Calendar: Recommended


Classics: 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

  • 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,

  • 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

  • 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,

  • 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 St.

  • 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

  • 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.


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