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  • The Mutt-Cracker (Sweet!)

    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

  • Wing-Man and Reilly

    Gnap! Theater Projects and Salvage Vanguard presents this double feature of physical comedy, showcasing Caitlin Reilly (of Schave & Reilly) and NYC's Mark Gindick (who performs Wing-Man, his original and wordless winner of United Solo Theatre Festival's "Best One-Man Show"). These aren't the clowns who will eat you while you sleep; these are the clowns who will thrill you while you're awake. Recommended. Wed.-Fri., Jan. 2-4, 8pm., $10

    Salvage Vanguard Theater, 2803 Manor Rd., 512/474-7886

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