1. HEB Free First Sunday at the Bullock Museum
Noon to 5 p.m. Jan. 7. Free. 1800 Congress Ave. thestoryoftexas.com.
The Bullock Museum’s afternoon of free admission this month will feature activities that celebrate Texas music and the arts, in addition to its regular exhibits about state history. January’s Free First Sunday doubles as the kickoff for Bernstein 100 Austin, a series of music-centric events that will culminate in June in a two-night performance of Leonard Bernstein’s “MASS,” during what would be the composer and conductor’s 100th birthday year. The Bullock Museum’s birthday kickoff will be filled with music, dance and birthday treats from Whataburger.
2. Esther’s Follies: January Jam
8 p.m. Thursdays, 8 and 10 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays in January. $25-$35. 525 E. Sixth St. 512-320-0198, esthersfollies.com.
2018 is starting strong, with lots of new sketches that gleefully skewer both sides of the political spectrum, pop culture and Texas at large. In “The Paul Ryan Workout,” Speaker of the House Paul Ryan tells the troupe how he’s going to trim the fat by cutting out everything that his party sees as unnecessary for good health. On the flip side, “New Year’s Resolution Blues” asks how Texans can stick to ours with the constant temptations of barbecue, Tex-Mex and craft beers.
3. Shen Yun at the Long Center
8 p.m. Jan. 5, 2 and 7 p.m. Jan. 6, and 1 and 6 p.m. Jan. 7. $84-$154. 701 W. Riverside Drive. 512-474-5664, thelongcenter.org.
A group of elite Chinese artists are bringing ancient Chinese culture to life on stage, pushing the boundaries of the performing arts in the process. Shen Yun combines ancient legends with technological innovations and historically accurate costumes with animated backdrops. The classical Chinese dance and enchanting orchestral music will tell the story, sharing the diverse ethnic and folk traditions that were largely lost in the modern era.
4. Juan Luis Jardí at Wally Workman Gallery
Opening reception 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 6. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday through Jan. 27. 1202 W. Sixth St. 512-472-7428, wallyworkmangallery.com.
Wally Workman Gallery is opening its first show with Barcelona-based artist Jardí, who uses a mix of magic realism with pop art and surrealism to illustrate the contrast in our lives and the doubts we are faced with as humans. With his work, he aims to provoke feelings of nostalgia, melancholy, loneliness and a sense of uneasiness — as well as more pleasant feelings of euphoria and calm. You’ll also notice his paintings provide a vintage perspective, a welcoming trip to the past.
5. The Hot Chocolate Run
8 a.m. Jan. 6. Free. Austin American-Statesman, 305 S. Congress Ave. cap10k.com/home-version-19/austin-10kr/hot-chocolate-run-loop/.
Ready to fulfill one of your New Year’s resolutions? The organizers of the spring’s Statesman Capitol 10,000, the largest 10K race in Texas, are hosting a run that will warm you up and prepare you for the major race. The Hot Chocolate Run is a creative 3-mile loop that will take you through scenic sides of downtown, including Republic Square Park, to get to the iconic statue of Willie Nelson at ACL Live and back. And, yes, there will be hot chocolate available, marshmallows optional.