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  • The End of Good Fight

    Good Fight is a weekly comedy show that has been running since June 2014 that has continued through many hosts and comics over the years. Their final show on June 27th is also their 10 year anniversary. It's been an epic run spanning over 500 shows.
    Thurs. June 20 & 27, 9:30pm-10:30pm  
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    The Jinkx and DeLa Holiday Show

    The "Queens of Christmas" are back with a brand new edition of their internationally acclaimed holiday spectacle, with whip-smart comedy, brand new songs, and favorite bits.
    Thu., Dec. 14, 8pm. $49.50 and up.  
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      A Christmas Carol

      Zach Theatre’s adaptation of the Dickens classic is a musical sleigh ride through rhythm and time, infusing the traditional Victorian story with a score that spans all genres and eras. "Celebrate the season with the loving Cratchit family and three soulful ghosts as they take Ebenezer Scrooge on a joyride to rediscover his heart and love for human kindness."
      Through Dec. 31. $25 and up.  
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      A Christmas Carol

      Award-winning actress/storyteller Bernadette Nason reprises her role as everyone in this critically-acclaimed one-woman version of Charles Dickens' classic, bringing vivid life to more than 30 characters.
      Thu., Dec. 14, 8pm. $15-25.  
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      An Enemy of the People

      Austin Shakespeare presents this staged reading of Henrik Ibsen's classic, adapted by Richard Nelson and starring Mark Pellegrino (of TV's Supernatural) as Dr. Tomas Stockman, "a scientist who becomes a standard bearer for the truth and eventually confronts his entire town."
      Dec. 14-17. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 3pm. $40.  
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      BookWoman Poetry Reading: Amanda Johnston

      2024 Texas Poet Laureate Amanda Johnston reads in-store; Cindy Huyser hosts, and an open mic follows.
      Thu., Dec. 14, 7:15pm. Free.  
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      Cards Against Humanity: The Christmas Carol

      "Imagine you're at an outdoor café, complete with a stage decked out with holiday cheer, while in-house waitstaff serve you festive festive food and drinks. And soon, you’ll be watching a free performance of The Christmas Carol. But this is no ordinary Christmas Carol: it’s one that gets derailed by a deck of Cards Against Humanity! And if you've ever played Cards Against Humanity, you know the zany possibilities are endless." Note: For a small donation, you may even have the chance to derail the show yourself by playing a card.
      Through Dec. 17. Thu.-Sun., 6:30pm. Donations accepted.  
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      Edward Normalhands

      "Once upon a time in this very town, the true meaning of Christmas disappeared. Oh, my divas, it was not slay, it was not boots, it was not mama." A new holiday classic from the minds of Andie Flores, Sam Mayer, Sawyer Stoltz, and director Megan Tabaque, with music by Caleb de Casper. Featuring Roxy Castillo, Beau Elliot, Sabrina Ellis, Aira Juliet, Lynn Metcalf, and Erica Nix.
      Dec. 14-17. Thu.-Fri., 8pm; Sat., 7 & 9pm; Sun., 8pm. $25-35.  
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      The Watchmaker's Song

      Ventana Ballet and Red Nightfall Dance Theatre present an immersive, culturally inclusive, and whimsical twist on the holiday classic, The Nutcracker, showcasing classical ballet, Spanish Flamenco, Egyptian bellydance, traditional Chinese dance, and drag performance.
      Dec. 7-16. Thu.-Fri., 7:30pm; Sat., 6:30 & 8:30pm. $40-60.  
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      Art & Parks Tour

      This sweet opportunity comes to us from the Downtown Austin Alliance, the Pease Park Conservancy, and Ride Bikes Austin – so we know it's a damned good thing indeed. Take the self-guided Art & Parks Tour to explore the best of what Downtown Austin art and parks have to offer through this selection of curated murals, artworks, and green spaces. You can sign up anytime, so click that URL and get ready to learn the most vibrantly visual parts of your city soon – live and in person.
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      Art for the People Gallery: Falling into Winter

      Ahhh, don't just fall, though – dive gloriously into the diverse paintings, mixed media, digital, and fiber artworks in this group exhibition of Austin artists, featuring creations by Bern Abplanalp, Hallie Rae Ward, Phillip Seymour (his Great Horned Owl is pictured right here), and more.
      Through Jan. 5
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      Artworks Gallery: The Mini Show!

