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    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

      Alice Spencer & Bukka Allen for the Holidays

      Shiny Soul Sister meets dynamic pianist.
      Sun., Dec. 23, 7pm
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      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.
    • Music

      Armadillo Christmas Bazaar w/ C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band, Blazing Bows, Lou Ann Barton, Redd Volkaert Band (noon)

      What better way to accompany your holiday shopping than with the joyously irresistible sounds of zydeco played by a true master. Son and bandmate to late zydeco king Clifton Chenier, CJ still fronts his father’s incomparable Red Hot Louisiana Band and, boy, do they know how to rock a party! Les bon temps will definitely rouler.
      Sun., Dec. 23
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      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

      Comedy

      First Anniversary All-Star Celebration!

      This basement venue is dedicated to "bringing the best in alternative comedy with shows seven nights a week," and this weekend is their first anniversary all-star celebration benefitting SAFE. If you don't know how good these guys are, what the hell is wrong with you, citizen? If you do how good they are, you'll be thrilled to experience this best-of-the-best weekend, featuring house troupes and acts from all the comedy theatres in town, with stand-up showcases and hilarious sketches and, Jesus, this is some kind of comedy explosion going on here right now. (Get it? "Fallout"? "Explosion"? "Jesus"? "Going on"?) Highly recommended!
      Thu.-Sat., Jan. 24-26. $10 per show.  
    • 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
    • Music

      Grassy Boys feat. Kym Warner, Matt Downing, Bill Whitbeck, & special guest

      Among the most impressive combos in Austin’s bantam bluegrass contingent, the Grassy Boys unites three top-notch pickers who capture the instrumental excitement of the ’39 sound. Australia-born, Austin-based mandolinist Kym Warner, best known for leading contemporary grassers the Greencards, is a fast-fingered force on eight strings. Phenomenal banjo roller Matt Downing holds credits with the Roys and James King, while electric bassist Bill Whitbeck anchored Robert Earl Keen’s band.
      Sun., Dec. 23, 8pm
    • 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.
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      Events

      Pound 4 Pound Pet Food Drive

      Every holiday season, Tomlinson’s Feed hosts Austin’s largest pet food drive in support of local animal rescues and shelters. It's easy to give: Every bag of pet food you buy through Christmas Eve will be doubled by pet food makers, pound for pound. (Their goal this year is 150,000 pounds of pet food.) More of an Internet shopper? Just donate online.
      Through Christmas Eve
      Area Tomlinson's Feed stores
    • 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.
    • Community

      Events

      Winter Wonderland at The Circuit

      The racetrack transforms into something resembling the North Pole with the largest outdoor skating rink in Texas, the Tunnel of Lights, and Santa's Workshop; plus live music, carnival rides, a petting zoo, and Chinese Lantern Festival.
      Through Dec. 30. $16,.  
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    • Film

      Special Screenings

      "Jerusalem" (2014)

      Renowned archaeologist Dr. Jodi Mangess takes you to the holiest sites.
      Sun., Dec. 23, 12:20  
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      Events

      37th Street Lights

      This is how Austin does holiday lights. This yearslong tradition took a hiatus, but it's back this year and it's weirder than ever.
      Through Jan. 5. Free.  
      505 W. 37th, across from Amy's Ice Creams on Guadalupe
    • Arts

      Theatre

      A Christmas Carol

      This ZACH Theatre adaptation of the Dickens classic, directed by Abe Reybold and starring the estimable Jaston Williams, is "a musical sleigh ride through rhythm and time, infusing the traditional Victorian story with a score that spans all genres and eras." It's riotously redolent of the ghosts of Motown past, but of course you know the basic Ebenezer of this thing: crotchety, cratchity, creepy, and (ultimately) heartwarming. And, what's that? You think there's an awful lot of Dickens going on in town lately? Our Robert Faires tells you why.
      Through Dec. 30. Wed.-Fri., 7:30pm; Sat., 2:30 & 7:30pm; Sun., 2:30pm. $25 and up.  
    • Film

      Special Screenings

      A Christmas Story (1983)

      Holidaze at the Drive-In: Ralphie wants nothing more for Christmas than a Red Ryder 200-shot, range-model air rifle, but he must convince Mom and Dad that, if lucky enough to receive this “Holy Grail of Christmas presents,” he won't shoot his eye out.
      Sun., Dec. 23, 7:30  
    • Qmmunity

