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    A Miracle on 34th Street: Classic Radiocast

    With an original script by Penfold Theatre Company’s Nathan Jerkins, this holiday classic brings the humor and heartwarming holiday feels to Round Rock (Dec. 9-18) and Austin (Dec. 19), performed in that iconic live-radio-show format by local actors and a foley sound artist. We're telling you about these Round Rock gigs, even, because, well – look at this cast: Lowell Bartholomee, Eva McQuade, Mical Trejo, Marina DeYoe-Pedraza, and Robert Faires. And it's directed by Rosalind Faires. We say: If professionally staged Christmas cheer is your cuppa tea, this will totally slake your theatre thirst.
    Through Dec. 18. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm. $16-21.  
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    Butridge Gallery: The Art of Peace

    Paintings and drawings by five award-winning Austin figurative artists: J.C. Amorrortu, Lawrence Jolly, Meena Matocha, Rhea Pettit, and Linda Wandt.
    Through Jan. 8  
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    La Pastorela

    Teatro Vivo’s La Pastorela is a celebration of the Austin BIPOC community that keeps all the lessons and humor of the traditional Pastorela (with the familiar shepherds, angels, and devils), but sets in the present time in this city. Directed by Carl Gonzales, with musical direction by Eric Flores.
    Through Dec. 19. Thu.-Sat., 7pm; Sun., 2pm. Donations accepted.  
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    Tapestry: The Precious Present – In Love & Light

    Tapestry Dance Company returns to the stage with all their stunning tap-dance choreography and this world premiere, featuring an array of local dance, vocal, and musical artists. Spoken word poet Zell Miller III; vocalists Nagavalli and Mohammed Firoozi; dancers Sharon Marroquin, Jun Shen, Andrea Ariel, and Francisco Graciano; Bharatanatyam master Anuradha Naimpally; flamenco legend Olivia Chacon; African dancer China Smith; flow artist Kelly Bach; Jeremy Arnold and director Acia Gray herself. And everybody in full! percussive! person!
    Dec. 9-12. Thu.-Fri., 8pm; Sat., 2 & 8pm; Sun., 2pm. $39 and up.  
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    The 12 Dates of Christmas

    Austin Playhouse presents Gina Hoben's heartwarming one-woman play that "offers a hilarious and modern alternative to the old standards of the holiday season," as a spurned fiancée re-enters the dating world, where romance isn’t – as you, citizen, may be way too aware – all it’s cracked up to be. Starring Lara Toner Haddock, directed by Cyndi Williams.
    Wed., Dec. 15, 7:30pm; Sat., Dec. 18, 7:30pm; Mon., Dec. 20, 7:30pm. Streaming on demand: Dec. 20-26. $20 (in-person), $12 (streamed live).  
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    The Watchmaker's Song

    Ventana Ballet presents many different styles of dance in their immersive dance-theatre production based on the beloved Nutcracker ballet – not just classical ballet, but Egyptian belly dance, Spanish flamenco, Argentinian tango, American tap dance, and of course the inimitable Mother Ginger.
    Dec. 9-18. Thu.-Sat., 6:30 & 8:30pm; Sun., 1pm (kids show). $40.  
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    Unexpected Joy

    Here's the regional premiere of Bill Russell and Janet Hood's musical about three generations of female singers, long-held family tensions, and a week together where change is in the air. Directed by Lisa Scheps for Ground Floor Theatre, with in-person performances and streaming options, this is a shows that "weaves folk-rock, pop, and blues in bringing together a family that hasn’t experienced true joy in decades." Starring Michelle Alexander, Caroline Mullins, Amber Quick, and Cathie Sheridan.
    Through Dec. 19. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. $25.  
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    Akirash Online

    Sure, Austin's Olaniyi Rasheed Akindiya aka AKIRASH has an exhibition at the Carver Museum right now – and the place is closed, of course. But this Lagos-born artist also happens to have one of the most robust websites around, though you'll need a mighty big screen to get the best effect of his huge and colorful mixed-media creations and performance pieces.
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    Art 84: Cornelius Carter

    This is a virtual preview of "Work in Progress" by Austin's Cornelius Carter, a work that "captures the struggles and glory of the African-American experience along with the artist’s faith in the American dream of equality and opportunity for all."
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    Art for the People Gallery: Alchemy

