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    We Are Proud To Present

    Street Corner Arts is, in fact, damned proud to present this show – the full title of which is We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as Southwest Africa, from the German Sudwestafrika, Between the Years 1884-1915 – and proud they should be, as Jackie Sibblies Drury's "stunning, self-referential theatrical collage" engages with abominable history to tackle the subject of racism and the theatre community’s own (sometime self-serving) attempts at engaging with this subject. That (award-winning) Liz Fisher directs a fine cast, but – is this show as powerful good as it sounds? Our reviewer Elizabeth Cobbe sure thinks so.
    Through Dec. 15. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $17-25.  
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    Comedy

    Allen Strickland Williams

    What is it with these people with three names? With this Williams from Los Angeles, it's being picked as one of Comedy Central's "Comics to Watch." And it's slaying crowds at SXSW, Moontower, Funny or Die’s Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival, L.A.'s RIOT Festival, and more. And it's rocking the Velv stage this weekend, with his inimitable style and special guests.
    Dec. 14-15. Fri., 9pm; Sat., 9 & 11pm. $10.  
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    Dance

    Ballet Austin: The Nutcracker

    You've heard of this thing? The Nutcracker, right? And here Ballet Austin brings it big and fancy and exquisitely staged, with hundreds of dancers embodying the choreography of Stephen Mills, extraordinary sets and costumes, and Tchaikovsky’s score performed live by the Austin Symphony Orchestra. Witness in wonder as a young heroine faces her fears, rescues her prince, and dreams big during the journey of a lifetime.
    Through Dec. 23. Fri., 7:30pm; Sat., 2 & 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. $15 and up.  
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    Better Mr. Burns

    Yes, this is that Anne Washburn-scripted, The Simpsons-go-postapocalypse brilliance that delighted audiences at St. Ed's a few years ago, now presented by a cadre of UT theatre students under the direction of Khristián Méndez Aguirre to "address the impact of environmental waste and abusive rehearsal practices to address a significant blind spot in contemporary American theatre: the intersection of environmental and social justice." And we've got a report on that right here.
    Dec. 14-17. Fri. & Mon., 7pm; Sat.-Sun., 2 & 7pm. Free.  
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    Visual Arts

    Generative Art Project: Thoughts In Action

    This bastion of the aesthetically brilliant possibilities of generative technology presents two new videos, a video slideshow, and five related prints by Alba Corral of Barcelona, Spain. Listen: "The notion that digital imagery is easy to make or merely a gimmick driven by software is wrong. The truth is generative artists, like those working in other media, must invent everything you see. The difference is their marks move through time, which adds to the complexity of their process." Corral’s style elegantly demonstrates her creativity in action. And Brenner tells you more about this new gallery right here.
    Through Dec. 30
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    Visual Arts

    Guzu Gallery: Binge

    That Vince Torres and his astonishing cohort of creatives have garnered more graphic goodness for those Guzu walls, with 26 artists paying tribute to shows from the small screen, with stylish renditions of characters and settings from television’s past and present. Featuring homages by Chet Phillips, Tessa Morrison, Killian Glenn, Half-Human, Nina Sanchez, and more. Where's your fandom at, baby? It's probably right here, right now.
    Through Jan. 7
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    Theatre

    Holiday Spectacular! Spectacular!

    The merry madcaps of Austin's La Fenice are honoring – or, perhaps, skewering – or, okay, maybe both – all those Christmas TV specials from the Seventies and Eighties with this wild show that features cameos from stars of the local theatre and improv scenes: Indigo Rael! Shannon McCormick! Kareem Badr! Marc Majcher!: Jessica Von Schramm! Rudy Ramirez! American Berserk Theatre! And many, many more. Bonus: Live music by Armadillo Road.
    Through Dec. 21. Fridays, 9pm. $10.  
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    Comedy

    Immigrants, the Musical: No Place Like Home

    This is a Hamilton-inspired show in which, each week, a new monologist tells of their experience in coming from Mexico, from Russia, from Vietnam, from El Salvador, and more. Then the cast, directed by Lahari Dunn and Asaf Ronen, expands these stories into "fully improvised musicals, giving life to the emotion, the journey, and the laughs and hardships along the way." Note: The Chronicle's Robert Faires recently took in a show, and here's his reaction. Featured this week: Kacey Samiee from Iran.
    Through Dec. 21. Fridays, 8pm. $10-12.  
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    Link & Pin Gallery: Rohit Records

    Holy Mingering Mike, citizen, here's one hell of a fine immersive fantasy, in which a fellow named Rohitash Rao has conjured an entire a record store for bands that don’t exist – filled with album covers, concert posters, and T-shirts manufactured from Rao's own wild musical mythology.
    Through Dec. 23
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    Dance

    Of Mice & Music: A Jazz Tap Nutcracker

    Here comes Tapestry Dance Company’s unique and highly popular take on the holiday classic, with live jazz music and a swinging sound, featuring an original score performed by Austin musicians. And, of course, some of the world’s best tap dancers.
    Dec. 13-23. Thu.-Fri., 7:30pm; Sat., 2 & 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. $39 and up.  
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    Austin Public

    Committed to freedom of speech and expression, Austin Public is a nonexclusive and content-neutral media studio that offers low- and no-cost training, equipment, facilities, and cablecasting services to all Austinites. It is managed by the Austin Film Society under contract from the city of Austin, and operates cable channels 10, 11, and 16, and live streams. New training classes are ongoing; see website for calendar.

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