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for Fri., Dec. 10
  • Dart 'em Up's 5th Birthday Celebration

    Dart 'em Up is celebrating their 5th Birthday with big savings and even bigger rewards! Owner Richard McVay invites the public to join them in the celebration with birthday giveaways, week-long special promos and a local charity partnership!
    Dec. 10-12  
    Dart 'em Up
  • Soundwaves Art Gallery Grand Opening

    Join the Soundwaves Art Foundation for their gallery opening, featuring musician-signed artworks created by Tim Wakefield. Proceeds will benefit global charities.
    Sat. Dec. 11  
    Soundwaves Art Gallery
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  • Arts

    Dance

    Blurred On All Sides

    In their first live show since the COVID-19 lockdown, Austin's own Early Era Collective explores the internal and external sides of the human experience: What we expect ourselves to be versus what we actually are. How do they explore this to best grab your attention and joy? With dance, spoken word, theatre, music, projection, and film.
    Dec. 10-12. Fri-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 6pm. Free.
    2200 Justin
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      Arts & Culture

      A Holly Jolly Night Market & Sing-Along

      Embrace Austin and Sans Bar team up to bring you an all-queer vendor market, tasty zero-proof cocktails, and sing-alongs to some classic holiday jams.
      Fri., Dec. 10, 7-11pm. Donations welcome.  
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      Theatre

      A Miracle on 34th Street: Classic Radiocast

      With an original script by Penfold Theatre Company’s Nathan Jerkins, this holiday classic brings the humor and heartwarming holiday feels to Round Rock (Dec. 9-18) and Austin (Dec. 19), performed in that iconic live-radio-show format by local actors and a foley sound artist. We're telling you about these Round Rock gigs, even, because, well – look at this cast: Lowell Bartholomee, Eva McQuade, Mical Trejo, Marina DeYoe-Pedraza, and Robert Faires. And it's directed by Rosalind Faires. We say: If professionally staged Christmas cheer is your cuppa tea, this will totally slake your theatre thirst.
      Thu.-Sat., Dec. 9-18, 7:30pm. $16-21.  
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      Theatre

      Bah, Humbug!

      The award-winning improvisers at the Hideout Theatre construct an enchanting, hilarious, and completely improvised play set in Victorian England – as if seen through the eyes of master writer and storyteller Charles Dickens – and using suggestions from the audience to create an entirely new Dickensian narrative with every show. And, yes, there's an afternoon show on Boxing Day!
      Fri.-Sat., 8pm, Dec. 10-18; Sun., Dec. 26, 5pm. $7-15.  
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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.
      Through Dec. 19: Fri., 7:30pm; Sat., 2 & 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. Also: Tue.-Thu., Dec. 21-23, 2pm. $20 and up.  
    • Arts

      Books

      BookWoman: Tejanaland

      Teresa Palomo Acosta presents her new book, Tejanaland: A Writing Life in Four Acts; Cindy Huyser hosts.
      Fri., Dec. 10, 7pm  
    • Community

      Events

      Community First! Village Holiday Market

      Holiday films will screen at the Community Cinema, food trucks will be on-site, and you might even see Santa at this market packed with unique items crafted by village artisans.
      Fri.-Sat., Dec. 10-11, 4-9pm. Free.  
    • Food

      Food Events

      Cru Food & Wine Bar: Christmas Eve

      CRU's festive Christmas Eve menu lets you enjoy a night out with loved ones (Downtown or in the Domain) for a brief respite of stress-free wining and dining before the big day. Choose from a set menu for a fabulous three-course meal (or, sure, go a la carte instead). Appetizers include lobster bisque and tortelloni fonduta with black truffle butter; the entrée brings choices among jumbo shrimp scampi, NY strip steak, Alaskan halibut, braised short ribs; and you can opt for any of three different desserts (but we're totes focused on that chocolate mousse cake, omg). Note: Kids 12 and younger eat for half off.
      $55 dine-in, $125 for two to-go.
      Downtown at 238 W. Second #13; in the Domain at 11410 Century Oaks Terrace #104
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      Events

      Dart 'em Up Birthday Celebration

      Indoor foam dart sports fun zone Dart 'em Up celebrates its fifth birthday with a couple of special promos and a charity partnership. Bring a toy for the Brown Santa drive to get free play passes, and get BOGO deals Dec. 7-9 and get 20% off admission Dec. 10-12.
      Through Dec. 12  
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      Events

