Kick off February with WeatherFest, Umlauf After Dark and more events
1. “Jurassic Park” in Concert with the Austin Symphony
8 p.m. Feb. 9. $19-$75. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. 512-476-6064, austinsymphony.org.
The Steven Spielberg film “Jurassic Park” wouldn’t have been as epic without John Williams’ iconic score. Listen to it live as the Austin Symphony Orchestra perform the music to transport you back to the dangerous island where dinosaurs roam. While the symphony plays, the movie will be projected in high-definition. When two renowned paleontologists visit an island to check out a new immersive theme park, they don’t expect to have to fight for their lives as a Tyrannosaurus rex goes on the loose.
2. The Bullock’s H-E-B Free First Sunday: WeatherFest
Noon Feb. 4. Free. 1800 Congress Ave. 512-936-4629, thestoryoftexas.com.
This month’s Free First Sunday at the Bullock Museum will consist of an afternoon of family activities all about weather. Kids are invited to come to learn more about weather science — as well as flying kites, making snow, looking through spectroscopes and more. Visit various exhibitors for demonstrations and displays, and get your weather questions answered at Ask-A-Meteorologist with Spectrum News Austin. There are also three floors of Texas history to be explored.
3. Austin’s First Ever Pad Thai Palooza
6:30 to 9 p.m. Feb. 5. $38-$60. Peached Social House, 6500 N. Lamar Blvd. tasterstableclub.com/events/.
One of Thai cuisine’s most popular dishes is getting the spotlight at this pad Thai cook-off. It’s the first quarterly event of Austin’s largest membership-based dinner club, Taster’s Table Club. Five local chefs — including Chef Eric Silverstein of the Peached Tortilla, Chef Casey Wilcox of Central Standard and Chef Robert Strong of Pretty Thai — will compete to see who makes the best pad Thai. The ticket includes passed appetizers, pad Thai samples from all five competitors and open bar access.
4. Umlauf After Dark
6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 6. Free. Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum, 605 Robert E. Lee Road. facebook.com/events/174834079785190/.
Umlauf’s free monthly series returns with a behind-the-scenes look at the lost wax casting technique that sculptor Charles Umlauf used for bronze looks. The Deep in the Heart Art Foundry will take you through the stages of creating a bronze sculpture, a process that will culminate in a live bronze pour. Grab your friends for this night of art and community, held in conjunction with Umlauf’s current “Flight & Fall” exhibit. Drinks like Hops & Grain and Lagunitas beers will be on hand.
5. George Winston at One World Theatre
8 p.m. Feb. 7-8. $25-$98. 7701 Bee Cave Road. oneworldtheatre.org.
Long one of America’s most prominent pianists, Winston contracted a blood condition that required a bone marrow transplant a couple of years ago in Los Angeles. While there, he started writing what became “Spring Carousel,” his 17th album. If you come for his old classics such as his seasons-themed meditations and his ubiquitous rendition of Pachelbel’s “Canon,” you’ll likely also appreciate the newer material. — Peter Blackstock
6. Austin Shakespeare’s “The Seagull”
7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday through Feb. 25. $18-$35. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. 512-474-5664, thelongcenter.org.
Austin Shakespeare is taking on a new adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s revolutionary play. Set in 19th century Russia, “The Seagull” is about a budding playwright and a young actress who confront their lifelong desires in a collision course with his famous mother and her even more well-known novelist lover. The Russian playwright’s romance will be performed by an incredible cast of actors, including Tyler Layton and Matt Radford Davies, who have done extensive work on stage and screen.
7. Good Girl Gone Brunch at Trace
10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 10. Free. The W Austin, 200 Lavaca St. traceaustin.com/calendar/2018/2/10/good-girl-gone-brunch.
The restaurant at the W is celebrating National Umbrella Day with a special brunch. The Good Girl Gone brunch will feature all things related to Rihanna. Listen to your favorite Rihanna hits with beats from DJ Kid Slyce and sip on themed cocktails like the Ella, RiRi and Desperado, the latter of which is sure to wake you up with Don Q Gold Rum, walnut liquor, RumChata and cold-brew coffee. The brunch will also have specials such as $1 mimosas, $5 carafes and hidden prizes. Reservations are encouraged.