Brave the weekend chill at the five hottest events in Austin. Countdown to the holidays and rediscover cult favorite The Santaland Diaries or settle in for an evening with the podcast legend himself, Ira Glass. For a full list of events, visit our calendar.
Thursday, December 6
Chris Isaak in concert
Chris Isaak brings his 2018 Holiday Tour to the Paramount Theatre. Isaak’s storied entertainment career includes accolades includes two Grammy Award nominations, TV roles, and nine studio albums. Fans are invited to sing along to songs of the season performed by the talent behind hits such as “Wicked Game” and “Blue Hotel.” Select tickets available.
ZACH Theatre presents The Santaland Diaries
An Austin theatrical tradition returns for another leg of festive cheer and holiday humor. The Santaland Diaries is a 75-minute production narrated by Crumpet, an elf with a sharp wit and a very un-politically correct perspective on Santa’s biggest time of the year. Audiences 12-and-up are recommended. Get tickets to the ZACH Theatre show through December 29.
Austin Music Video Festival
Learn about the cultural influence of music videos at Native Hostel. The five-day film festival and awards show features exclusive screenings, live performances, after parties, and much more. To purchase passes and to see full schedule, visit the festival website.
Saturday, December 8
Blanton Museum of Art presents “Liliana Porter” opening day
The Blanton Museum of Art debuts a captivating exhibit by contemporary artist Liliana Porter. Attendees can be among the first in Austin to study and discover Porter’s work such as her animated video Drum Solo and her installation Labor forzada [Forced Labor] (2005). Following the opening day, the exhibit will be on display through March 3, 2019.
Paramount Theatre presents Ira Glass
Ira Glass, creator of This American Life, will take the Paramount Theatre stage for an evening of discussion. Known for his editor roles on hit podcasts Serial and S-Town, Glass has captivated audiences with a unique style of journalism and storytelling flair. Tickets are still available.