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    Nolan Potter's Nightmare Before Christmas

    Nerd alert!: On the debut of Nolan Potter’s Nightmare Band, Nightmare Forever, the local octet synthesizes fever dream psychedelia, acid jazz, and a deep fascination with the fantastical and occult. The group’s namesake bandleader pens pieces detailing wizards, elves, plagues, and seahorses.: “As a kid, I was a fan of J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and anything with fantasy,” affirms Potter.: Stitched together from recordings throughout 2017-2018, including segments off solo LP Strange & Secret Peoples (2018), Nightmare Forever resulted from a budding friendship with Oh Sees cottage industry John Dwyer, who became a fan of Potter’s solo work after hearing last year’s instrumental suite A Spirit Lasts Forever and personal recordings The World Is a Peach Goodbye in 2017. Working at Hotel Vegas, Potter was approached by Dwyer to record for his Castle Face imprint, home to Ty Segall and Australia’s King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard.: Recorded over nine months, Nightmare Forever thus spasms through prog (“Elf Curse”), space operas (“Donny’s Trip”), and Floydian opuses (“Pity in the City”) employing unconventional instruments and improvisational sorcery.: “We get comparisons to Jethro Tull with the flute, but honestly, it was just an instrument I got my hands on and wanted to use,” explains Potter on the instrument’s grounding of the album. “The flute has a mystical quality to it other instruments just don’t have.”: Nolan Potter’s Nightmare Before Christmas revives jazz holiday classics and traditional carols into a fusion of supernatural psychedelia.: “Christmas is my favorite time of the year, and musically, no other season can beat it,” enthuses Potter. “Expect lots of glockenspiel, flute, violin, and sleigh bells.”
    Sat., Dec. 21, 9pm  
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      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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      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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      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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      A Christmas Memory

      The Alchemy Theatre, with permission from the Truman Capote Literary Trust, presents that author's beloved 1956 short story, featuring Luke Hill as the narrator, "capturing Mr. Capote’s richly detailed memories of his Depression-era, rural Alabama boyhood with his best friend – an eccentric, 60-something distant cousin with whom he baked fruitcakes each Christmas." Directed by Michael Cooper, who previously helmed Alchemy's excellent Waverly Gallery production.
      Through Dec. 22. Fri.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 2pm. $25-35.  
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      A Very Scary Xmas

      Finally, a holiday party for those who prefer little horns on their Yule log. This "unholiest holiday party in Austin" will feature music, holiday horror movies, paranormal teams, live zombie actors, food, vendors, a haunted backyard, and more. Scare Texas will be collecting winter gear to hand out to those experiencing homelessness, so make sure to bring your gently used hoodies, gloves, blankets, and other winter gear.
      Sat., Dec. 21, 7pm-2am. $8; $10 (day of).  
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      Armadillo Christmas Bazaar w/ C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band, Ruthie Foster, Mélat (noon)

      Holiday shopping served with Cajun seasoning? Port Arthur’s C.J. Chenier’s got you covered like a smothered pork chop. The squeezebox scion carries on a rich family legacy that will have folks doing the “Bogalusa Boogie.”
      Sat., Dec. 21  
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      Caminar (To Walk) Exhibit

      Part of Oakwood Chapel's exhibit honoring Tejanos buried in Oakwood Cemetery, the event features Danza Azteca's Blessings of the Four Corners ceremony and dance, followed by a processional walk and screening of Nohbords’ short "Solsticio."
      Sat., Dec. 21, 2pm. Free.  
      Oakwood Cemetery Chapel, 1601 Navasota
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      Easy Tiger at the Linc: Sweater Party

      Grab your ugliest holiday sweater for the coziest party of the year, as Easy Tiger's popular Linc location presents those hard AF applemongers of Austin Eastciders and their new Sangria Cider (among other ciders) as part of a night that includes a tacky sweater contest, live music from Bonneville County Pine Box, a winter coat drive, a pop-up shop, and more.
      Sat., Dec. 21, 5-9pm  
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      Eden East: Winter Solstice Party, Pig Roast, and Craft Market

      For this fourth annual shindig – and the last solstice celebration on the farm before the property is developed – the culinary wizards of Eden East are collaborating with Foster ATX to create the most epic event ever, featuring a seasonal, farm-fresh family-style buffet and dessert bar; complimentary cocktails from Desert Door, Gratsi Wine, Hye Rum, and more; and, of course live music (from that retro-soul phenomenon Brian Scartocci). Plus, yes, a whole array of last-minute holiday gifts to be shopped from the local-artisan likes of Molly + Rye, Kate Winternitz, Evan Horn, and others. A night to remember? Yes, a night to remember for decades to come, we reckon.
      Sat., Dec. 21, 6-10pm. $85.  
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      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.
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      Frida Friday ATX Holiday Mercado and Pachanga

      All you late holiday shoppers, join Las Ofrendas for their last market of the year with over 25 rotating vendors each day, DJs, and lots of epic seasonal goodness. On Saturday, play Grandma Steven's (fam-friendly) Lotería, and more more more. Kids and furbabies welcome.
      Dec. 20-21. Friday, 6-10pm; Saturday, 11am-3pm. Free.  
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      Comedy

      Fuck, It's Christmas!