    Witness now the meditative and exploratory oil and ink artworks of Wolf Garden. "Through peaceful paintings and bold poetry, this show invites individuals to connect with their ultimate reality: infinite potential."
    Through Dec. 20
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    Ballet Austin: Classes Online

    While you're home, wherever you are across the world,: you can still take a dance, fitness, or Pilates class with Ballet Austin. Ballet, barre, contemporary dance, hip-hop, tap, cardio dance fitness, and Pilates out the wazoo, so to speak, because there are so many varieties to choose among, and all taught by professional instructors – and it's all available 24/7, just like the internets.
    $3-7 per class.  
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    Books, Books, Books in ATX

    Don’t forget, citizen: The best place to get your reading material is from Austin’s own Malvern Books or Half Price Books or Black Pearl Books or BookPeople or BookWoman stores – in person or online. (And for the ultimate in vintage collectors’ editions and unique works on paper, we recommend the excellent South Congress Books.)Or try Bookshop.org in general – because Bookshop, unlike the online behemoth named after a river, shares the profits among all its independent-bookstore members.
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    BookWoman Virtual Poetry Reading

    Featuring Tina Cardona and Kelly Ann Ellis, co-founders of the nonprofit HotPoet, Inc., for an evening in celebration of Letters Sent Inland: Selected Poems of Glynn Monroe Irby. Cindy Huyser hosts; an open mic follows.
    Thu., Dec. 9, 7:15pm. Free.  
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    Canvas: Hell Year

    The pandemic-weary artists in this new group exhibition – Nate Szarmach, Sandra Boskamp, Padaric Kolander, Yamin Li, Arlo Neill, Andrew Smenos, Shayne Murphy, and more – take the year 2021 to task by implementing images of burning cars, facemasks, nightmare skeletons, cherubs, and nuclear explosions into their work.
    Through Jan. 8
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    Christian-Green Gallery: The Black Index

    The artists featured in this show — Dennis Delgado, Alicia Henry, Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle, Titus Kaphar, Whitfield Lovell, and Lava Thomas — build upon the tradition of Black self-representation as an antidote to colonialist images. Using drawing, performance, printmaking, sculpture, and digital technology to transform the recorded image, these artists question our reliance on photography as a privileged source for documentary objectivity and understanding.
    Through Dec. 11. Wed.-Fri., noon-5pm; Sat., 11am-2pm  
    201 E. 21st
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    ColdTowne TV

    "Set your dial to CTTV for at-home entertainment seven nights a week on ColdTowne’s Twitch channel, featuring experimental improv, live podcasts, scripted readings, guest characters, and more. Whether you’re a front row sitter or like to chill in the back, you can join the conversation with our interactive chat or just kick back and relax as you recline into cyberspace." See website for details.
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    Daniel Johnston: I Live My Broken Dreams

    The Contemporary Austin presents the first-ever museum survey of works by Daniel Johnston. "Step into the surreal universe of this visionary musician and artist, filled with love, loss, ghosts, aliens, superheroes, and the eternal battle between good and evil."
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    Deathsquad Secret Show

    Brian Redban, the co-creator of The Joe Rogan Experience, co-host of the Kill Tony show, brought a bunch of his funny friends to do two shows in Austin – and now his Deathsquad continues its comedy rampage at the Vulcan Gas Company, every Thursday at 8pm.
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    Elisabet Ney Museum: Ongoings

    Marie Elena Ely’s show at the Ney Museum is a collection of photo/collage/paintings and prints.
    Through Jan. 9
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    Esther's Follies

    Esther's Follies – Austin's not-so-secret weapon in the fight against ennui – the comedy gem that still dazzles this growing urban hub – returns to the weekly live and in-person stage of their club on Dirty Sixth, the whole troupe bringing back old favorites and debuting a new program of hilarity with topical, ripped-from-the-headlines sketches and musical numbers. And you do need a laugh or two, right about this time, don't you, citizen? (And how about a margarita to go with that?) We'd add that the mind-boggling illusions presented by magician Ray Anderson are a bonus in the night's clever spectacle ... but, the way that arch maestro conjures mystery and delight, "bonus" would be an insult.
    Thu., 8pm; Fri.-Sat., 8 & 10pm. $30-40.  
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    Fallout Comedy

    What's the fallout from this pandemic? Who knows, right? But we know this is the Fallout near the end of the pandemic: An eclectic mix of live, mind-rocking comedy from some of Austin's best, all week long. Check the website for details.
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    Gilbert & Sullivan: Back on the Boards - Wish You Were Here!

