Christmas jazz harmonies from Grammy-hoarding vocal quartet.
Bass Concert Hall, 2350 Robert Dedman Dr., UT campus
The Sword of doom descends once again on its homeland, the viscera of far-flung villagers dripping off its edge. Having conquered the States in the wake of its fourth album, Apocryphon, Austin’s heavy metal standard-bearer celebrates a high-volume homecoming at the site of the former Back Room, appropriately enough, before prepping to take Europe in the new year. Fellow travelers Gypsyhawk (from Pasadena) and American Sharks (Austin homeboys) scorch the earth beforehand. Presented by 101X’s No Control Radio. – Michael Toland
Emo's, 2015 Riverside
During the New York New Wave era of the late Seventies, a photographer lives life as though embedded in the French New Wave film scene of 1959. Debbie Harry and other downtown denizens make cameos. Following the screening, Amos Poe will conduct a Q&A via Skype.
7PM, Austin Studios Screening Room, 1901 E. 51st St.
The fierce crew that brought us the Shakespearean Rose Rage saga is set to return to the boards with a new tale of feuding magicians in Depression-era NYC – but that's not until January. This is a one-night-only secret mystery vaudeville night-of-variety fundraiser, featuring the talents of Stephanie Delk, Djahari, Amara, Jack Darling, Toby Minor, Cami Alys, Shoulders, and more (and a sneak peek of the above-mentioned Invisible, Inc.). Jazz? Hot! Wear your nattiest Hoovertime duds and put the kibosh on all your cares and woes with some hooch and hi-test hoofin', bub. Thu., Dec. 20, 8pm. York Rite Masonic Hall
311 W. Seventh. $10
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.
This new multimedia experience from Blue Lapis Light and LifeWorks Youth features young performers rendering their lives in a choreographed spectacle of words, movement, and aerial dance. Tue.-Wed., Dec. 18-19, 7:30pm. $13
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.
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
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.
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
The Stars have played well of late winning three of their last four tilts as of press time. Texas hosts AHL South Division and I-35 rivals the San Antonio Rampage Wed., Dec. 19, 7:30pm. $11-64 plus fees.
Cedar Park Center, 2100 Avenue of the Stars, Cedar Park, 512/600-5000
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.