Known for her groundbreaking Sixties hit “Society’s Child,” and then almost a decade later for the Grammy-winning “At Seventeen,” Janis Ian grew into a champion songwriter. Her ability to capture the universal in song makes the New York folkie the envy of pupils and followers half her age. Ian’s recent work as an author has garnered her notoriety, both for her autobiography (newly available in paperback) and in the realm of science fiction. – Jim Caligiuri
The Monkees overstepped in a most fascinating manner during their jump from the little screen to the big. Rafelson and co-conceptualist Nicholson did for the Monkees what Richard Lester did for the Beatles with A Hard Day's Night and Help!, creating a wacked-out, aimless universe that constantly riffs on popular culture.
10PM, Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth
Join Craig Hella Johnson, Charles Wesley Evans (baritone), and Kathlene Ritch (soprano) among the most glorious voices in town, as the acclaimed Conspirare company brings dulcet tidings of comfort and joy. Bonus: Tom Burritt on percussion. $24-75 ($10, students)
Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside, 474-5664
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
Protest cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid by highlighting the faces and voices of citizens who rely on those programs daily. 4-6pm.
Sen. John Cornyn's office, Chase Tower, 221 W. Sixth
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
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