KUTX presents the Breaks Live with Doeman at Empire. Hosts Confucius Jones and Fresh from the KUTX Saturday night hip-hop show, the Breaks, launch a new residency gig that features live performances and interviews with hip-hop artists. The jump off features “Barrio God,” Doeman, a Houston rapper who’s shaking up the national conversation about Latino rap with his militant street flow. Free before 10 p.m. with R.S.V.P, $5 after 10 p.m. Jan. 8. 606 E. Seventh St. kutx.org. — Deborah Sengupta Stith
Turk Pipkin at BookPeople. Christmas might be over, but Pipkin has one last gift for Austinites: the long-anticipated sequel to his Christmas novel, "When Angels Sing" (which was made into the film "Angels Sing" starring Harry Connick Jr., Connie Britton, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson). The new book, "A Christmas Song," is the holiday story for our times. Pipkin will give a talk before signing copies of the book. 7 p.m. Jan. 10. Free. 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
"Variation Voyage" with the Austin Symphony Orchestra. The Austin Symphony begins 2019 with music from around the world. Your night out will include music from Charles Ives and Antonín Dvorák. Plus, legendary pianist Leon Fleisher will perform Mozart’s "Piano Concerto No. 12." The evening will conclude with Benjamin Britten’s popular "Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell," more commonly known as “The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.” 8 p.m. Jan. 11-12. $19-$75. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Dr. austinsymphony.org.
Austin Home & Garden Show. Have home improvement projects you're wanting to work on in the new year? Get them started in one weekend. At the Austin Home & Garden Show, you'll find the latest products and services for your home and landscape: builders, remodelers, decks, pools, spas, entertainment systems, storage solutions, all kinds of plants, kitchenware and so much more. Plus, celebrity guest John Gidding will make an appearance. 2 to 7 p.m. Jan. 11, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Jan. 12 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 13. $8.50. Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez St. showtechnology.com/event/annual-austin-home-garden-show/.
"Despite It All" at the Dougherty Arts Center. Artist Dave McClinton will display his digital collages at a solo show that aims to engage the viewer in emotional conversations centered around race, identity and American culture. In "Despite It All," the works illustrate the inner life of a black person, from innocent to informed, and how the weight of American history can either crush or harden a person. Opening reception 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 11. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday through Feb. 9. austintexas.gov/dacevents.