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    A John Waters Christmas

    "If you go home with somebody and they don't have books, don't fuck them." Ah, could we love this man any more than we already do? We'll see, as the legendary director and general force of delightfully perverse nature brings his brand of holiday cheer to Downtown Austin tonight, courtesy of your friends at Moontower Comedy.
    Fri., Dec. 1, 8pm. $20-48.  
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    Dry Land

    Ruby Rae Spiegel's intense drama, set almost entirely in the girls' locker room of a Florida high school, explores "the complexities of female friendship, abortion, adolescents in crisis, and the terrifying process of becoming yourself." Directed by Marian Kansas for Permanent Record. Note: Nudity and graphic content. And here's what our reviewer thought of the show.
    Through Dec. 2. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $12-25.  
    Mastrogeorge Theatre, 130 Pedernales Ste. 318-B.
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    Yard Dog: Odd Pottery

    Odd, they say? Well, yes. Odd, a bit eerie, and totally gorgeous, to be sure, as this excellent SoCo venue presents a collection of new work by Waxahachie potter Carl Block.
    Through Dec. 31
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    Classical Music

    Austin Symphony: Beyond the Score

    Sure, you've got conductor Peter Bay and his talented crowd unpacking a musical composition via a live theatrical and multimedia presentation of the creator's backstory – the Chronicle's own Robert Faires is among the performers – and that's an entertaining and highly informative thing already. But then the full orchestra plays the composition you've just been immersed in the creational details of? And that work is Prokofiev's Symphony No. 5? Then the question becomes: Are you merely learning something, or are you also enjoying the hell out of yourself, lucky citizen? The latter, we insist.
    Dec. 1-2. Fri.-Sat., 8pm. $23 and up.  
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    Guzu Gallery: They’re Coming To Get You

    It's a holiday horror art show here at Guzu in the Center of Austin Fandom, featuring new renditions of the iconic heroes and villains of the grisly genre. By whom, precisely? By some of the best illustrators around: Chet Phillips, Billy Perkins, Katherine Kuehne, the incredible brotherly duo of Half-Human, Tessa Morrison, and more.
    Through Jan. 1
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    ICOSA: Tiger Strikes Austin

    Here's a nation-spanning collaboration between artist-run spaces in Austin and Los Angeles, featuring a panoply of treasures created by L.A.-based artists from Tiger Strikes Asteroid and Monte Vista Projects. Creation and solidarity, beauty in making and strength in numbers: You'll find them here.
    Through Jan. 6
    702 Shady #190
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    Pocatello

    Samuel D. Hunter – you know, the brilliant fellow who wrote The Whale and Bright New Boise – scripted this new ensemble piece about a last-ditch attempt to stave off the inevitable at Eddie’s failing Italian restaurant in the equally failing town of Pocatello. It's one hell of a Famiglia Week, alright, and this poignantly funny unraveling is directed by Benjamin Wallace Summers for Street Corner Arts.
    Through Dec. 16. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $15-22.  
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    A Miracle on 34th Street Classic Radiocast

    The players at the fictional KPNF radio station return to put their stamp on another holiday classic, bringing the entire story to life through dozens of character voices and live foley sound effects.
    Through Dec. 23. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $23-25.  
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    A Tuna Christmas

    No, no, Jaston Williamswho created this wacky small-town wonderment with Joe Sears and Ed Howard – that Jaston ain't in this version, now, hon, but he sure 'nough directs it and brings "the third smallest town in Texas, where the Lion’s Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies" back to hilarious holiday life with just three actors playing all 25 of the Tuna citizens.
    Through Dec. 31. Wed.-Fri., 7:30pm; Sat., 2:30 & 7:30pm; Sun., 2:30pm. $25 and up.  
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    Almost Real Things: Issue Release Party

    The excellent and tiny perfectbound compendium of facts and fables about local art and artists celebrates its eighth issue with this people-packed art and music showcase on the Eastside. Drinks, snacks, and much creative conviviality!
    Fri., Dec. 1, 8pm-2am. Free.  
    Atmosphere Coworking, 2400 E. Cesar Chavez #208
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    Art.Work Gallery: Kelsey Kilcrease

    This Austin-based-but-El-Paso-born artist's work – mostly portraits of people and pets – is as beautiful as it is colorful … and it's hella colorful. Recommended.
    Reception: Fri., Dec. 1, 7:30-10:30pm
    411 Brazos #101
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    ATM Gallery: What Hell YOU Playing?

