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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
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    Classical Music

    Graham Reynolds Ruins the Holidays

    For the fifth time here, composer and bandleader Graham Reynolds, along with a talented ten-piece band, will burn down the house with their raucous, minor key versions of your holiday favorites. This year, Reynolds has expanded his string quartet arrangements and features Stefano Intelisano, Milan's wizard of the accordion, and will be turning the holiday tunes into everything from dreamy soundscapes to waves of musical destruction.
    Fri.-Sat., Dec. 9-10, 7:30pm. $37.  
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    Books

    Holiday Book Fair

    At this excellent excuse for book-based browsing, 23 Texas authors will visit with the public and sign copies of their latest works – fiction and nonfiction, books for grownups and books for kids – all offered at a discounted price. Sarah Bird! H. W. Brands! Edward Carey! Elizabeth McCracken! Jenny Tinghui Zhang! Stephen Harrigan! Xelena González! And, yes, more.
    Sat., Dec. 10, 10am-1pm  
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    Theatre

    The Austin Puppet Incident

    This ain't no kiddie show, citizen, this is an evening of short puppet works – naughty, heartbreaking, harrowing, hilarious, and always original – for adult audiences, from a variety of local puppet artists using shadow, hand-and-rod, tabletop, object, and physical theater techniques. And how do we know it's 1) legit and 2) the best in town? Because it's presented by Glass Half Full Theatre and Trouble Puppet Theater Company, with funding from the Puppet Slam Network.
    Fri.-Sat., Dec. 9-10, 8pm. $15.  
  • Film

    Special Screenings

    Withnail & I (1987)

    Essential Cinema: England Made Me: This comic cult classic follows two unemployed actors from London on a eventful countryside holiday. Part of a series curated by Chronicle Culture Editor Richard Whittaker.
    Sat., Dec. 10, 2pm  
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    Visual Arts

    Art Spark Texas: Holiday Art Market

    Shop here for unique and artful gifts created by Art Spark Texas artists with disabilities and their friends. Selected vendors will be offering fine crafts, wearables, jewelry, artwork, zines, crafting kits, and more.
    Sat., Dec. 10, noon-5pm
    1152 San Bernard
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    Classical Music

    Austin Brass Band Holiday Concert

    Austin’s only British-style brass band, under the direction of John Caputo, perform a holiday concert of works by Leroy Anderson, Philip Sparke, Peter Graham, Morten Lauridsen, and more.
    Sat., Dec. 10, 6:30pm. Free.
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    Classical Music

    Austin Classical Guitar: Gratitude

    ACG's Matt Hinsley is joined by Angelica Campbell and Justice Phillips in a concert devoted to gratitude for the places we call home.
    Dec. 10-11. Sat., 4:30 & 8pm; Sun., 4:30pm. $35-75.  
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    Events

    Austin Trail of Lights

    Austin's beloved tradition returns for its 58th year, featuring more than 2 million lights illuminating the park, 90 lighted holiday trees, and more than 70 other holiday displays and lighted tunnels.
    Through Dec. 23  
  • Food

    Food Events

    Cece Moon: Volume Up! Oven On!

    The founder and co-owner of Zucchini Kill Bakery, Cece Moon, celebrates the release of her new cookbook, Volume Up! Oven On!, at this release party. Zucchini Kill's second location (on the patio of Tweedy's) will have books for sale with an option for signings, and a full bakery menu in stock. Moon is a punk rock veteran, and her new book features simple vegan, gluten-free recipes, accompanied by music recommendations and tour stories.
    Sat., Dec. 10, 3-6pm
  • Arts

    Dance

    Consolation of Chaos

    In this new multidisciplinary performance by Corps Multiple, film, music, and dance intersect in reflection as the dancer meets the different parts of herself, virtually and physically. Featuring choreography by Sandie Donzica, live music by Key Hole, and videography by Justine Spinoza and Heath McMurtry.
    Thu.-Sat., Dec. 8-10, 8pm. $15-37.  
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    Theatre

    How the Grinch Stole Christmas

    Dr. Seuss’ classic holiday tale about that low-down, no-good, treacherously conniving (but ultimately redeemed) Grinch comes to delightful musical life on stage.
    Dec. 6-11. Tue.-Fri., 7:30pm; Sat., 11am, 3 & 7pm; Sun., 3 & 7pm. $30 and up.  
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    Events

    Krampus: The Fright Before Christmas

    Cheer becomes fear as the haunted house is transformed into a Christmas wonderland, so you'd better watch out (and try not to cry) because horrifying holiday characters will haunt all those who enter.
    Fri.-Sat., Dec. 9-10. $30-80.  
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    Theatre

    La Pastorela

    This year’s interactive production of La Pastorela – in which audiences will have a chance to participate in a dance, song, spoken word performance, or to create a work of visual art – will be unlike any you've seen before.
    Through Dec. 18. Thu.-Fri., 7pm; Sat., 2 & 7pm; Sun., 2pm. $20.  
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    Events

