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Recover from SXSW with Austin Puppy Party, more events

Arianna Auber
Organist Cameron Carpenter is performing for the first time with the Austin Symphony Orchestra at a concert called “Ode to the Organ,” during which two organ-centric pieces will be played. Contributed

1. “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder”

8 p.m. March 20-24, 2 p.m. March 24, and 1 and 7 p.m. March 25. $30-$125. Bass Concert Hall, 2350 Robert Dedman Drive.

This Tony Award-winning musical tells the uproarious story of Monty Navarro, the poor distant heir to a family fortune who tries to jump the line of succession by eliminating the eight pesky relatives (all played by one man) who stand in his way. Portraying the various members of the D’Ysquith family in this touring production is newcomer James Taylor Odom, profiled in a recent American-Statesman story. The production is both joyful and macabre and will serve as a much-needed bit of entertaining escapism.

2. The Austin Puppy Party

Noon to 4 p.m. March 18. Free. Lustre Pearl, 94 Rainey St.

Say goodbye to another year of South by Southwest at Tito’s Vodka’s 4th Annual Puppy Party benefiting Austin Pets Alive. There will be a Vodka for Dog People kissing booth, adoptable pets from the shelter, giveaways, Poochie Trends Dog Treat food truck, a “Hair of the Dog Bar” from noon to 2 p.m. and additional featured cocktails of Tito’s Soda, Greyhounds and Screwdrivers. Give the shelter dogs some love — and maybe a forever home — and feel free to bring your own as well.

3. Davis Gallery’s “The Relationship of Things”

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday through April 14. 837 W. 12th St.

The new exhibit is focused on the beauty of ordinary sights and everyday objects. In this three-person show, artists Faustinus Deraet, Ginger Geyer and Barbara Pence extract the quiet voices of the ordinary, found in the home and on the street. The combination of Deraet’s insightful photographs, Pence’s correlating multi-panel paintings, and Geyer’s metaphorical porcelain sculptures allow the viewer to explore overlooked, commonplace things.

4. The Sword album release, King Buffalo at Mohawk outdoor

7:30 p.m. March 21. 912 Red River St.

Accepting the award for Best Metal Band at the Austin Music Awards last month, members of the Sword made it a point to note they hadn’t asked anyone to vote for them. That’s no surprise, as the work they’ve done speaks for itself. Consistently pushing the genre toward innovative directions, the band worked with local studio ace Adrian Quesada on 2015’s “High Country.” For their new album, “Used Future,” they collaborated with indie rock producer Tucker Martine (Decemberists, First Aid Kit). — Peter Blackstock

5. Austin Symphony Orchestra’s “Ode to the Organ”

8 p.m. March 22-23. $19-$75. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. 512-474-5664,

Organ phenomenon Cameron Carpenter is making his debut with the Austin Symphony Orchestra performing pieces by composers Joseph Jongen and Camille Saint-Saëns. Jongen’s “Symphonie concertante for Organ and Orcestra, Op. 81” is considered to be one of the greatest works ever written for the organ and the orchestra overall, while Saint-Saëns’ “Symphony No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 78, Organ” was the Romantic-era composer’s self-described most accomplished piece.

6. Parents’ Night Out with the Thinkery

5:30 to 10 p.m. March 23. $20-$45. 1830 Simond Ave.

The Austin children’s museum is hosting a full evening of children’s activities for kids ages 4 and older. They’ll have the museum to themselves and will get to enjoy pizza, hands-on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) activities, exhibit exploration and more. For parents, restaurants near the Thinkery will have a variety of deals. B. D. Riley’s Irish Pub, for example, will offer 10 percent off your meal; Halcyon Mueller will have free s’mores with the purchase of two beverages.

7. Craft Pride’s 5th Annual Pepper Beer Party

3 p.m. to 2 a.m. March 24. Free. 61 Rainey St.

The end of SXSW is enough of a shock. But the Rainey Street bar brings the heat — in a good way — with the annual Pepper Beer Party featuring spicy brews from various Texas breweries, such as (512) Brewing’s Cascabel Cream Stout and Austin Beerworks El Sputniko. The beers will be on draft and in a cask. And the nearby Via 313 Pizza will serve a special pepper pizza. For live music, the likes of Oscar Ornelas and Beat Bodega will provide all-day entertainment starting at noon.