    Work that presents each artist's vision of the end of a certain period of time, featuring new pieces by Brittany Anele, Berkeley Beauchot, Ben Harral, Ryan Lee Moore, Sarah Nation, and more.
    Closing reception: Fri., Dec. 8, 7-10pm
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    Austin Art Garage: No Risk, No Reward

    Think you can handle the Truth? Then check out this show of bold new works by Austin-based street artist and muralist Mike "Truth" Johnston, galvanizing the walls of this fierce gallery right off South Lamar.
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    Dance

    Ballet East: Capirotada en Movimiento

    Here's an exciting showcase of modern movement from Ballet East Dance Company, as choreographed by Sharon Marroquin, Andrea Ariel, Miguel Marroquin, Melissa Villarreal, and Aurelio P. Rodriguez.
    Nov. 30-Dec. 3. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 2pm. $10-15.
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    Big Medium: Skin Thick

    Big Medium presents the inaugural Tito's Prize exhibition, featuring winner Zack Ingram.
    Through Dec. 16
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    Comedy

    Billy Wayne Davis

    The Nashville native has been tearing up the comedy scene at festivals, clubs, and all over your TV set – making audiences laugh so riotously they forget, briefly, that, hey, don't many serial killers have the middle name of Wayne? And what kind of lame-ass name is "Wayne," anyway? Means, what, wagon-wheel? But never mind that, FFS, just get your tickets for this weekend's show – especially because that Lisa Friedrich is opening.
    Dec. 1-2. Fri., 11pm; Sat., 9 & 11pm
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    Blackbox: Residual Evidence

    This exhibition brings together the work of Leon Alesi and Damien Noll, Alesi's vivid photography manipulating landscapes to reveal the spirit of the natural world and talismans of the earth itself, Noll's complex patterns burned into the bleached white of animal skulls and bones via focusing of the sun's rays. Recommended.
    Sat., Dec. 9, noon-5pm
    1017-A W. Milton
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    Carver Museum: State of Ascension

    Mixed-media vessel works by Rejina Thomas, featuring art she created during the past two decades, with themes positioning the womb as a metaphorical looking glass from which viewers experience and understand the world.
    Through Feb. 28
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    Theatre

    Christmas Belles

    This thoroughly Southern-fried downhome comedy, scripted by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten, brings us up close and personal with the three Futrelle sisters of Fayro, Texas: Frankie is overdue with twins, Twink’s in jail, and Honey Raye is trying to keep the Tabernacle of the Lamb’s Christmas pageant from spiraling out of control. Directed by Jessica McMichael for City Theatre.
    Dec. 14-15; Dec. 28-30. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 3pm. $10-25.  
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    Comedy

    Dan Soder

    Colorado man starts doing stand-up comedy at 21, moves to New York to strut his stuff in the big city, winds up on TV and now here at Cap City while on tour. Some stories are timeless, aren't they? Check him out right here, then reserve your tickets.
    Nov. 30-Dec. 2. Thu., 8pm; Fri.-Sat., 8 & 10:30pm. $14-23.  
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    February Love & Laffs!

    Musical comedy skits, magic, and a political satirical revue with the bustling backdrop of Sixth Street on view through the stagefront window – as seen in the current SouthPop celebration of their four decades of laughs. And now, what does the current POTUS learn when Ivana, Melania, and Marla get together for the Trump Wives Club? (Does he learn anything, ever?) Plus, Dating Do’s and Oh, No he Didn’t! takes a look at how to meet and match your mate in today's online world, from speed dating, Tinder, OKCupid, and alla that; and dig the Valentine's action between BFF celebs Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg. Bonus: That sexy magician Ray Anderson is going to walk right through a mirror. No? You don't think so? Then you tell me how it's done, bubba.
    Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $25-35.  
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    Visual Arts

    Flatbed Press: Moments in Movement

    Taiko Chandler’s monotypes and monoprints are energetic explorations investigating the transience and ephemeral nature of day-to-day life.
    Through Dec. 30
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    grayDUCk gallery: Doing Work

    Who's doing work? Visual artist Raul Gonzalez is doing work. He's been doing work – paintings and drawings created to shift public perception of working-class immigrants and the role of stay-at-home fathers, now filling the walls of this elegant gallery. And this is what our reviewer thought of the show.
    Through Dec. 3
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    Harry Ransom Center: Mexico Modern

    The rise of modernism in Mexico was activated by artists, museum curators, gallery owners, journalists, and publishers both in Mexico and the United States. This exhibition explores two decades of dynamic cultural exchange between the two countries, featuring important artists such as Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, José Clemente Oroxco, and others.
    Through Jan. 1
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    Comedy

    It's … Hideoutrageous!

