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Have a weekend of Dr. Seuss, chili cook-offs and more

Arianna Auber
Austin Oyster Festival celebrates one of the best bites the sea has to offer at Republic Square Park. [Contributed by Austin Oyster Fest]


Red Line Brewery Tour. Four breweries in Austin are located near Capital Metro Red Line stations. Go on a brewery crawl using the train and receive a custom enamel camp mug in return. Circle Brewing, Black Star Co-op, the Brewtorium and Zilker Brewing will all have Red Line Brewery Tour punch cards available. If you get it stamped at each place by ordering a beer, you can receive the mug at the end of your tour. You don't have to complete it any particular order. 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday. Free. 1701 E. Sixth St.

Theater & dance

"Beneath the Mind." Chaddick Dance Theater's winter concert showcase features three dance performances, including two ensemble pieces — "Echoes," a work about the mind's reflections and memories through a marriage, and "The Dream," a journey of a dreamer through sleep to dream — and one duet. That duet, "Corpse-dancer," a reflection of the voyeuristic eye of an audience member when watching a horror movie. 8 p.m. Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday. $15-$25. Ballet Austin, 501 W. Third St.


Texas Heritage Songwriters Association Hall of Fame Awards Show at Paramount Theatre. The 2019 inductees for this annual event are an impressive lot: ZZ Top leader Billy Gibbons, Grammy-winning Austin pop star Christopher Cross, native Texan troubadour Steve Earle and songwriter Bob McDill, author of many country classics including Don Williams’ “Good Ole Boys Like Me.” Gibbons, Cross and Earle will perform, along with Rodney Crowell, Lee Ann Womack, Shawn Camp and others. $75-$250. 7:30 p.m. 713 Congress Ave. — Peter Blackstock

String Quartet Smackdown V. It's like March Madness for the ears. In its fifth year and slated for another successful and sold-out performance, this NCAA-inspired tournament competition brings original string quartet compositions head-to-head in front of a live audience. Invoke will perform the compositions in four bracketed rounds. The live audience in attendance will determine the winner by voting for their favorite pieces in each round. 7 p.m. Saturday. $12. Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, 1120 S. Lamar Blvd.


Whole Foods' 11th Annual Parm Crack. For the retailer’s 11th annual celebration of the beloved Parmigiano Reggiano, cheese experts at every Whole Foods Market store in the U.S. will simultaneously crack 80-pound wheels of the iconic cheese. Other activities will include tastings of the freshly-carved cheese, samplings of freshly-made cacio e pepe (an Italian pasta dish) and featured pairings. Cracking the wheels requires an expert hand and usually takes about half an hour. 11 a.m. Saturday. Free. Various locations.

Scholz Garten's 1st Annual Chili Cookoff. Taste your way through the ultimate cold weather food. The downtown restaurant hosts its first-ever chili cook-off, emceed by Wayne Vermillion. Samples will be served from 2 p.m. until they're gone, with award ceremonies following at 4:30 p.m. Live music will be provided by Lonestar Lizzie & the Shotgun Wedding Band, as well as DJ Island Time. 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday. Free. 1607 San Jacinto Blvd.

Austin Oyster Festival. 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. 6 p.m. Saturday. $60-$115. Republic Square Park, 422 Guadalupe St.


"The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss." Ao5 Gallery has been the proud host of one of the world's largest collections of the secret art of Dr. Seuss for over two decades. This year's extraordinary exhibition will showcase the rare and long sold-out "Earth Friendly Lorax" series. This matched set is signed by Audrey Geisel, Dr. Seuss's wife and his biggest advocate. Opening reception 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 12 to 5 p.m. Sunday through March 25. 3005 S. Lamar Blvd., Suite C-110. 512-481-1111,