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  • Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

    Texas Performing Arts presents Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater on its 2024 National Tour. The legendary dance company returns to Austin after more than a decade for two special and unique performances including new works and Ailey’s iconic ballet Revelations.
    Mar. 2-3  
    Bass Concert Hall
  • Cassette Roulette starring John Cameron Mitchell

    Tony-winning star John Cameron Mitchell from Hedwig and the Angry Inch hits the Long Center stage with international cabaret sensation Amber Martin! In a raucous, loud, and unforgettable cabaret experience, see where Fate and the spinning wheel of 'cassette roulette' take this evening of songs, stories, and characters.
    Sat. Feb. 24, 8pm  
    Long Center for the Performing Arts
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    Scuare (album release), Kill Bill: the Rapper, no1mportant, Jonny Jukebox, Black Davinciii, Meddah

    The Austin-based rapper/producer throws a bash in celebration of latest studio album Slippery People, which drops tomorrow. Singles “Runnin Man” and “Oasis” precede his latest LP, the former featuring a calm instrumental over which the Tulsa-bred MC broaches topics such as using Instagram as a form of escapism. Other artists set to appear at the album release party include No1mportant – the other half of recording duo …&more… with Scuare – plus Austin’s Jonny Jukebox and South Carolina’s Kill Bill: the Rapper. Scuare and Kill Bill notably released a three-headed collaborative EP with Rav in 2020.
    Sun., Nov. 20, 7pm. $15.
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      Creek Show

      Immerse yourself in Waterloo Greenway’s annual display of illuminated art created by teams of visionary local artists, landscape architects, and designers, plus free entertainment and family-friendly programming.
      Through Nov. 20  
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      Empty Bowl Project

      For its 26th year, the annual fundraiser is back in person at the food bank. Pick out a ceramic bowl, choose your favorite soup, grab a piece of bread and enjoy lunch while listening to live music. All proceeds go to the children's programs of Central Texas Food Bank and Meals on Wheels Central Texas.
      Sun., Nov. 20, 11am-3pm
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      Visual Arts

      Austin Studio Tour

      The Austin Studio Tour, produced by Big Medium, is a free, self-guided art event that combines the West Austin Studio Tour and East Austin Studio Tour to provide opportunities for artists all over Austin to connect with each other and showcase current work – and for the public to experience the cultural vibrancy of our city from, you might say, the inside out. This year's Tour happens over three weekends and will be divided into two regions, west of IH-35 and east of IH-35, allowing citizens to choose weekends and regions and plan accordingly. We've got a fine mess o' recommendations coming up for you next issue, but right now check out the excellent website these wizards have conjured for your delight and convenience.
      Sat.-Sun., Nov. 19-20, noon-6pm. Free.  
      Hundreds – hundreds! – of locations
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      Classical Music

      Balcones Community Orchestra

      Soloist Bryan Hall performs Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E Minor. Dr. Robert Radmer conducts this one-hour concert that also includes Mozart's Symphony No. 41.
      Sun., Nov. 20, 4pm. Free.
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      BT's Annual Gumbo Cook-off

      What started as a friendly competition between two friends is now an annual competition among chefs and home cooks. Each contestant submits three gallons of their finest Cajun cuisine to be judged by a panel of judges and guests, and half the proceeds go to nonprofit Operation Turkey while the other half will go to a charity chosen by the winner. Email brett@armadillodenaustin.com or btolbert@operationturkey.com if you'd like to throw your hat in the ring!
      Sun., Nov. 20, noon-6pm; tastings, 3:30-4:30pm. $20 suggested donation.  
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      Carter Couch Toy Drive

      The Couch family is teaming up with Occupy Left Field Foundation and RBI Austin for a toy drive to raise awareness about childhood epilepsy in memory of sweet young Carter, who suddenly passed away from the illness at age 2 and a half. Learn more about Carter through the website, and bring new, unwrapped toys to the taproom all weekend for the toy drive in his honor.
      Nov. 18-20. Free.  
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      Comedy

      Demetri Martin

      Folks 'round here seem to enjoy this Demetri Martin fellow: The Paramount had to add this fifth show after the first four bookings sold out. We reckon you already know he won the Perrier Award at the International Fringe Festival in Edinburgh for his one-man show and that he's done four hour-long standup comedy specials, including his latest for Netflix, The Overthinker.
      Sun., Nov. 20, 7pm  
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      Classical Music

      Density512: CollectivePLAY

      For this unique concert, eight artists create a site-specific show from scratch in only 48 hours. Witness the results for yourself after a team of Density512 chamber musicians live together, eat meals together, rehearse together, and merge their individual talents to create a sonic spectacle.
      Sun., Nov., 20, 2 & 4pm. $20.
      Secret location disclosed with ticket purchase
    • Food

      Food Events

      Hotel Granduca: Thanksgiving Brunch Buffet

      Celebrate Thanksgiving on the very edge of the Hill Country at this elegant hotel's signature restaurant, Laurel, with a brunch buffet complete with beautiful courtyard views and carving stations, featuring beef tenderloin, herb roasted Chilean salmon, apple cider brined duck breast, sweet potato casserole, holiday stuffing, roasted winter squash, and more. Why, yes, you could easily make this a cherished family tradition.
      Thu., Nov. 24, 11am-3pm. $105.  
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      Food Events

