Virtual events in February: Paramount Theatre hosts virtual discussion with Margaret Atwood and more

The Paramount Theatre will host a virtual discussion with author Margaret Atwood on Feb. 12. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
The Paramount Theatre will host a virtual discussion with author Margaret Atwood on Feb. 12. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Paramount Theatre will host a virtual discussion with author Margaret Atwood on Feb. 12. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)

February virtual events from local organizations include an online lecture series hosted by the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas and the annual fundraiser for the Austin History Center Association.

Feb. 4 and 11

‘Focus on the Future’ webinar hosted by UT’s McCombs School of Business


The annual discussion series spotlighting industry and talking to experts in their fields goes virtual this year. Topics for the series hosted by McCombs School interim Dean Lillian Mills include health care Feb. 4 and technology and innovation Feb. 11. Noon. Free. 512-471-5921. www.mccombs.utexas.edu

Feb. 5


Austin History Center’s Angelina Eberly Celebration


The Austin History Center Association presents its annual fundraiser, which is moving online this year. The virtual event features the play “All Aboard! The Train Arrives in Austin,” written by local playwright Paullette MacDougal, which dramatizes the arrival of the first train in Austin in 1871. The annual event is named for Eberly, an innkeeper who fired a cannon shot in 1842 to start off the “Archives War,” alerting residents that rangers sent by president Sam Houston were taking official archives in an effort to move the capital from Austin to Houston. Noon. $75-$100.512-270-0132. www.austinhistory.net

Feb. 6 and 13

‘The Science of Pollination’ online class


This class for gardeners from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is hosted by Alice LeDuc, adjunct professor of horticulture at Texas State University. She will help gardeners learn how plants have adapted to attract pollinators and how gardeners can bring more butterflies and bees to their gardens. 1-3 p.m. $40. www.wildflower.org

Feb. 12

The Paramount Theatre hosts a virtual discussion with Margaret Atwood


Atwood, the author of books such as The Handmaid’s Tale and Alias Grace, will discuss her work in the context of current events in this event moderated by Emily Ramshaw of online news organization The 19th. 7 p.m. $15-$30. 512-472-5470. www.austintheatre.org