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Austin Oyster Fest, other events provide the weekend’s merriment

1. Austin Oyster Festival

Noon Feb. 24. $60-$115. The Lawn at Seaholm, 800 W. Cesar Chavez St. austinoysterfestival.com.

It’s a testament to our foodie-happy city that there’s a full day devoted to a variety of Gulf and East Coast oysters prepared in nearly every way imaginable: on the half-shell, grilled, roasted, fried, in gumbo and more. There will also be Creole barbecue shrimp, shrimp po’boys, gruyere fritters and pommes frites to complement them. For drinks, look for a bloody mary bar featuring locally made Bloody Revolution mix, specialty cocktails by Deep Eddy Vodka and a selection of beer and wine. VIP admission offers several perks.

2. “Red Scare: A Musical Comedy”

8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday through March 3. $12-$25. Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Road. 512-569-6155, texshows.com.

Set in 1950s Houston, this farce from the history-focused Texas Comedies tells the mostly true story of a mid-century-modern tar and feathering. Sex educators, foreign spies and other unsavory sorts are rooted out in this red-baiting musical comedy with a live band. It’s based on the takeover of the Houston school board by the Minute Women — a group of suburban anti-Communist crusaders — who engaged in a witch hunt amid fears of Soviet agents and nuclear attack.

3. Ron Campbell’s Cartoon Art Show

4 to 8 p.m. Feb. 23, noon to 6 p.m. Feb. 24 and noon to 4 p.m. Feb. 25. Free. 213 West Second St. beatlescartoonartshow.com.

The Second Street District is hosting legendary artist Campbell, one of the famed animators behind the classic animated film “Yellow Submarine,” and his vast collection of work. This year will mark the 50th anniversary of the movie, based on the Beatles song. He will be painting live on site, signing autographs and talking cartoons with fans. A portion of the proceeds from customers purchasing his work will benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas.

4. Raw Paw Arson Benefit Show at St. Elmo Brewing

7 p.m. doors Feb. 24. Free, donation suggested. 440 E. St. Elmo Road. facebook.com/rawpawzine.

At the beginning of the year, local indie publishing house and record label Raw Paw suffered a devastating blow when their studio was burned down in an incident authorities are investigating as arson. The community has rallied to help the collective get back on its feet. They describe this two-stage bash as a “final push” in a two-month fundraising effort. Live band hip-hop crew Sip Sip leads a bill that also includes excellent electro jam outfit Trouble in the Streets and Smiile. — Deborah Sengupta Stith

5. El Chipiron’s Gin & Tonic Mixology Class

3:30 to 6 p.m. Feb. 25. $65. 2717 S. Lamar Blvd. #1085. facebook.com/events/1990428664544577.

The Spanish restaurant’s workshop on making a proper Spanish-style gin and tonic is back by popular demand. Hosted by Chef Pablo Gomez and bar manager Chris Scales, the class will teach participants about the history of the gin and tonic in Spain — which adds fruit, herbs and other ingredients to the bubbly drink — as well as how to make the cocktail. You’ll assemble three of them and get two pinchos pairings with each gin and tonic. Call 512-518-3618 to reserve your spot.

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