Archive for December, 2013

1. Put on your most fabulous dress or bowtie and dine at one of downtown’s finest restaurants. We just love Roaring Fork, Uchi and Chez Nous…Word to the wise, just make sure you check if the restaurant has a set menu before making reservations, so there are no surprises on the bill or the taste buds.
2. Don’t forget about the kiddos! Austin’s New Year is a free event on Auditorium Shores. This alcohol-free family friendly festivity showcases Austin’s diverse artistic community through art, films and live music.  A few of the great Austin favorite bands and performers you might catch include Joe McDermott, Lavelle White, Nizami and Vitera!  This fun event ends with a fireworks finale right on Auditorium Shores, immediately after Carolyn Wonderland’s set on the mainstage.  Expect downtown road closures and a big crowd for this annual event.
3. Make sure to checkout Republic Live’s NYE 2012! It is Austin’s newest concert and event venue. It’s located in the warehouse district and holds 750+ people! There will be a massive balloon drop, confetti explosion, party favors and surprise performers. A great spot to checkout their killer sound and lighting systems with Top 40, Dance, and Hip Hop music.
4. Host a dinner party! Provide a fabulous four-course dinner or have everyone bring a dish. Perfect for those looking for a quieter evening…But still looking to party with friends. Need help planning *any time of the year*? The Simplifiers are always just a ring away at 512-695-7744!
5. Looking for something swanky to do?  Make it an all night affair and book a package with Intercontinental Hotel. “The package includes overnight accommodations and breakfast buffet for two each morning, as well as a reserved table for two for the New Years Eve Party in Stephen F’s Bar. The New Year’s Eve party, sponsored by Moët Hennessey and Louis Roederer Champagne, features live swinging prohibition era jazz by The Danielle Reich Trio, a cigar roller on the terrace hand rolling quality cigars to order, complimentary Moët ‘Imperial’ Brut Champagne and a New Year’s toast.  Classic cocktails, traditional balloon drop, special New Year’s small plate menu and hors d’oeuvres from Chef, Patrick Newman, will be offered for this end of year celebration (http://austin.intercontinental.com/specials.php).”
6. The Omni Hotel and Resort is throwing a Mediterranean New Year Party. Come dance until 3am with DJ Kamel who will be mixing top hits, Arabic and international music. Enjoy a three-course dinner, champagne toast at midnight, hookah bar and a cash bar.
7. Looking for a relaxing New Year’s Eve getaway? Reserve a room at Lakeway Resort and Spa and enjoy a three-course dinner at the Travis Restaurant. Afterwards, join them in Josey’s at 8pm for a New Year’s Eve Party. “Andrea Marie and The Magnolia Band will provide entertainment from 9pm-1am.  Late night snacks and drink specials are available.  Complimentary glass of champagne to ring in 2012!”
8. In the mood for something luxurious and decadent? Enjoy your New Year’s Eve at The Driskill including a reception with passed Hor d’oeuvres, beer and wine…A four-course dinner…Live music and dancing to The Original Recipe Band…Balloon drop and champagne toast…And party favors. PLUS enter for a chance to win a two-night stay in The Cattle Baron Suite!
9. Make it a night in with the family. Create memories with the kiddos or just you and your hubby. We know there are TONS of things to do in Austin…But it’s okay to stay in for a fabulous dinner at home complete with home movies and board games. Pop the bubbly at midnight and give your kiddos some sparkling grape juice. If you’re brave, give them little poppers to ring in the New Year!
10. And of course there is always 6th Street…But venture out only if you dare!
…plus, a bonus tip for the geek inside all of us:  Pinballz Arcade is having a NYE party from 9pm-2am, with free beer provided by Independence Brewery for those 21+.  They have over 200+ pinball machines, plus all the cool arcade games from your childhood to have you running around like a little schoolgirl with a red Dixie cup full of tokens and a smile.  Black Knight 2000, Twilight Zone, Theatre of Magic, oh my!!!  More details on their kickass shindig here!
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Mozart’s Light Show. A 12-minute music and light show presented at the top of each hour from 6 to 11 p.m. nightly. Free. Mozart’s Coffee Roasters, 3825 Lake Austin Blvd. http://www.mozartscoffee.com.

Star Ranch Christmas Light and Sound Show. More than 200,000 lights, music, bounce house, hot chocolate, apple cider, cookies and more. Free. 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, 21 and 25. 166 Eely Road, McDade. 512-273-2257 or 512-273-2453.

Trail of Lights. Enjoy 50 custom light displays on a 1.25 mile stroll through Zilker Park, featuring live music, local food for sale, merchants and photo zones. 7 p.m. nightly through Dec. 22. Zilker Park, 2201 Barton Springs Road. http://www.austintrailoflights.org.

