Austin’s one-man “rock/pop/ballad/bossanova/clank.”
Half the main songwriting duo behind Georgia’s Drive-By Truckers, Mike Cooley’s long been reluctant to go it alone, but this two-night run marks his Austin solo debut. In the early days, the Hole served as the Truckers’ favorite local pit stop, so it’s also a homecoming. Cooley’s new live LP, The Fool on Every Corner, alternates between rowdy and sentimental, just like the characters in his songs. Sure to be lots of DBT favorites. See interview on the Earache! blog. – Jim Caligiuri
Lost in the riots and recklessness now synonymous with the Odd Future party bus is the degree to which Tyler, the Creator and his Cali cronies held hip-hop in a death grip in 2010, releasing a string of mixtapes that shook the industry and ushered in a new era of juvenile shock rap. This spring’s OF Tape Vol. 2 lacks the luster of Tyler’s “French!” or Earl Sweatshirt’s “Luper,” but it’s still enough to elicit wide-eyed amazement. Across the river, punk thrashers and OF labelmates Trash Talk blow out the speaker box via October’s 119. – Chase Hoffberger
Emo’s East/Red 7
’Bama-born Muscle Shoals find finally debuts The Alabama Love Man.
Nineties major label alt.rock industrialists regroup at home venue.
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
Fri., Dec. 7, 7:30pm (2012), $10 ($5, seniors, students; free, UT community)
Bates Recital Hall, 27 E. Campus Dr., 471-5401
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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