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for Fri., Dec. 17
  • 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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    Theatre

    A Cool Yule

    The TexARTS holiday tradition returns for its ninth year, bringing back that swingin’ cabaret to warm your heart with the songs of Andy Williams, Elvis, Frank Sinatra, Sugarland, Michael Bublé, Peggy Lee, and more, featuring stars from the TexARTS Professional Series.
    Dec. 16-19. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. $46-56.  
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    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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    Armadillo Bazaar

    This new rendition of an Austin tradition takes it outside for three days of music, fun, and goods presented on the lovely terrace at Palmer. It's a must-shop for the holidays, and it's only open for three days, so be sure to pop in during its limited run.
    Fri.-Sun. Dec. 17-19, 10am-5:30pm  
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    Visual Arts

    Austin Public Library: Outpost

    The Austin Public Library presents an installation by Sarah Welch: multimedia objects and imagery from the artist’s self-published comic, Holdout.
    Opening reception: Sat., Dec. 11, 2-4pm
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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.  
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    Visual Arts

    Camiba Gallery: The Square House Project

    Every year, the Square House Project offers a nine-month residency for Austin-based Black visual artists working in any visual media. Camiba Gallery presents an exhibition of work from the current resident, Evelyn Ngugi, who is midway through her residency. Bonus: Works by three finalists from the 2021 selection: Arielle Austin, Clifford Bunn, and Lakeem Wilson.
    Opening reception: Thu., Dec. 16, 6-9pm  
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    Visual Arts

    Davis Gallery: Together Again

    Here's an extensive – and highly recommended – group exhibition that showcases the depth of work by 34 Texas-based Davis Gallery artists, celebrating the present and the historical feel of our everchanging state. Randall Reid. Denise M. Fulton. Dana Younger. Jan Heaton. Faustinus Deraet. Caprice Pierucci. Steve Brudniak. Lisa Beaman. B. Shawn Cox. And however many more, too, which a little math will reveal – but not as gloriously as seeing the art in person.
    Opening reception: Sat., Dec. 11, 4-7pm
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    Nightlife & Parties

    Die Felicia Holiday Horrors

    Do ugly X-mas sweaters, Elf on the Shelf, and caroling sound more scary than merry to you? You’ll find yourself in good, ghoulish company with host Louisianna Purchase and her cast of Hell Hounds at tonight’s frighteningly festive drag show.
    Fri., Dec. 17, 10pm. $10.  
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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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    Flatbed Press: Gatherings

    Here's a group exhibition celebrating Flatbed's 2021 publications, featuring the work of Miguel Aragon, Adrian Armstrong, David Everett, Annalise Gratovich, Mike Hart, Kim Kei, Lance Letscher, Melissa Miller, and Ben Muñoz.
    Opening reception: Sat., Dec. 11, 2-6pm
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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.  
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    Visual Arts

    Ivester Contemporary: Wildflowers

    Approaching this series as painted stills from a fictional movie, Tom Jean Webb has created works that revolve around three main components: people, place, and performance. Note: The soundtrack accompanying this exhibition will be performed by Ryan Huseman at nearby Central Machine Works, directly following the reception, and Jonathan Turrell will be performing an acoustic set in celebration of the night.
    Opening reception: Sat., Dec. 11, 7-9pm
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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
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    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.  
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    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).
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    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  
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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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    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. 11, 16, 17, 21: 7:30pm; Dec. 12 & 19: 6pm. $12-20.  
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    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.  
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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.
    Through Dec. 19. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. $25.  
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    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
  • Film

    Special Screenings

    "Superpower Dogs" (2021)

    Laser IMAX 2D
    Fri., Dec. 17, 11am, 1pm  
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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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    Visual Arts

    Akirash Online

    Sure, Austin's Olaniyi Rasheed Akindiya aka AKIRASH has an exhibition at the Carver Museum right now – and the place is closed, of course. But this Lagos-born artist also happens to have one of the most robust websites around, though you'll need a mighty big screen to get the best effect of his huge and colorful mixed-media creations and performance pieces.
  • Music

    Algorhythm

    Fri., Dec. 17, 5:30pm
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    Visual Arts

    Amado M. Peña Retrospective

    The Assemblage Contemporary Craftsman Gallery in Buda presents this retrospective of original paintings and drawings by Amado M. Pena Jr. Note: The artist will attend the reception.
    Through Dec. 24
    306 S. Main #106, Buda

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