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for Sat., Dec. 5
  • 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
  • SoCo Stroll

    Join Music Lane and the South Congress Avenue Shopping District as they celebrate the season with the SoCo Stroll. Come to the Avenue at your leisure in December for special shopping and dining offers from your favorite retailers and restaurants. Holiday lights on daily at dusk and outdoor live music each weekend. $3 parking for 2 hours at Music Lane. Mask up, stay safe.
    Fri. Nov 27-Thurs. Dec. 31  
    Music Lane Plaza
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    Theatre

    In the Ether

    What's your experience of living in this increasingly cybernetic world, citizen? UT's Department of Theatre and Dance presents Erica Gionfriddo's investigation of embodiment and virtual identity, a staged rehearsal of possible realities that uses live streaming, emergent technologies, and performance to explore elements of cyborg and queer theories. We reckon if anyone's going to make this work (and work engagingly), it'll be that ARCOS Dance co-founder Gionfriddo.
    Thu.-Sun., Dec. 3-6, 7:30pm. Pay what you can.  
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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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    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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    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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    Camiba Art: Perspectives on 2020

    If anyone can make sense out of this dumpster fire of a year, it's probably the artists of Camiba. Valerie Fowler, Edward Lane McCartney, Kate Bradshaw, Lee Albert Hill, Orna Feinstein, Adreon Henry, Zoe Schulman, and more – these bright talents will provide much food for thought and images to conjure with as we slide into what we can only hope isn't the out-of-the-frying-pan-and-into-the-fire situation of 2021.
    Through December 26  
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    Cloud Tree Studio: Cusp

    This is a new solo show by Court Lurie, weaving together the artist's large contemporary abstract paintings, poetry, photography, drawings, and installation. New works are curated with older pieces, and poetry written decades ago intermingles with an interactive installation in a robust yet tender homage to the experience of liminality. (And as 2020 begins its palsied lurch into 2021, yeah, this is one hell of an experience of liminality.) Note: The opening reception will have live music and poetry going on outside at 8pm, and only five (masked) people at a time can go into the gallery, capisce?
    Opening reception: Sat., Dec. 5, 6-10pm  
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    Community First! Village Holiday Market

    The village's artisans have been hard at work creating unique items for this special market, and your purchases help support the villagers in Mobile Loaves & Fishes' Community Works program. Santa will appear in the evenings for socially distant photos, and the Goodness Grill will be cooking up burgers, sandwiches, and snacks all day. Reservations are required.
    Dec. 3-5. Free.  
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    Davis Gallery: Together Apart

    This is an extensive group exhibit focused on the experience of sharing holidays apart from loved ones, with artists addressing the importance of family, life and death, our connection to nature, and spirituality. Each of the artists has created new work (or chosen work from the past) that uniquely recognizes these concepts. And this is the Davis Gallery, so those artists include Chun Hui Pak, David Everett, Faustinus Deraet, David Leonard, Dana Younger, Fallon Bartos, and others, and we're giving it our highest recommendation.
    Dec. 5-Jan. 16
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    Devin Gutierrez & Friends

    The Music Moves Mountains Foundation and LORO MGMT present a special livestream concert from East Austin Piano Studio with local powerhouse singer-songwriter Devin Gutierrez with guests Chris Maresh, Nico Leophonte, Paul Deemer, and Henri Herbert. Be ready for some timeless classics, a few originals, and a little holiday cheer in full fashion for the whole family.
    Sat., Dec. 5, 7pm. Free; donations encouraged.  
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    Special Screenings

    Dinosaur Jr.: Live and Alone From Look Park

    This is a real treat: Dinosaur Jr. streamed a full concert from the Pines Theater at Look Park in Northampton, Mass., and Blue Starlite has exclusive rights to screen it.
    Sat., Dec. 5, 10:15pm  
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    Downtown Holiday Stroll

    This year, the hallmark event is more than just one evening; it's a month of free activities and holiday happenings. Visit the 45-foot-tall holiday tree by the Capitol, catch a movie at Paramount or the new Blue Starlite, and download or pick up a holiday passport to guide your way and collect stamps as you experience all that Downtown Austin has to offer.
    Through Dec. 31  
    Downtown Austin
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    Early Voting for Dec. 15 Run-Off

    Vote early for the run-off elections in City Council districts 6 and 10 as well as the Austin ISD Board of Trustees District 5 and Place 8 seats. Get more info on the candidates, voting by mail, and early voting locations at austinchronicle.com/elections.
    Dec. 3-11  
    Citywide
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    Final Call for RENT: Relief of Emergency Needs for Tenants

    This program through the city of Austin provides full rent payment for income-eligible renters financially impacted by COVID-19. Get all the details on their FAQ and apply online.
    Applications due Tue., Dec. 8, noon  
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    Geraldine's: The South Pole

    This is still, they're reassuring us, That Most Wonderful Time of the Year, so Geraldine's in the Hotel Van Zandt is sparking joy all tinsel-bright each Friday and Saturday night in December until Christmas – with continuous cocktail tastings, a roving s'mores station, and "santa-tized" seating among the festive atmosphere of your favorite holiday tunes. Note: The tables of 2-10 will be socially distanced, and masks must be worn at all times unless seated.
    Fri.-Sat., Dec. 4-19, 7:30-9:30pm. $70-350.  
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    Holiday Market

