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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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  • Music

    JP Harris, the Beaumonts, Western Express [control room]

    A grounded, working-class spirit in the alternative country scene, JP Harris’ welcoming voice commingles with bright tones, Bakersfield propulsion, and folk ancestry – evidenced on 2018 gem Sometimes Dogs Bark at Nothing. His explosive beard rivals that of Troy Wayne Delco, frontman for satirical cowboys the Beaumonts’ speed, sex, and church-burnin’.
    Wed., Dec. 11, 8pm  
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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
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      Visual Arts

      20 DEER 20: Book Release Party

      You may recall Valerie Fowler's recent "The Story of the Deer In the Road" show at CAMIBAart Gallery? It was an exhibition of the artist's gorgeously complex paintings about her encounters with deer, and her friend Robin Chotzinoff performed 20 short responses to the artwork during receptions for the show. Now our friends at Minerva's Wreck have gone and published an elegant limited-edition chapbook of Chotzinoff's poetic responses – and the author and the artist are releasing it to the public at a reception in Fowler's studio, with a portion of the proceeds going to benefit the Flower Hill Urban Homestead Museum, and you're invited.
      Wed., Dec. 11, 5:30-7:30pm  
      1211 Ravine
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      Theatre

      Auditions: So Lucky

      Sad Girls Productions is seeking APIDA performers (1 male, 1 female) for this original play by Sandy Lam. All actors will be paid at the end of the run (Mar. 8-21, 2020); rehearsals are on Sunday and a weekday that will be chosen based on actor availability. No experience required. See link for further details.
      Through Dec. 14  
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      Comedy

      BuzzKill at the Buzz Mill

      Looking for a regular Wednesday night stand-up showcase? Carlton Wilcoxson and Angelina Martin are the new hosts of Buzzkill at the Buzz Mill, and they're fixing to show you a laughing good time.
      Wednesdays, 9pm. Free.
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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!
      Through Jan. 11
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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."
      Through Dec. 15. Thu.-Fri., 8pm; Sat., 2 & 8pm; Sun., 1 & 7pm. $44-154.  
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      Special Screenings

      Laal Kabootar (2019)

      Indie Meme Presents: Kamal Khan's debut feature – a thriller in which a cab driver and vengeful widow find themselves caught in a cat and mouse game through the streets of Karachi – is Pakistan's selection for the 2020 Academy Awards. Post-screening Q&A with Khan.
      Wed., Dec. 11, 7:00  
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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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      Radney Foster

      Since 1992 breakout Del Rio, TX 1959, Radney Foster’s drawn upon his border upbringing. When severe laryngitis briefly sidelined him, he turned his detailed eye and sharp narrative sense on 2017’s book/album combo For You to See the Stars, nostalgic but unsentimental.
      Wed., Dec. 11, 7pm  
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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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      2020 Point in Time Count Volunteers Needed

      ECHO is looking for 800 volunteers to make its annual count of everyone experiencing homelessness in Austin and Travis County a success. The 2020 count takes place Jan. 25. Anyone 18 or older can participate; volunteers will work in teams counting folks in their assigned area. Others can collect donations for the care packages distributed during the count.
      Nov. 18-Jan. 24  
      Online
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      Theatre

      A Christmas Carol

      ZACH’s adaptation of the Dickens classic is a family-friendly spectacular, a musical sleigh ride through rhythm and time, infusing the traditional Victorian story with a score that spans all genres and eras. Directed by Dave Steakley, with musical direction by Allen Robertson.
      Through Dec. 29. Wed.-Fri., 7:30pm; Sat.-Sun., 2:30 & 7:30pm. $35 and up.  
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      Dance

      ACC Dance Classes

      The Dance Department of Austin Community College offers classes in modern, jazz, ballet, and improvisation techniques, with student work produced twice a year in the Choreographers' Showcase. Teachers include Ellen Bartel, Jessica Cox, Kathy Dunn Hamrick, Roxanne Gage, Darla Johnson, Sunny Shen, Catherine Solaas and Melissa Watt. Note: Classes can be taken for credit and applied toward your degree.
      Prices vary, scholarships available.  
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    • Music

      Alan Haynes

      Wednesdays, 5:30pm, Wed., Dec. 4, 5:30pm, Wed., Dec. 11, 5:30pm and Wed., Dec. 18, 5:30pm
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      Special Screenings