    There's a stage upstairs, there's a stage downstairs, there's coffee all over the place and all sorts of shows here. This Thursday brings you the Threefer and Free Fringe of improv, and, and, on Friday, a Date Night with The Knuckleball Now and Channel 2 starts off an evening with the Big Bash fanciness, the highly affected affray of ThunderDome, and the award-winning Parallelogramophonograph dazzling the late-night stage; and, on Saturday, after that genre-riddled Story to the Death, welcome to the Depression-era, moxie-forward, never-say-die, musically enhanced world of Orphans!, directed by Bridget Brewer and Kaci Beeler. And following that? The competitive improv donnybrook of Maestro. See website for more – like, their big shindig on Valentine's Night.
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    Comedy

    It's … subterranean!

    It's that underground space Downtown, swarming with improvisers and stand-up comics and sketch artists and sexual misconduct allegations. Monday nights feature Fuck This Week, wherein your moans, groans, gripes, and complaints are turned into comedy gold. They let Rob Gagnon do his Sandbox thing on Tuesdays at 9pm, Wednesdays get some work done in the Garage, Thursday brings that twisted look at dating apps – Fuck. Marry. Kill. – and Friday returns you to the Stoned vs. Drunk vs. Sober shenanigans. Saturday, there's the Megaphone Show, and – ah, see website for details.
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    Dance

    Kathy Dunn Hamrick: Parade

    The acclaimed Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company premieres an evening-length dance in this hidden gem of a warehouse space in South Austin, choreographer Hamrick here blending images of the joyful homecoming parades of her youth with those of ominous show-of-force military parades. The dancers and their patterned movements are illuminated by that arch wrangler of wild photons, Stephen Pruitt, with an original score performed live by percussionist Drew Silverman.
    Nov. 30-Dec. 3. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 5:30pm. $18-22.  
    KC Grey Home, 211 E. Alpine #700
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    Classical Music

    line upon line percussion: context

    This is an album-release show for the adventurous trio of object-strikers, returning to Canopy's Big Medium gallery to complicate the audiosphere with live performances of Andrew Greenwald’s [99 Words], Thomas Meadowcroft’s The Great Knot, and Matthew Shlomowitz’s Popular Contexts #6.
    Dec. 1-3. Fri.-Sun., 8pm. $10-18.  
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    Visual Arts

    MASS Gallery: Staycation 2

    What in the world? How about an exhibition featuring 10 Austin-based artists whose work reflects on humanity's relationship to the natural world? Yes, featuring Ryan Cronk, Dave Culpepper, Bethany Johnson, TJ Lemanski, Rebecca Marino, and more.

    And, listen, this is also the local debut of Barry Stone's new Daily, in a Nimble Sea book – with accompanying photos on display – and our code is all glitchy with joy just thinking about it.

    Through Dec. 16
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    Theatre

    Miss Bennet: Christmas At Pemberley

    Austin Playhouse presents Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon's sequel to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, in which the oft-overlooked, bookish middle sister Mary has come into her own as a confident woman full of curiosity and wit. Directed by Lara Toner Haddock.
    Through Dec. 23. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. $16-36.  
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    Much Ado About Nothing

    This is Austin Shakespeare's production of the Bard's classic rom-com, directed by Ann Ciccolella there in the Long Center, with Beatrice and Benedick being played by Gwendolyn Kelso and Marc Pouhé. Bonus: Songs featuring mezzo-soprano Shelley Auer. And here's our reviewer's take on the whole thing.
    Through Dec. 3. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 3pm. $22 and up.  
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    Old Bakery Gallery: Light and Shadow

    Contemporary oils by Debbi Smith Rourke; recent photographs by Bill Oakey and Jack Marshall.
    Through Dec. 6. free.
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    People of Color Christmas

    Color Arc Productions presents an original, comedic, contemporary Austin holiday play written by award-winning Vietnamese-American playwright Christine Hoang.
    Dec. 1-2. Fri.-Sat., 8pm. Free.  
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    Litera

    Pterodáctilo: Poetry & Ptamale Party

    This party from the bilingual journal and blog run by graduate students in UT's department of Spanish and Portuguese features tamales and literary readings.
    Fri., Dec. 1, 6:30pm
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    Visual Arts

    SouthPop: Elbow Grease

    The new exhibition here features the art of Jon Narum, Nicholas Russell, and Sam Yeates, three artists who've been involved in the Austin music scene since the early Seventies. And the opening reception's got beer, wine, and live music by John Inmon.
    Through Dec. 2. $5.
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    Stephen Clark Gallery: Notes on the Universe

    This is a showcase of recent work by the internationally acclaimed photographer Keith Carter, whose images have been shown in more than 100 solo exhibitions in 13 countries.
    Through Jan. 13
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    Comedy

