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for Sat., Nov. 21
  • SoCo Stroll

    Join Music Lane and the South Congress Avenue Shopping District as they celebrate the season with the SoCo Stroll. Come to the Avenue at your leisure in December for special shopping and dining offers from your favorite retailers and restaurants. Holiday lights on daily at dusk and outdoor live music each weekend. $3 parking for 2 hours at Music Lane. Mask up, stay safe.
    Fri. Nov 27-Thurs. Dec. 31  
    Music Lane
  • Outdoor Holiday Market

    Join the Tribe CBD for a socially distanced Outdoor Holiday Market in the Alamo Drafthouse Village parking lot. The event is free and features all local vendors providing unique products and gifts, chair massage, floral designs, food trucks and more. Live music by local bands and DJKidGorilla. Social distancing will be practiced.
    Sat. Dec. 5, 10am-4pm  
    Alamo Drafthouse Village
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      Central Texas Food Bank Giving Opportunities

      The holidays will be tougher for everyone this year. The food bank has put together a list of 10 ways to make a difference to someone in need, from an online matched donation to donating your change at participating stores. Check out the list online and help CTFB fight hunger.
      Ongoing  
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      A Christmas Affair 2020: Felicidad

      The Junior League of Austin's online event and marketplace offers a host of holiday-themed happenings and goods from small businesses around the country. Funds raised go to JLA's signature programs such as Coats for Kids, Food in Tummies, and Kids in Cool Shoes, along with more than 30 local nonprofits.
      Through Sun., Nov. 22. $15+.  
      Online
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      AAYHF Annual Toy Drive

      African American Youth Harvest Foundation is seeking donations of toys for youth 3 months to 17 years of age. Gift cards are also welcome.
      Through Dec. 18  
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      AHS Rags to Wags Gala

      Join Austin Humane Society as they "paws" to celebrate: the 15th anniversary of the Rags to Wags Gala. This unforgettable evening will be filled with endless surprises as the animals take over to bring you this one-of-a-kind online event. Visit the online auction to bid on unique items like a Kitten Kuddle Party or Puppy House Party, and upgrade to VIP to get a party-in-a-box kit and kick your virtual gala experience up a notch.
      Sat., Nov. 21, 6:30-8pm  
      Virtual
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      Armadillo Art Concierge

      Sadly, we can't visit the Armadillo Art Bazaar in person this year. The next best thing is Armadillo Art Concierge, an online, curated shopping guide pointing visitors to collections by content, process, medium, or artist location. Follow them on social media @armadillobazaar to see spotlighted art each day.
      Ongoing  
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      Art for the People: Where the Bots Begin

      Lauren Briére’s art escorts the viewer on a visual journey into outer space, the fun of sports, walks in nature, and various adventures and shenanigans, as Art for the People showcases 200-plus sketches that are the artist's penciled beginnings to creating her whimsical "Robots in Rowboats."
      Through Jan. 3
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      Austin Baroque Orchestra & Chorus: Lamentación y Esperanza

      This glorious concert was recorded at Mission Concepción in San Antonio, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of the most appropriate venues in the US for repertoire like this: a collection of Spanish, Portuguese, Mexican, and Peruvian choral works with texts relating to lament and loss, hope and light. Note: The concert debuts this Saturday and will be available through December.
      Sat., Nov. 21, 7:30pm. Donations accepted.  
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      Austin Empty Bowl Project

      The need is greater than ever, and all proceeds from this event will benefit Central Texas Food Bank and Meals on Wheels Central Texas. Visit the online store for Sam Hurt's special COVID T-shirt or big beautiful tote bag, the AEBP cookbook, Nancy Elder quilt raffle tickets, online concert tickets, and the online silent auction link. The silent auction includes everything from bowls for you and your dog to restaurant gift certificates. You can also make a tax-deductible donation. For every $25 donated, an empty bowl will be added to food boxes distributed by the Central Texas Food Bank or Meals on Wheels Central Texas.
      Through Nov. 22. By donation and online auction.  
      Online
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      Austin Opera: Lauren + Mark Digital Concert Event

      Now, music lovers, now you can watch the opening production of Austin Opera's re-imagined 2020-2021 season – the Lauren Snouffer + Mark Diamond Digital Concert Event – as a limited-edition online release. And you know Nyle Matsuoka provides the piano for this wonderment, right?
      Through Nov. 30. Free.  
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      Austin Studio Tour: Pandemic Edition

      We're calling it the pandemic edition, but Big Medium and associates just call it the Austin Studio Tour. It's that progressive arts organization's response to these damned 'ronas, is what it is. They're taking the annual West Austin and East Austin Studio Tours and combining them, then presenting them mostly via the internets – wherein the expanded website includes artist profiles, images of artworks, virtual studio visits, demonstrations, artist talks, and a handy map of outdoor installations and public art. Hundreds of artists in this town, in full digital force. Note: The Tour begins with a launch party on Fri., Nov. 13; it's a preview of the website (and an opportunity to acquire artwork before it opens generally on Nov. 14).
      Through Nov. 22. Free.  
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      Baby TV presents Christelle Bofale, Kara Jackson, Vonne, Kendra Sells

