'Anastasia,' a chili cookoff and more things to do this week
8 p.m. Feb. 12-15, 2 and 8 p.m. Feb. 16, and 1 and 7 p.m. Feb. 17. $30-$160. Bass Concert Hall, 2350 Robert Dedman Drive. texasperformingarts.org
Based on the 1997 animated film, the new adventure-filled musical from the Tony Award-winning creators of "Ragtime" transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s. In this magical setting, a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing conman and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love and family.
2. Jo's Chili Cook Off
12 to 3 p.m. Feb. 10. Free-$20. 1300 S. Congress Ave. 512-444-3800, joscoffee.com/south-congress-jos
Head to Jo's South Congress location for live music, cold beer and lots of chili. The annual chili cookoff in the Jo's parking lot benefits local nonprofit Urban Roots. If you've come hungry, you can purchase a $20 wristband, which will allow you to taste chili from some of Austin's best restaurants, past cookoff champs and new teams. Or you can attend for free and enjoy live music from Jeff Hughes and Chaparral and Jo's House Band.
3. The Craft Series at the Driskill
6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 11. $45. 604 Brazos St. eventbrite.com/e/the-craft-series-at-1886-tickets-54957205481?
The beer dinner series at the Driskill is one of the most affordable — and most delicious — in town. This month, the Georgetown brewery Rentsch Brewery is pairing some of its best beers with four courses from the 1886 Cafe & Bakery culinary team. Expect pairings such as the Weizenbock with mole-rubbed grilled flank steak. Reserve your spot ahead of time, but you won’t pay until after the dinner.
4. James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt at Erwin Center
7:30 p.m. Feb. 13. $66-$100. 1701 Red River St. uterwincenter.com
The last time we saw these two together in this building, it was for the big Hurricane Harvey benefit in 2017. Thankfully the occasion doesn’t involve a major natural disaster this time around. Taylor also taped “Austin City Limits” for the first time in 2015, while Raitt has made frequent visits to ACL Live in recent years. Taylor turned 70 last year and Raitt will reach that milestone this fall, but neither have showed any signs of slowing down. — Peter Blackstock
5. Texas Comedies and Crank Collective's "The Feud"
8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday through Feb. 23. $12-$24. Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Road. 512-569-6155, texshows.com
Texas Comedies and Crank Collective's latest historically based musical comedy is set in 1870s Texas, when an Army officer stands between an outlaw family and vigilantes in a stand-off based on true events. The Sutton-Taylor feud pitted the notorious State Police against the Taylor ring of criminals, and one army officer risked his life to bring lasting peace. "The Feud" features singing, dancing, riding, fighting and a live band.
6. Angie Thomas author appearance with BookPeople
7 p.m. Feb. 15. $20-$30. First Baptist Church, 901 Trinity St. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com
The New York Times best-selling author of "The Hate U Give" is back with a new book, "On the Come Up." Seventeen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time — she has to be, to keep her family from being evicted. Thomas will talk about and sign the book, personalizing your copy as well as signing two other books per person. "On the Come Up" is available to preorder via BookPeople.
7. Love Bites: A Valentine's Haunted House
7 to 10 p.m. Feb. 16. $24.99-$34.99. House of Torment, 2632 Ridgepoint Drive. tixr.com/groups/houseoftorment
Look, sometimes love bites. And sometimes it's more fun to be scared silly than swept off your feet with romance. On Valentine's weekend, vampires have taken over the House of Torment. Your mission is simple — with the training and skills from expert vampire hunters, vanquish the creatures that lurk ahead. Only the bravest souls will be able to navigate through the lair of these blood-thirsty monsters.