Saturday's events include Barlata book signing, Terry Allen show
"Catalan Food" Brunch and Book Signing. Barlata Tapas Bar chef Daniel Olivella has written a cookbook, "Catalan Food: Culture & Flavors from the Mediterranean," and he'll speak about and sign it at a special brunch. Enjoy sample bites from recipes within the book and sip on some authentic beverages. Olivella will mingle around the restaurant, sharing stories from his experiences growing up in Spain and some behind-the-scenes on his favorite recipes in the book. 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday. Free. 1500 S. Lamar Blvd. facebook.com/events/344244523031920/.
Terry Allen at Paramount Theatre. A relatively new but very welcome tradition, Lubbock-raised Allen’s January show at Austin’s old-faithful theater promises to be every bit as good as the highly praised shows of the past couple years — and maybe better, given that New Orleans singer Shannon McNally is part of the ensemble this time. She joins a world-class cast that includes Charlie Sexton on guitar, Glenn Fukunaga on bass and Lloyd Maines on pedal steel. $20-$39.50. 8 p.m. Saturday. 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org. — Peter Blackstock
"It's All Greek to Me." The Austin Chamber Music Center starts off the new year by going back to its classical music roots, introducing stories of heritage and homeland by focusing on specific countries and musicians representing those countries. For this show, featured cellist Nora Karakousoglou will share tales of her native Greece with pieces including Ravel's "Greek Songs." Performing alongside her is violinist Sonja Larson and Austin Chamber Music Center artistic director Michelle Schumann. 7:30 p.m. Saturday. $12-$80. First Unitarian Church, 4700 Grover Ave. austinchambermusic.org.
"Past and Present" at the Davis Gallery. Randall Reid's retrospective exhibit explores his nearly four decades as a visual artist. Throughout his life, Reid has measured and interpreted the elemental qualities of his surroundings. As a boy, he would record his local weather, the temperature, and linear distances in the wide-open prairies and grasslands of Northern Texas. As an artist, Reid has continued to ask the same questions that captured his young imagination. Opening reception 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday through Feb. 23. 837 W. 12th St. davisgalleryaustin.com.
Writers' League of Texas Special Event. It's not easy to get your start as an author. This free presentation from the Writers' League of Texas program director Michael Noll and executive director Becka Oliver will focus on both the craft and business of writing. Noll will discuss strategies for solving problems of character, scene, plot and structure. Oliver will talk about best practices for querying agents and how the process leading up to publication works. 2:15 p.m. Saturday. Free. ACC Riverside, 1020 Grove Blvd. writersleague.org/calendar/craftbusinessaustin.
"Old Love" at ColdTowne Theater. "Old Love" takes real facts about your grandparents and spins them into heartfelt improvised comedy. Funny and poignant, uplifting and uproarious, the intimate evening explores the evolution of a well-aged relationship, perfect for date night or anyone who cried at the beginning of the animated film "Up." There will be a different special guest each week. 7 p.m. Saturdays through Feb. 9, with additional 8:30 p.m. show Feb. 14. $10-$12. 4803-B Airport Blvd. coldtownetheater.com.
Brewtal Bazaar at Independence Brewing. Support Austin's artistic community while also celebrating metal music and beer. Independence Brewing will have live music and a variety of vendors outside the Southeast Austin taproom. You can purchase handmade items from the likes of Texas Metal Collective, Odyssey Print Shop, Rogue Warriors Soap Co. and more; Snake Father, Minds & Machines, and Chernobyl the Secret will perform starting at 8 p.m. 7 p.m. Saturday. Free. 3913 Todd Lane, Suite 607. facebook.com/events/298351164144981/.