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Spice up your week with 'Hedwig,' library sleepover and more events

Arianna Auber
aauber@statesman.com
Daniel Rowan stars as the title character in "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," Zach Theatre's latest production. [Contributed by Kirk Tuck]

1. "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" at Zach Theatre

Opens Jan. 23. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday through March 3. $55-$165. 202 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-476-0541, zachtheatre.org.

The winner of four Tony Awards, "Hedwig" tells the story of the “internationally ignored song stylist” Hedwig Schmidt, a fourth-wall-smashing East German rock ‘n’ roll goddess who also happens to be the victim of a botched sex-change operation. She just wants to find a place to belong in America. Both outrageous and hilarious, Hedwig — one of the most groundbreaking characters ever to take the stage — will share her story while backed by her rock band the Angry Inch.

2. SouthPop's Carnaval Poster Retrospective

Opening reception 6 to 9 p.m. Jan. 20. $5. 1 to 6 p.m. Thursday-Sunday through Feb. 9. 1516 S. Lamar Blvd. facebook.com/events/123217071929330.

Get excited for Carnaval Brasileiro, a popular annual celebration in Austin, a few weeks before it lights up the city. The South Austin Museum of Popular Culture, or SouthPop, will share art created for past and current Carnaval events with a retrospective exhibit. This colorful show launches with a reception featuring the music of the local Samba School, as well as a lively costume contest and refreshments. Carnaval posters will be available for purchase.

3. MLK Celebration at Huston-Tillotson University

11:15 a.m. Jan. 21. Free. 900 Chicon St. mlkcelebration.com.

The musical roster for this year’s community celebration honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King on MLK Day gets an extra shot of sizzling soul this year as vocal powerhouse Tameca Jones joins a lineup that also includes rapper/scholar Bavu Blakes, Pat G. and the reunion of local funk-a-teers, Les and the Funk Mob. The event also includes a 9 a.m. march, food vendors, booths from community groups and kids’ activities. — Deborah Sengupta Stith

4. Save the World Beer Dinner at Oasthouse Kitchen & Bar

6 to 9 p.m. Jan. 22. $55. 8300 N. RM 620 Road. facebook.com/events/2102000299916001/.

The Northwest Austin restaurant hosts a four-course feast featuring beer pairings from Marble Falls brewery Save the World. You'll taste five Save the World beers total, including one that has been incorporated in a starting cocktail with Seersucker American Gin, house ginger cordial, fresh lemon and Campari. Pairings include scallops in pineapple and beet agua chili, crispy prosciutto and arugula with Apple Fructum Bonum Saison.

5. "Momentarily" and "Arranged Flowers" at Grayduck Gallery

11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 12 to 5 p.m. Sunday through Feb. 17. 2213 E. Cesar Chavez St. grayduckgallery.com.

Grayduck Gallery celebrates PrintAustin 2019 with two exhibits featuring exceptional print makers: Amze Emmons and Yoonmi Nam. Emmons catalogues repeating patterns in our daily world, noticing continued perseverance in the face of uncertainty and hardship. And Nam's work considers the space where transience and permanence coexist, using images of man-made environments and objects and cut flower arrangements as metaphors.

6. APL After Dark: Slumber Party

7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 25. $7. Austin Central Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez St. eventbrite.com/e/apl-after-dark-slumber-party-tickets-53317898269.

Escape into a totally rad slumber-party time-warp on the sixth floor of the Austin Public Library. For this adults-only themed night, unfolding after the library closes, you'll celebrate the slumber parties of childhood with retro board games, classic Nintendo, cootie catchers, MASH, alcoholic drinks, snacks and BYOVinyl. Local comic Amber Bixby gives a short set at 7:45. The event is for people 21 and up.

7. "Silent Night" with Austin Opera

7:30 p.m. Jan. 26 and 31, 2:30 p.m. Feb. 3. $49-$69. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. 512-474-5664, thelongcenter.org.

This powerful, poignant opera, based on the 2005 film "Joyeux Noël," recounts a miraculous moment of peace during one of the bloodiest wars in human history. As Christmas Eve 1914 falls on a battle field near Belgium, soldiers in French, German, and Scottish trenches begin recalling songs of home, stepping into no-man’s-land for a spontaneous truce. Once sworn enemies, they trade their weapons for merriment and camaraderie — resulting in one miraculous night of peace.