1. Pitchfork Pretty’s Hill Country Hooch & Hops
6:30 to 9 p.m. April 9. $75. 2708 E. Cesar Chavez St. eventbrite.com/e/hill-country-hooch-hops-balcones-distilling-tickets-59081141284.
One of Austin’s most lauded restaurants has launched a four-part dinner series highlighting the boozy wares of a few local breweries and whiskey distilleries. Up next is Waco's Balcones Distilling. With Balcones' specialty whisky and other Texas-focused spirits such as Rumble, enjoy a four-course, family-style pairing dinner on the veranda of the East Austin eatery. Pitchfork Pretty’s menu incorporates seasonal ingredients sourced directly from Chef Max Snyder’s garden.
2. Bill Wittliff at Chez Zee Author Series
6:30 p.m. April 9. $22-$55. Chez Zee American Bistro, 5406 Balcones Drive. eventbrite.com/e/chez-zee-author-series-april-9th-with-bill-wittliff-tickets-54712468466.
Legendary Texas author and screenwriter Bill Wittliff is the next writer to take the spotlight at the Chez Zee Author Series. He's talking about his latest book, "The Devil's Fork," a follow-up to "The Devil's Backbone" and "The Devil's Sinkhole." Each book was inspired by stories his father told him long ago, and they are set in the wild and woolly Central Texas of the 1880s. Event admission includes appetizers, dessert bites, tea, coffee and a cash bar.
3. Southern Culture on the Skids at Continental Club
Midnight April 9-13. $15. 1315 S. Congress Ave. continentalclub.com.
You know what it means when these Carolina titans of the trailer park hit SoCo for their annual weeklong run: The Lonestar Round Up is in town. The hot rod gala at the Travis County Expo Center doesn’t begin until April 12, but early arrivals get three nights of pre-parties with SCOTS and a motley crew of openers, such as Benny Peters on Tuesday. The star attraction takes the stage at midnight each night, with openers preceding at 10 p.m. or earlier. — Peter Blackstock
4. "The Importance of Being Earnest"
7:30 p.m. April 9-13, 2 p.m. April 14. $8-$13. Theatre Center Mainstage, 430 Moon St., San Marcos. txstatepresents.com.
Texas State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance presents the classic Oscar Wilde tale about two playboys, Jack and Algernon, who have fallen for two women, with one hitch — the women vow to marry no man unless his name is Ernest. To pursue the romances, both men create elaborate deceptions, only to find themselves undone by an outlandish revelation from the formidable Lady Bracknell.