to make merry with new music and surprises to get the party started. Zach Theatre's adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic infuses the traditional Victorian story with a score that spans all genres and eras. Marc Pouhé stars as Ebenezer Scrooge, the bah-humbug grump who rediscovers his heart over the holiday season. Opens Nov. 20. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday through Dec. 29. $30-$112. 202 S. Lamar Blvd. zachtheatre.org