      Last October, Austin artists Christelle Bofale, Vonne, and Kendra Sells (BluMoon) convened at Mohawk for a sold-out enchantment, exactly the kind it hurts to look back on now. The three vocalists shared the indoor stage for Roberta Flack’s “Feel Like Makin’ Love” to close. On virtual platform Baby TV, the trio realigns with Illinois poet and songwriter Kara Jackson. Get ready with Bofale’s follow-up to debut Swim Team, the longing “Miles,” and Vonne’s new piano meditation “Elders?” on Bandcamp. A newly solo Sells experiments with “All in Your Head” on Quiet Year Records. Show proceeds split among artists, Baby’s All Right staff, and local director Funmi Ogunro.
      Sat., Nov. 21, 7pm  
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      Bale Creek Allen Gallery: Jun Kaneko

      Ceramics master Kaneko is increasingly drawn to installations that promote civic interaction, having completed more than 60 public art commissions – including a 250-foot-long tile wall at Aquarium Station in Boston, a three-story wall at the University of Connecticut, and an 88-foot-tall Glass Tower at Omaha's Buffett Cancer Center. (Other large permanent installations can be seen in Osaka, Japan; Kansas City, MO; and at the International Finance Center in Shanghai, China.) Most recently, the artist's been working at the Cuernavaca Raku ceramics studio, experimenting with new glazes and the unpredictability of raku. And now here's a show of his fierce sculptural creations, right there at the BCA outpost in Canopy.
      Through Nov. 30
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      Dance

      Ballet Austin: Nutcracker Gift Barre

      This year – this relentlessly crazy-ass year – Ballet Austin brings their Nutcracker Gift Barre online to offer a great selection of holiday gifts, including nutcrackers, ornaments, tiaras, and T-shirts – with curbside pickup, delivery, or beyond-Austin shipping available. Note: 100% of proceeds will benefit Ballet Austin.
      Through Dec. 18  
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      Be a Santa to a Senior

      Fulfilling a senior's Christmas wish couldn't be easier. Simply visit Home Instead Senior Care's virtual tree, choose a recipient, and purchase their wish list item from Amazon. It'll be safely delivered and will make someone's day. You can also visit one of Home Instead's three Austin-area locations to participate.
      Through Dec. 15  
      Virtual
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      Theatre

      Bernadette Nason: A Christmas Carol

      In which the acclaimed actor and author reprises her popular one-woman adaptation of Dickens' holiday classic, performing more that 30 characters in 60 minutes and bringing some real delight to this unusual holiday season we've got going on. Bonus: Livestreamed talkback after each performance of this Austin Playhouse production.
      Dec. 18-21. Fri.-Sat. & Mon., 7:30pm; Sun., 5pm. $15.  
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      Blue Genie Art Bazaar

      The beloved Austin holiday shopping experience returns for its 20th year with four shopping options to ensure safety in the time of COVID-19. For in-store shopping, reserve free tickets online for a "no wait" entry. Walk-ins are also welcome, but guests may have to wait outside if it's at capacity. Online shoppers can either pick up items in-store or have them shipped anywhere in the U.S. Personal shoppers and virtual shopping will also be available through the BGAB website. BGAB is a family-friendly experience where you can find one-of-a-kind, handcrafted jewelry, artwork, home goods, and gifts for everyone on your shopping list.
      Through Dec. 24, 10am-10pm daily (10am-6pm on Dec. 24)  
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      Bon Voyage, Ann Marie Gordon

      No, this isn't the title of a play – it's the name of a party, a party to celebrate and wish farewell to, yes, Ann Marie Gordon, the longtime (25 years!) and much-acclaimed scenic designer who's spent much time, effort, and unbridled creativity enhancing productions of the Vortex, as well as Ethos, Different Stages, Kids Acting, and dozens of other artists and companies here in the ATX. Recommendation: Stop by Vortex's Butterfly Garden and wish this MVP bon voyage as she prepares to move from Texas to Michigan.
      Sat., Nov. 21, 2-4pm. Free.  
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      Arts & Culture

      Brown South

      It's a night of queerlesque and curvrageousness coming in hot from the babes behind Fat Bottom Cabaret and your host Nikki DaVaughn. Performances by Chola Magnolia, Lady Lola LeStrange, and special guests Twirlisha Devine, RedBone, Sylas Crow, and more.
      Sat., Nov. 21, 7-8:30pm. $5-20.  
      Online
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      C.R.A.Z.Y. (2005)

      Film Queery Presents: Zac, a young French-Canadian gay man living in Quebec, wrestles with his sexuality amid his conservative upbringing in the Sixties and Seventies. In 2015, the Toronto International Film Festival critics ranked Vallée's coming-of-age drama as one of the top 10 Canadian films of all time. This is a free, outdoor screening, but you'll have to reserve a spot in advance – only four people allowed per site, and BYO seating.
      Sat., Nov. 21, 5:30pm. Free (registration required).  
      The Little Gay Shop, 828 Airport
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      Chorus Austin: Stronger, United

      Ryan Heller presents a virtual concert of new and previously recorded pieces from Chorus Austin's Chamber Ensemble, featuring selections (a mix of spirituals, pop, folk songs, and more) by Alberto Grau, Rosephanye Powell, Carlos Cordero, and Dr. Roland Carter.
      Through Nov. 21. Free.  
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      Futurx 2020: Entra al Laberinto!

