Beer & Board Games at Easy Tiger. Have you been to the new Linc location of the popular local beer garden? Now's a good time, with the arrival of Easy Tiger's first Beers & Board Games night. Settle in with $4 Austin Beerworks Flavor Country, Live Oak Pilz and St Elmo Carl drafts — and enter a raffle to win a board game or Easy Tiger Mug Club membership. Games include Splendor, Sagrada and King of Tokyo. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 15. Free. 6406 N. Interstate 35 #1000. facebook.com/events/272458266765649/.
Astronomy on Tap. The first Astronomy on Tap of the new year, a monthly event, will explore the universe from earth and transport everyone to exoplanets and distant galaxies. You'll learn how and where to see fantastic objects in the sky around Austin and observe the intricate structure of planet-forming disks, among other things. Astronomy on Tap also will have telescopes so you can look for objects in the night sky, weather permitting. 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Jan. 15. Free. The North Door. 502 Brushy St. astronomyontap.org.
"Seeing Through Darkness" at Wally Workman Gallery. 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. 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.
Theater & dance
FronteraFest 2019. Your winter nights are about to heat up with the return of this unique collaboration between Hyde Park Theatre and ScriptWorks. FronteraFest has become one of the largest fringe festivals in the region, offering the spotlight to artists, actors, musicians, poets and performers of all kinds. The Short Fringe, showcasing pieces 25 minutes or less, kicks off first and runs the duration of the fest; the Long Fringe runs from Jan. 21-Feb. 2. 8 p.m. Jan. 15-19; additional times through Feb. 16. $18-$60. Hyde Park Theatre, 511 W. 43rd St.; Ground Floor Theatre, 97 Springdale Rd. hydeparktheatre.org/site/index.html.
"Paradise." Austin Playhouse debuts the regional premiere of a new bluegrass musical about a down-on-its-luck Southern coal mining town. Paradise, as it's called, gets a big dose of reality when a charismatic preacher, saucy stripper and greedy Hollywood production company show up to create their own versions of the American dream. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday through Feb. 3. $20-$40. 6001 Airport Blvd. austinplayhouse.com/paradise.