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Film

Big Screen Classics: Dial M for Murder

Originally filmed in 3-D, this Hitchcock thriller centers on a man's plot to kill his wife and the police investigation that ensues.

4PM, Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane, 5701 W. Slaughter Ln.

Arts

  • Grand Opening of Merlin Works at Zach

    Shana Merlin's acclaimed school of improv celebrates its new venue and partnership with a party and a show, with food and drinks and a sneak peek at the fresh space, with the debut performance of – gasp! – The Known Wizards: Shana Merlin, Michael Joplin, Aden Kirschner, Ted Rutherford, Shannon McCormick, Lauren Buck, Kevin Miller, Lacy Shawn, and Quinn Buckner. Recommended. Sun., Jan. 13, 6pm (opening), 8pm (show). $13

    Zach Theatre, 1510 Toomey, 512/476-0541

    www.zachtheatre.org

  • Invisible Inc

    The Hidden Room, that cabal of professional theatremakers who recently brought us the amazing Rose Rage, now command a Long Center stage to present the new Paul Menzer drama about two feuding stage magicians in Depression-era New York City. Menzer's previous Austin triumph was via The Bedlam Faction's delightful Brats of Clarence – another indication that this Beth Burns-directed spectacle of contention and vintage hocus-pocus will be a well-wrought crowd-pleaser. Starring Robert Matney, Liz Fisher, Joseph Garlock, Todd Kassens, Julia Lorenz-Olson, and Laurence Pears. Nothing up our sleeve here but recommendation. Jan. 11-20. Mon.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. Note: No show on Jan. 15. $18.50 and up

    Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside, 474-5664

    www.thelongcenter.org

  • North Hills Gallery: Beyond Limits

    New paintings by Greta Olivas. Through Feb. 3. 7050 Village Center,

    345-1743

  • Community

    • Curbside Christmas Tree Recycling

      Curbside trash pickup customers can place their real trees (not in bags) out with their regular trash to be composted into Dillo Dirt. Want rid of it sooner? Drop it off at the Zilker Polo Fields from 10am-2pm this weekend and next. Jan. 5-6 and 12-13, 10am-2pm.
    • Home & Garden Show

      Whether you're looking to remodel your house or merely gawk at the work of professionals, this gathering of experts and vendors has the goods. Apart from the usual products and giveaways, there will be various sources of info for remodelers and new homeowners. James Cameron of DIY network's Desperate Landscapes supplies the star power. Fri.-Sun., Jan. 11-13. $8.50.

      Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd.

      www.austinhomeandgardenshow.com

    • The Rules of Basketball

      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

      www.blantonmuseum.org

    • United Court Presents 'To Wong Foo"

      Get "red & wild" with the babes of Austin's United Court of fabulous gender-bending royalty and host/esses Prince Hardeux Tack and Princess Pannica Tack, trivia prizes, a raffle for a $150 shopping spree to Package Menswear and a costume contest, and more, all for Project Transitions. Now, how are we supposed to see over all those wigs?! 7pm. $12.

      Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth, 476-1320

      www.alamodrafthouse.com