      Citizens of Austin! Gather virtually in an interactive online laberinto where audiences can wander from Zoom room to Zoom room to experience Loteria fortune telling, life coaching sessions, burlesque performances, magic rituals, divine tias, DJ sessions, late night rideshares, and more from artists whose Latinidad is queer, trans, feminist, Afrolatinx, and indigenous. Featuring performances by ProyectoTEATRO, Ben Bazan, Florinda Bryant, Gricelda Silva, Teatro Quarantine, Laura de la Fuente, Marina de la Fuente, Marina DeYoe-Pedraza, Krysta Gonzales, Lily Gonzales, Siri Gurudev, Line 720, and more. Note: Robert Faires previews the festival here.
      Fri.-Sat., 8pm. Through Nov. 21. $15.  
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      Jennifer Sherburn: Elsewhere

      Jennifer Sherburn, the award-winning director of modern dance series 11:11, presents a voyeuristic dance experience, a self-guided tour of living installations that "transmute the concepts of stage, audience, and performance to acknowledge the barriers keeping us apart — while permitting a glimpse at what may be happening inside their confines." This featured part of the Austin Studio Tour features dancers Jairus Carr, Ciceley Fullylove, Lisa Anne Kobdish, Hailley Lauren, Taryn Lavery, Alex Miller, Clay Moore, Amy Myers, Sarah Annie Navarrete, and Marcie Bruscato Poss, in compelling kinesis all around the Rogge House Ranch. Note: Bring a mask and prepare for proper distancing.
      Through Nov. 22. Thu.-Sun., 6:30, 7:15, and 8pm. $20.  
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      Laguna Gloria

      This local treasure of a venue, run by those Contemporary Austin folks who also bring us the Jones Center shows Downtown, is all about the outdoors – which is perfect for these trickily navigated times of ours, n'est-ce pas? Recommended: Stop by and breathe in the air, enjoy the lawns and gardens and the many examples of world-class sculpture arrayed across the property, and (as Frankie used to say) r-e-l-a-x.
      Thu.-Fri., 9am-noon; Sat.-Sun., 9am-3pm
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      Le Dollhouse

      Here's a fine visit. Austin's Denise Prince is installing a child-sized dollhouse room for you to sit in and pretend, a space "in which to indulge the pleasure of wishes, to acknowledge their tangible power and then to leave, returning to a world in which much is asked of us that, as adults, we're prepared to stand and face." The room will be classically charming inside, but with inflatable horrors clinging to the outside – right there at Moontower Cider Company.
      Through Nov. 21. Fri.-Sat., 3-9pm. Free.  
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      Little Ola's Flavors of Fall

      Little Ola's Biscuits, a take-away biscuit shop featuring Olamaie's famous flaky biscuits, has this series that's set to run until Thanksgiving, a series in which Austin's premier pastry chefs collaborate with Little Ola’s pastry chef Jules Stoddart to create innovative desserts incorporating the acclaimed eatery’s biscuit dough recipe. The final, fantastic collab's with Derrick Flynn of Suerte.
      Nov. 19-22
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      Lora Reynolds Gallery: Upwelling

      Meghann Riepenhoff makes her images with an antiquated photographic printing process – no camera, no lens – and thinks of her work as a collaboration with the ocean, the landscape, and precipitation, her dynamic cyanotypes taking on varying shades of blue to give the impression of water in motion, and much of her work is large enough to feel immersive, almost overwhelming.
      Through Jan. 16
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      Love Where You Live Day

      In honor of Keep Austin Beautiful's 35th anniversary, you're invited to show some love right where you are, whether it’s on the street in front of your house or the pocket park around the corner. Pick up some litter, mow your yard, weed a garden bed, or rake some leaves; it’s up to you! Give 35 minutes to help celebrate 35 years. Use the hashtags #KeepAustinBeautiful and #LWYLKAB and tag KAB on social media @KeepAustinBeautiful (Facebook and Instagram) and @KAB_Austin (Twitter) or email your photos to communications@keepaustinbeautiful.org. Anyone who shares or tags KAB in photos will be entered in a drawing to win a free piece of Keep Austin Beautiful merchandise.
      Sat., Nov. 21, 9-11am  
      Citywide
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      Mission Possible Thanksgiving

      Lend a hand to those experiencing homelessness this year by donating to Mission Possible's Great Thanksgiving Banquet fund. Donations of $6 cover the cost of one meal, and $10 can provide a sleeping bag. The banquet is held on Sun., Nov. 22.
      Donate by Sat., Nov. 21. Select "I want to support Thanksgiving Banquet" on the donation page.  

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