This surreal comedy was made by Saturday Night Live
people and includes appearances by Dan Aykroyd, Imogene Coca, Mort Sahl, Sam Jaffe, Eddie Fisher, Lawrence Tierney, and Calvert DeForest (aka Larry "Bud" Melman). Curiously, it was never released. Director Tom Schiller will be on hand to explain. See "Turns Out the Title Wasn't Prophetic
" for more on the film.
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
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.
The Marchesa Hall & Theatre, 6406 N I-35, 454-2000
Your favorite Disney tunes are sung by a mouse, a duck, a few princesses, a crab, a toy cowboy. We're a bit concerned that the songs will be "remixed to the hottest sounds of today," but we doubt the kids will mind. Sun., Dec. 23, 1, 4, & 7pm. $17 and up.
Frank Erwin Center, 1701 Red River, 512/471-7744
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).
Austin Children's Museum, 201 Colorado, 472-2499 x201
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
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