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Spring break kicks off with Circus Chickendog, more events

Arianna Auber
Circus Chickendog performs "1,001 Tricks in 1 Hour" during spring break this year. [Contributed]


Andrew Rannells at BookPeople. This one is for you, Broadway fans. And “Girls” fans. And, really, fans of funny people in general. Rannells is coming to Austin. The actor, currently in Showtime’s “Black Monday,” will be speaking and signing at a BookPeople event to promote his upcoming book, “Too Much Is Not Enough.” The speaking part of that is free open to the public, but to get in the signing line, you’ll have to purchase a ticket from BookPeople, which comes with a copy of the book. 7 p.m. March 18. Free. 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, — Eric Webb


"Tacotopia." An immersive art exhibit has come to Austin that is entirely dedicated to everyone's favorite food — tacos. The interactive "Tacotopia" features more than 20 one-of-a-kind environments with larger-than-life installations, such as "The Goddess of Tacos," an oversize bowl of foam pico de gallo in the pico pit, a lime swing, the Piñatapoloza and a staircase leading to Churro Heaven. After its four-week run in Austin, "Tacotopia" moves to Los Angeles. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily except Wednesday through March 31. 3208 S. Congress Ave.


Magnolia Mondays at Violet Crown Cinema. Magnolia Mondays is a retrospective celebrating nearly two decades of movies from independent film distributor Magnolia Pictures. The first series, presented over eight weeks, showcases critically acclaimed narrative and documentary films from Magnolia’s extensive library. Playing this week is “Man on Wire,” a masterful recreation of high-wire daredevil Philippe Petit's 1974 stunt. 7 p.m. Monday and additional Mondays through April 29. $5. 434 W. Second St.


"1,001 Tricks in 1 Hour" at the Institution Theater. This spring break show by Circus Chickendog features — as you might imagine — a ton of dog tricks, as performed by five rescue dogs. There will also be puppets, giant bubbles, a scarlet macaw, juggling, unicycling and circus balancing acts. Follow the dogs on their journey as they search for the secret to finding their forever home. Somehow, they always do something to keep from getting adopted so they can stay with their favorite human, Darren. 1:30 p.m. March 18-22. $10-$15. The Institution Theater, 3708 Woodbury Drive.

Spring break at the Bullock Museum. How will your family spend spring break this year? One option is at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, which will offer a different hands-on activity each day perfect for both kids and their adult companions. First up, on Monday, is "'Bird's Eye View": checking out Texas from a whole new perspective and taking part in activities inspired by the museum's new exhibit, "Texas From Above." The kid-friendly activities run through March 22. Drop in anytime between 10 a.m. to noon March 18-22. Free-$13. 1800 Congress Ave.