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for Sat., Dec. 11
  • 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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  • Arts

    Dance

    Blurred On All Sides

    In their first live show since the COVID-19 lockdown, Austin's own Early Era Collective explores the internal and external sides of the human experience: What we expect ourselves to be versus what we actually are. How do they explore this to best grab your attention and joy? With dance, spoken word, theatre, music, projection, and film.
    Dec. 10-12. Fri-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 6pm. Free.
    2200 Justin
  • Music

    10th anniversary show w/ Vincent Neil Emerson, Mayeux & Broussard, Dan Whitaker & the Shinebenders, Dave Insley

    The White Horse’s dance floor now bears one decade worth of boot scuffs and some of the East Sixth venue’s perennial favorites are helping it mark the occasion: Tate Mayeux of local cosmic swamp duo Mayeux & Broussard defected for the East Coast, but will be returning home for the show. Continuing the White Horse’s reputation as a favorite among locals and weekenders alike, the bill also includes Chicago jazz-country fusionists Dan Whitaker & the Shinebenders, plus East Texas native Vincent Neil Emerson, who’ll no doubt play “White Horse Saloon”: “I’m headed down to the White Horse Saloon/I’m gonna drink my fill/ I got no time to kill.”
    Sat., Dec. 11, 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.  
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Austin Public Library: Outpost

    The Austin Public Library presents an installation by Sarah Welch: multimedia objects and imagery from the artist’s self-published comic, Holdout.
    Opening reception: Sat., Dec. 11, 2-4pm
  • Arts

    Theatre

    Bah, Humbug!

    The award-winning improvisers at the Hideout Theatre construct an enchanting, hilarious, and completely improvised play set in Victorian England – as if seen through the eyes of master writer and storyteller Charles Dickens – and using suggestions from the audience to create an entirely new Dickensian narrative with every show. And, yes, there's an afternoon show on Boxing Day!
    Fri.-Sat., 8pm, Dec. 10-18; Sun., Dec. 26, 5pm. $7-15.  
  • Arts

    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.
    Through Dec. 19: Fri., 7:30pm; Sat., 2 & 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. Also: Tue.-Thu., Dec. 21-23, 2pm. $20 and up.  
  • Community

    Events

    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.
    Fri.-Sat., Dec. 10-11, 4-9pm. Free.  
  • Community

    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  
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Davis Gallery: Together Again

    Here's an extensive – and highly recommended – group exhibition that showcases the depth of work by 34 Texas-based Davis Gallery artists, celebrating the present and the historical feel of our everchanging state. Randall Reid. Denise M. Fulton. Dana Younger. Jan Heaton. Faustinus Deraet. Caprice Pierucci. Steve Brudniak. Lisa Beaman. B. Shawn Cox. And however many more, too, which a little math will reveal – but not as gloriously as seeing the art in person.
    Opening reception: Sat., Dec. 11, 4-7pm
  • 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

    Flatbed Press: Gatherings

    Here's a group exhibition celebrating Flatbed's 2021 publications, featuring the work of Miguel Aragon, Adrian Armstrong, David Everett, Annalise Gratovich, Mike Hart, Kim Kei, Lance Letscher, Melissa Miller, and Ben Muñoz.
    Opening reception: Sat., Dec. 11, 2-6pm
  • Arts

    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.  
  • Community

    Events

    Hotel San José Holiday Market

    Grab a yummy spicy margarita and shop several unique vendors as you bop to tunes from DJ jLA.
    Sat., Dec. 11, noon-5pm  
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Ivester Contemporary: Wildflowers

    Approaching this series as painted stills from a fictional movie, Tom Jean Webb has created works that revolve around three main components: people, place, and performance. Note: The soundtrack accompanying this exhibition will be performed by Ryan Huseman at nearby Central Machine Works, directly following the reception, and Jonathan Turrell will be performing an acoustic set in celebration of the night.
    Opening reception: Sat., Dec. 11, 7-9pm
  • Food

    Food Events

    Jester King: SPON Day

    Here's one of Jester King's biggest annual events, where they release their annual three-year blend of spontaneously fermented beer, feature a few favorite "spon" beers and wines, and celebrate the season with a holiday market that includes delicious noms, live music, vendors, tours/tastings, goat photos, and more. (Note: Aaaaaah! Goat photos!)
    Sat., Dec. 11, 11am-9pm. Free.
  • Qmmunity

