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    Dance

    Blue Lapis Light: Oneness of Being

    Surrounded by the natural environment, the trees and fields of the Wildflower Center's indigenous plants, the acclaimed Blue Lapis Light dancers defy gravity on columns and ropes, weaving choreography into the very air, enhancing the wonder of our interaction with the gardens. Yes, it's part of the center's annual Luminations.
    Thu.-Sun., Dec. 6-9, 7 & 8pm. $10-15.  
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    KDHDC: Be Still, My Heart

    Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company – you remember this recent show, yes? – presents the premiere of a large-scale, full-length, impressionistic work featuring virtuosic dancing, humor, gesture, and references to cinema. The audience will be seated up close and in-the-round to fully experience the sights, sounds, and kinetic energy of Hamrick’s award-winning choreography, performed to original, live music.
    Dec. 6-9. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 3pm. $21 and up.  
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    Theatre

    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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    Classical Music

    A Charlie Brown Christmas

    The Austin Chamber Music Center presents the beloved Vince Guaraldi tunes from this holiday classic, featuring pianist Michelle Schumann, bassist Utah Hamrick, drummer David Sierra, and special guests.
    Sat., Dec. 8, 3:30 & 7:30pm. $22-37.  
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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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    Visual Arts

    Davis Gallery: The Animal Kingdom

    Randal Ford's compelling and intimate photographic portraits of nonhuman species depict an undeniable sense of power, humor, beauty, and an unspoken kinship to our animal relatives. You've seen them on the covers of Time, Texas Monthly, and even Communication Arts; now see them bigger, better, brighter on the walls of this excellent gallery – for just four days!
    Through Dec. 8. Reception: Thu., 6-8:30pm
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    Books

    fields magazine: five-and-ten extravaganza

    In which the local arts-forward literary magazine celebrates its five-year anniversary and 10th issue release with a party that features, among the potent Tito's potables and mindful mafficking, a group art exhibition and performances by show curator Andie Flores and artist Rosalind Hussell.
    Sat., Dec. 8, 7-10pm. Free, but you could totally buy a copy of the issue.  
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    Visual Arts

    Flatbed Press: Holiday Open house

    Celebrate the holidays early, among the most gorgeous collection of oversized prints in town – right here where they're produced. And hear Flatbed's plans for the coming year – the Year of Drastic Change, y'might call it.
    Sat., Dec. 8, 1-5pm
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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.
    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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    Visual Arts

    ICOSA: The Matter At Hand

    This is a two-person exhibition featuring the work of Darcie Book and Sarah Hirneisen, in which the artists push the boundaries of traditional artmaking techniques. Book stretches the possibilities of painting by navigating between the two- and three-dimensional, while Hirneisen uses mold-making and casting to remake everyday objects into unexpected new forms. Note: You know that ICOSA is right down the Canopy hall from Atelier Dojo, right?
    Through Jan. 5
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    Theatre

    Ira Glass: Seven Things I've Learned

    The creator, producer, and host of This American Life will mix stories live on stage, giving us an intimate glimpse into the creative process.
    Sat., Dec. 8, 8pm. $35-70.  
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    Visual Arts

    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

    Sembrando Herencia: Borinquen Sana

    This 16th annual production from the Puerto Rican Cultural Center is a tribute to the elders whose wisdom and experience helped their communities survive the weeks and months without electricity, water, food, or communications following the impact of Hurricane Maria in 2017.
    Dec. 8-9. Sat., 6:30pm; Sun., 3pm. $5-20.  
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    Visual Arts

    Tattoos & Terriers

    Of course this show of work from artists associated with that doggo-lovin' Terrier Cvlt cabal is displayed in a tattoo parlor: There's gonna be a group of professional ink-needlers from around the globe tattooing Terrier Cvlt flash to help raise money for the good people of Emancipet.
    Sat., Dec. 8, 7-10pm
    Pigment Tattoo, 12233 RR 620 N. Ste 111-A
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    Classical Music

    TEMP: An Early Christmas

    You know we already love that Texas Early Music Project no matter the season. But, boy howdy, does this time of year give Danny Johnson's excellent period-instrument ensemble even more chances to shine! Enjoy a transtemporal feast of Christmas music, with sweet medieval lullabies and joyous English and French carols, magnificent motets from Germany, dulcet Celtic cradle songs and exuberant folk tunes, and more – – with arrangements for solo voices, small chorus, harps, violin, flute, mandolin, viols, and lute.
    Dec. 7-9. Fri., 7:30pm: St. John's United Methodist Church, 2140 Allandale. Sat., 7:30pm: First English Lutheran Church, 3001 Whitis. Sun., 3pm: First Presbyterian Church, 8001 Mesa. $5-30.
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    Theatre

    The Austin Puppet Incident

    This is the ninth annual Incident, featuring local and national puppet artists performing all-new, short, original puppet works for adult audiences. Repeat – definitely for adult audiences. Funny, sweet, deep, enchanting: It's all here. Featuring Marsian De Lellis from Los Angeles with an unconventional love story that explores the synesthetic relationship between objects and personalities. Brought to you by the object-manipulative savants of Glass Half Full and Trouble Puppet, with support from the Puppet Slam Network.
    Fri.-Sat., Dec. 7-8, 8pm. $15.  
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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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