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  • Paul Klemperer's 8th Annual Festivus Celebration: A Benefit for Austin Children's Shelter

    When the stress of the holidays starts to get you down, it's time for Festivus, a rollicking variety show of music, dance and humor! Paul Klemperer & The Festivians perform classic jazz, blues and soul music, featuring vocalists Joanna Ramirez, Julie Slim and other special guests.

    Paul Klemperer's Festivus Celebration is dedicated to bringing people together through an imaginary sense of community.

    Sponsored by Culligan Water and Paco's Tacos.
    Sun. Dec. 15, 7pm-9pm  
    Barrel O' Fun
  • Something Out of the Ordinary, Gurf Morlix & Butch Hancock

    Looking for something out of the ordinary? In Austin? Here’s something you might take note of. Texas icons, Butch Hancock and Gurf Morlix, live together for a song swap. Come on down for a night of classic songs, tall tales and fun with two of Austin’s greatest singer/songwriters.
    Sat. Dec. 14, 8:00-9:30pm  
    El Mercado South
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    Austin Trail of Lights

    The Austin Trail of Lights has been an Austin tradition since 1965! Holiday light displays line a 2-mile trail through the park, and there are food trucks, live entertainment, and interactive activities. General admission is free seven out of the 14 nights; ages 12 & under are always free of charge (on most weekend nights admission is $5).
    Dec. 10-23. $5 GA; premium, $20+.  
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      Blue Genie Art Bazaar

      Need something Austin-y (art, jewelry, prints, clothing, etc., whatnot, and then some) for a loved one this year? Thousands of original works from more than 200 artists and artisans will help you with your gifting conundrums.
      Through Dec. 24, 10am-10pm (open 10am-6pm on Dec. 24). Free admission.  
      Blue Genie Art Bazaar, 6100 Airport
    • Music

      McKinley Dixon, Ama, Tåsi, Daphne Tunes

      McKinley Dixon calls himself a bridge. A reissue of the rapper’s 2016 mixtape, Who Taught You to Hate Yourself?, ushered genre expanse at petite tape outlet Citrus City, which introduced modern indie acts Crumb and Camp Howard previously. In September, Dixon’s work marked another milestone:: “I’m the first person to say ‘nigga’ on Saddle Creek [Records] – not only the first black person and the first rapper,” announces the Maryland-raised performer. “Nobody has said it’s not true.”: The artist’s union of jazz and rap, aligning orchestral complexity with free-flowing ease, landed on a two-song 7-inch for Saddle Creek’s Document Series. Produced by experimental Chicago emcee NNAMDÏ (Ogbonnaya), first track “Anansi, Anansi” invokes a sharp storytelling character from West African folklore. Known to Dixon since childhood, the figure inspired his current gig as an evocative story-gatherer.: “It’s really not that hard to listen to people. The key is just remembering everybody’s names and pronouns,” explains Dixon. “But, I try to find the nuance. I’m not trying to be a bowl; I’m trying to be a filter. Am I really hearing it, or am I just listening?”: Many carefully sifted tales weave on Dixon’s second album, The Importance of Self Belief. With some 30 collaborators, horn-embellished instrumentation supports the lead’s measured lines on police brutality and other violent ideations. The project grew from his current home of Richmond, Va., where he came across frequent house shows and a band of pro jazz players after relocating for college.: “Before moving, my extent of black lives was just black masculinity,” says Dixon. “This community here – that I found, and made, and became indoctrinated in, and found love in – showed me there’s more. All these albums are an exploration of that.”
      Tue., Dec. 10, 9pm  
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      Daughters, Health, Show Me the Body

      2018 bow You Won’t Get What You Want pulsed slow and foreboding industrial palpitations as frenzied as these Providence noise rockers’ earlier works. Samuel Walker’s cinder block bass riffs slog through mud under Alexis S.F. Marshall’s fever-dream half-shouts and Nicolas Andrew Sadler’s knifepoint guitar work, while Jon Syverson’s drumming is unrelenting.
      Tue., Dec. 10, 8pm  
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      Visual Arts

      Davis Gallery: Looking Out, Looking In

      This is an extensive group exhibit focused on the personal philosophies of premiere Austin and Central Texas artists. Sacred geometry, the importance of family, life and death, our connection to Nature, and spirituality are among the perspectives that the artists (Randall Reid, Sam Yeates, Jan Heaton, Faustinus Deraet, David Leonard, Denise Fulton, and John Sager, among others) have focused on. What a fine follow-up to that excellent "Lone Star Wild" show, and what a glorious way to bid 2019 farewell!
      Reception: Sat., Dec. 7, 7-9pm
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      Theatre

      Dear Evan Hansen

      A letter that was never meant to be seen; a lie that was never meant to be told; a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he’s always wanted: a chance to finally fit in, in this "deeply personal and profoundly contemporary musical about life and the way we live it."
      Dec. 10-15. Tue.-Fri., 8pm; Sat., 2 & 8pm; Sun., 1 & 7pm. $44-154.  
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      Special Screenings

      Dial Code Santa Claus (1989)

      Terror Tuesday: Previously only available on bootleg VHS, this French holiday horror (aka 3615 Code Père Noël, aka Deadly Games) features a murderous Santa Claus who picks the wrong chimney and the wrong kid to mess with. Ten-year-old Thomas fights the home invader with the tactics of Kevin McCallister and the Karate Kid.
      Tue., Dec. 10, 9:30  
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      Special Screenings

      Duet for Cannibals (1969)

      Newly Restored: The result of a Swedish producer inviting the "Dark Lady" of American intellectuals to a make a film in 1969, Susan Sontag's debut film of a love quadrangle is a cinematic continuation of her critical essays.
      Tue., Dec. 10, 7:00  
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      Classical Music

      Graham Reynolds Ruins the Holidays

      In which the acclaimed maestro and his band wreak musical havoc with an explosive set of holiday favorites, kicking out various jams, running raucously roughshod, playing most of the tunes in a minor key and joyously fucking up your most cherished jingle-bell memories forever. Recommended!
      Mon.-Tue., Dec. 9 & 10, 7:30pm. $29 and up.  
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      Nightlife & Parties

      Homo for the Holigays!

      Our bb Boiz of Austin are serving up a cuppa that spicy queer cheer at their annual holigay show!
      Tue., Dec. 10, 9pm. $5.  
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      Civic Events

      Marketplace Health Insurance Open Enrollment

      During open enrollment, Foundation Communities' Prosper Centers can help you get insurance coverage, switch plans, and track down financial assistance with their (pretty awesome) team of experts.
      Mon.-Thu., 9am-7pm; Fri.-Sat., 9am-4pm. Free.  
      5900 Airport Blvd.
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      Out of Town

      Trail of Lights at EmilyAnn

      Stroll through a walking path featuring more than 100 holiday light displays created by businesses, organizations, school groups, and families, and enjoy live entertainment most evenings. Admission is free. Donations are appreciated.
      Nov. 30-Dec. 28. Sun.-Thu., 6-9pm; Fri. & Sat., 6-10pm. Free.  
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