Durawa, Los Texmaniacs at El Mercado Backstage
6:30 p.m. doors Jan. 7. $7. 1302 South First St. austinbackstage.com.
A San Antonio native whose credentials include the Tex-Mex outfit Texas Tornados, drummer Ernie Durawa plays with his namesake band every Tuesday in the back room of El Mercado, which was redesigned a few years ago as a high-quality listening room for dinner shows. Durawa’s deep connections with Texas musicians allow him to bring in some high-quality guest artists. This week it’s San Antonio’s Grammy-winning Los Texmaniacs. — Peter Blackstock
Jack Allen’s Kitchen 10th Anniversary Party
5 to 10 p.m. Jan. 7. Free. 7720 W. Texas 71. facebook.com/events/456670755033133
The Jack Allen’s Kitchen crew is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the first location in Oak Hill. Held on the patio, the party will include happy hour drink specials, complimentary bites and a raffle. A live performance from Duane & the Hipsters will start at 6 p.m. to keep guests dancing all night long. Provide a donation upon entry or bring in a nonperishable item to be donated to the Central Texas Food Bank. Whoever donates will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win fun prizes.
Michael Barnes at BookPeople
7 p.m. Jan. 7. Free. 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com
American-Statesman columnist Michael Barnes has written a number of historical columns about Austin. The third volume of “Indelible Austin: Selected Histories” collects several dozen of them to offer a comprehensive look back at this city, using stories not often included in typical histories of our city. Themes covered include natural settings, older neighborhoods, ancestral families, how politics and culture collide, and interpretations of how Old and New Austin relate.
“Friends” Trivia with Get It Gals
5:30 to 9 p.m. Jan. 7. Free. 3120 Palm Way #170. facebook.com/events/836752033434458
Missing “Friends” now that the beloved 1990s sitcom has been taken off Netflix? Maybe a trivia night will serve some solace and bring you among like-minded folks. Play solo or bring a team of up to six. You’ll have a full food menu from Cyclone Anaya’s Tex-Mex Cantina, drink specials and a full bar. Get It Gals will be giving prizes out to the top teams. Trivia starts at 7 p.m.; early arrival is encouraged, as seats fill up fast.