1. Puppy Bowl 2020 with Yard Bar & Austin Humane Society
11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 2 to 5 p.m. Feb. 1. Free-$35. 124 W. Anderson Lane and 6700 Burnet Road. yardbar.com/events/puppy-bowl-2020
What could be better than Animal Planet’s “Puppy Bowl”? Well, how about seeing it happen live? The Austin Humane Society and Yard Bar have teamed up for a two-venue event this year, free for spectators to enjoy (there’s a fee if you want your pup to take to the gridiron). Yes, puppies will play football. An adoption event and tailgate party run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the humane society facility. The actual puppy bowl is at Yard Bar.
2. SoundSpace: Not Bad Muzak at the Blanton Museum
2 to 4 p.m. Jan. 26. $5-$12. The Blanton Museum, 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. blantonmuseum.org
What do elevator music, Baby Shark and sonic weapons have in common? They're all part of the 23rd edition of SoundSpace, the Blanton Museum’s award-winning experimental music series. Using elevator music as a point of departure, the program featuring a variety of artists will examine the aesthetics and implications of sounds that control, such as call center “hold” music.
3. An Evening with Jester King Brewery at Aviary Wine + Kitchen
6 to 8 p.m. and 9 to 11 p.m. Jan. 27. $125. 2110 S. Lamar Blvd. eventbrite.com/e/an-evening-with-jester-king-6-course-dinner-tickets-89629049901
Prepare for a feast providing “immeasurable feeling and flavor.” You’re invited to join the restaurant for two intimate seatings of 20 people while indulging in 6 different courses prepared by Aviary's own chef Andre Molina as well as the Jester King team of chefs Damien Brockway and Amanda Turner. Each course comes with a pairing of beer from the farmhouse-focused brewery.
4. The Haunting of the Tavern
7 p.m. Jan. 28 and Feb. 11 and 25. $60. The Tavern, 922 W. 12th St. tavernaustin.com/haunting-of-the-tavern
Did you know the Tavern is as haunted as it gets? Find out just how much with a hilarious murder mystery dinner that runs select Tuesday nights this winter. Current and former Esther's Follies cast members, along with other Austin comedians, will transform into a mystery-solving gang a la "Scooby-Doo" to solve what's really going on at the Tavern. There are five prospective endings to the show.
5. “A Night With Janis Joplin” with Zach Theatre
Opens Jan. 29. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through March 8. $30-$102. 202 S. Lamar Blvd. zachtheatre.org
The legendary queen of rock ’n’ roll explodes onto the stage in a concert experience that celebrates the Texas musical marvel, as well as shines a spotlight on the trailblazing female blues and soul vocalists who influenced her. “A Night With Janis Joplin” is packed with enduring hits like “Me and Bobby McGee,” “Mercedes Benz” and “Summertime,” plus hit songs by icons Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone, Etta James and more.
6. Tim Easton at Cactus Cafe
8:30 p.m. Jan. 30. $15-$18. 2247 Guadalupe St. cactuscafe.org
Few singer-songwriters exemplify the spirit of the traveling troubadour more than Easton, who first rose to prominence in the 1990s as leader of alt-country rockers the Haynes Boys. He busked on the streets of European capitals, lived in the Joshua Tree desert and become an honorary Alaskan before settling in Nashville — but he’s often back out there on the road. — Peter Blackstock
7. Shen Yun at the Long Center
7:30 p.m. Jan. 31, 2 and 7 p.m. Feb. 1, and 1 p.m. Feb. 2. $80-$180. 701 W. Riverside Dr. 512-474-5664, thelongcenter.org
Shen Yun brings to the stage the lost civilization of ancient China, pushing the boundaries of the performing arts. The dance troupe combines ancient legends with technological innovations and uses historically authentic costumes with breathtaking animated backdrops. Classical Chinese dance does the storytelling, sharing with audiences beautifully diverse ethnic and folk traditions.