1. FronteraFest 2019
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 Road. hydeparktheatre.org/site/index.html.
Your winter nights are about to heat up with the return of this collaboration between two of Austin's most venerated arts organizations: 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 to Feb. 2.
2. Family Day at the Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum
12 to 4 p.m. Jan. 13. Free. 605 Azie Morton Road. umlaufsculpture.org/family-day.
The Umlauf's monthly Family Day might be the ultimate way to spend your Sunday: exploring, creating and learning together with your family. There will be a full day of activities, such as a performance from Small Wonders Puppet Theater, children's yoga, a sing-along with the Armstrong Community Music School and hatsugama, or the first tea of the new year, with the Japan American Society of Greater Austin.
3. The Craft Series at 1886 Cafe & Bakery
6 to 9 p.m. Jan. 14. $45. The Driskill Hotel, 604 Brazos St. eventbrite.com/e/the-craft-series-at-1886-tickets-53633202352.
The beer dinner series at the Driskill is one of the most affordable — and most delicious — in town. For the winter installment, the Driftwood brewery Vista Brewing is pairing some of its most lauded beers with four courses from the 1886 culinary team. Expect pairings such as the DreamWeaver Braggot (a beer and mead hybrid) with fried chicken thighs. Reserve your spot ahead of time, but you won't pay until after the dinner.
4. The Art of Tarot: A Monthly Series
7:30 p.m. Jan. 16. $15. Charm School Vintage, 1111 E. 11th St. Ste. 150. dojour.us/e/10110-tarot-series-with-sound-sight-tarot.
Synthesizing tarot readings into a clear and concise message can be a struggle. For the first the Art of Tarot installment, learn how to find narrative in the cards. Most have up to six different possible interpretations, and all of them can change depending on the context of the position. But with the help of the instructor, you'll gain a concise interpretation no matter whether you're a novice or experienced reader.
5. Sip & Shuck at Fairmont Austin
5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 17. Free. 101 Red River St. facebook.com/events/223852638546375/.
Oysters and booze can be a great way to wind down the week. Every third Thursday, Fulton Bar at the Fairmont features oyster pairings with drink specials. This month, enjoy champagne and cocktails made with Treaty Oak Distilling's Waterloo Yaupon Gin and Waterloo Antique Gin. A portion of the proceeds from the happy hour benefit the Austin Food & Wine Alliance.
6. "Gaslight (Angel Street)" with Way Off Broadway Community Players
8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with Sunday matinee 3 p.m. Jan. 13, through Jan. 26. $10-$20. 11880 Hero Way West, Building 4, Leander. wobcp.org.
A Broadway hit first produced on the West End under the title “Gaslight” and filmed twice, “Angel Street” tells the diabolical story of the Manninghams, who live on Angel Street in 19th century London. As the curtain rises, all appears to be the essence of Victorian tranquility. It is soon apparent, however, that nothing could be further from the truth in this suspenseful play about a man driving his gentle wife to the brink of insanity.
7. "Past and Present" at the Davis Gallery
Opening reception 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 19. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday through Feb. 23. 837 W. 12th St. davisgalleryaustincom.
Randall Reid's retrospective exhibit explores his nearly four decades as a visual artist. Throughout his life, Reid has measured and interpreted the elemental qualities of his surroundings. As a boy, he would record his local weather, the temperature, and linear distances in the wide-open prairies and grasslands of Northern Texas. As an artist, Reid has continued to ask the same questions that captured his young imagination.