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    SAGE Studio: Winter Art Show

    This family-friendly event from the celebrated SAGE Studio features new work by six Texas artists with intellectual and developmental disabilities, a mimosa and beermosa bar, a special brunch menu from Killa Wasi, a painting station for kiddos, music by DJ Christie Young, and live portrait drawings by Sam Eiler.
    Sun., Dec. 16, noon-3pm
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      Classical Music

      Density512: The Mad King

      Here's a vivid tale of monarchy, madness, anachronism, and palace intrigue, as England's King George III, training birds to sing, deteriorates into a disturbing state of insanity in Peter Maxwell Davies’ masterpiece of musical-monodrama Eight Songs for a Mad King – with Jacob Schnitzer conducting the musical savants of Density512. "Not for the faint of heart, sure to be a thrill."
      Sun., Dec. 16, 4pm. $20 ($10, students).  
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      Swearin', Dark Thoughts, Mujeres Podridas

      By magic, divine intervention, or perhaps sheer force of will, Philadelphia garage icons Swearin’ triumphed where many fail: They reunited after singer/guitarists Allison Crutchfield and Kyle Gilbride broke up. Fall Into the Sun, their first album since 2013’s Surfing Strange, carries on the band brand: simultaneously simplistic and noisy, and full of untidy vocals. There’s also a newfound brightness to their sound, so time apart did ’em right. Dark Thoughts supports.
      Sun., Dec. 16, 9pm  
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      Armadillo Christmas Bazaar

      Nothing says holidays in Austin like scouring aisles and aisles of local art, crafts, and self-care products. But there's live music. And beer. And this year, the bazaar is hosting 12 Days of Giving, which means your dollars go to helping local nonprofits like HAAM, the Austin Art Alliance, Sun Radio, and (nine) more.
      Dec. 13-24. Daily, 11am-10pm. $8; children 12 and under, free.
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      Dance

      Ballet Austin: The Nutcracker

      You've heard of this thing? The Nutcracker, right? And here Ballet Austin brings it big and fancy and exquisitely staged, with hundreds of dancers embodying the choreography of Stephen Mills, extraordinary sets and costumes, and Tchaikovsky’s score performed live by the Austin Symphony Orchestra. Witness in wonder as a young heroine faces her fears, rescues her prince, and dreams big during the journey of a lifetime.
      Through Dec. 23. Fri., 7:30pm; Sat., 2 & 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. $15 and up.  
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      Theatre

      Better Mr. Burns

      Yes, this is that Anne Washburn-scripted, The Simpsons-go-postapocalypse brilliance that delighted audiences at St. Ed's a few years ago, now presented by a cadre of UT theatre students under the direction of Khristián Méndez Aguirre to "address the impact of environmental waste and abusive rehearsal practices to address a significant blind spot in contemporary American theatre: the intersection of environmental and social justice." And we've got a report on that right here.
      Dec. 14-17. Fri. & Mon., 7pm; Sat.-Sun., 2 & 7pm. Free.  
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      Blue Genie Art Bazaar

      Need something Austin-y (art, jewelry, prints, clothing, etc., whatnot, and then some) for a loved one this year? Thousands of original works from more than 200 artists and artisans will help you with your gifting conundrums.
      Nov. 23-Dec. 24. Daily, 10am-10pm. Free.
      Blue Genie Art Bazaar, 6100 Airport
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      Cabaret at the Level Lounge

      This intimate intimate lounge party from Natalie George Productions serves up the pre-holiday sounds of torch songs and American standards, featuring the dreamy voices of Graham Weber and Carrie Rodriguez, with Micah Motenko on piano and Michelle Keffer as your master of ceremonies.
      Sun., Dec. 16, 8pm. $18-45.  
      Level Lounge, 210 W. Riverside
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      Special Screenings

      Chulas Fronteras (1976)

      Les Blank Tribute: The documentary takes a look at the legacy of Mexican music on both sides of the border. Special musical guest Flaco Jiménez (who is featured in the film) and filmmaker/artist Harrod Blank (the filmmaker's son) will be in attendance.
      Sun., Dec. 16, 3:00  
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      Visual Arts

      Generative Art Project: Thoughts In Action

      This bastion of the aesthetically brilliant possibilities of generative technology presents two new videos, a video slideshow, and five related prints by Alba Corral of Barcelona, Spain. Listen: "The notion that digital imagery is easy to make or merely a gimmick driven by software is wrong. The truth is generative artists, like those working in other media, must invent everything you see. The difference is their marks move through time, which adds to the complexity of their process." Corral’s style elegantly demonstrates her creativity in action. And Brenner tells you more about this new gallery right here.
      Through Dec. 30
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      Arts & Culture

      Ground Floor Theatre Presents Fun Home

      Founder and director of Austin's Ground Floor Theatre Lisa Scheps brings Alison Bechdel's beautiful, queer, family drama to town. Staring Sarah Marie Curry, Taylor Flanagan, Mariela Denson, and more.
      Dec. 6-22. Thu.-Sun.; see times online. $5-45.  
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      Guzu Gallery: Binge

