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  • 32nd Annual Old Settler's Music Festival

    Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit (acoustic) and Brandi Carlile headline Old Settler’s Music Festival. Bring the whole family to enjoy camping, jamming, youth activities, workshops, craft beer, gourmet food, and an art fair. Over 30 bands with Del McCoury, Shinyribs, Hayes Carll, Wild Child, Galactic, & more.
    Apr. 11-14  
    Tilmon, TX
  • A Jam for George!

    Celebrate the music of George Harrison on what would have been his 76th birthday. Featuring live performances by Acey Monaro and Ben Burdick of GO FEVER, Cara Tillman of Moving Panoramas, Paul Banks of P.T. Banks, Austin Lancaster of Blackboot Family Band, T.J. Masters of GUMA, Sam Rives of Jean Wranglers and a full band set from Burgess Meredith! Refreshments provided by Hops & Grain Brewery.
    Sun. Feb. 24, 2pm-6pm
    BLK Vinyl
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  • Music

    Aminé, Buddy, Kayo Genesis

    Son of East African immigrants, Adam Aminé Daniel skyrocketed to the top of the charts with 2017 smash “Caroline.” The 24-year-old Quentin Tarantino fan directs his own videos and slams diss-lines like, “You can never make America great again/ All you ever did was make this country hate again.” Formerly an intern at Complex, Daniel bounces effervescent beats for “flexing season” on August’s OnePointFive.
    Sat., Dec. 8, 8pm  
    • Arts

      Dance

      Blue Lapis Light: Oneness of Being

      Surrounded by the natural environment, the trees and fields of the Wildflower Center's indigenous plants, the acclaimed Blue Lapis Light dancers defy gravity on columns and ropes, weaving choreography into the very air, enhancing the wonder of our interaction with the gardens. Yes, it's part of the center's annual Luminations.
      Thu.-Sun., Dec. 6-9, 7 & 8pm. $10-15.  
    • Community

      Events

      Cherrywood Art Fair

      Creative weekend fun for everyone? We reckon so, what with more than 88 artists and artisans, live music, dance performances, a photo booth, food vendors, and an area dedicated to interactive family activities.
      Sat.-Sun., Dec. 8-9, 10am-5pm. Free.
    • Arts

      Dance

      KDHDC: Be Still, My Heart

      Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company – you remember this recent show, yes? – presents the premiere of a large-scale, full-length, impressionistic work featuring virtuosic dancing, humor, gesture, and references to cinema. The audience will be seated up close and in-the-round to fully experience the sights, sounds, and kinetic energy of Hamrick’s award-winning choreography, performed to original, live music.
      Dec. 6-9. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 3pm. $21 and up.  
    • Arts

      Theatre

      We Are Proud To Present

      Street Corner Arts is, in fact, damned proud to present this show – the full title of which is We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as Southwest Africa, from the German Sudwestafrika, Between the Years 1884-1915 – and proud they should be, as Jackie Sibblies Drury's "stunning, self-referential theatrical collage" engages with abominable history to tackle the subject of racism and the theatre community’s own (sometime self-serving) attempts at engaging with this subject. That (award-winning) Liz Fisher directs a fine cast, but – is this show as powerful good as it sounds? Our reviewer Elizabeth Cobbe sure thinks so.
      Through Dec. 15. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $17-25.  
    • Arts

      Classical Music

      A Charlie Brown Christmas

      The Austin Chamber Music Center presents the beloved Vince Guaraldi tunes from this holiday classic, featuring pianist Michelle Schumann, bassist Utah Hamrick, drummer David Sierra, and special guests.
      Sat., Dec. 8, 3:30 & 7:30pm. $22-37.  
    • Music

      Austin Music Video Festival w/ Whiskey Shivers

      Thrashgrass locals Whiskey Shivers premiere new clip live.
      Sat., Dec. 8, 3pm  
    • Community

      Sports

      Austin Spurs

      Vs. Northern Arizona Suns: Thu., Dec. 6, 7:30pm. Vs. Memphis Hustle: Sat., Dec. 8, 7pm. $6-79.  
    • Music

      Bernhoft & the Fashion Bruises, Moorea Masa & the Mood

      Norwegian multi-instrumentalist Jarle Bernhoft negotiates technology in service to humanity instead of the other way around. The gee-whiz factor of his sampled walls of sound match Bernhoft’s raw talent as a musician and songwriter. No wonder he’s the first non-American ever nominated for a Best R&B Album Grammy. 2018’s Humanoid leans heavily on Seventies SoCal studio smoothness.
      Sat., Dec. 8, 9pm  
    • Community

      Events

      Blue Genie Art Bazaar

      Need something Austin-y (art, jewelry, prints, clothing, etc., whatnot, and then some) for a loved one this year? Thousands of original works from more than 200 artists and artisans will help you with your gifting conundrums.
      Nov. 23-Dec. 24. Daily, 10am-10pm. Free.
      Blue Genie Art Bazaar, 6100 Airport
    • Arts

