Music


East Coast Chamber Orchestra. In 2001, a group of colleagues and friends from leading conservatories and festivals across the country envisioned the creation of a democratically run, self-conducted chamber orchestra that would thrive on the pure joy and camaraderie of classical music-making. The result is this collective that combines the strength and power of an orchestra with the personal involvement and sensitivity of chamber music. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. $10-$40. Bates Recital Hall, 2406 Robert Dedman Drive. texasperformingarts.org


History


Black History Month: Discovery and Possibility at the Harry Ransom Center. Explore a selection of materials from African-American creators such as Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston and James Baldwin. Featuring materials from a variety of manuscript, performing arts, sound, and photography collections, the presentation will offer inspiration for potential researchers, as well as for a curious public audience. Light refreshments will be provided. 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday. Free.300 W. 21st St. facebook.com/events/2488336521483003/


Theater & dance


“Come From Away.” This musical, based on a true story, is about 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them the week after Sept. 11. Though cultures clashed and nerves ran high, uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday, and 1 and 7 p.m. Sunday. $30-$145. Bass Concert Hall, 2350 Robert Dedman Drive. texasperformingarts.org


Coming up


Bryce Gilmore at BookPeople. The owner of Barley Swine, Odd Duck and Sour Duck Market published “The Odd Duck Almanac” last year and will do so for years to come. Part farmer’s almanac, community zine and cookbook, it’s an annual publication that documents and celebrates the creativity of the folks behind the trio of restaurants. The book was inspired by regional farmer’s almanacs, which forecast weather, foretold horoscopes, featured recipes and hung on hooks in outhouses. 2 p.m. Saturday. Free. 603 N. Lamar Blvd. bookpeople.com


The Fifth Annual Mardi Gras Dog Parade at the ABGB. This fundraiser for Pug Rescue Austin celebrates Mardi Gras a little early with a big parade of dogs. All pups that come in costume will be eligible for the ABGB’s best dressed contest (make sure your favorite canine is also ready to bark for beads). The parade at 4 p.m. follows a second line marching band. There will be gumbo, king cake and other Cajun food specials, as well as live music. 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday. Free. 1305 W. Oltorf St. 512-298-2242, facebook.com/events/592655401527907/