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"Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland." In celebration of 150 years of Lewis Carroll’s "Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland," the Harry Ransom Center presents an exhibition that explores personal and literary references that Carroll incorporated throughout the mesmerizing story, including learning about the real Alice who inspired the story. And with the help of a White Rabbit’s path through the exhibition, attendees can discover the various versions of the narrative, enjoy a tea party or watch a 1933 paper filmstrip that has been treated by Ransom Center conservators. Through July 6. Harry Ransom Center, 300 W. 21st St. 512-471-8944. hrc.utexas.edu.
Bill Miller at Yard Dog. "Texas Serenade," vintage works by Bill Miller, is a combination of linoleum flooring, intricate patterns and vivid colors that capture nostalgic familiarity. The Pittsburgh artist, who has used the eco-friendly material as his medium for almost 20 years, offer a personal narrative that imparts a sense of history and balance within each piece. Through April 19. 1510 S. Congress Ave. 512-912-1613, www.yarddog.com.
"Wildly Strange: The Photographs of Ralph Eugene Meatyard." An optician by trade, Ralph Eugene Meatyard (1925-1972) never considered himself more than a dedicated amateur photographer. And yet his elaborately staged and unsettling vignettes — usually involving his wife and children as characters — were innovative when Meatyard began creating them in the 1950s, and the disquieting scenes of a deteriorating American South still prove provocative today. Displayed at the Blanton Museum, "Wildly Strange" features 40 photographs from the University of Texas’ Ransom Center’s collection. Through June 21. Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. 512.472-7324, www.blantonmuseum.org.
Roxy Roca at C-Boy’s Heart & Soul.One of the busiest bands around town these days is Roxy Roca, a seven-piece horn-driven soul outfit whose new album, "Ain’t Nothin’ Fancy," spotlights the gritty vocals of frontman Taye Cannon. They’re often found in the 10 p.m. Wednesday slot at C-Boy’s; come early for a 6:30 p.m. happy-hour set by sensational singer Malford Milligan performing in a trio with John Gaar and Dave Sebree. No cover for either show. 2008 S. Congress Ave. cboysheartnsoul.com.
Jill Alexander Essbaum at BookPeople. Debut local novelist Jill Alexander Essbaum’s new book, "Hausfrau," is a buzzed-about and engrossing tale of marriage, fidelity, sex, morality and how we discover ourselves. The novel follows Anna, a housewife in her late 30s living in Switzerland, whose comfortable life masks an internal desperation that sends her in search of new experiences: language classes, psychotherapy and extramarital affairs. 7 p.m. Wednesday. Free. 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, www.bookpeople.com.