It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas once 900 Barton Springs Rd. gets Bazaar. From Dec. 12 through Dec. 24, three sets a day accompany weird, wacky, and wondrous holiday consumption, kicking off with two locals who had a fruitful 2012. Roots powerhouse Ruthie Foster Let It Burn, while outlaw Ray Wylie Hubbard sang The Grifter’s Hymnal. Fiddle phenom Ruby Jane (noon) and singer-songwriter-soulman Kalu James (3:30pm) precede the former. Headliners 8pm, $8. – Raoul Hernandez
British quartet Bloc Party’s been in more video games than it’s had albums. Fourth disc, Four, retains the same drama. Guitars and drums wrapped up in surgical strikes, frontman Kele Okereke’s a bundle of nerves; you might even catch a banjo or two. It’s rare that big-ticket indie rock survives hiatus, ego, and mediocre solo projects, but Bloc Party emerges intact. Upstart indie poppers the Chevin open. You get the feeling the Leeds fourpiece grew up wanting to be like Bloc Party. – Luke Winkie
Emo's, 2015 Riverside
Cap City Pythons turn 38, free.
Legendary disc jockey Bob Fass of New York's WBAI, who pioneered free-form radio on his FM show Radio Unnameable
, is profiled in this documentary. See "When the Sixties Was Happening on FM Radio
," Dec. 7, for an interview. The filmmakers will be in attendance.
7PM, Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, 1120 S. Lamar
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
They're saying this is the last year they're gonna stage David Sedaris' comedic tale of a disgruntled Macy's Christmas Elf, and, if that's for real, then it's a shame – and you'd best catch it here while you can, because Martin Burke rules the stage as the wisecracking Crumpet and the musical accompaniment is a fine show in itself. Through Dec. 23. Wed.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 2:30pm. Extra shows: Sat., Dec. 15 & 22, 4pm; Sun., Dec. 23, 7pm. $40-45
Zach Theatre, 1510 Toomey, 512/476-0541
Nothing says holidays in Austin like scouring aisles and aisles of local art, crafts, and – thank God – beer. All while surrounded by tunes from one of many musical acts performing this year. Don't worry; Post Office reps will be on the premises to spare you from lugging all that holiday cheer home. Dec. 12-24, 11am-11pm. $5, weekdays till 7pm; $8, evenings and weekends.
Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd., 447-1605
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
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
Search Facebook for "The Steel Vaginas: Discussion Group on Feminism(s)" to discover this semiweekly romp through the nuanced ebbs and flows of the F Word. Second and fourth Wadnesdays of the month, 7:30pm.
The Q, 2906 Medical Arts, 281/733-0576