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December 2018

54th annual Austin Trail of Lights powered by H-E-B announced for Dec. 10-23, 2018

December 10 @ 7:00 pm - December 23 @ 10:00 pm
Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Rd
Austin,
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The Trail of Lights Foundation today announces dates for the 54th annual Austin Trail of Lights, powered by H-E-B. Austin’s favorite and longest-running holiday event will run Monday, Dec. 10 through Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018 in Austin’s beloved Zilker Park. Visitors seeking a first look at the Austin Trail of Lights can participate in the annual Austin Trail of Lights Fun Run on Saturday, Dec. 1.   2018 Highlights and New Attractions Since it began in 1965, the Austin Trail…

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Comanche Motion: The Art of Eric Tippeconnic

December 14 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701 United States
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$9 – $13

Experience the dynamic nature of Comanche culture through the paintings of Comanche artist and historian Eric Tippeconnic. Filled with symbolism and meaning, Tippeconic's paintings are rich with history and the unbroken connection the Comanche people have with their roots. The artwork is juxtaposed with Comanche artifacts to provide historical context and underscore Tippeconnic's inspiration for the paintings. Engage with the symbolism and meaning in each painting through hands-on interactives for all ages, including a symbol scavenger hunt, a pattern-making activity…

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Ed Ruscha: Archaeology and Romance

December 14 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Free

See works by celebrated American artist Ed Ruscha, including photographs and sketches related to his landmark artist’s books, such as Twentysix Gasoline Stations (1963), Various Small Fires and Milk (1964), Nine Swimming Pools and a Broken Glass (1968), and more. Discover Ruscha’s persistent engagement with the artifacts of American popular culture, the iconography of the road, and the manufactured romance of Hollywood. Open daily and late on Thursdays with tours every day at noon. Free 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday,…

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Austin Trail Rides at White Fences Equestrian Center

December 14 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
White Fences Equestrian Center, 10908 Jones Rd
Manor, 78653 United States
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$85

Imagine horseback riding through migrating monarch butterflies and bluebonnets. Stopping to watch red-tailed hawks flying above you as you rest under oak trees. With miles of trails through rolling hills and forest trails, you can experience the beauty of rural Texas. You’ll have the joy of connecting with nature from aboard a gentle and experienced horse. Guided group trail rides are available at our Manor location, just 15 minutes from downtown Austin. Rides are generally held to a walking or…

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Blue Genie Art Bazaar

December 14 @ 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
6100 Airport Boulevard, 6100 Airport Boulevard
Austin, TX 78752 United States
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Free

The Blue Genie Art Bazaar (BGAB) is an annual four week holiday shopping experience featuring handcrafted jewelry, artwork, home goods and gifts from approximately 200 regional artists. In addition to a variety of handmade creations, the Bazaar presents special events and live music each week. This year marks BGAB’s 18th year as a family-friendly experience where shoppers can purchase holiday gifts in a hassle-free environment with centralized checkout. Admission and parking are free. A snack bar (including alcohol) is open…

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Liliana Porter Exhibition

December 14 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E. Martin Muther King Jr. Blvd.
Austin, 78712
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Included with museum admission; Free for members and UT students, faculty, and staff.

In the video Drum Solo  (2000; 19 min) Liliana Porter brings to life a cast of recurrent toy-like characters that have appeared in her artworks over the years. Through straight-forward animation and accompanied by a music score by Sylvia Meyer, vintage figurines perform in humorous, absurd, and sometimes moving vignettes. Porter’s installation Labor forzada  (2005) will also be on view, featuring a tiny worker shoveling an impossibly large pile of mulch, a light-hearted but incisive comment about labor and social injustice.

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Discounts For Service Industry, Every Night At Rusty Cannon

December 14 @ 11:00 am - December 15 @ 2:00 am
Rusty Cannon Pub, 730 W Stassney Ln, # 120
Austin, TX 78745 United States
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Come down to the Rusty Cannon, just off South 1st Street and Stassney. We've got all the sports you want, darts, shuffleboard, pool, and truly gourmet bar food served hot and fresh all day, made especially for real Austinites. Better yet, every night is service industry night at Rusty Cannon Pub! Come get some.

