Esther’s Follies. Esther’s Follies enters 2017 with a bang and lots of new sketches, including “Trump’s Inaugural Party” at the glittering Trump Tower, where the president-elect entertains his newly appointed Cabinet as well as his surprise guest, Vladimir Putin — until Hillary Clinton pulls a Kanye and shows up to challenge them all. Plus, magician Ray Anderson unveils a new sultry illusion, “Tango!” 8 p.m. Thursdays, 8 and 10 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays in January. $25-$35. 525 E. Sixth St. 512-320-0198, esthersfollies.com.
Penny Dime Productions’ “Matt & Ben.” By Mindy Kaling and Brenda Withers, this comedy tells the story of Hollywood’s ultimate “bromance” — that of Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. Meet them before the tabloids, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Lopez ever came along. When “Good Will Hunting” miraculously falls into their laps, the guys realize the film is their ticket to fame. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Jan. 21. $15. The Institution Theater, 3708 Woodbury Drive. pennydimeproductions.wixsite.com/info.
19th Annual Austin Home & Garden Show. Wanting to renovate your home or spruce up your garden in the new year? This biannual show returns with expert builders and contractors, celebrity guests, presentations and activities for the whole family. This year’s celebrity guest is Alison Victoria of DIY Network’s “Kitchen Crashers.” For your yard and garden, you’ll find landscape displays, water features and garden accessories. 2 p.m. Jan. 13, 10 a.m. Jan. 14 and 11 a.m. Jan. 15. $8.50-$9.50. Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez St. austinhomegardenshow.com.
“In the Absence of Ideal Conditions” at ICOSA Collective. Multi-disciplinary artists Elaine I-Ling Shen and Alyssa Taylor Wendt are working together for the first time to produce this collaborative show of sculptures, video and installation. Using rudimentary materials, they are exploring themes of creation, primordial beginnings, deterioration and external recurrence. Much of their joint work concerns the difficulty in distinguishing between states of decline and evolution, along with the tension created by that ambiguity. Opening reception 7 to 10 p.m. Jan. 13. 12 to 5 p.m. Saturdays or by appointment through Feb. 11. 702 Shady Lane, Ste. 190 512-920-2062, icosacollective.com/home.html.
Austin Playhouse’s “Bloomsday.” The Texas premiere of this production comes from one of Austin’s most acclaimed playwrights, Steven Dietz. In his literature-laden love story, an American man searches for the Irish woman who captured his heart 30 years earlier while leading a Bloomsday walking tour in Dublin. Full of humor and compassion, this bittersweet play is a moving appeal to make the most of the present before it has passed. Opens Jan. 13. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 5 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 5. $14-$36. 6001 Airport Blvd. austinplayhouse.com.