Figaro at Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co.

Jan. 12 | Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co.

In preparation for the return of Rossini's Barber of Seville at Houston Grand Opera, company artists will host a happy hour where, at 7 p.m., Lucas Meachem will perform the "Figaro" aria made so famous by Bugs Bunny back in the 1950s. Beers will be half-price, and tickets will be raffled off to attend the comedic opera set to premiere later this month on Jan. 26.

Free. Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co., 5301 Nolda St. More info via Facebook.

Roberto Cortázar, A 30-Year Survey

Jan. 13–April 2 | Clarke & Associates

Gathering a sample of the acclaimed Mexican artist's work including sculpture, assemblage, painting and photography, this three-decade cross section exhibits pieces that mix opposites of artificial and natural, abstract and figurative, colorful and monochromatic. Cortázar's work prominently features distorted or obscured human forms that prove both evocative and mysterious.

Free. Clarke & Associates Gallery, 301 East 11th St. 713-254-2998. More info at clarkeassoc.com.

Houstonia's 5th Annual Gumbo Smackdown

Jan. 13 | Sugar Land Town Square

Are you ready for roux, awaiting some okra, and anticipating lots of andouille? Sure, it's supposed to be chilly this weekend, but that's why we're serving up unlimited gumbo and drinks as a dozen of Houston's finest chefs duke it out for bragging rights of who has the city's best gumbo. Plus: yard games, photo booths, live zydeco and a one-year subscription to what is, in our estimation, a very fine magazine.

Tickets $55. Sugar Land Town Square, 2711 Plaza Drive, Sugar Land. More info and tickets at ticketing.sagacitymedia.com.

Galveston ArtWalk

Jan. 13 | Downtown Galveston

The long-running event is back for its first edition of the year as the island beckons visitors to cycle through a procession of art galleries and antique shops scattered throughout the historic downtown. Complimentary champagne and brews will be available at various locations to broaden your taste and pry open your wallets.

Free. Downtown Galveston. More info and locations via galveston.com and this brochure.

Chevron Houston Marathon

Jan. 14 | Various locations

If you're contemplating an impromptu marathon this weekend, you're out of luck. But that shouldn't stop you from joining the estimated 250,000 spectators who plan to line the streets of Houston to cheer on the superhuman runners. You can read our tips for watching (or avoiding) the race here.

Free. Starting location at intersection of Congress and San Jacinto. Course information via chevronhoustonmarathon.com.