Long Center for the Performing Arts
701 W. Riverside, 512/474-5664
Built on the footprint of Palmer Auditorium in part with reclaimed materials from its predecessor, the Long Center opened in 2008. It serves as home to the Austin Symphony Orchestra, Ballet Austin, and Austin Opera. Between a marquee setting across the lake from Downtown and civic-minded integration with surrounding areas, the Long has proven transformational. The multi-tiered Dell Hall, the complex’s largest venue, seats 2,442. Even the upper balcony seats provide good sight lines. The hall’s acoustics eliminate dead zones by design and a series of movable banners and curtains enable the room to be custom-tuned for the music at hand.
The longhaired maestro of local legend
totally takes your favorite holiday classics
and drops them into a minor key
, maybe mashes them up
with something catchy yet now dissonant, just generally runs musically rough-shod all over the treacled tinsel of a Western childhood. And, oh! It's glorious! This year, Reynolds adds to the madness with a full string quartet, a three-piece trombone section, and pedal steel. Bonus: One of the seasonal standards is mashed up with a DMX
song. Fri.-Sat., Dec. 3-4, 7:30pm. $29 and up.
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.
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.
Reynolds and an all-star tenpiece band present unique renditions of holiday classics, most of them played in a minor key. Fri., Dec. 3 - Sat., Dec. 4. $29.
- 2021: Critics Best Lawn Care (Long Center & Luck Presents Long Live Music Series)
- 2015: Readers Best Downtown View (The Long Center)
- 2015: Readers Best Performance Space (The Long Center)
- 2011: Readers Best Downtown View
- 2011: Readers Best Performance Space
- 2010: Readers Best Downtown View (Long Center)
- 2010: Readers Best Performance Space
- 2009: Readers Best New Building (Past Five Years)
- 2009: Readers Best Performance Space (Long Center)
- 2008: Critics Best Structural Update (Stan Haas for the Long Center)
- 2008: Critics Best Room for Listening (Dell Hall at the Long Center)
- 2008: Readers Best Performance Space (The Long Center)