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    Luna Luna, Boyo, Estereomance [control room]

    Great news, Austin! We’re now home to the swoony, extra-smooth sounds of bilingual synth-pop quartet Luna Luna, recently relocated from Dallas. Originally the solo project of Colombian-born songwriter Kavvi, the frontperson’s iPhone recordings, created while working at Walmart, evolved into floaty tracks like 2018’s “80’s Tune.” August album Flower Moon loops in bassist Ryan Gordon, drummer Kaylin Martínez, and vocalist/keyboardist Danny Bonilla. The groovy effort rides 2000s R&B flare alongside the salsa and bachata Kavvi grew up on, still true to slow dance potential with “Love Song.” L.A. multi-instrumentalist Boyo and El Paso art-pop trio Estereomance open.
    Sun., Dec. 12, 8pm
    • 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. $20.
      2200 Justin
    • Arts

      Classical Music

      A Charlie Brown Christmas

      Here's the Austin Chamber Music Center's annual performance at the Stateside Theatre, featuring the music of Vince Guaraldi.
      Sun., Dec. 12, 3pm. $22-37.  
    • Arts

      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.
      Wed.-Thu., Dec. 22-23, 2pm. $20 and up.  
    • Food

      Food Events

      BrisketU Backyard Pitmaster Class

      Here's an introductory class designed to teach the average barbecue lover how to work a pit and create the quintessential smoked brisket – the toughest piece of beef to master. It's a class for newbies and experienced grillers alike, where you'll learn about Texas pits, choosing the right brisket, trimming techniques, rubs and prep, wood selection and smoke profiles, starting and managing a firebox, timing the cook, and slicing the end product. By the end of it you won't magically transmogrify into Aaron Franklin, no, but you'll definitely have the basics down.
      Sun., Dec. 12, noon-3pm. $79.  
    • Arts

      Classical Music

      Classical Music For The World: Max Muller

      Here's an evening in which Max Muller, a young classical guitarist from Germany, performs compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach, José María Gallardo Del Rey, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Martin Schley, and more.
      Sun., Dec. 12, 4pm. Donations accepted.  
      Covenant United Methodist Church, 4410 Duval
    • Community

      Events

      Cute AF Holiday Market

      Get your holiday shop on at the cutest rainbow house in town. A portion of vendor fees will go to Out Youth.
      Sun., Dec. 12, 11am-4pm. Free.  
    • Community

      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
    • Community

      Events

      GRA's Festive Fest

      A winter holiday hodgepodge of traditions from across the world to celebrate and raise funds for nonprofit Girls Rock Austin's Unlimited Possibilities scholarship fund and Operation Lunch Box initiative. Featuring a stellar lineup of local musicians headlined by Jackie Venson, local craft vendors, a light show by Underground Light Orchestra, and a raffle for some cool prizes.
      Sun., Dec. 12, 1-10pm. $30.  
    • Community

      Events

      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. 12, 11am-4pm. $20.  
      Central Texas Pig Rescue Enchanted Pig Forest
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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.
      Through Dec. 19. Thu.-Sat., 7pm; Sun., 2pm. Donations accepted.  
    • 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.
      Select dates through Jan. 6  
    • Music

      Nine Mile Records anniversary w/ Glorietta, Greyhounds, Buffalo Hunt [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. 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.”
      Sun., Dec. 12, 7:20pm
    • Community

      Kids

      Ornament Making

      Elementary-age kiddos will make festive decorations out of reused materials for an Earth-friendly holiday.
      Sun., Dec. 12, 1-3pm. $12.  
    • Community

      Events

      Patterson Park Luminarias

      Enjoy cookies, hot chocolate, and a magical walk to celebrate the park's 80th anniversary. Guests will be invited to share memories with a note or drawing.
      Sun., Dec. 12. Free.  
    • 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.
      Through Dec. 30  
    • Arts

      Theatre

      Sembrando Herencia: Valiente Soy!

      This bilingual play - written by Tekina-eiru Maynard - features original music, Puerto Rican Folkloric dances, and traditional sticks-and-machete fighting.
      Dec. 11-12. Sat., 6:30pm; Sun., 3pm. $5-20.  
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      Events

      Springer Holiday Market

      A disco-themed holiday market for people and their pets! Featuring dog tarot readings by Lucky Dog Tarot benefiting Austin Pets Alive!, free cider and "puppuccinos," a Polaroid photo booth, and more.
      Sun., Dec. 12, noon-3pm  
    • Arts

      Theatre

      Stealing Baby Jesus

      Inspired by her mother's attempts to create joyful traditions in tough times, and by Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," Bernadette Nason has been forever striving to find the perfect Christmas, even though childhood memories haunt her. When she reads that her hometown of Winchester is vying for the coveted title of "Most Christmassy Town in Britain," she's gobsmacked. You'll be gobsmacked, too – with laughter and warm holiday feelings, as Nason's delightful one-woman show (directed by that Ben Wolfe for Austin Playhouse) heralds this season of (potential) comfort and joy.
      Dec. 16, 17, 21: 7:30pm; Dec. 19: 6pm. Streaming on demand: Dec. 20-26. $12-20.  
    • 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.  
    • Community

      Events

      Taste of Texas Hemp Cup

      A celebration for the Texas hemp farmer, with the top smokable hemp flower on display and the best winning the crown. Enjoy music from White Denim and New Constellations, food trucks with CBD-infused snacks, vendors and artisans, and more! Presented by Sky Wellness and CBD Pros.
      Sun., Dec. 12, 3-9pm. $25.  
    • Qmmunity

      Community

      TGQ Social: Holiday Edition

      Hang out, make friends, and connect with resources at this much-loved meetup for everyone on the trans and genderqueer spectrum.
      Sun., Dec. 12, 6-9pm. Free.  
    • Community

      Events

      The People's Market

      Shopping, crafts for kids, a watercolor and mosaic class, yoga, and more.
      Sun., Dec. 12, noon-5pm  
    • Arts

      Dance

      The Watchmaker's Song

      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, including photos with Santa on Friday and carols with Mrs. Claus on 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
    • Film

      Special Screenings

      "Superpower Dogs" (2021)

      Laser IMAX 2D
      Sun., Dec. 12, 11am, 1pm  

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