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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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    Dance

    ACC Dance Classes

    The Dance Department of Austin Community College offers classes in modern, jazz, ballet, and improvisation techniques, with student work produced twice a year in the Choreographers' Showcase. Teachers include Ellen Bartel, Jessica Cox, Kathy Dunn Hamrick, Roxanne Gage, Darla Johnson, Sunny Shen, Catherine Solaas and Melissa Watt. Note: Classes can be taken for credit and applied toward your degree.
    Prices vary, scholarships available.  
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    Books

    Angela Boswell: Women In Texas History

    The author and historian presents her book covering the full scope of Texas women’s history.
    Wed., Dec. 4, noon. Free.  
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    Visual Arts

    Art for the People: Robots in Rowboats

    The colorful artwork of Lauren Briére escorts the viewer on a visual journey into outer space, the fun of sports, walks in nature, adventures in rowboats, and more – with robots.
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    Visual Arts

    Atelier Dojo

    This school of representational art is led by four world-class locals, teaches drawing and painting (both fundamental and advanced programs), has open studios with live modeling, a schedule of workshops featuring visiting artists from around the world, and is located in the heart of Big Medium's Canopy complex. Oh look – we profiled and interviewed the faculty right here!
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    Theatre

    Auditions: Single Black Female

    Ground Floor Theatre is holding auditions for Single Black Female written by Lisa B. Thompson, to be directed by Matrex Kilgore. This is a two-woman show with rapid-fire comic vignettes exploring the lives of thirtysomething African American middle-class women in urban America as they search for love, clothes, and dignity in a world that fails to recognize them amongst a parade of stereotypical images. Prepare a monologue; be ready to read from the script; bring a resume and headshot. Note: The show is cast without consideration to ability, race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, size, or shape unless specifically called for in the script. One actor has already been cast; decisions about roles will be made after second actor is chosen. Email Patti at Ground Floor to secure an audition slot.
    Tue., Dec. 10, 7-10pm
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    Comedy

    Best Comedy on Airport

    There's Sugar Water Purple on Wednesday nights – look, we reviewed their show right here. And this Thursday features improv supergroup Friends for Now showcasing their character-based brilliances. Friday presents, and not by Occident, Y'all We Asian, followed by the laser-sharp ladies of Loverboy and the Live at ColdTowne stand-up showcase. Saturday night's one of a kind with Anomaly and that sexed-up Weiners and Boobs thang, after which Midnight Society's indomitable Cult Comedy takes the stage and – oh, see website for more!
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    Comedy

    Chris Tellez

    Is a single night enough to contain the power of this human fountain of hilarity, this longtime host of Shit's Golden, this local goddamn treasure of comedy? We think not. But that's all they're giving us right now, so you'd better get your tickets early.
    Wed., Dec. 4, 8pm. $12-17.  
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    Visual Arts

    Co-Lab Projects: Texas Toast

    This is a food-themed group exhibition featuring the work of so many artists that it's like a smorgasbord, it's like a cornucopiac Golden Corral salad bar of visuals, it's, listen: Valerie Chaussonnet. Alexis Mabry. Drew Liverman and Veronica Giavedoni. Olwyn Moxhay. Sandy Carson. Stephen Fishman. Suzanne Wyss. Stephanie Reid. And more, more, more. And it's reviewed by Robert Faires right here.
    Through Dec. 21
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    Visual Arts

    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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    Visual Arts

    Harry Ransom Center: Stories To Tell

    This is a rotating exhibition conveying stories of inspiration, innovation, collaboration, and frustration often associated with the creative work of leading writers and artists. The show currently features posters from the golden age of magic, rare early photography from Joseph Nicéphore Niépce, visual interpretations of works by Geoffrey Chaucer, highlighted works by Jane Austen, and more.
    Free.
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    Visual Arts

    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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    Theatre

    John Leguizamo: Latin History for Morons

    Here's a night that reveals stories of America’s unsung heroes, all unforgettably told by the Tony- and Emmy-winning performer himself..
    Wed., Dec. 4, 8pm. $39.50-115.  
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    Visual Arts

    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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    Visual Arts

    Lora Reynolds Gallery: Drawing Tense

    The Brazilian artist Lucas Simões "thinks of his new works as drawings, even though they carry no graphite and have some dimensionality. He draws with an industrial laser, cutting angular or curved shapes into blackened steel plates, essentially turning them into elaborate paperclips that pinch, pull, and compress his trademark stacks of tracing paper." It's like … a little metal shibari for sheets of pulp? Ingenious, to be sure, and visually intriguing.
    Through Feb. 1
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    Visual Arts

