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Things to do in Austin on Wednesday, Jan. 8 and beyond

Arianna Auber


Berkshire Hounds, Ben Ballinger at C-Boy’s. When the Berkshire Hounds called it quits a few years ago, it seemed no different from countless indie bands who have a good local run and are ready to move on. But they’d been booked as the house band for the fledgling Austin Music Industry Awards, and it went well enough that they’ve reconvened every year for the gala. Now they’re back in action beyond just that annual gig. The Hounds have a new album in the works, and they’ll play C-Boy’s at 10 p.m. every Wednesday in January. The special guest this week is Ben Ballinger. $7. 2009 South Congress Ave. — Peter Blackstock


Make Something at Jo’s Downtown. Start the new year by learning a new craft (or bring your own) with Make Something, a monthly rotating craft lesson on the second Wednesday of every month. At each lesson, you will learn how to cast on, knit, purl, decrease and cast off. The workshop will also discuss yarn combinations and patterns as an element of design so that your set is truly one of a kind. RSVP is required. Supplies are included. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 8. Free. 242 W. Second St.

Nerd Nite 122: New Year, Nerd You. Whether you make resolutions, head to the North Door for the first Nerd Nite Austin of 2020 and learn something new about yourself. Talks at Nerd Nite come from Drew Castillo, who will focus on the joy of eating; Eley Escandell, who will discuss managing emotions; and Angela Arnold, who will look at how to set goals and make them stick. 8 to 11 p.m. Jan. 8. Free. 502 Brushy St.


“Drawing Tense” at Lora Reynolds Gallery. For this exhibition of new work by Lucas Simões — the artist's second presentation — angular or curved shapes have been cut into blackened steel plates. They are essentially turned into elaborate paperclips that pinch, pull and compress his trademark stacks of tracing paper. In the Project Room at the gallery, Laddie John Dill’s “Contained Radiance Austin” is concurrently on display through Feb. 1. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday through Feb. 1. 360 Nueces St.

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“Vintage Hitchcock: A Live Radio Play.” Witness as spies, murder, love and suspense — all the hallmarks of an Alfred Hitchcock movie — come to life in the style of a live 1940s-era radio broadcast. Step into the soundstage of a radio station and watch as the Hitchcock Radio Players take on three films of an older vintage, before Hitchcock came to America: “The Lodger,” “Sabotage” and “The 39 Steps.” 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with 3 p.m. matinee on Jan. 12, through Jan. 18. $10-$20. 11880 Hero Way West, Building 4, Leander. wobcp.or