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.
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, 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