Books


AtCentral: Carmen Maria Machado. The Austin Central Library hosts a reading and conversation with National Book Award finalist Machado about her new memoir, “In the Dream House.” It’s an engrossing and wildly innovative account of a relationship gone bad. Machado will sign books following the program. Books will be available for purchase through BookPeople. 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 28. Free. 710 W. Cesar Chavez St. eventbrite.com/e/atcentral-carmen-maria-machado-in-the-dream-house-tickets-88508167311


Nightlife


The 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. 7 p.m. Jan. 28 and Feb. 11 and 25. $60. The Tavern, 922 W. 12th St. tavernaustin.com/haunting-of-the-tavern


Music


Midday Music: Sounds of the Saxophone at the Blanton Museum. Enjoy music on your lunch break. At this Blanton Museum concert, you’ll hear a medley of saxophone offerings, including a chamber ensemble composed of flute, clarinet, oboe, saxophone, bassoon and horn, led by saxophonist Kyle Blake Jones, and a saxophone quartet comprised of members of The University of Texas at Austin Butler School of Music Saxophone Studio, known as the Inan Quartet. 12 p.m. Jan 28. $5-$12. 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. blantonmuseum.org


Dining


January Wine Dinner at Andiamo Ristorante. Grab your passport and come away with Andiamo to northeastern Italy. Professional sommelier PierGiorgio Manna will take you on a culinary journey of the Veneto region via a four-course dinner and wine pairings. Veneto is a renowned wine-producing area with several famous Italian varieties, both red and white. Reservations are required. Reserve your spot by emailing andiamoitaliano@gmail.com or by calling 512-719-3377. 7 p.m. Jan. 28. $75. 2521 Rutland Drive. andiamoitaliano.com/events


Art


“Prize Expanded” at the Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum. Artist Ling-lin Ku is the winner of the Umlauf’s “Prize Expanded.” She uses digital fabrication techniques to play with scale, proximity and textures of everyday items, which evade categorization, thereby upending our relationship to the known. The exhibit was organized to address Austin’s ongoing need for emerging artist support. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through April 5. 605 Azie Morton Road. umlaufsculpture.org