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  • Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

    Texas Performing Arts presents Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater on its 2024 National Tour. The legendary dance company returns to Austin after more than a decade for two special and unique performances including new works and Ailey’s iconic ballet Revelations.
    Mar. 2-3  
    Bass Concert Hall
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  • Community

    New Year's Guide

    Austin's New Year

    The official city celebration is family-friendly and will feature live performances by El Combo Oscuro, Taméca Jones, the Texas Gentlemen, and Extragrams. Guests can choose from 10 food trucks, including Burro Cheese Kitchen, Amy’s Ice Cream, Garbo's Lobster, and Shawarma Point. A dynamic fireworks display at midnight will ring in 2023 with style. The lawn opens at 6pm, and guests are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs. For the first time, beer, wine, and champagne will be available for purchase in a designated beer hall.
    Sat., Dec. 31, 6pm  
    • Film

      Special Screenings

      Citizen Kane (1941)

      World Cinema Classics: Sight & Sound Critics Top 5: End the year with one of our most important and enduring films, which placed third on Sight and Sound's top 5 of all time.
      Sat., Dec. 31, 6pm  
    • Music

      David Ramirez & Friends (LCD Soundsystem tribute), ICING (Cake tribute)

      David Ramirez & Friends tribute Brooklyn electronic rock band LCD Soundsystem. ICING, a CAKE cover band, opens.
      Sat., Dec. 31, 9pm  
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      Civic Events

      Holiday Tree Recycling

      For city of Austin curbside customers, recycling a holiday tree is as easy as setting it at the curb by 5:30am on the regularly scheduled compost collection day. Trees that are 6 feet or taller must be cut in half. Everyone is welcome to drop off their trees at Zilker on one of three collection days: Sat., Dec. 31; Sat., Jan. 7; or Sun., Jan. 8, 10am-2pm. Volunteers are also needed for those days, if you're still in the giving spirit! Trees collected at Zilker will be turned into mulch and available for free on a first-come, first-served basis beginning Jan. 12, 9am. Get more deets online.
      Dec. 26-Jan. 8
      Curbside or at Zilker Park Polo Fields, 2225 Andrew Zilker Rd.
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      New Year's Guide

      Hotel Vegas Glitters Eve

      Get ready to sparkle at this trash disco/glam rock & roll party with the music of David Bowie, the Sex Pistols, and lots more performed by a dozen of Austin's top bands.
      Sat., Dec. 31, 8pm. $20-30.  
      Hotel Vegas & Volstead, 1502 E. Sixth
    • Film

      Special Screenings

      In the Mood for Love (2000)

      World Cinema Classics: Sight & Sound Critics Top 5: The period romance following a pair of lovers whose spouses are having an affair is No. 5 on the list.
      Sat., Dec. 31, 1:30pm  
    • Film

      Special Screenings

      Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975)

      World Cinema Classics: Sight & Sound Critics Top 5: Kicking off a series of the top five films in Sight and Sound's 2022 critics poll, ranking the greatest films of all time every 10 years. This French masterpiece about a widow who does sex work to support herself and her son took first place, the first time a film by a female director made No. 1.
      Sat., Dec. 31, 4pm  
    • Arts

      Classical Music

      La Follia: End the Year with Bach

      Put some Johann in your favorite Sebastian this weekend and you'll take the glorious memory of a little Bach to the future, as Eric Taeyang Mun performs the maestro's Cello Suite No. 1; James Andrewes and Keith Womer perform the Violin Sonata in C minor, and Joan Carlson sings in the secular cantata “Non sa che sia dolore”.
      Dec. 30-31. Fri., 7:30pm; Sat., 3pm. $25-30.  
    • Community

      New Year's Guide

      Mozart's: NYE Silent Disco Party

      Get your new year's groove on in advance atop Mozart’s Lit Up! LED dance floor for a full three hours and emjoy unlimited access to Mozart’s holiday light show menu, including bottomless refills of its warm beverages and fresh baked treats as well Giant Bavarian pretzels, hot cookie sundaes, cheesecakes and tiramisus, hot chocolate, hot cider,'smores lattes, and more. Reckon this will be a happy alternative for those that want to enjoy a high energy night in a more sober-friendly atmosphere.
      Sat., Dec. 31, 9:30pm-12:30am. $20.  
    • Music

