6 things to do in Central Austin in January and February

Austin Opera hosts u201cSilent Night,u201d which tells the story of one night of peace on Christmas Eve

Austin Opera hosts u201cSilent Night,u201d which tells the story of one night of peace on Christmas Eve

Editor's note: A previous version of this story listed information about a panel discussion regarding the Longoria Affair at the LBJ Library on Feb. 20. That event has been postponed due to the government shutdown and a new date has yet to be announced. For more information, visit the LBJ Library's website here.

Your ultimate local guide for events, business openings, meetings and more in the months of January and February.



Jan. 23-March 3
See ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ at the ZACH Theatre


The musical tells the story of Hedwig, a transgender singer backed up by her rock ‘n’ roll band, “The Angry Inch.” 7:30 p.m. $30-$165. 202 South Lamar Blvd, Austin. 512-476-0541. www.zachtheatre.org






Jan. 31, Feb. 3
Spend a night at the opera


Austin Opera hosts “Silent Night,” which tells the story of one night of peace on Christmas Eve in the trenches of the Great War. Jan. 31 7:30 p.m., Feb. 3 2:30 p.m. $39-$199. Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive. 512-472-5992. www.austinopera.org





Feb. 2
Watch the Boy Scouts of America ‘Report to State’


Scouts from across Texas march to the Capitol, where they report to members of the Legislature about their accomplishments. 9 a.m. Free. 1100 Congress Ave., Austin. 512-926-6363. www.bsacac.org






Feb. 9
Run in your undies


Cupid’s Undie Run raises money for neurofibromatosis research. Participants gather at Buford’s and reconvene for a dance party after a short run. Noon-4 p.m. $40-$50. 700 W. Sixth St., Austin.
www.cupids.org/city/austin





Feb. 17
Join thousands in a race through downtown Austin


Runners in the Austin Marathon and Half Marathon start on the course at the Congress Ave. bridge  at 7 a.m. The 5K race then begins at 7:30 a.m. $150-$175.
www.youraustinmarathon.com











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Austin City Hall was one of several downtown buildings to get vandalized. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The Austin Police Department has come under heavy scrutiny for how they handled recent protests against police brutality.

Austin is starting the process to redraw the boundaries for its 10 City Council districts. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
For the first time, Austin will redraw its 10 City Council districts

Most of the process will take place in 2020 and 2021, with new boundaries in place by the November 2022 council elections.

SNAP, a federal program overseen in Texas by the HHSC, assists around 1.4 million eligible low-income individuals and families statewide. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Emergency SNAP food benefits extended in Texas during COVID-19 pandemic

SNAP assists around 1.4 million eligible low-income individuals and families in Texas.

Demonstrators marched in the streets in front of the Texas Capitol on May 31. (Chris Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin City Council hears from community on police response to weekend protests

"He is in so much pain, and I can't help him," said the brother of a 16-year-old injured in the weekend's protests.

CMS also unveiled an interactive map that lets users search any nursing home in the U.S. to see its COVID-19 cases. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
CMS reports 321 coronavirus deaths in Texas nursing homes, nearly 32,000 nationwide

CMS also unveiled an interactive map that lets users search any nursing home in the U.S. to its COVID-19 cases.

The annual Texas 4000 ride from Austin to Anchorage has gone virtual this year. (Courtesy Texas 4000)
Texas 4000 ride goes virtual, aims to raise $1 million in fight against cancer

Riders from the University of Texas usually trek from Austin to Anchorage, Alaska, each summer, but they will not make the journey this year due to safety concerns around the coronavirus.

William Nzoiwu protests police brutality against the black community. (Taylor Jackson Buchanan/Community Impact Newspaper)
7 ways Austin-area residents can promote racial equity through volunteering, donation efforts

Looking for a local way to get involved? Here is a roundup of opportunities.

A 323-unit apartment complex will be opening in 2020 off East Riverside Drive in Austin. (Rendering courtesy Aspen Heights Partners)
New 323-unit apartment complex coming to Austin's East Riverside area

Leasing is expected to begin in November for the new building.

Manor Road Peruvian restaurant Yuyo closes permanently

Chef Maribel Rivero is offering recipes and cooking classes through her website.

A screen image of Sam Biscoe at a meeting of the Travis County Commissioners Court
Travis County allocates $7.3 million in coronavirus relief aid to small cities

Commissioners voted to issue $55 per capita to the county's small cities, significantly less than mayors had lobbied for.

FDA testing
Austin Public Health director cautions residents against unauthorized antibody tests

Residents who use some unauthorized antibody tests to determine if they have contracted COVID-19 may be vulnerable to receiving false test results.