Local psych popper Bradley Dean Whyte interprets Beck’s new sheet music.
Mohawk, 912 Red River
ATX’s Neil Diamond preservationists give “Holly Holy” for the holidays.
Austin’s Ellington, 7-10pm. – Raoul Hernandez
In its first Austin show since returning from tour with the Sword, instrumental thrashers Eagle Claw unleash a barrage of long, wieldy metal compositions at drummer Bart Butler’s home turf – Seventh Street hangout Holy Mountain. Expect the local quartet’s second full-length Timing of the Void served as the main course. Southwestern stonemasons Dixie Witch provide support, along with fellow scenesters Blind Pets, a grunge & roll trio swaggering with sturdy melodies. Bridge Farmers open. – Kevin Curtin
Last year’s Low Rent Super Heroes show found the group suffering from a variety of personal maladies, including a concussion and broken shoulder. This year, the quartet – local singer-songwriter hotshots Gurf Morlix, Sam Baker, Ray Bonneville, and a ringer from Los Angeles, Amilia K. Spicer – returns successfully healed and donning protective gear to avoid further injury. Their second annual appearance in the round allows for sharing battle epics and shameless lies. Starts at 2pm, so leave your holiday shopping until the early evening. – Jim Caligiuri
Blues persuasion of the strongest sort, 8pm.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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