    Texas Folklife Gallery: La Música

    Here's an exhibition of the paintings of Roel Flores, who taught himself to paint his experiences as a migrant worker and resident in Weslaco, Texas, as a way to preserve his memories and inspire future generations.
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    Visual Arts

    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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    Visual Arts

    The Blanton Museum: She-Wolf + Lower Figs

    This installation presents new work that expands Lily Cox-Richard’s research into the contextual history of materials, making visible unseen systems that dictate materials’ production, value, and use, and engages larger questions of natural resources, labor, the specifics of place, and the politics of viewership.
    Through Dec. 29  
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    Visual Arts

    The Contemporary Austin: The Sorcerer's Burden

    The complex relationship between contemporary art and anthropology shapes the subject of "The Sorcerer’s Burden: Contemporary Art and the Anthropological Turn," an 11-artist exhibition representing a wide range of media – including painting, sculpture, photography, video, and performance. And here's our own Robert Faires with a full review of the show.
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    Visual Arts

    The People's Gallery: Exhibition 2019

    Here's the 15th annual exhibition at Austin City Hall, presenting a wide array of painting, sculpture, drawing, and other media by 113 local artists. This year, the exhibition includes a special selection of photographs: The Bold Beauty Project of Texas, featuring images of Texas women with disabilities taken by photographers from across the state.
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    Theatre

    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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    Comedy

    The Sting!

    It's the last Sting of the year and it's the lineup of the century! Well, it's certainly a hell of a great lineup, anyway, with Carina Magyar, Tai Nguyen, Lisa Friedrich, Ky Krebs, Lando Calrissian Shepard, and tonight's guest host Chris Hills.
    Wed., Dec. 4, 9:30pm. Free.  
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    Visual Arts

    The Umlauf: Michael Ray Charles

    Yeah, no, this is a monumental showing of work – including a series of paintings commissioned for the exhibition – by one of the best, most provocative artists working on this planet. The former Austinite (he taught at UT for 20 years) Michael Ray Charles "is known for art that investigates the legacy of historic racial stereotypes of African Americans. Since the 1990s, he's created complex, layered paintings that challenge stereotypes, power dynamics, and social and cultural hierarchies." Ah, words can't even – but our Arts Editor Robert Faires offers a fine preview right here.
    Through Jan. 3  
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    Visual Arts

    Twyla Contemporary Art

    “It changes the room and really makes the house.” The new in-house gallery of these fine-art promoters boasts a diverse roster of artists and includes work by Austin-based Terra Goolsby and Rebecca Rothfus Harrell. See website for stylish details.
    209 W. Ninth
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    Comedy

    Underground Comedy

    This newly revitalized basement venue is dedicated to "bringing the best in alternative comedy with shows seven nights a week." Mondays start things off with that sprightly revue of optimism called Fuck This Week, there's the unpredictable Playpen on Tuesdays, the all-female comedy showcase called Garage on Wednesdays, and Thursday's Call Your Lawyer is chock full of criminal laughs. We recommend the musical improv of Girls Girls Girls on Friday, and you don't want to miss the inarguable power of Sure Thing with Duncan Carson and Brendan K. O’Grady later that same night. And then Saturday brings what won't be the last First Annual Hollywood Awards Show onstage, and then you're invited to heckle the comics at Off Script, and – see website for more!
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    Visual Arts

    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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    Visual Arts

    Wally Workman Gallery: Joseph Janson

    In this solo show, the Austin-based artist has manipulated wire into subtle shapes alluding to the human figure, his works seeming to dance between two and three dimensions as they cast their complex shadows, further complicating as well as explaining their form.
    Through Dec. 7
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    Visual Arts

    Wander

    Austin's innovative Art In Public Places project has conjured up an excellent choose-your-own-adventure sort of experience that incorporates actual sculpture on display around our urban hub. Roam the streets, roam the art, deep in the heart of Texas.
    All the time, any time
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    Visual Arts

    Women & Their Work: The Meaning Wavers

    Stephanie Concepcion Ramirez and Betelhem Makonnen explore immigration and transnational identity, political repression, and the impact of silence in family narratives.
    Through Jan. 9
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    Visual Arts

    Yard Dog: Creak, Crack, Creep

    This excellent venue of outsider art presents a show by Portland's Jesse Narens, featuring dark mixed-media depictions of mysterious animals, birds, and insects, all intertwined with branches, leaves, and raindrops, evoking the forests and coastlines of the Pacific Northwest.
    Through Dec. 31
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    Visual Arts

    Yard Dog: The Ballad of Western Expressionism

    The renowned musician and painter Tom Russell's work reflects his life as a world traveler and the years spent immersing himself in the culture of the American Southwest. Now the man's newly transplanted to Austin and here's a show of his vibrant works.
Ongoing
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    Offscreen

    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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