Let your weekend begin with oyster pairings and more
Sip & Shuck at the Fairmont Austin. What better way to wind down the week than oysters and martinis? Every third Thursday, the hotel's Fulton Bar will feature different great oyster pairings, along with drink specials. Build your own martini with help from Central Texas' Grey Goose Brand ambassador Derek Leisure, or enjoy other options like GH Mumm Cordon Rouge Brut Champagne. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Waller Creek Conservancy. 5 to 7 p.m. March 21. Free. 101 Red River St. facebook.com/events/1221235181387399/.
Nowruz: A Roya Pop-Up Dinner. Chef Amir Hajimaleki’s rescheduled pop-up dinner will take place on Thursday to honor Nowruz, otherwise known as the Persian New Year. The ticketed dinner will benefit Austin Food & Wine Alliance’s culinary grant program and will include a three-course menu with wines from award-winning Persian winemaker Darioush. The menu highlights Hajimaleki’s forthcoming concept, Roya, with traditional Persian dishes and ingredients served in a modern format. 6 p.m. March 21. $100. Eden East Farm, 755 Springdale Rd. kiosk.eztix.co/kiosk-optimised/908921.
A Bowie Celebration at Paramount Theatre. It hasn’t been hard to find tribute shows to David Bowie in clubs around town since his death in 2016, but this touring show promises to be on another level. Austin’s own guitar great Charlie Sexton and longtime Bowie keyboardist Mike Garson head up a cast that also includes Earl Slick, Carmine Rojas, Gerry Leonard, Bernard Fowler, Corey Glover and Lee John. The night includes a mix of both hits and deep cuts. 8 p.m. March 21. $20-$60. 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org. — Peter Blackstock
Poetry and War: A Reading and Conversation at the Ransom Center. Commemorate World Poetry Day with a reading and conversation between two award-winning contemporary poets whose lives and writings have been affected by war. One of them is Dunya Mikhail, who was born in Iraq in 1965 and forced to flee in the wake of the first Gulf War when her writings attracted the attention of the Iraqi authorities. The other is Brian Turner, who served seven years in the U.S. Army, including deployments in Iraq and Bosnia-Herzegovina. 7 p.m. March 21. Free. 300 W. 21st St. hrc.utexas.edu/events/.
What a Hoot at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Nocturnal hunters, owls are more often heard than seen. Head to the Wildflower Center to learn about these mysterious birds and how they get along in and near our city. Plus, you'll get a chance to meet the center's resident great-horned owl, Athena, while you’re there. Registration is not required. 12 to 2 p.m. March 23. $6-$12. 4801 La Crosse Ave. 512-232-0100, wildflower.org/event/what-a-hoot-family-event.