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  • Body Collective Holiday Pop-Up Market & Block Party

    Shop local this holiday season & support small businesses and local artists at Body Collective's Holiday block party. Browse their Pop-Up Market, shop 10% off Body Collective gift cards and other great holiday gift deals, and enjoy live music & complimentary holiday treats. They'll also be offering two free classes - 90’s Music Video Fit at 10:30 & Energizing Vinyasa flow at 2:30.
    Sat. Dec. 4, 12pm-4pm  
    Body Collective
  • A Very Merry Christmas

    Join Wonders in the Dark for a very special celebration of the Holiday season, with music performances from Tu, Luke Bellet, and others. Bring your friends and enjoy music, drinks, hot chocolate from Creature Coffee, and a night of Christmas joy.
    Sat. Dec. 11, 7pm-11pm  
    Peached Social House
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  • Arts

    Dance

    Kathy Dunn Hamrick: In Situ

    After two years of having them perform on water and in the middle of a big field, what has acclaimed choreographer Kathy Dunn Hamrick conjured for her troupe back at Cafe Dance? What sort of kinetic visions will be visited upon those attending? "I’m into movement invention," says Hamrick, "which means I go into the studio and investigate new ways of moving. If you want, look closely for detailed, complex, sometimes hidden movements and a high contrast between dynamics – like super-fast and super-slow. You might also notice that I break things up and then re-group." Modern dance, then, as this innovative company rocks it. And it's, um, what's it like? Says the maestra: "It’s up to you to decide if my work is funny, poignant, moving, odd, eerie, disturbing, beautiful or all of the above."
    Dec. 3-5. Fri., 7pm; Sat., 5 & 7pm; Sun., 3pm. $15-20.  
    • Community

      Events

      Austin Trail of Lights

      The drive-through format for the trail means the fam can take in the magic of the beautiful light displays while you play holiday tunes and enjoy Christmas cookies.
      Nov. 27-Dec. 31, select dates  
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      Blue Genie Art Bazaar

      Austin's fave shopping destination for the holidays returns with online ordering with pickup or shipping, in-store shopping, and virtual and personal shopping. It is the place to find unique jewelry, art, home goods, and gifts.
      Nov. 19-Dec. 23, 10am-10pm; Dec. 24, 10am-6pm. Free entry.  
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      Classical Music

      Graham Reynolds Ruins the Holidays

      He does! The longhaired maestro of local legend totally takes your favorite holiday classics and drops them into a minor key, maybe mashes them up with something catchy yet now dissonant, just generally runs musically rough-shod all over the treacled tinsel of a Western childhood. And, oh! It's glorious! This year, Reynolds adds to the madness with a full string quartet, a three-piece trombone section, and pedal steel. Bonus: One of the seasonal standards is mashed up with a DMX song.
      Fri.-Sat., Dec. 3-4, 7:30pm. $29 and up.  
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      Theatre

      "Kimmy"

      "When Kemi, a 12-year-old first-generation Nigerian girl, moves from Washington, D.C. to Montgomery County, Maryland, her efforts to fit in at her new school are halted by her father's taxicab and the COVID-19 pandemic." Farah Lawal Harris' new play is presented by UT's Department of Theatre & Dance, as an interactive radio play with direction by Yunina Barbour-Payne.
      Dec. 3-4. Fri., 7pm; Sat., 2 & 7pm. Free.  
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      Theatre

      A Christmas Carol

      This Dickens classic is returning to the Topfer stage at ZACH for the seventh year, with exciting new songs and new cast members in addition to returning favorites under the direction of director Dave Steakley. (Most importantly, Marc Pouhé is back as Scrooge!) Musical direction by Allen Robertson puts some rockin' wheels under this holiday vehicle and the whole joyous spectacle brings the sin-and-redemption, the ghosts and the glories, the tiny and the Tim, until the much-awaited new year gets here.
      Through Jan. 2. Wed.-Fri., 7:30pm; Sat.-Sun., 2:30 & 7:30pm. $25 and up.  
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      Classical Music

      Austin Gay Men's Chorus

      The Austin Gay Men’s Chorus kicks off the holiday season by returning to the stage with an array of musical styles, ranging from Broadway to Gospel, to fill St. Martin’s with holiday spirit. Artistic director Daniel Arredondo promises a few surprises, including some of the chorus’s popular video productions.
      Dec. 3-5. Fri.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 4pm. $20-40.  
    • Film