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Armadillo Christmas Bazaar

December 14 @ 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road
Austin, 78704
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$10

The Armadillo Christmas Bazaar celebrates 43 seasons of treating Texans and tourists to a festive, holiday shopping experience for art and live music lovers. This iconic cultural event features 37 music acts in a variety of genres and 175+ contemporary touring artists, award winners and local favorites.   With roots in Austin’s legendary Armadillo World Headquarters, the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar is one of Austin’s longest running art and music festivals, while still holding the vibrant community-driven vibe. From its humble…

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Scream Hollow Twisted Christmas

December 14 @ 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Scream Hollow, 149 Split Rail Lane
Smithville, 78957
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All new this year - Wonderland by Day, Wicked by Night! 20 acres decorated with more than 30,000 Christmas lights serves as a family-friendly Winter Wonderland by day and turns into Scream Hollow’s Twisted Christmas by night.  Day activities include a live reindeer exhibit, sledding, Candyland bounce house and slides, live Christmas music, outdoor movie screenings, holiday vendors, full café, s’mores and hot cocoa. At 8 p.m. each night Wonderland turns into Wicked. Twisted Christmas activities include two haunted houses…

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Party Pleaser Wine Tasting Event (Complimentary)

December 14 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Utopian Shift: A Wine Experience, 2521 Rutland Drive, Unit 600
Austin, 78758
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Free

Come in for a complimentary tasting and try wines that are proven to "Wow" your guests!. Just in time to find your perfect holiday party wines.

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La Volpe Happy Hour

December 14 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
La Volpe, 201 Brazos St Bldg B
Austin, 78701
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Free

At this chic downtown space La Volpe’s executive chef Will Eason blends traditional Italian with ultra-fresh ingredients and Southern flavors! Visit La Volpe for Happy Hour Tuesday through Friday, 5pm-630pm. Enjoy select cocktails and wine for $7 a glass and draft beers for $5; enjoy a scrumptious selection of happy hour priced appetizers $8-$12.  Located at 201 Brazos St, Austin, TX., book a table for dinner at https://www.lavolpeaustin.com/

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Santa’s Wonderland returns to Bass Pro Shops and arrives at Cabela’s for first time-ever, featuring FREE photos with Santa

December 14 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Bass Pro Shops, 200 Bass Pro Drive
Round Rock, 78665
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FREE

Santa’s Wonderland is the ultimate free family Christmas event. The magic returns to Bass Pro Shops in Round Rock and arrives at Cabela’s in Buda for the first time-ever in  Families are invited to enjoy this enchanting Christmas village offering FREE 4x6 studio-quality photos with Santa and free family holiday activities, including fun crafts and games. Features include rustic Christmas cabins, holiday characters and live elves set amongst a dazzling backdrop of snow-covered hills and illuminated Christmas trees. The Santa’s…

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AFS Presents: THE BIG SLEEP

December 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
AFS Cinema, 6406 N IH-35 Suite 3100
Austin, TX 78752 United States
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$11.25

Howard Hawks’ perverse adaptation of Raymond Chandler’s novel stars Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall in a detective story so convoluted that even Chandler couldn’t figure it out. With dialogue like this, you won’t care about the plot either. In 35mm. ABOUT THIS SERIES The people have spoken, and have told us they want more Film Noir. So we return with a selection of the most important and best of these dark stories of tough guys and femmes fatale, of rainy…

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Bennie Wheels & “WALKIN’ THE LINE”

December 14 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Bastrop Opera House, 711 Spring Street
Bastrop, 78602-0691
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$20

Bennie Wheels and "WALKIN' THE LINE" is the Ultimate Tribute to Johnny Cash, June Carter and The Tennessee Three, is the Nation's #1 and most authentic representation of The Man In Black in his "Folsom Prison" era prime!  Seeing is believing, and when you go"Walkin' The Line" with Bennie Wheels, there's no doubt that Johnny Cash's spirit lives on! Tickets sold out fast last season, so get yours soon!

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Comanche Motion: The Art of Eric Tippeconnic

December 15 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701 United States
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$9 – $13

Experience the dynamic nature of Comanche culture through the paintings of Comanche artist and historian Eric Tippeconnic. Filled with symbolism and meaning, Tippeconic's paintings are rich with history and the unbroken connection the Comanche people have with their roots. The artwork is juxtaposed with Comanche artifacts to provide historical context and underscore Tippeconnic's inspiration for the paintings. Engage with the symbolism and meaning in each painting through hands-on interactives for all ages, including a symbol scavenger hunt, a pattern-making activity…

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Holiday Food Drive to Benefit Local Food Banks

December 15 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
US Storage Centers, 201 W Stassney Ln
Austin, 78745
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Free

US Storage Centers has partnered with Move For Hunger to be a designated drop off point in the community. Until the end of December, we will be collecting food items to donate to our local food bank. https://www.usstoragecenters.com/2018-food-drive

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Ed Ruscha: Archaeology and Romance

December 15 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
TX United States + Google Map
Free

See works by celebrated American artist Ed Ruscha, including photographs and sketches related to his landmark artist’s books, such as Twentysix Gasoline Stations (1963), Various Small Fires and Milk (1964), Nine Swimming Pools and a Broken Glass (1968), and more. Discover Ruscha’s persistent engagement with the artifacts of American popular culture, the iconography of the road, and the manufactured romance of Hollywood. Open daily and late on Thursdays with tours every day at noon. Free 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday,…

