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  • Music

    Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore w/ the Guilty Ones

    One of Americana’s best songwriters meets one of Americana’s best singers.: “Who’s that?” jokes 63-year-old Downey, Calif.-born Dave Alvin. “George Gershwin and Richard Rogers?”: No, it’s you, roadhouse poet/rocker plus Panhandle country existentialist Jimmie Dale Gilmore, 73. That ragged-but-right collaborative notched No. 41 on the Billboard country charts with June’s Downey to Lubbock. Saturday finds the two sampling it live at SoCo’s venerable roots-rock institution.: The Blaster/Knitter/X stalwart shrugs that his teaming with the Flatlander “happened like everything else in my career, organically.” Initially a teaming made in booker heaven, Alvin claims that the veracity of the idea hit him in the middle of the first song of their first set together.: “I knew we had a few things in common, because we’ve known each other 30-some-odd years,” affirms the West Coaster. “But doing those acoustic tours, we learned a thing or two. I knew Jimmie was a great blues singer, but it wasn’t really apparent on his records.: “Partially it was maybe his shyness about singing in that genre, and also I think the style he’d created for himself, there were elements of that. He just wouldn’t hit you over the head with it.”: Then Gilmore pulled out a Blind Lemon Jefferson tune or two and floored Alvin with his facility for replicating ancient falsettos and howls. The alchemy plays out notably on Downey to Lubbock’s title track. Alvin and his band weave a chugging electric blues behind Gilmore’s High Plains tenor.: “I don’t think Jimmie’s ever been in a flat-out rock & roll band,” muses Alvin. “Since we started touring with the band back in June, it’s been great to see him grooving on it, like, ‘Wow! This is loud!’”
    Sat., Dec. 1, 8pm  
  • Arts

    Theatre

    We Are Proud To Present

    Street Corner Arts is, in fact, damned proud to present this show – the full title of which is We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as Southwest Africa, from the German Sudwestafrika, Between the Years 1884-1915 – and proud they should be, as Jackie Sibblies Drury's "stunning, self-referential theatrical collage" engages with abominable history to tackle the subject of racism and the theatre community’s own (sometime self-serving) attempts at engaging with this subject. That (award-winning) Liz Fisher directs a fine cast, but – is this show as powerful good as it sounds? Our reviewer Elizabeth Cobbe sure thinks so.
    Through Dec. 15. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $17-25.  
  • Film

    Special Screenings

    1985 (2018)

    New Releases: Screening for the 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day, this poignant family drama is set during the crisis (hence the year in the title) and focuses on an ad executive who plans on coming out when he returns to Texas for the holidays. Director Yen Tan will be present for a post-screening Q&A.
    Sat., Dec. 1, 1:30  
  • Music

    Austin Instrumental Music Fest w/ Silhouette of Nude; NGHT HCKLRS; Catbamboo; Verisimilitude; Ziggurat; Capture Orbit; No, I'm the Leader; Pleb; Cosms; Ramparts

    Coffee ’n’ beer haven Spokesman hosts nearly 12 hours of wordless melodies and technical prowess. Headlining the fourth annual AIMFest is the Silhouette of Nude, a Tokyo power trio fusing djent and stoner doom. They top a bill including Austin’s masked electro-creeps Nght Hcklrs, Baton Rouge math rock duo Cat Bamboo, ATX psychedelic soundscapers Ziggurat, etc.
    Sat., Dec. 1, 1pm  
  • Community

    Sports

    Austin Spurs

    Vs. Northern Arizona Suns: Thu., Dec. 6, 7:30pm. Vs. Memphis Hustle: Sat., Dec. 8, 7pm. $6-79.  
  • Community

    Events

    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
  • Music

    Broncho, Glove, Valen

    Okie indie rockers thrive on fourth LP Bad Behavior.
    Sat., Dec. 1, 9pm  
  • Arts

    Theatre

    Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

    Austin Shakespeare presents Tennessee Williams’ steamy, Pulitzer-winning masterpiece of what you might call "Southern discomfort" – featuring Gwendolyn Kelso as Maggie the Cat. Directed by Ann Ciccollela. But, waithere's what our reviewer thought of the show!
    Through Dec. 2. Wed.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 3pm. $25 and up.  
  • Qmmunity

    Arts & Culture

    CCMC 30th Anniversary Holiday Show: Finding Joy

    The Capital City Men's Chorus wants to serenade you with holiday cheer. Expect timeless classics, holiday faves, and a whole lotta tinsel to get you in the spirit.
    Sat., Dec. 1, 7:30pm; Sun., Dec. 2, 4pm. $20-30.  
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Davis Gallery: Earth, Land, Property

    This five-person exhibit features work by Nicholas Baxter, Julie Davis, David Leonard, Garrett Middaugh, and Jason Webb. "This show intends to question our place among nature and how we've chosen to use our land." Right on – an important consideration, even if you're not part of the Dark Mountain movement, even if you don't have three oxgangs of good earth when the haeric star appears. Also, tbh, we're partial to anything painted by that D. Leonard.
    Through Dec. 1
  • Music

    Everlast

    Ex-House of Pain MC Erik Francis Schrody reps Whitey Ford’s House of Pain.
    Sat., Dec. 1, 8:30pm  
  • Qmmunity

    Arts & Culture

    Fancy as F*ck

    Start yer holiGays with the Midnight Menagerie and Fat Bottom Cabaret! They're closing out the season with sequins and a whole lotta shimmies with headliner Iris Le’Mour coming all the way from Dallas as the reigning queen of San Antonio Burlesque Festival and the 2018 princess of Viva Las Vegas.
    Sat., Dec. 1, 8:30pm. $13-30.  
  • Music

