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  • A Very Merry Christmas

    Join Wonders in the Dark for a very special celebration of the Holiday season, with music performances from Tu, Luke Bellet, and others. Bring your friends and enjoy music, drinks, hot chocolate from Creature Coffee, and a night of Christmas joy.
    Sat. Dec. 11, 7pm-11pm  
    Peached Social House
  • Body Collective Holiday Pop-Up Market & Block Party

    Shop local this holiday season & support small businesses and local artists at Body Collective's Holiday block party. Browse their Pop-Up Market, shop 10% off Body Collective gift cards and other great holiday gift deals, and enjoy live music & complimentary holiday treats. They'll also be offering two free classes - 90’s Music Video Fit at 10:30 & Energizing Vinyasa flow at 2:30.
    Sat. Dec. 4, 12pm-4pm  
    Body Collective
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  • Music

    Exhorder, Take Offense, Extinction A.D., Plague Years, Runescarred

    “To be 100 percent honest, without people connected to this album, there’s no need to tour in tribute to it.”: Obvious enough, this assessment from singer Kyle Thomas, Exhorder constant since 1985 alongside guitarist Vinnie LaBella, but what lends any thrash metal disc longevity? The New Orleans blasphemers’ full-length bow, 1990’s Slaughter in the Vatican, barks and bursts as rabid as the band’s West Coast peers/progenitors. Lined with punk and hardcore, its gnarly, rodeo-bull riffs ride the lightning, while Thomas exhorts homicide: “Desecration’s my greatest pleasure in life/ Your children will be my sacrifice.”: “We’re playing the album in its entirety, yes, but we’re throwing in extra songs to make it worth everyone’s while,” emails the frontman on Thanksgiving. “Also, as always, I talk a lot between songs, haha! Usually, I’m giving snippets of history fans might find intriguing. Otherwise, you may as well just stay home and listen to the albums.”: 27 years passed between sophomore LP The Law and righteous 2019 Exhorder comeback Mourn the Southern Skies, whose thicker, deeper girth sideswiped Come & Take It Live with Kataklysm that same year.: “A long pause in touring, including a full European headlining tour canceled, really tough,” admits Thomas. “The good news is we worked really hard on new material during the lull. I think we’re going to be okay.”
    Sun., Dec. 5, 7pm
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      Austin Trail of Lights

      The drive-through format for the trail means the fam can take in the magic of the beautiful light displays while you play holiday tunes and enjoy Christmas cookies.
      Nov. 27-Dec. 31, select dates  
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      Blue Genie Art Bazaar

      Austin's fave shopping destination for the holidays returns with online ordering with pickup or shipping, in-store shopping, and virtual and personal shopping. It is the place to find unique jewelry, art, home goods, and gifts.
      Nov. 19-Dec. 23, 10am-10pm; Dec. 24, 10am-6pm. Free entry.  
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      Dance

      Kathy Dunn Hamrick: In Situ

      After two years of having them perform on water and in the middle of a big field, what has acclaimed choreographer Kathy Dunn Hamrick conjured for her troupe back at Cafe Dance? What sort of kinetic visions will be visited upon those attending? "I’m into movement invention," says Hamrick, "which means I go into the studio and investigate new ways of moving. If you want, look closely for detailed, complex, sometimes hidden movements and a high contrast between dynamics – like super-fast and super-slow. You might also notice that I break things up and then re-group." Modern dance, then, as this innovative company rocks it. And it's, um, what's it like? Says the maestra: "It’s up to you to decide if my work is funny, poignant, moving, odd, eerie, disturbing, beautiful or all of the above."
      Dec. 3-5. Fri., 7pm; Sat., 5 & 7pm; Sun., 3pm. $15-20.  
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      Theatre

      A Christmas Carol

      This Dickens classic is returning to the Topfer stage at ZACH for the seventh year, with exciting new songs and new cast members in addition to returning favorites under the direction of director Dave Steakley. (Most importantly, Marc Pouhé is back as Scrooge!) Musical direction by Allen Robertson puts some rockin' wheels under this holiday vehicle and the whole joyous spectacle brings the sin-and-redemption, the ghosts and the glories, the tiny and the Tim, until the much-awaited new year gets here.
      Through Jan. 2. Wed.-Fri., 7:30pm; Sat.-Sun., 2:30 & 7:30pm. $25 and up.  
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      Classical Music

