The Craft Series at the Driskill. You can always count on a good monthly beer dinner at the Driskill Hotel’s 1886 Cafe & Bakery. January’s pairing features four delectable courses paired with four beers from Uncle Billy’s Brewery. Dishes include a red snapper crudo with the Barton Springs Pale Ale and a coffee-braised short rib with the seasonal Berdoll Brown Candied Pecan Ale. As always, you’ll reserve your seat at the Eventbrite link but won’t pay for the dinner until you’re there. 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 8. $40. 604 Brazos St. eventbrite.com/e/the-craft-series-at-1886-tickets-41328393337.
Cooking Class: Manty at Russian House. Want to learn how to make classic Russian cuisine in the new year? The Russian House downtown is offering a series of cooking classes focusing on a new dish each time. This class will teach you how to make manty, dumplings popular in most Turkic cuisines as well as in the Caucasian region. Nowadays, manty is also consumed throughout Russian and other post-Soviet republics. Russian House’s chef will share his secret recipe. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 8. $10. 307 E. Fifth St. eventbrite.com/e/cooking-class-manty-tickets-41546027286.
Pints and Poses at Hyatt Regency Austin. Start your year off with zen and a little balance in the form of yoga and a pint of beer. The monthly vinyasa flow yoga class returns with live meditative music from local yoga DJ Trey Tarwater and instruction by Ferny Barcelo and Zuzu Perkal. (Bring your own mat.) Following the class, participants will receive a coupon for a complimentary draft beer at Hyatt Regency Austin’s Marker 10 Bar. 6:30 p.m. Jan. 8. Free. 208 Barton Springs Road. 512-477-1234, austin.hyatt.com
“Good Days & Bad Days on the Internet” at Women and Their Work. In this solo show, which only has a few days left at the gallery, artist Rachel Stuckey dissects the emotional pull of technology using video, site-specific projection and custom software. She draws inspiration from out-of-date 1980s computers as well as passionate YouTube users and truly unusual content found on the deep web. You’ll notice the exhibit shift tonally from parody to dark abstraction as Stuckey addresses our mixed feelings on technology, from the heartache of a shattered screen to the therapeutic use of mindless videos. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 8-11. 1710 Lavaca St. 512-477-1064, womenandtheirwork.org.
Melissa Hartwig at BookPeople. The co-creator of Whole30 is spreading the word about her new cookbook, published in time for all the New Year’s lifestyle changes you might be making, including eating with the Whole30 philosophy in mind. “The Whole30: Fast & Easy” is packed with 150 recipes suited for weeknight cooking, lunches in a hurry and hearty breakfasts that will still get you out the door in time. Tickets are required for the signing line and are only available with the purchase of a copy of Hartwig’s book. 7 p.m. Jan. 12. Free. 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
“Orphans” at Hideout Theatre. “Orphans! The Improvised Orphan Musical” follows a ragtag group of grime-streaked yet adorable orphaned kids and teens at the turn of the 20th century. In this completely improvised show, the kids will navigate a filthy industrial world filled with snarling coppers, careless caregivers and vengeful villains. “Orphans!” features a different big city in each performance as well as high-energy song and dance numbers. 8 p.m. Saturdays through March 3. $15. 617 Congress Ave. hideouttheatre.com.