Austin Oyster Fest tops this busy week's events
1. Austin Oyster Festival
6 p.m. Feb. 23. $60-$115. Republic Square Park, 422 Guadalupe St. austinoysterfestival.com
This year's oyster fest is shelling out a bash for the books and will have its usual bounty of delectable dishes, drinks and entertainment for everyone to enjoy. Expect oysters from both the Gulf and East coasts, prepared in nearly every way imaginable by Eddie V's executive chef Chris Bauer, as well as an extravagant bloody mary bar, craft beers, live music and raffle prizes. VIP tickets include access to a special oyster tasting area with bites from local chefs beyond Bauer.
2. Fleetwood Mac tribute at Cosmic Coffee & Craft Beer
8 p.m. Feb. 17. Free. 121 Pickle Road. cosmiccoffeebeer.com
On the heels of the classic band’s performance at the Erwin Center last weekend, Austin musician Lonnie Trevino has gathered a posse of his fellow locals to perform both hits and deep cuts from Fleetwood Mac's considerable catalog. Participants include Akina Adderley, Jane Ellen Bryant, Wendy Colonna, Suzanna Choffel, Johnny Goudie, Charlie Faye, Noelle Hampton, Barbara Nesbitt, Phil Hurley and many more. — Peter Blackstock
3. New Orleans' Longway Tavern dinner at Emmer & Rye
Evening of Feb. 18. 51 Rainey St. #110. 512-366-5530, emmerandrye.com
Austin’s top-ranked restaurant from our 2018 Austin360 Dining Guide is rolling out the red carpet to welcome French Quarter restaurant Longway Tavern next week. Longway chef John Sinclair and bar director Liam Deegan will join Emmer & Rye chef Kevin Fink and company Monday night for a collaborative dinner, complete with some of Longway’s favorite cocktails. The a la carte menu will allow guests to build their own experiences. Make reservations to attend. — Matthew Odam
4. Astronomy on Tap
7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Feb. 19. Free. The North Door, 502 Brushy St. astronomyontap.org
You can explore the mysteries of the universe while keeping your feet firmly on the ground at this monthly event (and while drinking beer). Among the topics covered at this installment are the "hidden figures" of the astronomy world, the lesser-known astronomers and researchers who deserve more recognition. Astronomy on Tap also will have telescopes so you can look for exciting objects in the night sky, weather permitting.
5. Cirque du Soleil: Corteo
7:30 p.m. Feb. 20-24. $59-$130. HEB Center at Cedar Park, 2100 Avenue of the Stars, Cedar Park. cirquedusoleil.com/corteo
Cirque du Soleil has created a new production that is sure to wow us with the group's usual breathtaking circus artistry. In "Corteo," the clown Mauro has passed, but his spirit hasn't left — and the funeral is a celebration with laughter and exuberance. Watch as Cirque du Soleil performers dance suspended from a grand chandelier, gambol and cavort on oversize beds and catapult themselves into triple somersaults.
6. Craft at the Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum
6 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 21. $30-$40. 605 Azie Morton Road. umlaufsculpture.org/craft
The Umlauf combines two of Austin's favorite things — craft cocktails and crafted art — with the adult art program Craft. You'll spend a few hours drinking and creating and, this time around, gearing up for spring with bird and bee needle-felted pins. The cost of the class covers all materials, complimentary mixed drinks and admission to the museum. Registration ahead of time is required; walk-ins won't be accommodated.
7. "Robots in Rowboats" at Art for the People
Opening reception 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 22. 1711 S. First St. artforthepeoplegallery.com/exhibitions/robots-in-rowboats-art-by-lauren-brire.
The whimsical pieces starring a mournful and inquisitive-looking robot will have a dedicated gallery space for an everlasting exhibit at Art for the People. Local artist Lauren Briére’s "Robots in Rowboats" series escorts the viewer on a visual journey into outer space, the fun of sports, encounters with giraffes and, of course, adventures on rowboats. Briére will be in attendance at the opening reception, which will have live music and cocktails.