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All ATX benefit, Kevin Kwan talk top the weekend's events

Arianna Auber
Kids can chase the Gingerbread Man across Mueller Lake Park as part of the Thinkery's Gingerbread Fun Run 1K kicking off the season. [Contributed by the Thinkery]

1. "I Want My All ATX" at Four Seasons

2 p.m. Nov. 18. $20. 98 San Jacinto Blvd.

British synth-pop band A Flock of Seagulls has been tapped to headline the annual concert benefiting the local music nonprofit, All ATX. Presented by local NPR affiliate KUTX 98.9 FM, the event is an afternoon show that will take place on the downtown hotel’s lawn. The concert’s theme is a nod to the golden age of MTV. It doubles as a release party for this year’s All ATX compilation CD, which features local artists exploring the songs of that era. Sales from the compilation benefit local music nonprofits the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians, the SIMS Foundation, Black Fret and the Austin Music Foundation. Excellent local artists Mobley, Kalu & the Electric Joint, Alesia Lani and recent Austin360 Artist of the Month Night Glitter are also on the bill. — Deborah Sengupta Stith

2. "Private Peaceful"

8 p.m. Nov. 15-16. $10-$40. McCullough Theatre, 2375 Robert Dedman Dr.

This riveting one-man play commemorates the 100-year anniversary of the conclusion of World War I. "Private Peaceful," a stage adaptation of a book by the author of "War Horse," is a timely reminder of the heroic sacrifices that were made by those involved in the conflict. Simon Reade's play relives the life of Private Tommo Peaceful, a young soldier awaiting the firing squad at dawn. During the night, he recalls his short but joyful past growing up in rural Devon.

3. The ABGB's Solid Gold Party

6 p.m. Nov. 16. Free. 1305 Oltorf St.

The South Austin brewpub has won a pretty incredible award at Great American Beer Festival — Large Brewpub of the Year — for the third year running, thanks once more to its lager program. Celebrate the ABGB's multiple wins at this year's GABF at a party where you're encouraged to wear gold. Come early to take the Solid Gold Challenge benefiting Austin Habitat for Humanity. And stay late to hear Soundfounder spinning dance hits starting at 9:15 p.m.

4. Kevin Kwan at the Long Center

8 p.m. Nov. 17. $19-$59. $19-$59. 701 W. Riverside Dr. 512-474-5664,

Kwan’s breakout debut novel, "Crazy Rich Asians," has become something of a cultural phenomenon, topping bestseller lists worldwide, spawning two bestselling sequels and breaking onto the big screen with a box office smash inspired by the book. For this special evening, Kwan shares his thoughts on the unexpected cultural impact of his novels and describes how the climate in many industries, particularly entertainment, is already changing.

5. Gingerbread Fun Run 1K

9 a.m. to noon Nov. 17. $20-$25. Mueller Lake Park, 4550 Mueller Blvd.

Kick off the holiday season with a special Gingerbread Fun Run for kids (it's not quite a 1K). They are tasked with chasing the Thinkery’s festive Gingerbread Man around Mueller Lake Park across from the children's museum. Plus, enjoy seasonal hands-on activities for the entire family before and after the run in Mueller Park and the Thinkery. Activities include miniature horses, pig races, robots and more. For accompanying adults, the run is free.