Composite Landscape: Early Film Special Effects. 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 after, 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 to 8:30 p.m. May 16. Free. Harry Ransom Center, 300 W. 21st St. hrc.utexas.edu/events.
Todd Snider at Paramount Theatre. Championed early on by Kent Finlay (who died in 2015) at San Marcos hangout Cheatham Street Warehouse, witty troubadour Snider went national in the early 1990s and more recently has focused largely on his Americana all-star outfit, Hard Working Americans. This tour focuses on his new album, “Cash Cabin Sessions, Vol. 3”; typical of Snider’s offbeat humor, there’s no Vol. 1 or 2. But the songs, largely performed solo and acoustic, are as sharp as ever. Elizabeth Cook opens. $25-$35. 8 p.m. May 16. 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org. — Peter Blackstock
Sip 'n' Shuck at Fairmont Austin. What better way to wind down the week than oysters and Champagne? Every third Thursday, Fulton Bar at the hotel will feature different great oyster pairings along with drink specials. This month's happy hour supports the Austin Food & Wine Alliance, with drink specials from Champagne G.H.Mumm, Absolut Elyx Vodka and the Glenlivet Founder's Reserve Scotch. Also enjoy live music performed by local artist Jeremy McBee. 5 to 7 p.m. May 16. Free. 101 Red River St. facebook.com/events/346957759275950/.
Austin Bonsai Show and Sale 2019. The Austin Bonsai Society will hold its 48th annual show and sale at Zilker Botanical Garden. In addition to the large exhibit of members' trees on display, the event will have daily raffles, demonstrations at 2 p.m., a vendor area and members on hand to answer questions about the ancient bonsai. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 18. Free. 2220 Barton Springs Rd. facebook.com/events/668495130272755/.
Growing Citrus in Central Texas. Citrus grow quickly and do very well in the Texas heat, and from grapefruits to kumquats to limes, the fruits have a wide variety of uses, including as ingredients in food and insect repellant. Neil Schmidt, the Education Coordinator and Information Specialist for the Natural Gardener, will lead this hour-long class about how to successfully incorporate citrus plants into your yard. 10 a.m. May 18. Free. The Natural Gardener, 8648 Old Bee Caves Rd. 512-288-6113, tngaustin.com.
Adventures in Central Texas Birding. This vast, great state with its 10 diverse ecosystems and wide open skies holds habitat for a whole range of feathered fauna. Discover the diversity of birdlife, when and where to find migratory species and which species thrive as residents right here among us (and how we can be hospitable hosts to them). 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. May 18. $45. 4801 La Crosse Ave. 512-232-0100, wildflower.org.