      Kalahari Food & Wine Festival

      Up in Round Rock, in that expansive entertainment center called Kalahari – named, like its other iterations, after the large semi-arid sandy savanna in Southern Africa – they're having a wine and food festival of their own, with a full afternoon of unique bites, local wine and craft beer and artisanal spirits, tastings from Texas's own Top Chef star John Tesar – and, of course, live music.
      Sun., Nov. 20, noon-4pm. $75.  
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      Kate Kortum

      A graduate of Houston’s prestigious High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Kate Kortum headlined her first Monks show in 2021, at only 19. Still not of drinking age, the DownBeat Student Award winner has sung not only with locals like Andre Hayward and Mike Sailors, but national headliners like Sheila Jordan and the New York Voices. Having already performed at NYC’s Birdland and Newport Jazz Festival, she returns to Monks to preview her upcoming debut Good Woman. Catch her now, as once she graduates the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, Kortum heads to New York to continue her already impressive career.
      Sun., Nov. 20, 7:30pm
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      Special Screenings

      The Hidden Fortress (1958)

      World Cinema Classics: An adventure epic that laid the groundwork for Star Wars, featuring an excellent performance from frequent Kurosawa collaborator Mifune.
      Sun., Nov. 20, 2pm  
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      "Texas Governors and Their Times, 1846-1946"

      This exhibit showcases materials from the State Archives documenting the official work and daily business of the state’s chief executive spanning 100 years. Can't visit in person? It's available to explore online.
      Sept. 19, 2022-May 15, 2023. Free.
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      3 Chord Rodeo

      Sun., Nov. 20, 3pm
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      Nightlife & Parties

      90s & 2000s Country Drag Brunch

      Playdate ATX lassos a country confabulation of drag talent, hosted by Eileen Dover with Playmates Cheri Bomb, Kiki Divine, and an extra special guest.
      Sun., Nov. 20, 1pm. $10.  
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      A Christmas Affair: Night of the Nutcracker

      Kick off the holiday season with the Junior League of Austin's annual market benefiting the group's signature programs and nonprofit partners. Shop from over 200 vendors, get holiday photos, and enjoy entertainment and special children's parties.
      Nov. 16-20. $25-125.
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      Theatre

      A Christmas Carol

      [NOTE: CANCELED DUE TO COVID] Zach Theatre's adaptation of the Dickens classic is "a musical sleigh ride through rhythm and time, infusing the traditional Victorian story with a score that spans all genres and eras," as directed by Dave "Hardworkin'" Steakley. Which is all well and good, but we're happiest because Austin's own Marc Pouhé plays that Ebenezer Scrooge. [NOTE: CANCELED DUE TO COVID]
      Through Dec. 31. Times vary. $25.  
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      Food Events

      A Rooftop Thanksgiving at Nido

      Dine in style on Thanksgiving day at Austin’s newest rooftop restaurant, Nido at The Loren Hotel. The fine and fancy place is offering a seated four-course meal in the main dining room, with the bar area and patio reserved for walk-in guests (and anyone looking to just grab a drink). Mmmm, look at this bounty: chestnut soup, a fall salad, Heritage turkey with stuffing and honey-roasted cranberries, with classic family-style sides served throughout – and a pumpkin tart to finish. You can add wine pairings for extra; but, regardless, you'll be greeted with a complimentary glass of bubbles on arrival. Call for reservations!
      $85 ($35, ages 5-12).
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      Theatre

      A Sherlock Holmes Christmas

      In this Archive Theater production, the famed consulting detective Holmes Sherlock Holmes and his friend Dr. Watson take on their most festive case yet as they try to unravel the mystery of a flawless blue diamond hidden in a Christmas goose. Bonus: Come early and enjoy the tavern atmosphere with games, themed refreshments, live music, and interaction with the cast.
      Through Dec. 18. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. $10-35.  
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      Food Events

      Aba: Mediterranean Thanksgiving To-Go for Two

      This Soco restaurant that puts the mmmmmm in Mmmmmmediterranean via the skilled kitchen of CJ Jacobson is offering a to-go holiday feast that includes classic hummus with crudites, pumpkin hummus with house bread, village salad, black truffle orzo, crispy brussels sprouts, beef tenderloin kebab, crispy chicken thigh with sauteed greens, and butternut squash. And a sticky date cake for dessert! Note: Place orders by Nov. 20 at noon via Tock; pick up from Aba on Nov. 23, 11am-4pm.
      Nov. 14-20. $128.95.  
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      Special Screenings

    • Film

      Special Screenings

      After Dark X Austin Studio Tour

      As part of Big Medium’s annual Austin Studio Tour, After Dark curates three nights blending visual arts, cinema, and performance. Nov. 12 features films produced on analog formats and premieres the work of five local visual artists, concluding with a performance from Raphaella the Swan. Nov. 19 debuts a multimedia immersive experience from local artist and filmmaker William F. Reed, and screens horror, comedy, and sci-fi narratives from five filmmakers, followed by immersive drag from Gothess Jasmine and Dust Bunny. Nov. 20 will delight the senses with film loops, analog camera tinkering, a live analog DJ, and other surprises to top off the celebration.
      Fri.-Sat., Nov. 19-20, 8pm-midnight. Free.
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