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December 2018

Liliana Porter Exhibition

December 8 @ 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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Holiday Book Fair

December 8 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Byrne-Reed House, 1410 Rio Grande Street
Austin, 78701 United States
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Free

Humanities Texas will host its ninth annual Holiday Book Fair at the historic Byrne-Reed House on Saturday, December 8, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Twenty-seven noteworthy authors—including Lawrence Wright, Sarah Bird, H. W. Brands, Elizabeth Crook, Joe Holley, Bill Wittliff, Carrie Fountain, Michael Barnes, Mimi Swartz, Chris Barton, Don Graham, Bethany Hegedus, Kyle Longley, Austin Bay, Kenny Braun, Samantha M. Clark, Xelena González, Paul Woodruff, Bronson Dorsey, Virginia A. Cumberbatch, Leslie A. Blair, Bill Wright, Wyatt McSpadden, Barbara Morgan, Kevin Robbins,…

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Holiday Book Fair

December 8 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Byrne-Reed House, 1410 Rio Grande Street
Austin, 78701 United States
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Free

Humanities Texas will host its ninth annual Holiday Book Fair at the historic Byrne-Reed House on Saturday, December 8, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Twenty-seven noteworthy authors—including Lawrence Wright, Sarah Bird, H. W. Brands, Elizabeth Crook, Joe Holley, Bill Wittliff, Carrie Fountain, Michael Barnes, Mimi Swartz, Chris Barton, Don Graham, Bethany Hegedus, Kyle Longley, Austin Bay, Kenny Braun, Samantha M. Clark, Xelena González, Paul Woodruff, Bronson Dorsey, Virginia A. Cumberbatch, Leslie A. Blair, Bill Wright, Wyatt McSpadden, Barbara Morgan, Kevin Robbins,…

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Tortoise and Hare

December 8 @ 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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Christmas Tree Event

December 8 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Idea Rundberg School, 9504 N IH-35 Frontage Road
Austin, 78753
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Free

PHOTO opportunity with Santa and bring your letter. Take advantage of FREE Community Resources Information, Health, and Dental Screenings. Fun for the entire family! Lots of giveaways, Tv's, Tablets,  Games, Face painting, Music, Clowns and the Giant Transformer. OPERATION BLUE SANTA will be accepting donations of toys for the less fortunate children of our community.

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Lost Pines Christmas

December 8 @ 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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Tortoise and Hare

December 8 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 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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SantaCon 2018 – Benefitting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas

December 8 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
$20

Grab Your Santa Suit and Jingle All the Way -- to Rainey Street! Join us at SantaCon on Saturday, December 8 for a merry Santa-themed pub crawl benefitting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas! Complete with food and drink specials, festive Reindeer Games and friendly team competition, amazing prizes, and plenty of opportunities to network and socialize, SantaCon promises to be a jolly afternoon that supports children in our community! Dressed in Santa Suits and other Christmas-themed attire, SantaCon…

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A Charlie Brown Christmas

December 8 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Stateside at the Paramount, 713 Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701 United States
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$22 – $37

Join the Austin Chamber Music Center for a live concert of all of your favorite tunes from this holiday classic! Celebrate the season with the original Charlie Brown music of Vince Guaraldi featuring pianist Michelle Schumann, bassist Utah Hamrick, drummer David Sierra, and special guests—plus, the chance to meet Snoopy in the lobby! Bring your family to this Austin tradition and get in the holiday spirit!

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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 8 @ 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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A Charlie Brown Christmas

December 8 @ 7:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Stateside at the Paramount, 713 Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701 United States
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$22 – $37

Join the Austin Chamber Music Center for a live concert of all of your favorite tunes from this holiday classic! Celebrate the season with the original Charlie Brown music of Vince Guaraldi featuring pianist Michelle Schumann, bassist Utah Hamrick, drummer David Sierra, and special guests—plus, the chance to meet Snoopy in the lobby! Bring your family to this Austin tradition and get in the holiday spirit!

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Missed Connections ATX: Cuffing Season

December 8 @ 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm
ColdTowne Theater, 4803 Airport Blvd
Austin, TX 78751 United States
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$10 – $12

It's cuffing season at ColdTowne Theater! Missed Connections ATX is an improvised show that marries short- and long-form improv structures for hilarious ensemble-driven comedy. The show begins with scenes inspired directly by Austin Craigslist Missed Connections ads and closes with original, improvised music. Don’t endure the holidays alone... If you’ve ever rooted for romance in the face of incredible odds, you’re going to love this show! Featured in the ensemble: Dave Buckman, Nathan Sowell, Quinn Buckner, Minda Wei, Kenah Benefield, Betsy Anderson, Chloe Ingram, and G-Su Paek. Plus special…

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Comanche Motion: The Art of Eric Tippeconnic

December 9 @ 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 9 @ 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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A Visit from Santa at Hyatt Regency Lost Pines

December 9 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa, 575 Hyatt Lost Pines Road
Lost Pines, TX, 78612
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Event admission is complimentary. Select holiday activities will be available at an additional cost.

Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa, located right outside Austin, will host “Visit with Santa” community events throughout the holiday season.  To kick-off each event, Santa will ditch his sleigh and will ride into the resort on a Texas Longhorn.  Guests will be able to visit Santa’s Workshop to take photos, write letters to Santa, and enjoy several holiday-themed activities such as ornament and gingerbread house making, arts and crafts, and more. The “Visit with Santa” events will take…

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Ed Ruscha: Archaeology and Romance

December 9 @ 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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Blue Genie Art Bazaar

December 9 @ 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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Austin Trail Rides at White Fences Equestrian Center

December 9 @ 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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Liliana Porter Exhibition

December 9 @ 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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Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design

December 9 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E. Martin Muther King Jr. Blvd.
Austin, 78712
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Free with museum admission

Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design showcases the work of over 120 artists and designers and illustrates how African design accompanies and fuels economic, social, and political change in the continent. Through sculpture, prints, fashion, furniture, film, photography, apps, maps, digital comics, and more, the exhibition presents Africa as a hub of experimentation that generates innovative design approaches and solutions with worldwide relevance. Organized by the Vitra Design Museum and the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Making Africa focuses on a generation of entrepreneurs, thinkers, and designers from…

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Lost Pines Christmas

December 9 @ 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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Christmas Cooking Decorating Workshop

December 9 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Kitchen House, 1514 Dandridge Dr
Leander, 78613
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$35

Get in the spirit of the season by decorating beautiful hand-iced Christmas cookies! Chefs will learn about working with royal icing and flood icing, and let our creativity run wild as we decorate Christmas trees, ornaments, snowflakes, and more! Chefs will decorate 1 dozen cookies to take home.

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Tortoise and Hare

December 9 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 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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Santa’s Wonderland returns to Bass Pro Shops and arrives at Cabela’s for first time-ever, featuring FREE photos with Santa

December 9 @ 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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Robot Rock 2018

December 9 @ 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Oskar Blues Brewery Austin, 10420 Metric Blvd
Austin, TX 78758 United States
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$15.00

Get ready to robot, because we're about to rock our way to rural South Africa! There are impoverished kids in need of STEM education, and with your help, a group of engineers will head over there with Austin-based non-profit Science In A Suitcase to teach LEGO robotics. Welcome to our 4th annual Robot Rock concert fundraiser, which brings in about 150 people and raises money to help send local engineers overseas to teach robotics to under-served kids! We've been working…

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