1. “Hello, Dolly”
8 p.m. Jan. 21-25; 2 p.m. Jan. 25; and 1 and 7 p.m. Jan. 26. $30-$135. Bass Concert Hall, 2350 Robert Dedman Drive. texasperformingarts.org.
After receiving raves on Broadway and winning four Tony Awards, this “Hello, Dolly!” production is now touring America, paying tribute to the original work of legendary director and choreographer Gower Champion — hailed as one of the greatest stagings in musical theater history. The musical follows the story of Dolly Gallagher Levi, a strong-willed matchmaker, as she travels to Yonkers to find a match for the miserly Horace Vandergelder.
2. From Austin to Australia at Fairweather Cider
2 to 5 p.m. Jan. 19. Free. 10609 Metric Blvd. Ste. 108. facebook.com/events/1005437846505905/
Australia still burns as a result of bush fires. The country will continue to burn thanks to the effects of the climate change, summer only beginning and other factors. In response, Fairweather Cider is throwing an emergency disaster relief silent auction. Donations and money from the auction will go directly to the firefighters of New South Wales and Victoria and WIRES, a wildlife rescue. Cider and wine will be available in the taproom.
3. Ransom Riggs at BookPeople
7 p.m. Jan. 20. Free-$22.99. 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Riggs will talk about and sign the fifth book, “The Conference of Birds,” in the nationally bestselling “Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children” series. Tickets are required to join the signing line and are only available with a purchase of the $22.99 book; the talk is completely free. You’re encouraged to come in a costume befitting the world of the Peculiars and join the costume contest for the chance to win prizes.
4. Poetry on the Plaza: The Words of Daniel Johnston
12 p.m. Jan. 22. Free. Harry Ransom Center, 300 W. 21st St. hrc.utexas.edu/events.
Commemorate the birthday of late artist and musician Daniel Johnston with the Harry Ransom Center and the Hi, How Are You Project. Musicians Tunde Adebimpe, Ethan Azarian Music and Kendra Sells will read and perform a selection of his poetry and songs, all just a block away from Johnston's famed Austin mural Jeremiah the Innocent, which features the now-famous greeting “Hi, How Are You.”
5. Mandolin Orange at ACL Live
8 p.m. Jan. 23. $24.50-$39.50. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. acl-live.com
A decade ago, this husband-wife team of Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz were aspiring upstarts who made beautiful music with fiddle, mandolin, guitar and lovely vocal harmonies. It seemed like an uphill battle, trying to bring such subtly engaging sounds to a mass audience. But by 2014, they’d started playing small club gigs in Austin. With each successive record, the venues grew bigger, and festivals grew hip to them as well. Now this little band that could is headlining the city’s marquee downtown venue. — Peter Blackstock
6. APL After Dark: Time Warp
7:30 to 10 p.m. Jan. 24. $7. Austin Central Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez St. eventbrite.com/e/apl-after-dark-time-warp-tickets-87965365777
This edition of the popular APL After Dark series celebrates eras of the past and future as we head into the new decade of 2020. Learn about genealogy research, celebrate your favorite historical figures, enjoy crafts from different time periods, experience history-themed virtual reality and more. A cash bar will be available, but food won’t be served.
7. Chinese New Year at Lefty’s Brick Bar
8 p.m. Jan. 25. $45-$55. ARRIVE East Austin Hotel, 1813 E. Sixth St. eventbrite.com/e/chinese-new-year-leftys-brick-bar-tickets-88604555611
The outdoor eatery at one of Austin’s newest hotels hosts a Chinese New Year party that Lefty’s is calling “an all-you-can-consume rager of epic proportions. We're slinging bottomless Tiki cocktails and endless Chinese-American eats along with numerous surprises along the way.” Cocktails include the Scorpion with Caņa Brava rum, brandy, orgeat, lemon and orange. The upstairs Gin Bar is also throwing a Lunar New Year bash.