    Austin's Gilbert & Sullivan Society presents these familiar numbers in traditional staging to celebrate the holiday months of 2021, streaming free of charge via the GSA website throughout December, featuring celebrated local performers in duets and solos on the Worley-Barton stage, as directed by Jan Jones and Holton Johnson.
    Through Dec. 30. Free.  
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    Greetings from Shrewd Mountain Lodge

    Ready to solve a mystery, you clever sleuths? Here's a multimedia holiday whodunit – created by Jenny Connell Davis, Shannon Grounds, Trey Deason, and Raul Garza – in which things go awry among the cast and crew of the Winter Festival Play assembled at Shrewd Mountain Lodge. As strange events and sinister accidents continue to pile up, it becomes clear that someone or something is trying to sabotage the production. Note: Subscribers will hear from all six main characters via video messages, holiday cards, and letters in the actual mail over the course of six weeks – along with artifacts, souvenirs, and clues to help solve the mystery. Bonus: Discover the culprit by the end of Week 5, and you'll get an additional, special prize.
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    Guzu Gallery: Anime Wonderland

    More than 30 local artists deck the walls with vivid spectacle as this powerhouse of a pop culture gallery hosts its first show in two years, each artist inspired by Japanese animation — from classic to modern anime (and everything between). It's Guzu's biggest exhibition yet, with all prints, sculptures, and paintings available for purchase – in person or online. Note: Let's all love Lain.
    Through Dec. 31
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    Hamilton

    This, in case you somehow didn't know (and please accept our congratulations on finally waking up from that years-long coma, yo, it's good to have you back), is the touring production of Lin-Manuel Miranda's hip-hop musical about America's Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. Brought to town by the good people of Broadway in Austin, it's a phenomenon that's worthy of its endless hype, and they say tickets are possibly still available.
    Through Dec. 19. Tue.-Fri., 8pm; Sat. 2 & 8pm; Sun., 1 & 7pm. $49-299.  
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    Heroic Dose

    Surely those Rude Mechs aren't planning on treating everyone to a hit of acid on Bicycle Day, right? Surely this latest multimedia, assorted-deliveries, unique community engagement project of theirs will only suggest or roughly replicate the effects of that psychedelic experience? Although who the fuck knows, these days? Especially since this is the award-winning, wholly entertaining, and paradigm-twisting Rudes we're talking about? Listen: "We will create an artistic circle of insight in which members will receive messages, signs, experiences, medicine, prayers, happenings and access to insights now and thru the near and far futures. These communications will begin but not be limited to the USPS, electronic mail, phone calls, gatherings, bonfires, scripture, visitations and visions. This ceremony does not promise us absolute truth. However, art can arise throughout our journeys and change can follow as that art is integrated into our daily lives in this urban jungle." Our professional recommendation: Get on it, voyager.
    It's already begun and it runs until, oh god, it could really be whatever. Pay what you can.  
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    HRC: Henry David Thoreau

    You know who, way back in the day, had the whole self-isolation thing down pretty damn well? "The author of Walden and Civil Disobedience" is the answer. Of course, Thoreau was only in "semi-seclusion" out there in the north country woods; but what he had to say – what he wrote, in many instances – is a valuable resource for people in these socially distanced times. Here, take yourself a virtual stroll through Thoreau's manuscripts (and letters and more) as beautifully archived in UT's own Harry Ransom Center.
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    Kin • Song: Ode to Disability Ancestors

    UT's Department of Theatre & Dance presents this virtual-access "digital performance ritual,", this "cybernetic seance," conceived and directed by Alexis Riley and crafted from monologue, dialogue, puppetry, song, and dance to "call upon the ghosts of our disability ancestors, waking them from their unmarked graves to join us in an act of mourning, celebration, and care."
    Available on-demand through Dec. 12. $5.  
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    Laguna Gloria