Wimberley Trail of Lights. 6 to 9 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays and 6 to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 31. Free, donations accepted. Emily Ann Theatre and Gardens, 1101 FM 2325, Wimberley. 512-847-6969, http://www.emilyann.org.

Zilker Holiday Tree. With 3,309 multicolored light bulbs and topped by a 10-foot lighted star, the tree is 155 feet tall and 120 feet across. Open 6 p.m. to midnight nightly through Dec. 31. Zilker Park, 2201 Barton Springs Road. austintexas.gov/zilkerholidaytree.


The GX Drive In. Holiday treats, children’s activities, food trucks and drive-in style screening of “A Christmas Story.” 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday. Free, RSVP required. The Blue Starlite Drive-In, 1901 E. 51st St. To RSVP visit http://www.lexusgxlaunchevent.com and use the code GXE64202.

Holiday Film Series. The Paramount Theatre rolls out the red and green carpet for this series that runs through Monday. This weekend: “Meet Me in St. Louis” and “White Christmas.” $11, $7 for Paramount Film Fans. Information and complete schedule: http://www.austintheatre.org.

“The Polar Express.” Bring a lawn chair or a blanket for a movie on the plaza. 6 p.m. Friday. Free. Prete Main Street Plaza, 221 E. Main St, Round Rock. http://www.roundrocktexas.gov.


“On A Winter’s Eve.” Chorus Austin sings Pinkham’s “Christmas Cantata” as well as traditional carols, holiday favorites and the Chorus Austin favorite, the Swedish carol “Jul, jul, strålande jul.” With an audience sing-along. 7 p.m. Friday, St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 8134 Mesa Drive. $15-$20. 512-719-3300, http://www.chorusaustin.org.

“Christmas Favorites: Past & Presents.” Austin Handbell Ensemble’s winter concert. 7:30 p.m. Friday: Oak Hill United Methodist Church, 7815 U.S. 290. 2 p.m. Saturday: First Baptist Church of Elgin, 205 W. Second St., Elgin. 7:30 p.m. Saturday: Faith Lutheran Church, 4010 Williams Drive, Georgetown. 7:30 p.m. Monday: St. Austin Catholic Church, 2026 Guadalupe St. Free. http://www.austinhandbells.org.

“Joyous Noël.” The chamber choir of the Texas Early Music Project sings Renaissance and Baroque carols, motets, dances and traditional songs accompanied by ensemble of harp, violin, flute, mandolin viols and lutes. 8 p.m. Friday at First Presbyterian Church, 8001 Mesa Drive, 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at First English Lutheran Church, 3001 Whitis Drive. $20-$25 ($5 student rush). 512-377-6961; http://www.early-music.org.

Festival of Carols. Local elementary school choirs, holiday crafts and bake sale. 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday. Free. French Legation Museum, 802 San Marcos St. http://www.flm.org.

Central Texas Medical Orchestra Holiday Concert. Featuring Andrew Sords, violin, and guest artist Sara Hickman. Benefitting the Multiple Sclerosis Society. 7:30 p.m. Saturday. $25-$30. LifeAustin Church, 8901 W. Highway 71. http://www.ctmorchestra.org.

“The Sound Joy.” Texas Choral Consort’s holiday concert features the premiere of “Gocémonos,” by Austin composer Russell Reed as well as “Threshold of Light” by Tarik O’Regan and audience favorite John Rutter’s “Gloria.” 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Northwest Hills United Methodist Church, 7050 Village Center Drive. $15-$20. http://www.txconsort.org. 512-719-3300, http://www.chorusaustin.org.

Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison’s 15th Annual Holiday Shindig. Dale Watson and his Lonestars are special guests. $47-$57. 8 p.m. Saturday. Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave. http://www.austintheatre.org.

Conspirare Holiday Big Sing. A community event where the audience is the choir, devoted to holiday music from carols to popular classics. 6 p.m. Tuesday. Free. St. Martin’s Lutheran Church, 606 W. 15th St. http://www.conspirare.org.

“Lessons and Carols from King’s.” Chamber choir Ensemble VIII presents the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, featuring nine readings from the Bible with carols sung between the readings. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, St. Louis Catholic Church Chapel, 7601 Burnet Road. $10-$5. http://www.ensembleviii.org.

Holiday music. Seasonal music from Austin’s Arundel Ensemble String Quartet. 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. The Driskill, 604 Brazos St. 512-439-1234, http://www.driskillhotel.com.

Jim Brickman Holiday Show. Seasonal music in 88 keys. $52-$67. 8 p.m. Thursday. Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave. http://www.austintheatre.org.

