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Free things to do in Austin the week of March 1-7

Arianna Auber
Musicians Christine Albert, right, is shutting down her regular Mystery Monday residency at El Mercado Backstage in March. [Ralph Barrera for STATESMAN]


Marissa Meyer at BookPeople. The New York Times bestselling young adult author hosts the Lunar Ever After book tour, showcasing new editions of the Lunar Chronicles series such as “Cinder” and “Cress.” Tickets are required to join the signing line, but the author talk is free at attend. 5 p.m. Sunday. 603 N. Lamar Blvd.


Mystery Monday with Christine Albert at El Mercado Backstage. Albert recently announced that Monday and March 9 will be the final nights for Mystery Monday, the weekly series she started seven years ago. Joining in this week will be Ulla, Javier Chapparo and Suzanna Choffel, with keyboardists Chris Gage and Chip Dolan supporting band fixtures Bobby Kallus on drums and David Carroll on bass. 7 p.m. Monday. Free. 1302 S. First St. — Peter Blackstock


Provision Grand Opening Party. The North Austin restaurant is finally celebrating its October opening with complimentary small bites, a taste of the refreshed beverage menu, a small roundup of local vendors including SunUp CBD. There will even be a few ex-players from the NFL Players Association to meet and greet. 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. 4200 B W. Braker Lane.

Insights: Live Bronze Pour & Sculpture Sponsor Launch. One of the Umlauf Sculpture Garden’s most popular events of the year, this Insights program is an opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at the lost wax-casting technique Charles Umlauf used for his bronze works. Deep In The Heart Art Foundry will go through the stages of creating a bronze sculpture, culminating in a live bronze pour. 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. 605 Azie Morton Drive.


Drunk Spelling Bee: March Madness 1 Year Anniversary. This event at Spider House Cafe and Ballroom is pretty simple: Watch as four comedians participate in drinking games, and given that Thursday is National Absinthe Day, this particular installment might be particularly over the top. 8 to 10 p.m. Thursday. 2908 Fruth St.


“On the Plight of the Primrose” opening reception. Dimension Gallery hosts a site-specific installation by local sculptor Laura Latimer, contemplating how future mutants might survive in fragmented ecosystems. 6 to 10 p.m. Friday. Through April 19. 979 Springdale Road, Suite 99.

Saturday, March 7

East Side Cool Party. One day, one party and 10 breweries — the third annual party at East Austin breweries including Oddwood Ales and Central Machine Works features one new beer at each spot, with the goal of benefiting Casa Marianella. There will also be a shuttle traveling between the breweries that you can snag a free ride on. 12 to 6 p.m. March 7. Multiple locations.