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for Fri., Dec. 22
  • The Smartest Girl in the World

    They’ve got a plan. Leo and Lizzy Martinez want to be the smartest kids in the world! The children of hardworking immigrants, big brother Leo has convinced his little sis that being smart is the key to helping their family escape a tough, uncertain reality. The Smartest Girl in the World takes a look at the bonds of family and the key to facing life’s challenges together.
    Nov. 30 - Dec. 3  
    UT Theatre and Dance
  • A Christmas Carol

    Austin’s hottest holiday tradition returns with new music and surprises to ring in the season. ZACH’s adaptation of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is a musical sleigh ride through rhythm and time, infusing the traditional Victorian story with a score that spans all genres.
    Nov. 17 - Dec. 31  
    ZACH Theatre
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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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    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.
    Opening reception: Sat., Dec. 2, 7-10pm  
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    ICOSA: Upwelling

    Curated by ICOSA's Madeline Irvine, this show is a group exhibition that features art by more than 30 artists whose work explores the environment, nature, and climate change.
    Opening reception: Fri., Dec. 15, 7-10pm
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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.
    Dec. 1-30. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. Sun., Dec, 3 & 24, 2pm; Dec. 10 & 17, 5pm. $21-42.  
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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.
    Dec. 9-Jan. 7. $20.  
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    The Mutt-Cracker (Sweet!)

    This year’s cavalcade of canine capers stars brilliant and talented rescue dogs, including the show's newest stars, Dragonfly and Firefly. Darren Peterson brings his masterful juggling and unicycling, along with a talented cast that includes acro-artists Balyssa Ball and James Kent. The extraordinary holiday entertainmentfrom Circus Chickendog, now in its 12th year of pleasing crowds of all ages, is directed by Melissa McKnight.
    Dec. 15-30. Wed.-Sun., 4:30 & 6:30pm. $15-37.  
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    The Nutcracker

    From the twinkling lights, whirling snowflakes, and sparkling beauty of the exquisite sets and costumes comes this classic, heartwarming story. Bringing the magic of the holiday season, the 61st annual production of The Nutcracker remains Austin’s longest-running live production, presented here by Ballet Austin, with concept and choreography by Stephen Mills, music by Tchaikovsky, and live accompaniment by the Austin Symphony Orchestra. See our feature on the show right here.
    Dec. 2-23. $15-125.  
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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.
    Opening reception: Sat., Dec. 2, 5-7pm
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    Women & Their Work: Techstalgia

    Yuni Lee creates dimensional paintings richly imbued with nostalgia, blending references to her birthplace of Seoul, South Korea, and American culture. In this solo show, she constructs large, abstract paintings using layers of texture and pattern, collaging traditional Korean fabrics and other materials to create dynamic forms that reference and fuse nature and technology.
    Opening reception: Sat., Dec. 9, 7-9pm
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    Yard Dog: Suit Yourself

    Here's a new show by Austin's own Krissy Teegerstrom of Featherweight Studio. What's on display is nothing less than an expression of freedom and imagination as seen through wearable soft sculpture, featuring capes made from fine fabricssuch as velvets, brocades, satins, and tulle, fabulously enhanced by glimmering sequins, beads, and rhinestones.
    Opening reception: Sat., Dec. 2, 7-9pm
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