      Austin Gay Men's Chorus

      The Austin Gay Men’s Chorus kicks off the holiday season by returning to the stage with an array of musical styles, ranging from Broadway to Gospel, to fill St. Martin’s with holiday spirit. Artistic director Daniel Arredondo promises a few surprises, including some of the chorus’s popular video productions.
      Dec. 3-5. Fri.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 4pm. $20-40.  
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      Dance

      Ballet Austin: The Nutcracker

      We've heard tell that Ballet Austin’s annual production of The Nutcracker is this city’s favorite holiday tradition – and we're not fixing to argue. Here's a perfectly calibrated spectacle of delight, in which hundreds of dancers perform Stephen Mills’ enchanting choreography to Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s score – with live accompaniment from Austin Symphony Orchestra.
      Dec. 4-19: Fri., 7:30pm; Sat., 2 & 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. Also: Tue.-Thu., Dec. 21-23, 2pm. $20 and up.  
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      Downtown Holiday Stroll

      Enjoy free and family-friendly events all month, and with your Downtown Passport, collecting stamps at participating businesses can get you entered in a drawing for prizes. Grand prize is a Hotel ZaZa staycation package, and others include gift cards and even a ukulele!
      Through Dec. 31  
      Downtown Austin
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      Visual Arts

      Follow Her!

      It's a mural tour! Grab a bike and join the arty wheelists of Dot Dot Dot Connect and Ghisallo Cycling Initiative to learn more about the notable women, performers, and activists depicted on several murals and mosaics throughout Central and South Austin.
      Sun., Dec. 5, 10am-noon. Free, but you've gotta sign up online.  
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      Georgetown Square Lights

      The "Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas" is merry and bright for the season, lit with tens of thousands of bulbs. Shop the square for a perfect gift and warm up with some hot cocoa as you take in the sights.
      Through Jan. 1. Free.  
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      Visual Arts

      grayDUCK Gallery: Rooms

      In which Katy Horan, that unnerving wrangler of graphic mythology, shifts her focus away from female archetypes and folklore to explore some of the harder things we go through in life: Violence, loss, mental illness, fear, and trauma. "I turned mostly to film, music, and my own life experience for inspiration," says the artist, "and almost three years later, this show is the result."
      Opening reception: Fri., Dec. 3, 7-10pm  
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      Visual Arts

      Guzu Gallery: Anime Wonderland

      More than 30 local artists deck the walls with vivid spectacle as this powerhouse of a pop culture gallery hosts its first show in two years, each artist inspired by Japanese animation — from classic to modern anime (and everything between). It's Guzu's biggest exhibition yet, with all prints, sculptures, and paintings available for purchase – in person or online. Note: Let's all love Lain.
      Dec. 3-31
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      H-E-B Free First Sunday

      Enjoy free admission and explore the story of Texas told through three floors of exhibitions.
      First Sunday of every month, 10am-5pm  
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      Hanukkah at Agudas Achim

      Congregation Agudas Achim offers a variety of fun and exciting experiences for all ages throughout the eight-day festival of lights, with virtual and in-person options. Latkes are available for pickup Nov. 29 or Dec. 3, just place the order by Nov. 24 or 28.
      Nov. 28-Dec. 6  
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      Holigay Market

      Make the yuletide gay and "sleigh" with LGS and Eastside Pop Up, who've got a drag Santa photo booth, a craft area for kids, and a village of vendors and makers.
      Sun., Dec. 5, 11am-4pm  
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      Joy to the Pigs

      Join Central Texas Pig Rescue for a self-guided tour of their new property (all decorated for the holidays), hot cider, cupcakes (donated by Zucchini Kill Bakery & Kind Cakes), hayrides, and, of course, lots of pig snuggles! Reservations required.
      Sun., Dec. 5, 11am-4pm. $20.  
      Central Texas Pig Rescue Enchanted Pig Forest
    • Film