      That Vince Torres and his astonishing cohort of creatives have garnered more graphic goodness for those Guzu walls, with 26 artists paying tribute to shows from the small screen, with stylish renditions of characters and settings from television’s past and present. Featuring homages by Chet Phillips, Tessa Morrison, Killian Glenn, Half-Human, Nina Sanchez, and more. Where's your fandom at, baby? It's probably right here, right now.
      Through Jan. 7
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      Link & Pin Gallery: Rohit Records

      Holy Mingering Mike, citizen, here's one hell of a fine immersive fantasy, in which a fellow named Rohitash Rao has conjured an entire a record store for bands that don’t exist – filled with album covers, concert posters, and T-shirts manufactured from Rao's own wild musical mythology.
      Through Dec. 23
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      Mozart's Light Show

      Check out the holiday lights and get you a home-baked Bavarian treat, while local musicians play tunes on the grand piano.
      Nov. 16-Jan. 2, except for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Free.
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      Dance

      Of Mice & Music: A Jazz Tap Nutcracker

      Here comes Tapestry Dance Company’s unique and highly popular take on the holiday classic, with live jazz music and a swinging sound, featuring an original score performed by Austin musicians. And, of course, some of the world’s best tap dancers.
      Through Dec. 23. Thu.-Fri., 7:30pm; Sat., 2 & 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. $39 and up.  
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      Arts & Culture

      The Voyage of the TearJerker: Horizons End

      Are you ready to snap-crackle-pop with Rebecca Havemeyer and Stanley Roy Williamson's annual holiday hootenanny? Might be the last run, since Reb's leaving us, so make sure not to miss it; plus Silky Shoemaker, Lindsey Taylor, and a helluva lot more are joining in on the stage action.
      Thu.-Sat., Dec. 13-15, 7:30pm; Sun., Dec. 16, 6:30pm. $15 online, $20 at door.  
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      Trail of Lights at EmilyAnn

      Stroll through a walking path featuring more than 100 holiday light displays created by businesses, organizations, school groups, and families. Roast hot dogs and marshmallows at the Yule Log, drink hot chocolate, and enjoy live entertainment most evenings. Admission is free. Donations are appreciated.
      Nov. 24-Dec. 28. Sun.-Thu., 6-9pm; Fri. & Sat., 6-10pm. Free.
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      Winter Wonderland at The Circuit

      The racetrack transforms into something resembling the North Pole with the largest outdoor skating rink in Texas, the Tunnel of Lights, and Santa's Workshop; plus live music, carnival rides, a petting zoo, and Chinese Lantern Festival.
      Nov. 23-Dec. 30. $16, adults; age 5 and under, free.  
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      Special Screenings

      "Jerusalem" (2014)

      Renowned archaeologist Dr. Jodi Mangess takes you to the holiest sites.
      Sun., Dec. 16, 12:20  
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      Out of Town

      2018’s Brightest Comet

      Getting to a dark place out of doors is the essential ingredient for seeing Comet Wirtanen, the brightest and last comet of the year.
      Dec. 12-17
      Various locations
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      37th Street Lights

      This is how Austin does holiday lights. This yearslong tradition took a hiatus, but it's back this year and it's weirder than ever.
      Through Jan. 5. Free.
      505 W. 37th, across from Amy's Ice Creams on Guadalupe
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      Theatre

      A Christmas Carol

      This ZACH Theatre adaptation of the Dickens classic, directed by Abe Reybold and starring the estimable Jaston Williams, is "a musical sleigh ride through rhythm and time, infusing the traditional Victorian story with a score that spans all genres and eras." It's riotously redolent of the ghosts of Motown past, but of course you know the basic Ebenezer of this thing: crotchety, cratchity, creepy, and (ultimately) heartwarming. And, what's that? You think there's an awful lot of Dickens going on in town lately? Our Robert Faires tells you why.
      Through Dec. 30. Wed.-Fri., 7:30pm; Sat., 2:30 & 7:30pm; Sun., 2:30pm. $25 and up.  
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      Theatre

      A Cool Yule: Swingin' Holiday Cabaret

      Enjoy an evening in which this swingin' cabaret warms your holiday heart with the songs of Andy Williams, Elvis, Frank Sinatra, Sugarland, Michael Buble, Peggy Lee, and more – as performed by your favorite TexARTS stars, directed by Susan Finnigan. (Wanna really live it up? Get a VIP pass to the holiday party on Dec. 16.)
      Through Dec. 21. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 5pm. $43 and up.  
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      A Festival of Carols

      A 100-voice choir of adults, youth, and children accompanied by a full orchestra perform a dozen carols, beautifully arranged by English composer John Rutter and American composers Mack Wilberg and Mark Hayes. Did I mention that this is a sing-along?
      Sun., Dec. 16, 8:30 & 11am. Free.
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      Arts & Culture

      A Very Pink Christmas

      Austin Babtist Women celebrate the season with some gay apparel and a fundraiser for the Breast Cancer Resource Center.
      Sun., Dec. 16, 7-10pm  
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      A Workshop for Stress Relief and Centering

      Take a moment to re-center with herbalism and meditation during the most stressful, er, wonderful time of the year. Bring a cup for tea.
      Sun., Dec. 16, 3:30pm. $5-25, sliding scale.
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      Animal Animal Center and Austin Police Calendar Signing

      Get your calendar at this event before they're even available online. The officers featured in the calendar will be there in person to meet, sign, and take photos.
      Sun., Dec. 16, 2-4pm. Free.  
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