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Arianna Auber
South Austin restaurant It's Italian Cucina hosts a special sparkling wine dinner with five courses in celebration of the owners' 30 years bringing Italian cuisine to Austin. [Contributed by It's Italian]


Michael Barbaro at the Paramount Theatre. The host of the Daily, a five-day-a-week audio podcast from the New York Times, takes the Paramount Theatre stage to discuss the creation of the podcast and more. Launching at the dawn of the Trump presidency, the Daily became the most downloaded new show of 2017 on Apple Podcast, building an audience of more than 1 million listeners a day. Onstage, Barbaro will also look at the state of journalism today and provide an informed, nonpartisan perspective on the news. 7 p.m. Sept. 30. $20-$35. 713 Congress Ave.


Sparkling Wine Pairing Dinner at It's Italian Cucina. The proprietors of this South Lamar restaurant celebrate 30 years of bringing Italian cuisine to Austin with a multi-course pairing dinner. Chef Al Fini and Sharabella Fini opened their first Austin restaurant, Cafe di Roma, in 1989, and six more eateries have since followed, culminating with It's Italian, which is now at two years in business. This special throwback dinner features dishes from each location, paired with Italian sparkling wines. 6 to 9:30 p.m. Sept. 30. $95. 1500 S. Lamar Blvd.


Raymond Caballero at BookPeople. This is no ordinary author talk and signing. Caballero, a historian, will sit down for a conversation with Austin's Mayor Steve Adler about his new book, "McCarthyism vs. Clinton Jencks." The nonfiction work is about a decorated war hero, Jencks, who was convicted for a crime he didn't commit (and that the FBI knew all along he didn't commit) during the oppressive anticommunist McCarthy era. Caballero will sign books after the talk. 7 p.m. Sept. 30. Free. 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050,


Steel Mondays with Herb Steiner at Sam’s Town Point. Our Austin360 Residency of the Month for September wraps up a month of five Mondays with one of Austin’s most accomplished pedal steel aces. Steiner got his start out west, playing in Linda Ronstadt’s Stone Poneys before moving to Austin and becoming a linchpin in city’s the cosmic cowboy/outlaw country scene of the 1970s. (That’s him on Jerry Jeff Walker’s iconic “Viva Terlingua” album, for starters.) $5. 7 p.m. Sept. 30. 2115 Allred Drive. — Peter Blackstock


“Big Pink Blanket of Love.” The Davis Gallery produces a show in support of local watercolor artist Jan Heaton, whose daughter died in February after a decadelong battle with cancer. In addition to a collaborative quilt as the centerpiece, there will be original artwork by Heaton and other artists. The quilt, in various shades of pink, features the work of more than 60 artists and will be eventually donated to a fundraiser for young cancer patients. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday through Oct. 12. 837 W. 12th St.