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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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    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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    Austin Creative Reuse

    ACR is such a neat place, filled to the brim with donations of reusable items, but you don't even have to be there to take advantage of their Earth-friendly stock. Shop online for gifts, holiday wrapping, craft supplies and notions, and even fun mystery packs. Their fall fundraiser offers unique art pieces through the Reuse Gallery through Nov. 30.
    Ongoing  
    Online or in-store at 2005 Wheless
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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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    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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    Nightlife & Parties

    BearBack Bingo

    Lady Grackle Birdbreath and CupCake play host while you play to win prizes. Don't forget to bring yer mask.
    Tuesdays, 8-10pm. Free.  
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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

    Dimension Gallery: Burden of Respectability

    Dimension Gallery's front window features the final installment of part one in their Rising Action series, with new works by Dawn Okoro. Incorporating elements of punk and Nigerian fashion, Okoro’s exhibition personifies the weight placed on Black individuals through the subversive nature of respectability politics – illustrated here by paintings, videos, garments, and jewelry that are informed by punk and compositional techniques used in fashion marketing.
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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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    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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    Special Screenings

    Paramount Holiday Film Series

    See your holiday favorites like Elf and White Christmas the way they're meant to be seen: on the big screen at the historic Paramount Theatre. COVID safety measures are in place, meaning limited capacity, so get your tickets early!
    Dec. 6-20  
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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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    Community

    Tap In Series With Sharon Bridgforth

    Artist Sharon Bridgforth, a foundational member of allgo, shares her journey in finding her artistic voice and living and working as a full-time artist for more than 20 years. Artists of all experience levels and genres welcome to join. See Facebook for Zoom info.
    Through Nov. 24. Tuesdays, 6-7:30pm. Free (registration required).  
    Online
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    Food Events

    Taste of Texas Auction: Extended to the 27th!

    This distinctive fundraiser is the first of its kind for the Texas Food & Wine Alliance and they're going all out with a plethora of sumptuous packages tailored for wine lovers, cocktail fans, and foodies. For instance? Oh, gift cards for some of Austin's favorite watering holes. Barbecue packages from the likes of Franklin BBQ and la Barbecue and Leroy & Lewis and Micklethwait. A summertime retreat for 8-10 people at Dripping Springs' breathtaking Cactus Moon Lodge. And, as they say, much, much more! So, even if you have no minions or henchmen to do your bidding, citizen, you can do your own bidding right here.
    Through Nov. 27. Going once, going twice ...  
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    Visual Arts

    The Blanton Museum: Curated Conversations

    This series explores and connects with the Blanton staff, streaming live every Tuesday at 5pm. The first installment featured Ellsworth Kelly's Austin; another week had curators discussing artworks that reinterpret, interrogate, and expand the narrative of national flags. The Blanton's collections are vast, as is the knowledge of these professionals. Click on over, we suggest, to enjoy a bit of both.
    Tuesdays, 5-6pm
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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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    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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    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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    Out of Town

    A Virtual Tour of the MFAH Galleries

    Take a tour with curators Helga Aurisch and Ann Dumas of the Audrey Jones Beck Collection housing works by van Gogh, Monet, and others at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
    Ongoing  
    Online
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    Special Screenings

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    Visual Arts

    Akirash Online

    Sure, Austin's Olaniyi Rasheed Akindiya aka AKIRASH has an exhibition at the Carver Museum right now – and the place is closed, of course. But this Lagos-born artist also happens to have one of the most robust websites around, though you'll need a mighty big screen to get the best effect of his huge and colorful mixed-media creations and performance pieces.
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    APA! Holiday Store Now Open

    When you're shopping for the animal lovers in your life, you'll find the perfect gift and support the nonprofit at the Austin Pets Alive! online store. They've got a people & pets cookbook, ornaments, toys, and the must-have outerwear for winter: the "I Like Big Mutts and I Cannot Lie" hoodie.
    Ongoing  
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    Visual Arts

    Art 84: Cornelius Carter

    This is a virtual preview of "Work in Progress" by Austin's Cornelius Carter, a work that "captures the struggles and glory of the African-American experience along with the artist’s faith in the American dream of equality and opportunity for all."
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    At 7 w/ Frederico7 & guests

    Venmo: @frederico7; PayPal.me/frederico7
    Tuesdays, 7pm  
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    Visual Arts

    Atelier Dojo: Remote Studios

    The local powerhouse of figurative painting, the art school that's the smart school for artists of all kinds, they've got a painting-along-at-home series going to help you keep your skills honed in these socially restrictive times, featuring live costumed models posing on camera and a thriving community of creatives rendering that lovely human biotecture from their separate studios. "Join us for a three-hour costumed-model drawing session. Use any supplies you wish, listen to music, share your work, chat with others. It’s a great way to stay connected with your art community!"
    Tuesdays, 1:30-4:30pm; Fridays, 6:30-9:30pm; Saturdays, 9:30-12:30pm. $5.  
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    Civic Events

    ATXelerator 2021 Application

    The ATXelerator aims to provide aspiring public officials with an experiential education on how Austin city government functions. This year's program will incorporate a hybrid learning model offering socially distanced, in-person activities as well as having all activities be available virtually.
    Deadline: Dec. 7. Application, free; tuition (if admitted), $195.  
    Online
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    Community

    Austin LGBT Chamber Holiday Toy Drive

    The Austin LGBT Chamber Health and Wellness Committee is partnering with Austin Black Pride for its first-ever toy drive. Donate new and unwrapped toys, shoes, clothing, and gift cards appropriate for ages 18 & under at select drop-off sites (see here for locations). Gifts received will go to families enrolled in LifeWorks programs as well as ABP's distribution event on Sat., Dec. 19 at Givens Park (2811 E. 12th).
    Nov. 22-Dec. 17  
    Multiple drop-off locations
  • Film

    Special Screenings

    Austin Polish Film Festival

    This year, APFF has taken most of the screenings to the virtual realm, offering two months of Polish features and documentaries online, as well three films co-presented with Austin Jewish Film Festival and a few screenings at Galaxy Highland.
    Through Dec. 31  
    Online via www.austinpolishfilm.com

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