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  • Star of Texas Tattoo Art Revival

    17th Annual Star of Texas Tattoo Art Revival! Over 300 artists from around the world, plus thousands of fans will converge at the Palmer Event Center for Texas' largest art and tattoo event on January 18-20, 2019
    Fri.-Sun. Jan. 18-20  
    Palmer Events Center
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  • Music

    Equal Axis w/ Maya Jane Coles, House of Kenzo, Jeva, Wet Male, Thank You for Sweating

    Maya Jane Coles’ elegant house and techno productions made her a touring star in Europe, but the veteran UK DJ makes her very first Austin appearance this weekend alongside a who’s who of local LGBTQ performers, plus San Antonio’s premier club athletes, House of Kenzo. Expect pro production value by Red Bull, but with a loose, DIY energy thanks to the party generals at Thank You for Sweating.
    Sat., Dec. 15, 10pm  
    • Arts

      Dance

      Of Mice & Music: A Jazz Tap Nutcracker

      Here comes Tapestry Dance Company’s unique and highly popular take on the holiday classic, with live jazz music and a swinging sound, featuring an original score performed by Austin musicians. And, of course, some of the world’s best tap dancers.
      Through Dec. 23. Thu.-Fri., 7:30pm; Sat., 2 & 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. $39 and up.  
    • Music

      Tom Morello

      “I’ve never been a fan of recent electronic music,” admits Tom Morello, “but my friend turned me on to Knife Party, Skrillex, and Steve Aoki, and I saw that their music was just as powerful as my favorite early Rage Against the Machine records.”: Hot off the release of his first solo album under his name, the RATM guitarist and onetime Audioslave detonator fuses his staple “Marshall stack fury with huge EDM drops” on The Atlas Underground. File it away as another fresh entry in his nontraditional forays that include folk project the Nightwatchman and the supergroup fusion of RATM and Public Enemy into Prophets of Rage. Still keeping company in hip-hop (GZA, RZA, Killer Mike) and rock (Marcus Mumford, Gary Clark Jr.), the Harlem-born activist, 54, seeks new friends through electronic.: “This record is a Trojan horse for the electric guitar in 2018,” chuckles Morello. “I thought, ‘What if two-thirds of your synths and drops are substituted with my guitar?’”: Sure enough, there’s wah-wah pyrotechnics in the scathing and conspiratorial “We Don’t Need You,” R2D2 string scratches on the anti-war “Battle Sirens” and “Rabbit’s Revenge,” and annihilation riffs on “Roadrunner” and “Lead Poisoning.” Aggressive but gentlemanly, Morello’s trademark outspokenness continues to lift the voice of the oppressed and working class, a common thread linking this new effort with previous work that includes a stint in Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band.: “Whether there’s someone crossing the border on ‘Roadrunner,’ police brutality on ‘Lead Poisoning’ and ‘Rabbit’s Revenge,’ or a prisoner on death row in ‘Find Another Way,’ these stories are meant to inform a more just and humane future,” explains Morello.: Which prompts the question: What about that Rage Against the Machine reunion?: “If it’s in the cards, I’m always in.”
      Sat., Dec. 15, 7pm  
    • 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.  
    • Music

      Akae Beka, Jah Karma

      Akae Beka flies in from St. Croix. Fronted by veteran singer Vaughn Benjamin, the rootsy rhythm kings take their name from the Book of Enoch with an uplifting and deeply entrancing spiritual sound.
      Sat., Dec. 15, 9pm  
    • Arts

      Comedy

      Allen Strickland Williams

      What is it with these people with three names? With this Williams from Los Angeles, it's being picked as one of Comedy Central's "Comics to Watch." And it's slaying crowds at SXSW, Moontower, Funny or Die’s Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival, L.A.'s RIOT Festival, and more. And it's rocking the Velv stage this weekend, with his inimitable style and special guests.
      Dec. 14-15. Fri., 9pm; Sat., 9 & 11pm. $10.  
    • Arts