      Visual Arts

      Davis Gallery: The Animal Kingdom

      Randal Ford's compelling and intimate photographic portraits of nonhuman species depict an undeniable sense of power, humor, beauty, and an unspoken kinship to our animal relatives. You've seen them on the covers of Time, Texas Monthly, and even Communication Arts; now see them bigger, better, brighter on the walls of this excellent gallery – for just four days!
      Through Dec. 8. Reception: Thu., 6-8:30pm
    • Food

      Food Events

      Easy Tiger at the Linc: Grand Opening

      Sure, we've spent a lot of time snarking about how the former Lincoln Village complex rebranded itself with the heyyyyy-we're-so-casually-hip appellation "The Linc" a few years ago. We've been cracking wise about it even though the rambling mall is home to the Austin Film Society cinema we love so much. Because, what else did it have? A Pluckers? Ha!

      But then came that excellent Peruvian restaurant Lima Criolla into the same complex, and we were like, uh, OK, hold on just a second.

      And then, most recently, Tio Pepe Chicken opened its Portuguese-inflected doors to birdy heaven in that very Linc.

      And now we're just gonna STFU and embrace the area's corporately cute name – because next week the expansion of Downtown's brilliant bakery-and-brewpub Easy Tiger is opening in the Linc, and we've had a sneak peek at it, and we're thinking that, no matter what you call that commercial development between ACC Highland and I-35, by now it should be one of your best friends. Even just because of that big new Tiger all by itself: The new digs boast more of the same thirst-quenching beers and other adult beverages, ditto for delectable culinary creations – the pastries to die for, those big soft pretzels, charcuterie and loaves of bread and sandwiches like they probably serve in Valhalla – all the things that Easy Tiger's become known for. And now the venue's infrastructure is a soaring Furman + Keil-designed store and outdoor biergarten (full bar, gorgeous dining tables, Ping-Pong rigs), and their grand opening is this weekend, and, tbh, we just want to hang out there all the livelong day and night, forever, and the rest of the world and its stress-o-matic bullshit can go to hell.

      Grand opening: Dec. 8-9. Sat., 7am-2am (bake shop), 11am-2am (beer garden); Sun., 7am-12mid (bake shop), 11am-12mid (beer garden)
    • Arts

      Books

      fields magazine: five-and-ten extravaganza

      In which the local arts-forward literary magazine celebrates its five-year anniversary and 10th issue release with a party that features, among the potent Tito's potables and mindful mafficking, a group art exhibition and performances by show curator Andie Flores and artist Rosalind Hussell.
      Sat., Dec. 8, 7-10pm. Free, but you could totally buy a copy of the issue.  
    • Arts

      Visual Arts

      Flatbed Press: Holiday Open house

      Celebrate the holidays early, among the most gorgeous collection of oversized prints in town – right here where they're produced. And hear Flatbed's plans for the coming year – the Year of Drastic Change, y'might call it.
      Sat., Dec. 8, 1-5pm
    • Arts

      Visual Arts

      Generative Art Project: Thoughts In Action

      This bastion of the aesthetically brilliant possibilities of generative technology presents two new videos, a video slideshow, and five related prints by Alba Corral of Barcelona, Spain. Listen: "The notion that digital imagery is easy to make or merely a gimmick driven by software is wrong. The truth is generative artists, like those working in other media, must invent everything you see. The difference is their marks move through time, which adds to the complexity of their process." Corral’s style elegantly demonstrates her creativity in action. And Brenner tells you more about this new gallery right here.
      Through Dec. 30
    • Arts

      Visual Arts

      Guzu Gallery: Binge

      That Vince Torres and his astonishing cohort of creatives have garnered more graphic goodness for those Guzu walls, with 26 artists paying tribute to shows from the small screen, with stylish renditions of characters and settings from television’s past and present. Featuring homages by Chet Phillips, Tessa Morrison, Killian Glenn, Half-Human, Nina Sanchez, and more. Where's your fandom at, baby? It's probably right here, right now.
      Through Jan. 7
    • Arts

      Theatre

      Ira Glass: Seven Things I've Learned

      The creator, producer, and host of This American Life will mix stories live on stage, giving us an intimate glimpse into the creative process.
      Sat., Dec. 8, 8pm. $35-70.  
    • Community

      Events

      Mozart's Light Show

      Check out the holiday lights and get you a home-baked Bavarian treat, while local musicians play tunes on the grand piano.
      Through Jan. 2. Free.
    • Qmmunity

      Nightlife & Parties

      Naughty or Nice Toy Drive

      Like a Sour Patch Kid, embrace your duality: Donate a toy to C-Rail's annual drive (nice!) then get freaky on the dance floor (naughty!).
      Sat., Dec. 8, 10pm  
    • Film

