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    Latino Comedy Project: Barrio Daze

    The LCP's recent run of Gentrifucked was as timely, relevant, and provocative as the troupe's productions have always been – and pretty damn funny, too. And this Barrio Daze is just as laced with dark humor, but even more concentrated and powerful – partly because it's performed by just one man: LCP head honcho Adrian Villegas, whose array of characters and the level of craft with which he portrays them could leave you breathless. Barrio Daze, a kaleidoscopic glimpse into diverse aspects of Mexican-American identity, is something of a reprise of its own earlier incarnation – but newly revamped to reflect a variety of *fnord* current events. We recommend it highly. And if you hold (or you're thinking of running for) public office anywhere in Tejas, we reckon it should be required viewing.
    Through Dec. 16. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $12-15.  
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      Wildflower Center: Luminations

      Winter is coming … and the Wildflower Center's even more beautiful because of it, as you stroll along the night-time paths and gardens with thousands of luminarias and other beautiful light displays among the landscaped flora, as you enjoy live music, maple taffy, and steaming cups of hot chocolate in the courtyard and the stars shine all big and bright in the vault, the vault, the vault of heaven. What a lovely escape from the urban grind!
      Dec. 7-10. Thu.-Sun., 6-9pm. $15 (free, ages four and younger).  
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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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      Art.Science.Gallery.: Trading Card Show

      If you like art inspired by science, you'll love this. If you like trading cards, you'll love this. If you like both of those things at once, you may be overwhelmed with joy at this fifth annual fundraising event featuring hundreds of original, affordable, miniature works of science-celebrating art by artists from all over the country. That's right, 2.5-by-3.5-inch works of art, already framed for your convenience, waiting for a home on your wall or – hey, it's that time of year – the wall of a lucky friend or friends.
      Through Dec. 24
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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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      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 Prairie Christmas Carol

      Watch the village come to life with carolers and colorful characters that step out of history, not in England but in the Lone Star State, as performers at Pioneer Farms re-create various scenes of the classic tale – Dickens with a Texas twang.
      Dec. 7 & 9. Thu. & Sat., 7-11pm. $12.
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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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      Artchitalks with David Webber

      In this latest of his series of lectures, the architect tells us about "Redefining Architectural Beauty."
      Thu., Dec. 7, 6:30pm. Free, but RSVP.  
      Articulture Designs, 6405 Manchaca Rd
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      Austin Handbell Ensemble

      Handbells Assemble! They'll be ringing some changes, all right, as this tumultuous year lurches toward the next and all that lovely tintinnabulation turns your 2017-assaulted frown upside down.
      Thu., Dec. 7, noon. Free.
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      B Scene: Born To Be Wild

      Celebrate the Blanton's new "The Open Road: Photography and the American Road Trip" exhibition with Sun Radio's DJ Mark Murray broadcasting live from the atrium, followed by two live sets of American rock-n-roll from Guitar Legs (featuring Rosie Flores & Sophia Johnson), as your favorite bartenders from The North Door serve up the perfect travelin' cocktails to wet your whistle with.
      Thu., Dec. 7, 6-10pm. $12.
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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

      Bruce Bruce

      Although Bruce is known for his adult comedy, he prides himself on not using vulgarity to win a laugh. When not performing in clubs across the country, the comic divides his time between his homes in Atlanta and Los Angeles. He is also extremely dedicated to his incredible car collection, which includes two Harley Davidson trucks and four Buick muscle cars, among others. Hey. Hey. Incredible.
      Dec. 7-9. Thu., 8pm; Fri.-Sat., 8 & 10:30pm. $28-33.  
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      Butridge Gallery: Buddhist High Holy Days in Tibet and Qinghai

      This exhibition features photographs by Kate Graham.
      Through Jan. 6
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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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      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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      Davis Gallery: Botanical Eclipse

      Matthew Fuller's technical expertise and dazzling sense of design combine in collusion with his photographically captured flora, resulting in magnified images that allow the viewer to contemplate the most delicate details of earthly life. Suggestion: Plant yourself in front of these beauties for a refreshing art break in the middle of your harried urban existence, citizen.
      Through Jan. 13
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      De Stijl: you i i i everything else