    Eastside Pop-Up and Far Out Lounge join forces to bring you this family- and dog-friendly market spread out over three acres. As you shop the 20+ local vendors, enjoy food truck snacks, hear some live music, and sip a "Puptail," with proceeds going to Austin Pets Alive!
    Sat., Dec. 5, noon-5pm. free all ages.  
    Far Out Lounge, 8504 S. Congress
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    ICOSA: Transmissions

    Here's a new exhibition at that Canopy-situated space we love to visit. For "Transmissions," Terra Goolsby and Tammie Rubin have curated a pandemic-inspired show that answers, via a diversity of methods, questions like, "What's performance without the expectations of the traditional shared experiences? How to create intimacy and connection mediated through limited audiences, through projected and virtual transmissions? Is it possible to trigger an emotive response despite distance? By removing the audience from making, what will artists explore?" And the respondents? Urethra Burns, Veronica Ceci, Antonio Cueto, Chloe Curiel, Michael Anthony García, Jay Roff-Garcia, Ryan Hollaway, Delilah Rose Knuckley, Yuliya Lanina, Brendan Lay, Andrea Muñoz Martinez, Pamela Martinez, Gesel Mason Performance Projects, Teresa Moralez, Jessamyn Leigh Plotts, Alexandra Robinson, LaRissa Rogers, Ivy Roots, and St Celfer. And, listen: The performances are a mix of ICOSA by-appointment time at the venue, Zoom livestreaming and pre-recorded works, ICOSA window performances, and limited-contact open exhibition hours; see the website for times, links, reservations, and more. Recommended: Catch all of the action, or just catch some of it, but don't miss this vivid exploration of WTF-does-performance-mean-in-these-constrained-times?
    Dec. 4-Jan. 3. Gallery hours: Fri.-Sat., noon-6pm
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    Ivester Contemporary: Absolute Relativism

    This is a solo exhibition by Austin-based artist Dave McClinton, representing a continuation of his Black Life series, an ongoing project that aims to illustrate the inner life-cycle of Black people in America. "McClinton’s single edition digital collages focus on the bodies and portraits of Black people embellished with textures of foundational elements, symbols related to trade and status, as well as text from historical documents derived directly from America’s long and lingering history of slavery and white supremacism." Also, this work? Bold, illuminating, confrontational, and aesthetically superlative. Bonus: Ivester's Project Space presents "Olas de Perturbación," new works by Michael Anthony Garcia.
    Reception: Sat., Dec. 5, 7-10pm
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    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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    Comedy

    Moontower Comedy: Robert Kelly & Ms. Pat

    Robert Kelly's Live at the Village Underground debuted on Comedy Central and is now available on Netflix; Ms. Pat's been all over your screens, with appearances on NBC, Netflix, Nickelodeon, and probably some nonalliterative national nodes as well. It's a good time to catch these two comics live onstage at the Paramount this weekend, y'think?
    Fri.-Sat., Dec. 4-5, 7 & 10pm. $19-30.  
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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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    Pet Lovers Planting Party With Succulent Native

    Learn all about succulent arrangement, care, and styling at the perfect party for fans of pets and plants. Get your planting supplies via pickup or delivery, which include an adorable puppy or kitty planter. Bonus: Austin Humane Society gets 10% of proceeds online and in-store that day at Succulent Native, and adoptable pets will strut their stuff during the workshop.
    Sat., Dec. 5, 1pm. $45-55.  
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    Classical Music

    Sounds of the Season: Tinsel

    The festive and merry Tinsel Singers grace the magnificent porch of the Neill-Cochran House Museum to sing all your holiday favorites.
    Fri.-Sat., Dec. 4-5, 5:30pm. $10.  
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    Sterling Allen: Photorealism

    Northern-Southern presents an outdoor exhibit of work by Sterling Allen, the entire show arrayed across the exterior grounds of an easily missed, unleased building on West Anderson Lane. Constructed both in his studio and on site, each artwork exists in conjunction with the surrounding environment, slipping between obvious and invisible. Subscribers will be emailed links to a map to the site and information about the works, and they can explore the enhanced grounds themselves.
    Through Dec. 19  
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    Theatre

    Teatro Vivo: Conjunto Blues

    Here's a one-man show that explores the social and historical conditions that led to the development of Conjunto music as an expression of cultural resistance and liberation, written and performed by Nicolás Valdez, streaming online via the Teatro Vivo website.
    Premiere: Fri., Dec. 4, 7pm. Available through Dec. 6. Free.  
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    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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    The Grinch Toy Drive

    Do Good ATX invites fans of The Grinch and tasty treats to bring a new, unwrapped toy for their drive benefiting children of Southeast Austin & Mainsprings schools. Get a photo with the Grinch as well as a 20% discount at Shavin Balls, including hot chocolate, nachos, CBD+, and lots more!
    Sat., Dec. 5, 2:30-4:30pm  
    Freezin Balls Shaved Ice, 2118-D S. Congress

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