Paul Klemperer’s Festivus Celebration. Music, humor and memories come together for “a holiday show with an edge,” led by the Austin saxophonist and bandleader. $19.55. 8 p.m. Dec. 20. Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave. http://www.austintheatre.org.

“Celtic Christmas at the Cathedral.” The elite choir Schola Cantorum of St. Mary’s Cathedral is joined by Silver Thistle Pipes and Drums and musicians specializing in Celtic instruments for Irish and Scottish traditional music. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20-21, St. Mary’s Cathedral, 203 E. 10th St. $25. 512- 472-4540, http://www.celticchristmasaustin.com.

Love. at Stateside. Austin singers Ginger Leigh, Patrice Pike, Hedda Layne, Shelley King and Wendy Colonna perform original music and holiday songs. $34-$84. 8 p.m. Dec. 21. Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave. http://www.austintheatre.org.

Robert Earl Keen’s Merry Christmas from the Fam-O-Lee. $29-$49. 8 p.m. Dec. 20. ACL Live, 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. acl-live.com.

A Gospel According to Jazz Christmas. With Kirk Whalum, Lalah Hathaway and Gerald Albright. $95 to $135 (includes dinner). 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Dec. 21. One World Theatre, 7701 Bee Cave Road. http://www.oneworldtheatre.org.


2nd Street Holiday Window Walk. Local businesses in the 2nd Street District present elaborate art installations in their storefront windows through Jan. 1. Free. Second Street from San Antonio Street to Colorado Street. http://www.2ndstreetdistrict.com.

Afternoon Tea. Traditional tea and seasonal celebrations with champagne for adults and cocoa for children with tea sandwiches, desserts and scones. $25 per child, $45 per adult. 3 to 5 p.m. Fridays-Sundays through Dec. 22. The Driskill, 604 Brazos St. 512-439-1234, http://www.driskillhotel.com.

Ebenezer’s Journey: A Dickens’ Christmas Story. An interactive program recreating various scenes of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” 7 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $12. Pioneer Farms, 10621 Pioneer Farms Drive. 512-837-1215, http://www.pioneerfarms.org.

Holiday Hip-Hop Theatre Explosion. Family-friendly performances hosted by Zell Miller III, featuring holiday-themeed hip-hop poetry, dance, music and theatre. 8 p.m. Thursday and Dec. 20 and 21. $10-$30. The Vortex, 2307 Manor Road. http://www.vortexrep.org.

Luminations. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center invites the public to visit gardens lit with thousands of luminarias and twinkle lights during two nights of live music, children’s activities and more. 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Free admission with two canned food items. 4801 La Crosse Ave. 512-232-0100, http://www.wildflower.org/luminations.

Outdoor Ice Skating. The ice-skating rink, Eisbahn, is open for outdoor ice skating in downtown Fredericksburg until Jan. 4. Come and go all-day pass $10, includes skate rental. Marktplatz, 100 W. Main St, Fredericksburg. http://www.visitfredericksburgtx.com/holiday.

Schlotzsky’s Jingle Bun Run. A 5K and half marathon race followed by a 1K race for children with Santa. Race-day registration is $25 for the 5K and $45 for the half marathon. 9 a.m. Saturday. Scott and White West Campus, 5701 Airport Road, Temple. 254-298-5582, http://www.templeparks.com.

Snow Day! Play in real snow at the Hill Country Galleria, outside of the Bee Cave Library. Noon to 4 p.m. Sunday and Dec. 21. 12700 Hill Country Blvd, Bee Cave. 512-263-0001, http://www.hillcountrygalleria.com.

Texas Music Museum Holiday Festival. Presentation and book signing by Jason Mellard, art bazaar, tour current exhibits. 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday. Free. 1009 E. 11th St. 512-472-8891, http://www.texasmusicmuseum.org.


Blue Genie Art Bazaar. Thousands of original works including everything from serious art to kitschy items made by local and regional artists. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily through Dec. 24. Closes 6 p.m. Dec. 24. Free admission and parking. The Marchesa Hall & Theatre, 6226 Middle Fiskville Road. http://www.bluegenieartbazaar.com.

VSA Holiday Art and Gift Show. Buy gifts and artwork from Texas artists and support artists with disabilities and VSA Texas. AGE of Central Texas Building, 3710 Cedar St. Room 101. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday through Dec. 24. 512-454-9912, http://www.vsatx.org.

Armadillo Christmas Bazaar. Nonstop live music and loads of artists have made this fair a tradition for 28 years. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesday-Dec. 24. Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road, $7 (children younger than 12 free). http://www.armadillobazaar.com.

