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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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    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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    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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    Dance

    Ballet Austin: The Nutcracker

    From its vibrant sets and costumes to the impressive cast of more than 200 dancers, this colorful winter classic brings families and friends together every year to enjoy the world’s best-known ballet. Featuring choreography by Stephen Mills, with Tchaikovsky's score performed live by the Austin Symphony Orchestra.
    Through Dec. 22. Thu.-Fri., 7:30pm; Sat., 2 & 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. $29 and up.  
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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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    Davis Gallery: Looking Out, Looking In

    This is an extensive group exhibit focused on the personal philosophies of premiere Austin and Central Texas artists. Sacred geometry, the importance of family, life and death, our connection to nature, and spirituality are among the perspectives that the artists (Randall Reid, Sam Yeates, Jan Heaton, Faustinus Deraet, David Leonard, Denise Fulton, and John Sager, among others) have focused on. What a fine follow-up to that excellent "Lone Star Wild" show, and what a glorious way to bid 2019 farewell!
    Through Jan. 11
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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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    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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    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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    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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    Classical Music

    Mendelssohn's Elijah

    Here's a performance of Mendelssohn's famed oratorio, featuring soloists, a full chorus, and an orchestra of period instruments. Bonus: pre-concert lecture by Mendelssohn scholar R. Larry Todd.
    Dec. 7-8. Sat., 7pm; Sun., 5pm. $10-30.  
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    Theatre

    Merlin Works: Improv at ZACH

    In which the current MerlinWorks graduating class presents improvised musicals, followed by a set by their teachers – those bona fide savants of extemporaneous creation, The Known Wizards.
    Sun., Dec. 8, 8pm. $10.  
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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 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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    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 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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    Classical Music

    Weihnachtskonzert: Christmas Concert

    Here's the venue's annual choir-powered concert of German Christmas music, followed by a rousing singalong with the public. (That's you, citizen, that's you!)
    Sun., Dec. 8, 2:30pm. Free.  

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