Things to do in Austin the week of Jan. 12-18
Opens Jan. 14. Various times through Feb. 15. $12-$24 per event. Short Fringe: Hyde Park Theatre, 511 W. 43rd St. Long Fringe: Ground Floor Theatre, 979 Springdale Road.hydeparktheatre.org
Produced by Hyde Park Theatre, FronteraFest is back with five weeks of alternative, offbeat, new and just plain off-the-wall fringe theater. The event features both the Short Fringe, with a new, unjuried bill of four or five plays no longer than 25 minutes every night, and the Long Fringe, which are longer productions (90 minutes or less) comprising everything from new works by emerging playwrights to cutting-edge choreography.
2. Sunday Fundays: Whirligigs at Neill-Cochran House Museum
1 to 4 p.m. Jan. 12. Free-$5. 2310 San Gabriel St.nchmuseum.org/events-2
Museums don’t always have to be hands-off. On one Sunday of every month, the Neill-Cochran House Museum opens its doors to feature hands-on activities, scavenger hunts, self-paced tours and space to picnic in the shade. This month’s event is a focus on whirligigs — namely, on designing and making one of your own. It’s recommended to wear clothes you don’t mind getting blotches on if participating in the activity.
3. “The Tie That Binds” and “Vivid” at the Dougherty Arts Center
10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday through Feb. 8 and Feb. 22, respectively. 1110 Barton Springs Road. austintexas.gov/jcbgallery
Two separate art exhibits at the Dougherty Arts Center run concurrently. For “The Tie That Binds,” Melanie Hickerson combines inspiration from the natural world with her own adventures to create surreal narrative paintings. With her new series, “Vivid,” the Austin-based artist Lindsay Smith represents the energy of tension within the human figure and uses brilliant color to highlight obscure body movements.
4. James McMurtry, Jon Dee Graham, William Harries Graham at Continental Club
9:30 p.m. Jan. 15. $8. 1315 S. Congress Ave. continentalclub.com
As we begin a new decade, let’s acknowledge two songwriters who have been central to Austin music for decades. McMurtry rose to prominence in the 1990s; Jon Dee Graham raised a ruckus with the Skunks and True Believers in the 1980s before he started churning out memorable solo albums. This long-running residency is one of the best deals in town. Graham’s son, William, came on board as the opener while still in his teens. — Peter Blackstock
5. Austin Playhouse’s “Tiny Beautiful Things”
8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 5 p.m. Sunday through Feb. 2. $18-$36. 6001 Airport Blvd.austinplayhouse.ticketleap.com/tiny-beautiful-things
Based on the bestselling book by Cheryl Strayed and adapted for the stage by Nia Vardalos (“My Big Fat Greek Wedding”), “Tiny Beautiful Things” is a luminous play that personifies the unfathomable questions that are at the heart of being a human. When a struggling writer is asked to take over the unpaid, anonymous position of advice columnist, she receives thousands of letters asking for advice.
6. “PJ Masks Live! Save The Day”
6 p.m. Jan. 17. $29.50-$59.50. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. 512-476-5664,thelongcenter.org
“PJ Masks Live” is back with a new super-heroic, live musical show, featuring the heroic trio from your kids’ favorite series. Watch Catboy, Owlette and Gekko, along with their new friend PJ Robot, as they try to save the day from a few sneaky villains, including Romeo, Night Ninja and Luna Girl. There will be both tunes that have become beloved and songs you’ve never heard before. You can upgrade your ticket with a meet-and-greet option.
7. Roughhouse Brewing 1st Anniversary Party
12 to 9 p.m. Jan. 18. Free. 680 Oakwood Loop, San Marcos.facebook.com/events/2719428031508157
The family-owned and -operated farmhouse brewery celebrates one year in business with an all-day party. The big day will feature small-batch beer favorites from throughout the first year (the Ona Fashioned, for example), barbecue plates by S. Baker Kitchen, live music from Mayeux & Broussard and others, and a meet-and-greet and pop-up art show with Roughhouse’s artist Graham Francoise. He designs the label art.