Music


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. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19. $10. 1302 South First St. austinbackstage.com. — Peter Blackstock


Theater & dance


“Spring Awakening.” Winner of eight Tony Awards, including best musical, the play produced by the University of Texas’ Department of Theatre and Dance explores the journey from adolescence to adulthood as a group of young people struggle with questions of morality, sexuality and identity. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through Nov. 24. $15-$26. Oscar G. Brockett Theatre, 300 E. 23rd St. theatredance.utexas.edu


Books


Michael Bracken & James A. Hearn at BookPeople. Law enforcement in Texas can't solve every crime. That's where private eyes come in. Private eyes may walk the mean streets of Dallas and Houston, but they also stroll through small West Texas towns where the secrets are sometimes more dangerous. “The Eyes of Texas” features 17 original tales of Lone Star State private eyes, as edited by Bracken, who joins private investigator Hearn at this BookPeople event featuring an author talk and book signing. 7 p.m. Nov. 19. Free. 603 N. Lamar Blvd. bookpeople.com


Art


“Please Press Pause: An Exhibition of Time & Gratitude” at Art for the People. Each piece in this solo show by Julie Pelaez asks viewers to confront their current “pause” wish list (things they wish they could freeze in time) and articulate the specifics, either to themselves or on an interactive communal piece. A portion of sales from “Please Press Pause” will be donated to Brushes With Cancer. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday through Jan. 25. 1711 S. First St. artforthepeoplegallery.com


Nightlife


Adult Spelling Bee at Easy Tiger. This is no ordinary spelling bee — certainly not like the ones you might remember from your elementary school days. Find out if you can spell better than a fifth grader at Easy Tiger’s Adult Spelling Bee event, during which you’ll grab a drink and prove your spelling mettle. There will be $5 Brooklyn Bees (with gin and Brooklyn Lager) all night. Easy Tiger will award prizes to first-, second- and third-place winners. 7 to 9:30 p.m. Nov. 19. Free. 709 E. Sixth St. facebook.com/events/481022145836619