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  • Art From the Streets' Annual Show & Sale

    Art from the Streets is celebrating their 29th Annual Show and Sale featuring original works of art created by Austin’s homeless community.
    Fri. Oct 29, 6pm-9pm & Sat Oct. 30, 10am-6pm  
    Blue Genie Art Bazaar
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    Luminations at LBJ Wildflower Center

    In a year that could use some sparkle, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is bringing back a beloved winter tradition. It's a strollable Hill Country experience where thousands of luminarias light the way. For the first time ever, Luminations will wind through the Texas Arboretum among glowing oaks and the light-splashed forts of Fortlandia, a collection of forts custom-designed and built by local architects, designers, and artists.
    Through Jan. 3. Members only on Mondays; closed Dec. 24, 25, 31 & Jan. 1  
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    Aldrich Street Tower Lighting on Small Business Saturday

    Kick off the holiday season with Aldrich Street small businesses and get deals at Lick Honest Ice Creams, Colleen's Kitchen, Massage Heights, Barre3, and Kerbey Lane Cafe, plus a special tote bag. The tower will be lit at dusk after a virtual countdown on Mueller's FB page at 6pm.
    Sat., Nov. 28, 10am-10pm  
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    Theatre

    Art Heist

    This is a true crime outdoor (and socially distanced) walking-around-the-city theatre experience where you become the detective to try and solve "history’s biggest art heist." You’ll explore Downtown Austin while meeting some interesting characters in this 90-minute, family-friendly sleuthing adventure. Note: Start times are every 30 minutes.
    Fri.-Sun., Nov. 27-29, 6-8pm. $44.50.  
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    Classical Music

    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 Trail of Lights

    Austin's 56th annual holiday tradition returns to Zilker Park as a drive-through event this year and runs two additional weeks. As you drive through the trail illuminated by more than 2 million lights, tune in via your car radio for holiday music, highlights, and history. This year guests can choose a ticket type based on their preferred date and time, with prices ranging from $25-35 per vehicle for GA or a $60 per vehicle "Dash Pass" which includes early entry and festive refreshments.
    Through Jan. 3 (except New Year's Day). GA, $25-35 per vehicle; Dash Pass, $60 per vehicle.  
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    Visual Arts

    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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    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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    Cloud Tree: Open Studio

    Join curator Brian David Johnson and his coterie of creatives for this weekend viewing opportunity at the Eastside's excellent Cloud Tree venue. It's a one-weekend-only show, "with protocols and limited entry to give the community a chance to get out and see some art and connect." And as you'll be connecting – at a safe distance, whether inside or around the fire pit out front – among a collection of works by Lucas Aoki, Lydia Garcia, Lolly Harrison, Laura Lynn Johnson, Court Lurie, and that BD Johnson himself, we can recommend this activity for both your eyes and your soul. (Well, inasmuch as humans have anything like what a "soul" is supposed to be, right? And perhaps that's a good launching point for friendly conversation around the fire.)
    Sat.-Sun., Nov. 28-29, noon-6pm  
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    Arts & Culture

    Die Felicia Digital

    Chase away the Sunday scaries with an evening of macabre drag as your host Lousianna Purchase and her Hell Hounds chill you and thrill you.
    Sat., Nov. 28, 8-10pm. $10 suggested cover.  
    Online
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    Downtown Holiday Stroll

    This year, the hallmark event is more than just one evening; it's a month of free activities and holiday happenings. Visit the 45-foot-tall holiday tree by the Capitol, catch a movie at Paramount or the new Blue Starlite, and download or pick up a holiday passport to guide your way and collect stamps as you experience all that Downtown Austin has to offer.
    Through Dec. 31  
    Downtown Austin
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    Final Call for RENT: Relief of Emergency Needs for Tenants

    This program through the city of Austin provides full rent payment for income-eligible renters financially impacted by COVID-19. Get all the details on their FAQ and apply online.
    Applications due Tue., Dec. 8, noon  
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    Frida Friday ATX Black Friday

    Choose between an IRL market at Revival Coffee or a virtual market online featuring independent BIPOC artists and community creatives. Vendors at the in-person event will rotate each day, and don't forget to tune in on Facebook or Instagram for video programming all weekend.
    Fri.-Sat., Nov. 27-28, 4-8pm. Free to attend.  
    Revival Coffee, 1405 E. Seventh; online
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    Mozart's 2020 COVID-Cautious Christmas Light Show

    Sip a delicious hot bevvie and see the beautiful light show by the lake. Reservations required.
    Through Jan. 6, 6pm-12mid. $10 per table for one-hour show.  
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    Visual Arts

    Northern-Southern: Baton

    This is a group show by relay, begun in July of 2020 as a method of socially distancing a community in the height of the pandemic: Artists took turns alone in the space, each adding to the exhibition. Now, as it nears its close, the exhibition resembles a community in which work converses and overlaps. With Adreon Henry, Vy Ngo, Dawn Okoro, Leon Alesi, Matt Steinke, Sev Coursen, Stella Alesi, and more.
    Closing reception: Sat., July 24, 3-9pm
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    Civic Events

    Small Business Saturday

    Discover local restaurants, retail shops, and makers to patronize within Austin's six established business districts through the city's Souly Austin online tool.
    Sat., Nov. 28, all day  
    Citywide
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    Small Business Saturday With Austin Flea

