1. Shakespeare in the Park: "The Merchant of Venice"
Opens 8 p.m. May 8. 8 p.m. Thursday-Sunday through May 26. Free. Beverly S. Sheffield Zilker Hillside Theater, 2206 William Barton Drive. austinshakespeare.org
Austin Shakespeare brings the romance, comedy and dramatic clashes of "The Merchant of Venice" to Zilker Park. This interpretation of the Shakespeare play will be set in the Belle Époque of 1890s Italy, which was characterized by fashionable women and flashy gentlemen. At the center of the play, according to Austin Shakespeare, "is the dramatic courtroom conflict between Shylock, played by Marc Pouhé as a black Jew in an unusual twist, and Portia, disguised as a male lawyer, battling over 'a pound of flesh.'”
2. Cinco de Mayo at Corner
1 to 4 p.m. May 5. $45. JW Marriott, 110 E. Second St. eventbrite.com/e/cinco-de-mayo-tickets-59387617964
The Corner restaurant at the JW Marriott is celebrating Cinco de Mayo the way it's meant to be enjoyed — with tacos and tequila. Tickets to this afternoon event include a Corner margarita that you'll receive upon arrival, four tickets for tequila tastings of your choice and a taco bar featuring some of Corner's most popular offerings. Plus, a tequila expert will be on hand to share how tequila is made and the history of each one being poured.
3. “Noisy Lullaby” at Davis Gallery
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday through May 25. 837 W. 12th St. 512-477-4929, davisgalleryaustin.com
Philip Durst’s newest collages might resemble the quilts of your childhood, but his vibrant use of multicolored candy wrappers and cardboard soda boxes certainly isn’t conducive to a good night’s sleep. Durst's mastery of design and craft and his own brand of satire and spontaneity radiate playfulness and optimism. Davis Gallery will donate 10 percent of all proceeds from this exhibit to Casa Marianella's legal clinic.
4. Eric Silverstein at BookPeople
7 p.m. May 7. Free. 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com
The owner of a growing restaurant empire, the Peached Tortilla, Eric Silverstein has written a cookbook of the same name showcasing his one-of-a-kind fusion of Asian and Texan flavors. The 100 flavor-packed recipes within the book include many of the Peached Tortilla’s most-beloved dishes, like the Banh Mi Taco, JapaJam Burger and Bacon Jam Fries. Tickets are required to join the signing line and are only available with the purchase of the book.
5. Cactus Blossoms at 3Ten
8:30 p.m. May 9. $16-$18. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. 3tenaustin.com
Minneapolis is best known for Prince’s funk and the Replacements’ rock, but siblings Page Burkum and Jack Torrey have been boosting the city’s country-folk cred in recent years. They recently followed up their attention-grabbing 2016 album, “You’re Dreaming,” with a new album, “Easy Way,” that they showcased during South by Southwest a couple of months ago. Now they’re back on their own headlining tour; catch them before they’re playing bigger rooms. Jack Klatt opens. — Peter Blackstock
6. Master Pancake: A George R.R. Martin RR-Roast
7 and 10 p.m. May 10-11. $14.95. The Alamo Ritz, 320 E. Sixth St. drafthouse.com/austin/show/master-pancake-a-george-rr-martin-rr-roast
Winter is over — for better or worse. On the eve of the series finale of the HBO adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s masterpiece, "Game of Thrones," join comedians John Erler, Scott Chester, Andrew Rosas and Ralphie Hardesty as they look back on the greatest moments from the signature works of one of the most influential writers of our time. All the while, enjoy specialty cocktails like White Walkers and Hold the Doors.
7. West Austin Studio Tour
Various times May 11-12, 18-19. Free. Various locations. west.bigmedium.org
The East Austin Studio Tour put Austin on the map as a quirky, art-loving city, but it's not just the east side that has art worth exploring. The eighth annual West Austin Studio Tour features 108 artist studios, 71 exhibits, 114 temporary exhibitions and 15 related events spread between Interstate 35, MoPac, U.S. 183 and William Cannon Drive. As a self-guided tour, it might take some planning to complete using the website's map and full catalog of participants.