1. Chuy's Celebration of Elvis' 84th Birthday
11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Jan. 8. Free. Various locations. chuys.com/news/post/elviss-84th-birthday-bash.
Elvis Presley has become what the Chuy's franchise calls the "official patron saint of Chuy’s," thanks to an oversized velvet painting of the late singer hung up on its flagship location on Barton Springs Road. To celebrate his 84th birthday, all Austin-area Chuy's restaurants are inviting patrons to come dressed as Elvis — or as his partner Priscilla — and enjoy food and drink specials all day. Plus, Elvis will make live appearances at several locations, including Barton Springs and North Lamar.
2. Shack Track & Field
7 p.m. Jan. 8. Free. Shake Shack South Lamar, 1100 S. Lamar Blvd., and Shake Shack at the Domain, 11228 Domain Drive. stfatxjan.splashthat.com.
Shake Shack's Shack Track & Field hosts free community runs once a month, but January's workout is sure to be a big one with our New Year's resolutions still front of mind. Join other Austinites at either the South Austin or North Austin locations of Shake Shack and then on a 3 to 4 mile run. Once you're back at the restaurant, your first drink is complimentary, and you'll also receive a free massage, Shake Shack voucher and more.
3. Meet the Maker: Tequila 512
5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 8. Free. 3010 W. Anderson Lane, Suite D. facebook.com/events/362244557918349/.
Jack Allen's Kitchen brings in an Austin-based tequila brand for the sixth installment of the restaurant's popular boozy series highlighting various brewers, distillers and winemakers. During the event, you'll be able to meet the founder of Tequila 512, Scott Willis; sip on samples of each expression of the agave spirit, which is available in blanco, reposado and añejo; and receive some free swag to take home.
4. "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.