      Here's a group show of smaller-sized local works that are priced for stocking-stuffer shopping, ready to bring the gift of local creative goodness to your most art-loving friends.
      Through Dec. 23
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      Ballet Austin: Classes

      Learn your way to physical grace with a dance class at Ballet Austin. There are so many varieties to choose among – ballet, barre, contemporary dance, hip-hop, tap, cardio dance fitness, Pilates, and more – and all taught by professional instructors. See website for details.
      $3-7 per class.
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      Beto, Beto el Abeto

      The Zilker Botanical Garden and Teatro de la Tierra present Beto, Beto el Abeto, a play – adapted from Hans Christian Andersen’s The Fir Tree – that blends languages, cultures, genres, and biological kingdoms in an inventive, unorthodox approach to Christmas amidst a world that is changing rapidly.
      Through Dec. 17. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2:30pm. Free.  
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      Butridge Gallery: Finding Wholeness

      This collection of paintings by Alexandra Abbott explores a secret, magic world existing within the ordinary. Observe the voluptuous curves of a flower, the movement of clouds across a desert landscape, insects steadily and silently working, rock walls stacked by hands hundreds of years ago, and things so quiet they are hardly noticed.
      Through Jan. 27  
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      Cap City Comedy Club

      That's right: Cap City Comedy Club, the longtime cornerstone of Austin's comedy scene for nearly four decades is at a new venue in the Domain. And here's Valerie Lopez with a closer look at what's in store for the scene via the venue. Click for details!
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      Changing Lives Youth Theatre Ensemble

      Delivered in partnership with Expect Respect – a program of SAFE (formerly SAFE Place) – Changing Lives is an ensemble of teen artist-activists who create and tour original, youth-led performances focused on violence prevention, healthy relationships, and social justice. Every spring the ensemble tours their original show across greater Austin, reaching more than 3,000 young people at area middle schools and in community settings. Here's a chance to see the latest show in staged reading form.
      Thu., Dec. 14, 6:30pm. Free.
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      Christmas Belles

      "Christmastime in the Lone Star State - but the Futrelle sisters of Fayro, Texas, are not exactly in a festive mood. Frankie is overdue with twins, Twink’s in jail, and Honey Raye is trying to keep the Tabernacle of the Lamb’s Christmas pageant from spiraling out of control." This Southern down-home comedy, written by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten, is a special treat serving up plenty of laughs for the holiday season. Directed by Tracy Arnold for City Theatre.
      Through Dec. 17. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 3pm. $15-25.  
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      Davis Gallery: Holiday Group Show

      This 25th annual holiday show features new and selected works by more than Central Texas artists: Lisa Beaman, William B. Montgomery, Steve Brudniak, Darden Smith, Caprice Pierucci, Randall Reid, John Sager, Dana Younger, Felice House, and more among the company of glory included here.
      Through Dec. 23
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      East Austin Comedy Club

      Founded by comedians Raza Jafri and Andre Ricks, this club that operates out of Tiger Den on the Eastside is the city's only BIPOC-owned comedy venue.
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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 of 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., 7pm; Fri.-Sat., 7 & 9pm. $30-40.  
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      Fallout Comedy

      This hotbed of local performance is carrying on even more than usual, with an eclectic mix of live, mind-rocking comedy from some of Austin's best, all week long. Hey! The place is our cover story, as reported by Valerie Lopez! And, srsly, who would ever disagree with the sentiment of Monday night's Fuck This Week show? Check the website for details.
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      Forces of Nature: Ancient Maya Art

      From ceramic vessels to greenstone jewelry, 200 works of classical Maya art (250-900BC) depict the relationship between the royal courts of ancient Maya and their supernatural entities.
      Through Jan. 7. $8-15.
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      Golden Mean: Candy Land

