A Christmas Affair

Four days of early holiday gift options with proceeds from the market going to the Junior League of Austin. Thu.-Saun., Nov. 15-18. $15 includes a shuttle ride to and from parking.

Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd.

Afrobeat Meditation

A little movement, a little sitting, and a whole lotta mind/body/spirit reconnection. Sun., Aug. 19, 4pm. $12-15, sliding scale (ages 12-16, free).

Orun Center of Cultural Arts, 1720 E. Twelfth, 761-7544

Anne Braden: Southern Patriot

Watch the documentary about the American civil rights leader, then join the discussion with filmmaker Anne Lewis. 7pm.

MonkeyWrench Books, 110 E. North Loop, 512/407-6925

Austin Fan Fest

You know all those closed streets Downtown? Well, if you can't beat 'em, join 'em for three days with five stages of music and performances, car shows, parties, gaming, kids activities, and more. Best of all, it's completely free. Makes you forgive them about the traffic, doesn't it? Fri., Nov. 16, 6pm-2am; Sat.-Sun., Nov. 17-18, 10am-2am.

Blu at the W

Gourmet breakfasts every morning ($90), fashion shows and other entertainment accompany your lunch ($150-300), and a high-class nightclub until the wee hours ($400). Fri.-Sun., Nov. 16-18.

Blu, 360 Nueces, 512/904-5666

COTA After Party

The Texas State History Museum makes history by transforming into a three-floor nightclub with Ghostland Observatory, Fitz & the Tantrums, Tje Austin, and the Wailers packing every inch of the party with tunes. 8pm-2am. $100-250.

Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress, 512/936-4629

F1 Temptations

Get your tickets for one of the titillating shows featuring aerialists, exotic dancers, burlesque performances, and DJs all tasked with tempting and teasing the crowd. Thu.-Sat., Nov. 15-17, 8pm & 12mid; Sun., Nov. 18, 8pm. $300.

Maria Maria, 415 Colorado, 512/687-6800

Formula One

The big weekend is finally here. See coverage starting on p.xx and a complete listing of F1-related events on p.xx.

Gold at the Four

Of course a group named Formula VIP Events will have some elegant (and costly) options for you. Three events each day: breakfast, lunch, and dinner/after hours. Breakfast ($90) includes champagne. Brunch ($150-300) has drinks and entertainment. The dinners ($225-500) consist of multiple courses, classy drinks, live music, and more swanky accouterments, with the final night an afterparty homage to Prohibition benefiting LifeWorks. Fri.-Sun., Nov. 16-18.

Four Seasons Hotel, 98 San Jacinto, 895-9533

Highland Mall Farmers Market

This dying mall gets new life with farm-fresh produce and meats ready for your table. Sundays, 10am-2pm. Free.

Highland Mall, 6001 Airport, 280-1976

Mix3r Launch Party

Believe it or not these three days of top notch DJs (including a surprise performer on Sunday), lights, giveaways, and go-go dancers are just a preamble to the real party at the F1 events in May. Fri., Nov. 16, 8pm-2am; Sat.-Sun., Nov. 17-18, noon-2am.

Six Lounge, 319 Colorado, 512/472-6662

My Yacht Group Nightclub

It seems everyone is creating a "European-style nightclub" during F1 and this is no exception. That it's sponsored by Lamborghini and Patron should tell you something (as should the price). Fri.-Sun., Nov. 16-18, 9:30pm-2am. $300 and up.

Ballet Austin, 501 W. Third, 310/463-1936

Nights at ACL Live

Juanes, Lupe Fiasco, and the Wallflowers keep your nights busy in that order. Fri.-Sun., Nov. 16-18, 9pm. $50-90.

ACL Live at the Moody Theater, 310 W. Willie Nelson Blvd., 512/225-7999

Santa's Ranch

Santa's tired of waiting for global warming to catch up at the North Pole. He's spending most of his pre-Christmastime among the 1.5 million lights of Santa's Ranch. Why not join him? Through Dec. 30, 6-10pm. $24 per car.

9561 N. I-35, New Braunfels (two miles south of Tanger Outlet Mall)

The Acro Cats Ambush Austin

These cats have been more than herded. That's right, ladies and gentlemen, these circus cats ride skateboards, jump through hoops, and play in a rock band (!). Nov. 12-18: Mon.-Wed., 7pm; Thu.-Fri., 7 & 10pm; Sat., 4, 7, & 10pm; Sun., 1, 4, & 7pm. $18.

Blue Theatre, 916 Springdale, 512/927-1118

The Sapphire Room Supper Club

Renowned local chef Shawn Cirkiel adds a nightclub vibe to his Downtown restaurant for F1. Great eats are a given, but live music from Suzanna Choffel, Tameca Jones, and Sara Overall make it even more worth your while. After 10pm El John Selector takes over the DJ booth for unstoppable dance-floor antics. Fri.-Sun., Nov. 16-18, 8-10pm (dinner), 10pm-1am (after party). $300.

parkside, 301 E. Sixth, 512/474-9898


Blanket Drive

Share the warmth and donate new or gently used blankets, towels, and pillows to five area nonprofits – including Austin Children's Shelter and SafePlace – via city newcomers Sleep Experts. Through Thanksgiving.

Sleep Experts locations or the Girl Scouts of Central Texas

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