Diverse Saturday fun awaits, including "Silent Night" opera
Theater & dance
"Silent Night" with Austin Opera. 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 and one miraculous night of peace. 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Jan. 31, 2:30 p.m. Feb. 3. $49-$69. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. 512-474-5664, thelongcenter.org.
Wood & Wire at Sam’s Town Point. December brought a double barrel of good news for this hard-working local bluegrass outfit, with a Grammy nomination for their 2018 album “North of Despair” and a major grant from local patron group Black Fret. They’ll play both South by Southwest and Old Settler’s Music Festival in the coming months, but here’s a chance to catch them in a great setting, the south end’s funkiest off-the-beaten-path music haven. The Frauleins open. $12. 8 p.m. Saturday. 2115 Allred Drive. samstownpointatx.com. — Peter Blackstock
Austin Classical Guitar's International Series: Irina Kulikova. The Russian classical guitarist has captivated audiences around the world with the elegance, beauty and power of her music, and she makes her Austin debut with this one-night-only show. 8 p.m. Saturday. $10-$69. AISD Performing Arts Center, 1500 Barbara Jordan Blvd. austinclassicalguitar.org/event/international-series-irina-kulikova/.
2nd Annual Rauchfest at Live Oak Brewing. One of the biggest advocates of smoked beers in Austin, Live Oak is celebrating all things smoked, including food. You can buy your beer and food a la carte, or you can purchase a Rauch Pass that will get you a souvenir glass, a Grodziskie can-shaped pin and a flight of smoked beers. Food will be provided by the Black Forest and Kick Drum Burgers. There will also be live music and a photo booth at the family-friendly event. 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday. Free. 1615 Crozier Lane. facebook.com/events/389857091754787/.
"Kambui Olujimi: Zulu Time." The Blanton Museum of Art has put together a solo show of new works by Kambui Olujimi, a Brooklyn native who relies on a range of artistic mediums to call attention to the underlying assumptions that color our understanding of the world at large. Most specifically, "Zulu Time" explores the Western norms that go into structuring a day. Opening day Saturday. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday through July 14. $5-$12. 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. blantonmuseum.org.
Le Garage Sale. It's the kind of shopping opportunity where every rack is a sales rack. Style setters looking for seriously chic deals hit Le Garage Sale during the two days it's set up at the Palmer Events Center every year. You'll score the biggest bargains of the season from your favorite local boutiques, designers and brands, all in one place. There will be caffeine, cocktails and high energy music, too. Purchase VIP tickets to get access to the pre-sale. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. $10-$20. 900 Barton Springs Road. legaragesale.net.
Benjamin Markovits at BookPeople. In conversation with Elizabeth McCracken, this London author will give a book talk and signing in celebration of "A Weekend in New York," his latest novel. The exploration of what it means to be a family focuses on Paul Essinger, a mid-ranking tennis professional on the ATP tour, and his girlfriend, Dana, whose contented New York lives are turned upside down when his parents come to stay in their apartment. 6 p.m. Jan. 26. Free. 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.