Hayes Carll’s combination of wry wit, hard-luck poetry, and raw twang has positioned the local songwriter as the next in line of venerable Texas troubadours like Ray Wylie Hubbard and James McMurtry. Don’t let the stomp and holler fool you, either. As last year’s excellent KMAG YOYO (& Other American Stories) proved, his tongue-in-cheek comes with serious bite. Canadian kicker Corb Lund joins for the double shot, along with Houston rockabilly slinger John Evans. – Doug Freeman
Antone's, 2015 W. Riverside
In this Mexican political satire, a man leaves Veracruz (along with unemployment, his nagging family, and his transsexual girlfriend) for the States, but winds up in an entirely different place.
4PM, Alamo Drafthouse Village, 2700 W. Anderson
The Vortex and Circus Chickendog team up to present this trained-animal homage to Tchaikovsky's classic for the holidays. It's family-friendly, all right, but it's not just for the kiddies: These are antics that even grown-ups will be delighted by, as the talented Darren Peterson goes all out with juggling, unicycling, giant bubbles, rope tricks, and puppets – as abetted by his circus dogs and a performing macaw. Thu.-Sun., Dec. 27-30, 5:30 & 7pm; Thu.-Fri., Jan. 3-4, 7pm; Sat., Jan. 5, 5:30 & 7pm. $10-30 ($5-15, kids)
The Vortex, 2307 Manor Rd., 512/478-5282
Breath work, yoga postures, and a little extra inner stillness to welcome 2013. 2-4pm. Free.
Soco Yoga, 1109-C S. Congress
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