Things to do in Austin on Saturday, Feb. 1
Theater & dance
“Solo Symphony.” For the first time since its 2012 debut, Austin Symphony Orchestra conductor Peter Bay and Forklift Danceworks choreographer Allison Orr are teaming up for the remount of “Solo Symphony.” Accompanied by 13 musicians performing an original score by local composer Graham Reynolds, the dance features both Bay conducting and Bay performing movements based abstractly on his conducting gestures. 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. $28-$118. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org.
Shen Yun. Shen Yun brings to the stage the lost civilization of ancient China, pushing the boundaries of the performing arts. The dance troupe combines ancient legends with technological innovations and uses historically authentic costumes with breathtaking animated backdrops. Classical Chinese dance does the storytelling, sharing with audiences beautifully diverse ethnic and folk traditions. 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m. Sunday. $80-$180. 701 W. Riverside Drive. 512-474-5664, thelongcenter.org
Eric Johnson at Paramount Theatre. With a new album coming Feb. 28, Johnson is previewing some fresh material while also surveying his considerable career in a tour that’s titled “Classics: Present and Past.” His backing band includes two Austin aces: Roscoe Beck, renowned for his work with Leonard Cohen, and guitarist Dave Scher, who plays frequently in Austin’s jazz and songwriter venues when he’s not on the road. $20-$45. 8 p.m. Saturday. 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org. — Peter Blackstock
SAVOR Chocolate Tasting Experience: Aphrodite’s Delicacies with Delysia Chocolatier. At the start of the month of love, Delyisa hosts a special tasting filled with chocolate confections inspired by the grace and elegance of the Greek goddess Aphrodite. You can choose from a set menu curated by the chocolatier. Flavors include Dionysus drink chocolate truffle, rose petal chocolate truffle, and pomegranate sea salt brownie chocolate truffle. 11 a.m. Feb. 1, noon Feb. 2. $7. 2000 Windy Terrace. delysia.com.
Black History Month
Black History Month Block Party Kick-Off & First Saturday Event. Begin the George Washington Carver Museum’s annual Black History Month programming with a community block party. There will be music, food, games and the biggest line-dancing group (moving to the “Cha Cha Slide” and “Cupid Shuffle”) that can be created in front of the museum. The block party also features the Capital City Corvette Brothers showcasing their cars. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Free. George Washington Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina St. facebook.com/events/604281593696720
Faerie Tea Parties at Zilker Botanical Garden. Faeries are landing at the garden. Welcome them with the whole family and get prepared for the joys of springtime. Come dressed in your faerie best to one of the tea parties, where you can take home a plant to invite faeries into your own garden, enjoy refreshments with friends and look for signs of faerie landings throughout the garden. Register ahead of time to attend. 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and Feb. 22. $22-$24. 2220 Barton Springs Road. zilkergarden.org