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  • 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

  • White Christmas

    Irving Berlin's song-filled holiday classic comes to warm your heart and delight your ears, as choreographed and directed by Nick Demos, with musical direction by Allen Robertson, and starring Meredith McCall, Elizabeth Koepp, Matthew Redden, and Matt Gibson. Dec. 5-30. Tue.-Fri., 8pm; Sat., 3:30 & 8pm; Sun., 2:30 & 7pm. $25-80

    Zach Theatre, 1510 Toomey, 512/476-0541

    www.zachtheatre.org

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    • 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

    • Austin Trail of Lights

      It's privately funded these days, but lights are lights, amirite? Every evening has a theme with some manner of festive entertainment. Food and drinks will be available from local trailers. Park at Austin High School for $5 and the money goes to the school's orchestra. Through Dec. 23, 6-10pm. Free.

      Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Rd., 512/974-6700

      www.austintrailoflights.org

    • 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

    • 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).

      Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave, 472-2499 x201

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

    • Monster Families: Flying Theater Machine Improv

      Only the baby of the monster family can see the audience and that's where this improvisors will be getting their inspiration, so be prepared to offer suggestions. Sundays through Dec. 30, 2pm. $7.

      The Hideout Theatre, 617 Congress, 971-3311

      www.hideouttheatre.com

    • 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

    • LBJ Tree Lighting

      There will be special activities all day at the park with movies, carolers, a live nativity, Santa Claus and refreshments, but as darkness descends the lights will begin to burn highlighted by the 43-year tradition of a spectacular tree lighting at 6pm. Sun., Dec. 16. Free.

      LBJ National and State Historic Sites, Stonewall

      www.tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/lyndon-b-johnson

    • Anarchy Championship Wrestling

      presents Delusions of Our Childish Days 2012. The ACW heavyweight championship is on the line with previous year's holiday shows featuring "a barbed-wire-and-light-tubes Christmas tree and broken glass wrapped as a presents" amongst other festive treats. 5:15pm. $15, front row/balcony perch; $12, general admission.

      Mohawk, 912 Red River, 512/482-8404

      www.anarchychampionshipwrestling.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