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. From California, With Love at Trace at the W
5 to 8 p.m. May 8. $35. 200 Lavaca St. traceaustin.com/ninerwine
Even we die-hard Texans have to admit that California wines are hard to beat — especially those from the Paso Robles region. Niner Wine Estates visits Trace to bring you a memorable evening of tastes from their full portfolio alongside Trace’s own delicious bites. The family-owned sustainable winery makes its wine from 100 percent estate-grown grapes, and their efforts show (or, rather, taste). You'll have the chance to win special swag.
3. Vino Vinyasa at the Riveter
6:30 to 8 p.m. May 8. $25. 1145 W. Fifth St. eventbrite.com/e/vino-vinyasa-at-the-riveter-with-bumble-bff-tickets-57608102385
This event series combines two of Austin's favorite things: wine and yoga. Vino Vinyasa classes bring together vinyasa-based yoga and fun wine facts through creative yoga poses. Each hourlong educational class ends with a comparative wine tasting, inviting you to mindfully taste what's in your glass while applying what you learned through the poses. This time, taste two chardonnays from Serendipity Wine, wines with a focus on terroir. Bring your own mat.
4. "Cats" at Bass Concert Hall
8 p.m. May 8-11, 2 p.m. May 11, 1 and 7 p.m. May 12. $30-$170. 2350 Robert Dedman Drive. texasperformingarts.org
The Andrew Lloyd Webber musical has become a beloved, record-breaking production — that, now, is about to purr to life for a whole new generation of fans. Winner of seven Tony Awards, "Cats" tells the story of one magical night when an extraordinary tribe of cats gathers for its annual ball to rejoice and decide which cat will be reborn. Expect new choreography but all the same music from Webber, including the well-known "Memory."