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  • Outdoor Holiday Market

    Join the Tribe CBD for a socially distanced Outdoor Holiday Market in the Alamo Drafthouse Village parking lot. The event is free and features all local vendors providing unique products and gifts, chair massage, floral designs, food trucks and more. Live music by local bands and DJKidGorilla. Social distancing will be practiced.
    Sat. Dec. 5, 10am-4pm  
    Alamo Drafthouse Village
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    Central Texas Food Bank Giving Opportunities

    The holidays will be tougher for everyone this year. The food bank has put together a list of 10 ways to make a difference to someone in need, from an online matched donation to donating your change at participating stores. Check out the list online and help CTFB fight hunger.
    Ongoing  
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    AAYHF Annual Toy Drive

    African American Youth Harvest Foundation is seeking donations of toys for youth 3 months to 17 years of age. Gift cards are also welcome, as are turkeys and hams for holiday meals. If you're able to volunteer, there are opportunities to help wrap gifts Dec. 10-14 and deliver them Dec. 16-19.
    Through Dec. 18  
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    Aldrich Street Tower Lighting on Small Business Saturday

    Kick off the holiday season with Aldrich Street small businesses and get deals at Lick Honest Ice Creams, Colleen's Kitchen, Massage Heights, Barre3, and Kerbey Lane Cafe, plus a special tote bag. The tower will be lit at dusk after a virtual countdown on Mueller's FB page at 6pm.
    Sat., Nov. 28, 10am-10pm  
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    Armadillo Art Concierge

    Sadly, we can't visit the Armadillo Art Bazaar in person this year. The next best thing is Armadillo Art Concierge, an online, curated shopping guide pointing visitors to collections by content, process, medium, or artist location. Follow them on social media @armadillobazaar to see spotlighted art each day.
    Ongoing  
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    Visual Arts

    Art for the People: Where the Bots Begin

    Lauren Briére’s art escorts the viewer on a visual journey into outer space, the fun of sports, walks in nature, and various adventures and shenanigans, as Art for the People showcases 200-plus sketches that are the artist's penciled beginnings to creating her whimsical "Robots in Rowboats."
    Through Jan. 3
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    Theatre

    Art Heist

    This is a true crime outdoor (and socially distanced) walking-around-the-city theatre experience where you become the detective to try and solve "history’s biggest art heist." You’ll explore Downtown Austin while meeting some interesting characters in this 90-minute, family-friendly sleuthing adventure. Note: Start times are every 30 minutes.
    Fri.-Sun., Nov. 27-29, 6-8pm. $44.50.  
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    Classical Music

    Austin Opera: Lauren + Mark Digital Concert Event

    Now, music lovers, now you can watch the opening production of Austin Opera's re-imagined 2020-2021 season – the Lauren Snouffer + Mark Diamond Digital Concert Event – as a limited-edition online release. And you know Nyle Matsuoka provides the piano for this wonderment, right?
    Through Nov. 30. Free.  
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    Austin Trail of Lights

    Austin's 56th annual holiday tradition returns to Zilker Park as a drive-through event this year and runs two additional weeks. As you drive through the trail illuminated by more than 2 million lights, tune in via your car radio for holiday music, highlights, and history. This year guests can choose a ticket type based on their preferred date and time, with prices ranging from $25-35 per vehicle for GA or a $60 per vehicle "Dash Pass" which includes early entry and festive refreshments.
    Nov. 28-Jan. 3 (except Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day). GA, $25-35 per vehicle; Dash Pass, $60 per vehicle.  
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    Visual Arts

    Bale Creek Allen Gallery: Jun Kaneko

    Ceramics master Kaneko is increasingly drawn to installations that promote civic interaction, having completed more than 60 public art commissions – including a 250-foot-long tile wall at Aquarium Station in Boston, a three-story wall at the University of Connecticut, and an 88-foot-tall Glass Tower at Omaha's Buffett Cancer Center. (Other large permanent installations can be seen in Osaka, Japan; Kansas City, MO; and at the International Finance Center in Shanghai, China.) Most recently, the artist's been working at the Cuernavaca Raku ceramics studio, experimenting with new glazes and the unpredictability of raku. And now here's a show of his fierce sculptural creations, right there at the BCA outpost in Canopy.
    Through Nov. 30
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    Dance

    Ballet Austin: Nutcracker Gift Barre

    This year – this relentlessly crazy-ass year – Ballet Austin brings their Nutcracker Gift Barre online to offer a great selection of holiday gifts, including nutcrackers, ornaments, tiaras, and T-shirts – with curbside pickup, delivery, or beyond-Austin shipping available. Note: 100% of proceeds will benefit Ballet Austin.
    Through Dec. 18  
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    Blue Genie Art Bazaar

