Nursery Crimes: Edward Gorey's Morbid Nonsense. Critics never quite knew what to make of Gorey, the author and illustrator whose darkly droll tales have influenced Tim Burton, Lemony Snicket, Alison Bechdel and Guillermo del Toro. In this illustrated lecture, cultural critic Mark Dery, author of Little, Brown and Company's "Born to Be Posthumous: The Eccentric Life and Mysterious Genius of Edward Gorey," explores the obscure influences haunting Gorey’s work. 7 p.m. Feb. 21. Free. Harry Ransom Center, 300 W. 21st St. hrc.utexas.edu/events
Theater & dance
"Xanadu." TexArts presents the Broadway hit musical based on the 1980 Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly film with a simple but hilarious premise: An ageless Greek muse connects with a struggling artist, who is inspired after meeting her to open a roller disco. Featuring the music of the Electric Light Orchestra and Newton-John, "Xanadu" is one of the giddiest, silliest and sweetest stage musicals you could ever hope to see. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday through March 3. $43. Kam & James Morris Theatre, 2300 Lohmans Spur, #160. tex-arts.org
Craft at the Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum. The Umlauf combines two of Austin's favorite things — craft cocktails and crafted art — with the adult art program Craft. You'll spend a few hours drinking and creating and, this time around, gearing up for spring with bird and bee needle-felted pins. The cost of the class covers all materials, complimentary mixed drinks and admission to the museum. Registration ahead of time is required; walk-ins won't be accommodated. 6 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 21. $30-$40. 605 Azie Morton Road. umlaufsculpture.org/craft
2019 Grow Green Landscape Professional Training Series. This new series has been developed with the goal of protecting our natural resources. Austin residents will be given access to a variety of landscape professionals who can offer sustainable options for landscape design, installation and care. The third class in the four-week series is about trees and edible plants. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through March 7. $20 per class; $75 for the series. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave. eventbrite.com/e/2019-grow-green-landscape-professional-training-series-tickets-53923512678
Heart of Texas Orchid Society's 48th Annual Orchid Show and Sale. Orchids aren't the easiest flowers to take care of, but the gorgeous blooms might well be worth the upkeep. Explore the various orchids on display and purchase the right ones for you. The two-day event will also have raffle prizes and children's activities. Zilker Botanical Garden charges an admission fee, $1-$3, but the orchid sale is free. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 23, 10 am. to 4 p.m. Feb. 24. Zilker Botanical Garden Center, 2220 Barton Springs Road. hotos.org/events.html
Organic Veggie Gardening 201. If you're a vegetable gardener with a few years of experience under your tool belt, looking for a little more challenge, this intermediate course is for you. Learn from instructor Linda Wall about cover crops, vegetable families for crop rotation, no-till, soil life, common mineral deficiencies and more. 10 a.m. Feb. 23. Free. The Natural Gardener, 8648 Old Bee Cave Road. tngaustin.com.
Austin Cave Festival. This free, family-friendly event will feature hands-on activities, cave explorations, science and adventure presentations, live music and more. Visitors will have the opportunity to visit two caves and see how water makes its way to the aquifer and Barton Springs, learn about animals that call Austin’s caves home, try on caving gear, and learn how to protect and conserve Austin’s water resources. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 23. Free. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave. wildflower.org/event/austin-cave-fest