    Fat Tony, The Teeta, The Outfit TX, Ben Buck

    On “Texas,” the trapped out honky-tonk single off Anthony Lawson Obi’s 2018 album 10,000 Hours, Houston’s alt-MC dispels Lone Star stereotypes: “I like Solange, Greg Abbott not so much/ South by Southwest/ I need a bigger check.” Three-time Houston Press Best Underground Rapper, Fat Tony crafts poignant social commentary, humor, and eccentric production. Local stalwart Teeta opens a Texas-sized hip-hop bill.
    Sat., Dec. 1, 9pm  
  • Arts

    Theatre

    Fetish: A Holiday Affair

    "Looking for the perfect sexy live aerial arts show to start the holiday season off with?" That's what they ask us, and what they suggest, by way of answering temptation, is "an all-star cast of Texas's sexiest performers in highly choreographed and costumed acts of passion." Some of the best aerial artists in the state, then – enacting a hot dozen of erotic scenes from the sweet to the naughty, likely to evoke a fetish you've got a hankering for. All of it happening under that big circus tent – they'll tell you just where it is when you buy a ticket – and with various VIP/attendance options that tend to sell out in advance. So – don't make us crack that whip – click for reservations, stat!
    Nov. 30-Dec. 1. Fri., 9:30pm; Sat., 7 & 9:30pm. $30-600.  
  • Arts

    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
  • Community

    Events

    Holiday Sing-Along and Downtown Stroll

    Ring in the holiday season with live music, a special night market, the lighting of the Capitol tree, and pics with Santa.
    Sat., Dec. 1, 5pm. Free.
  • Music

    Minus the Bear, Tera Melos

    Seattle math rockers bid adieu.
    Sat., Dec. 1, 8pm  
  • Community

    Events

    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.
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Northern-Southern: 'Scapes

    Joseph Phillips, right? He's an artist and a home-builder. He's one third of that Sodalitas collective from back in the day. His works are arch and whimsical and professionally rendered. He injects wit into architectural design (that way it doesn't get the Pedantic Flu), in ways that delight the eyes and intrigue the mind. His creations depict "built environments of absurd survival luxuries and compartmentalized dreams." And this is his first solo show in six years. Recommended!
    Through Dec. 1
  • Community

    Sports

    Party World Rasslin' Baja Blast

    Do you take your pro wrestling seriously? Well, this might not be the event for you then. The emphasis is on the party here. Drink enough beer and you could fall down as many times as the athletes in the ring.
    Sat., Dec. 1, 7pm. Free.  
  • Arts

    Comedy

    Preacher Lawson

    In 2015, this Preacher won the title of "Funniest Comedian in Florida." In 2016, he was crowned the winner of the Seattle International Comedy Competition. Now here he is on the third coast – We are sometimes called the third coast, right? That's totally a thing, isn't it? – and set to crack you up like he does everywhere else – and on America's Got Talent.
    Nov. 29-Dec. 1. Thu., 8pm; Fri.-Sat., 7:30 & 10pm. $20-25.  
  • Music

    Ramblin' Jack Elliott

    Ramblin’ Jack Elliott takes up the gauntlet on Saturday, spinning vital tales at 87 as a foundational songwriting influence across generations.
    Sat., Dec. 1, 8:30pm  
  • Music

    SAINt JHN, Jazz Cartier

    Growing up broke between Brooklyn and Guyana, Carlos St. John says he could’ve dealt drugs. Instead, he now counts songwriting credits for Rihanna and Usher. That hitmaking prowess drives his own downtempo trap, sprinkled with sticky hooks and melodic flows. Toronto-born cinematic trap spitter Jazz Cartier opens.
    Sat., Dec. 1, 9pm  
  • Qmmunity

    Nightlife & Parties

    Saturday Social With Lesbutante & the Boss

    Summon the squad, gather your grrrls, and getcher groove on. It's ladies' night, after all.
    First Saturdays, 9pm. Free.
  • Film

    Special Screenings

    Solaris (1972)

    Signature Program: Russian filmmaker Tarkovsky's film was the original on which the Soderbergh/Clooney remake was based. It's a visually captivating and delirious tale of outer space and the supernatural.
    Sat., Dec. 1, 6:45  
  • Arts

    Classical Music

    The City Wears a Slouch Hat

    Before 4’33” or indeterminacy, John Cage forged the early identity of percussion music with wildly imaginative and complex creations. Wildly imaginative? Complex? No wonder line upon line is presenting this showcase of Cage's percussive pieces. With guests Thad Anderson, Thomas Burritt, John Lane, and the Rude Mechs.
    Nov. 30-Dec. 2. Fri.-Sun., 8pm. $10-18.  
  • Qmmunity

    Nightlife & Parties

    The Red Party: Health Promotions Space Launch

    Join the Q at their new space for a ribbon-cutting party to commemorate World AIDS Day and launch Austin's Fast-Track Cities Initiative. Sha'niya Narcisse emcees while p1nkstar DJs.
    Sat., Dec. 1, 7pm-1am. Free.  
  • Music

    The Wood Brothers, Amy Helm

    Folk siblings host Levon’s kin.
    Sat., Dec. 1, 8pm  
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Thornton Road Studios: Holiday Art Sale

    It's the 26th annual iteration of this array of work from local artists who specialize in photography, mosaic, ceramic, sculpture, furniture, and paintings. See the creations of Gusto Studios, Fireseed Clay Art, Chris Guarino, Rita Marie Ross, Sandy Muckelroy, and more.
    Dec. 1-2. Sat., 11am-8pm; Sun., 11am-5pm  
  • Community

    Events

    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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