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for Thu., Dec. 9
  • Dart 'em Up's 5th Birthday Celebration

    Dart 'em Up is celebrating their 5th Birthday with big savings and even bigger rewards! Owner Richard McVay invites the public to join them in the celebration with birthday giveaways, week-long special promos and a local charity partnership!
    Dec. 10-12  
    Dart 'em Up
  • Soundwaves Art Gallery Grand Opening

    Join the Soundwaves Art Foundation for their gallery opening, featuring musician-signed artworks created by Tim Wakefield. Proceeds will benefit global charities.
    Sat. Dec. 11  
    Soundwaves Art Gallery
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  • Music

    Vancerts anniversary & bike night w/ Crypt Trip, White Dog, Black Syrup

    Formed in the throes of the pandemic, Vancerts still thrives a year later because powering a DIY show out of an old Dodge B250 van is simply rad. Thursday’s throwdown at Stubb’s features a triumvirate of bands hearkening back to the days of toking out of acrylic bongs in the back of boogie vans with wizards painted on the side: the moonstruck, incense-wafting, 1970-style proto-metal of White Dog; the heavy garage of guitar & drums duo Black Syrup (Purple’s Taylor Busby and viral Foo Fighters stage-stormer Yayo Sanchez); and psych/doom/twang mind-expanders Crypt Trip.
    Thu., Dec. 9, 7pm
    • Arts

      Theatre

      A Miracle on 34th Street: Classic Radiocast

      With an original script by Penfold Theatre Company’s Nathan Jerkins, this holiday classic brings the humor and heartwarming holiday feels to Round Rock (Dec. 9-18) and Austin (Dec. 19), performed in that iconic live-radio-show format by local actors and a foley sound artist. We're telling you about these Round Rock gigs, even, because, well – look at this cast: Lowell Bartholomee, Eva McQuade, Mical Trejo, Marina DeYoe-Pedraza, and Robert Faires. And it's directed by Rosalind Faires. We say: If professionally staged Christmas cheer is your cuppa tea, this will totally slake your theatre thirst.
      Thu.-Sat., Dec. 9-18, 7:30pm. $16-21.  
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      Events

      Dart 'em Up Birthday Celebration

      Indoor foam dart sports fun zone Dart 'em Up celebrates its fifth birthday with a couple of special promos and a charity partnership. Bring a toy for the Brown Santa drive to get free play passes, and get BOGO deals Dec. 7-9 and get 20% off admission Dec. 10-12.
      Through Dec. 12  
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      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
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      Theatre

      Greetings from Shrewd Mountain Lodge

      Ready to solve a mystery, you clever sleuths? Here's a multimedia holiday whodunit – created by Jenny Connell Davis, Shannon Grounds, Trey Deason, and Raul Garza – in which things go awry among the cast and crew of the Winter Festival Play assembled at Shrewd Mountain Lodge. As strange events and sinister accidents continue to pile up, it becomes clear that someone or something is trying to sabotage the production. Note: Subscribers will hear from all six main characters via video messages, holiday cards, and letters in the actual mail over the course of six weeks – along with artifacts, souvenirs, and clues to help solve the mystery. Bonus: Discover the culprit by the end of Week 5, and you'll get an additional, special prize.
      The experience begins Dec. 12. $40-60.  
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      Community

      Kelly Kline’s Pink Santa Toy Drive

      Help make holiday wishes come true for local children in need and donate new, unwrapped, and gender-neutral toys and gifts as part of Austin Pride’s 17th annual toy drive. See website for drop-off locations.
      Multiple locations
    • Arts

      Theatre

      La Pastorela

      Teatro Vivo’s La Pastorela is a celebration of the Austin BIPOC community that keeps all the lessons and humor of the traditional Pastorela (with the familiar shepherds, angels, and devils), but sets in the present time in this city. Directed by Carl Gonzales, with musical direction by Eric Flores.
      Dec. 9-19. Thu.-Sat., 7pm; Sun., 2pm. Donations accepted.  
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      Events

      Nautical Light Show

      A boat tour is a lovely way to view the spectacular light show at Mozart's, made even sweeter with their treats and cocoa.
      Through Jan. 6  
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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.
      Nov. 26-Dec. 26  
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      Comedy

      Robert Hines

      Robert L. Hines, best known for his role as Toby Jones from Jones' Good-Ass BBQ and Foot Massage, has been a stand-up comedian for more than 30 years performing at the Improv, Zanie’s Comedy Club, Laugh Factory and the Comedy Store in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Cleveland, and Philadelphia. Cleveland, people, Cleveland!
      Dec. 9-11. Thu., 8pm; Fri.-Sat., 7pm. $25.  
    • Arts

