It's been 20 years since Troma last paid one of its signature visits to this school by a nuclear power plant, but the the student body has become no less strange and mutated in the interim. Lloyd Kaufman, the film director and legendary Troma founder, will be present for a midnight Q&A. advance tickets $7, at door $12
This 11th annual event includes a curated multi-disciplinary experience spanning two locations: Women & Their Work and the Scottish Rite Theater. What you'll experience is food, film, light sculpture, oil paintings, prints, pastels, aerial dance, live music, performance art, and more as you move from space to space. Featured performances by Sky Candy and Luna Tart. Bonus: The unveiling of Denise Prince's new work and an electrofunky afterparty. Recommended! Sat., Feb. 22, 7pm (2014), $45
Huston-Tillotson invites the whole family to the culminating celebration of Black History Month. The event features vendors, a kids' zone, food, a health fair, live entertainment from Howard Hewitt, and more. Bring your two-wheeler for a bike ride with Austin Mayor Pro-tem Sheryl Cole. 1-5pm. Free.
Huston-Tillotson University, 900 Chicon, 512/222-7118
The best mouth-warmers in town go face-to-face, literally, as their prodigious fuzz is judged on style, size, and shape. The aptly named Matt Bearden hosts with the party kicking off early at 1pm and returning for the main event at 7:30pm. 7:30pm. $10.
Mohawk, 912 Red River, 512/482-8404
It's the 21st year for this renowned national gathering of talented jugglers (and unicyclists and yo-yo champions and more). Workshops, games, vendors, and more – all culminating in a mind-boggling public (and free) performance on Saturday night at 7:30pm. Fri.-Sun., Feb. 21-23.
Texas School for the Deaf, 1102 S. Congress, 512/850-6641
Get out your corsets and chain-mail and join the fun and fantasy in the medieval village with scads of performances each day, plus food, shopping, live music, and unparalleled people watching. Weekends, Feb. 8-March 30, 10am-dusk. $20 ($10, kids).
Sherwood Forest Faire, 1883 Old Hwy. 20, McDade
gathers winning student projects from schools all around Central Texas. Wed.-Sat., Feb. 19-22.
Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd.
Bring the kiddiest of kids (ages 3 and younger) for a playdate including storytime, a sing-along, the Little Explorer’s Lab, and more childish and educational antics. Saturdays, 9am-noon. $4.50.
Thinkery, 1830 Simond, 512/469-6200
This is an Indian take on Little Red Riding Hood told through a combination of puppetry, Bollywood dance, comedy, live music, and more. Sat., Feb. 8 & 22, 11am & 1pm; Sun., Feb. 9 & 23, 12:30 & 2:30pm; Sun., Feb. 16, 1:30 & 3:30pm. $9 ($6, kids).
Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th, 512/472-5436
The classic Seuss tale comes to life onstage complete with the siblings, Thing 1 and 2, and, of course, the infamous cat. Recommended for kids over the age of 3. Saturdays through May 3, 11am & 2pm. $16 ($14, kids).
Zach Theatre's Kleberg Stage, 1421 W. Riverside, 512/476-0541
Enjoy bacon-centric bites paired with craft brews from notable local chefs, food artisans, and craft brewers, plus a whole hog butchering demo from Salt & Time. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Capital Area Food Bank. 2:30-5pm. $40.
The Marchesa Hall & Theatre, 6406 N. I-35, 512/441-3971
The 10th annual That Takes the Cake! Sugar Arts Show will include decorating classes and demos for all skill levels, live decorating competitions, cake competitions at all levels judged by experts, vendor booths, and more. Tickets available at door. Sat.-Sun., Feb. 22-23. $12 ($20/weekend).
Highland Mall, 6001 Airport
The Celtic Cowboys are recruiting for spots on their Gaelic football, hurling, and camogie (?) squads. Learn a little bit about the sports by watching it in action. 11am. Free.
Onion Creek Soccer Complex, 512/404-2332
Last year’s Texas Rollergirls championship bout was one for the ages. The Honky Tonk Heartbreakers had the reputation as the nicest team on the track, but for years that hadn’t translated into championship gold – until 2013, when they took down the seemingly unstoppable Hotrod Honeys in a nerve-wracking 204-199 victory. That meant the Honeys continued their three-year streak in the silver medal slot, and they’ll still be fuming about that loss this weekend when they get their traditional season-opening rematch. In the evening’s first bout, the resurgent Hustlers take on last year’s third place team the Hell Marys. Their bronze medal battle last time was as tense as the title fight, with the Hustlers finally finding the spark that had gone out after their 2011 championship. Will their innovative tactics and good spirits win out against the smart team play that has become the Hells’ trademark? 5:15pm. $15 ($12, advance; $5, kids).
Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez, 512/404-4000
Vs. Stanford: Fri., Feb. 21, 6pm; Sat., Feb. 22, 2pm; Sun., Feb. 23, 1pm. Vs. UT–Pan American: Tue., Feb. 25, 4:30pm. $4-10.
Disch-Falk Field, 1300 E. MLK, 512/471-5732