This busy spring week concludes with cat convention, whiskey tasting
1. POP Cats
10 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 4, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 5. $10-$40. Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road. popcats.org
Austin might be known as a dog-friendly city, but we love our cats, too. So much so that the POP Cats convention is back with plenty of feline fun. There will be cat playgrounds for both kids and adults, costume contests, music, face painting, on-site cat adoptions and more than 80 vendors selling cat-themed art and wares. The two-day event will also have a couple of cat-related celebrities giving talks: Kitten Lady and TrapKing. A portion of the proceeds from ticket and booth sales at the event benefit eight local nonprofits, including Austin Animal Center.
2. 8th Annual Tour de Farm with Urban Roots
5 to 9 p.m. April 28. $250. Fair Market, 1100 E. Fifth St. facebook.com/events/2317664574967622
The foodie-friendly fundraiser combines Austin's farm-fresh produce with the city's top chefs to raise money Urban Roots. Highlights of the evening include signature cocktails, tastings of the produce grown at Urban Roots, inspiring stories from Urban Roots youth leaders — and, of course, bites from participating local chefs such as Max Snyder of Pitchfork Pretty, Ben Runkle of Salt & Time, and Rene Ortiz and Laura Sawicki of Launderette.
3. Chvrches at ACL Live and the Church at 3Ten
Coincidence or fate? The touring-schedule stars aligned for this amusing upstairs-downstairs pairing at the big-theater and small-club venues operated under the ACL Live umbrella. Scottish indie-pop band Chvrches, veterans of several ACL Fests and South by Southwests, are big enough now to play two nights in the big room; Sunday’s show is sold out, but tickets are still available for Monday. The Church, 1980s Australian pop charmers of “Under the Milky Way” fame, have added this Monday show that made for the perfect Churchy McChvrchface booking coup. — Peter Blackstock
4. Heather Armstrong at BookPeople
7 p.m. April 30. Free 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
The "mommy blogger" details her longtime struggle with depression and the extreme and ultimately successful lengths she went to get rid of her suicidal thoughts in a new book, "The Valedictorian of Being Dead: The True Story of Dying Ten Times Over." Learn about the experimental procedure she endured — which brought her back from brain death 10 times in a row — at this author talk and signing.
5. Real Spirits Launch Party at Easy Tiger
5 to 8 p.m. May 1. Free. 709 E. Sixth St. easytigerusa.com/easy-tiger-austin-calendar
Did you know Real Ale has a small selection of house gin and whiskey as part of its Real Spirits line? Get to know the other boozy half of the business with Brad Farbstein and Davin Topel, the owner and distiller, respectively, of Real Spirits. The launch party, rescheduled from April, will have both gin and whiskey cocktails, cool souvenir glassware and a special tapping of Real Ale’s Barrel-Aged Four Horseman, a Belgian-style quadrupel.
6. "The Children"
7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday through May 12. $23-$25. Trinity Street Theatre, 901 Trinity St. jarrottproductions.buyplaytix.com/reserve/the_children.html
Jarrott Productions' final performance of the season is a Tony Award-nominated, apocalyptic blast that will have you on the edge of your seat. In "The Children," two retired nuclear scientists are living a quiet life in an isolated cottage by the sea as the world around them crumbles. Then an old friend arrives with a frightening request. It's gripping and darkly funny, as well as a far-reaching, unsettling play about legacy, survival and responsibility.
7. Reel Women in Film: "Twilight"
7 to 9:30 p.m. May 3. $5-$8. The Bullock Museum, 1800 Congress Ave. thestoryoftexas.com.
Native Texan Catherine Hardwicke became the first female director to launch a billion-dollar movie franchise with the teen romance "Twilight," starring Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson. The Bullock Museum screens "Twilight" as part of Reel Women in Film, which highlights the women in front of or behind the camera in cinema. After the screening, there will be a Q&A with University of Texas English professor Elizabeth Richmond-Garza.