1. Hot Luck Festival
6 p.m. May 23-25, 2 p.m. May 26. $10-$550. Various locations. hotluckfest.com.
Food and music get combined at this weekend fest that celebrates the fire of creativity required to make both happen. Founded by James Beard Award winner Aaron Franklin, Mohawk owner James Moody and Feast Portland co-founder Mike Thelin, the Memorial Day weekend event features big names in food and music, including Alon Shaya, Gabriel Rucker and, of course, Franklin on the culinary side. Lucero, El Tule and Salmon Leftovers are among the live performers. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the SAFE Alliance.
2. Live at the Library with Austin Classical Guitar
2 p.m. May 19. Free. Austin Central Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez St. austinclassicalguitar.org/event/live-at-the-library-joseph-palmer/.
Up-and-coming Austin Classical Guitar musician and storyteller Joseph Palmer performs a tribute concert that is spotlighting his former classmate, the late Javier Niño. Before Palmer takes the stage, the McCallum High School student quartet — Palmer and Niño’s former school — will perform. You may not know the name of expressive player Palmer yet, but he's gaining recognition as the winner of top prizes at 12 international guitar competitions.
3. India Arie at Paramount Theatre
8 p.m. May 20. $35-$60. 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org.
Since her debut album “Acoustic Soul” dropped in 2001, the Denver-born singer-songwriter has created a lane for herself, tackling tough topics with honest lyricism and an earthy soulful sound. Her latest release, “Worthy,” opens with a powerful call to action. “What if Martin didn't stand up? What if Rosa didn’t sit down? What if Malcolm didn't man up? Where would we be now?” she sings on “What If,” a track that sets the stage for an album that shines as a tribute to resilience and light. — Deborah Senguta Stith
4. Tuesday Twilights with a Twist at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
5 p.m. May 21. Free with $6-$12 admission. 4801 La Crosse Ave. wildflower.org.
Make the most of wildflower season by walking among the blooms as sunset falls on Austin. The Wildflower Center is staying open late every Tuesday this spring, and on certain special Tuesdays like this one, there will be extra activities to keep you entertained. This time around, bring a spare T-shirt to get it screen-printed with a custom design. Plus, Salt Lick BBQ will be on site with sandwiches, and there will be cornhole and vodka cocktails.
5. Bottle Royale: A Killer Strains Beer Dinner at Austin Beerworks
7 to 9 p.m. May 22. $65. 3001 Industrial Terrace. facebook.com/events/1289590441210611/.
For the past two years, Austin Beerworks has been developing a series of barrel-aged and mixed-fermentation, bottle-conditioned beers and has since dubbed it the Killer Strains series. To celebrate these special brews, Austin Beerworks hosts its first on-site beer dinner, five courses with pairings that include the Sazè Gin & Port Barrel-Aged Brett Saison. A couple of the brewers will be on hand to answer questions about the series.
6. "Negative Space (and other planes of there)" at ICOSA Collective
Opening reception 7 to 10 p.m. May 24. 12 to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday through June 22. 916 Springdale Road. Bldg. 2 #102. icosacollective.com.
Exploring the in-between of signifiers and narrative, Austin artists Leon Alesi and Bug Davidson cite ancestral lineage, uncomfortable compromise and abrasion of edges in this two-person show at ICOSA Gallery. Using photography, moving image, installation, assemblage and found objects, they attempt to visualize an embrace of primordial truths, reckless erasure, inventive histories and contracts of coercion.
7. Red Line Brewery Tour: Spring 2019
4 to 10 p.m. May 25. Free. Multiple locations. facebook.com/events/320211788645483/.
Four local breweries that are near stops along the Capital MetroRail Red Line host one last train-hopping brewery tour before the Red Line stops running on Saturdays starting June 1. Head to Black Star Co-op (at the Crestview Station), Circle Brewing (near the Kramer Station), the Brewtorium (near the Highland Station) and Zilker Brewing (by Plaza Saltillo). Buy a beer at each place to get your punch card stamped. Turn in the completed card to receive a pair of branded socks.