- Arianna Auber American-Statesman Staff
1. Honk! TX Kaleidescope of Brass at North Door
8:30 p.m. Jan. 20. $10 suggested donation. 501 Brushy St. honktx.org.
The best little street band fest in Texas is a free-spirited, family-friendly affair set to march through the city April 6-8 and sweep away any lingering corporate-sponsored cynicism leftover from Austin’s March madness. But the volunteer-run event is produced on a shoestring budget. This fundraiser presents a blockbuster bill of brass bands headlined by the madcap Minor Mishap Marching Band and including the Dead Music Capital Band, the Mazel Tov Kocktail Hour and many more. Suggested attire: colorful tutus, bright wigs and many-colored robes. — Deborah Sengupta Stith
2. Third Thursday at the Blanton Museum of Art
10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 18. Free. 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. blantonmuseum.org.
You’ll have all day to explore the museum and get your fill of art, music and inspiration completely for free. January’s Third Thursday will be filled with art-related activities; check the schedule to decide when to arrive. Among the events is a 5:30 p.m. concert, part of the Blanton’s Beat the Rush music series and featuring the works of four visiting composers. There will also be an artists’ talk, a public tour and more, including the current exhibit, “Line Form Color.”
3. “Age of Aquarius” with the Austin Chamber Music Center
7:30 p.m. Jan. 19 and 20. $12-$80. Friday: Private residence. Saturday: First Presbyterian Church, 8001 Mesa Drive. austinchambermusic.org.
The Austin Chamber Music Center will play the third astrology-centered program of the Dal Segno season. At each show, artistic director Michelle Schumann reveals the horoscope signs of quintessential chamber music composers, combining stories about their personalities with chamber works that show off their most expressive traits. This show will feature works from three composers who were all born during the Aquarius sign: Mozart, Schubert and Mendelssohn.
4. Banger’s Barrel Bonanza Smokeout 2.0
11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Jan. 20. Free. 79 Rainey St. facebook.com/events/140850676579304/.
Beer is great. Let it age for awhile in a previously used barrel, and it can get even better. Banger’s is celebrating the glory of barrel-aged beers with this all-day Barrel Bonanza, for which Chef Tex Prater will be cooking up one of his epic smoke-outs. He’ll provide pulled pork, baked beans, Southern greens, coleslaw and barbecue sauce. On tap will be a variety of matured beer, including Founders Brewing CBS, Bell’s Brewery Black Note, Jester King Brewery El Cedro and many more.
5. Good Mourning Brunch: “Terms of Endearment”
12:30 p.m. Jan. 21. $9.50. Alamo Ritz, 320 E. Sixth St. drafthouse.com.
The Alamo Drafthouse’s Good Mourning Brunch series was created with the idea that sometimes we all just need a good cry. Each month, the Alamo will screen a film that might make you tear up but also leave you feeling rejuvenated when you leave the theater — which might be exactly what happens with January’s showing of “Terms of Endearment.” Starring Debra Winger, Shirley MacLaine and Jack Nicholson, it’s about a widowed mom and her daughter with a complicated relationship.