1. H-E-B Free First Sunday at the Bullock Museum
12 to 5 p.m. Jan. 6. Free. 1800 Congress Ave. thestoryoftexas.com.
Take a journey through more than 16,000 years of Texas history in the newly re-opened Becoming Texas gallery. The whole family can explore the gallery and take part in activities that bring history to life. These activities include creating a quilt square showing off what Texas means to you, painting with natural pigments and materials, learning more about the bison herd from the Lyndon B. Johnson State Park, and exploring timber from a Spanish shipwreck. The other levels of the Bullock are also open for exploration.
2. Russian Orthodox Christmas at Russian House
4 to 9 p.m. Jan. 7. Free-$35. 307 E. Fifth St. eventbrite.com/e/all-you-can-eat-buffet-on-russian-orthodox-christmas-tickets-54155950907.
You don't have to be sad about tossing your Christmas tree to the curb just yet. Russian House is offering one more chance to celebrate the holiday because, according to the Orthodox calendar, it has arrived anew. The restaurant will have an all-you-can-eat buffet in honor of Orthodox Christmas, as well as fortune telling and Russian music. Get your tickets to the buffet in advance through the Eventbrite link.
3. "Seeing Through Darkness" at Wally Workman Gallery
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 12 to 4 p.m. Sunday through Jan. 26. 1202 W. Sixth St. 512-472-7428, wallyworkmangallery.com.
Wally Workman hosts a new show with Austin-based painter Eliza Thomas. Working with ink on kozo paper, Thomas explores the beauty of decay, finding a nuanced strength present in deterioration and the quiet moments that result from its study. It is this dynamic of strength and unexpected calm that dominates Thomas’ large scale works. Her pieces have been shown in solo and group exhibits across the country.
4. Blue Owl Brewing Dinner at 24 Diner
6:30 p.m. Jan. 9. $48. 600 N. Lamar Blvd. eventbrite.com/e/24-diner-blue-owl-brewing-beer-dinner-tickets-54143849712.
24 Diner's beer dinner series restarts in the new year with a collaborative feast featuring sour beers from locally based Blue Owl Brewing. Join the teams from these two Austin businesses for a five-course, family-style meal pairing Blue Owl brews with seasonal menu items — pairings include a Cubano sandwich with Spirit Animal, a sour pale ale, and a walnut bourbon blondie with Wee Beastie, a sour wee heavy.
5. Cracker, Camper Van Beethoven at 3Ten
8 p.m. Jan. 10. $29.50-$33. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. 3tenaustin.com.
David Lowery does double duty on this night featuring the music of his beloved 1980s underground band Camper Van Beethoven as well as its 1990s successor Cracker, who broke through with a couple of modern-rock radio hits. Now a professor at the University of Georgia and a leading advocate for musicians’ rights in the digital age, Lowery still prioritizes making music with his longtime bandmates whenever time allows. — Peter Blackstock
6. Different Stages' "The Magic Fire"
Opens Jan. 11. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday through Feb. 2. $15-$30. Trinity Street Playhouse, 901 Trinity St. differentstagestheatre.org.
Different Stages produces Lillian Groag's warm and amusing play about a young woman growing up in a family of European immigrants. They surround themselves with a "magic fire" of art to fend off the unpleasant realities of Juan Peron’s Argentina in the years after World War II. By turns funny, loving and politically alarming, "The Magic Fire" weaves a spell of tango and opera, treasured memories and hidden truths.
7. Austin Catio Tour
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 12. Free; $10 suggested donation. Various locations. eventbrite.com/e/austins-2019-catio-tour-tickets-53541620428.
This popular exploration of outdoor cat enclosures, or "catios," returns for another year. The self-guided tour produced by Travis Audubon seeks to inspire cat owners to build or buy their own outdoor cat enclosure so their feline friends can enjoy safe outdoor time, getting exercise and snoozing in the sun. Throughout the tour, you'll see backyard screened spaces ranging from DIY to designer. You'll get a map before the event.