So JJ Abrams
had this idea, see. And then was canny enough to hire another man, this Austinite (and already internationally acclaimed author
) by the name of Dorst
, to write the whole cunning, complex, wonderfully engaging thing. Right, and – oh my stars and little lip-sewn fishes – did Dorst ever do a knockout job of it! Come hear the author read from and talk about this sockdollager of a literary masterwork. Mon., Dec. 9, 7pm
Lookin' for some hot stuff? Join the Lilith Fund as they honor their volunteers. 7:30-9:30pm. $10.
Location sent to ticket holders
Still bright and free after all these years. Every day has live entertainment, myriad photo ops, and, of course, funnel cake. Go online for a schedule of shuttles and other transpo options. You can pay online for parking or a pass that lets you cut everyone in line. Bike racks will be available for your pedal pushers. Every day through Dec. 22, 7-10pm. 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 135 artists and artisans will help you with your gifting conundrums. Special events occur throughout the month of December, so shop early and often. Every day through Dec. 24, 10am-10pm. Free.
The Marchesa Hall & Theatre, 6406 N I-35, 512/494-6178
This local coffee shop has been stepping up its holiday-light game for years. Every hour on the hour the lights and music explode with the spirit of the holidays. Through Dec. 31, 6-11pm. Free.
Mozart's Coffee Roasters, 3825 Lake Austin Blvd., 512/477-2900
Edible Austin presents seven days of encouragement to buy and eat local. Go online for a complete list of special events and participating restaurants. Dec. 7-14.