      Special Screenings

      Bad Santa (2003)

      Thornton is flawless as the revolting, drunk antihero mall Santa you can't help but root for as he guzzles his way through a crime caper.
      Fri., Dec. 3, 9:30pm  
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      Classical Music

      Beerthoven: Hoppy Holidays

      Beerthoven partners with the Tinsel Singers for a concert that ranges from classical to contemporary, with bright, innovative Tinsel arrangements of holiday favorites. Bonus: Noms and bevs from Easy Tiger and Lazarus Brewing.
      Fri., Dec. 3, 7pm. $10-30.  
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      Community First! Village Holiday Market

      Holiday films will screen at the Community Cinema, food trucks will be on-site, and you might even see Santa at this market packed with unique items crafted by village artisans.
      Dec. 3-4 & 10-11, 4-9pm. Free.  
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      Downtown Holiday Stroll

      Enjoy free and family-friendly events all month, and with your Downtown Passport, collecting stamps at participating businesses can get you entered in a drawing for prizes. Grand prize is a Hotel ZaZa staycation package, and others include gift cards and even a ukulele!
      Through Dec. 31  
      Downtown Austin
    • Film

      Special Screenings

      Edward Scissorhands (1990)

      Burton's first collab with Depp is pure magic.
      Fri., Dec. 3, 7pm  
    • Film

      Special Screenings

      Friday Foster (1975)

      Evergreens: An underseen action-comedy with the stunning Pam Grier (Jackie Brown, The L Word) starring as a photographer who gets wrapped up in a murder plot. AFS members get in free for Monday's screening.
      Fri., Dec. 3, 9:45pm  
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      Georgetown Square Lights

      The "Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas" is merry and bright for the season, lit with tens of thousands of bulbs. Shop the square for a perfect gift and warm up with some hot cocoa as you take in the sights.
      Through Jan. 1. Free.  
    • Music

      Gio Chamba, Tiarra Girls, Los Alcos

      Houston duo Fernando Valdez and Josh Guzman yield high-energy electro cumbia and tropical bass, last year collaborating on a string of singles with Corpus Christi screwmbia pioneer Principe Q.
      Fri., Dec. 3, 9pm
    • Arts

      Visual Arts

      grayDUCK Gallery: Rooms

      In which Katy Horan, that unnerving wrangler of graphic mythology, shifts her focus away from female archetypes and folklore to explore some of the harder things we go through in life: Violence, loss, mental illness, fear, and trauma. "I turned mostly to film, music, and my own life experience for inspiration," says the artist, "and almost three years later, this show is the result."
      Opening reception: Fri., Dec. 3, 7-10pm  
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      Visual Arts

      Guzu Gallery: Anime Wonderland

      More than 30 local artists deck the walls with vivid spectacle as this powerhouse of a pop culture gallery hosts its first show in two years, each artist inspired by Japanese animation — from classic to modern anime (and everything between). It's Guzu's biggest exhibition yet, with all prints, sculptures, and paintings available for purchase – in person or online. Note: Let's all love Lain.
      Dec. 3-31
    • Community

      Events

      Hanukkah at Agudas Achim

      Congregation Agudas Achim offers a variety of fun and exciting experiences for all ages throughout the eight-day festival of lights, with virtual and in-person options. Latkes are available for pickup Nov. 29 or Dec. 3, just place the order by Nov. 24 or 28.
      Nov. 28-Dec. 6  
    • Arts

      Visual Arts

      ICOSA: Worn, Torn, Cut & Calloused

      New works by Jonas Criscoe and Sarah Hirneisen explore the aesthetics of detritus and decay through the lenses of surface, form, material, and composition.
      Opening reception: Fri., Dec. 3, 7-10pm
    • Music

      Lera Lynn, David Ramirez

      The most extraordinary aspect of Lera Lynn’s fifth album emerges in its lush and expansive indie-tinted sound, surprising given that the Nashville-based songwriter produced and played every instrument on the recording herself. Aptly titled On My Own, it still anchors on Lynn’s intoxicatingly dark and sultry vocals, like Cat Power alternating between aching vulnerability and devastating defiance. Opener David Ramirez adds his own tumultuous emotional climate, stirring through 2020’s love and heartbreak cycle My Love Is a Hurricane and this year’s spiritually rent Backslider EP.
      Fri., Dec. 3, 7pm
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      Luminations

