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April's final weekend features opera, bookstore crawl and more

Arianna Auber
Puccini's famous opera "La boheme" gets an Austin Opera staging to close out the group's latest season. [Contributed]

1. Third annual ATX Bookstore Crawl

11 a.m. to 8 p.m. April 27. Multiple locations.

On Independent Bookstore Day, there's no better way to explore a few of Austin's bookstores, from BookPeople to Malvern Books, than through this crawl. You'll take a picture at three or more of the participating shops and get entered to win one of three prize packs. Each store has a scavenger hunt that you must complete before posting the photo to social media. The winners will be announced at a post-crawl party running from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Big Medium gallery at Canopy (but you don't have to be there to claim your prize).

2. Austin Beerworks Dinner at Stella Public House

7 p.m. April 25. $60. 1905 Aldrich St.

The farm-to-pizza eatery in the Mueller neighborhood hosts a special beer pairing dinner with Austin Beerworks. The dinner features a well-crafted five-course menu inspired by and paired with five limited-edition beers from the lauded local brewery. And yes, the beers are truly limited, with options including the Faraway Boys India Pale Lager that you'll sip alongside a dish of semolina fried soft shell crab.

3. Walker Lukens album release at Mohawk outdoor

7 p.m. doors April 26. $15-$18. 912 Red River St.

About his new release, “Adult,” Lukens says he “tried to make a record about how absurd it has felt to be alive over the past few years.” The album, his third full length, is an appealing collection that mixes electro-funk dance jams with textured pop meditations loaded with grandiose choruses and buoyed by swooning harmonies. Shy Beast, Sego and Zettajoule open. — Deborah Sengupta Stith

4. "La bohème" with Austin Opera

7:30 p.m. Saturday and Thursday, 2:30 p.m. May 5. $39-$124. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Dr.

Austin Opera concludes the season with one of the most enduring works in all of opera. Deep in the heart of Paris’s Latin Quarter — where music and dancing swirl nightly at the Café Momus — Mimì, a lovely seamstress of fragile health, meets handsome poet Rodolfo. Eccentric singer Musetta flirts and feuds with painter Marcello. And philosopher Colline and musician Schaunard do their best to distract the landlord from the rent.

5. Sunset Sessions at Eberly

6 p.m. doors April 28. $43. 615 S. Lamar Blvd.

This live music showcase offers the chance to see great acts in a beautiful setting without the hassle of large crowds or long lines. Hosted in Eberly’s private rooftop event space, Sunset Sessions’ latest installment features Go Fever as the opener and A Giant Dog as the headliner. Tickets include valet parking and a complimentary welcome cocktail; small bites and additional drinks will be available at the bar. The event benefits the SIMS Foundation.