    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.  
  • Arts

    Theatre

    Le Peep Show: É T E R N E L

    The Tiger Den joins forces with the Girlie Revue for another transformation of their speakeasy's halls into a Cathedral of Dreams, complete with crystal chandeliers and flickering candlelight, all in the name of a vampire-themed masquerade. Bonus: Live music, tarot readings. Recommended: Arrive in costumes of traditional Venetian masquerade or "as creatures of the heavens and nether realms."
    Sat., Dec. 11: 6pm, 7:45pm, and 9:30pm. $45.  
  • Arts

    Books

    Libby Belle: A Woman Always Knows

    Austin author Libby Belle presents her second book launch, with live music and a silent auction at this vibrant local gallery.
    Sat., Dec. 11, 3pm
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Martha's Contemporary: Hustling a Sol De Sol

    Erick Medel’s complexly embroidered works reveal everyday life in the city of Los Angeles, particularly illuminating the Mexican-American experience.
    Opening reception: Sat., Dec. 11, 6-9pm
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Mexic-Arte Museum: Mix 'n' Mash: Las Flores – La Vida

    This new group exhibition displays flower-themed art from more than 200 local and regional artists, created on panels donated by Ampersand Art Supply, welcomed with a reception featuring tasty noms and beverages, a DJ set by P1nkstar, and more.
    Opening reception: Fri., Dec. 10, 6-9pm. $10 (for opening reception).
  • Community

    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  
  • Qmmunity

    Nightlife & Parties

    Neon Rainbows

    DJ Boi Orbison and Brigitte Bandit pay tribute to our patron saint, Ms. Dolly Parton, with a DJ set, drag show, and Dolly lookalike contest.
    Sat., Dec. 11, 9pm. No cover.  
  • Music

    Nine Mile Records anniversary w/ Sweet Spirit, Go Fever, the Deer, Night Glitter (DJ set) [garage]

    Weathering 15 years as an indie record label – no small feat in the first place. Then tack on surviving the hammer blow of the pandemic and it’s no wonder Nine Mile Records founder Rick Pierik’s counting his blessings.: “I couldn’t be more grateful,” says Pierik. “It’s weird to reflect on that many years because when you’re in the trenches, the time is just clicking by. I was on a freight train and, suddenly, the world stopped during the pandemic, and I had a chance to look out the window of the freight train and look at all the ground I’d covered, and I was kind of amazed at what it was. It has not been a straightforward path.”: Along the way, Nine Mile’s nurtured some of ATX’s most exciting acts, nine of which will play at the label’s three night anniversary celebration at Empire. Sweet Spirit, Go Fever, and the Deer join forces for Saturday; and Sunday’s finale sees the reunion of local singer-songwriter supergroup Glorietta with support from Greyhounds and Buffalo Hunt. A hodgepodge of genres – involving punk to funk, folk to soul, pop to rock – but Pierik insists they share a commonality.: “The thing that excites me the most about music and musicians is performance,” says Pierik. “Everyone playing this weekend is [playing] because I saw them live and I was just blown away.”
    Sat., Dec. 11, 9pm
  • Music

    Nori (album release)

    Akina Adderley’s crossover jazz quintet drops an eponymous vinyl release compiling songs recorded over the last five years, including an updated version of “The Garden” and a cover of Nina Simone’s “Four Women.”
    Sat., Dec. 11, 5:30pm
  • 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  
  • Arts

    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

    Theatre

    Sembrando Herencia: Valiente Soy!

    This bilingual play - written by Tekina-eiru Maynard - features original music, Puerto Rican Folkloric dances, and traditional sticks-and-machete fighting.
    Dec. 11-12. Sat., 6:30pm; Sun., 3pm. $5-20.  
  • Arts

    Theatre

    Stealing Baby Jesus

    Inspired by her mother's attempts to create joyful traditions in tough times, and by Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," Bernadette Nason has been forever striving to find the perfect Christmas, even though childhood memories haunt her. When she reads that her hometown of Winchester is vying for the coveted title of "Most Christmassy Town in Britain," she's gobsmacked. You'll be gobsmacked, too – with laughter and warm holiday feelings, as Nason's delightful one-woman show (directed by that Ben Wolfe for Austin Playhouse) heralds this season of (potential) comfort and joy.
    Dec. 11, 16, 17, 21: 7:30pm; Dec. 12 & 19: 6pm. $12-20.  
  • 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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