Take a stroll through nature or an art gallery with these events
Nature Fest at Concordia University. The university's unique setting at the edge of the beautiful Balcones Canyonlands Preserve offers the perfect environment for its annual Nature Fest. You don't have to be a student to participate in two of the presentations — Sky Kings Falconry on Tuesday and Austin Reptile Service snake viewing on Thursday — and take daily guided hikes on varied lengths of the preserve trails. 12:30 p.m. April 9 and 11. Free. 11400 Concordia University Drive. concordia.edu/naturefest.
"A Ponderous Weight (Why did I not discover before that it was nothing?)." This Wally Workman Gallery exhibition features a new body of large-scale abstract works, serving as the second installation of artist Mallory Page's several-part series, "A Ponderous Weight," an interpretation of Kate Chopin's "The Awakening." She provides a meditation of sorts about the antagonistic impulses that define Chopin’s heroine, among other themes. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. Sunday through April 28. 1202 W. 6th St. 512-472-7428, wallyworkmangallery.com.
CultureMap Austin Tastemaker Awards 2019. The online publication's annual celebration of Austin and San Antonio's food and drink industries returns with bites by nominated restaurants. The winners in several categories, including restaurant of the year and brewery of the year, will be unveiled with a splash at this tasting event. There are both general admission and VIP tickets, which have perks including early admission and a dedicated VIP bar. 6 to 10 p.m. April 10. $60-$115. The Bullock Museum, 1800 Congress Ave. facebook.com/events/722283981499188/.
Susan Page author appearance. BookPeople hosts the award-winning Washington Bureau chief of USA Today at Central Presbyterian Church for an author talk and signing. In her new book, "The Matriarch," she explores the life of former First Lady Barbara Bush, one of the most influential and under-appreciated women in American political history. Pre-ordered books will be given to ticket holders the day of the event and are not available for pick-up at BookPeople prior to the event. 7 p.m. April 10. $5-$40. 200 E. Eighth St. bookpeople.com.
"Worlds Apart" with the Austin Symphony Orchestra. Worlds collide as Mozart from Austria and Dvořák from the Czech Republic complement each other on this exciting program. The Austin Symphony will perform Dvořák’s popular "New World Symphony" and Mozart’s spirited "Violin Concerto No. 4," as well as Gioachino Rossini's well-known "William Tell Overture," with special guest and violinist William Hagen. The 26-year-old musician has performed as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician across the world. 8 p.m. April 12 and 13. $19-$75. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Dr. austinsymphony.org.