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    Exhorder, Take Offense, Extinction A.D., Plague Years, Runescarred

    “To be 100 percent honest, without people connected to this album, there’s no need to tour in tribute to it.”: Obvious enough, this assessment from singer Kyle Thomas, Exhorder constant since 1985 alongside guitarist Vinnie LaBella, but what lends any thrash metal disc longevity? The New Orleans blasphemers’ full-length bow, 1990’s Slaughter in the Vatican, barks and bursts as rabid as the band’s West Coast peers/progenitors. Lined with punk and hardcore, its gnarly, rodeo-bull riffs ride the lightning, while Thomas exhorts homicide: “Desecration’s my greatest pleasure in life/ Your children will be my sacrifice.”: “We’re playing the album in its entirety, yes, but we’re throwing in extra songs to make it worth everyone’s while,” emails the frontman on Thanksgiving. “Also, as always, I talk a lot between songs, haha! Usually, I’m giving snippets of history fans might find intriguing. Otherwise, you may as well just stay home and listen to the albums.”: 27 years passed between sophomore LP The Law and righteous 2019 Exhorder comeback Mourn the Southern Skies, whose thicker, deeper girth sideswiped Come & Take It Live with Kataklysm that same year.: “A long pause in touring, including a full European headlining tour canceled, really tough,” admits Thomas. “The good news is we worked really hard on new material during the lull. I think we’re going to be okay.”
    Sun., Dec. 5, 7pm
    • 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.  
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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.  
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      Dance

      Ballet Austin: The Nutcracker

      We've heard tell that Ballet Austin’s annual production of The Nutcracker is this city’s favorite holiday tradition – and we're not fixing to argue. Here's a perfectly calibrated spectacle of delight, in which hundreds of dancers perform Stephen Mills’ enchanting choreography to Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s score – with live accompaniment from Austin Symphony Orchestra.
      Wed.-Thu., Dec. 22-23, 2pm. $20 and up.  
    • Community

      Events

      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
    • Arts

      Visual Arts

      Follow Her!

      It's a mural tour! Grab a bike and join the arty wheelists of Dot Dot Dot Connect and Ghisallo Cycling Initiative to learn more about the notable women, performers, and activists depicted on several murals and mosaics throughout Central and South Austin.
      Sun., Dec. 5, 10am-noon. Free, but you've gotta sign up online.  
    • Community

      Events

      H-E-B Free First Sunday

      Enjoy free admission and explore the story of Texas told through three floors of exhibitions.
      First Sunday of every month, 10am-5pm  
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      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  
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      Events

      Holigay Market

      Make the yuletide gay and "sleigh" with LGS and Eastside Pop Up, who've got a drag Santa photo booth, a craft area for kids, and a village of vendors and makers.
      Sun., Dec. 5, 11am-4pm  
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      Events

      Joy to the Pigs

      Join Central Texas Pig Rescue for a self-guided tour of their new property (all decorated for the holidays), hot cider, cupcakes (donated by Zucchini Kill Bakery & Kind Cakes), hayrides, and, of course, lots of pig snuggles! Reservations required.
      Sun., Dec. 12, 11am-4pm. $20.  
      Central Texas Pig Rescue Enchanted Pig Forest
    • Film

      Special Screenings

      Little Women (1994)

      Revel in the charm of the Nineties adaptation of the Louisa May Alcott book about the March sisters.
      Sun., Dec. 5, 5:30pm  
    • Music

      MDC, Kinda Creepy, From Parts Unknown [inside]

      An all-ages afternoon celebration of Black Flag’s studio debut. Broken-mirror selfies, tattoo offerings, a head-shaving booth … all topped off by MDC, whose own debut turns 40 next year.
      Sun., Dec. 5, 1pm
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      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.
      Through Dec. 30  
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      Community