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Austin Trail Rides at White Fences Equestrian Center

December 15 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
White Fences Equestrian Center, 10908 Jones Rd
Manor, 78653 United States
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$85

Imagine horseback riding through migrating monarch butterflies and bluebonnets. Stopping to watch red-tailed hawks flying above you as you rest under oak trees. With miles of trails through rolling hills and forest trails, you can experience the beauty of rural Texas. You’ll have the joy of connecting with nature from aboard a gentle and experienced horse. Guided group trail rides are available at our Manor location, just 15 minutes from downtown Austin. Rides are generally held to a walking or…

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Blue Genie Art Bazaar

December 15 @ 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
6100 Airport Boulevard, 6100 Airport Boulevard
Austin, TX 78752 United States
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Free

The Blue Genie Art Bazaar (BGAB) is an annual four week holiday shopping experience featuring handcrafted jewelry, artwork, home goods and gifts from approximately 200 regional artists. In addition to a variety of handmade creations, the Bazaar presents special events and live music each week. This year marks BGAB’s 18th year as a family-friendly experience where shoppers can purchase holiday gifts in a hassle-free environment with centralized checkout. Admission and parking are free. A snack bar (including alcohol) is open…

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Liliana Porter Exhibition

December 15 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E. Martin Muther King Jr. Blvd.
Austin, 78712
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Included with museum admission; Free for members and UT students, faculty, and staff.

In the video Drum Solo  (2000; 19 min) Liliana Porter brings to life a cast of recurrent toy-like characters that have appeared in her artworks over the years. Through straight-forward animation and accompanied by a music score by Sylvia Meyer, vintage figurines perform in humorous, absurd, and sometimes moving vignettes. Porter’s installation Labor forzada  (2005) will also be on view, featuring a tiny worker shoveling an impossibly large pile of mulch, a light-hearted but incisive comment about labor and social injustice.

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Discounts For Service Industry, Every Night At Rusty Cannon

December 15 @ 11:00 am - December 16 @ 2:00 am
Rusty Cannon Pub, 730 W Stassney Ln, # 120
Austin, TX 78745 United States
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Come down to the Rusty Cannon, just off South 1st Street and Stassney. We've got all the sports you want, darts, shuffleboard, pool, and truly gourmet bar food served hot and fresh all day, made especially for real Austinites. Better yet, every night is service industry night at Rusty Cannon Pub! Come get some.

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Tortoise and Hare

December 15 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
ZACH Theatre, 1510 Toomey Rd
Austin, TX 78704 United States
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$18 – $24

Ancient versus modern. Reptile versus mammal. The ultimate culture clash between two tribes and a fantastical race to decide the fate of them all. Written by the talented Allen Robertson and Damon Brown, with modern music and energetic re-imagining of the ancient fable that will delight tortoises and hares of all ages!   “I was intrigued by the idea of examining two different cultures,” says Robertson, who wrote the music and lyrics for Tortoise and Hare. “In this version, the…

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Armadillo Christmas Bazaar

December 15 @ 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road
Austin, 78704
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$10

The Armadillo Christmas Bazaar celebrates 43 seasons of treating Texans and tourists to a festive, holiday shopping experience for art and live music lovers. This iconic cultural event features 37 music acts in a variety of genres and 175+ contemporary touring artists, award winners and local favorites.   With roots in Austin’s legendary Armadillo World Headquarters, the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar is one of Austin’s longest running art and music festivals, while still holding the vibrant community-driven vibe. From its humble…

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Austin Brewery Tours visits 3 breweries in one day every weekend

December 15 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Craft Pride, 61 Rainey St
Austin, TX 78701 United States
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$80

Visit 3 breweries in one day with Austin Brewery Tours®. Friendly and knowledgeable guides drive you in modern comfortable vans with cold AC. Tastings included at each brewery. Tour a facility and see how and where beer is made. Discover local breweries. Make a new friend. Find a new favorite beer.

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Lost Pines Christmas

December 15 @ 1:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Downtown Bastrop, 1408 Chestnut St.
Bastrop, TX 78602 United States
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Free

Escape to Bastrop, an original Texas town with a fresh approach to life, to enjoy a true Lost Pines Christmas! Celebrate the holiday season in Historic Downtown Bastrop. From an old-fashioned Main Street Christmas to a dazzling night-time holiday parade, food and wine events, and activities for the entire family, you’ll love how Bastrop shares the season during this month-long holiday event. Downtown merchants offer extended shopping hours throughout the holiday season. Kick off the holiday season at a Lighting…

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