      Dance

      Ambrosia: Deca{y}dent Pole Dance and Burlesque

      What do those shadowland shimmy-mongers of Velvet Nox bring us this night? Listen: "Immerse yourself in a beautifully unsettling realm, where gold rots, roses bleed, and masks tell more truth than flesh." Featuring an array of scintillating solo performances and an ensemble choreographed by Zoja Ülesoo.
      Sat., Dec. 15, 8pm. $18-180.  
    • Community

      Events

      Armadillo Christmas Bazaar

      Nothing says holidays in Austin like scouring aisles and aisles of local art, crafts, and self-care products. But there's live music. And beer. And this year, the bazaar is hosting 12 Days of Giving, which means your dollars go to helping local nonprofits like HAAM, the Austin Art Alliance, Sun Radio, and (nine) more.
      Dec. 13-24. Daily, 11am-10pm. $8; children 12 and under, free.
    • Community

      Sports

      Austin Spurs

      Vs. Iowa Wolves.
      Sat., Dec. 15, 7pm. $6-79.  
    • Qmmunity

      Arts & Culture

      ​​Red Bull Music Presents: Equal Axis

      Put the spark in your sparkle with House of Kenzo, Maya Jane Coles making her Texas debut, Ruby Knight, Tatiana Cholula, and more at this high-energy, multi-sensory dance party experience to blow yer mind. Unbounded and Thank You For Sweating have partnered with Red Bull Music to bring this all-night dance-meets-art-meets-drag event to town, so getcher dancing shoes shined. 18 and up welcome.
      Sat., Dec. 15, 10pm-4am. $10-15.  
      607 Neches St.
    • Arts

      Theatre

      Better Mr. Burns

      Yes, this is that Anne Washburn-scripted, The Simpsons-go-postapocalypse brilliance that delighted audiences at St. Ed's a few years ago, now presented by a cadre of UT theatre students under the direction of Khristián Méndez Aguirre to "address the impact of environmental waste and abusive rehearsal practices to address a significant blind spot in contemporary American theatre: the intersection of environmental and social justice." And we've got a report on that right here.
      Dec. 14-17. Fri. & Mon., 7pm; Sat.-Sun., 2 & 7pm. Free.  
    • 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
    • Qmmunity

      Arts & Culture

      Brainwavve, BAIJ, Synthemesc

      Hot sounds to warm up your wintery night. An all-ages show.
      Sat., Dec. 15, 7-11:30pm. Free.  
    • Music

      Brian Wilson presents The Christmas Album w/ Al Jardine & Blondie Chaplin

      In 2005, L.A.’s original pop genius issued What I Really Want for Christmas. Backed by a longtime touring band that helped Brian Wilson realize elusive Beach Boys masterpiece Smile in the studio, his third seasonal platter in 40 years featured 10 holiday traditionals, remakes of “Little Saint Nick” and “The Man With All the Toys,” and two Jimmy Webb and Bernie Taupin co-writes. See it live, augmented by Al Jardine and Beach Boys adjunct Blondie Chapin.
      Sat., Dec. 15, 8pm  
    • Arts

      Visual Arts

      Collection Rert: Affordable Art Adoption

      Enjoy the fruits of the collective's end-of-year decluttering and take home an array of original art and random fun junk at the Science Bear Arcade: No price tags, only donation jars! Bonus: It's the last day to see Palfloat's "Paper or Plastic" installation in the gallery.
      Sat., Dec. 15, noon-5pm
    • Music

      Fear, CH3

      Second-generation Los Angeles punk outfit Fear merged politically incorrect humor with a high-speed fusion of heavy metal and Captain Beefheart, introducing mainstream America to hardcore and slamdancing via their 1981, John Belushi-engineered SNL appearance. For their 40th anniversary, classic drummer Spit Stix and lead guitarist Philo Cramer rejoin mainstay leader Lee Ving. O.G. O.C. buzzbombers CH3 and locals Kinetic Discord open.
      Sat., Dec. 15, 8pm  
    • Arts