      NYE Africa Night buffet w/ Zoumountchi, System Positif, Afro Jazz

      Looking to avoid off-key karaoke singers and cheesy cover bands this NYE? East Austin’s Sahara Lounge is your best bet to find mind-blowingly talented African musicians combined with all-around good vibes. Afro Jazz churns out hypnotic waves of sound on the kora and the balafon, two traditional West African instruments, while eight-piece System Positif fuses punk, funk, and reggae into their own brand of energetic Afro-rock. Led by multi-instrumentalist Ibrahim Aminou, Zoumountchi keeps their home venue’s dance floor full with their lively rhythm and horn sections. Make up for calories lost while moving and grooving with the venue’s delicious free buffet.
      Sat., Dec. 31, 7pm
    • Music

      NYE trash disco & glam rock & roll tribute w/ Nolan Potter's Nightmare Band, Moving Panoramas, Gus Baldwin & the Sketch, A Giant Dog, Billy Glitter, Acid Carousel, Je'Texas, High Heavens, Rusty Dusty, Magic Rockers of Texas, DJ Pagame

      Pilgrimage to the “trash disco, glam rock n roll dance party” at Hotel Vegas and the Volstead Danceteria is a sacred rite, showcasing a powerhouse lineup of local punk and psychedelia to cleanse your soul with a baptismal wash of classic covers. Ferocious guitar licks howl to the tunes of the Damned (represented by Austin’s Gus Baldwin & the Sketch), Black Sabbath (je’Texas), and the Sex Pistols (Chepo). Glitzy tributes to Blondie (Moving Panoramas) and Olivia Newton-John (Leslie Sisson & Sabrina Ellis) promise to pour chic vocal melodies as incantations to the year ahead, while Big Star (Rusty Dusty) and Steely Dan (Billy Glitter) shred all negative vibes with a wave of their whammy bars. David Bowie (Moonage Daydreams), Todd Rundgren (Nolan Potter), and Lynyrd Skynyrd (Jim Campo) odes round out the stellar exaltation.
      Sat., Dec. 31, 7pm  
    • Music

      NYE w/ Blackillac, Mama Duke, TheBrosFresh

      Knock that hustle, slow down the grind, mute your phone, and splurge on some good bubbly. If you’re looking to shake booty to a carefree tempo that’ll nevertheless keep your feet on the ground, head to Antone’s. The iconic blues venue has assembled a peerless roster of Austin hip-hop/soul-funk superstars (each celebrating banner 2022's) in Blackillac, Mama Duke, and TheBrosFresh. All work reality into their rhythms, honoring daily strife even as they transcend it. Austin stand up Ashley Barnill’s dark wit and DJ Buck Rogers’s live remixes join the party.
      Sat., Dec. 31, 9pm  
    • Music

      NYE w/ Daikaiju, Die Spitz, Narrow Haunts, Marry Cherry

      Need a holi-date? Tall, energetic, fiery – Daikaiju hatched in Alabama, steeled in Houston, and purportedly featuring an Austin tail whip. The fourpiece surf punks live up to the translation of their name from Japanese: roughly “great strange beast.” Following up a Halloween detonation at Kick Butt Coffee, the sonic spectacle will have to set off its NYE fireworks on the sidewalk outside either side of the Drag’s live music colossus. Locals still talk about Daikaiju’s Terror Fest showcase of 2019: “Daikaiju delivered ATF's most scorching experience,” reported Rachel Rascoe. “Set up on the floor of Empire Garage, the fiery spectacle turned into pyrotechnic mayhem while fans acted as human drum risers.” A trio of locals light the fuse.
      Sat., Dec. 31, 9pm  
    • Music

      NYE w/ Ephraim Owens

      The Austin Music Awards Hall of Fame trumpeter rings in the new year with a festive jazz party.
      Sat., Dec. 31, 9pm
    • Music

      NYE w/ Grupo Fantasma, Superfónicos, Trucha Soul (DJ set)

      “Austin's Grupo Fantasma remains not only unique in the American music landscape, but uniquely Americano.” So opined this pub pre-pandemic on the occasion of the local Latin orchestra’s most recent long-player, American Music Vol. VII. The Grammy-winning nonet – Gilbert Elorreaga (trumpet), Kino Esparza (singer), Jose Galeano (timbales, vocals), Greg Gonzalez (bass), Mark “Speedy” Gonzales (trombone), Matt Holmes (congas), Josh Levy (baritone sax), Beto Martinez (guitar), and John Speice (drums) – combines here with the nucleus of the state capital’s new Colombian scene: Superfónicos’ thrilling psych Latinate. Homegrown label Trucha Soul (Como Las Movies) spins cumbias. Volume VIII for 2023? ¡Ojalé!
      Sat., Dec. 31, 8pm  
    • Music

      NYE: the Last Dance at the COCO Complex w/ Peligrosa, the Brothers Groove, Cyber Queen, Rue & Soullareal

