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for Wed., Nov. 30
  • Sandra Bernhard's "Bern it Down"

    Sandra Bernhard is coming to the Long Center's Rollins Theatre for 2 shows on December 4th! A pioneer of the one-woman show, Bernhard brings a completely unique and raucous mix of cabaret, stand-up, rock-n-roll, and social commentary to her live stage performances. Tickets to see the performer, actress, singer, and author live are on sale at longcenter.org
    Sun. Dec. 4, 5:30pm & 8:30pm  
    Long Center for the Performing Arts
  • Downtown Holiday Stroll & Sing-Along

    Join the Downtown Austin Alliance for their 28th Holiday Stroll! This year's "Y'alliday" celebration will take place on Congress from 9th to 11th streets and will feature the KUT/KUTX Sing-Along, capitol tree lighting, photos with Santa, holiday market and more. Complete details including live music lineup are available online.
    Sat. Dec. 3, 5pm-10pm  
    Downtown Austin
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  • Music

    Melissa Carper (performance & record signing)

    Melissa Carper’s musical sensibilities span every inch of a boot-scuffed dance floor, from Western swing and tears-in-your-beer country to blues-touched balladry and occasional R&B finishes. Ramblin’ Soul, her fourth release unveiled November 18, comfortably and neatly encompasses that range, rolling a sampler of Americana styles into a polished record that sounds wholly her own. Picking up where 2021’s Daddy’s Country Gold left off, the new collection showcases a broader and bolder sound for the specialist in upright bass, which serves as the record’s heartbeat.: If Daddy’s Country Gold firmly established Carper as a solo artist outside of the Carper Family, Ramblin’ Soul is a firm underline. The Nashville heavy-hitters of her past LP are back, as Andrija Tokic and Dennis Crouch co-produced the new record; and a who’s who of Nashville musicians fill out the compositions: Chris Scruggs, Lloyd Green, Billy Contreras, and Jeff Taylor. Despite her wallflower tendencies, Carper’s effortless, genre-bending, and commanding-if-ethereal soprano – which earned her the nickname HillBillie Holiday – is the real star of the show.: Despite her ongoing ties to Music City, Carper returned to Austin, or just outside of it, in fall 2020 after a six-year break. We reap the benefits: A few days after she performs and signs Ramblin’ Soul records at Waterloo, starting at 5pm, she’ll take the stage at Stateside at Paramount next Friday, December 2.
    Wed., Nov. 30, 5pm
    • Music

      Alex Coke/Carl Michel Sextet

      ATX jazz royalty Alex Coke (sax/flute) and Creative Opportunity Orchestra co-founder Carl Michel (guitar) both field decades of experience in and outside our town. With concert harpist Elaine Barber and steel guitar maverick Bob Hoffnar in their sextet’s lineup, the duo push the boundaries of jazz sound into new territory, equally informed by folk and classical music as free bop and swing (see last year’s The Emissary). With new album Emergence imminent, the band hits KMFA’s beautiful Draylen Mason Studio to videograph new songs and arrangements of classics by John Coltrane, Paul Motian, and Valentin Silvestrov for a future project.
      Wed., Nov. 30, 7:30pm  
    • Food

      Food Events

      Driskill x Desert Door: The Great Texas Dinner

      The Driskill's executive chef Mark Dayanandan is curating a special menu of seasonal Texas fare with Desert Door sotol cocktail pairings. This one-night-only, four-course, prix fixe dinner will showcase locally sourced seasonal game and produce – from Texas-farmed antelope and Hill Country Iberico pig to Gulf redfish – beneath the trompe l'oeil dome of the Driskill ballroom. Yes, the food will be magnificent. And if you're a Texan who hasn't yet tried sotol? Oh, honey, are you in for a treat!
      Wed., Nov. 30, 6:30pm. $95.  
    • Arts

      Theatre

      A Christmas Carol

      Zach Theatre's adaptation of the Dickens classic is "a musical sleigh ride through rhythm and time, infusing the traditional Victorian story with a score that spans all genres and eras," as directed by Dave "Hardworkin'" Steakley. Which is all well and good, but we're happiest because Austin's own Marc Pouhé plays that Ebenezer Scrooge.
      Through Dec. 31. Times vary. $25.  
    • Arts

      Theatre

      A Sherlock Holmes Christmas

      In this Archive Theater production, the famed consulting detective Holmes Sherlock Holmes and his friend Dr. Watson take on their most festive case yet as they try to unravel the mystery of a flawless blue diamond hidden in a Christmas goose. Bonus: Come early and enjoy the tavern atmosphere with games, themed refreshments, live music, and interaction with the cast.
      Through Dec. 18. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. $10-35.  
    • Qmmunity

      Nightlife & Parties

      Divina: Noche Drag Latinx

      Hostess Tatiana Cholula and special guests serve an evening of Latinx queerness.
      Every other Wednesday, 9-11pm  
    • Community

      Events

      Peppermint Parkway

      A mile-long drive-through display of lights as well as a plaza full of music, food, and magic. New this year, attendees can pick up a Christmas tree during their visit with the addition of Wonder Woods. Circuit of the Americas gets in the holiday spirit by giving away free trees to families in need and offering low-cost trees to others. Also new, a Holiday Market with homemade sweet treats, gifts, and holiday swag for the kids.
      Select nights Nov. 25-Dec. 30; tickets on sale Nov. 1  
    • Arts

      Comedy

      The Creek and the Cave

      This snazzy spot for local and national stand-up acts has shows almost every night of the week. But you knew that already, right? Let's Get Quizzical, Out in Tech, the Pendejo Time podcast, Your Mom's Favorite Comedian – ah, the onslaught of levity is nigh on relentless. This weekend, they've got Colton Dowling and Carmen Christopher rocking the stage. See website for details.
    • Arts

      Theatre

      Water by the Spoonful

      Different Stages presents Quiara Alegria Hudes' Pulitzer-winning play in which recovering addicts, scattered throughout the world in chat rooms, keep each other alive – hour by hour, day by day. Brogan Lozano directs this drama where "the boundaries of family and community are stretched across continents and cyberspace as birth families splinter and online families collide." And, oh: Here's our full review.
      Through Dec. 3. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 6pm. $15-35.  
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