Things to do in Austin the week of March 1-7
1. “March Madness” with the Austin Symphony Orchestra
8 p.m. March 6-7. $21-$79. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. austinsymphony.org
There are no basketballs involved in this March Madness. Instead, imagine which classical music composer could win if they go note-to-note against each other. Composers Elgar, Chopin and Tchaikovsky, to name a few, wrote bracket-worthy marches from different places around the world, and we can hear them live courtesy the Austin Symphony. Brahms’ Double Concerto in A Minor, featuring violinist Vadim Gluzman and cellist Wendy Warner, will also play.
2. Brooklyn Breakfast Shop Pop-up at Bar Peached
10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. March 1. Free. 1315 W. Sixth St. barpeached.com
A Peached Tortilla alum, Brooklyn Breakfast Shop founder and chef Ryan Rosen will return to his roots for a special brunch collaboration with Bar Peached. In addition to the regular Bar Peached brunch menu, there will be a special menu marrying the scratch-made New York City-style eats from Rosen’s farm-to-trailer food truck with Peached’s signature take on Asian fusion, with dishes such as confit duck hash.
3. Mystery Monday with Christine Albert at El Mercado Backstage
7 p.m. March 2. Free. 1302 South First St. austinbackstage.com
Albert recently announced that March 2 and 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. Next week’s finale will feature Butch Hancock and Jimmie Dale Gilmore. — Peter Blackstock
4. “Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet”
7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday through March 8. $15-$26. Oscar G. Brockett Theatre, 300 E. 23rd St. theatredance.utexas.edu
Days before Hurricane Katrina strikes the housing projects of Louisiana, the currents of 16-year-old Marcus’ life converge, overflowing into his close-knit community and launching the search for his sexual and personal identity in a cultural landscape infused with mysterious family creeds. The University of Texas Department of Theatre and Dance stages this fiercely humorous coming-of-age story.
5. Provision Grand Opening Party
4 to 8 p.m. March 4. Free. 4200 B W. Braker Lane.facebook.com/events/1311344459074311
The North Austin restaurant might have opened in October, but it’s only getting around to a proper celebration now. At the grand opening party, there will be complimentary small bites, a taste of the refreshed beverage menu and a small roundup of local vendors including SunUp CBD and Spread & Co with their own goods. There will even be a few ex-players from the NFL Players Association to meet and greet.
6. “The Return of Draw Egan” screening with Montopolis
7 p.m. March 5. $13. The Alamo Ritz, 320 E. Sixth St.drafthouse.com
The classic silent western featuring the music of Ennio Morricone will be performed live by chamber rock outfit Montopolis. 2013's Funniest Person in Austin, comedian Mac Blake, has rewritten the movie in the irreverent and absurdist style typical of his work with Master Pancake Theater. In it, notorious bandit Draw Egan makes a name for himself as a lawman in the town of Yellow Dog. The screening is a rowdy good time.
7. Hi Sign Brewing 3rd Anniversary Party
12 to 10 p.m. March 7. Free. 1201 Bastrop Highway.facebook.com/events/241075096920882
Celebrate three years of beer at this East Austin brewery. Hi Sign will have some special beer releases for the anniversary, as always, including new Garrison Brothers barrel-aged beers, older anniversary beers and fresh collaborations with the founders of the upcoming Meanwhile Brewing. Resident food truck WHOA BBQ and additional local community vendors will be on-site. DJ Gatsby starts spinning at 12:30 p.m.