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Experimental Response Cinema: ERC ATX!

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

Arts

  • Louis CK

    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

    www.louisck.net

  • 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

  • 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

  • TEMP's Noel: An Early Christmas Eurotour

    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

    377-6961

    www.early-music.org

    Community

    • Armadillo Christmas Bazaar

      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

      www.armadillobazaar.com

    • 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

    • Jigglewatts Burlesque Tease the Season

      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

      www.thejigglewattsburlesque.com

    • 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).

      Austin Children's Museum, 201 Colorado, 472-2499 x201

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

    • Stuff the Bus Food Drive

      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

      www.wholefoodsmarket.com

    • 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

    • 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