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  • Arts

    Dance

    KDHDC: Be Still, My Heart

    Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company – you remember this recent show, yes? – presents the premiere of a large-scale, full-length, impressionistic work featuring virtuosic dancing, humor, gesture, and references to cinema. The audience will be seated up close and in-the-round to fully experience the sights, sounds, and kinetic energy of Hamrick’s award-winning choreography, performed to original, live music.
    Dec. 6-9. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 3pm. $21 and up.  
    • Arts

      Dance

      Blue Lapis Light: Oneness of Being

      Surrounded by the natural environment, the trees and fields of the Wildflower Center's indigenous plants, the acclaimed Blue Lapis Light dancers defy gravity on columns and ropes, weaving choreography into the very air, enhancing the wonder of our interaction with the gardens. Yes, it's part of the center's annual Luminations.
      Thu.-Sun., Dec. 6-9, 7 & 8pm. $10-15.  
    • 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.  
    • Arts

      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.  
    • Music

      Bellringer, Crimson Devils, Split Hoof

      Nowadays, every DJ identifies as a slash/hyphen producer. In post-punk, post-rock, pre-classical, whatever, not every guitarist also hires out as a producer. For a CV on Mark Deutrom, Spotify no further than his three solo albums, plus one full-length leading Bellringer, and next month’s tour de force, The Blue Bird. If Eighties indie ever produced a DJ Shadow, maybe it’s the local audiophile.: Rather than soundscaping through digital manipulation, the shaper of early works by Neurosis and the Melvins (the latter of whom he joined) creates an experiential sound capsule through arresting genre inflections. Pink Floyd enjoyed major label backing, but Deutrom, who moved to Austin in 2003, can whip up minor miracles (revisit “The Value of Decay,” June 22) in a garage.: “Music is momentary and transient,” he said last week atop Mount Bonnell. “You have to sacrifice part of your life to listen to music – really listen to it – and that’s why the abomination of music in retail is so hideous. It’s just, ‘Please God, let’s fill up the space.’ In Finland, they’re basically promoting themselves as the Land of Silence, because they value silence.: “The U.S. is afraid of silence. If you’ve got silence, then you’re going to start to think about stuff, and that’s going to be bad, because we don’t want anybody thinking about things since they’ll start to think about the bad stuff.”: The Blue Bird, teased through a sole outtake at this rare Austin sighting of Deutrom, again conjures The Dark Side of the Moon, to which the axe murderer’s local trio Bellringer is no stranger. Eight-minute epic “Quitter” from the group’s 2016 debut Jettison completes an album cycle in one song!: “I work really hard at creating a universe that reflects the emotional content of a song, the intellectual content of a song, and the subterranean and subconscious qualities of the music, too,” finalizes Deutrom.
      Fri., Dec. 7, 8pm
    • 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

      Colter Wall, Josh Morningstar

      Overseen by super-producer Dave Cobb, this Saskatchewan native’s 2017 debut hung low behind a booming baritone and sharp, lonely narratives mining Waylon Jennings. This fall’s follow-up, Songs of the Plains, rings equally deep, rolling ballads of the road that capture the expansiveness of the sprawling prairie like a Canadian Marty Robbins. Tender-voiced troubadour Josh Morningstar tips January debut Whole Lotta Crazy.
      Fri., Dec. 7, 8pm  
      sold out
    • Arts

      Visual Arts

      Davis Gallery: The Animal Kingdom

      Randal Ford's compelling and intimate photographic portraits of nonhuman species depict an undeniable sense of power, humor, beauty, and an unspoken kinship to our animal relatives. You've seen them on the covers of Time, Texas Monthly, and even Communication Arts; now see them bigger, better, brighter on the walls of this excellent gallery – for just four days!
      Through Dec. 8. Reception: Thu., 6-8:30pm
    • 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
    • Qmmunity

      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.  
    • Arts

      Visual Arts

      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
    • Arts

      Theatre

      Holiday Spectacular! Spectacular!

      The merry madcaps of Austin's La Fenice are honoring – or, perhaps, skewering – or, okay, maybe both – all those Christmas TV specials from the Seventies and Eighties with this wild show that features cameos from stars of the local theatre and improv scenes: Indigo Rael! Shannon McCormick! Kareem Badr! Marc Majcher!: Jessica Von Schramm! Rudy Ramirez! American Berserk Theatre! And many, many more. Bonus: Live music by Armadillo Road.
      Through Dec. 21. Fridays, 9pm. $10.  
    • Music

      Hype for the Holidays w/ Holy Wave, PNTHN, Why Bonnie, the Reputations

      Essential curators around the state, Margin Walker Presents begins a new winter extravaganza. Propulsive psychs Holy Wave close up after buzzy, 10-piece San Marcos troupe Pnthn’s razor-sharp raps. Dream-pop quintet Why Bonnie just returned from tour with indie star Snail Mail, and soulful guitar group the Reputations open. Shopping ops and a Central Texas Food Bank drive, too.
      Fri., Dec. 7, 8pm  
    • Arts

