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    The Austin Puppet Incident

    Hosted by Jesus Valles, co-presented by Glass Half Full Theatre and Trouble Puppet Theater Company, this annual event showcases local and national puppet artists performing short, original works for adult audiences. This year's featured artist is Venezuela's Anatar Marmol-Gagné.
    Fri.-Sat., Dec. 6 & 7, 8pm. $13-15.  
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      A Christmas Carol

      The Paradox Players presents the Dickens classic, as adapted Christopher Schario and directed by Barbara Abbate.
      Through Dec. 15. Fri.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 3pm. $5-20.  
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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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      AARC: Fall Into Art

      The Asian American Resource Center presents four exhibitions that reflect on community, cultural heritage, and nature in various mediums: "Colours of Life: An Indian Perspective" by Shruti Mehta; "Pink Lotus" by Marcella Kourkova; and the group shows "Everything That Matters" and "Abstractions of AVAFest."
      Through Dec. 14  
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      Art For the People: Fifth Anniversary Party

      Those champions of local culture at AFTP are celebrating and they invite everyone to come and raise a glass of French 75 to honor where they’ve been and where they’re going. Bonus: Julie Pelaez reveals a new interactive art piece for her solo "Please Press Pause" exhibition.
      Fri., Dec. 6, 6:30-8:30pm. Free.  
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      ASO: Christmas In the Community

      This is a free, citywide event in which the brass, string, and woodwind ensembles of the Austin Symphony travel all over Austin to perform during the month of December. Catch 'em, gratis, at your local venue.
      Through Dec. 18. Free.  
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      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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      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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      Dimension Gallery: Example Geometry

      Tom Bandage, inspired by the machinist’s craft and the volumetric simplicity of Bauhaus, attempts to capture the shape of thought through geometric contortions of material, removing traditional construction materials such as concrete, metal, and acrylic from their urban contexts and applying them to abstract conceptions of form and space.
      Through Jan. 18
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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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      ICOSA: The New Flesh

      Is it too obvious to say "all hail" to this new exhibition of work by that storied creator of graphic psychedelia Matt Rebholz and the modern Magellan of sculptural form and texture Terra Goolsby? In any case, we recommend this "array of intimate pieces that meditates on notions of transfiguration, intracorporeal transit, and planetary departure, offering encounters with bodily and terrestrial alternatives for an uncertain future." It's this sort of thing.
      Through Jan. 4  
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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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      Comedy

      Josh Wolf

      The native Bostonian, bestselling author, and former host of Shark After Dark hits the Cap City stage with all his wise-ass humor and Los Angeles-honed savvy.
      Dec. 5-7. Thu., 8pm; Fri.-Sat., 7:30 & 10pm. $14-23.  
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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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      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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      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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      Mondo Gallery: Spirit of Adventure

      Here's a Pixar-centric show that features more than 15 new posters by nine different artists, celebrating some of the media company's most beloved films.
      Fri., Dec. 6, 7-10pm
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      Old Bakery Gallery: Small Art by Austin

      Let's get small, with works by 53 local artists.
      Through Jan. 2  
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      Prizer Arts & Letters: Transient

      The artist Rehab El Sadek continues her exploration into issues related to immigration, belonging, communication, and language, using sound installation, photography, and the written word to inspire consideration of residential spaces and our relationship to them and to each other. Visitors to this intimate Eastside gallery are invited to add their own reflections on where they live and where they have felt most at home. Note: The closing celebration features a reading by Naomi Shihab Nye and friends.
      Closing celebration: Sat., Jan. 4, 1-4pm
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      Recspec Gallery: Demons & Devils

      That's right, one of Austin's best little galleries is back – bigger and better than ever, now in a new space south of the river. And what a way to inaugurate this fresh venue – with a sort of sequel to last year's excellent "Witches" show, this one curated by Laurel Barickman and Katie Cowden and featuring a plethora of artists drawing their subjects from folklore and occultism's darker spaces and from deep inside the shadows of human nature. They're embracing – and displaying – all of it here, though: the light and the dark, the good and the bad, the holy and the evil in everyone. The devil, as we know, is in the details.
      Through Dec. 14  
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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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      Comedy

      The Banter Show

      Popular demand brings your hosts Mac & Ximena Blake back to the Velv for this latest incarnation of hilarity, where pairs of comedians will entertain you with only their unrehearsed onstage banter. And, throughout the conversation, random topics will pop up on a monitor to keep that sweet, sweet banter flowing. With the likes of Andrew Clarkston, Brett VerVoort, Danny Goodwin, Enzo Priesnitz, Holli Cuomo, Justin Hicks, Lisa Friedrich, Nick Saverino, and others cracking wise – to say nothing of those funny AF hosts – how could this latenight gig be anything but a comedy win?
      Fri., Dec. 6, 11pm. $10.  
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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 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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      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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      Dance

      The Nutcracker

      In this Metamorphosis Dance Theatre re-envisioning of the holiday classic, 18-year-old Clara struggles with the choice between romance and family.
      Dec. 6-8. Fri., 7:30pm; Sat., 2:30 & 7:30pm; Sun., 2:30pm. $20-25.  
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      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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      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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      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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      Comedy

      Tom Thakkar

      You know this funnyman from Montreal's Just For Laughs festival, right? Or from Doug Loves Movies, The Todd Glass Show, Vice magazine, and – ah, hell, he's good, this Thakkar. Catch him and his friends in the act, as they perpetrate exquisite comedy lacerations on the mic this weekend.
      Dec. 6-7. Fri., 9pm; Sat., 9 & 11pm. $10.  
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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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      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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      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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      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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