      Dance

      Tapestry: The Precious Present – In Love & Light

      Tapestry Dance Company returns to the stage with all their stunning tap-dance choreography and this world premiere, featuring an array of local dance, vocal, and musical artists. Spoken word poet Zell Miller III; vocalists Nagavalli and Mohammed Firoozi; dancers Sharon Marroquin, Jun Shen, Andrea Ariel, and Francisco Graciano; Bharatanatyam master Anuradha Naimpally; flamenco legend Olivia Chacon; African dancer China Smith; flow artist Kelly Bach; Jeremy Arnold and director Acia Gray herself. And everybody in full! percussive! person!
      Dec. 9-12. Thu.-Fri., 8pm; Sat., 2 & 8pm; Sun., 2pm. $39 and up.  
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      Theatre

      The 12 Dates of Christmas

      Austin Playhouse presents Gina Hoben's heartwarming one-woman play that "offers a hilarious and modern alternative to the old standards of the holiday season," as a spurned fiancée re-enters the dating world, where romance isn’t – as you, citizen, may be way too aware – all it’s cracked up to be. Starring Lara Toner Haddock, directed by Cyndi Williams.
      Thu.-Fri., Dec. 9-10; Wed., Dec. 15; Sat., Dec. 18; all shows at 7:30pm. $20 (in-person), $12 (streamed live).  
    • Arts

      Dance

      The Watchmaker's Song

      In a tribute to the cultural diversity of Austin, Ventana Ballet presents many different styles of dance in their immersive dance-theatre production based on the beloved Nutcracker ballet – not just classical ballet, but Egyptian belly dance, Spanish flamenco, Argentinian tango, American tap dance, and of course the inimitable Mother Ginger.
      Dec. 9-18. Thu.-Sat., 6:30 & 8:30pm; Sun., 1pm (kids show). $40.  
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      Sports

      Thursday Night Social Ride

      Meet with Social Cycling Austin for a fun 10-mile ride ending at Valhalla on Red River, which offers live music and delish handmade pasta from the upstairs kitchen, Marinara Miracles.
      Thu., Dec. 9, 7:30pm  
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      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.  
    • Food

      Food Events

      Waterloo Icehouse: 1976 Throwback Menu

      This popular place, on the other hand, is celebrating its 45th anniversary(!) And so each of Waterloo Ice House’s four Austin locations will pay homage to the history of local food culture by offering an exclusive Throwback Thursday menu featuring items from the original 1976 lineup – with special pricing. Starting … now, actually, and running until the end of the year; so get 'em while you can.
      Thursdays, 11am-10pm
      6203 N. Cap. of Texas Hwy; 8600 Burnet Rd.; 9600 S. IH-35; 9600 Escarpment
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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: film screenings Thursday, photos with Santa Friday, and carols with Mrs. Claus Saturday.
      Through Dec. 26. Donations for Council on At-Risk Youth suggested.  
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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
    • Film

      Special Screenings

      "Superpower Dogs" (2021)

      Laser IMAX 2D
      Thu., Dec. 9, 11am, 1pm  
    • Arts

      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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      Civic Events

      AISD Sounding Board: Be (Local) Policy Update

      Share your thoughts with the AISD Board of Trustees about AISD’s community feedback policies.
      Thu., Dec. 9, 4:30-5:30pm  
      Online
    • 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

      Alex Meixner

      Thu., Dec. 9, 7:30pm
    • Community

      Kids

      Anime Drawing Class

      Got a youngster who loves anime? In this class, the instructor will prepare a drawing then break down the steps and techniques so students can learn to draw their own. Email info@indigoplay.com with your child's name and age to sign up; recommended for ages 7-10.
      Thursdays, 5:30pm  
      Indigo Play, 13530 Research #102
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    • 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."
    • Arts

      Visual Arts

      Art for the People Gallery: Alchemy

      Witness now the meditative and exploratory oil and ink artworks of Wolf Garden. "Through peaceful paintings and bold poetry, this show invites individuals to connect with their ultimate reality: infinite potential."
      Through Dec. 20
    • Community

      Kids

      Art in Cahoots

      Kids and caregivers collaborate on process-based art projects.
      Thursdays, 10-11am. $10.  
    • 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
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      Arts & Culture

      Auditions: The Legend of Georgia McBride

      Open call to Austin actors, specifically actors of color and performers with drag experience, for the Austin premiere of Tony award winner Matthew Lopez’s showbiz comedy about drag.
      Deadline: Tue., Dec. 14. Free.
      Trinity Street Playhouse, 901 Trinity

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