      This is a whimsical collection of ceramic pieces by Tanya Zal, featuring works that have been baked, dressed up, decorated, frosted, and swirled into "an indulgent playful daydream."
      Through Jan. 7. Free.
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      GrayDUCK Gallery: The Dog Show

      U.S.-based Japanese artist Hiromi Stringer reveals the colorful drawings of of Umeyama – "a mediocre scholar who time-travels (from Japan 170 years ago) to various times and places, vividly documenting the quotidian objects and scenes he encounters." In this case, especially? Doggos, and plenty of those heckin' good boys.
      Through Jan. 7  
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      Guzu Gallery: Catch 'Em All!

      Here's an art show tribute to everyone’s favorite pocket monsters, featuring all-new artwork from more than 20 local artists. If you’re a fan of the card game, the video games, the animated series, the films, the manga, or all of the above, this free, all-ages event is for you! With art by Vinnie Martinez, George Brenner, Tessa Morrison, Chet Phillips, Half-Human, Mia Burwitz, and more.
      Through Jan. 15. Free.
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      Harry Ransom Center: Art In Words

      Featuring collaborations between fine presses and artists, examples of typographic and concrete poetry, and experimentations in pop and surrealism, the exhibition puts prints by Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, and Ed Ruscha in conversation with works by Charles Henri Ford, Kristin Calhoun, David McGee, and others.
      Through Feb. 4. Free.
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      Harry Ransom Center: The Long Lives of Very Old Books

      Explore the stories behind books published by Europeans between the mid-15th and late 17th centuries, tracing them from printing houses into the hands of generations of collectors and bookbinders and, ultimately, modern research libraries like the Ransom Center.
      Through Dec. 30. Free.  
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      Ivester Contemporary: End Hits

      Ryan Thayer Davis' second solo exhibition with the gallery features two distinctive processes that the artist uses to generate his compositions, color, and form. Note: Ivester is also hosting Terra Goolsby's newest show, "The Shape of Dusk."
      Through Jan. 13
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      Jack & Aiden

      "When Aiden first meets Jack, it’s through the transactional world of gay male hookup apps – Aiden’s first exploration since transitioning. But as the two spend more time together, things get complicated - they must navigate their grief, recovery, and trauma, and find out if they can hold one another’s human messiness." This is the world premiere of a new musical, commissioned by Ground Floor Theatre, with book by Lane Michael Stanley, music and lyrics by Tova Katz, and starring Justin P. Lopez and Laura Leo Kelly. Directed by Trace Turner, with musical direction by Trey Shonkwiler. Age recommendation: 18 and older, due to brief nudity, depictions of sex, and the subjects of addiction and recovery.
      Through Dec. 16. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $30.  
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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

      Use your smartphone to access self-guided tours of the outdoor public art sited by UT's award-winning Landmarks program any time you feel like it. BONUS: There's also a free, docent-led tour starting at Marc Quinn's "Spiral of the Galaxy" (1501 Red River) on Sun., Jan. 8, 11am.
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      Lora Reynolds Gallery: Spatial Moto

      New and recent work by Erin Shirreff, her practice rooted in the studio and in process: material translations from two to three dimensions (or from three to two) or from analog to digital (and vice versa) are what form her diverse but interrelated bodies of work.
      Through Jan. 20
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      Lydia Street Gallery: Elemental Topography & The Color Of Words

      Erin Cunningham's works examine and portray intricacies within the female figure, delving into the subtleties of the body's external structure. Elsa Gebreyesus explores visual representation of poems and themes by poets or wordsmiths she's been inspired by.
      Through Dec. 17
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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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      Martha's: Algo Familiar

      This fine gallery's front space features the creations of textile artist Erick Medel from Los Angeles, paired with local archivist Alan Garcia. And the back space brings new works on paper by Austin-based artist Manik Raj Nakra.
      Through Jan. 6
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      Mexic-Arte Museum: 40 years of Dia de los Muertos

