Things to do in Austin the week of Feb. 2-8
1. “Picture Perfect” with the Austin Symphony
8 p.m. Feb. 7 and 8. $21-$79. Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive.austinsymphony.org/events/picture-perfect
The Austin Symphony Orchestra performs two of Antonio Vivaldi’s violin concertos, “Autumn” and “Winter,” from “The Four Seasons,” as well as Paul Hindemith’s “Mathis der Maler” and Modest Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition,” taking listeners on a musical journey that will wind outdoors into crisp fall air and back indoors for the “Exhibition.” Plus, visual artist Stephanie Busing will be displaying pictures on the big screen above the orchestra that inspired Mussorgsky’s masterpiece.
2. The Roosevelt Room's Bartending Master Class Series: Classic Cocktails 101
12 to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 2. $85. 307 W. Fifth St. eventbrite.com/e/the-roosevelt-rooms-bartending-master-class-series-classic-cocktails-101-tickets-87513510265
In this modern cocktail revival, it’s easy to forget about the drinks that parented the innovative creations being served behind bars today. In this introductory course, you’ll learn about the evolution of the cocktail, how important families of cocktails came into the fore and the history and origin of some of beloved classics. Enjoy three classic cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while getting a how-to.
3. “Spectrum: New Work” at Davis Gallery
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday through Feb. 22. 837 W. 12th St. 512-477-4929, davisgalleryaustin.com
Roi James' first solo exhibit in Austin in nearly a decade, at Davis Gallery, is a new collection of works ranging from brilliant, undulating polychrome constructs to delicate oil paintings contemplating the expanses of the open sea. Over the course of his career, James has boldly shifted his artistic vision, reinventing himself many times over and enjoying consistent success along the way.
4. 10th Annual Party on the Patio at Jack Allen’s Kitchen
6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 4. $150. 7720 W. Highway 71. facebook.com/events/730511650777672
For the 10th year running, Jack Allen’s host a benefit for the Lone Star Paralysis Foundation. A variety of fare will be on offer from the restaurant and sister spot Salt Traders Coastal Cooking. Expect drinks from Tito’s Vodka, Tequila 512, Garrison Brothers Distillery, Treaty Oak Distilling, Becker Vineyards and Thirsty Planet Brewing. Tunes from Duane and the Hipsters will keep the crowd dancing all night long.
5. Dashboard Confessional at Stubb’s outdoor
6 p.m. doors Feb. 5. $35. 801 Red River St.stubbsaustin.com
A flag-bearer for the emo genre — fitting, then, that their early Austin gigs were at Emo’s (in its Red River heyday) — Chris Carrabba’s band was prolific early on. Then came a long break before 2018’s “Crooked Shadows.” The band had continued to tour in the meantime, though locally their stops were largely at Cedar Park’s H-E-B Center. This time around, they’re back in the Red River District, which seems a better fit for their style and legacy. — Peter Blackstock
6. “The Man of Destiny” at Pioneer Farms
8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 5 p.m. Sunday, with no performance Feb. 16, through Feb. 29. $15-$25. 10621 Pioneer Farms Drive. thearchivetheater.org
The Archive Theater presents a new interactive theatrical experience set in the Napoleonic era. Travel back in time to a late-18th-century tavern, where a young Napoleon Bonaparte has paused for an evening’s rest after his first win at the Battle of Lodi. Listen to 18th-century music from live musicians, eat French and Italian delicacies, and play period tavern games as you watch the George Bernard Shaw comedy unfold.
7. Sweet Barks for Austin Pets Alive
12 to 6 p.m. Feb. 8. $15. The ABGB, 1305 W. Oltorf St.facebook.com/events/482208255818401
One of the ABGB’s biggest fundraisers of the year for charity partner Austin Pets Alive, Sweet Barks is all about celebrating our relationships with our real true loves — dogs. There will be a photographer taking pet portraits ($15, sign-ups required), adoptable dogs, doggy kissing booth, a “puppuccino” bar and donation-based drawing. Plus. the ABGB is releasing APA!APA! #14, a single-hopped American pale ale.