1. "A Shakespearean Evening" with the Austin Symphony Orchestra
8 p.m. May 17-18. $19-$75. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. austinsymphony.org
William Shakespeare's timeless words will come to life through music in the Austin Symphony's final concert of the season. But the orchestra isn't alone in performing the works by Louis-Hector Berlioz and William Walton. Shakespeare’s beloved stories of “Romeo and Juliet” and “Henry V” are given melodic characters sung by the brilliant voices of Chorus Austin and the Austin Children’s Choir, with the overall piece narrated by Austin’s own Robert Faires. Members of Austin Shakespeare will also be in costume, reciting lines from Shakespeare plays, to enhance the experience.
2. Fur Baby Mother's Day Festivities
10 a.m. May 12. Free. Easy Tiger, 709 E. Sixth St. easytigerusa.com/easy-tiger-austin-calendar
If you have a fur baby, you're a mom, too, and deserve to be both celebrated and taken care of. To that end, Easy Tiger's downtown beer garden hosts an all-day event featuring photo props and puppy treats, $4 Salty Dog cocktails and $4 Lavender 76s all day long. (Tito's will donate $1 per Salty Dog to local organization Emancipet.) And as a bonus, 1960s cover band Motion Potion takes the stage from 2 to 5 p.m.
3. The Craft Series at 1886 Cafe & Bakery
6 to 9 p.m. May 13. $45. The Driskill Hotel, 604 Brazos St. eventbrite.com/e/the-craft-series-at-1886-tickets-60239513005
The Driskill's monthly beer dinners are one of the best deals in town, as far as multi-course pairing feasts go. (They don't get much more affordable than $45.) This month, 1886 Cafe & Bakery teams up with South Austin's Skull Mechanix Brewing for an evening of fine fellowship and well-crafted food and beer. Pairings include the Rock of Ages Pilsner with fried green tomatoes. Reserve your seat ahead of time, although you won't pay until after you eat.
4. Deer Tick, Courtney Marie Andrews at Scoot Inn
6 p.m. doors May 14. $23-$25. 1308 E. Fourth St. scootinnaustin.com
John McCauley’s rough-and-tumble indie-Americana outfit from Rhode Island has weathered rises and falls over a 15-year run, but 2017’s two-volume self-titled set and this year’s odds-and-sods collection “Mayonnaise” have suggested some stability of late. Still, we’re probably even more motivated by the presence on this bill of Andrews, whose 2018 record “May Your Kindness Remain” was one of last year’s best singer-songwriter albums. Her recent performances during South by Southwest proved she’s just as compelling live. — Peter Blackstock
8 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday through May 18. $15-$35. The Vortex, 2307 Manor Road. vortexrep.org
In his first original solo show returning for a second year, award-winning actor and poet Jesus I. Valles journeys across both sides of a river with two names, moving between languages to find his place as a son, a lover, a teacher and a brother in a nation that demands sacrifice at the altar of citizenship. In doing so, he creates a new kind of documentation written with the knowledge that what makes us human can never be captured on a government questionnaire.
6. Composite Landscape: Early Film Special Effects
7 to 8:30 p.m. May 16. Free. Harry Ransom Center, 300 W. 21st St. hrc.utexas.edu/events
Film historian Leslie DeLassus examines early film special effects innovator Norman O. Dawn and his groundbreaking work, including the pioneering "glass shot." Learn more about his techniques during the lecture, and either before or afterword, visit the "Stories to Tell" exhibition during gallery hours to see a display of collages Dawn made during his career. Seats to the lecture are limited and first come, first served.
7. Find Your Spirit Animal
7 to 9 p.m. May 18. Free. Moontower Saloon, 10212 Manchaca Road. facebook.com/events/295038044784693
You know the phrase "once in a blue moon"? Well, we're about to have the blue moon part. In celebration of the third full moon this astronomical season, Blue Owl Brewing is teaming up with a far South Austin bar for a night of soul-searching. Grab a can of Spirit Animal, Blue Owl's sour pale ale, and hang out with the brewery team while having your portrait made. Blue Owl's in-house artist will be sketching people as their spirit animal.