      This exhibit presents an impressive collection of relevant artworks created by artists with an intimate connection to the Mexic-Arte Museum and the Austin community.
      Through Jan. 7
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      Murder on the Links

      Murder's afoot – and it's wearing those funny golfers' socks! Yes, Austin Playhouse presents the regional premiere of Murder on the Links, from the Agatha Christie novel, written and directed by Steven Dietz. Bonus: An all-star cast! We mean, Ben Wolfe (as Hercule Poirot, no less), Lara Toner Haddock, Huck Huckaby, Tonie Knight, Chase Brewer, and Sarah Chong Dickey.
      Through Dec. 30. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. Sun., 2pm. $21-42.  
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      Museum of Illusions

      Enter the fascinating world of illusions in this new venue that boasts a stunning array of intriguing visual, sensory, and educational experiences among new, unexplored optical wonderments.
      11010 Domain #100
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      Northern-Southern: Others

      Laura Lit’s sculptures are like utterances of deep quiet made solid and real. These newest ones have been built over two years, with skeletons of wood, muscles of foam, tissues of paper clay. The forms are painted with acrylic and oil, adorned with feather-feelers of plastic or scales of dyed resin. Some of these sculptures are the size of rabbits; others loom like growing trees. Gentle suggestion: FFS, don't miss this magnificent show.
      Through Dec. 17
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      POP!

      This pop-up sing-along party at Zach Scott Theatre is a wild mix of holiday classics and the hottest hits of Taylor Swift, *NSYNC, Mariah Carey, Stevie Wonder, Wham!, The Beatles, and more.
      Through Jan. 1. Times vary; see website for details. $25.  
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      South Austin Comedy Club

      South Austin’s first dedicated comedy venue is spearheaded by local comics Martin Henn, Andre Ricks, and Raza Jafri, and brings top-notch acts to South Austin every Wednesday through Saturday. Note: The upcoming comics – including nationally touring acts, local sweethearts, and everyone in between – will be listed on Instagram each night.
      Wed.-Sat., 7:30pm
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      Stephen L. Clark Gallery: Kate Breakey

      This exhibition of new work by Kate Breakey showcases hand-colored photography of the natural world, particularly of Texan and Australian landscapes, animals, and insects.
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      The Blanton: Weird Winter

      Artist and musician Steve Parker brings a new installation to the Blanton that’ll make even the grinchiest grin, complete with brass instruments, musical snowglobes, marionette-animated trees, and carols like you’ve never heard them before.
      Through Jan. 7. $20.  
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      The Creek and the Cave

      This snazzy spot for local and national stand-up acts has shows almost every night of the week.
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      The Hideout

      The diverse lineup of hilarious, always surprising improv shows continues, with Pgraph and Maestro and the Big Bash and more, for the most unexpected delights of in-person entertainment.
      $10 and up.  
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      Thomas Kinkade's Winter Wonderland

      Here's an exhibition featuring three rare original paintings by Thomas Kinkade – and a plethora of editioned artworks and memorabilia. Bonus: a Christmas tree room adorned with Kinkade Studios' commercial products, an electric train set with a mini village, and fake snow outside the gallery.
      Through Dec. 23
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      Wally Workman Gallery: Nocturnes and Promises

      Sylvia Benitez captures ethereal landscapes in oils on canvas, bringing fields of color to haunt the more urbanized sectors of your mind with a memory of the forests and meadows and riverine tableaux you've encountered in dreams.
      Through Dec. 30
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      WCC: RE/FRESH

      West Chelsea Contemporary brings together collections from more than a dozen contemporary artists in this new exhibition, featuring works by Hunt Slonem, Ash Almonte, Bob Schneider, Cody Hooper, Tyler Guinn, Juan Mejía, and more.
      Through Dec. 18
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      Wyld Gallery

      This is Ray Donley's gallery of art by Native Americans, located in that company of artistic glory called Canopy and resplendent with creations from the original people of our struggling country.
      Call for appointment

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