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
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)
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.