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December 2018

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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Johnny Zachman – Live

December 8 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Butterfly Bar Austin, 2307 Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78722 United States
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Free

Songs and stories by Johnny Zachman. No cover. All Ages. Handmade Italian food by Patrizi's. Transcendent cocktails by The Butterfly Bar Austin.

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Bennie Wheels & “WALKIN’ THE LINE”

December 8 @ 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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A Christmas Carol

December 8 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
ZACH Topfer Theatre, 202 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704 United States
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$25

Austin’s most rockin’ holiday tradition returns to make merry with new music and surprises to get the party started. ZACH’s inspired 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. Motown meets the Ho-Ho-Holidays in this family-friendly spectacular, creating an infectious spirit that has everyone dancing in the aisles. Celebrate the season with the loving Cratchit family and three soulful ghosts…

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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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Measure for Measure

December 8 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Harry Ransom Center, 21st and Guadalupe Streets
Austin, TX 78712 United States
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Free

Austin Shakespeare, in collaboration with the Harry Ransom Center, presents a staged reading of a new verse translation of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure, which was commissioned by the Play On! Series of Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Presented for one night only at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, this Measure for Measure was translated into modern English by Aditi Kapil. It is one of 39 plays in the Play On! Series, which invited diverse voices to translate Shakespeare’s works into contemporary language.…

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Greater Expectations

December 8 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The VORTEX, 2307 Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78722 United States
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$15 – $35

Different Stages opens its 2018 – 2019 season with Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations adapted by Barbara Field. Dickens’ classic work centers around the adventures of Pip, the orphaned blacksmith's apprentice who is fashioned to become a gentleman with "great expectations," and the many fascinating people who shape his life: the half-mad spinster Miss Havisham; her ward, the beautiful and icy Estella; Pip's friend, the aristocratic Herbert Pocket; Jaggers, the lawyer made hard and brutal by the indignities of the world; and Magwitch,…

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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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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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Santa’s Workshop at Hotel Ella

December 9 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Hotel Ella, 1900 Rio Grande St
Austin, TX 78705 United States
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On Sunday, December 9th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., join Hotel Ella for Santa's Workshop, featuring a festive brunch at Goodall’s Kitchen, kids’ holiday crafts, and photos with Old Saint Nick himself. Photos with Santa are complimentary with a new toy donation, and all gifts will be donated to Caritas of Austin. Caritas of Austin can only accept new toys + books, and also appreciates receiving school + art supplies. No RSVP required for Santa's Workshop. To book a…

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Austin Brewery Tours visits 3 breweries in one day every weekend

December 9 @ 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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Special Argentine Asado at El Gaucho Winery in Spicewood

December 9 @ 12:30 pm - 6:00 pm
El Gaucho Winery, 21301 Kathy Ln
Spiecwood, 78669
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Free

Get out of the house this weekend, and enjoy the cooler temps at our Sunday Asado! Our anticipated Argentine Asado will be held Sundays in December! Our doors open at noon and asado service begins at 12:30 pm, and we'll have a nice, big tent for outdoor seating. This Argentine style BBQ always has a great crowd of guests enjoying the delicious food, our excellent wines from Argentina, live music and the relaxing ambiance of our winery. Everyone is invited…

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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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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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Wake Up, Brother Bear!

December 9 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
ZACH North, 12129 N Ranch Rd 620 North, Suite 10
Austin, TX 78750 United States
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$12

Wake Up, Brother Bear! moves ZACH’s Moody Foundation Theatre for Families series off the main campus, to ZACH North, under the direction of Carolyn Dellinger from the Magik Theatre in San Antonio. Theatre for the very young uses music, art and hands-on sensory experiences to connect children to literature. Wake Up, Brother Bear! is a unique, intimate production geared toward children ages 6 and under. Watch Brother Bear and Sister Bear experience a full year of glorious seasons: together we see a waterfall…

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A Christmas Carol

December 9 @ 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
ZACH Topfer Theatre, 202 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704 United States
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$25

Austin’s most rockin’ holiday tradition returns to make merry with new music and surprises to get the party started. ZACH’s inspired 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. Motown meets the Ho-Ho-Holidays in this family-friendly spectacular, creating an infectious spirit that has everyone dancing in the aisles. Celebrate the season with the loving Cratchit family and three soulful ghosts…

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Miracle on 5th Street

December 9 @ 4:00 pm
The Eleanor, 307 W 5th Street - Unit A, Austin, TX 78701 + Google Map

The talented team behind The Roosevelt Room & The Eleanor are excited to team up with Cocktail Kingdom to bring the annual holiday pop-up bar, Miracle on 5th Street, back to Austin for the second year! Conceived in 2014 by Cocktail Kingdom founder, Greg Boehm, alongside his talented cocktail-creating business partner, Nico de Soto, at Mace in NYC, the Christmas-themed pop-up bar concept, Miracle, has quickly become a holiday phenomenon and expanded to 55 locations worldwide! Each of the delicious…

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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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Peruvian Holiday Feast – Dinner Series

December 9 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Yuyo, 1900 Manor Road
Austin, TX, 78722
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$75

Yuyo, Austin’s top restaurant for contemporary Peruvian cuisine, will be hosting Holiday Feasts every Sunday throughout the month of December. Led by Yuyo’s Executive Chef Maribel Rivero, guests will enjoy a three-course holiday dinner of Peruvian specialties including Causa with crabmeat filling, Savory Roast Pork, Lucuma Ice Cream and more, all of which are featured in the November issue of Texas Monthly, on stands now. Seating is limited. Tickets are $75 per person, and can be purchased at the link…

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