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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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    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. Note: The show's up through Christmas Eve, but the opening reception is where you want to be, to get there early and have first pick among the offerings.
    Reception: Sat., Dec. 2, 7-10pm. $10.  
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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. Bonus: The opening reception's gonna be invaded by Krampus from the House of Torment.
    Reception: Fri., Dec. 1, 7-10pm
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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.
    Reception: Fri., Dec. 1, 7-10pm
    702 Shady #190
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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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    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.
    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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    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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    Blipswitch: Shoestring

    Here's an exploration of contemporary dance in collaboration with a live jazz quartet led by pianist Red Young, featuring choreography by Taryn Lavery, Alex Miller, and Lucy Wilson. Note: One dollar of each ticket sold benefits HAAM.
    Dec. 13-16. Wed.-Sat., 8pm. $25.  
    KC Grey Home, 211 E. Alpine #700.
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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 uo 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. 1-15; Dec. 28-30. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 3pm. $10-25.  
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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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    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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    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 an empty venue, because they and you and almost everybody else is gobbling turkey and dealing with the *fnord* relatives, right? But then you can check out that award-winning Parallelogramophonograph (with The Ladies Room) 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 Maestro Raw, and right before the extemporaneous donnybrook of that main Maestro event. See website for more.
    Nov. 9-11. Thu.-Sat., 7:30-10pm
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    It's … Institutional!

    Actually, Fuck, It's Christmas! The Institution's annual takedown of holiday madness roars back to life with Rudolph's shiny red heart dripping in its sketch-comedy maw on Fridays and Saturdays. Tom Booker directs this show in which "Alex Jones stops by with his truthified version of 'The 12 Days Of Christmas,' Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick reads 'Biblical Bedtime Stories,' and Santa Claudio crashes your Thanksgiving with premature Yule tidings." And there's the Friday late-night desecrations of God vs. the Devil, an improv smackdown in which those power-mad beings mercilessly fuck with the performers onstage. See website for details.
    $10.  
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    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 means everybody's at home and getting drunk or remaining intensely sober, and Friday rocks with the The Franchise and Stoned v. Drunk v. Sober, whereas Saturday's stage is Spitballin' – 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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    Link & Pin: Heads In the Cloud

    The art of Jeffrey Butterworth takes on "what a seemingly normal existence can yield, not shying away from sex-crazed middle-aged men, housewives avoiding the sex-crazed middle-aged men, and cats with boobs." Um, dude. Somewhere between Raymond Pettibon and The Far Side, you say? We'll definitely check it out.
    Reception: Fri., Dec. 8, 6-9pm
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    Maizie O's Longhorn Lounge

    In which that sassy speakeasy owner Maizie O., as if straight outta last century's Roaring Twenties, takes the stage to give you an hour's worth of the 411 on her life and times.
    Sat., Dec. 16, 2pm. Show included w/ museum admission.
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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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    Dance

    Melissa Amira's Carousel Caravan

    Jeanette hosts this monthly shimmy, featuring a host of hot belly dancers in one of Austin's coolest bars. Every third Saturday, 8pm.
    Free.
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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.
    Dec. 1-23. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. $16-36.  
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    Northern-Southern Gallery: Overneath

    This new show is a collection of layered mysteries, curated by Rachel Freeman: underwater installations, fossilized T-shirts, alien eggs, boxes of squished color, self-deconstructing portraits, and paintings of phantasmagoria. Featuring work by Clarke Curtis, Gabriel Dawe, Jessica McClendon, Angel Oloshove, Chris Bakay, Anne Austin Pearce, and Forlane 6.
    Reception: Fri., Dec. 8, 7-11pm
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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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    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.
    Reception: Sat., Nov. 25, 6-9pm
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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 showcases you, at home with your family, right? Because the joint's closed for Thanksgiving. But 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 Saturday's 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 offering 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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    VSA Texas: Meet the Artists

    Cards, jewelry, prints, ornaments, glass, and more: Unique gifts and artwork from Texas artists with disabilities.
    Reception: Sat., Dec. 2, 1-4pm
    AGE Building, 3710 Cedar, Rm 101
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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.
    Through Jan. 11
Ongoing
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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.