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Film

Elf

As the titular elf, Ferrell embraces the comic absurd with arms outstretched. Read a full review of Elf.

10:30AM, Flix Brewhouse, 2200 S. I-35, Round Rock

Arts

  • Sing-It-Yourself Messiah

    The beloved (and thus 23rd annual) tradition continues as Austin Civic Chorus and your friends and neighbors and you make a joyous-noise-unto-the-Lord sort of thing with Mr. Handel's indelible masterwork. Sat., Dec. 8, 3pm (2012), $15

    St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, 8134 Mesa, 719-3300

    www.chorusaustin.org, office@chorusaustin.org

  • Bridge/Tunnel

    Oh! This is the kind of thing we like to see! Look: An afternoon of experimental dance and live music set in the natural and engineered spaces along the Johnson Creek Hike and Bike Trail. Featuring dancers Rosalyn Nasky, Nicole Roerick, Katherine Hodges, Kelly Hasandras, Errin Delperdang, Alyson Dolan, Amy Myers, Scott Roskilly, Stephanie Chavez, and Jude Hickey; with music from Tom Benton, Henna Chou, Drew Silverman, and Max Stoffregen. Get you some fresh air and fresh art on a Saturday afternoon. (Dances take place along a half-mile section of the trail closest to MoPac.) Sat.-Sun., Dec. 8-9, 3-4pm. Free

    www.readysetgodance.com

  • Guerilla Haiku Movement

    If you've got the haiku, they've got the chalk. "Once equipped, you can scribble sidewalk verses or set off on neighborhood scavenger hunts to help find new canvases and bring passers-by in on the fun." Take the ATX for a 5-7-5 ride on lines of calcium carbonate! Sat., Dec. 8, noon. SFC Downtown Farmers' Market, 400 W. Guadalupe. Free

    www.ghm575.org, haikumistress@ghm575.org

  • 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

  • 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

    www.mnae.org

  • 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

    • Cherrywood Art Fair

      Creative weekend fun for everyone? We reckon so, what with more than 100 different artists, live music, food vendors, and an area dedicated to interactive family activities. Sat.-Sun., Dec. 8-9, 10am-5pm.

      Cherrywood Coffeehouse, 1400 E. 38 1/2, 512/538-1991

      www.cherrywoodartfair.org

    • Humanities Texas Holiday Book Fair

      Jan Reid, Bill Brands, Sarah Bird, and John Spong are just a few of the 20 authors who will be autographing books for purchase at a discounted rate. Coffee and treats will be available if your blood sugar gets low from all the literary star power. Proceeds go to Texas libraries. 10am-1pm.

      Byrne-Reed House, 1410 Rio Grande, 512/440-1991

      www.humanitiestexas.org

    • 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, 472-2499 x201

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

    • Brewing and Flavor Analysis 101

      Beginning and intermediate home brewers and enthusiasts can learn the basic theory and practice of brewing so they will understand how to brew at home, followed by a small tasting. Proceeds benefit the Texas Craft Brewers Guild. Sign up online. 1-4pm. $35.

      Black Star Co-op Pub and Brewery, 7020 Easy Wind #100, 512/452-2337

      www.blackstar.coop

    • 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

    • Bobby Cook's Big Gay Holiday Brunch

      Mr. Cook's gotta hunch and it's called brunch, a way fey gay brunch featuring DJ Def-Tone. Say what? 11am-3pm.

      219 West, 612 W. Sixth, 512/474-2194

      www.219west.com

    • 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