Theater & dance


“Single Black Female.” This two-woman show, written by University of Texas professor and playwright Lisa B. Thompson and staged by Ground Floor Theatre, features rapid-fire comic vignettes that explore the lives of 30-something African American middle-class women in urban America as they search for love, clothes and dignity in a world that fails to recognize them. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 5 p.m. Sunday through Feb. 29. $25-$40. Ground Floor Theatre, 979 Springdale Road. groundfloortheatre.org/sbf


Art


“In the Arc of Your Mallet” at Dimension Gallery. “In the Arc of Your Mallet” is the final installment of a two-part exhibition by Jade Walker (the first, “Little Soldiers,” was on display last January). The Dimension Gallery show, featuring a variety of used mallets, focuses on disease, healing and the inherently close union we have with our own bodies. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday through Feb. 29. 979 Springdale Road, Suite 99. dimensiongallery.org


Books


Writers' League of Texas Third Thursday. For early-career writers, the focus is almost entirely on getting that first book published. But what happens afterward? This panel will feature two experienced authors (Cynthia Leitich Smith and Don Tate) and a newer author (Gabino Iglesias) with small-house publishing credits, all of them talking about what authors need to know to keep doing what they love (and getting paid for it) over the long run. 7 p.m. Feb. 20. Free. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. bookpeople.com


Gardening calendar


Faerie Tea Parties at Zilker Botanical Garden. Faeries are landing at the garden. Welcome them with the whole family and get prepared for the joys of springtime. Come dressed in your faerie best to one of the tea parties, where you can take home a plant to invite faeries into your own garden, enjoy refreshments with friends and look for signs of faerie landings throughout the garden. Register ahead of time to attend. 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Feb. 22. $22-$24. 2220 Barton Springs Road. zilkergarden.org


Organic Veggie Gardening 201 at the Natural Gardener. Are you a veggie gardener with a few years of experience under your belt, looking for a little more challenge? Then Veggie Gardening 201 is for you. Learn about cover crops, vegetable families for crop rotation, no-till, soil life, common mineral deficiencies and more. Instructor Stacie leads this intermediate workshop as a horticulturist with years of experience. 10 a.m. Feb. 22. Free. 8648 Old Bee Cave Road. tngaustin.com/events/?mc_id=244


Austin Cave Festival. This free, family-friendly event will feature hands-on activities, cave explorations, a cave simulator, science and adventure presentations and live music. You can visit two caves (at limited capacity) and see how water makes its way through the Edwards Aquifer to Barton Springs. Learn about animals that call Austin’s caves home, try on caving gear and learn how to protect and conserve our water resources. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 22. Free. 4801 La Crosse Ave. wildflower.org