Choose from these enriching Austin events this weekend
1. Chingona Fest at Hops and Grain
Gates at 11:30 a.m. April 6. $30. 507 Calles St. #101. chingonafesttx.com.
For the second year, the festival celebrating powerful Latinas takes over the parking lot of the East Austin brewery for a day of music. Oakland outfit La Misa Negra, who play a mix of cumbia and Afro-Latin sounds, lead a bill that also includes Austin’s ace Selena tribute act, Bidi Bidi Banda; rapidly rising rockers Tiarra Girls; and the all-female Mariachi Las Coronelas from San Antonio. The event will also feature Latina food and arts vendors from all over the country. — Deborah Sengupta Stith
2. "Spring Awakening" at Mary Moody Northen Theatre
7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, through April 14. $23-$28. Mary Moody Northen Theatre, 3001 S. Congress Ave. 512-448-8484, stedwards.edu/theatre.
The Tony Award-winning rock musical, which concludes the St. Edward's University theater season, explores the journey of 11 young people all the way from adolescence to adulthood with poignancy and passion. You'll meet Wendla, a young girl yearning to understand what it means to be a woman, and Melchior, an incredibly intelligent atheist with a desire to rebel, among other characters in the electrifying "Spring Awakening."
3. Live Fire! 2019
7 to 9:30 p.m. April 4. $95-$150. Camp Mabry, 2200 W. 35th St. austinfoodwinealliance.org/events/live-fire/.
Celebrate the rich and varied flavors of Mexico with the Austin Food & Wine Alliance at Live Fire, the organization's signature beef-centric event featuring the best in cooking craftsmanship. With unparalleled chefs, incredible live music and plenty of tastings of wine, beer and spirits, expect this culinary bonanza to sizzle. Participants include Alma Alcocer-Thomas of El Alma Café, Daniel Brooks of Licha’s Cantina, Simon Madera of Taco Flats and more. There are limited VIP tickets available, which will grant early access at 6 p.m.
4. Laurie Halse Anderson author talk
6 p.m. April 5. $8.62-$21.61. Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E. Eighth St. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Award-winning author Laurie Halse Anderson comes to Austin for a discussion and signing of her new book, "Shout," a searing, poetic memoir for the #MeToo era. Former Texas Sen. Wendy Davis will moderate the discussion. Halse Anderson is known for the unflinching way she writes about, as well as advocates for, survivors of sexual assault. In 1999, her groundbreaking novel "Speak" opened the door for a national dialogue about rape culture and consent.
5. Beer & Cheese: Celebrating National Beer Day with Real Ale Brewing
5 to 7 p.m. April 7. $40. Antonelli's Cheese House, 500 Park Blvd. eventbrite.com/e/beer-cheese-celebrating-national-beer-day-with-real-ale-brewing-co-tickets-58665877218?.
Antonelli's is always on the hunt for a reason to celebrate all things food and beverage. We toast to National Beer Day every year on April 7, a tribute to the day that the Cullen–Harrison Act was signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933 to mark the end of Prohibition. In honor of this foodie holiday, Antonelli's will guide you through special cheese and beer pairings with complimentary sips by Real Ale. The tasting includes other foods like olives and nuts.