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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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    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.
    Reception: Thu., Nov. 30, 7-9pm
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    Classical Music

    A Charlie Brown Christmas

    This live concert from the Austin Chamber Music Center showcases all your favorite Vince Guaraldi tunes from the holiday classic, featuring Michelle Schumann on piano, Utah Hamrick on bass, David Sierra on drums, and special guests.
    Sat., Dec. 9, 3:30 & 7:30pm. $22-37.  
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    A Karaoke Christmas Carol

    You, citizen! Time to break free of Marley's chains! Come and create a new tradition of drunken revels by playing with those Rude Mechs and a roomful of your soon-to-be best friends to create a fully produced version of Dickens' holiday classic like it's never been done before. The audience will perform all the parts and sing all the songs. Bonus: Can you and your favorite photo app beat the Rock-Solid Fruitcake Challenge?
    Dec. 8-10; Dec. 22-23. Fri.-Sun., 8pm. $25.  
    Ground Floor Theatre, 979 Springdale #122.
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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 life the entire story through dozens of character voices and live foley sound effects.
    Nov. 30-Dec. 23. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $23-25.  
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    A Peasants' Holiday Masquerade

    NunaMaana Immersive Dance Theater, directed and choreographed by Tara Alperin, presents an interactive and comedic soirée wherein the Shakespearean-era peasantry doll themselves up as royalty, welcoming you with tasteful sweets, a bit of drink, and much mingling and mafficking. Best mind that fellow in the pallid mask, Cassilda, as the twin suns sink behind the lake.
    Dec. 8-9; Fri.-Sat., 8pm. Dec. 16-17; Sat.-Sun., 8pm. $25-75.  
    Atmosphere Coworking, 2400 E. Cesar Chavez #208, 78702)
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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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    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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    Bale Creek Allen Gallery: Jack Massing

    BC Allen's excellent venue in Canopy presents a solo show of the "Broadside Series" by this Massing fellow – better known to the world at large as one half of those boundary-breaking, media-manipulating, spectacle-spinning Art Guys.
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    Dance

    Ballet Austin: The Nutcracker

    It's the 55th year for this Austin holiday tradition, with all the colorful characters, pomp, and pageantry among the confection-filled Court of the Sugar Plum Fairy, where sweets of all kinds come to life, featuring Stephen Mills' choreography for hundreds of dancers, lavish sets and costumes, and the Austin Symphony Orchestra whipping that beloved Tchaikovsky score into glorious shape.
    Dec. 8-17: Fri., 7:30pm; Sat., 2 & 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. Dec. 19-23: Tue.-Thu., 7:30pm; Fri.-Sat., 2 & 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. $19-90.  
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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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    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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    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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    Comedy

    Fall Fest at the Follies

    Musical comedy skits, magic, and a political satirical revue with the bustling backdrop of Sixth Street on view through the stagefront window! Esther’s Follies brings the city lots of new sketches, and, boy howdy, do we need them more than ever! Austin’s lawmakers are skewered with those Special Session Blues, and check out the new Trump musical, “The Lyin’ King,” a Disneyesque take on that orange-faced rump roast and his band of Merry Minions. Plus, would you believe … a dance-off between Bill Nye the Science Guy and Neil deGrasse Tyson? Because science! And of course that sexy magician Ray Anderson will thrill the crowd with his Torched and Claw illusions.
    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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    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 you can check out that award-winning Parallelogramophonograph and the Big Bash fanciness on Friday; and get ready for Dance Dreams on Saturdays, improv about the drama-fraught world of competitive dance – right after the student-driven Soundstage 23, and right before the extemporaneous donnybrook of that magister-marbled Maestro. See website for more.
    Nov. 9-11. Thu.-Sat., 7:30-10pm
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    It's … Institutional!

    Holy shit – it's God vs. the Devil on Friday night at 10pm, an improv smackdown in which those power-mad beings mercilessly fuck with the performers and judge which of them ascend to the glories of heaven or descend to the agonies of hell. (Well – glories, agonies, YMMV.) And Saturdays bring a variety of slightly more earthly delights, and, nota bene, that annual Fuck, It's Christmas! sketch show, a fine antidote to seasonal saccharine overdose, is on its way soon. See website for details.
    $10.  
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    Comedy

    It's … subterranean!

    It's the underground space Downtown, swarming with improvisers and stand-up comics and sketch artists, here in the powerhouse founded by Chris Trew and Tami Nelson. 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 welcomes you the nihilist paradise of Doomtown, and Friday rocks with the The Franchise and A Very Special Special with Allison O'Conor, whereas Saturday's stage with sauté your giblets with Stuffed: A Thanksgiving Puppet Comedy Show. And we reckon the popular Megaphone Show that night will do its public-pleasing thing, too. And on Sunday, the – ah, see website for more shows and details.
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    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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    Litera

    Naked Girls Reading: Twisted Holidays

    Warm your cockles by their fiery Hellscape, as Belladonna Darling, Dorianne Gray, and Zaftigg von BonBon explore the horror of the holidays as only they can – fully nude.
    Sat., Dec. 9, 8pm. $15-$20.  
    Inner Diva Studios, 10401 Anderson Mill #104
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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. 8-9. Fri.-Sat., 8pm. Free.  
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    Prizer Gallery: Birds' Nests and Refuge

    In which habitat photographer Sharon Beals has documented birds’ nests and eggs from all over the world (produced by species both thriving and endangered) and writers Chaitali Sen, Ching-In Chen, Dena Afrasaibi, and Maria Reva offer poetry and prose that investigates contemporary immigrant experience in the U.S. and the depth and complexity of questions of home.
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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. Thursdays showcase longtime house improv troupe, the rightfully celebrated Frank Mills, and follow that with the fierce sketch style of Pendulum. And then there's the laughalicious ladies of Loverboy going all Kiss and Tell on Fridays; that Live at ColdTowne stand-up showcase hosted by Carina Magyar on the same night; and don't miss Barney Miller: Dark Knight, wherein your favorites from the 12th precinct deal with the day-to-day in Batman's Gotham; and then, Martini Ranch's Queer & Now sketches and Midnight Society! Oh, and Sunday's Stool Pigeon! 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 spectacle is the Theatre Synesthesia world premiere of Casey Wimpee’s new play.
    Nov. 30-Dec. 16. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $15-20.  
    The Back Pack, 2400 E. Cesar Chavez #206
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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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    Dance

    The Nutcracker: Suite Dreams

    In which Austin Metamorphosis Dance Ensemble presents their annual take on the Tschaikovsky holiday classic.
    Dec. 8-10. Fri., 7:30pm; Sat. 2:30 & 7:30pm; Sun., 2:30pm. $20-25.  
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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, Rm 101, 3710 Cedar
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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.
    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.
    Reception: Sat., Nov. 18, 7-9pm
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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.