    The beloved Austin holiday shopping experience returns for its 20th year with four shopping options to ensure safety in the time of COVID-19. For in-store shopping, reserve free tickets online for a "no wait" entry. Walk-ins are also welcome, but guests may have to wait outside if it's at capacity. Online shoppers can either pick up items in-store or have them shipped anywhere in the U.S. Personal shoppers and virtual shopping will also be available through the BGAB website. BGAB is a family-friendly experience where you can find one-of-a-kind, handcrafted jewelry, artwork, home goods, and gifts for everyone on your shopping list.
    Through Dec. 24, 10am-10pm daily (10am-6pm on Dec. 24)  
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    Visual Arts

    Cloud Tree: Open Studio

    Join curator Brian David Johnson and his coterie of creatives for this weekend viewing opportunity at the Eastside's excellent Cloud Tree venue. It's a one-weekend-only show, "with protocols and limited entry to give the community a chance to get out and see some art and connect." And as you'll be connecting – at a safe distance, whether inside or around the fire pit out front – among a collection of works by Lucas Aoki, Lydia Garcia, Lolly Harrison, Laura Lynn Johnson, Court Lurie, and that BD Johnson himself, we can recommend this activity for both your eyes and your soul. (Well, inasmuch as humans have anything like what a "soul" is supposed to be, right? And perhaps that's a good launching point for friendly conversation around the fire.)
    Sat.-Sun., Nov. 28-29, noon-6pm  
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    Arts & Culture

    Die Felicia Digital

    Chase away the Sunday scaries with an evening of macabre drag as your host Lousianna Purchase and her Hell Hounds chill you and thrill you.
    Sat., Nov. 28, 8-10pm. $10 suggested cover.  
    Online
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    Arts & Culture

    Frida Friday ATX Black Friday

    Choose between an IRL market at Revival Coffee or a virtual market online featuring independent BIPOC artists and community creatives. Vendors at the in-person event will rotate each day, and don't forget to tune in on Facebook or Instagram for video programming all weekend.
    Fri.-Sat., Nov. 27-28, 4-8pm. Free to attend.  
    Revival Coffee, 1405 E. Seventh; online
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    Visual Arts

    Lora Reynolds Gallery: Upwelling

    Meghann Riepenhoff makes her images with an antiquated photographic printing process – no camera, no lens – and thinks of her work as a collaboration with the ocean, the landscape, and precipitation, her dynamic cyanotypes taking on varying shades of blue to give the impression of water in motion, and much of her work is large enough to feel immersive, almost overwhelming.
    Through Jan. 16
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    Luminations at LBJ Wildflower Center

    In a year that could use some sparkle, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is bringing back a beloved winter tradition. It's a strollable Hill Country experience where thousands of luminarias light the way. For the first time ever, Luminations will wind through the Texas Arboretum among glowing oaks and the light-splashed forts of Fortlandia, a collection of forts custom-designed and built by local architects, designers, and artists.
    Nov. 27-Jan. 3. Members only on Mondays; closed Dec. 24, 25, 31 & Jan. 1  
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    Mozart's 2020 COVID-Cautious Christmas Light Show

    See the beautiful light show by the lake by reservation only. It's expected to sell out quickly, so plan ahead!
    Hourly 6pm-midnight, Nov. 11-Jan. 6, except Thanksgiving & Christmas Day. $10 per table for one-hour show.  
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    Personalized Video Message From Santa

    COVID has taken away our Santa Claus visits this year, but don't worry! The Volunteer Services Council has you covered with a personalized video message from Santa. Support mental health programs at Austin State Hospital with this unique fundraiser: For only $20, get a video your kids will love with a personal message including facts only Santa Claus would know. Order online or call 512/419-2323 for more details.
    Nov. 19-Dec. 13. $20.  
    Virtual
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    Civic Events

    Small Business Saturday

    Discover local restaurants, retail shops, and makers to patronize within Austin's six established business districts through the city's Souly Austin online tool.
    Sat., Nov. 28, all day  
    Citywide
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    Small Business Saturday With Austin Flea

    If you want to #shoplocal, you can't go wrong with this market featuring over 20 artisans and vendors. Don't forget to pick up some Zilker brews by the crowler or sixer (they're No. 5 on the Chronicle's latest Top 20 brewery list).
    Sat., Nov. 28, 11am-5pm  
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    Succulent Native Holiday Specials

    Support small biz and beautify your home with Succulent Native, now offering a Plant Love Club subscription box that brings a new pot, plant, and local goodie to your door each month. For Black Friday and Small Business Saturday (and Sunday), shop in-store for 20% off plants, cacti, and succulents, and get a free December Plant Love box when you spend $250 or free planting with $100 purchase. On Cyber Monday (and Tuesday) they're knocking 20% off online purchases. Their beautiful wares make excellent gifts for plant people, and they host virtual and in-person plant parties if you're looking for a fun, unique activity for the holidays.
    Nov. 27-Dec. 1  
    Online and in-store at 5501 N. Lamar Ste. 101-A
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    Food Events

