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    Special Screenings

    Your Name (2017)

    AARC Film Series: This Japanese anime romance – the fourth-highest grossing film in the country’s history – uses the body-swap motif, familiar from countless U.S comedies, when two high schoolers wake up in the other’s body. Screening free, open to the public, and screened with an English dub.
    Thu., Dec. 12, 7pm. Free.
    • Community

      Events

      Austin Trail of Lights

      The Austin Trail of Lights has been an Austin tradition since 1965! Holiday light displays line a 2-mile trail through the park, and there are food trucks, live entertainment, and interactive activities. General admission is free seven out of the 14 nights; ages 12 & under are always free of charge (on most weekend nights admission is $5).
      Dec. 10-23. $5 GA; premium, $20+.  
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      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.
      Through Dec. 24, 10am-10pm (open 10am-6pm on Dec. 24). Free admission.  
      Blue Genie Art Bazaar, 6100 Airport
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      Dance

      Blue Lapis Light: Oneness of Being

      The breathtaking aerialists of Blue Lapis Light reprise their acclaimed celebration of nature at this annual Luminations event, the high-flying dancers performing on columns and ropes among the Wildflower Center's trees and fields of indigenous plants.
      Thu.-Sun., Dec. 5-15, 7 & 8:15pm. $18.  
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      Theatre

      La Pastorela

      La Pastorela – a tradition since the 16th century, the annual yuletide play that's been performed all over Mexico and Latinoamerica – is adapted and directed by Teatro Vivo founder Rupert Reyes. This year, Clemencia Zapata returns as music director of the story of shepherds on a pilgrimage that pits them against angels and demons who test their strength and faith along the way.
      Through Dec. 22. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 2pm. $6-21.  
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      Community

      All Fun & Games Social

      A winter social with allgo for Austin's QPOC qmmunity! Play games! Meet new allgo staff! Connect with some QTs! Bring a dish or drinks to share if yer feelin' so inclined!
      Thu., Dec. 12, 6pm  
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      Dance

      BLiPSWiTCH: Offbeat VIII

      BLiPSWiTCH's Offbeat series presents six new dance artists and their collaborators working together to create something totally new and unique for this one-night-only, site-specific performance.
      Thu., Dec. 12, 8pm. $10.  
      Stardust Vintage, 2810 Manchaca Rd
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      Visual Arts

      Collection Rert: Black Clown, Except It's Not a Clown

      The relentless Eastside gallery of artmaking presents a body of work by Diane Campos that's inspired by Langston Hughes' "The Black Clown" poem.
      Reception: Sat., Dec. 7, 7-10pm  
      2608-B Rogers
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      Theatre

      Dear Evan Hansen

      A letter that was never meant to be seen; a lie that was never meant to be told; a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he’s always wanted: a chance to finally fit in, in this "deeply personal and profoundly contemporary musical about life and the way we live it." Right?
      Through Dec. 15. Thu.-Fri., 8pm; Sat., 2 & 8pm; Sun., 1 & 7pm. $44-154.  
    • Music

      Death Angel, Exmortus, Hell Fire, Runescarred, Black Thorn Halo

      Closing in on 40, Death Angel stomps the thrash pedal yet again on Humanicide. Still led by founding axe maniac Rob Cavestany and werewolf throat of all nine studio full-lengths, Mark Osegueda, the Angels’ May release on Nuclear Blast netted the Bay Areans their first Grammy nod for the title track. Exmortus, Hell Fire, Runescarred, Black Thorn Halo too.
      Thu., Dec. 12, 8pm  
    • Arts

      Theatre

      Five Lesbians Eating A Quiche

      An award-winning, off-Broadway laugh-fest that'll take you back to 1956 and the Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein's annual holiday quiche breakfast. Delicious discoveries and cheeky innuendoes ensue, as presented by City Theatre Company.
      Through Dec. 29. Fri.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 3pm. $10-25.
    • Arts

      Theatre

      It's A Wonderful Life: Classic Radiocast

      This show from the Penfold Theatre gang up in Round Rock draws audience members back in time to 1946, as members of the KPNF radio station are assembling for a live radio performance of, well, you know: George Bailey, that angel Clarence, Bedford Falls, and where the band Zuzu's Petals got its name from? Yes.
      Through Dec. 21. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $15-31.  
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      Civic Events

      Marketplace Health Insurance Open Enrollment

      During open enrollment, Foundation Communities' Prosper Centers can help you get insurance coverage, switch plans, and track down financial assistance with their (pretty awesome) team of experts.
      Mon.-Thu., 9am-7pm; Fri.-Sat., 9am-4pm. Free.  
      5900 Airport Blvd.
    • Arts

      Theatre

      Next to Normal

      Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey’s Pulitzer-winning musical explores how one suburban household copes with crisis and mental illness, taking audiences "into the minds and hearts of each character, presenting their family's story with love, sympathy, and heart." Directed by Lisa Scheps and Brian Cheslik for Ground Floor Theatre and Deaf Austin Theatre. Note: This production will be fully deaf-inclusive, with each character played by two cast members – one deaf, one hearing. And, look, here's what Trey Gutierrez thought of the show.
      Through Dec. 21. Wed.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. $5-45.  
    • Arts

