Things to do this week include “Wild Kratts” show, Michael Pollan talk
1. Captain Scott Kelly at the Paramount Theatre
8 p.m. Jan. 31. $45-$150. 713 Congress Ave. 512-472-5470, austintheatre.org.
Astronaut Scott Kelly spent 340 days on the International Space Station, a record for an American. His photos taken from the window made him a Twitter star, and he chronicled the experience in space with his first book, “Endurance: A Year in Space, a Lifetime of Discovery,” published last fall. Now, he’s on a speaking tour that will serve as inspiration and a challenge for audiences to dream big in everything they do. He’ll talk about some of those moments in the space station — and his time on Earth with fellow astronaut and twin brother, Mark Kelly — on stage at the Paramount.
2. “Wild Kratts Live” at Bass Concert Hall
2 and 5:30 p.m. Jan. 28. $35-$45. 2350 Robert Dedman Drive. texasperformingarts.org.
The popular Emmy-nominated PBS series “Wild Kratts,” featuring animated versions of adventure-loving brothers Chris and Martin Kratt, is going live. They’ll be adorned in some of their fans’ most favorite “creature power suits” to go head to head with a comic villain and save the animals of the world. The TV show is primarily for kids, but the live show is family-friendly and interactive, with kids in the audience encouraged to participate from their seats by calling out answers posed to them from the stage.
3. “No Trace of Now Will Remain”
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, noon to 6 p.m. Saturday through March 1. 1710 Lavaca St. womenandtheirwork.org.
Inspired by two incongruous sources — the writings of Rimbaud and the look of Victorian mourning attire — Austin artist and fashion designer Gail Chovan gives exaggerated form to the long-deceased by adorning apparitions in hyper-stylized garments and accessories from the past. In this Women and Their Work exhibit, she uses both fragments and fabrication to enshroud memories, gives form to absence and celebrate remnants as potent vehicles for resuscitation.
4. Meg Gardiner and Mark Pryor at BookPeople
7 p.m. Jan. 30. Free. 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Two local mystery authors are coming to BookPeople to discuss and sign their new books. Gardiner will highlight the next novel in her UNSUB series, “Into the Black Nowhere,” about rookie FBI profiler Caitlin Hendrix’s hunt for a serial killer roaming the dark roads outside Austin. Pryor also is presenting the latest book in his Hollow Man series, about “Dominic,” a charming Englishman, prosecutor and musician in Austin who happens to be a psychopath.
5. They Might Be Giants at Stubb’s outdoor
8 p.m. doors Feb. 1. 801 Red River St. stubbsaustin.com.
They Might Be Giants like fun. This is why they titled their new album “I Like Fun.” Do you like fun, too? Then perhaps you should go see They Might Be Giants. Their shows are fun. John Flansburgh sings and plays guitar; John Linnell sings and plays accordion, keys and sax. They might even be more fun than the band Fun. They’ve been that way since the 1980s, when everyone flipped out over that cool video they had for their song “Ana Ng.” Just because they’re old fogeys now doesn’t mean they aren’t still fun. — Peter Blackstock
6. Michael Pollan: One Writer’s Trip
8 p.m. Feb. 2. $32-$62. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Dr. 512-474-5664, thelongcenter.org.
The food writer will give an autobiographical talk, moderated by University of Texas research professor Raj Patel, that tells the story of how his writing and thinking have developed since he first planted a vegetable garden. Pollan has focused on nature as we find it closer to home: the garden, the farm, the table, and most recently, the altered states of consciousness that certain plants and fungi allow us to achieve. The talk will include brief readings from his forthcoming book, “How To Change Your Mind,” publishing in May.
7. The 3rd Annual Mardi Gras Dog Parade
3 p.m. Feb. 3. Free. 1305 W. Oltorf St. 512-298-2242, theabgb.com.
Parade with your pup at the ABGB’s returning celebration for Mardi Gras. All dogs dressed in costume can “bark for beads” and have the chance to win raffle items from Tomlinson’s Feed. The local pet store chain is also bringing a prize wheel. There will be live music from the Gritones and a special food menu featuring Cajun favorites like gumbo and andouille sausage — and king cake, of course. And Pug Rescue of Austin will have adoptable dogs on hand.