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Mexic-Arte Family Day

Activities on this holiday-themed, all-ages afternoon include hand-printing wrapping paper, screen-printing holiday cards, and folding decorative paper ornaments. Sun., Dec. 11, 1-4pm. Free.

Mexic-Arte Museum, 419 Congress, 512/480-9373

www.mexic-artemuseum.org

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Blue Genie Art Bazaar

Sure, we've got a feature about this popular annual emporium – and its snazzy new locationright here. Because local. Because giftworthy. Because these guys really know how to run a bazaar. Through Dec. 24. Daily, 10am-10pm. Free admission.

6100 Airport.

Dimension Gallery: Gold and Shadow

In which that talented Nick Schnitzer uses many mirrors and other reflective surfaces, along with industrial materials, some moving parts, and dark cavities, to explore humanity's dark side. Jungian in its depths, glorious in its surfaces, this is a show not to be missed. Bonus: You can't even get into the gallery without experiencing Dimension's "Paved Garden," so there's no way you can lose here, citizen. Recommended. Through Dec. 24.

Dimension Gallery, 979 Springdale #99

dimensiongallery.org/

Flatbed Press: Common Language

Here's a show from West Texas artists Suzi Davidoff and Rachelle Thiewes, collaborating as Razi Projects, presenting site-specific land-based installations documented by large-scale photographs printed on aluminum, a twin-screen video projection, and a hand-bound artist book.

Flatbed Press, 2832 E. MLK, 512/477-9328

www.flatbedpress.com

grayDUCK Gallery: Lumens & Currents

This exhibition by Elizabeth Chiles and John Swanger comes out of several years of dialogue between the artists regarding their work and inquires into life, their paintings and collages and more addressing questions of luminosity, surface, materials, color, and practices of close attention. Reception: Fri., Dec. 9, 7-10pm.

grayDUCK Gallery, 2213 E. Cesar Chavez, 512/826-5334

www.grayduckgallery.com

MACC: Art Classes

Sculpting, working in clay and paper pulp, painting with acrylics: many opportunities for learning a craft here. See website for details.

Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River, 478-6222

www.maccaustin.org

SouthPop: From Steam to Extreme

Austin's prime storehouse of local cultural history unwraps the tarpaulin on this new exhibition, chronicling the funk-infused days and nights of one of Austin’s most long-lived and prolific bandsExtreme Heat, formerly Steam Heat – via an array of posters, photos, and interviews. Through Dec. 15.

South Austin Popular Culture Center, 1516-B S. Lamar, 512/440-8318

www.southpop.org

Studio L Gallery

Sculptural work by Rita Marie Ross, Jacob Colburn, Daryl G. Colburn, Dorthy Crummer, and more. 2309 Thornton.

577-3479

Texas State History Museum

American Flags Check out this rich display of flags, original artwork, and related memorabilia from one of the most preeminent collections in the world. Also, The Power of Nazi Propaganda Remember back when that Hitler dipshit was going to, ah, make Germany great again? Remind yourself of the perils of fascism by scoping these rare artifacts from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Texas-based lenders, historic film footage, and first-person interviews. Through Jan. 8. $9-13.

Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress, 512/936-8746

www.thestoryoftexas.com

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