Nightlife

Magical Mondays at the Tavern. It's the first of many Magical Mondays upstairs at the Tavern Austin's only intimate magic show. On the last Monday of every month starting now, the historic Tavern will present cocktails, comedy and world-renowned magic. The first of the Magical Mondays will feature three of magic’s most talented sleight-of-hand performers: Gary Plants, Ronaldo Medina and headliner Nick Lewin, with a touch of music from Little Jewford. Appetizers are included in the cost of the tickets. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25. $20-$25. 922 W. 12th St. tavernaustin.com/magical-mondays

Dining

Secrets of Maki Rolling Class at Uchiko. Have you ever wanted to learn how to make makimono, or sushi rolls? With this class, participants will get guidance from some of the best people in the business — Uchiko's sushi chefs — who will talk about the process and techniques used when crafting rolls. You'll even be able to create your own maki. Snacks, sake samples and tons of new sushi skills will be provided. Reserve your spot by calling the restaurant. 6:30 p.m. Feb. 25. $95. 4200 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-916-4808, facebook.com/events/580659189082929

Cucina d'Amore, A Culinary Experience. Want to go behind the scenes at the kitchen of It's Italian Cucina? The restaurant offers an exclusive cooking class that you can take as a belated Valentine's Day experience. Master Chef Al Fini will take five couples into the kitchen and lead them on a four-course culinary adventure. Space is limited to 10 people, or five couples. The menu includes Italian wine pairings. Call the restaurant to book your spot. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Feb. 25. $200 per couple. 1500 S. Lamar Blvd. #110. facebook.com/events/380278452767752

Film

Magnolia Mondays at Violet Crown Cinema. Magnolia Mondays is a retrospective celebrating nearly two decades of movies from independent film distributor Magnolia Pictures. The first series, presented over eight weeks, showcases critically acclaimed narrative and documentary films from Magnolia’s extensive library. Playing this week and next is “Melancholia,” a Kirsten Dunst film about two sisters coping with the end of the world. 7 p.m. Monday and additional Mondays through April 29. $5. 434 W. Second St. austin.violetcrown.com

Books

Leila Slimani at BookPeople. The best-selling author of "The Perfect Nanny" heads to BookPeople to talk about her latest novel, "Adèle." The titular characters appears to have the perfect life, a successful journalist in Paris who lives in a beautiful apartment with her surgeon husband and their young son. But underneath the surface, she is bored — and consumed by an insatiable need for sex. Suspenseful, erotic and electrically charged, the book follows one woman's quest to feel alive. 7 p.m. Feb. 25. Free. 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com

Coming up

"A Doll's House, Part 2." In 1879, Henrik Ibsen wrote one of the most controversial plays of all time, "A Doll's House," in which Nora walks out on her husband and children with a feminist door slam that reverberated worldwide. Fast forward to the 21st century with "A Doll's House, Part 2," a follow-up by playwright Lucas Hnath, now staged by Hyde Park Theatre, in which Nora must return 15 years after her dramatic exit to face what she left behind. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday through March 30. $23-$27. Hyde Park Theatre, 511 W. 43rd St. hydeparktheatre.org