From Annie Leibovitz to Wizard World, the week has something for all

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From Annie Leibovitz to Wizard World, the week has something for all

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Aleks Ortynski
On Christmas Eve in Dublin, Sharky and his friends play a card game that becomes so much more with the arrival of a stranger from the past. Contributed by Aleks Ortynski

1. Austin Music Foundation presents The Next at 3Ten

6 p.m. Nov. 15. $10. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. austinmusicfoundation.org.

As an extension of their music education efforts for Austin artists, the Austin Music Foundation launched a new Artist Development Program this year. The seven-month course was designed as a business intensive to give musicians the tools they need to take their careers to the next level. The concert, celebrating “the next and best in local music,” features performances from the seven artists who participated: Jackie Venson, Gina Chavez, Magna Carda, Jane Ellen Bryant, Migrant Kids, Charlie Faye & the Fayettes and James Junius. Collectively they form a diverse cross section of top-notch Austin talent. Proceeds from the show benefit the AMF. — Deborah Sengupta Stith

2. The SFC Chef Series at La Condesa

5:30 p.m. Nov. 12. $150-$1,350. 400 W. Second St. 2017sfcchefseries.splashthat.com.

The Sustainable Food Center’s SFC Chef Series returns to downtown restaurant La Condesa for an annual celebration of locally grown and harvested produce in dishes from Austin’s most talented chefs. The featured chefs this year include Chef Casey Wilcox of Central Standard, Chef Derek Salkin of Le Politique, and Chefs Rick Lopez and Lyzette Alanis of La Condesa. Tickets get you a multi-course tasting menu and sommelier-selected wine pairings, and the proceeds benefit the center.

3. Annie Leibovitz

7:30 p.m. Nov. 13. $39-$69. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. 512-474-5664, thelongcenter.org.

At this Austin show, part of a five-city tour, the renowned portrait photographer will talk about and display a selection of defining works from her newly published “Annie Leibovitz: Portraits 2005-2016.” Over the years, she has photographed in her distinctive style a wide range of artists, writers, actors, politicians and other notable figures, including Venus and Serena Williams, Caitlyn Jenner, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Barack Obama. BookPeople will be selling copies of the book.

4. “Low Places” at Wally Workman Gallery

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday through Nov. 25. 1202 W. Sixth St. 512-472-7428, wallyworkmangallery.com.

The local figurative painter Patrick Puckett is back for his fourth solo show at Wally Workman. And once again, the exhibit, titled “Low Places, will display his characteristic large, bold canvases that explore the human figure as inspired by the artist’s life in the American South. Each of the paintings features symbolic references of both real and imagined nostalgia. Though he’s telling a story with them, he’s also showing off a strong interaction of shape, color and texture.

5. “The Seafarer” at the City Theatre

8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday through Nov. 26, with additional show 8 p.m. Nov. 15 and no shows Nov. 23 and 24. $15-$25. 3823 Airport Blvd. Suite D. citytheatreaustin.org.

Acclaimed Irish playwright Conon McPherson transports us to his mystical and haunting home country as the City Theatre takes on this Austin premiere of his wickedly funny fable of redemption over a card game. It’s Christmas Eve in Dublin, and in the rundown childhood home where Sharky cares for his aging blind brother, old acquaintances gather for a card game. With the arrival of a stranger from the distant past, the stakes are raised. The Nov. 15 show is free.

6. Wizard World Austin

4 p.m. Nov. 17, 10 a.m. Nov. 18 and 19. $39.95-$425. Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez St. wizardworld.com/comiccon/austin.

It’s a pop culture lover’s dream come true: Kate Beckinsale, Val Kilmer, Jason Momoa, Jon Heder, Michael Rooker and Holly Marie Combs are just some of the celebrities who are headed to Austin for North America’s largest pop culture touring expo. Thousands of fans will be able to enjoy the best in movies, television, comics, cosplay, video gaming, original art and more. Expect nonstop live entertainment, gaming, Q&A sessions with top celebrities and movie screenings.

7. Gingerbread Fun Run 1K

9 a.m. to noon Nov. 18. $18-$22. The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. thinkeryaustin.org/special-events/.

Kick off the season with a little exercise. This kid-friendly run encourages them to run as fast as they can while chasing the Gingerbread Man around Mueller Lake Park across from the Thinkery. The fun run is encouraged for ages 2 to 18, although one adult may accompany each registered runner for free. Before and after the run, the whole family is encouraged to enjoy seasonal hands-on activities at both the park and inside the children’s museum. Race registration includes museum admission.

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