“Cowboys: East Germany.” This compelling visual anthropology exhibit from photographer Eric O’Connell examines the constructed identities and practices of the American cowboy and the cowboy lifestyle as taken up by the people of the former East Germany. That lifestyle emerged from the shadows of Communism and represented a type of freedom and individualism for the people living behind the Berlin Wall. Opening reception 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 12. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday through April 30. Texas Folklife, 1708 Houston St. texasfolklife.org.
Viva Texas Vino at the Bullock Museum. Get your weekend started early with a fun and flavorful night exploring Texas wine. Certified sommelier, author and Texas Monthly columnist Jessica Dupuy will walk guests through a brief history of Texas viniculture and the burgeoning wine industry located here. Plus, you’ll learn about the varietals produced across the state as you taste wine from the Texas Fine Wine group — including Pedernales Cellars and Brennan Vineyards — paired with delicious Texas treats. 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 12. Free. 1800 Congress Ave. 512-936-4629, thestoryoftexas.com.
Winter Faerie Tea Party. Come dressed in your fairy best for a tea party overlooking the garden. You’ll create a greeting card, bookmark and landscape with pressed plants, as well as practice fairy etiquette. The afternoon will include fruit, miniature cakes, tea and juice. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 15. $16-$18. Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Road. 512-477-8672, zilkergarden.org.
“Fieldnotes” exhibit. Joan Son’s nature-inspired origami will be on display at the store at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center starting at 9 a.m. Jan. 14 through May 28. $4-$10 admission; free for members. 4801 La Crosse Ave. 512-232-0100, wildflower.org.
Guided Garden Tour. Tour the Wildflower Center’s gardens and trails with a knowledgeable volunteer docent, learning about native plants and the history and architecture of the center. Each of the docents brings their own special knowledge and interests to the tour, and sites change throughout the seasons. 11 a.m. Jan. 14. $4-$10. 4801 La Crosse Ave. 512-232-0100, wildflower.org.
Jim Lauderdale at Continental Club. Based in Nashville and long renowned as an authority on Americana music — so much so that he’s been the emcee of the Americana Music Awards for more than a decade — Lauderdale has covered a lot of ground over more than two dozen albums, from honky-tonk to bluegrass to collaborations with the Grateful Dead’s Robert Hunter. His latest, “This Changes Everything,” was recorded in Austin at Arlyn Studios, with a band including pianist Floyd Domino, bassist Kevin Smith and drummer Tom Lewis. Some of them will be backing Lauderdale for this two-night stand. 8 p.m. Jan. 13-14. $20. 1315 S. Congress Ave. continentalclub.com. — Peter Blackstock