      Oh, the glorious goofballs at the Institution looooooove Austin – and they love the people of Austin! But they also love to stage shows that make fun of the people of Austin, and this is one of them. "We think that every Austinite (whether you’re a native or a transplant) can agree that the city's changed a lot over the past year," say these honchos of hilarity, "and that makes it ripe material for the Fuck, It’s Christmas! cast to skewer." So, yes, join the crowd as the Institution's annual roasty-toasty run-amuck takes on the sacred cows – ripe and ready for skewering – of Austin, Texas, for your locally sourced and globally guffawing pleasure.
      Fri.-Sat., Dec. 20-21, 8pm. $10.  
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      Handmake Your Holidays

      A DIY twist on a holiday market: Craft brings in some of its teachers and favorite local artisans, and rather than purchasing their handmade wares, you make your own with their help! RSVP in advance ($10) and you'll receive a $15 credit to use at the market.
      Sat., Dec. 21, 11am-3pm. Free; $10 advance RSVP.  
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      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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      Comedy

      JR Brow

      Hi, Brow! Good to see you on the Cap City stage again, local boy – rocking the mic, waxing all acerbic on the habits of the great unwashed, skewering the legends of rock & roll with your guitar in hand. No wonder they love you on Comedy Central, at HBO’s U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, and here in Austin where you'll be wielding a big can of comedy whupass and anti-Grinch spray as this year's pinnacular holiday approaches.
      Dec. 18, 20, 21. Wed., 8pm; Fri.-Sat., 8 & 10:30pm. $12-23.  
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      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.  
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      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.  
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      Recover, At All Cost, Black Mercy, Band of Bastards

      Millennial post-hardcore quartet Recover reunited in 2009, but the onetime Austinites have played only one local reunion. Now split among ATX and both coasts, drummer Santiago Vela remains in town for the Sword and Doom Side of the Moon. Locals At All Cost and Black Mercy support.
      Sat., Dec. 21, 9pm  
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      Redd Volkaert's final Austin show

      Triple header, y’all. Now in Oregon, the Continental’s Americana queen slots into the midnight hour for her annual return. At 8pm, Austin raconteurs Kinky Friedman and Cleve Hattersley make a merry mockery of the season. And at the free, 3pm matinee, Telecaster tamer Redd Volkaert bids adieu to his home of 20 years. Marathon, not a sprint.
      Sat., Dec. 21, 3:30pm  
      free
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      Rhythm & Vine w/ Diamond Smugglers, Jennifer Ellen Cook, DJ Owen Smith

      Austin’s Neil Diamond subverts roast chestnuts.
      Sat., Dec. 21, 8:30pm  
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      San La Muerte Fest presents Twin Tribes, Rosegarden Funeral Party, Three Rose Charm, DJ Rickbats, DJ Deathchurch

      Sophomore platter Ceremony in tow, Brownsville dark wave duo Twin Tribes close, while Dallas trad goth dramatists Rosegarden Funeral Party recover from a recent hometown van flip to bring November debut Martyr. Ft. Worth’s Three Rose Charm consecrate with drum machine cold wave.
      Sat., Dec. 21, 8pm  
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      Nightlife & Parties

      SIR RAT Xmas Jockstrap Party

      The party you boyz have been waiting for is back. Come for the drinks, stay for the straps!
      Sat., Dec. 21, 3-7pm  
      Sir Rat, 2511 E. Sixth St., Suite A
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      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.  
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      The Mutt-Cracker (Sweet!)

      Darren Peterson's Circus Chickendog returns to The Vortex for the ninth year, his company of five talented rescue dogs and a talking scarlet macaw unleashing a fun show for all ages to enjoy. Also featuring humans Patricia Wappner, Monica Kurtz, and Sandie Donzica, this year's live-music-enhanced spectacle of juggling and unicycling madness includes a special performance by the Famiglia Gentile.
      Through Jan 5. Fri.-Sat., 4:30 & 6:30pm; Sun, 6:30pm. $15-37.  
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      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.  

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