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for Thu., Dec. 2
  • 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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    Austin Trail of Lights

    Passes are already on sale so you can plan ahead for the holidays. 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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    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.
    Nov. 24-Jan. 2. Wed.-Fri., 7:30pm; Sat.-Sun., 2:30 & 7:30pm. $25 and up.  
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    Deezie Brown

    Holding down Thursdays all month at the South Congress juke-joint, Deezie Brown’s been keeping audiences on their toes with surprise appearances from Jake Lloyd and EC Mayne. When the musical magician takes stage, an eclectic explosion of high-octane intensity and boisterous sound spew from the C-Boy’s cement walls. The Bastrop native pulls from his Central Texas childhood and societal adversity to construct his unique hip-hop funk sound, present on February Lloyd-collabo Geto Gala. Sure to mirror his already established performance credibility, his residential finale commences at 6:30pm with San Gabriel slated to guest.
    Thu., Dec. 2, 6:30pm
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    Donate Blood to Win Prizes

    Blood donations are especially needed around the holidays, so We Are Blood is offering a prize drawing with very special gifts for three lucky donors: a Playstation 5, an Ooni pizza oven, or an Apple Watch 7. Schedule an appointment online or by calling 512/206-1266.
    Nov. 30-Dec. 1  
    We Are Blood donor centers
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    Visual Arts

    Fresh from the Studio: Austin Public Library Edition

    In this live, online series, Women & Their Work artists will share works in progress, newly finished art, and recent or upcoming projects. Each presentation will be about 10 minutes, with time for your questions and comments afterwards. This time, discover recent work by artists featured in Austin Public Libraries – including Hollis Hammonds, Rakhee Jain Desai, Susan Scafati, Sarah Welch, and Sasha West.
    Thu., Dec. 2, 12:30pm. Free.  
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    Georgetown Square Lights

    Mayor Josh Schroeder and Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell will flip the switch on the beautiful holiday lights around the historic square. Stay for shopping, dining, and photos with Santa in the courthouse in exchange for an unwrapped toy, wrapping paper, or monetary donation, benefiting the Brown Santa program.
    Ceremony: Fri., Nov. 26, 5:30pm; square lit through Jan. 1. Free.  
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    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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    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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    Theatre

    Kin • Song: Ode to Disability Ancestors

    UT's Department of Theatre & Dance presents this virtual-access "digital performance ritual,", this "cybernetic seance," conceived and directed by Alexis Riley and crafted from monologue, dialogue, puppetry, song, and dance to "call upon the ghosts of our disability ancestors, waking them from their unmarked graves to join us in an act of mourning, celebration, and care."
    Dec. 2-4; Thu.-Fri., 7:30pm; Sat., 2 & 7:30pm. (On-demand, Dec. 6-12). $5.  
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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  
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    Otoko: Kaieki-Ryori

    Otoko's chef Yoshi Okai is launching Kaieki-Ryori, a new 12-course omakase experience served only on the first Thursday of every month. The dozen fresh-as-it-gets wonderments are presented, as ever, with consummate skill.
    First Thursday of each month. $100.
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    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

    Rattlesnake Milk, Lucas Hudgins, Henri Herbert

    Henri Herbert plays that boogie-woogie piano style with metronome-shattering speed and incomprehensible exactness. The France-born, UK-raised viral instrumentalist, who’s been a local fixture since 2019, collects dropped jaws every time he sits down at the keys. Lucas Hudgins’ instrument-of-awe: his voice. The honky-tonker with a rich, bassy, baritone recently toured with Charley Crockett and issued a compelling comeback single “Them Little Thrills.” Headliners Rattlesnake Milk make high-energy flatland garage twang for people with calloused hands, tweaker-cousins, and an ear for concise storytelling.
    Thu., Dec. 2, 7pm
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    Kids

    Starry Night at Girlstart

    Learn about astronomy at Girlstart's mini planetarium with a solar system star show and participate in related hands-on activities.
    First Thursdays, 5 & 6pm. Free.  
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    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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    The Thanksgiving Play

    Good intentions collide with absurd assumptions in Larissa Fasthorse’s satire as a troupe of terminally “woke” teaching artists trip all over themselves to create a politically correct, yet historically accurate, yet dramatically revolutionary, yet accurately represented and responsibly cast, Thanksgiving play for elementary schools. Directed by Melissa Vogt for Different Stages, featuring Luke Wallens, Chiara McCarty, Greg Ginther, and Cassandra DeFreitas.
    Through Dec. 11. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 6pm. $15-35.  
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    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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    West Chelsea Contemporary: Concrete to Canvas

    This is WCC's biggest and most comprehensive exhibition of graffiti and street art to date, featuring works from the gallery’s 1000-piece collection, encompassing a diverse set of contemporary masters, including Blek le Rat, Cey Adams, Keith Haring, Shepard Fairey, Banksy, Richard Hambleton, RETNA, LadyPink, PhoebeNewYork, Swoon, and more.
    Through Jan. 2  
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