      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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      Nightlife & Parties

      Fuego

      QTBIPOC dance party-meets-vendor market features performances from Tatiana Cholula, Natash Capri, Leia Sakura Dior, and Hermahestie the Hung, plus DJs Supermcn4sty, Chorizo Funk, and KickIt.
      Fri., Dec. 10, 8pm. $5-7.  
    • Arts

      Comedy

      Funny Fridays: Just Nesh

      That Chicago-based comedian Just Nesh has been seen on Comedy Central, HBO, BET, and more. Now catch her tonight, live onstage at the Victory.
      Fri., Dec. 10, 7:30pm. $20.  
    • Music

      Glasshealer (EP release), Holy Wave, Flora & Fawna

      Glasshealer pulls up ready with a synth-pop syringe eager to inject the masses with a critical dose of neuropathic stimulation at the release show for But the Weight of Comfort Pulled Me Back Down, which maps out a Sega soundscape of surreal art pop and straight up dystopia. Holy Wave, meanwhile, unleashes the eerie pysch pop soundwaves of 2014 classic Relax. Flora & Fawna pump out a precursory primer of spaced out sound to bust the style ride straight to Jupiter with thick distortions slathered over rave energy rhythm.
      Fri., Dec. 10, 10:15pm
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      Theatre

      Greetings from Shrewd Mountain Lodge

      Ready to solve a mystery, you clever sleuths? Here's a multimedia holiday whodunit – created by Jenny Connell Davis, Shannon Grounds, Trey Deason, and Raul Garza – in which things go awry among the cast and crew of the Winter Festival Play assembled at Shrewd Mountain Lodge. As strange events and sinister accidents continue to pile up, it becomes clear that someone or something is trying to sabotage the production. Note: Subscribers will hear from all six main characters via video messages, holiday cards, and letters in the actual mail over the course of six weeks – along with artifacts, souvenirs, and clues to help solve the mystery. Bonus: Discover the culprit by the end of Week 5, and you'll get an additional, special prize.
      The experience begins Dec. 12. $40-60.  
    • Music

      Jolie Holland, Stevie Weinstein-Foner

      Anti- Records darling last released Wildflower Blues with former Be Good Tanyas bandmate Samantha Parton in 2017.
      Fri., Dec. 10, 7pm
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      Community

      Kelly Kline’s Pink Santa Toy Drive

      Help make holiday wishes come true for local children in need and donate new, unwrapped, and gender-neutral toys and gifts as part of Austin Pride’s 17th annual toy drive. See website for drop-off locations.
      Multiple locations
    • Arts

      Theatre

      La Pastorela

      Teatro Vivo’s La Pastorela is a celebration of the Austin BIPOC community that keeps all the lessons and humor of the traditional Pastorela (with the familiar shepherds, angels, and devils), but sets in the present time in this city. Directed by Carl Gonzales, with musical direction by Eric Flores.
      Dec. 9-19. Thu.-Sat., 7pm; Sun., 2pm. Donations accepted.  
    • Arts

      Visual Arts

      Mexic-Arte Museum: Mix 'n' Mash: Las Flores – La Vida

      This new group exhibition displays flower-themed art from more than 200 local and regional artists, created on panels donated by Ampersand Art Supply, welcomed with a reception featuring tasty noms and beverages, a DJ set by P1nkstar, and more.
      Opening reception: Fri., Dec. 10, 6-9pm. $10 (for opening reception).
    • Community

      Events

      Nautical Light Show

      A boat tour is a lovely way to view the spectacular light show at Mozart's, made even sweeter with their treats and cocoa.
      Through Jan. 6  
    • Music

      Nine Mile Records anniversary w/ Shinyribs, Sir Woman, Nuevo [garage]

