Juan Luis Jardí. Wally Workman Gallery is opening its first show with Barcelona-based artist Jardí, who uses a mix of magic realism with pop art and surrealism to illustrate the contrast in our lives and the doubts we are faced with as humans. With his work, he aims to provoke feelings of nostalgia, melancholy, loneliness and a sense of uneasiness — as well as more pleasant feelings of euphoria and calm. You’ll also notice his paintings provide a vintage perspective, a welcoming trip to the past. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday through Jan. 27. 1202 W. Sixth St. 512-472-7428, wallyworkmangallery.com.
E.R. Bills at BookPeople. Despite Texas being a proud state full of remarkable people with stories worth telling, many of them remain under the radar. Ever hear the tale about the escaped ape in the Big Thicket? Or the “Interplanetary Capital of the Universe” that sat on the Gulf Coast? How about the cowboy hat that warmed U.S.-China relations? From the Staked Plain Quakers to the Kaiser Burnout, Texas author Bills delves into some of the most fascinating chapters of overlooked Texas lore with his book “Texas Far & Wide,” which he’ll speak about and sign. 7 p.m. Tuesday. Free. 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
This year is getting started with a bang and lots of new sketches that gleefully skewer both sides of the political spectrum, pop culture and Texas at large. In “The Paul Ryan Workout,” Speaker of the House Paul Ryan tells the troupe how he’s going to trim the fat by cutting out everything (oh, yes, everything) that his party sees as unnecessary for good health. On the flip side, “New Year’s Resolution Blues” asks how Texans can stick to ours with the constant temptations of barbecue, Tex-Mex and craft beers. 8 p.m. Thursday, 8 and 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday in January. $25-$35. 525 E. Sixth St. 512-320-0198, esthersfollies.com.
“When We Are Married.” Different Stages is taking on this comedy by English dramatist J.B. Priestley. “When We Are Married” is about three couples, the Helliwells, the Parkers and the Soppitts, who are highly respected pillars of the community — but not for much longer. Married on the same day in the same chapel, they gather to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary. Much to their horror, however, they discover the vicar wasn’t licensed, meaning they aren’t actually married and have been living in sin. Opens Jan. 12. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, with additional performance 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31, through Feb. 2. $15-$30. Trinity Street Theatre, 901 Trinity St. differentstagestheatre.org.