    If you want to #shoplocal, you can't go wrong with this market featuring over 20 artisans and vendors. Don't forget to pick up some Zilker brews by the crowler or sixer (they're No. 5 on the Chronicle's latest Top 20 brewery list).
    Sat., Nov. 28, 11am-5pm  
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    Succulent Native Holiday Specials

    Support small biz and beautify your home with Succulent Native, now offering a Plant Love Club subscription box that brings a new pot, plant, and local goodie to your door each month. For Black Friday and Small Business Saturday (and Sunday), shop in-store for 20% off plants, cacti, and succulents, and get a free December Plant Love box when you spend $250 or free planting with $100 purchase. On Cyber Monday (and Tuesday) they're knocking 20% off online purchases. Their beautiful wares make excellent gifts for plant people, and they host virtual and in-person plant parties if you're looking for a fun, unique activity for the holidays.
    Nov. 27-Dec. 1  
    Online and in-store at 5501 N. Lamar Ste. 101-A
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    The Eleanor: Miracle on Fifth Street

    Yes, the beloved Christmas-themed pop-up bar returns to The Eleanor for another year of spirited celebration. Joann Spiegel, the mastermind behind the brand’s cocktail repertoire, has created a roster of delightful, holiday-inspired libations, featuring cocktails that play on classic holiday flavors. New this year: Jolly Koala (gin, vermouth, and pine-cardamom-sage cordial), On Dasher (bourbon, mezcal, sweet vermouth, spiced hibiscus, bitters, and lemon), and a Fruitcake Flip (brandy, Jamaican overproof rum, Amaretto, fruitcake, cherry bitters, and a whole egg). (Our personal fave, the Bad Santa, is likewise among the heady lineup.) Also, the full cocktail menu will be available at the main downstairs and mezzanine bars. Note: This year, all Miracle cocktails can be ordered to-go. Note: This year, all Miracle cocktails can be ordered to-go – and a portion of all to-go sales will benefit the Austin Children’s Shelter and Austin Pets Alive. God bless us, everyone!
    Daily, through Dec. 27  
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    Theatre

    Venardos Circus

    Enjoy Thanksgiving weekend with the Venardos Circus just up the road a piece, when the roving company of amazing acrobats and shimmering showpeople returns to live-audience performances in a Broadway-style, animal-free production at Buck’s Backyard in Buda.
    Through Dec. 6. $100-165 (each ticket good for four seats).  
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    15th Annual Thanksgiving Family Festival

    There's something for everyone: wine, food, live music, local artisan vendors, free kids' games, and holiday fun. Join in for Black Friday or Small Business Saturday, and arrive early for disc golf; the course opens at 9am.
    Nov. 27-28, 11am-6pm. Free.  
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    A Spanks-Giving Drag Brunch

    Rhonda returns for a rowdy and socially distanced brunch just in time for Turkey Day, plus she's bringing a special guest, Cheeki Kahnt. Tables for the show are by reservation only so plan accordingly. A percent of proceeds from all drag table reservations and every "Rhonda Jewels" cocktail sold will be donated to Central Texas Food Bank.
    Sat., Nov. 28, noon-2pm. $45-125.  
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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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    Akirash Online

    Sure, Austin's Olaniyi Rasheed Akindiya aka AKIRASH has an exhibition at the Carver Museum right now – and the place is closed, of course. But this Lagos-born artist also happens to have one of the most robust websites around, though you'll need a mighty big screen to get the best effect of his huge and colorful mixed-media creations and performance pieces.
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    Alex Dormont

    Sat., Nov. 28, 5:30pm
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    Anomaly Archives Streamathon

    A variety of speakers, musicians, filmmakers, and artists explore the exciting world of UFOs, Bigfoot, synchronicities, and other high strangeness for an ongoing fundraising event for the Anomaly Archives, a nonprofit struggling to survive pandemic times. Streaming through YouTube and Facebook every Saturday through the end of the year.
    Saturdays. Donations accepted.  
    Online
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    Visual Arts

    AO5 Gallery: Disruption

    Hey, you! Globally aware art connoisseur! Don't miss this show of bold visuals from some of the most famous European street artists – like Banksy, Striker, Zero, and Cee Pil – now sharing wall space with works by Austin's own Jason Eatherly, Dave Lowell, and that Impossible Winterbourne.
    Through Dec. 31
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    APA! Holiday Store Now Open

    When you're shopping for the animal lovers in your life, you'll find the perfect gift and support the nonprofit at the Austin Pets Alive! online store. They've got a people & pets cookbook, ornaments, toys, and the must-have outerwear for winter: the "I Like Big Mutts and I Cannot Lie" hoodie.
    Ongoing  
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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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    Visual Arts

    Armadillo World Headquarters 50th Anniversary Exhibition

    AusPop presents a celebration of the legendary Armadillo World Headquarters, offering an impressive array of posters, photos, and newspaper clippings with which to immerse yourself in the venue's well-documented history. (No one may know exactly where we're going, these days, but this is – vividly – where we've been.) You can schedule a time in advance to visit the gallery (any Saturday or Sunday) and you've gotta wear a mask, citizen, because this long strange trip is something we're still in the confounding middle of, y'dig?
    Through Dec. 13

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