      Weathering 15 years as an indie record label – no small feat in the first place. Then tack on surviving the hammer blow of the pandemic and it’s no wonder Nine Mile Records founder Rick Pierik’s counting his blessings.: “I couldn’t be more grateful,” says Pierik. “It’s weird to reflect on that many years because when you’re in the trenches, the time is just clicking by. I was on a freight train and, suddenly, the world stopped during the pandemic, and I had a chance to look out the window of the freight train and look at all the ground I’d covered, and I was kind of amazed at what it was. It has not been a straightforward path.”: Along the way, Nine Mile’s nurtured some of ATX’s most exciting acts, nine of which will play at the label’s three night anniversary celebration at Empire. Shinyribs anchors Friday’s festivities alongside Sir Woman and Nuevo; Sweet Spirit, Go Fever, and the Deer join forces for Saturday; and Sunday’s finale sees the reunion of local singer-songwriter supergroup Glorietta with support from Greyhounds and Buffalo Hunt. A hodgepodge of genres – involving punk to funk, folk to soul, pop to rock – but Pierik insists they share a commonality.: “The thing that excites me the most about music and musicians is performance,” says Pierik. “Everyone playing this weekend is [playing] because I saw them live and I was just blown away.”
      Fri., Dec. 10, 9pm
    • Community

      Events

      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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      Nightlife & Parties

      Poo Poo Platter: David Lynch Tribute

      Fire walk with the grrrls of Poo Poo Platter pay tribute on their journey down the lost highway in honor of David Lynch. Featuring performances by special guests Nikki DaVaughn, Chola Magnolia, and Tatiana Cholula.
      Fri., Dec. 10, 10pm. $10.  
    • Arts

      Comedy

      Robert Hines

      Robert L. Hines, best known for his role as Toby Jones from Jones' Good-Ass BBQ and Foot Massage, has been a stand-up comedian for more than 30 years performing at the Improv, Zanie’s Comedy Club, Laugh Factory and the Comedy Store in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Cleveland, and Philadelphia. Cleveland, people, Cleveland!
      Dec. 9-11. Thu., 8pm; Fri.-Sat., 7pm. $25.  
    • Arts

      Dance

      Tapestry: The Precious Present – In Love & Light

      Tapestry Dance Company returns to the stage with all their stunning tap-dance choreography and this world premiere, featuring an array of local dance, vocal, and musical artists. Spoken word poet Zell Miller III; vocalists Nagavalli and Mohammed Firoozi; dancers Sharon Marroquin, Jun Shen, Andrea Ariel, and Francisco Graciano; Bharatanatyam master Anuradha Naimpally; flamenco legend Olivia Chacon; African dancer China Smith; flow artist Kelly Bach; Jeremy Arnold and director Acia Gray herself. And everybody in full! percussive! person!
      Dec. 9-12. Thu.-Fri., 8pm; Sat., 2 & 8pm; Sun., 2pm. $39 and up.  
    • Arts

      Theatre

      The 12 Dates of Christmas

      Austin Playhouse presents Gina Hoben's heartwarming one-woman play that "offers a hilarious and modern alternative to the old standards of the holiday season," as a spurned fiancée re-enters the dating world, where romance isn’t – as you, citizen, may be way too aware – all it’s cracked up to be. Starring Lara Toner Haddock, directed by Cyndi Williams.
      Thu.-Fri., Dec. 9-10; Wed., Dec. 15; Sat., Dec. 18; all shows at 7:30pm. $20 (in-person), $12 (streamed live).  
    • Arts

      Books

      The Moth

      Every Moth Mainstage show features simple, old-fashioned storytelling, by five wildly divergent raconteurs who develop and shape their stories with the Moth’s directors.
      Fri., Dec. 10, 8pm. $30-55.  
    • Arts

      Dance

      The Watchmaker's Song

      In a tribute to the cultural diversity of Austin, Ventana Ballet presents many different styles of dance in their immersive dance-theatre production based on the beloved Nutcracker ballet – not just classical ballet, but Egyptian belly dance, Spanish flamenco, Argentinian tango, American tap dance, and of course the inimitable Mother Ginger.
      Dec. 9-18. Thu.-Sat., 6:30 & 8:30pm; Sun., 1pm (kids show). $40.  
    • Arts

      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.
      Through Dec. 19. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. $25.  
    • Community

      Events

      Winter Wanderland

      "Snow Close, Yet Snow Far Out" is the theme for this festive series of holiday happenings. Enjoy the neon rainbow decor, seasonal bevvies and treats, and fun activities: film screenings Thursday, photos with Santa Friday, and carols with Mrs. Claus Saturday.
      Through Dec. 26. Donations for Council on At-Risk Youth suggested.  
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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

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