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for Tue., Dec. 10
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    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 seven out of the 14 nights; ages 12 & under are always free of charge (on most weekend nights admission is $5).
    Dec. 10-23. $5 GA; premium, $20+.  
  • Community


    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.
    Through Dec. 24, 10am-10pm (open 10am-6pm on Dec. 24). Free admission.  
    Blue Genie Art Bazaar, 6100 Airport
  • Music

    McKinley Dixon, Ama, Tåsi, Daphne Tunes

    McKinley Dixon calls himself a bridge. A reissue of the rapper’s 2016 mixtape, Who Taught You to Hate Yourself?, ushered genre expanse at petite tape outlet Citrus City, which introduced modern indie acts Crumb and Camp Howard previously. In September, Dixon’s work marked another milestone:: “I’m the first person to say ‘nigga’ on Saddle Creek [Records] – not only the first black person and the first rapper,” announces the Maryland-raised performer. “Nobody has said it’s not true.”: The artist’s union of jazz and rap, aligning orchestral complexity with free-flowing ease, landed on a two-song 7-inch for Saddle Creek’s Document Series. Produced by experimental Chicago emcee NNAMDÏ (Ogbonnaya), first track “Anansi, Anansi” invokes a sharp storytelling character from West African folklore. Known to Dixon since childhood, the figure inspired his current gig as an evocative story-gatherer.: “It’s really not that hard to listen to people. The key is just remembering everybody’s names and pronouns,” explains Dixon. “But, I try to find the nuance. I’m not trying to be a bowl; I’m trying to be a filter. Am I really hearing it, or am I just listening?”: Many carefully sifted tales weave on Dixon’s second album, The Importance of Self Belief. With some 30 collaborators, horn-embellished instrumentation supports the lead’s measured lines on police brutality and other violent ideations. The project grew from his current home of Richmond, Va., where he came across frequent house shows and a band of pro jazz players after relocating for college.: “Before moving, my extent of black lives was just black masculinity,” says Dixon. “This community here – that I found, and made, and became indoctrinated in, and found love in – showed me there’s more. All these albums are an exploration of that.”
    Tue., Dec. 10, 9pm  
  • Music

    Daughters, Health, Show Me the Body

    2018 bow You Won’t Get What You Want pulsed slow and foreboding industrial palpitations as frenzied as these Providence noise rockers’ earlier works. Samuel Walker’s cinder block bass riffs slog through mud under Alexis S.F. Marshall’s fever-dream half-shouts and Nicolas Andrew Sadler’s knifepoint guitar work, while Jon Syverson’s drumming is unrelenting.
    Tue., Dec. 10, 8pm  
  • Arts


    Dear Evan Hansen

    A letter that was never meant to be seen; a lie that was never meant to be told; a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he’s always wanted: a chance to finally fit in, in this "deeply personal and profoundly contemporary musical about life and the way we live it." Right?
    Through Dec. 15. Thu.-Fri., 8pm; Sat., 2 & 8pm; Sun., 1 & 7pm. $44-154.  
  • Film

    Special Screenings

    Dial Code Santa Claus (1989)

    Terror Tuesday: Previously only available on bootleg VHS, this French holiday horror (aka 3615 Code Père Noël, aka Deadly Games) features a murderous Santa Claus who picks the wrong chimney and the wrong kid to mess with. Ten-year-old Thomas fights the home invader with the tactics of Kevin McCallister and the Karate Kid.
    Tue., Dec. 10, 9:30pm  
  • Film

    Special Screenings

    Duet for Cannibals (1969)

    Newly Restored: The result of a Swedish producer inviting the "Dark Lady" of American intellectuals to a make a film in 1969, Susan Sontag's debut film of a love quadrangle is a cinematic continuation of her critical essays.
    Tue., Dec. 10, 7pm  
  • Arts

    Classical Music

    Graham Reynolds Ruins the Holidays

    In which the acclaimed maestro and his band wreak musical havoc with an explosive set of holiday favorites, kicking out various jams, running raucously roughshod, playing most of the tunes in a minor key and joyously fucking up your most cherished jingle-bell memories forever. Recommended!
    Mon.-Tue., Dec. 9 & 10, 7:30pm. $29 and up.  
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  • Qmmunity

    Nightlife & Parties

    Homo for the Holigays!

    Our bb Boiz of Austin are serving up a cuppa that spicy queer cheer at their annual holigay show!
    Tue., Dec. 10, 9pm. $5.  
  • Community

    Civic Events

    Marketplace Health Insurance Open Enrollment

    During open enrollment, Foundation Communities' Prosper Centers can help you get insurance coverage, switch plans, and track down financial assistance with their (pretty awesome) team of experts.
    Mon.-Thu., 9am-7pm; Fri.-Sat., 9am-4pm. Free.  
    5900 Airport Blvd.
  • 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, and enjoy live entertainment most evenings. Admission is free. Donations are appreciated.
    Nov. 30-Dec. 28. Sun.-Thu., 6-9pm; Fri. & Sat., 6-10pm. Free.  
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Wally Workman Gallery: Ashley Benton and Christopher Lee Gilmer

    "Inspired by datamoshing, quantum mechanics, and the hyper saturation of imagery found in daily life, Gilmer creates oil paintings that explore the psychological effects of the figure through physical mutations that distort and merge various realities. Benton's figurative ceramics also portray a dialogue of the human condition, using symbolism as well as physical mutations to explore the depths of the subconscious. Less than reality and more than a dream, Benton and Gilmer’s work strives to give the viewer an alternative connection to the self." Note: This stuff will burrow into your optic nerves and make you feel a little weird, maybe, about the odd beauty it contains. So, yes: recommended.
    Through Jan. 5
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