      In which Elizabeth McDonald Schwaiger and Seth Orion Schwaiger exploit the original function of the gallery building – a modest bungalow – and create a domestic environment, a painting-filled home, a hypothetical household that reflects our current anxious times. "Human behavioral science, psychological theory, geo-political power structures, scientific and technological experiments, and the history of art and of science are just some of the subjects both artists mine and explore."
      Through Dec. 16
      1004 W. 31st.
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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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      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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      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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      Helios Kiln Glass Studio: Classes and Demonstrations

      Learn while they burn at this professional studio.
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      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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      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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      La Pastorela

      Teatro Vivo invites you to this bilingual holiday play directed by Alexis A. Arredondo, in which shepherds, on their way to where the angel San Miguel has told them that the Child of Light will be born, encounter an array of "zany devils and fun-loving angels." Bonus: live music from Clemencia Zapata and friends.
      Through Dec. 17. Thu.-Fri., 8pm; Sat., 4 & 8pm; Sun., 4pm. $15-20 (pay what you can, Thursdays).  
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      Lora Reynolds Gallery: The Last Tree on the Planet

      Jason Middlebrook’s new sculptures are black, powder-coated steel, isolating the bold designs he's painted on slabs of wood for the last ten years and making them into three-dimensional line drawings. Also, here's a big bonus: "Haaston Paradise," the latest ceramic and fiber works from those irrepressible Haas Brothers.
      Through Feb. 3
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      MASS Gallery: Science as Inspiration

      In which artists Rebecca Marino and Bethany Johnson discuss the research and inspiration behind their current artworks, Marino presenting the history of experimentation in physics and the various ways we can apply these larger concepts to our smaller domestic settings, Johnson revealing her research into the astronomical pursuits of the McDonald Observatory.
      Thu., Dec. 7, 7pm
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      Litera

      Matt Coyle, David Eric Tomlinson, and Con Lehane

      Three crime writers, three new books – Blood Truth,The Midnight Man, and Murder in the Manuscript Room – three presentations of the (fictional) evil that men (and women) do.
      Thu., Dec. 7, 7pm
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      MCW: Carrie Fountain and Paul Harding

      The poet and the novelist read from their acclaimed works. Fountain? Harding? Yes – this will be an event well worth attending. Thanks, Michener Center!
      Thu., Dec. 7, 7:30pm. Free.
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      Merlin Works Improv Mixer

      Yes, and it's open to total newbies, current students, free agents, existing troupes looking for new members, coaches, or anyone who wants a free improv workout and a night of getting to know likeminded citizens.
      Thu., Dec. 7, 8-10pm. Free.
      ZACH North, 12129 N. FM 620
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      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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      Dance

      Of Mice and Music: A Jazz Tap Nutcracker

      Well, of course it's Tapestry Dance Company presenting this modern and percussive take on the holiday classic, led by that nationally acclaimed Acia Gray, featuring the Mouse King who leads an army of tapping mice in their spectacular battle against The Nutcracker. Bonus: live music, making the ol' Tchaikovsky jump all jazzwise and jaunty.
      Through Dec. 17. Thu.-Fri., 7:30pm; Sat., 2 & 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. $23 and up.  
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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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      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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      Story Circle Network

      Nonprofit organization for women, offering monthly reading and writing circles and more, in North, Central, and South Austin.
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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 Drowsy Chaperone

      Nick Mayo directs this metatheatrical spectacle, a Tony-winning tribute to Jazz Age musicals.
      Dec. 7-10. Thu.-Fri., 7:30pm; Sat., 2 & 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. $15-26.  
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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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      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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      VSA Texas: Holiday Art Show

      Cards, jewelry, prints, ornaments, glass, and more: Unique gifts and artwork from Texas artists with disabilities.
      Through Dec. 23
      AGE Building, 3710 Cedar, Rm 101
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      Wally Workman Gallery: Light

      This longtime Austin gallery, one of the best in the whole damn city, ends 2017 with a group show in which more than 30 of their regular artists present new works based on the idea of light. Among those artists: Ian Shults, Honora Jacob, Diana Greenberg, and Will Klemm. Indeed, a show worth treating your art-hungry eyes to.
      Through Dec. 23
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      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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      Yard Dog Pop-Up: Life's Weird

      That local feller Bob Schneider (whose new collages recently at Pop Austin were, as expected, downright phenomenal) and L.A.-based artist Noah Harmon will be in the gallery for one night to open their show of new art. Collage, paintings, and prints from the former, drawings and paintings from the latter. Dope? Indeed.
      Thu., Dec. 7, 7-9pm
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      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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