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Things to do in Austin on Monday, Jan. 20

Arianna Auber
Artist Roi James brings new works, such as "Undula Fibrius," to the Davis Gallery that focus in part on the undulating waves of open sea. [Contributed by Davis Gallery]


Ransom Riggs at BookPeople. Riggs will talk about and sign the fifth book, “The Conference of Birds,” in the nationally bestselling “Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children” series. Tickets are required to join the signing line and are only available with a purchase of the $22.99 book; the talk is completely free. You’re encouraged to come in a costume befitting the world of the Peculiars and join the costume contest for the chance to win prizes. 7 p.m. Jan. 20. Free-$22.99. 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050,


MLK Community March. The 28th annual march in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day begins at 9 a.m. at 21st Street and Speedway (near the Martin Luther King Jr. statue on the University of Texas campus) and heads to the south steps of the Capitol. It will continue to Huston-Tillotson University, where a cultural festival will continue festivities. Marchers are encouraged to bring canned goods or nonperishable food items for the Capital Area Food Bank. — Eric Webb

MLK Day Open Mic Poetry & Performance. Honor the spirit and memory of Martin Luther King Jr. with host Ebony Stewart and Spectrum Theatre. Bring your poetry to share, or simply come and witness the free-flowing words of others. Sign-ups to take the stage begin at 6:30 p.m. Stewart is a touring performance artist and slam poet who has been active in the Central Texas slam poetry scene and theater community for more than a decade. 6:30 to 10 p.m. Jan. 20. Donation requested. The Vortex, 2307 Manor Road.


“Spectrum: New Work.” Roi James' first solo exhibit in Austin in nearly a decade, at Davis Gallery, is a new collection of works ranging from brilliant, undulating polychrome constructs to delicate oil paintings contemplating the expanses of the open sea. Over the course of his career, James has boldly shifted his artistic vision, reinventing himself many times over and enjoying consistent success along the way. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday through Feb. 22. 837 W. 12th St. 512-477-4929,


Tango at Tillery Kitchen and Bar. Have you ever wanted to learn how to tango? Try out the Argentine dance in a casual setting — Tillery hosts four hours of uninterrupted dancing every third Monday of the month with Guardia Vieja. It’s the only outdoor milonga in Austin, held on a wooden dance floor right by the Colorado River. Tillery will have happy hour until 7 p.m., so get there early to take advantage of food and drink specials. 6 to 10 p.m. Jan. 20. $10. 3201 E. Cesar Chavez St.