    Stone Cold Comedy

    Check out what's happening in this right-next-to-that-funky-video-store hotbed of comedy. This Thursday features Frankenfriends – that's Dave Buckman, Michael Jastroch, and Rachel Madorsky – rising like a phoenix from the Frank Mills' ashes, followed by that swingin' Pendulum Presents. Friday brings Movie Riot and the laugh-inducing ladies of Loverboy and that Live at ColdTowne stand-up showcase hosted by Carina Magyar on the same night. And, for your continuing Valentine's Week laughs, there's that Missed Connections show – about lovesick Austinites seeking a second chance at romance online – right after Deja Noir on Saturday, with a potent chaser of Midnight Society! Sunday's got that Stool Pigeon, of course, and – see website for more.
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    The Brutes

    Four Brutes await their orders in the shadows as the Booth family of actors begins rehearsals for a benefit performance of Julius Caesar. Meanwhile, other Booths, both living and dead, are threatening to derail the entire production – and John Wilkes is late again, as usual. This deeply thespian offering is the Theatre Synesthesia world premiere of Casey Wimpee’s new play. And this is what our reviewer thought of the show.
    Through Dec. 16. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $15-20.  
    The Back Pack, 2400 E. Cesar Chavez #206
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    The Contemporary Austin: John Bock + Wangechi Mutu

    Bock's Dead + Juicy exhibition centers around a newly commissioned film that was shot in and around Austin, blending classic Westerns and dark comedy with spooky thriller and horror aesthetics. Mutu offers a new, site-specific edition of Throw, 2017, a painting created by the artist throwing black paper pulp against the wall, resulting in an abstract composition that dries, hardens, and then degrades over time.
    Through Jan. 14
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    The Member of the Wedding

    Carson McCullers’ adaptation of her own novella is presented by Different Stages, featuring Taylor Flanagan, Chelsea Manasseri, and Jago Mystiek among a fine cast under the direction of Karen Jambon.
    Through Dec. 9. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 6pm. $15-30.  
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    The Open Road: Photography & The American Road Trip

    The Blanton Museum presents the stories of photographers for whom the American road was muse, with more than 100 images spanning the 1950s to today, from the legendary cameras of Robert Frank, Inge Morath, Ed Ruscha, Justine Kurland, Garry Winogrand, William Eggleston, Joel Meyerowitz, Shinya Fujiwara, and more. Note: Arts Editor Robert Faires reviews it here.
    Through Jan. 7
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    Theatre

    The World Goes 'Round

    Here's a tribute to Broadway legends Kander & Ebb, featuring songs from Chicago, Cabaret, The Rink, Kiss of the Spider Woman, and many more. Austin Theatre Project's David Blackburn has reimagined the show and set it in the Paradise Cafe, a "typical coffee shop with a live five-piece band."
    Through Dec. 2. Wed.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 5:30pm. $15-30.  
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    Twyla Contemporary Art

    “It changes the room and really makes the house.” The new in-house gallery of these fine-art promoters boasts a diverse roster of artists and includes work by Austin-based Terra Goolsby and Rebecca Rothfus Harrell. See website for stylish details.
    209 W. Ninth
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    Visual Arts Center: First Fall Show

    UT's immense gem of an exhibition space showcases what's what in the local student arena and the greater realms of the whole damn world of visual arts. Check out Larry Bamburg's BurlsHoovesandShells on a Pedestal of Conglomerates installation, the "Fool’s Romance" collection of artists' books from Mexico City's Aeromoto, Riel Sturchio and Amber Shields' "Body is a Bridge" exhibition, and more, in celebration of this latest VAC renascence. And here's what our reviewer thought of that "Fool's Romance" collection. And what of that "Kind of About Michigan" installation? Here's what Melany Jean had to say.
    Through Dec. 9. Free.  
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    Theatre

    Wild Horses

    Allison Gregory's new play, a world premiere presented by your adventurous friends at The Vortex, takes on the pathos and hubris of teenage years, the struggle for identity, independence, authenticity, and the desire to find a place in this complicated world. Starring Jennifer Coy Jennings; directed by Rudy Ramirez. And here's what our arts editor Robert Faires thought of the show.
    Through Dec. 9. Thu.-Sun., 8:30pm. $15-35.  
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    Women & Their Work: Good Days & Bad Days on the Internet

    In which Rachel Stuckey, inspired by the creepy content generated on dark corners of the web, dissects the emotional pull of technology – with performative video, projection mapping, signal manipulation, and custom software. And this is our reviewer's reaction to the show.
    Through Jan. 11
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    Offscreen

    Austin Public

    Committed to freedom of speech and expression, Austin Public is a nonexclusive and content-neutral media studio that offers low- and no-cost training, equipment, facilities, and cablecasting services to all Austinites. It is managed by the Austin Film Society under contract from the city of Austin, and operates cable channels 10, 11, and 16, and live streams. New training classes are ongoing; see website for calendar.

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