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Film

Blue Starlite Drive-In: Selected by the Austin Film Society: Friday Night Lights

H.G. Bissinger’s classic book about the secular religion of high school football was adapted for the screen prior to becoming a TV show. Stop-motion animated holiday favorites will also screen. Read a full review of Friday Night Lights.

7PM, Austin Studios, 1901 E. 51st

Arts

  • UT Symphony Orchestra

    Fri., Dec. 7, 7:30pm (2012), $10 ($5, seniors, students; free, UT community)

    Bates Recital Hall, 27 E. Campus Dr., 471-5401

    www.music.utexas.edu, generalinfo@mail.music.utexas.edu

  • 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

    www.altateatro.com

  • 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

    www.samopc.org

  • 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

    www.salvagevanguard.org

  • Tiny Park: Divergent Space

    Oh! The entire gallery's filled with the works of Leah Haney, and all we can do is stare in wonder, transfixed by the artist's exploded conflations of multidimensional perspective and architectural renderings on wooden panels and more. Smart, elegant, and with colors like Frank Lloyd Wright went on an Adderall bender and redesigned Bifrost. Through Jan. 5. Saturdays, noon-5pm, and by appointment. 1101 Navasota.

    298-9920

    www.tinyparkgallery.com, contact@tinyparkgallery.com

    Community

    • 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

      www.bluegenieartbazaar.com

    • Children's Nutcracker

      The Austin City Ballet presents the 12th annual Nutcracker for the kids. It's a holiday tradition for all age groups, as long as you don't consider watching people leap in tights "adult." Fri.-Sat., Dec. 14-16. $25 ($15, children).

      Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Rd., 496-5937

      www.austincityballet.org

    • 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 Ave, 472-2499 x201

      www.austinkids.org/Programs/Seasonal/Gingerbread-House-Workshops.aspx

    • 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

      www.blantonmuseum.org

    • Christmas Apocalypto

      Guess who's coming to WTF? Rebecca and Stanley Roy must be quaking in their figgy pudding knowing that Silky Shoemaker, Little Stolen Moments, Mitzy Myers, and Russell Reed are headed back to town for this magical baconator weekend of holiday hullaballoo. Thu.-Sat., Dec. 13-15, 8:30pm. $12.

      ND Austin, 501 N. I-35, 512/485-3001

      www.ndvenue.com

    • Fabulous Habits: Fashion & Variety

      Anything goes at this fashion show curated by top designers with frocks and such from Top Drawer Thrift. Join hostess Ursula, Tough Titty, and the Weird City Sisters all to benefit Project Transitions. 8pm-2am. $10 suggested donation.

      Lipstick24, 606 E. Seventh, 512/474-2950

      www.lipstick24austin.com