      Self-Care Sunday

      In a collaboration between Austin Black Pride, Kind Clinic, and Project LifeRaft, Self-Care Sunday invites Austin’s QTBIPOC communities to hang out and enjoy some TLC with a yoga session and more wellness activities. Don't have a yoga mat? No problem – event organizers have you covered.
      Sun., Dec. 5, 10am-noon. Free.  
    • Arts

      Classical Music

      SoCo Women's Chorus: Winter Wonderland

      After a year of singing virtually, SOCO Women's Chorus celebrates their 10th season with live concerts beginning with this, their annual winter performance. Featuring a program of secular and nonsecular music, directed by Lisa Holt.
      Dec. 4-5. Sat., 5:30pm; Sun., 2pm. $20 ($10, students, senior citizens).  
    • 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.
      Through Dec. 19. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. $25.  
    • Community

      Events

      Vintage Village

      A variety of pop-up vendors will offer vintage and retro threads, jewels from times past, and adornments for your abode, and stellar vinyl DJs take it old school, bringing the good vibrations. Get spiffed up in your favorite vintage garb from the era you should have been born in. Get some funky photos or enter the "best dressed" contest for a chance to win gift cards, and shop hand-selected vinyl from Waterloo Records’ discerning staff.
      First Sundays, 4-10pm  
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      Events

      Winter Wanderland

      "Snow Close, Yet Snow Far Out" is the theme for this festive series of holiday happenings. Enjoy the neon rainbow decor, seasonal bevvies and treats, and fun activities, including photos with Santa on Friday and carols with Mrs. Claus on Saturday.
      Through Dec. 26. Donations for Council on At-Risk Youth suggested.  
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    • Community

      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
    • Film

      Special Screenings

      "Superpower Dogs" (2021)

      Laser IMAX 2D
      Sun., Dec. 5, 11am, 1pm  
    • Community

      Events

      41st Annual Budafest

      A weekend packed with live music at the amphitheatre, a craft and art market, kids' activities, a "reindog" parade, snow play area, and lots more!
      Fri.-Sun., Dec. 3-5. Free.  
      Buda
    • Film

      Special Screenings

      A Bad Moms Christmas (2017)

      Sun., Dec. 5, 6:30pm  
    • Film

      Special Screenings

    • Arts

      Visual Arts

      Akirash Online

      Sure, Austin's Olaniyi Rasheed Akindiya aka AKIRASH has an exhibition at the Carver Museum right now – and the place is closed, of course. But this Lagos-born artist also happens to have one of the most robust websites around, though you'll need a mighty big screen to get the best effect of his huge and colorful mixed-media creations and performance pieces.
    • Music

    • Music

      Armadillo Road, Silo Road

      Sundays, 8pm and Sundays, 8pm
    • Arts

      Visual Arts

      Art 84: Cornelius Carter

      This is a virtual preview of "Work in Progress" by Austin's Cornelius Carter, a work that "captures the struggles and glory of the African-American experience along with the artist’s faith in the American dream of equality and opportunity for all."
    • Community

      Events

      ATX+Egypt Fashion Pop-Up Store

      Featuring clothing, jewelry, bags, leather goods, and more by Austin and Egyptian fashion designers participating in the ATX+EGYPT Entrepreneurship Program.
      Through Dec. 20. Sun., noon-5pm; Mon.-Sat., 11am-7pm  
      225 W. Second
    • Community

      Sports

      Austin FC Holiday Merch

      Find the perfect gifts for soccer fans and celebrate Austin's MLS team's first season with ornaments, stockings, apparel, pet supplies, and pretty much anything else you can think of with the Verde logo in green & black.
      Ongoing  
      Online or at Verde Store: 506 Congress or 10414 McKalla Place
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      Events

      Austin Scavenger Hunt

      Explore Downtown in search of storied buildings, green spaces, and famous concert venues, all while solving riddles, trivia questions, and completing photo challenges. Now available: "Roam From Home," with family and date night scavenger hunt activities you can do without leaving the house.
      Anytime. $12.99-24.99.  
      Online and at home

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