Flatlander previews new solo disc, 9pm.
Raw Red River indie rockers call it quits.
Bernadette’s Bar/Red 7
Reformed local punks Friday, newborn Japanese equivalents Saturday.
“Eight to 10 members, 25 egos, six livers,” counts off Louisiana geetar wild man C.C. Adcock in describing swamp pop supergroup Lil’ Band o’ Gold, recently recording with Fats Domino and Robert Plant. All-stars say it all: Adcock, Dickie Landry, Warren Storm, Tommy McLain, Steve Riley, Dave Egan, Lil’ Buck Senegal, Pat Breaux. And all that glitters isn’t just LBOG, as the coyly titled “Patty Griffin & Her Driver” play sold-out shows at the Continental on Saturday and Sunday. Pssst, the “Driver” is a Led locks. – Margaret Moser
Far from being a congenial band moniker, Nazi Gold effectively suggests how provocative the Austin trio’s music is. Renegade instrument builder Thor Harris (drums) and Jeremy Steen (bass) join Quin Galavis (guitar, vocals) to shake up audiences with hard tunes that leave deep grooves in your cerebellum. Another local trio, Mirror Travel, solidifies the bill with dense, swelling jams laid down by guitar-gripping vocalist Lauren Green and a locking rhythm section. Openers Sur, Marriage, and Haints usher in the madness. – Kevin Curtin
This show features work by local moving-image artists including Lyndsay Bloom, Jason Cortlund & Julia Halperin, Nathan S. Duncan, Jarrett Hayman, Caroline Koebel, Metrah Pashaee, Ekrem Serdar, Scott Stark, and Rachel Stuckey. See www.ercatx.org for the complete lineup.
8PM, Tiny Park, 1101 Navasota #2
Already sold out! Not the man, no, but the two early shows. But, look: Two late shows added, maybe you can still get tickets! Huzzah! Thu.-Fri., Dec. 13-14, 10:30pm. $45
ACL Live at the Moody Theater, 310 W. Willie Nelson Blvd., 512/225-7999
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
The Texas Early Music Project explores Christmas traditions from as many diverse European cultures as they can within a single concert. Carols, motets, dances, and traditional songs with innovative arrangements for solo voices, small chorus, harp, violin, flute, and mandolin. Dec. 14-16. Fri.-Sat., 8pm, First English Lutheran Church, 3001 Whitis; Sun., 3pm, First Presbyterian Church, 8001 Mesa. $5-25
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
These elves have been naughty all year and now it's time to show you all they've learned. Fri., Dec. 14 & 21, 8 & 11pm. $15-25.
Maggie Mae's, 323 E. Sixth, 512/478-8541
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
The Capital Area Food Bank has joined forces with Capital Metro and Whole Foods Market for a three day food drive to stuff a Capital Metro bus with 20,000 pounds of nonperishable food items. Fri.-Sun., Dec. 14-16, 8am-11pm.
Whole Foods Market, 525 N. Lamar, 512/476-1206
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