    The Eleanor: Miracle on Fifth Street

    Yes, the beloved Christmas-themed pop-up bar returns to The Eleanor for another year of spirited celebration. Joann Spiegel, the mastermind behind the brand’s cocktail repertoire, has created a roster of delightful, holiday-inspired libations, featuring cocktails that play on classic holiday flavors. New this year: Jolly Koala (gin, vermouth, and pine-cardamom-sage cordial), On Dasher (bourbon, mezcal, sweet vermouth, spiced hibiscus, bitters, and lemon), and a Fruitcake Flip (brandy, Jamaican overproof rum, Amaretto, fruitcake, cherry bitters, and a whole egg). (Our personal fave, the Bad Santa, is likewise among the heady lineup.) Also, the full cocktail menu will be available at the main downstairs and mezzanine bars. Note: This year, all Miracle cocktails can be ordered to-go. Note: This year, all Miracle cocktails can be ordered to-go – and a portion of all to-go sales will benefit the Austin Children’s Shelter and Austin Pets Alive. God bless us, everyone!
    Daily, through Dec. 27  
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    Theatre

    Venardos Circus

    Enjoy Thanksgiving weekend with the Venardos Circus just up the road a piece, when the roving company of amazing acrobats and shimmering showpeople returns to live-audience performances in a Broadway-style, animal-free production at Buck’s Backyard in Buda.
    Nov. 27-Dec. 6. $100-165 (each ticket good for four seats).  
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    Comedy

    Virtual Hideout: Pgraph

    The fantastic foursome of improv fabulators returns for another week, bringing their arch spontaneity through Zoom and onto Twitch to make your minds zoom and your hearts twitch at what a talented local quartet can do, off-the-cuff, at the intersection of goofy and brilliant.
    Sat., 7:30pm; Wed., 5pm. $5-15.  
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    Visual Arts

    West Chelsea Contemporary: Concrete to Canvas

    The gallery formerly known as the Russell Collection rebrands itself as West Chelsea Contemporary and boasts an inaugural show featuring some of the biggest names in street art – from Banksy and Basquiat to KAWS and Keith Haring, among others. It's a celebration of graffiti, street art, and the cultural icons born of these movements. Pop will eat itself, as the saying goes, and we reckon these are some of the tastier noms to be had at the everchanging feast.
    1009 W. Sixth
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    Visual Arts

    Yard Dog: Commit to Something Drastic

    Welsh rabble-rouser, painter extraordinaire, and punk rock pioneer Jon Langford sinks his teeth into the world with new paintings and prints. Yard Dog's Randy Franklin says: "Every fall, starting in 1996, we’ve had a Langford art show and an opening party that featured Jon & various friends playing music … This being 2020, we have to find a different way to do it. So next Friday night we’ll be doing a Zoom opening. Jon will talk art and make music from somewhere in Chicago; I'll be in the gallery in Austin. Make yourself a margarita and join us." We say: Hell, YES.
    Zoom opening: Fri., Nov. 27, 7pm. Free.  
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  • Film

    Special Screenings

    "Into America's Wild" (2020)

    Laser IMAX 2d: From Oregon's stunning coast to the ancient canyons of the Southwest, from the wilds of Alaska to the Appalachian Trail, explore the scenic byways, ancient homelands, secret gems and hidden trails of America's great outdoors, and discover the human connection we all share with the secret wonders of nature.
    Sat., Nov. 28, 2pm  
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    Special Screenings

    "Turtle Odyssey"

    Laser Imax 3D: Russell Crowe narrates this doc following the life cycle of an Australian green sea turtle named Bunji and her journey across the ocean.
    Sat., Nov. 28, 12pm, 4pm  
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    Arts & Culture

    "We'll Just Rock For Ourselves" Virtual Exhibit

    The Austin History Center's phenomenal 2018 exhibit on the late photographer Lisa Davis is now available online for your viewing pleasure. Davis' photos and videos capture the grrrls grrrls grrrls of Austin's lezzie rock scene in the Nineties. Revisit our review of the exhibit here, and don't forget to check out our interview with former Chronicle senior editor and "Gay Place" founder Kate X Messer, who was a key figure in curating her collection.
    Online
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    15th Annual Thanksgiving Family Festival

    There's something for everyone: wine, food, live music, local artisan vendors, free kids' games, and holiday fun. Join in for Black Friday or Small Business Saturday, and arrive early for disc golf; the course opens at 9am.
    Nov. 27-28, 11am-6pm. Free.  

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