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Kids' Club: Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas

Kermit the Frog hosts this classic Muppet musical Christmas tale with original songs from master tunesmith Paul Williams. free

11AM, Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, 1120 S. Lamar

Arts

  • 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

  • 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

    www.mnae.org

  • 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

  • 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.

    298-9920

    www.tinyparkgallery.com, contact@tinyparkgallery.com

  • Cantanker: The End

    This is the newest (and final) issue of that magazine – that stunning artshow between two covers – called Cantanker, but it's also an exhibition of the works themselves, from more'n 20 artists exploring "the end of the world" – as curated by Sean Gaulager, Shea Little, John Mulvany, and Debra Broz at Big Medium. Through Dec. 23. Mon., Wed., Fri., noon-4pm. Reopening: Jan. 2-18.

    Bolm Studios, 5305 Bolm

    www.bigmedium.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

    • FrankenBike

      Need some bike parts to finish off that two-wheeler of your dreams? This swap has the parts and the know-how if you have the bargaining skills. Live music and pizza keep you in the pedaling mood. 10am-4pm. Free.

      Yellow Bike Project, 1216 Webberville Rd., 512/524-5299

      www.frankenbike.net

    • 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

    • Festival of Carols

      Local elementary choirs sing the yuletide hits to keep your ears busy while your enjoy some crafts or refreshments. 3-5pm.

      French Legation Museum, 802 San Marcos St., 472-8180

      www.frenchlegationmuseum.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).

      Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave, 472-2499 x201

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

    • The Elves and the Shoemaker

      Kids over the age of 3 can get in the spirit of the season with this puppet show courtesy of your local library. 1pm, 4am. Free.

      Sat., Dec. 15, 1pm, Pleasant Hill Branch, 211 E. William Cannon; Tue., Dec. 18, 10:15am, Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina

      www.library.austintexas.gov

    • 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