      Special Screenings

      Piano Players Rarely Ever Play Together and Jackie McLean on Mars

      Jazz on Film: The first film in this double feature – a 2001 documentary starring jazz legends Professor Longhair, Tuts Washington, and Allen Toussaint – will be introduced by KUTX host and frequent Chronicle contributor Jay Trachtenberg. The second movie is an intimate session with the alto saxophonist filmed in his apartment in the Seventies by Kenneth Levis.
      Sat., Dec. 8, 2:00  
    • Music

      Radney Foster

      Perfectly viable songwriters can go their entire careers without writing a single couplet as arresting as those cranked out by this Del Rio-bred bard. From Foster & Lloyd through 2017’s For You to See the Stars, Foster’s country take rings sentimental without veering into the lachrymose. He recently recast “Godspeed (Sweet Dreams)” in Spanish as a prayer for children separated from their families at the border.
      Sat., Dec. 8, 8pm  
    • Music

      Scott H. Biram, J.D. Wilkes, Pure Luck

      Graveyard Texan trucker blues.
      Sat., Dec. 8, 9pm
    • Arts

      Dance

      Sembrando Herencia: Borinquen Sana

      This 16th annual production from the Puerto Rican Cultural Center is a tribute to the elders whose wisdom and experience helped their communities survive the weeks and months without electricity, water, food, or communications following the impact of Hurricane Maria in 2017.
      Dec. 8-9. Sat., 6:30pm; Sun., 3pm. $5-20.  
    • Qmmunity

      Nightlife & Parties

      Snow Ball 2018

      Get into this wintry mix at this fancypants Project Transitions fundraiser with a Naughty and Nice cocktail bar, festive bites from Crave Catering, and rocking beats from Vintage 15. Plus, a pop-up from Top Drawer!
      Sat., Dec. 8, 7-10pm. $100.  
    • Arts

      Visual Arts

      Tattoos & Terriers

      Of course this show of work from artists associated with that doggo-lovin' Terrier Cvlt cabal is displayed in a tattoo parlor: There's gonna be a group of professional ink-needlers from around the globe tattooing Terrier Cvlt flash to help raise money for the good people of Emancipet.
      Sat., Dec. 8, 7-10pm
      Pigment Tattoo, 12233 RR 620 N. Ste 111-A
    • Arts

      Classical Music

      TEMP: An Early Christmas

      You know we already love that Texas Early Music Project no matter the season. But, boy howdy, does this time of year give Danny Johnson's excellent period-instrument ensemble even more chances to shine! Enjoy a transtemporal feast of Christmas music, with sweet medieval lullabies and joyous English and French carols, magnificent motets from Germany, dulcet Celtic cradle songs and exuberant folk tunes, and more – – with arrangements for solo voices, small chorus, harps, violin, flute, mandolin, viols, and lute.
      Dec. 7-9. Fri., 7:30pm: St. John's United Methodist Church, 2140 Allandale. Sat., 7:30pm: First English Lutheran Church, 3001 Whitis. Sun., 3pm: First Presbyterian Church, 8001 Mesa. $5-30.
    • Community

      Sports

      Texas State Men's Basketball

      Vs. Houston Baptist.
      Sat., Dec. 8, 4pm. $10 ($6, kids).  
    • Arts

      Theatre

      The Austin Puppet Incident

      This is the ninth annual Incident, featuring local and national puppet artists performing all-new, short, original puppet works for adult audiences. Repeat – definitely for adult audiences. Funny, sweet, deep, enchanting: It's all here. Featuring Marsian De Lellis from Los Angeles with an unconventional love story that explores the synesthetic relationship between objects and personalities. Brought to you by the object-manipulative savants of Glass Half Full and Trouble Puppet, with support from the Puppet Slam Network.
      Fri.-Sat., Dec. 7-8, 8pm. $15.  
    • Music

      The Midnight Hour (Ali Shaheed Muhammad & Adrian Younge)

      Legendary tastemaker, DJ, and producer Ali Shaheed Muhammad (A Tribe Called Quest) teams with New Wave psych/soul producer and composer Adrian Younge (Delfonics, Ghostface Killah) in a dynamic duo backed by a rhythm section and full orchestra. Their 2018 eponymous debut continues their work together on Netflix’s Luke Cage.
      Sat., Dec. 8, 9pm  
    • Arts

      Theatre

      The Santaland Diaries

      Does it return? Of course it returns – this show is more evergreen than a forest of Christmas trees. David Sedaris' outlandish tale of a (oh, shall we say disgruntled) Macy’s elf jingles to life again in this latest incarnation, with that costumed Crumpet waxing snarktastic on the talent it takes to juggle tinsel, tearful tots, and not-so-sober Santas during what's hailed as the most wonderful time of the year. J. Robert Moore – the bright star of Zach's one-man show Buyer and Cellar a couple years ago – plays Crumpet, and Nat Miller directs, so we reckon this year's holiday-skewering is doubleplusgood to go. But does our reviewer think so, too?
      Through Dec. 30. Wed.-Thu., 7:30pm; Fri.-Sat., 6:30 & 9pm. $40 and up.  

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