Celebrate Valentine’s week with Cirque du Soleil and more events
1. Cirque du Soleil’s “Crystal”
7:30 p.m. Feb. 14-17, 3:30 p.m. Feb. 16 and 17, 1 and 5 p.m. Feb. 18. $55-$130. H-E-B Center, 2100 Avenue of the Stars, Cedar Park. cirquedusoleil.com/usa/cedar-park/crystal/buy-tickets.
Don’t want to have the usual Valentine’s Day dinner date? Treat your special someone to this electrifying Cirque du Soleil show — the first one to spin and twirl on ice. World-class ice skaters and acrobats will challenge the laws of gravity with their usual speed and fluidity on this frozen playground, engaging in a flurry of breathtaking acrobatic moves. In “Crystal,” named for the show’s main character, a young woman sets out on an exhilarating quest to fulfill her destiny, diving into a world of her own making.
2. Bidi Bidi Brunch Brunch at El Chilito
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 11. Free. 2219 Manor Road. facebook.com/events/1768803483415680/.
One Sunday a month, the various locations of Austin-based taco joint El Chilito take turns hosting this Selena-themed brunch — and it’s as awesome as it sounds. There will be food and drink specials, including $3 brunch tacos, $4 micheladas, $3 cold-brew iced coffee and $2 cans of Mexican beer. Plus, there will be a taco-themed photo booth, Selena songs playing, art for sale by Federico Archuleta and more. And if you feel inspired to dress up like Selena herself, you’ll likely fit right in.
3. Francisco Cantú at BookPeople
7 p.m. Feb. 12. Free. 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
A former Fulbright fellow who has proved to be a formidable writer, Cantú felt called to join the Border Patrol because the Mexico border is in the blood. His mother, a park ranger and daughter of a Mexican immigrant, raised him in the scrublands of the Southwest. As a result of his experiences in remote regions crisscrossed by drug routes and smuggling corridors, he has written “The Line Becomes a River,” making personal the violence our border wreaks on both sides of the line.
4. Erika Wennerstrom at the ABGB
7 p.m. Feb. 13. Free. 1305 W. Oltorf St. theabgb.com.
Known primarily for fronting Heartless Bastards, the indie-rock band that moved from Ohio to Austin a decade ago and got far enough to appear on “Austin City Limits,” Wennerstrom explores a different side of her artistry on “Sweet Unknown,” due in March on Partisan Records. She’s been playing quite a bit locally in the lead-up to the album’s release, but a fine chance to catch her is this unusual early-evening Tuesday show at ABGB, where the music is free. — Peter Blackstock
5. The Filigree Theatre’s “A Delicate Ship”
8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 5 p.m. Sunday through Feb. 25. $25-$30. The Santa Cruz Theater, 1807 E. Seventh St. filigreetheatre.com.
The inaugural season of Austin’s newest female-driven theater company returns with the local premiere of “A Delicate Ship” by Anna Ziegler. In this poetic play, Sarah and Sam are celebrating Christmas Eve like New Yorkers: flirting over wine and debating the nature of existential suffering. A knock on the door interrupts their night: Sarah’s childhood friend Nate is standing at the threshold. Just like that, this haunting love triangle changes the lives of these people forever.
6. “Refigured: Radical Realism” at Dougherty Arts Center
Opening reception 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 16. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday through March 10. 1110 Barton Springs Road. austintexas.gov/dac.
The new exhibit at the Dougherty Arts Center unites a dozen of Austin’s top figurative artists as Dougherty celebrates its 40th anniversary. These painters and sculptors, both established and emerging, are on the vanguard of a new art renaissance — or, rather, the revival of the realist tradition. Given that modern art has been focused on abstract and conceptual work, “Refigured” is giving these artists, including Jose Acosta, Denise Fulton and Jennifer Balkan, their due.
7. Austin Breakfast Bash for No Kid Hungry
Noon to 4 p.m. Feb. 17. $85-$125. Fair Market, 1100 E. Fifth St. events.nokidhungry.org/events/austin-breakfast-bash-no-kid-hungry/.
Brunch for a good cause. This new event supporting No Kid Hungry’s work to make sure every kid starts the school day with a healthy breakfast will feature Austin’s finest chefs and bartenders. Chef Bryce Gilmore (of Odd Duck and Barley Swine) and pastry chef Amanda Rockman (of New Waterloo’s concepts including South Congress Hotel) have teamed up to curate more than 30 top chefs and bartenders, who will present tastes of their breakfast and brunch favorites. VIP tickets get you early admission.