Opens Jan. 14. Various times through Feb. 15. $12-$24 per event. Short Fringe: Hyde Park Theatre, 511 W. 43rd St. Long Fringe: Ground Floor Theatre, 979 Springdale Rd. hydeparktheatre.org
Produced by Hyde Park Theatre, FronteraFest is back with five weeks of alternative, offbeat, new and just plain off-the-wall fringe theater. The event features both the Short Fringe, with a new, unjuried bill of four or five plays no longer than 25 minutes every night, and the Long Fringe, which are longer productions (90 minutes or less) comprising everything from new works by emerging playwrights to cutting-edge choreography.
2. Barley Swine’s 4th Anniversary Celebration
5 p.m. Jan. 14-16. $65-$110. 6555 Burnet Road. facebook.com/pg/barleyswine/posts
The Bryce Gilmore-helmed restaurant celebrates four years on Burnet Road with a four-day discounted tasting menu. You can enjoy a decadent dinner curated by the seven-time James Beard finalist chef. The menu will feature a mix of new seasonal recipes and a few familiar favorites pulled from the Barley Swine hall of fame. A custom pairing option is available for an additional $45 per person.
3. ... And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead album release at Far Out Lounge
7 p.m. Jan. 14. $20. 8504 S. Congress Ave. facebook.com/TheFarOutLounge
The Austin-ish rock band’s new album, “X: The Godless Void and Other Stories,” is their first in five and a half years. According to our colleague Joe Gross, it’s also “their catchiest and most tuneful in forever, an obvious highlight of their now-25-year career.” The band will be playing as a five-piece, including founding members Conrad Keely and Jason Reece. Noise-rock three-piece Think No Think opens. — Deborah Sengupta Stith
4. Brooke Barker and Boaz Frankel at BookPeople
7 p.m. Jan. 14. Free-$12.95. 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com
Barker, a New York Times bestselling author, and Frankel, a talk show host, have collaborated on a book: “Let's Be Weird Together: A Book About Love.” The warm and humorous illustrated gift book celebrates both love and the delightfully bizarre quirks, habits and traditions that make each couple unique and crazy about each other — a perfect Valentine's gift or anytime love token that says, “We're weird, but I love it.”