      Enjoy the natural wonder of winter in the beautiful Texas Arboretum. Featuring thousands of luminarias, seasonal food and drink, and the light-splashed forts of Fortlandia.
      Dec. 2-Jan. 30  
    • Arts

      Comedy

      Maddy Smith

      Maddy Smith, originally from Buffalo, NY, roasts anything or anyone – from the stage and on her girls-only podcast “That Time of The WEEK.”
      Dec. 2-3. Thu.-Fri., 7 & 9pm. $25.  
    • Food

      Food Events

      Opening: Koko's Bavarian

      It's a new German-style brewery! It's a new authentic-dining biergarten! One of its co-owners is Konstantin Prinz von Bayern, who is the legit Prince of Bavaria, and his great-grands literally started Oktoberfest! OK, you've been hearing the buzz for a while, and now it's time to check the place out – and nosh on German sausages (bratwurst, currywurst, duck-guanciale-blackberry, rabbit-rattlesnake, antelope), Belgian fries with five dipping sauces, traditional Bavarian specialties like schnitzel and smoked pork shoulder, rotisserie chicken, and pretzels big enough to make you go, like, "Ach du lieber!" There are also 30 German and local beers on tap (including the in-house brews: four lagers and two ales: pils, swarzbier, hefeweisen, marzen, dunkleweisen, and helles bock). And so on, in that tasty, krautly manner, all in the newly revamped location where the Brewer's Table used to be. Wilkommen, liebschen – and do tip your stylish mütze to brewmaster Katie Lowe.
    • Community

      Events

      Peppermint Parkway

      The holiday tradition at COTA is back and bigger than ever, with tons of fun for the family to be enjoyed from the car or at Peppermint Plaza. There's a mile of immersive displays, millions of lights, dancing elves, and race fans will enjoy taking a lap around the F1 track.
      Nov. 26-Dec. 26  
    • Music

      Sobbrs, Flora & Fawna, Lainey Gonzales

      Offering ideally teary-eyed context for a night of heart-on-the-sleeve diva-pop, Friday’s concert will be the Mexico-born, superstar-aspiring Sobbrs’ last hometown performance before he decamps for L.A. With a singing voice that suggests Brendon Urie attempting a seductive coo and a wardrobe exploding with rouge-infused color like a Pedro Almodóvar film come to life, Sobbrs puts himself forward with a bold style that reaches far past the understandably low-budget production on his albums. Catch him live before some Hollywood agent does and makes him a star. Flora & Fawna and Lainey Gonzales support.
      Fri., Dec. 3, 10pm
    • Arts

      Theatre

      Strange, But Perfect

      In Carlo Lorenzo Garcia's new play, the year 2020 was a never-ending river of bad news in which marketing assistant Charlie from NYC decided to quarantine at his grandma's house in rural America. But, WTF, someone else was already there: a townie who's been acting as Charlie's grandma's caretaker? Weirdness, hilarity, and complex humanity ensue. Directed by A. Skola Summers for Street Corner Arts, featuring Natalie D. Garcia and the playwright himself.
      Dec. 2-18. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $25.  
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      Arts & Culture

      The Diva Ball

      House of Lepore’s Ms. Girl6 and BabiBoi present a ball dedicated to the greatest divas of the past, present, and future. Categories celebrate looks inspired by Grace Jones, Beyoncé, Rihanna, and more. Ages 21 & up to party.
      Rescheduled: Fri., Dec. 3, 9pm. No cover.  
    • Arts

      Theatre

      Unexpected Joy

      Here's the regional premiere of Bill Russell and Janet Hood's musical about three generations of female singers, long-held family tensions, and a week together where change is in the air. Directed by Lisa Scheps for Ground Floor Theatre, with in-person performances and streaming options, this is a shows that "weaves folk-rock, pop, and blues in bringing together a family that hasn’t experienced true joy in decades." Starring Michelle Alexander, Caroline Mullins, Amber Quick, and Cathie Sheridan.
      Dec. 3-19. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. $25.  
    • Community

      Sports

      Urban Legends Tournament

      A night of axe-throwing skills games in teams of three, followed by a double elimination tournament.
      Fri., Dec. 3, 7pm. Free, but RSVP.  
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      Out of Town

      "Georgia O’Keeffe, Photographer"

      Known for her paintings and married to a famous photographer, this is the first exhibition that explores: O’Keeffe’s connection to photography.
      Sun., Oct. 17-Jan. 23, 2022  
      Museum Fine Arts, Houston

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