- Arianna Auber American-Statesman Staff
Hair of the Dog 2018. Yard Bar’s annual New Year’s Day event will wipe our hangovers away with cute dogs, black-eyed peas and Bloody Marys. There will also be $3 beers. The heart of the afternoon is the series of contests for dogs and their owners. The contests include Best Dog Beard, Best Dog Mohawk, and Best Dog and Owner Lookalike. Make a donation to the Austin Humane Society at the Eventbrite link to participate. 1 to 4 p.m. Jan. 1. 6700 Burnet Road. eventbrite.com/e/hair-of-the-dog-2018-benefiting-austin-humane-society-tickets-41404357548.
Black Eyed Pea Run. Rogue Running wants to help you start the New Year off right with a run and plenty of post-run festivities. Choose among 3, 5, 7 and 10-mile route options, each with a map and water stops provided along the way. When you finish, grab a dish of black-eyed peas and a mimosa glass and hang out with fellow runners. All run distances will kick off at 8:30 a.m. If participating, RSVP “going” to the Facebook event to ensure enough refreshments for all. 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Jan. 1. 410 Pressler St. facebook.com/events/379696532487428/.
Bubbles & Barbecue Brunch at Freedmen’s. It’s a new year with old dishes: Freedmen’s is celebrating by bringing back the Beef Rib Benedict. And what goes best with beef ribs? Champagne, of course. The barbecue restaurant’s annual Bubbles & Barbecue Brunch is best enjoyed in a group. $95 will get you and three other guests one Beef Rib Benedict and a bottle of G.H. Mumm Champagne to share. Request a reservation on the website. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 1. 2402 San Gabriel St. freedmensbar.com.
New Year’s Day Hangover Drag Brunch. Irene’s is hosting its typical Biscuits & Booze Brunch with a twist. The restaurant’s own Rhonda Jewels and co-host Mandy Quinn will perform a drag show from noon to 2 p.m., and DJ Saint Sinner will provide the beats from 2 to 8 p.m. In addition to Irene’s regular menus, there will be $3 black-eyed peas and collard greens, $40 magnums of bubbles and special cinnamon rolls. 11 a.m. Jan. 1. Free. 506 West Ave. facebook.com/events/378838919229823/.
Free Week in Red River Cultural District and beyond. This annual new-calendar kickoff has become a favorite of local clubgoers. Though Red River Street remains the core, some associated shows extend to East and West Sixth, Rainey Street and even the UT campus area. (It’s worth noting, too, that other shows around town on these days also are free, even if they’re not officially associated with Free Week.) Here’s a top pick for the kick-off day: Duncan Fellows, Delmer Dennis and Poly Action at Hotel Vegas. 9 p.m. Jan. 1. Free. 1502 E. Sixth St. texashotelvegas.com.
Theater & dance
Circus Chickendog’s “Mutt-cracker (Sweet!)” It’s not the holidays without this kid-friendly, circus-themed version of “The Nutcracker,” as performed by Circus Chickendog. The production once again stars five talented rescue dogs (Mouse, Moose, Coyote, Squirrel and Skeeter) and a talking scarlet macaw named Lauren MaCaw. Their owner, Darren Peterson, brings his masterful juggling and unicycling skills to the stage, as well his gifted dog training. Joining Darren with the magic of diabolo is Etienne Chauzy. 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. Jan. 1, Jan. 4-7. $15-$35. The Vortex, 2307 Manor Road. vortexrep.org.