Free Week, Austin Home & Garden Show and more offer this week’s fun

12:00 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018 Things to Do
Estrella Saldaña and Joseph Garlock star in Mark Harelik’s “The Immigrant,” a tender Texas story coming to the Austin Playhouse stage. Contributed

1. 20th Annual Austin Home & Garden Show

2 to 7 p.m. Jan. 12, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Jan. 13 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 14. $8.50-$9.50. Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road. austinhomeandgardenshow.com.

A new year, a new house — or at least a newly improved house. The Austin Home & Garden Show is returning just in time for any projects you have planned for your living space and will have the latest in products and services for everything from pools to entertainment systems, plants and kitchenware. There will also be a couple of celebrity guests offering their expertise: Andy and Ashley Williams, stars of HGTV’s “Flip or Flop Fort Worth.” Kim Lewis, the lead designer behind ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” and founder of Kim Lewis Designs in Austin, will also make an appearance.

2. Free Week: Tomar and the FCs, Honey Made at Stubb’s

8 p.m. doors Jan. 7. Free. 801 Red River St. stubbsaustin.com.

Close out Free Week — the seven days or so of free live music shows at venues along the Red River Cultural District and beyond — with a double shot of soul. Former Austin360 Artists of the Month Tomar and the FCs drop a thrilling mix of rafter-rattling shack-shakers and heart-searing serenades. Honey Made is the new incarnation of the funky soul project formerly known as Mama K and the Shades. Jai Malano will also round out Free Week at Stubb’s. — Deborah Sengupta Stith

3. The Craft Series at the Driskill

6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 8. $40. 604 Brazos St. eventbrite.com/e/the-craft-series-at-1886-tickets-41328393337.

You can always count on a good monthly beer dinner at the Driskill Hotel’s 1886 Cafe & Bakery. January’s pairing features four delectable courses paired with four beers from Uncle Billy’s Brewery. Dishes include a red snapper crudo with the Barton Springs Pale Ale and a coffee-braised short rib with the seasonal Berdoll Brown Candied Pecan Ale. As always, you’ll reserve your seat at the Eventbrite link but won’t pay for the dinner until you’re there.

4. Juan Luis Jardí at Wally Workman Gallery

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday through Jan. 27. 1202 W. Sixth St. 512-472-7428, wallyworkmangallery.com.

Wally Workman Gallery is opening its first show with Barcelona-based artist Jardí, who uses a mix of magic realism with pop art and surrealism to illustrate the contrast in our lives and the doubts we are faced with as humans. With his work, he aims to provoke feelings of nostalgia, melancholy, loneliness and a sense of uneasiness — as well as more pleasant feelings of euphoria and calm. You’ll also notice his paintings provide a vintage perspective, a welcoming trip to the past.

5. “Tommy Wiseau’s ‘The Room’”

8 p.m. Jan. 10. $13-$15. Three theaters: Arbor, 9828 Great Hills Trail. Metropolitan, 901 Little Texas Lane. Pflugerville 20, 15436 FM 1825. fathomevents.com.

Thanks to the popularity of James Franco’s “The Disaster Artist,” currently in theaters, this infamous indie has received renewed appreciation. Once considered one of the worst films ever made, it will head to the big screen for just one night in nearly 500 movie theaters across the U.S., including three in Austin. “The Room,” a semi-autobiographical drama written, directed, produced by and starring Tommy Wiseau, is about a love triangle, though the film has many unrelated subplots.

6. “The Immigrant” at Austin Playhouse

8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 5 p.m. Sunday through Jan. 28. $32-$36. ACC’s Highland Campus, 6001 Airport Blvd. austinplayhouse.com.

After more than 25 years, Austin Playhouse is revisiting Texas playwright Mark Harelik’s true and tender-hearted tribute to his grandparents. “The Immigrant” is based on the true story of a young Russian-Jewish couple who entered America through the port of Galveston and sought refuge in a tiny Texas town in 1909. Haskell Harelik has only a fruit cart and a few words of English when he arrives in the small town, but he eventually is able to save up enough to send for his wife.

7. Rodney Carrington at Bass Concert Hall

7 p.m. Jan. 13. $44.75. 2350 Robert Dedman Drive. texasperformingarts.org.

The small Texas city of Longview has given us some pretty terrific things over the years: Matthew McConaughey, the Hands On A Hardbody contest, and musician and comedian Rodney Carrington. Country music traditionally has an easier time incorporating comedy within its genre than most others, and Carrington, having released eight major comedy album since the late ’90s, is no exception. He is touring the country sharing his latest album, “Here Comes The Truth.” — Brently Heilbron