      Fourth Street’s double-decked Coconut Club is the closest Austin gets to an adult playhouse. The winding complex of four vibrant spaces, however, has been sold to incoming developers, who are poaching the lot for a 40-level high-rise. As historic landmark status was ultimately denied for the block’s stretch of LGBTQIA nightlife, Coco’s NYE programming doubles as a hello and a goodbye, bolstered by a bill of DJ mainstays. Y2K’s Cyber Queen showcase helms the electric Neon Grotto, while Afro-beat and funk command the Laser Pit via the Brothers Groove. Downstairs, Cuatro Gato hosts all-star spinners Rue and Soularreal, while long standing collective Peligrosa inject bass into Latin folk on the rooftop. Though the $20 all-access event is branded as Coco’s last dance, the club has yet to announce a closing date. Whether a countdown to eventual demolition or the last minutes of 2022, Coconut Club always promises a celebration of life.
      Sat., Dec. 31, 9pm  
    • Community

      Sports

      Texas Stars

      Vs. Tucson Roadrunners.
      Fri.-Sat., Dec. 30-31, 7pm  
    • Film

      Special Screenings

      The Apartment (1960)

      An office worker (Lemmon) lends his place to execs to use for romantic trysts and develops a relationship with the elevator operator (MacLaine).
      Sat., Dec. 31, 3pm  
    • Film

      Special Screenings

      Tokyo Story (1953)

      World Cinema Classics: Sight & Sound Critics Top 5: This meditation on family is an important and beloved work, and placed fourth on the list.
      Sat., Dec. 31, 2:45pm  
    • Community

      Sports

      UT Women's Basketball

      Vs. Kansas State.
      Sat., Dec. 31, 2pm  
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      Events

      "Texas Governors and Their Times, 1846-1946"

      This exhibit showcases materials from the State Archives documenting the official work and daily business of the state’s chief executive spanning 100 years. Can't visit in person? It's available to explore online.
      Sept. 19, 2022-May 15, 2023. Free.
    • Community

      Events

      2nd Street District Holiday Window Walk

      As you do your holiday shopping, take in the beautiful scenery created by Texas artists tasked with creating holiday-inspired art installations.
      Through Jan. 1  
      2nd Street District Downtown: West Second Street from Colorado to San Antonio and surrounding area
    • Arts

      Theatre

      A Christmas Carol

      [NOTE: CANCELED DUE TO COVID] Zach Theatre's adaptation of the Dickens classic is "a musical sleigh ride through rhythm and time, infusing the traditional Victorian story with a score that spans all genres and eras," as directed by Dave "Hardworkin'" Steakley. Which is all well and good, but we're happiest because Austin's own Marc Pouhé plays that Ebenezer Scrooge. [NOTE: CANCELED DUE TO COVID]
      Through Dec. 31. Times vary. $25.  
    • Music

    • Community

      New Year's Guide

      Austin Saengerrunde's NYE Gala

      Wholesome entertainment, live music from the Oompahs, dancing, toasts, and a German breakfast.
      Sat., Dec. 31, 8pm-1am. $15-25.  
    • Community

      Kids

      Baby Bloomers

      A special program for visitors ages 0-3 and their families, providing caregivers and early learners the chance to experience the children's museum together. Thinkery will host two storytimes and free play that support the social, emotional, and cognitive development of the earliest learners.
      Saturdays, 8-10am  
    • Music

      Bakersfield TX

      Sat., Dec. 31, 9pm
    • Arts

      Visual Arts

      Big Medium: There Are Black People In Nebraska?!

      Right there in the middle of Canopy's anchoring gallery, Adrian Armstrong invites us to see ourselves in these figures and realize that blackness is found blooming in every crevice. This is the first installment of Armstrong's series of multimedia shows exploring the black community in Omaha, Nebraska, and the artist’s first step into a world-building concept.
      Through Jan. 8
    • Food

      Food Events

      Carpenters Hall: NYE Dinner

      There, in the Hall's stylish surroundings, enjoy a four-course feast with the likes of mushroom toast with truffles, foie gras ganache, pasta cacio e pepe, short ribs, scallops, and corn-and-miso panna cotta – along with optional wine pairings. Afterward, keep the party going with a DJ set and silent disco dubbed "Heaven’s in Your Headphones" from Ali Shaheed Muhammad of A Tribe Called Quest.
      Sat., Dec. 31, 6-10pm. $100 ($160, includes after-dinner disco).  
    • Community

      Out of Town

      Cistern Illuminated

      The latest art installation fills the former drinking water reservoir with colored lights. Timed tickets required.
      Through Jan. 8. $10.
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