    This local treasure of a venue, run by those Contemporary Austin folks who also bring us the Jones Center shows Downtown, is all about the outdoors – which is perfect for these trickily navigated times of ours, n'est-ce pas? Recommended: Stop by and breathe in the air, enjoy the lawns and gardens and the many examples of world-class sculpture arrayed across the property, and (as Frankie used to say) r-e-l-a-x.
    Thu.-Fri., 9am-noon; Sat.-Sun., 9am-3pm
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    Landmarks: Self-Guided Walking Tour

    Well, it's always an event, isn't it? When you can take your smartphone to access self-guided tours of the outdoor public art sited by UT's award-winning Landmarks program? The answer (as long as the streets and sidewalks aren't dangerous with all this newfangled ice and snow) is a hearty, full-throated YES.
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    MACC Galleries: Reopened!

    The Community Gallery and the Sam Z. Coronado Gallery in the Mexican-American Cultural Center reopen "with social distancing and additional health and safety precautions in place," and inviting reservations to see "Rosy Campanita, El Camino del Corazon, The Path of the Heart," which documents 13 years of struggle, persistence, and resilience between 2003-2016, and "Poética Textil/ Textile Poems," in which contemporary artists reveal their restlessness, inquiry, and research into the creation of fabric art via printing, weaving, and assemblage.
    Mon.-Fri., 10am-6pm. Donations accepted.  
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    Martha's Contemporary: Hokey Pokey + What You See Is What You Get

    Here's a two-person exhibition that features painting, installation, videography, and sculpture by Moll Brau and Wes Thompson. It's a deep dive into a pool of loneliness, triumph, and rebirth. It's a forest of mazes where fireflies provide the light. It's a show of creations from a pair of terrific, hardworking local artists and you don't want to miss it.
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    Mexic-Arte Museum: MX 21 – Resistance, Reaffirmation, and Resilience

    Throughout 2021, Mexico is commemorating major events in history: the falling of the Aztec capital Tenochtitlán, the invasion by Spain, and the Independence of Mexico. Mexic-Arte Museum presents this vibrant group exhibition and programs in conjunction with Mexico’s 2021 events, reaffirming their common cultural history. Also: "Los Pueblos Originarios," featuring photos of continuing traditions by Mary J. Andrade; and Las Flores – La Vida, a new show displaying flower-themed art from more than 200 local and regional artists.
    Through Feb. 27. $7.  
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    Classical Music

    Midday Music: Advent a Cappella

    The Voices of St. David’s, the professional vocal ensemble of St. David’s Episcopal Church, presents a program of sacred music for the season.
    Thu., Dec. 9, noon. Donations accepted.
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    Modern Rocks Gallery Online

    What, you don't feel like looking at exclusive, worldclass, public and candid shots of international rockstars and music legends of times past and (almost) present? Alrighty, then. But you're totally missing out.
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    Northern-Southern: Far In

    The amazing maker Laura Lit has summoned the full range of her experience in painting, film makeup, special effects, and architectural restoration to create these new animal-sized wall reliefs of wood, resin, and clay. Twelve of these brilliants will hang in Northern-Southern, each "a deliberate dreaming, a spirit made solid, a tether to within." Note: The artist will be present at a Happy Hour every Friday, 4-6pm, throughout the run of the show.
    Through Dec. 18
    107 E. Fifth
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    Strange, But Perfect

    In Carlo Lorenzo Garcia's new play, the year 2020 was a never-ending river of bad news in which marketing assistant Charlie from NYC decided to quarantine at his grandma's house in rural America. But, WTF, someone else was already there: a townie who's been acting as Charlie's grandma's caretaker? Weirdness, hilarity, and complex humanity ensue. Directed by A. Skola Summers for Street Corner Arts, featuring Natalie D. Garcia and the playwright himself.
    Through Jan. 29. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $25.  
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    testsite: How a House Works

    How does a house work? The folks at Fluent-Collaborative presented such a compelling answer from artists Andy Coolquitt and Alix Browne that, when the coronavirus shutdown went into effect, they turned the exhibition into a website of its own. So now you can click over for a visit, and – hey, who's answering the questions here?
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    The Blanton: Without Limits: Helen Frankenthaler

