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Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences: Bass on Film: An Afternoon of Saul Bass Shorts

Featuring "Why Man Creates" (1968), "Quest" (1984), and other rarities made by the legendary director and graphic designer.

5PM, Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, 1120 S. Lamar

  • La Pastorela

    This comedy for the whole family is a cherished holiday tradition, now with a new twist written by Miguel Angel Santana. Directed by Alejandro Pedemonte for the Austin Latino Theatre Alliance, performed in Spanish with English surtitles. Through Dec. 15. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. Extra show: Sat., Dec. 8, 4pm. $18 ($13, students, seniors)

    Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River

  • Museum of Natural and Artificial Ephemerata: House

    Witness all ye artlovers the Museum of Natural & Artificial Ephemerata's current exhibition of urban habitation, and enjoy a tour of their bizarre "impermanent collection" as well. Through Jan. 28. Saturdays, 1-4pm.

    Museum of Natural & Artificial Ephemerata, 1808 Singleton, 512/320-0566

  • SouthPop: Live Music & Dead Clubs

    The South Austin Popular Culture Center presents this "visual history through T-shirts," chronicling the rise and fall of bands and venues, charting that storied sequence across the public strata of the cotton upper-body garments once relegated to underwear but now (for decades, now) more akin to personal billboards of opinion and taste. Through Dec. 23.

    South Austin Popular Culture Center, 1516-B S. Lamar, 512/440-8318

  • SVT Gallery: Vivid Section

    Here's a retrospective of work by your Arts Listings editor, Wayne Alan Brenner, featuring pen-and-ink drawings, altered and embroidered cloth, screenprints, mixed-media works, and a new 4-by-6-foot portrait of Philip K. Dick in acrylics. Maybe check in and see what this fellow who's been writing about the scene for years can actually do, artwise, himself? Through Dec. 30.

    Salvage Vanguard Theater, 2803 Manor Rd., 512/474-7886

    • Blue Genie Art Bazaar

      Need something Austin-y (art, jewelry, prints, clothing, etc., whatnot, and then some) for a loved one this year? More than 125 artists and artisans will help you with your gifting conundrums. Special events occur throughout the month of December, so shop early and often. Through Dec. 24, 10am-10pm, everyday. Free.

      The Marchesa Hall & Theatre, 6406 N. I-35, 454-2000

    • Children Giving to Children Parade

      Don't get distracted by Santa or his entourage of floats, marching bands, and inflatables and forget to bring a toy to donate to Operation Blue Santa. Get a good spot along the parade has route down Congress from the Capitol to Cesar Chavez. 11am. Free.

    • Holiday Sing-Along & Downtown Stroll

      The Downtown Austin Alliance and KUT host this evening of seasonal spirit starting with carols on the South Steps of the state Capitol at 6pm. The Capitol tree is lit at 7pm followed by an invitation to take a walk down Congress Avenue where stores and museums will be open late and lousy with specials and all manner of holiday cheer. 6-9pm. Free.


    • Urban Farm Bicycle Tour

      Eat Drink Local Week and the Bicycle Sport Shop invite families to jump on their bikes and take rider-friendly routes to farms and community gardens all over town. Tour stops include children’s hands-on gardening activities, henhouse tours, farm tours, and samplings. Tours leave from two spots: SFC Farmers' Market, Fourth & Guadalupe, 10am; and Triangle Farmers' Market, 46th and Lamar, 9am. Tickets can be purchased online. 9am. $30.

    • Gingerbread Workshop

      Kids and parents are invited to create their own sugary abodes made from locally baked gingerbread. Through Dec. 23: Wednesdays, 10am; Thursdays, 10am, 3:30pm; Fridays & Saturdays, 10am, 12:30, & 3:30pm; Sundays, 12:30 & 3:30pm. $35 ($30, members).

      Thinkery, 1830 Simond, 472-2499 x201

    • Hill Country Christmas Lighting Trail

      Take in the sights with special events at selected locations. Nov. 23-Jan. 1.

      Bandera, Blanco, Boerne, Burnet, Dripping Springs, Fredericksburg, Johnson City, Kerrville, Llano, Marble Falls, and Wimberley

    • The Rules of Basketball

      Features an exhibition by artist Paul Pfeiffer and a display of James Naismith's 1891 document the Original Rules of Basketball. You won't want to miss this in-depth and historical look into the sport of basketball. Runs through Jan. 13, 2013.

      The Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr., 512/471-7324

    • University of Texas

      Men's/Women's Swim/Dive USA Swimming AT&T Winter National Championships: Thu., Nov 29-Sat., Dec. 1, all day. Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center, 646 E. MLK Jr. Blvd. Volleyball NCAA Women's Volleyball Tournament: First Round: Thu., Nov. 29: North Carolina State vs. Texas A&M: 4pm; Colgate vs. Texas: 7pm. Second Round: Fri., Nov. 30: NC State/Texas A&M winner vs. Colgate/Texas winner: 7pm. Gregory Gym, 2101 Speedway. $7-12. Women's Basketball Vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi: Fri., Nov. 30, 11am. Frank Erwin Center, 1701 Red River. $8-16. Men's Basketball Vs. UT-Arlington: Sat., Dec. 1, 3pm. Frank Erwin Center, 1701 Red River. $8-40.

    • Austin Leather Social

      Shiny, shiny ... shiny boots of leather. First Saturdays, 8-10pm. $5 to benefit CTBOL charities.

      Chain Drive, 84 East Ave. (I-35 access road), 512/480-9017

    • Femmes for SIMS

      Delve into this "Night of the Chanteuse," featuring Jazz Mills, Nina Diaz, and Pamela Hart, with musical director Adrian Quesada, houseband featuring David Garza and Graham Reynolds, and choreographer Sassy DeLure. Whoa! Dang! This is top-notch all the way! 8pm. $50.

      Scottish Rite, 207 W. 18th, 512/472-7247,

    • Holiday Swing 2012

      Twas the Night Before the Morning After, babies! That's the theme. So get in there, dressed for excess and for lookin' like a mess after you tear up the silent auction, the "mouthwatering morsels, cash cocktails, sintillating sweets," and the dance floor. 7pm-12mid. $90, $80 in advance.

      Norris Conference Centers, 2525 W. Anderson, 454-8646,

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