1. “What the Hell Is the Presidency for?” at the Contemporary Austin
6 p.m. doors Jan. 11. Free. The Moody Rooftop at the Jones Center, 700 Congress Ave. whatsthepresidencyfor.splashthat.com.
The Contemporary Austin is offering an evening of film and conversation inspired by Jim Hodges’ new Jones Center installation “With Liberty and Justice for All (A Work in Progress).” First up is a screening of a 2016 documentary, “What the Hell Is the Presidency For?: LBJ’s Battle for Civil Rights,” which considers the legacies of Lyndon B. Johnson and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Following that, Mark K. Updegrove, director of the LBJ Presidential Library, offers thoughts on LBJ’s presidency and social justice issues that continue to resonate today. Picnics are welcome.
2. Clinton Kelly at BookPeople
7 p.m. Jan. 11. Free. 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
The author and television personality best known as the Emmy Award-winning moderator of “The Chew” on ABC, as well as co-host of “What Not to Wear,” is talking about and signing copies of his latest book, “I Hate Everyone, Except You.” This new work is a sharp and hilarious collection of essays following Kelly’s growth from childhood and offers some candid observations on life.
3. Gallery 701’s “Naissance”
Always open during performances; public welcome Wednesdays 10 a.m.-4 p.m. through Feb. 20. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. 512-474-5664, thelongcenter.org.
Did you know performance venue the Long Center also has an art space? As Austin’s newest visual arts and community-based gallery, Gallery 701 debuted its first show in November, featuring art centered around the theme of “naissance.” It’s a term encompassing birth, creation, the new year and the gallery’s connection to the local community. A total of 45 well-known artists, including Stella Alesi, Fidencio Duran and Beili Liu, contributed their works for it.
4. Winter Flavors with Wine at Central Market Cooking School
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 11. $40. North location, 4001 N. Lamar Blvd. centralmarket.com.
Central Market’s cooking classes offer a fun way to learn how to cook something new while also spending time with friends. This time, you and your buddies will sit down to a family-style meal focusing on winter flavors paired with different wines. The demonstration of how to make each of the dishes will be limited, but you’ll get to taste items like winter squash and split pea soup with Cassamata Bianco and cheese-stuffed bread with Chinon, among others.