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    Grageriart's Design For Everyone

    Well, as Popeye used to put it, blow me down. Last time we spoke of Grageriart, your reviewer wondered if "video enhancement" might be a way to improve what was already a fantastically arch and enjoyable musical entertainment. And now that consumerism-skewering duo of Peter Stopschinski and Lana Lesley are releasing the first of an ongoing series of videos during this latest iteration of their show (that includes, yes, the debut of a big new song-and-dance number) at Crashbox. It starts on Black Friday – which is the sort of shopping nightmare scenario this show is precisely the delightful antidote for – and is highly recommended.
    Nov. 29-Dec. 1. Fri. & Sun., 8pm; Sat., 5 & 8pm. Pay what you can, citizen.  
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    Blue Man Group: Speechless

    The world-renowned bald and blue trio embarks on a new journey of discovery, the result of more than 27 years spent observing humanity, featuring new and original compositions, acts, and instruments alongside iconic Blue Man Group moments based in joy, art, music, comedy, social commentary, and hilarious absurdity.
    Nov. 29-Dec. 1. Fri., 7pm; Sat.-Sun., 1 & 7pm. $39 and up.  
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    Comedy

    John Cleese

    Don’t miss this evening with the award-winning actor, writer, and comedian as he shares hilarious stories and observations about his life and career, including highlights from Monty Python, Fawlty Towers, A Fish Called Wanda, and many more.
    Sun., Dec. 1, 8pm. $57-150.  
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    A Christmas Carol

    ZACH’s adaptation of the Dickens classic is a family-friendly spectacular, a musical sleigh ride through rhythm and time, infusing the traditional Victorian story with a score that spans all genres and eras. Directed by Dave Steakley, with musical direction by Allen Robertson.
    Through Dec. 29. Wed.-Fri., 7:30pm; Sat.-Sun., 2:30 & 7:30pm. $35 and up.  
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    Austin Chinese Choir: Joint Christmas Concert

    For Austin Chinese Choir's first concert held during the holiday month, they'll be joined by several other Chinese community chorus groups – including Austin Taiwanese Presbyterian Church Choir and Rock Chinese Church of Austin Choir – to feature selections from Handel's "Messiah" and many traditional Christmas carols.
    Sun., Dec. 1, 5pm. Free.
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    Bryson Brown: Live Album Recording

    "Brown’s smooth and laid-back approach to everyday life situations makes him a crowd favorite," notes the press kit. "We think this guy is funny enough – at least funny enough – to merit getting him locked into vinyl," concur the honchos at Sure Thing Records. And the early show's already sold out, so give this later one a try.
    Sun., Dec. 1, 9:30pm. $10-15.  
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    Carver Museum: Future Inhabitants

    The willful self-destruction of humanity by Earth’s most formidable species – humans – is the topic of New Orleans-born and Dallas-raised photographer Tia Boyd. Through a series of portraits, Boyd reveals "a surviving race of godlike women warriors who have come to terraform the planet for future inhabitants." And here's our full review of the show.
    Through Jan. 11
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    Cowboys in Space and Fantastic Worlds

    Yippee ki yay, space cadet, it's time to head 'em off at the Pass Nebula as the State History Museum presents an exhibition that spans more than 150 years of Western and science fiction history and features 100-plus artifacts (including props from Star Trek, Star Wars, Firefly, and other skiffy media fare). And our arch-geek himself, the estimable Richard Whittaker, also a part-time Sith Lord, reviews the show for you here.
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    Frankenstein

    Mary Shelley's monstrous masterpiece, as adapted by Patrick Sandford, is presented by Different Stages with Norman Blumensaadt directing and Sam Grimes as the unfortunate results of Dr. Frankenstein's tampering with natural forces beyond control.
    Through Dec. 14. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $15-30.  
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    grayDUCK Gallery: Bruisers

    Sarah Fox's new show at this excellent Eastside gallery is about the nature of little boys and the men that they become. "It is an exhibition," says the artist, "that I made in an attempt to be a better mother and to create a safer world for my son."
    Through Dec. 15
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    J Gallery: Abstract Visions

    The Visual Arts League of Shalom Austin JCC presents four artists whose works display different techniques of abstraction: Patti Troth Black, Diane Sandlin, Jane Fier, and Ashley Mayel.
    Through Jan. 5
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    Landmarks Video: Animation I