      Dance

      Of Mice & Music: A Jazz Tap Nutcracker

      Tapestry Dance Company's Acia Gray starts it all off as Ms. Bon Marche, a dance diva who introduces little Clara to a world of dance by giving her a pair of tap shoes – and the journey begins with the Mouse King and his powerful style of contemporary rhythm tap leading an army of tapping mice in their battle against the Nutcracker. Performed to a jazzed-up version of the original Tchaikovsky score and beloved jazz classics, all played live by a group that includes Masumi Jones on drums, Eddy Hobizal on piano, and Michael Stevens on bass.
      Through Dec. 22. Thu.-Fri., 7:30pm; Sat., 2 & 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. $34 and up.  
    • Music

      Patterson Hood

      Drive-By Trucker.
      Thu., Dec. 12, 8pm  
    • Music

      Radney Foster

      Since 1992 breakout Del Rio, TX 1959, Radney Foster’s drawn upon his border upbringing. When severe laryngitis briefly sidelined him, he turned his detailed eye and sharp narrative sense on 2017’s book/album combo For You to See the Stars, nostalgic but unsentimental.
      Thu., Dec. 12, 7pm  
    • Arts

      Theatre

      The Butcher of Baraboo

      Valerie is the town butcher with an axe to grind; her daughter is a pharmacist whose clientele extends beyond the drug store. Over one cold February week, the town cop – who just happens to be Valerie’s sister-in-law – will try to sniff out this family’s secrets and lies in the Wisconsin city where the ground is white with snow and the air is black with comedy. Carlo Lorenzo Garcia directs Marisa Wegrzyn's play for Street Corner Arts. But – did the Chron's Elizabeth Cobbe find the show to be as funny as it's supposed to be? And what does she think of that Amber Quick? See here for the full review.
      Through Dec. 21. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $17-22.  
    • 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, and enjoy live entertainment most evenings. Admission is free. Donations are appreciated.
      Nov. 30-Dec. 28. Sun.-Thu., 6-9pm; Fri. & Sat., 6-10pm. Free.  
    • Arts

      Visual Arts

      Wally Workman Gallery: Ashley Benton and Christopher Lee Gilmer

      "Inspired by datamoshing, quantum mechanics, and the hyper saturation of imagery found in daily life, Gilmer creates oil paintings that explore the psychological effects of the figure through physical mutations that distort and merge various realities. Benton's figurative ceramics also portray a dialogue of the human condition, using symbolism as well as physical mutations to explore the depths of the subconscious. Less than reality and more than a dream, Benton and Gilmer’s work strives to give the viewer an alternative connection to the self." Note: This stuff will burrow into your optic nerves and make you feel a little weird, maybe, about the odd beauty it contains. So, yes: recommended.
      Through Jan. 5
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      Civic Events

      2020 Point in Time Count Volunteers Needed

      ECHO is looking for 800 volunteers to make its annual count of everyone experiencing homelessness in Austin and Travis County a success. The 2020 count takes place Jan. 25. Anyone 18 or older can participate; volunteers will work in teams counting folks in their assigned area. Others can collect donations for the care packages distributed during the count.
      Nov. 18-Jan. 21  
      Online
    • Arts

      Theatre

      A Christmas Carol

      ZACH’s adaptation of the Dickens classic is a family-friendly spectacular, a musical sleigh ride through rhythm and time, infusing the traditional Victorian story with a score that spans all genres and eras. Directed by Dave Steakley, with musical direction by Allen Robertson.
      Through Dec. 29. Wed.-Fri., 7:30pm; Sat.-Sun., 2:30 & 7:30pm. $35 and up.  
    • Film

      Special Screenings

      A Woman Under the Influence (1974)

      Essential Cinema: Cassavetes/Rowlands: Rowlands' searing performance as a mentally unstable housewife is almost too much to bear. Cassavetes offers us a portrait of mental illness as a family disease in which all the well-meaning relatives are hapless players.
      Thu., Dec. 12, 7pm  
    • Community

      Sports

      ABP Fuzzy Pajama Party

      Austin Bouldering Project's holiday party includes a cookie decorating table, free beer after 6pm, and silent disco DJ sets. If you donate to ABP's Salvation Army Angel Tree, you'll receive a free day pass plus a surprise gift.
      Thu., Dec. 12, 5-11pm. Members, free; nonmembers, $5.  
    • Music

    • Music

    • Film

      Special Screenings

      America's Musical Journey (2018)

      Laser IMAX 3D: Follow Aloe Blacc as he traces Louis Armstrong’s footsteps through the colorful locales and cultures where America’s music was born.
      Thu., Dec. 12, 11am, 1pm, 3pm  
    • Music

      Ange Kogutz

      Thu., Dec. 12, 6:30pm
    • Music

    • Film

      Special Screenings

      Apollo 11: First Steps Edition (2019)

      Laser IMAX 2D: Timed to the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 – and made exclusively for science centers and museums – Apollo 11: First Steps Edition reconstructs the exhilarating mission with never-before-seen footage and newly discovered audio recordings.
      Thu., Dec. 12, 10am, 12pm, 2pm  

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