      Arts & Culture

      A Drag Queen Christmas: The Naughty Tour

      Miz Cracker is puttin' on her best holiday lewks for a catwalk filled with seasons themes. Aja, Latrice, Thorgy, and more wanna deck your halls for the most unsilent night.
      Sun., Dec. 23, 8-11pm. $23-53.  
    • Arts

      Theatre

      A Tuna Christmas

      The City Theatre company takes on Joe Sears and Jaston WIlliams' classic about holiday antics in the third smallest town in Texas, with Scot Friedman and Rick Smith handling all the many roles and Robyn Conner directing.
      Through Jan. 5. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 3pm. $15-25 ($10, Thursdays).  
    • Music

    • Food

      Food Events

      Antonelli’s Cheese Shop: Classes & Date Nights

      Yes, we’re telling you about these events at Austin’s favorite cheese shop early because 1) they’re so damned fun and informative and tasty, and 2) they – because of the previous reason – tend to sell out in advance like whoa! So start prepping your fun-time schedule this year for the likes of Cheese 101: The Seven Styles of Cheese (Jan. 8), Cheese Date Night (Jan. 10 & 24), Soft Cheeses and Bubbles (Jan. 11 & 22), and that much-buzzed-about Cheese-y Bus Tour (Jan. 26).
      $40-125.  
    • Arts

      Visual Arts

      Ao5 Gallery: Light vs Darkness

      Steven Lavaggi's large colorfield paintings "contain a spontaneous energy that captivates the imagination."
      Through Jan. 13. Free, but RSVP for the reception.  
    • Arts

      Visual Arts

      Art for the People: The Pink Parachute Project

      Teodora Pogonat's provocative series of photography depicts women overcoming struggles, hardships, and setbacks through the use of a 30-pound pink military-grade parachute.
      Through Jan. 26
    • Arts

      Visual Arts

      Atelier Dojo

      This school of representational art is led by four world-class locals, teaches drawing and painting (both fundamental and advanced programs), has open studios with live modeling, a schedule of workshops featuring visiting artists from around the world, and is located in the heart of Big Medium's Canopy complex. Oh look – we profiled and interviewed the faculty right here!
    • Community

      Civic Events

      Austin Strategic Mobility Plan Draft Review

      View the ASMP's draft policies and maps – now available in both English and Spanish – to see the city's revamped transportation plan, then share your feedback online.
      Feedback accepted through Jan. 13  
    • Community

      Events

      Austin Trail of Lights

      The Austin Trail of Lights has been an Austin tradition since 1965! Holiday light displays line a 2-mile trail through the park, and there are food trucks, live entertainment, and interactive activities. General admission is free and open to the public (on weekend nights admission is $3).
      Dec. 10-23  
    • Community

      Out of Town

      Ayomi Yoshida Exhibition

      The Japanese artist makes her Texas debut with a large-scale multimedia exhibition that evokes a pool with flowers falling into it that complements the center’s water garden.
      Tue.-Sun., through Jan. 13. Free.
      Asia Society Texas Center, Houston
    • Community

      Out of Town

      “Titanic: The Artifact Exhibit”

      Seventy years after the luxury liner sank in the Atlantic more than 150 items from the wreck were brought up from the ocean floor and brought together for this fascinating show. Timed tickets are required.
      June 2-Jan. 5
      Mayborn Museum, Waco
    • Arts

      Dance

      Ballet Austin: The Nutcracker

      You've heard of this thing? The Nutcracker, right? And here Ballet Austin brings it big and fancy and exquisitely staged, with hundreds of dancers embodying the choreography of Stephen Mills, extraordinary sets and costumes, and Tchaikovsky’s score performed live by the Austin Symphony Orchestra. Witness in wonder as a young heroine faces her fears, rescues her prince, and dreams big during the journey of a lifetime.
      Through Dec. 23. Fri., 7:30pm; Sat., 2 & 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. $15 and up.  
    • Qmmunity

      Nightlife & Parties

      Bear Beer Bust

      Iron Bear's beer bust brings all the boys to the bar.
      Sundays, 2pm

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