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The first weekend in 2019 brings Harry Potter film fest and more

Arianna Auber
aauber@statesman.com
Watch all of the Harry Potter films during Blue Starlite's returning Harry Potter festival. [Contributed by Warner Bros.]

1. Harry Potter Drive-in Fest 2019

7 p.m. Jan. 3. $10-$40. Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive In, 2103 E M. Franklin Ave. tickettailor.com/events/bluestarliteaustin/221605/#.

Have a magical month as the Blue Starlite revists wizard friends with the beloved "Harry Potter" film series. With the Harry Potter Drive-in Fest, every movie in the series about a boy wizard and his years at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry will be double-featured for four weeks straight. Magical food and drinks await, and in the Mueller location, there are plenty of spots for photo ops. Screening first, of course, is "The Sorcerer's Stone."

2. Shen Yun

7:30 p.m. Jan. 4, 2 and 7 p.m. Jan. 5, and 1 p.m. Jan. 6. $80-$180. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. 512-474-5664, thelongcenter.org.

It has become a tradition around the start of every new year: a return to the magical world of ancient China, where everyone lived in harmony with the world around them. Classical Chinese dance troupe Shen Yun will bring this divine place to life by pushing the boundaries of what's possible in the performing arts. Shen Yun combines ancient legends with technological innovations and historically authentic costumes with animated backdrops.

3. Kung Fu First Saturday at Independence Brewing

12 to 10 p.m. Jan. 5. $10. 3913 Todd Lane. Ste. 607. facebook.com/events/2240603469484357/.

Independence Brewing's First Saturday theme this month is all about kung fu in honor of the brewery's newest beer release. While kung fu movies play on the projector in the taproom, you can sip on the just-debuted Spruce Lee, an altbier made with a touch of spruce. The $10 First Saturday wristbands will be on sale all day, $10 for three beers. Plus, the Crossroads: Farm to Truck food trailer will be on-site.

4. Alejandro Escovedo at Paramount Theatre

8 p.m. Jan. 5. $20-$40. 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org.

The former Austinite, who now lives in Dallas, has released more than a dozen albums since he began making music under his own name in 1992. Few have received the attention that 2018’s “The Crossing” got upon its release in September. It’s partly because “The Crossing” — recorded with Italian band Don Antonio, but telling the story of immigrants on the Texas-Mexico border — tapped into the cultural zeitgeist of a prominent sociopolitical issue. Escovedo also recruited some special guests on the record who’ll take part in this show as well: Wayne Kramer of the MC5, James Williamson of the Stooges, John Perry of the Only Ones, and Austin mainstays Joe Ely and Johnny Moeller. — Peter Blackstock

5. H-E-B Free First Sunday at the Bullock Museum

12 to 5 p.m. Jan. 6. Free. 1800 Congress Ave. thestoryoftexas.com.

Take a journey through more than 16,000 years of Texas history in the newly re-opened Becoming Texas gallery. The whole family can explore the gallery and take part in activities that bring history to life. These activities include creating a quilt square showing off what Texas means to you, painting with natural pigments and materials, learning more about the bison herd from the Lyndon B. Johnson State Park, and exploring timber from a Spanish shipwreck.