"Thirst for Power" at Stateside at the Paramount. Water and energy are two fundamental, interconnected components of a society. The film "Thirst for Power," shot on location across France, California and Texas, explores the history of civilization's quest to procure abundant water and energy — from ancient Roman aqueducts in Europe to modern America’s vast hydroelectric infrastructure. The preview screening will also include a panel of experts moderated by Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith. 6:30 p.m. Dec. 3. $12-$50. 719 Congress Ave. 512-472-5470, austintheatre.org.
Distilled Knowledge: How to Pair Cheese with Spirits at Still Austin Whiskey. You probably know cheese is divine with beer and wine, but have you tried it with the equally delicious pairing of spirits? Still Austin's head of R&D, Ali Bloch, will lead a workshop with "Cheese for Dummies" author Laurel Miller. Participants will enjoy five artisan cheeses from Antonelli’s Cheese Shop paired with Still Austin’s spirits. The class includes tips on how to purchase, serve and pair cheese with whiskey and other spirits. 6 p.m. Dec. 3. $35. 440 E. Saint Elmo Road. 512-276-2700, splashthat.com/sites/view/distilledknowled.splashthat.com.
Wines of Sicily Pairing Dinner at It's Italian Cucina. The charming neighborhood eatery focused on food and wine from Italy will shine a spotlight on the wines of Sicily specifically for this four-course dinner. The feast was created and will be guided by Chef Al Fini (a wine location specialist) and Jim Petit of Prestige Import and features wine varietals Italy is known for, such as viognier and nero d'avola. 6:30 p.m. Dec. 3. $89. 1500 S. Lamar Blvd. squareup.com/store/its-italian-cucina/.
Jorja Smith, Ravyn Lenae at Mohawk outdoor. British soul artist Smith simmers as her honeyed tones slide over brooding grooves that owe as much to New Jack Swing as modern R&B. By the time her debut album, “Lost & Found,” dropped this year, she already had a Drake collab and an appearance on the Kendrick Lamar-produced “Black Panther” soundtrack under her belt, setting her up to be one of the year’s biggest breakout new artists. Technically sold out. 7 p.m. doors Dec. 3. 912 Red River St. mohawkaustin.com. — Deborah Sengupta Stith
“Comanche Motion: The Art of Eric Tippeconnic” at Bob Bullock Museum. This new exhibit tells the story of a thriving Comanche cultured rooted in the past but evolving toward the future. Filled with symbolism and meaning, Tippeconnic’s paintings highlight the strength, beauty and grace of the Comanche past and present. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday through Jan. 2. $9-$13. 1800 Congress Ave. thestoryoftexas.com.
“Free Fringe” at Hideout Theater. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but the Austin improv scene is overflowing with creativity. There are hundreds of performers, and every single one of them is prone to saying things like, “Wouldn’t it be crazy if...?” or “I just had the most insane idea.” This is where those dreams go, not to die, but to live gloriously on the stage for one night only. Every week will be dramatically different. 9:30 p.m. Dec. 6. Free. 617 Congress Ave. hideouttheatre.com/shows/TheFreeFringe. — Brently Heilbron