    Helen Frankenthaler (1928–2011), a key figure in the development of color-field painting, was a tireless experimenter with color, form, and technique. This exhibition celebrates the generous gift from the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation of ten prints and six proofs that span five decades of the artist’s career.
    Through Feb. 20
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    The Contemporary from Home

    The Contemporary Austin's superlative museum galleries and sculpture park can be visited digitally through art and nature snapshots, tours, and quiet moments of reflection. Experience past performances and new happenings at the museum, discover artist talks and lectures, and stream films and playlists for these all-too-interesting times – in the comfort of your own home.
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    The Museum of Future Present

    The Museum of the Future Present is "a visual mixtape of space, time, and mind," with musicians, performers, and visual artists collaborating on a series of explorable installations, to bring music to life in a tangible way inside Austin's Native Hostel. Note: "Installations are featured on a rotating basis, and you never know who may just show up." Oh! You got that FOMO, yet, kid? Maybe don't miss your chance to InstaTok your life within the vibrant audiographic splendor of this new spectacle.
    Wed.-Sun., 11am-10pm. $25.  
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    The Social Distancing Festival

    This is an online community, as playwright and unstoppable force of creative nature Nick Green informs us, and it's been activated to "celebrate and showcase the work of the many artists around the world who have been affected by the need for social distancing that has come about due to the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19)." It's not Austin-based, this virtual and ongoing festival of all kinds of performance arts, but damned if there aren't a few talented Austinites among the eclectic mix.
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    The Thanksgiving Play

    Good intentions collide with absurd assumptions in Larissa Fasthorse’s satire as a troupe of terminally “woke” teaching artists trip all over themselves to create a politically correct, yet historically accurate, yet dramatically revolutionary, yet accurately represented and responsibly cast, Thanksgiving play for elementary schools. Directed by Melissa Vogt for Different Stages, featuring Luke Wallens, Chiara McCarty, Greg Ginther, and Cassandra DeFreitas.
    Through Dec. 11. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 6pm. $15-35.  
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    Umlauf Sculpture Garden

    The Umlauf's famed Garden features expertly wrought sculptures, the bronze or stone cynosures from Charles Umlauf and others anchoring sight among the bright foliage and tree-towered paths. Plus: Superflora by Courtney Egan, video-based sculptural installations of botanical forms, and the annual, architecturally resonant constructions of Design Shine.
    Tue.-Fri., 10am-4pm; Sat.-Sun., 11am-4pm
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    UT Idea Lab: The Way Back Home

    On display: Four distinct bodies of work that Austin-based video and mixed-media artist Ariel René Jackson has produced over the past five years.
    Through March 22
    210 W. 24th
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    Wally Workman Gallery: The Matter of Enchantment

    In this new show, Will Klemm's ethereal and light-focused landscapes are organized into the four seasons, representing the physical time of year and as the psychological seasons of human life.
    Through Dec. 30
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    West Chelsea Contemporary: Concrete to Canvas

    This is WCC's biggest and most comprehensive exhibition of graffiti and street art to date, featuring works from the gallery’s 1000-piece collection, encompassing a diverse set of contemporary masters, including Blek le Rat, Cey Adams, Keith Haring, Shepard Fairey, Banksy, Richard Hambleton, RETNA, LadyPink, PhoebeNewYork, Swoon, and more.
    Through Jan. 2  
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    Women & Their Work: Pattern Language – لغه نمطيه

    Through installations that invert the principles of architectural design, artist Rehab El Sadek questions existing power dynamics and contemplates the role of the individual within the built environment. Note: Talk with the artist, Sat., Dec. 11, 11am.
    Through Dec. 16
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    Wyld Gallery

    This is Ray Donley's gallery of art by Native Americans, located Downtown and resplendent with creations from the original people of our struggling country.
    Call for appointment
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    Yard Dog: Backstage at the Boneyard

    Ah, here's a terrific show of new paintings and prints from Jon Langford. You want to see a macabre and storied wonderland of Western skeletons boning up the bare truths of a life musically lived, then you'll be glad to feast your peepers on this wealth of weird beauty.
    Through Dec. 24

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