      Comedy

      Immigrants, the Musical: No Place Like Home

      This is a Hamilton-inspired show in which, each week, a new monologist tells of their experience in coming from Mexico, from Russia, from Vietnam, from El Salvador, and more. Then the cast, directed by Lahari Dunn and Asaf Ronen, expands these stories into "fully improvised musicals, giving life to the emotion, the journey, and the laughs and hardships along the way." Note: The Chronicle's Robert Faires recently took in a show, and here's his reaction. Featured this final week: Marcia Sanchez from Mexico.
      Through Dec. 21. Fridays, 8pm. $10-12.  
    • Arts

      Visual Arts

      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
    • 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.
    • Music

      Peachfuzz (playing Catch Your Snap)

      On the 77th anniversary of Pearl Harbor, cannabis-laced power-pop trio Peachfuzz are being flown in from L.A. to reprise their 2007 debut LP, Catch Your Snap. A second set of covers “and any other Peachfuzz songs we can remember” encore. Blasting guitars, Keith Moon drums, and California-sized hooks signal an early Christmas.
      Fri., Dec. 7, 9pm
    • 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.
      Fri., Dec. 7, 9:15  
    • Arts

      Classical Music

      TEMP: An Early Christmas

      You know we already love that Texas Early Music Project no matter the season. But, boy howdy, does this time of year give Danny Johnson's excellent period-instrument ensemble even more chances to shine! Enjoy a transtemporal feast of Christmas music, with sweet medieval lullabies and joyous English and French carols, magnificent motets from Germany, dulcet Celtic cradle songs and exuberant folk tunes, and more – – with arrangements for solo voices, small chorus, harps, violin, flute, mandolin, viols, and lute.
      Dec. 7-9. Fri., 7:30pm: St. John's United Methodist Church, 2140 Allandale. Sat., 7:30pm: First English Lutheran Church, 3001 Whitis. Sun., 3pm: First Presbyterian Church, 8001 Mesa. $5-30.
    • Community

      Sports

      Texas Stars

      Vs. Milwaukee Admirals: Fri., Dec. 7, 7pm; Wed., Dec. 12, 7pm  
    • Arts

      Theatre

      The Austin Puppet Incident

      This is the ninth annual Incident, featuring local and national puppet artists performing all-new, short, original puppet works for adult audiences. Repeat – definitely for adult audiences. Funny, sweet, deep, enchanting: It's all here. Featuring Marsian De Lellis from Los Angeles with an unconventional love story that explores the synesthetic relationship between objects and personalities. Brought to you by the object-manipulative savants of Glass Half Full and Trouble Puppet, with support from the Puppet Slam Network.
      Fri.-Sat., Dec. 7-8, 8pm. $15.  
    • Music

    • Music

      The Helio Sequence, Wild Pink

      Sub Pop indie heroes Brandon Summers and Benjamin Weikel.
      Fri., Dec. 7, 9pm  
    • Music

      The Switched On Ensemble live Akira rescore

      Upstart movie geek collective Hyperreal Film Club presents this 1988 Japanese anime classic as scored by employees from synth retail epicenter Switched On. Playful ambient conductor JU4N Cisneros, modular techno master Joey Postiglione, and Patrick Edwards of post-zolo pioneers Pataphysics come together one night only to make Neo-Tokyo explode like never before.
      Fri., Dec. 7, 4pm, 7pm  
      sold out
    • Community

      Out of Town

      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.
    • Food

      Food Events

      Uncle Billy's: Lager Launch Party

      But not just any lager! No, the popular joint will be offering specials on Uncle Billy's brand new KCCO Austin-Style Lager this day – and you get to keep the branded pint glass.
      Fri., Dec. 7, 5-7pm
    • Qmmunity

      Nightlife & Parties

      wILD 2.0

      A showcase of Austin's (and surrounding areas) best drag, brought to you by Mary Jane Styles. There will also be a live auction to help cover medical costs for Max Ryder and Hugh Johnson, two drag kings who were critically injured in a car accident following their Austin Drag Fest performances.
      Fri., Dec. 7, 11pm-2am. $10.  
    • Community

      Events

      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.  
    • Music

      Yung Pinch, Tyla Yaweh, Daghe

      Ascending Huntington Beach rapper-singer Blake Sandoval.
      Fri., Dec. 7, 9pm  
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    • Film

      Special Screenings

      "Jerusalem" (2014)

      Renowned archaeologist Dr. Jodi Mangess takes you to the holiest sites.
      Fri., Dec. 7, 3:00  

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