      America's Musical Journey (2018)

      Laser IMAX 3D: Follow Aloe Blacc as he traces Louis Armstrong’s footsteps through the colorful locales and cultures where America’s music was born.
      Wed., Dec. 11, 11:00am, 1:00, 3:00  
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      Special Screenings

      Apollo 11: First Steps Edition (2019)

      Laser IMAX 2D: Timed to the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 – and made exclusively for science centers and museums – Apollo 11: First Steps Edition reconstructs the exhilarating mission with never-before-seen footage and newly discovered audio recordings.
      Wed., Dec. 11, 10:00am, 12:00, 2:00  
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      Visual Arts

      Art for the People: Robots in Rowboats

      The colorful artwork of Lauren Briére escorts the viewer on a visual journey into outer space, the fun of sports, walks in nature, adventures in rowboats, and more – with robots.
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      Art Spark Texas Holiday Art and Gift Show

      Unique artwork and gifts from Texas artists, including cards, jewelry, prints, original final art, clothing, books, ceramics, glass, and more.
      Through Dec. 23. Tuesdays-Saturdays; Mon., Dec. 23, 10am-6pm  
      AGE of Central Texas, 3707 Home Ln. #101
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      Classical Music

      ASO: Christmas In the Community

      This is a free, citywide event a free community-wide event in which the brass, string, and woodwind ensembles of the Austin Symphony travel all over Austin to perform during the month of December. Catch 'em, gratis, at your local venue.
      Through Dec. 18. Free.  
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      Atelier Dojo

      This school of representational art is led by four world-class locals, teaches drawing and painting (both fundamental and advanced programs), has open studios with live modeling, a schedule of workshops featuring visiting artists from around the world, and is located in the heart of Big Medium's Canopy complex. Oh look – we profiled and interviewed the faculty right here!
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      Theatre

      AUDITIONS: Shining City

      Different Stages is casting actors for this Conor McPherson drama, "an unusual encounter that becomes a desperate struggle between the living and the dead," to be directed by Norman Blumensaadt. Seeking one woman (ages 30-40) and three men (ages 20-60), all of whom need to be able to do a (convincing) Irish accent. See website for details and appointment.
      Mon.-Tue., Dec. 16-17, 7-9pm  
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      Sports

      Austin Beer Run Club – Weekly Beer Run

      Please arrive to Uncle Billy's by 6:30 as the run will begin precisely at 6:45. The fall/winter route is a 5k figure eight around the Long Center. An organizer will go over the route prior to the start, and route details can be found on the website. All speeds are welcome. Stick around for a post-run beer.: Free validated parking is available in the Uncle Billy's garage. Additional parking can be found on Kinney Avenue and near the Butler Shores softball fields on Toomey Road.: For ABRC events, all beer runners run at their own risk. Please use caution and exercise good judgment as ABRC is not responsible for injury or accidents.
      Wednesdays, 6:30pm. Free.
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      Sports

      Austin FC Season Membership Deposits

      Austin's Major League Soccer team, Austin FC, is officially taking deposits for 2021 season memberships. Your deposit will reserve your spot in line, which means the earlier you purchase your membership, the earlier you're eligible to select your seats for the season.
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      Special Screenings

      Austin Music Video Festival

      In celebration of the music video, this fest features premieres, afterparties, panels, special performances, and an awards show, all spread out over five days and various venues Downtown.
      Tue.-Sat., Dec. 10-14. $20+.  
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      Visual Arts

      Austin Popular Culture Museum: The Ballad of Jim Franklin

      The timeless artwork of Jim Franklin – superbly talented artist, Austin icon, and treasure – inaugurates the new space of the museum formerly known as SouthPop, now up there just off North Lamar.
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      Austin Scavenger Hunt: Capitol Sights & Downtown Gems

      Gather your team and explore Downtown in search of storied buildings, green spaces, and famous concert venues, all while solving riddles, trivia questions, and completing photo challenges.
      365 days a year, 7am-10pm. $11.  
      1100 Congress
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      Bears & Bedtime Toy Drive

      Stop by your nearest Mattress Firm to donate new, unwrapped teddy bears, stuffed animals, and other bedtime toys for foster youth in the Austin community.
      Through Dec. 16
      Austin-area Mattress Firm stores

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