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  • 22nd Annual Austin Chamber Music Festival

    Promises three weeks of unexpected delights from international stars, Internet sensations, and local favorites. Don't miss a late-Beethoven performance by Grammy winners Emerson String Quartet, pop and classical hits by Brooklyn Duo, a live film score by invoke, and more.
    July 6-22  
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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.
    Daily Nov. 24-Dec. 24, 10am-10pm
    Blue Genie Art Bazaar, 6100 Airport
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    Theatre

    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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    Pugly Christmas Sweater Party & Contest

    An ugly sweater contest for dogs, a look-a-like sweater contest for dogs and owners, and more contests plus games, drink specials, holiday music, and more.
    Sat., Dec. 16, 2-8pm  
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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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    VHS zine release & benefit for Grassroots Leadership w/ Future Museums, Curved Light, Violinda Lola, Private Service, DJ Dylan Cameron, DJ Katrina Fairlee

    DIY torchbearers Hyperreal Film Club premiere their second hand-dubbed compilation of out-there shorts alongside DJ sets from techno scenesters Malika and Katrina Fairlee, and live performances by ambient boundary-pushers Future Museums, modular maestro Curved Light, electric string player Violinda Lola, and Private Service. AstralVisions and Abi Laurel contribute psychedelic visuals. $5 buys a VHS that benefits Grassroots Leadership.
    Sat., Dec. 16
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    Armadillo Christmas Bazaar

    Nothing says holidays in Austin like scouring aisles and aisles of local art, crafts, and – thank God – beer. All while surrounded by tunes from one of many musical acts performing this year.
    Dec. 14-24, 11am-10pm. $8, free for children 12 and under.
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    Special Screenings

    Arrebato

    Deep End: Spanish arthouse horror focuses on a frustrated horror film director and heroin addict.
    Sat., Dec. 16, 10:00  
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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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    BarkHappy Secret Doggy Santa Party

    A Secret Santa pawty for the pups benefiting Austin Pets Alive! Lots of cool stuff included with price of admission: treats, a bandana, a beer, pro photos, a doggy goodie bag, and more.
    Sat., Dec. 16, 3:30-5:30pm. $10.  
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    Gary Numan

    Sat., Dec. 16, 8pm  
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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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    Holy Cross Sucks

    It's Rob Nash, y'all, back at last! The man returns to the Vortex with his terrific solo show, based on his own adolescence at a Jesuit high school in Texas. Yes, the multitalented theatre savant and Off-Broadway sensation works those 1980s pop-culture references for all they're worth in this coming-of-age tale, performing an array of unforgettable, eminently quotable characters and situations both poignant and ridiculous and so true to life they'll make you laugh even as you squirm with recognition. The cast includes “the punk,” “the homo,” “the fat kid,” “the virgin,” “the nerd,” and “the slut” – and, that's right, the entire cast is Nash himself, directed by Jeff Calhoun, no less, the man who brought the world Disney's Newsies. Remember how much high school sucked? That's how much this show doesn't, at all.
    Dec. 14-17. Thu.-Sun., 8pm. $15-35.  
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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.
    Through Jan. 6
    702 Shady #190
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    Special Screenings

    Machines

    Doc Nights: A profile on Indian textile workers, who endured long hours and low pay to produce vivid fabrics.
    Sat., Dec. 16, 4:00  
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    Museum Without Walls: Mystic Raven at Pease Park.

    If there's one huge local work of sculpture that we love (note: there are several, actually), it's David Deming's Mystic Raven. It's striking and gorgeous even if you don't infer its avian inspiration; and once you know what it's called, you're likely to be like, "Oh, totally. I can see that, yeah, it makes sense that someone would render a raven this way, except, well, this is far more brilliant than what a few million other people would've ever thought to create." Remember when it was Downtown on Congress, then later at Laguna Gloria? Now the Contemporary Austin's giving it a home in Pease Park – well played, thank you, L. Grachos & Co. – and you and us and everyone who loves art, we're all invited to attend the reception.
    Sat., Dec. 16, 9-11am
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    Comedy

    Nate Bargatze

    Yeah, he may look kinda like the Chronicle's Doug Freeman in this photo … but Bargatze is his own totally different self, of course – NYC mainstay and relentless road warrior, veteran of Montreal's Just for Laughs, habitué of Conan's late-night gig, and now he's up in your Cap City, set to make you laugh a good long time.
    Dec. 14-16. Thu., 8pm; Fri.-Sat., 8 & 10:30pm. $15-23.  
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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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    Scour, Empyrean Throne, Wolf King, Flesh Hoarder, Lug, Last Judgement

    Bookending the new Back Room’s 2017 bookings, Philip H. Anselmo. The onetime Pantera frontman thawed January on East Riverside with an outsize Superjoint sundering and now squeezes December with Scour, his black metal quintet with Pig Destroyer’s rhythm section and one of two axes manned by Cattle Decapitation’s Derek Engemann. Their pair of EPs total under 30 minutes of genuine USBM rancor.
    Sat., Dec. 16, 7pm  
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    Sports

    Texas Stars

    As of press time the Stars are on an 8-1 run. Vs. Cleveland:
    Sat., Dec. 16, 7pm. $13-58.  
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    Special Screenings

    The American Friend (1977)

    Essential Cinema Cinema of Patricia Highsmith: Adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's novel sees the paths of two men cross when greed comes calling.
    Sat., Dec. 16, 7:00  
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    Special Screenings

    The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)

    Newly restored version of a silent gem chronicling the final hours of France's renowned heroine.
    Sat., Dec. 16, 2:00  
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    Tinplate Trackers Train Club

    Come watch the choo-choos in this holiday display and inspire the next generation to keep this historic hobby alive and well. You might even be allowed to sit behind the controls if you're kind enough to the tip jar.
    Wed.-Sun., through Dec. 31 (except holidays), noon-5pm. Donations appreciated.
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    Trail of Lights

    You'll come for the amazing light displays (2 million lights along the 2.1 mile stroll through Zilker Park), but stay for the food trucks, live entertainment, and interactive activities. A tradition since 1965.
    Every day through Sat., Dec. 23, 7-10pm. Free.  
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    UT Men's Basketball

    Vs. Louisiana Tech: Sat., Dec. 16, 1pm. Vs. Tennessee State:
    Mon., Dec. 18, 8pm. $7-35.  
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    Winter Wonderland

    A new Austin holiday tradition. Millions of lights will illuminate the Circuit of the Americas track with a little bit of something for everyone: a skating rink, petting zoo, human snow globe, movies on the lawn, a tunnel of lights in addition to the Circuit of Lights track walk, a vendor village, and more.
    Every day through Dec. 30, 6-10pm (Fridays and Saturdays, 6-11pm). $16 (children 5 and under free).  

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