Kick off holiday season with Austin’s Downtown Stroll and more events

12:00 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 Things to Do
Eric Johnson will bring his guitar stylings to Waterloo Records to celebrate the release of a new record. Contributed

1. “A Miracle on 34th Street Classic Radiocast”

Opens Nov. 30. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday through Dec. 23. $23-$25. Old Settler’s Hall, 3300 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock. penfoldtheatre.com.

The seventh production in Penfold Theatre’s series of live radio plays for the holidays will take viewers back to 1946, when members of the KPNF radio station are assembling for a live radio performance of “A Miracle on 34th Street.” They will bring to life the story through dozens of character voices — including that of Kris Kringle, the Macy’s mascot put on trial — and live Foley sound effects. Penfold’s associate artistic director Nathan Jenkins adapted the script as he did for past live radio plays, most recently “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

2. Eric Johnson at Waterloo Records

5 p.m. Nov. 26. Free. 600 N. Lamar Blvd. waterloorecords.com.

“Collage,” a new 10-song disc that’s half originals and half covers, tops a sudden whirlwind of activity for the longtime Austin guitar virtuoso. Johnson is packaging the record with reissues of his hard-to-find “Souvenir” and “Up Close: Another Look” albums in a Black Friday Record Store Day deal for Nov. 24. In addition, New West Records has just issued vinyl and CD/DVD versions of Johnson’s December 1988 performance on “Austin City Limits.” — Peter Blackstock

3. Women and Their Work’s “Good Days & Bad Days on the Internet.”

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, noon to 6 p.m. Saturday through Jan. 11. 1710 Lavaca St. 512-477-1064, womenandtheirwork.org.

In this solo show, artist Rachel Stuckey dissects the emotional pull of technology using video, site-specific projection and custom software. She draws inspiration from out-of-date 1980s computers as well as passionate YouTube users and truly unusual content found on the deep web. You’ll notice the exhibit shift tonally from parody to dark abstraction as Stuckey addresses our mixed feelings on technology, from the heartache of a shattered screen to the therapeutic use of mindless videos.

4. Joel Salcido at BookPeople

7 p.m. Nov. 28. Free. 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.

With his new book “Spirit of Tequila,” photographer Joel Salcido celebrates the tradition and culture of the iconic Mexican spirit. He traveled across Jalisco and neighboring Mexican states capturing images of distilleries and artisanal tequileras — everything from their blue agave fields to the agave’s pineapple-like centers to an elegantly shadowed barrel room. He’ll talk about the book, which features nearly 90 photographs, and what it was like to explore a key part of Mexican culture.

5. “A Christmas Carol: A Rockin’ Family Musical” at Zach Theatre

7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday through Dec. 31. $25-$150. 202 S. Lamar Blvd. zachtheatre.org.

Returning for the fourth year running, this Zach Theatre show is becoming another Austin tradition. Zach’s adaptation will not be quite as fans of Charles Dickens’ book remember it, as the production infuses the traditional Victorian story — and costumes — with a musical score that spans all genres and eras, from Motown and beyond. There will also be reimagined carols to keep you in the holiday spirit. Zach is also producing Jaston Williams’ “A Tuna Christmas” this year.

6. B Scene: Born to be Wild at the Blanton

6 to 10 p.m. Dec. 1. $12. 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. facebook.com/events/149740635640198/.

Get revved up for this celebration of the start of the Blanton Museum of Art’s newest exhibit, “The Open Road: Photography and the American Road Trip.” The evening promises wanderlust-fueled delight as you explore the multi-artist show and related activities. At 8 p.m., the dancing will start, with live music from Guitar Legs featuring Rosie Flores and Sophia Johnson. There will also be appropriate road trip bites, like sliders and waffle fries, available for purchase.

7. Holiday Sing-Along and Downtown Stroll

5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 2. Free. Congress Avenue. downtownaustin.com/holidays.

Celebrate the holiday season with the Downtown Austin Alliance’s annual family-friendly evening of merriment and music. Enjoy live music from Austin staples like Gina Chavez, Riders Against the Storm, Charlie Faye & the Fayettes, Jane Ellen Bryant and more. There will also be a special night market brought to you by the Sustainable Food Center and the lighting of the downtown Christmas tree. Stroll down Congress Avenue to partake in activities like facepainting, ornament-making and gingerbread house decorating.

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