Theater and dance

“Austin Children’s Nutcracker.” The Austin City Ballet’s 13th annual production, with dancers ages 8-18. 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 22. $25, $15 for children. Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Road. 512-537-7045, http://www.austincityballet.org.

“The Austin Holiday Project.” Six actresses take the stage for a “mini-cabaret” sharing favorite holiday memories and songs. 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 22. $15-$30. Trinity Street Players Theater, 901 Trinity St. 1-888-287-3558, http://www.austintheatreproject.org.

“A Christmas Carol.” Based on the classic Charles Dicken’s tale. 7:30 p.m. Fridays through Dec. 20, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Dec. 15 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21. Playhouse Smithville, 110 Main St., Smithville. 512-360-7397, http://www.texasplaywright.com.

“The Christmas Foundling.” A holiday tale set on Christmas Eve in the Sierra Nevada mountain range in 1850. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 21. 2 p.m. Sunday and Dec. 21. Gaslight Baker Theatre, 216 S. Main St., Lockhart. 512-376-5653, http://www.gaslightbakertheatre.org.

“A Christmas Story.” Based on the classic holiday film. 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays and 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 29. No show Christmas Eve. $65-$100. Zach Theatre, 202 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-476-0541, http://www.zachtheatre.org.

“Holiday Heroes.” A holiday sing-along for ages 3 and up. 11 a.m. Saturday. $14-$16. Zach Theatre, 202 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-476-0541, http://www.zachtheatre.org.

“It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Show.” Audience members watch members of the KPNF radio station assemble a performance of “It’s a Wonderful Life” in 1946. 7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 3 and 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. $23-$30. Rice’s Crossing Store, 3300 Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock. http://www.penfoldtheatre.org.

“Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge.” A comedic version of the classic Dickens’ Christmas Carol. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 28. $15-$18. Sam Bass Community Theatre, 600 N. Lee St., Round Rock. http://www.sambasstheatre.org.

“The Nutcracker.” The annual Austin Ballet performance directed by Stephen Mills, featuring the world premiere of new sets and costume designs. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Thursday and Dec. 20-22. 2 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Dec. 21-23. $12-$72. Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive. http://www.balletaustin.org.

“The Nutcracker.” The sixth annual TexArts production, directed and choreographed by Darren Gibson. 2 and 6 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. St. Michael’s Catholic Academy, 3000 Barton Creek Blvd. 512-852-9079, http://www.tex-arts.org.

“Of Mice and Music: A Jazz Nutcracker.” Tapestry Dance Company’s tap dance version of the classic ballet is performed to music by a live jazz ensemble. 7 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday. Stateside Theatre at the Paramount, 719 Congress Ave. $24-$29. 512-474-1221. http://www.austintheatre.org.

“The Second Shepherds Play.” A comedy about the shepherds who first welcomed the Christ Child. 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 21, and 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 22. $6-$9. Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th St. http://www.scottishritetheater.org.

“Wassail 2013.” A solstice Christmas family celebration featuring carols, stories, dancing and more. 5:30 p.m. Sunday. $15, $5 children younger than 12. Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th St. http://www.scottishritetheater.org.

“This Wonderful Life.” Martin Burke plays 37 characters from the classic Christmas film “It’s a Wonderful Life.” 7:30 p.m. Friday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Dec. 20-22 and 25-28; 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Dec. 21-22 and 29; and 9 p.m. Saturday. $45. Zach Theatre, 202 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-476-0541, http://www.zachtheatre.org.


The Big Bash Holiday Extravaganza. Games, scenes and improvised stories. 8 p.m. Fridays in December. $15. The Hideout Theatre, 617 N. Congress Ave. 512-482-9131, http://www.hideouttheatre.com.

Esther’s Follies. “Home for the Holidays,” a musical comedy, magic and political satirical revue on Sixth Street. 8 p.m. Thursdays, 8 and 10 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays. $22-$29. Esther’s Pool, 525 E. Sixth St. 512-320-0553, http://www.esthersfollies.com.

“Elf Employment.” Puppet Improv Project’s presents a musical, interactive situational comedy. 6 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Dec. 21-22. $7. The Institution Theater, 3807 Woodbury Drive. 512-895-9580, puppetimprovproject.org.

“(Expletive), It’s Christmas.” An Austin-centric holiday sketch comedy show. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 21. $12. The Institution Theater, 3807 Woodbury Drive. http://www.theinstitutiontheater.com.

“Not So Silent Night.” A festive night of stand-up by local comedians. 10 p.m. Friday. $5. The Institution Theater, 3807 Woodbury Drive. http://www.theinstitutiontheater.com.

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