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    Blue Lapis Light: Oneness of Being

    The breathtaking aerialists of Blue Lapis Light reprise their acclaimed celebration of nature at this annual Luminations event, the high-flying dancers performing on columns and ropes among the Wildflower Center's trees and fields of indigenous plants.
    Thu.-Sun., Dec. 5-15, 7 & 8:15pm. $18.  
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    La Pastorela

    La Pastorela – a tradition since the 16th century, the annual yuletide play that's been performed all over Mexico and Latinoamerica – is adapted and directed by Teatro Vivo founder Rupert Reyes. This year, Clemencia Zapata returns as music director of the story of shepherds on a pilgrimage that pits them against angels and demons who test their strength and faith along the way.
    Through Dec. 22. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 2pm. $6-21.  
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    A Christmas Memory

    The Alchemy Theatre, with permission from the Truman Capote Literary Trust, presents that author's beloved 1956 short story, featuring Luke Hill as the narrator, "capturing Mr. Capote’s richly detailed memories of his Depression-era, rural Alabama boyhood with his best friend – an eccentric, 60-something distant cousin with whom he baked fruitcakes each Christmas." Directed by Michael Cooper, who previously helmed Alchemy's excellent Waverly Gallery production.
    Through Dec. 22. Fri.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 2pm. $25-35.  
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    Dear Evan Hansen

    A letter that was never meant to be seen; a lie that was never meant to be told; a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he’s always wanted: a chance to finally fit in, in this "deeply personal and profoundly contemporary musical about life and the way we live it." Right?
    Through Dec. 15. Thu.-Fri., 8pm; Sat., 2 & 8pm; Sun., 1 & 7pm. $44-154.  
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    Five Lesbians Eating A Quiche

    An award-winning, off-Broadway laugh-fest that'll take you back to 1956 and the Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein's annual holiday quiche breakfast. Delicious discoveries and cheeky innuendoes ensue, as presented by City Theatre Company.
    Through Dec. 29. Fri.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 3pm. $10-25.
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    Guan Yin Tea House: Heart of Darkness

    Abstract artist Jonah Welch, whose work lives at the intersection of trans embodiment and mystical practice, hosts a show centered on trans and GNC bodies and experiences. Bonus: tea service and tunes.
    Sun., Dec. 15, 8-11pm. $5-20 (free for transwomen of color).  
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    Next to Normal

    Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey’s Pulitzer-winning musical explores how one suburban household copes with crisis and mental illness, taking audiences "into the minds and hearts of each character, presenting their family's story with love, sympathy, and heart." Directed by Lisa Scheps and Brian Cheslik for Ground Floor Theatre and Deaf Austin Theatre. Note: This production will be fully deaf-inclusive, with each character played by two cast members – one deaf, one hearing. And, look, here's what Trey Gutierrez thought of the show.
    Through Dec. 21. Wed.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. $5-45.  
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    Of Mice & Music: A Jazz Tap Nutcracker

    Tapestry Dance Company's Acia Gray starts it all off as Ms. Bon Marche, a dance diva who introduces little Clara to a world of dance by giving her a pair of tap shoes – and the journey begins with the Mouse King and his powerful style of contemporary rhythm tap leading an army of tapping mice in their battle against the Nutcracker. Performed to a jazzed-up version of the original Tchaikovsky score and beloved jazz classics, all played live by a group that includes Masumi Jones on drums, Eddy Hobizal on piano, and Michael Stevens on bass.
    Through Dec. 22. Thu.-Fri., 7:30pm; Sat., 2 & 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. $34 and up.  
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    Sembrando Herencia: Las Lavanderas

    Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance presents Tekina-eirú Maynard's new bilingual musical about the organized group of courageous women who stood up to the patriarchal colonial government of mid-19th-century San Juan for their rights to better living and working conditions.
    Dec. 14-15. Sat., 6:30pm; Sun., 3pm. $5-20.  
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    TEMP: An Early Christmas

    Join the Texas Early Music Project for its annual multilicious feast of Christmas music through the ages, as they present a concert of medieval chant and joyous English and French carols, magnificent motets for eight parts from Italy and France, and lively Celtic songs, dulcet Dutch carols, exuberant folk-tunes, and more. Brett Barnes, Cayla Cardiff, Jeffrey Jones-Ragona, David Lopez, Jenny Houghton, Gil Zilkha, and Jenifer Thyssen are featured soloists, and acclaimed harpist Therese Honey and countertenor Ryland Angel are this year's special guests.
    Sun., Dec. 15, 3pm. $5-30.  
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    The Dance Project

    This show presents nine returning and new choreographers (the legendary Dre Torres among them) and 35 dancers to offer an eclectic mix of dance – everything from musical theatre to ballet and jazz. Bonus: The singers of VIBE will also be performing.
    Dec. 14-15. Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 4pm. $15-30.  
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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: Shining City

    Different Stages is casting actors for this Conor McPherson drama, "an unusual encounter that becomes a desperate struggle between the living and the dead," to be directed by Norman Blumensaadt. Seeking one woman (ages 30-40) and three men (ages 20-60), all of whom need to be able to do a (convincing) Irish accent. See website for details and appointment.
    Mon.-Tue., Dec. 16-17, 7-9pm  
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    Austin Babtist Women: A Very Pink Christmas

    This year’s fabulous show features guest entertainers from across the state, along with the ABW's signature brand of holiday hilarity, in a fundraiser for the Breast Cancer Resource Center. See award-winning female impersonator (and former Miss Gay America) Patti Le Plae Safe from Dallas, local cabaret legend Murrah Noble, and many more.
    Sun., Dec. 15, 5pm. $5.  
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    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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    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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    Northern-Southern: Where Is Here

    The goal is to photograph one person of each age – that's 0-100 years – of the people who live, work, grew up in, are from, or frequent the area of East Austin around East 12th Street. The good folks of Northern-Southern are hosting this remarkable project, with Keyheira Keys as lead curator, and they might need you, Eastsider, to be among those portraits. (Eventually, there'll be a public exhibition of all these photographs.) See the website for details, then head on over this weekend!
    Sat.-Sun., Dec. 14-15, noon-6pm
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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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    Texas Biennial: Open Call

    The 2020 Texas Biennial Open Call is open to artists currently living and/or working in Texas, to Texas natives/expats working anywhere in the world, and to artists who have produced significant work in Texas over the last three years. Applications accepted online through Feb. 7. See website for details, yes.
    $20 application fee.  
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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 Reciprocity of Persephone

    Bottle Alley Theatre Company brings a modern feminist retelling of that classic Greek myth, as directed by Dani Stetka and presented in the living room of a private home.
    Thu.-Tue., Dec. 12-17, 7:30pm. $10.  
    211 Dunlap
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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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