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Driftwood’s Desert Door Texas Sotol is hosting a cocktail competition to see which local bartender creates the best drink with the sotol. Contributed by Julia Keim

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Jamie Bernstein at BookPeople. On the same week the Austin Symphony Orchestra conductor Peter Bay is producing a Bernstein 100 Austin presentation of the revered composer’s “Mass,” Bernstein’s daughter Jamie is offering a rare look at her father on the centennial of his birth in an evocative memoir. In the intoxicating “Famous Father Girl,” she mines the emotional depths of her childhood and bring us into her family’s private world. 7 p.m. June 27. Free. 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050,

Desert Door Cocktail Competition. The new Desert Door Texas Sotol, based in Driftwood, is a funky, complex base in cocktails. Austin’s best bar managers, mixologists, chefs and sommeliers are competing to create the most compelling drink of all with Desert Door. The live competition — featuring a DJ, local special guest judges and two rounds of competition — will take over Native Hostel’s event space. Attendees can get free samples of the competing cocktails while supplies last. 6 to 9 p.m. June 27. Free. 807 E. Fourth St.

Austin Séance’s Summer Series. Ever wonder what exists on the other side? Find out for yourself during these sessions of the Austin Séance across two weekends in June and July — including a special benefit night for KOOP Radio on June 30. You’ll venture into the gloom with séance facilitators Albert Lucio and Jake Cordero as they examine the history of the American spiritualist movement, demonstrate tools used by working mediums and then recreate an old-time séance. 8:45 p.m. June 28 and additional dates and times through July 8. $15-$25. The Vortex, 2307 Manor Rd.

“Summer Vacation” at ColdTowne Theater. Summer vacation doesn’t always mean water parks and ice cream. For Austin’s first and only all-Asian American improv troupe, Y’all We Asian, summertime is when you work at your immigrant parents’ restaurant and go to the really hot motherland to visit relatives. The troupe will focus on improvised stories of “Summer Vacation,” as told to them by Asian American community leaders. 8:30 p.m. Saturdays through July 21. $10. 4803 Airport Blvd.