Local Author Night. Features Maricruz Acuna (“El Camino de Regreso”) and Cathy Chapaty (“No Pouting in the Dojo”). 7 p.m. Monday. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
SXSWedu Education Expo. Open to the public event that celebrates the Central Texas commuity’s hunger and passion for lifelong learning. Tuesday. 2 p.m.-8 p.m. Austin Convention Center, 500 E Cesar Chavez St. http://sxswedu.com/education-expo.
Bright Light Social Hour In-Store Performance. The Austin-based band celebrates their album release. Tuesday. 5 p.m. Waterloo Records, 600A N Lamar. waterloorecords.dostuff.info
“Between the Aether: Amanda Smith and Shelley Wood.” Two Central Texas photographers share a penchant for crafting tall tales of wonder in ethereal black-and-white images. Opens Wednesday and continues through April 30. Photo Méthode Gallery, Flatbed Building, 2830 E. Martin Luther King Hr. Bvld. Free. 512-294-9550. photomethode.com
Texas Radio Live’s First Annual Larry Monroe Memorial. Featuring Rory Hancock, Jimmie Dale & Colin Gilmore, Two Tons of Steel, Tex Thomas, Guy Forsythe, Van Wilks, Bill Carter & Gabe Rhodes, Eve & The Exiles, Tish Hinojosa, and The Leroi Brothers. Wednesday. 6 p.m. Guero’s Oak Garden, 1412 S Congress Ave. www.kerplive.org/texasradiolive
Studio Spotlight: Director’s Choice. Get an up-close, personal, and informal look behind the scenes from Ballet Austin Artistic Director Stephen Mills and Associate Artistic Director Michelle Martin. Thursday. 6 p.m.-7 p.m. AustinVEntures Studio Theater, 501 W 3rd St. balletaustin.org/studiospotlight
Rock The Lot. Food, drinks, and good music kick off SXSW 2015 brought to you by yours truly, Austin360. Featuring Whiskey Shivers, The Crooks, and the Dirty River Boys on Friday (3 p.m.-11 p.m.) with Shinyribs, Quiet Company, and East Cameron Folkcore on Saturday (3 p.m.-11 p.m.). Austin American-Statesman parking lot, 305 S Congress Ave. rockthelot.austin360.com.
Thanks to SXSW, plenty of free events are happening all over town. Check out our side party database to find free fun around town on any day of the week.