1. “Time Machine” by Montopolis Productions
8 p.m. Jan. 13-14, 7 p.m. Jan. 15. $4-$20. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. timemachineaustin.com.
This science fiction-themed musical performance travels through the 20th century, with the Montopolis group, led by composer Justin Sherburn, performing popular songs from every decade while iconic images from each period are displayed in a dynamic slideshow framed by interactive animation by digital artist Stephen Fishman. Starting in present-day Austin, Montopolis journeys to the 1990s and back again, moving from decade to decade to provide a better understanding of art, music, fashion and the human condition in general.
2. Zadie Smith at Central Presbyterian Church
7 p.m. Jan. 12. $32. 200 E. Eighth St. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Although this author’s talk is a BookPeople event, Smith is a big enough draw to pull a much bigger audience at the larger venue of Central Presbyterian. In her latest novel, “Swing Time,” two young ladies become best friends in dance class, the only “brown girls” in the group. Over the next few decades, we follow the pair through the narrator’s eyes as the casual cruelty and loyalty of children is refined over time in the fires of class and race, fame and money, pop music and film and much more.
3. Lazarus Brewing’s Grand Opening
10 a.m. Jan. 14. Free. 1902 E. Sixth St. facebook.com/events/1151046308342964/.
After more than three years in the making, East Austin’s newest brewpub is finally in business and celebrating with an all-day party. There will be coffee, breakfast tacos, live music and 10 taps of craft beer, including the much anticipated 40 Days & 40 Nights American IPA and the new Twenty Pound Brown, an India Brown Ale. The space has parking, but it will no doubt go fast, as Lazarus’ days of soft opening were filled to the brim with thirsty and curious visitors.
4. BowiElvis Fest at Empire
7 p.m. Jan. 14. $15. 606 E. Seventh St. eventbrite.com/e/bowielvis-fest-birthday-celebration-for-david-bowie-elvis-tickets-29806076778.
The eighth annual birthday celebration of David Bowie and Elvis Presley — two rock gods gone too soon — will feature music from Hector Ward & the Big Time, Henry & the Invisibles, Nic Armstrong & the Thieves and more. The Empire Control Room & Garage is honoring the two music icons, who share the same birthday, with other activities as well, including face-painting, a costume contest with prizes, a burlesque performance and games centered around Bowie and Elvis.
5. The Hightower Anniversary Party
4 to 9 p.m. Jan. 15. $17. 1209 E. Seventh St. eventbrite.com/e/the-hightower-anniversary-party-tickets-30874268769?aff=eac2.
The restaurant is turning three, but unlike most 3-year-old birthdays, this one will have a pig roast produced by Chef Chad Dolezal as well as a variety of alcoholic drinks instead of bounce houses and clowns. A portion of the proceeds will go toward nonprofit Common Threads’ Cooking for Life Month, a campaign this January created to raise awareness of and focus attention on the importance of equipping the country’s children with life-long cooking skills and nutrition facts. Admission includes a plate of roasted pork and sides.