This roundup of the best things to do in Austin this weekend is sure to help you unwind from all the holiday hubbub. Keep the magic of the season alive with an enchanting Christmas film, or jam to Steely Dan. For a full list of happenings, visit our events calendar.
Thursday, December 26
Austin Film Society presents Bell, Book and Candle
The magic of the Christmas season sparkles in this romance starring Kim Novak and Jack Lemmon as star-crossed lovers. Grab a bewitching cocktail and a giant bowl of popcorn, then fall under the spell of this supernatural love story. Select matinee and evening tickets are still available for screenings at AFS Cinema.
Friday, December 27
Easy Tiger Sixth presents Dark Night with Bell's Brewery
Celebrate the darkest nights of the year with a curated selection of pitch-dark beers from Bell's Brewery. Raise a glass to the winter solstice with an $8 flight — full pours of featured beers will be available while supplies last. Admission is free.
Saturday, December 28
Austin Symphony Orchestra presents Lush Life
Jazzy yuletide sounds will fill the Palmer Events Center for two evenings as the Austin Symphony Orchestra plays standards by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn, including their celebrated adaptation of Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker Suite." Hits by both jazz icons round out a production that audiences of all ages can enjoy. Performances on December 28 and December 29.
Sunday, December 29
Blanton Museum of Art presents Lily Cox-Richard: "She-Wolf + Lower Figs."
Don't miss the final exhibition day of this installation by sculptor Lily Cox-Richard. A response to the Blanton's William J. Battle Collection of Plaster Casts, Cox-Richards' work uses both modern 3-D scanning and the ancient method of scagliola to provoke questions about perfection and whiteness. For tickets or to learn more about the artist, visit the Blanton Museum website.
Steely Dan in concert
One of rock's legendary acts comes to ACL Live for two nights. Steely Dan, with frontman Donald Fagen, will play their biggest hits, like “Hey Nineteen” and “Deacon Blues,” while fans revel in nostalgia. A limited number of tickets for both performances (December 29 and December 30) are still available.