Shop local this holiday season, or hit the ice


Shop local this holiday season, or hit the ice

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This 1964 AMC Rambler named Elizabeth was passed around the comedy community in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Kelly West/AMERICAN-STATESMAN


16th Annual Blue Genie Art Bazaar. The four-week holiday shopping extravaganza, which opened on Black Friday, features all the items you’ll need for stocking stuffers and special gifts, including handmade artwork, jewelry, ceramics, prints and other original pieces made by local artisans. You can also enjoy special events and activities in a family-friendly environment, and refreshments and drinks will be available. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily through Dec. 24. Free. 6100 Airport Blvd.

Cherrywood Art Fair

The Cherrywood Art Fair will highlight more than 80 local artists, a dozen musicians and kid-friendly activities. This annual tradition now attracts more than 8,000 visitors, with proceeds from the show benefiting the art mentoring program “Little Artist Big Artist,” which pairs East Austin elementary school students with professional artists. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 10-11. Free. 3808 Maplewood Ave.

Coming soon: Armadillo Christmas Bazaar

The Armadillo Christmas Bazaar is celebrating 41 years of showcasing local and national artists. The bazaar is one of Austin’s longest running art and music festivals and attracts more than 40,000 shoppers each year. Expect 160 artists offering crafts ranging from upscale art to handmade gifts as well as live music and a festive bar scene. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Dec. 14-24. $8; kids 12 and younger free. Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road.


Eisbahn. Go skating in the Marktplatz in downtown Fredericksburg. Various hours through Jan. 1. $10 for all-day come-and-go skating and skate rental. 100 block of W. Main, Fredericksburg. 830-997-6597,

Ice Skating on the Plaza at Whole Foods. The flagship store offers ice skating 10 a.m.-9 p.m. daily through Jan. 7. Call or check the website for updated hours, as private parties can book the rink Monday-Thursday. $10/person, which includes skates. 525 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-476-1206,

Ice Skating at Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa. Guests and passers-through can take a few spins around the ice skating rink on Riversong Lawn for a good cause. All-day skating includes skate rentals ($20 adult/$15 child for hotel guests; $25 adult/$20 child for non-guests) with a portion of the proceeds donated to the Bastrop County Women’s Shelter. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. daily through Jan. 4 (except Dec. 30-Jan. 1).

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Next week in Austin360: Joe Gross reviews “Rogue One,” the latest movie in the Star Wars franchise.

On “Statesman Shots”

This week on our pop culture podcast “Statesman Shots,” travel back in time to the 1990s, when there were only a little more than a dozen stand-up comics, and some of them passed down a vehicle that become an icon of a bygone comedy scene. American-Statesman reporter Phil Jankowski tells the tale of a 1964 AMC Rambler that will win your heart. Phil also joins in with a segment on the first or most memorable cars we’ve owned (1982 Buick Skylark, anyone?). Statesman travel editor Kristin Finan, Mauri Elbel and Rachel Garcia talk about a nonprofit they founded together, Carrying Hope, which puts together hope packs for kids entering the Central Texas foster care system. And in “A Toast,” we recommend the “Hamilton Mixtape” album, Leonardo DiCaprio’s environmental documentary “Before The Flood” and Dungeons & Dragons. Check it out at

— Omar L. Gallaga

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