1. "The Mother Art"
Opening reception 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday. Noon to 6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays through July 18. Free. Art Science Gallery, Canopy, 916 Springdale Road. 512-522-8278, www.artsciencegallery.com.
Frank Lloyd Wright declared architecture "the mother art." This group exhibit features artistic creations that explore the diverse structures built by animal architects, from birds’ nests to coral reefs. On Saturday at 6 p.m., artist Courtney Mattison will speak about her work. Mattison hand-sculpts intricately detailed and often large-scale ceramic works inspired by the fragile beauty of coral reefs. — Jeanne Claire van Ryzin
2. Jim Jefferies at the Paramount Theatre
8 p.m. Thursday. $39.50-$44.50. Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave. 512-474-1221, www.austintheatre.org.
Internationally renowned Aussie comic, star of the FX television series "Legit," is known for his take-no-prisoners, raunchy comic stylings. Be prepared for more of the same when he brings his new live tour, "Freedumb," to the Paramount Theatre Thursday with a one-time-only chance to see his performance. Among his past work has been the acclaimed but controversial HBO special, "I Swear to God."
3. Flying Saucer’s 20th Anniversary Party
5 p.m. Friday. Free. 815 W. 47th St.
When beer mecca Flying Saucer originally opened in 1995, the craft beer scene was very different. Even Real Ale Brewing in Blanco hadn’t opened its doors yet — and all of Austin’s other original 1990s-era breweries and brewpubs, with the exception of Live Oak and North by Northwest, are now gone. With plenty of good beer to choose from now, Flying Saucer is celebrating 20 years in business with a big blowout that will include $2 Sierra Nevada Pale Ales.
4. Final weekend of Kerrville Folk Festival
7 p.m. Saturday. $39-$44. 3876 Medina Highway, Kerrville. kerrville-music.com.
Though flooding in the Hill Country upended some of the long-running festival’s early schedule, Kerrville fans and presenters persevered toward this weekend’s conclusion of the 18-day run. Saturday brings a big name in David Crosby of Crosby, Stills & Nash fame; he’s joined by two top locals, the bluegrass group Wood & Wire and funkified outfit Soul Track Mind. — Peter Blackstock
5. W Austin’s Shock Wave
2 to 6 p.m. Sunday. $30. 200 Lavaca St. 512-542-3600, www.whotelaustin.com/shockwave.
Back with a new name but the same fun time, the popular downtown pool party series Shock Wave returns for a second summer. Taking place most Sundays throughout the next three months through Aug. 23, the party on W Austin’s outdoor Wet Deck allows anyone to relax poolside in the afternoons, with drink specials and valet service covered in the $30 cost of the admission. Shock Wave will also take place on July 6, the Monday after a holiday weekend.