    Southern Lights

    H-E-B and SnoRide present a winter solstice celebration packed with delights: a Frida Friday market with dozens of vendors, a SnoRide snow hill to play on, photo ops with the Holiday Squirrel Elf, a free dance class with Dance Waterloo, music from All Rhythms & Summer Stock Austin, a book swap with Austin Bat Cave Book Bus, eco-friendly winter crafts with Small Wonders Puppet Theater, a Caritas of Austin donation drive, gingerbread house-making and drinks with Thinkery, and Southern Lights display at sunset.
    Sat., Dec. 10, 2-8pm. Free.
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    Events

    SPON Day & Holiday Market

    Boy oh boy, does Jester King have a full day of fun planned for its day celebrating spontaneous fermentation: a golden ticket scavenger hunt, special beers and wines, a local vendor market from Austin Flea, tours and tastings, holiday goat photos (squee!), live music, and a cookie decorating class for kiddos. Get the full schedule online.
    Sat., Dec. 10, 11am-9pm  
  • Arts

    Classical Music

    TEMP: An Early Christmas

    The Texas Early Music Project puts its unique stamp on beautiful and joyful carols, motets, dances, and traditional songs with innovative arrangements for solo voices, small chorus, and instruments.
    Dec. 10-11. Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 3pm. $10-30.  
  • Community

    Sports

    Texas Stars

    Vs. Chicago Wolves.
    Fri.-Sat., Dec. 9-10, 7pm  
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    Visual Arts

    The Blanton: Medieval x Modern

    This new exhibition, brightening the Blanton's Paper Vault, explores modern artists’ fascination with the Middle Ages. Paired with medieval objects, the modern works in the exhibition show a renewed interest in the craftmanship and mediums associated with the Middle Ages, such as illuminated manuscripts, stained glass, and woodcut printmaking, as well as the era’s compelling figures and tales.
    Dec. 10-July 9. $12.
  • Arts

    Theatre

    The Gulf

    Street Corner Arts presents Audrey Cefaly's Lammy award-winning Southern drama. Natalie Garcia and Kelsey Mazak star, directed by Carlo Lorenzo Garcia.
    Through Dec. 17. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $25.  
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    Dance

    The Watchmaker's Song

    Inspired in part by the original tale The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by German Romantic-era author E.T.A. Hoffmann, this story centers on Clara, a quiet, kind, thoughtful young woman, in her journey of empowerment and self-discovery. Presented as an immersive theatrical show by Austin's own Ventana Ballet.
    Thu.-Sat., Dec. 15-17, 6:30 & 8:30pm. $40-60.  
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    Them/They-tal w/ Alex y Los Cósmicos, KindKeith, Mommy Gun, Bad Luck Penny

    KindKeith highlights a nonbinary celebration doubling as a benefit for injured bartender Randi Welch.
    Sat., Dec. 10, 9:30pm
  • Film

    Special Screenings

    Tokyo Godfathers (2004)

    World of Animation: An animated tale of three homeless people who discover a baby girl at a garbage dump on Christmas Eve.
    Dec. 9-14; find showtimes online  
  • Music

    USA/Mexico, Blank Hellscape, Bill Nace, Dead Space

    “At what point does sound become music?” wondered the Chronicle 10 months ago. “USA/Mexico, apparently.” Guitar mangler Craig Clouse, bass immolator Nate Cross, and Butthole Surfers basher King Coffey’s third LP wasted its predecessors. Del Rio distresses sonic clamor to the point of dissipation, disintegration – disappearance. “Soft Taco” cooks 13 minutes of crackling static shot through with Colby Brinkman’s shrieks of damned like some underworld yule log. Experimental noise-niks Blank Hellscape, No Wave truncheon Dead Space, and Philly ax nonconformist Bill Nace pile on the toppings at this OG pizza Parlor reminiscent of Cave Club, Cavity Club, and Emo’s bills of yore.
    Sat., Dec. 10, 4pm
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  • Community

    Events

    "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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    Events

    'Tis the Season Market & Craft Fair

    Find lots of local handmade items and enjoy great food and music on 5 acres in the Hill Country. Look for the turn off Nutty Brown Road indicated by a hammer mailbox.
    Sat., Dec. 10, 10am-5pm. Free.
    12919 Nutty Brown Rd.
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    Nightlife & Parties

    2nd Annual Resound Winter Formal

    Resound hosts their annual winter formal with DJ sets from Ian Orth & Bird Peterson, karaoke from You Like Karaoke?!, an ornament decorating station, gingerbread house contest, and much more. Dress code is holiday eleganza. Entry is free, but drop $5 on a ticket to be entered in a raffle benefiting Central Texas Food Bank. Grand prize is a place on the guest list for all of Resound's 2023 shows.
    Sat., Dec. 10, 7pm  
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    Events

    2nd Street District Holiday Window Walk

    As you do your holiday shopping, take in the beautiful scenery created by Texas artists tasked with creating holiday-inspired art installations.
    Through Jan. 1  
    2nd Street District Downtown: West Second Street from Colorado to San Antonio and surrounding area
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  • Arts

    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.  
  • Arts

    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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