      Special Screenings

      Little Women (1994)

      Revel in the charm of the Nineties adaptation of the Louisa May Alcott book about the March sisters.
      Sun., Dec. 5, 5:30pm  
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      Luminations

      Enjoy the natural wonder of winter in the beautiful Texas Arboretum. Featuring thousands of luminarias, seasonal food and drink, and the light-splashed forts of Fortlandia.
      Dec. 2-Jan. 30  
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      MDC, Kinda Creepy, From Parts Unknown [inside]

      An all-ages afternoon celebration of Black Flag’s studio debut. Broken-mirror selfies, tattoo offerings, a head-shaving booth … all topped off by MDC, whose own debut turns 40 next year.
      Sun., Dec. 5, 1pm
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      Peppermint Parkway

      The holiday tradition at COTA is back and bigger than ever, with tons of fun for the family to be enjoyed from the car or at Peppermint Plaza. There's a mile of immersive displays, millions of lights, dancing elves, and race fans will enjoy taking a lap around the F1 track.
      Nov. 26-Dec. 26  
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      Self-Care Sunday

      In a collaboration between Austin Black Pride, Kind Clinic, and Project LifeRaft, Self-Care Sunday invites Austin’s QTBIPOC communities to hang out and enjoy some TLC with a yoga session and more wellness activities. Don't have a yoga mat? No problem – event organizers have you covered.
      Sun., Dec. 5, 10am-noon. Free.  
    • Arts

      Classical Music

      SoCo Women's Chorus: Winter Wonderland

      After a year of singing virtually, SOCO Women's Chorus celebrates their 10th season with live concerts beginning with this, their annual winter performance. Featuring a program of secular and nonsecular music, directed by Lisa Holt.
      Dec. 4-5. Sat., 5:30pm; Sun., 2pm. $20 ($10, students, senior citizens).  
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      Theatre

      Unexpected Joy

      Here's the regional premiere of Bill Russell and Janet Hood's musical about three generations of female singers, long-held family tensions, and a week together where change is in the air. Directed by Lisa Scheps for Ground Floor Theatre, with in-person performances and streaming options, this is a shows that "weaves folk-rock, pop, and blues in bringing together a family that hasn’t experienced true joy in decades." Starring Michelle Alexander, Caroline Mullins, Amber Quick, and Cathie Sheridan.
      Dec. 3-19. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. $25.  
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      Vintage Village

      A variety of pop-up vendors will offer vintage and retro threads, jewels from times past, and adornments for your abode, and stellar vinyl DJs take it old school, bringing the good vibrations. Get spiffed up in your favorite vintage garb from the era you should have been born in. Get some funky photos or enter the "best dressed" contest for a chance to win gift cards, and shop hand-selected vinyl from Waterloo Records’ discerning staff.
      First Sundays, 4-10pm  
    • Arts

      Visual Arts

      Wally Workman Gallery: The Matter of Enchantment

      In this new show, Will Klemm's ethereal and light-focused landscapes are organized into the four seasons, representing the physical time of year and as the psychological seasons of human life.
      Dec. 4-30
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      Out of Town

      "Georgia O’Keeffe, Photographer"

      Known for her paintings and married to a famous photographer, this is the first exhibition that explores: O’Keeffe’s connection to photography.
      Sun., Oct. 17-Jan. 23, 2022  
      Museum Fine Arts, Houston
    • Film

      Special Screenings

      "Superpower Dogs" (2021)

      Laser IMAX 2D
      Sun., Dec. 5, 11am, 1pm  
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      41st Annual Budafest

      A weekend packed with live music at the amphitheatre, a craft and art market, kids' activities, a "reindog" parade, snow play area, and lots more!
      Fri.-Sun., Dec. 3-5. Free.  
      Buda
    • Film

      Special Screenings

      A Bad Moms Christmas (2017)

      Sun., Dec. 5, 6:30pm  
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      Special Screenings

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