    Keith Sonnier’s videowork from 1973 is the latest to get the big-screen treatment in this ongoing series from your friends at UT's Landmarks program.
    Through Dec. 31. Daily, 7-10pm  
    ART Building, 2301 San Jacinto
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    Lucky Chaos: ATX Stage Diversity Mixer & Groundworks

    Meet and greet your Lucky Chaos crowd at a mixer for ATX Stage Diversity, then check out the company's works in progress, previewed for your entertainment and edification.
    Sun., Dec. 1. Mixer: 5-7pm. Groundworks: 7:30-9pm. Free, but RSVP.  
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    MASS Gallery: These Lessons

    Brooke Burnside, Diego Mireles Duran, and Carlos Rosales-Silva use use their unique perspectives to understand the residues of colonial histories and expand the Western cultural vocabulary to include the traditions of their homelands and ancestors, the visual and the spatial offering an alternative to the codified and inequitable linguistic and logical mathematical approaches that most educational structures are built on.
    Through Dec. 14
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    Saint Somebody

    This fierce Rita Anderson play, about the women and other unsung heroes in the Civil War, explores a part of history not previously dramatized. Find out what happens – maybe what actually happened – when an African American "deserter" wanders into the camp of the Irish Brigade near Gettysburg. Directed by Christina J. Moore for Mélange Theatre Company.
    Through Dec. 1. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 2pm. $22-25.  
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    She Loves Me

    Austin Playhouse celebrates the holiday season with the romantic musical comedy, set in the 1930s, about two feuding shop clerks who can’t seem to find common ground, but by night write beautiful love letters to their "secret admirers." And who do you suppose those turn out to be? (Note: Not Tom Hanks or Meg Ryan, although this play was made into the movie You've Got Mail.) Starring Joey Banks and Sarah Zeringue, directed by Scott Shipman with musical direction by Lyn Koenning.
    Through Dec. 21. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. $38-46.  
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    Testsite: st.itch

    Fluent~Collaborative and testsite present this collaboration with artist Afrah Shafiq and contemporary art collector Cynthia Toles: A multimedia patchwork and interactive four-channel video installation based on archival research.
    Through Dec. 15  
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    The Austin Menagerie

    Join that Dan Block and FiFi Switchblade of Three Legged Dog Sideshow as they bring you local and out-of-town performers for a night of death-defying stunts, macabre magic, and more.
    Sun., Dec. 1, 7-9pm. Free.  
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    The Blanton Museum: Medieval Monsters

    From griffins and giants to demons and dragons, monsters have enthralled people throughout time. In medieval art and literature, these fanciful creatures give form to fears, curiosities, and fantasies of the unfamiliar and the unknown. This new exhibition, organized by the Morgan Library & Museum in New York, presents a lively array of monsters that appear in more than 50 illuminated manuscripts from the European Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Each of the three sections of the exhibition – "Terrors, Aliens, and Wonders" – will explore the ways monsters functioned as the embodiment of power, the representation of marginalized groups in society, or the inspiration for awe.
    Through Jan. 12  
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    The Santaland Diaries

    David Sedaris’ irreverent and cynical Crumpet returns! The outlandish tale of a Macy’s elf merrily jingles to life in this holiday classic. With 75 minutes of rollicking (and not so politically correct) fun, this evening will delight adult elves who like things more naughty than nice. Directed by Nat Miller and reviewed here by Paul Beutel.
    Through Dec. 29. Wed.-Thu., 8pm; Fri.-Sat., 6:30 & 9pm; Sun., 7:30pm. $40 and up.  
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    Thornton Road Studios: Annual Holiday Sale

    It's the 27th annual holiday sale at the longest-running art studio complex in South Austin, featuring all sorts of painting, ceramics, pottery, beadwork, jewelry, mosaics, scarves, and more.
    Nov. 30-Dec. 1. Sat., 11am-6pm; Sun., 11am-5pm  
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    Visual Arts Center: Fall 2019

    The fall array of exhibitions at UT's Visual Arts Center features Nikita Gale's "EASY LISTENING," Kenneth Tam's "Details," Maria Antelman's "Mechanisms of Affection," Saakred's "Sin Nombre, Sin Cuerpo," and more.

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