Kimberly King Parsons at BookPeople. In her debut collection of enormously perceptive and brutally unsentimental short stories, "Black Light," Parsons illuminates the ache of first love, the banality of self-loathing, the scourge of addiction, the myth of marriage and the magic and inevitable disillusionment of childhood. With raw, poetic ferocity, she exposes desire’s darkest hollows — those hidden places where most of us are afraid to look. Parsons comes to BookPeople to talk with T Kira Madden and sign copies of the book. 7 p.m. Aug. 21. Free. 603 N. Lamar Blvd.


Date Night at the DAC. At this month's night out at the Dougherty Arts Center, delve into a world of larger-than-life backdrops, props and lights, and compose imaginative portraits with you and your friends, using your own phone or camera. Plus, get helpful tips from featured artist Meeghan Morongova; her show "Boundless Abandon" is in the main gallery. This Date Night is a casual, come-and-go event for all ages. Staff and volunteers will be on-site to assist in capturing your photos. No registration is required to attend. 7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 21. Free. 1110 Barton Springs Road.


Sour Duck Market’s Weekly Farmers Market. The casual eatery from the Barley Swine team won’t just be providing all your baked good needs from now on. Sour Duck Market has recently introduced a weekly farmers market that will run every Wednesday evening. Support your local farmers and makers, such as F-Stop Farm, Barton Springs Mill and Two Hives Honey, and expect farm-fresh produce and other goods. Happy hour also runs for a portion of this time. You know what to do. 4 to 7 p.m Wednesdays. Free. 1814 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Coming up

Thinkery21: Forces of Nature. Adults can have fun at the children's museum, too. At this installment of Thinkery21, for people 21 and up, participants will explore the force and might of Mother Nature through a series of earth science-related activities. Among them is a show-and-tell with native snakes, with a talk about their importance in our ecosystem, and the Carbon Footprint Monopoly, which will look at the link between population growth and wildlife extinction. There will be drinks. 7 p.m. Aug. 22. $25. The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave.