Welcome the weekend with the Amazing Acro-cats and more events
1. The Amazing Acro-cats
7 p.m. Feb. 8-10 and 14-17, 1 and 5 p.m. Feb. 11 and 18, and 3 p.m. Feb. 10 and 17. $25-$40. Ground Floor Theatre, 979 Springdale Road. brownpapertickets.com/event/3182135.
This group of gymnastic cats is back in town with all new tricks. Expect to see cats riding skateboards, jumping through hoops and doing other very un-feline-like activities. You might even see the reason rising star Alley has appeared in the Guinness Book of World Records — holding the record for the longest cat jump. The finale is the only all-cat band in the world: Tuna and the Rock Cats. Current band members include Annie on guitar, Ahi and Albacore on cowbell and woodblocks, and Oz on Saxophone. There’s a VIP ticket option to meet some of the cats after the show.
2. Science Under the Stars: “CSI: Disease Detectives”
6:30 p.m. doors Feb. 8. Free. Brackenridge Field Laboratory, 2907 Lake Austin Blvd. scienceunderthestars.org.
Every year seems to yield some new disease in the news, whether it’s the ebola epidemic, zika or this year’s horrible flu season. If you’ve ever wondered what public health officials are doing behind the scenes to stop the spread of these diseases, the next installment of Science Under the Stars will reveal that and more. The free outreach lecture series is hosted at Brackenridge Field Laboratory, part of UT Austin’s science program, and will have fun nature-related activities at 6:30 p.m.
3. Love Bites: A Valentine’s Haunted House
7 to 11 p.m. Feb. 9 and 10. $26.99-$46.99. House of Torment, 2632 Ridgepoint Drive. valentineshauntedhouses.com/austin.
Kick Cupid to the curb and embrace vampires (and not the sparkly vamps of “Twilight”) instead for Valentine’s Day. The House of Torment has had so much success scaring the daylights out of Austinites at Halloween and Christmas that there’s now a Valentine’s Day-themed version this year. Here’s the premise: Are you brave enough to enter the decaying manor where Lord Tenebris and his blood-sucking brides prepare to take over the world? Can you vanquish them for good?
4. Wild Child album release at Empire
7 p.m. doors Feb. 10. Free. 606 E. Seventh St. wildchildsounds.com/shows.
Seven years spent charming audiences around the world with their indie-folk-pop has done nothing to diminish Wild Child’s love for their home state. To give back to their local fans, they’ve made the release party for their new album free. “Expectations,” an ambitious platter that mixes lush indie pop, introspective folk and edgy orchestral rock, drops on Friday. To guarantee entry, you can order a deluxe limited edition vinyl copy of the album on the RSVP page for the show. — Deborah Sengupta Stith
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.