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Sake, music and other ways to kick off your week

Arianna Auber
Sip on classic cocktails while watching silent movies at the Townsend during select Mondays this summer. [Arianna Auber / AMERICAN-STATESMAN]


Sake 101 + Dinner. Uchiko serves a whole lot of sake, but the bits and pieces that servers can share about this traditional Japanese beverage table-side barely scratch the surface of what there is to know. The restaurant's two in-house certified sake professionals will lead an interactive tasting showcasing the history and nuance of sake. Afterward, you'll enjoy a meal to round out the night, complete with sake pairings so you can put your new knowledge to the test. Call the restaurant for a reservation. 6 p.m. July 22. $150. 4200 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-916-4808,

SouthBites Grand Opening. Celebrate the official opening of the SouthBites coffee bar, located in the new SXSW Center downtown. During the big first day, SouthBites will offer one complimentary cup of drip coffee and breakfast taco to the first 100 guests. Plus, the cafe will also be launching its first signature drink, the SouthPaw. It's a refreshing blend of Maine Root Ginger Brew, a double shot of espresso and a touch of mint. One dollar from every SouthPaw sold will go to Austin Pets Alive. 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 22. Free. 1400 Lavaca St.


"Thank You, Austin" with the Army Field Band. Celebrating the anniversary of the Austin-based U.S. Army Futures Command, the Army Field Band presents “This We’ll Defend: Tomorrow Is Worth Protecting,” a concert that puts audience members side by side with soldiers. The Texas-size thank you to Austin also includes a parachute drop-in by the Army's Golden Knights, Army drill team demonstrations, a future soldier swear-in ceremony and a Texas Army National Guard climbing wall. 4 to 9 p.m. July 22. Free. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. 512-474-5664,


Silent Movie Mondays at the Townsend. Before sound was incorporated in film, the actors of the time period — from the mid-1890s to the late 1920s — had to find other ways to convey their thoughts and feelings beyond dialogue. Downtown cocktail bar the Townsend has been hosting Silent Movie Mondays, which include the showing of a silent film, as well as vintage '20s cocktails for sale and silent movie memorabilia on hand. This week's movie is "It." 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. July 22. $6. 718 Congress Ave.


"Young Latinx Artists 24: Buen Vivir/Vivir Bien" at Mexic-Arte Museum. This edition of the YLA series presents artists interested in decolonizing Western worldviews by tackling issues such as climate change, the legacies of colonization, immigration and racism. "Buen Vivir/Vivir Bien," featuring the works of Carolina Caycedo, Dalton Paula and more, asks what it means to radically live well. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday through Aug. 25. 419 Congress Ave.