      Visual Arts

      Gallery Lucid: Mindscapes

      Elliot Rogers' first solo show offers "hypnotic spaces and surreal mindscapes which reflect his inner meditative visions and explore the connection between the self and the alien other." It's all trippy AF, in other words – and the closing party will be awash with live music and fancy libations.
      Closing reception: Sat., Jan. 5, 6pm
    • Qmmunity

      Arts & Culture

      Gender Unbound Winter Art Market

      Gender Unbound, Austin’s trans and intersex art festival, is upping the ante this holiday season with a market filled with goods (think visual art, jewelry, apparel, and more) made by – you guessed it – trans and intersex artists. Perfect for gifting or keeping. Free drinks for the 21 and up shoppers, but all ages are welcome.
      Sat., Dec. 15, 1-6pm. Free.  
    • 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
    • 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.
    • Arts

      Visual Arts

      Northern-Southern: Insides

      That fierce gallery on 12th is closing out the year with a new show – a pair of domestic dream-rooms – featuring furniture-art fusions by Jaime Zuverza and Transmountain in the front room and a complete takeover of the back room by Rachel Freeman. To hell with genre, and never mind the medium – drawing, painting, woodwork, design, installation, and curation are all put to use here.
      Reception: Sat., Dec. 15, 6-9pm
    • Arts

      Visual Arts

      Recspec: Holiday Art Market

      O sweet lick-a-tongue Krampus! This elegantly eclectic gallery inside Flatbed World Headquarters presents its usual stable of brilliants and some new friends to make your shopping life easier and your eyes just a bit more dazzled by the beauty of it all. Featuring unique jewelry and art by Gigi Grinstad, Katie Rylander-Cowden, Salted Teeth, Vy Ngo, and more. Bonus: The cocktail-fueled launch party for Eva Claycomb and Chelsea Jones' new Baubo line of jewelry kicks in at 5pm.
      Sat., Dec. 15, noon-7pm
    • Arts

      Visual Arts

    • Music

    • 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.  
    • Qmmunity

      Arts & Culture

      The Voyage of the TearJerker: Horizons End

      Are you ready to snap-crackle-pop with Rebecca Havemeyer and Stanley Roy Williamson's annual holiday hootenanny? Might be the last run, since Reb's leaving us, so make sure not to miss it; plus Silky Shoemaker, Lindsey Taylor, and a helluva lot more are joining in on the stage action.
      Thu.-Sat., Dec. 13-15, 7:30pm; Sun., Dec. 16, 6:30pm. $15 online, $20 at door.  
    • Music

      Thor & Friends, Dallas Acid, Little Mazarn

      A triptych of Austin’s finest ambient outfits inhabit the sonic sanctuary of a pristine Downtown chapel. Dallas Acid generate mind-over-matter atmospherics with interlaced synthesizers and nuanced gong swells. Experimental roots duo Little Mazarn, comprised of Lindsey Verrill’s yearning voice and echoing banjo with Jeff Johnston’s singing saw, spins Americana into dreamy incantations. Mallet-wielding minimalists Thor Harris, Peggy Ghorbani, and Sarah Gautier usher rhythmic bliss on marimbas, xylophones, and vibes.
      Sat., Dec. 15, 8pm  
    • Community

      Out of Town

      Trail of Lights at EmilyAnn

      Stroll through a walking path featuring more than 100 holiday light displays created by businesses, organizations, school groups, and families. Roast hot dogs and marshmallows at the Yule Log, drink hot chocolate, and enjoy live entertainment most evenings. Admission is free. Donations are appreciated.
      Nov. 24-Dec. 28. Sun.-Thu., 6-9pm; Fri. & Sat., 6-10pm. Free.
    • Music

      Transgressors (album release), Churchwood

      The locals’ They Made Her a Criminal hits wax with Churchwood in attendance.
      Sat., Dec. 15, 9pm

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