THEATER

'A Christmas Carol.' The classic Scrooge tale adapted for children. 10 a.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 20. Check Web site for more dates. $5 to $10. Scottish Rite Theatre, 207 W. 18th St. 472-5436, www.srct.org.

'Annie.' The musical features songs 'Tomorrow' and 'It's the Hard Knock Life.' 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 30. For special weekday shows, check Web site. $8 to $22. Palace Theatre, 810 South Austin Ave., Georgetown. 512-869-7469, www.thegeorgetownpalace.org.

'Bohemian Cowboy.' A son's tribute to his father's legacy after disappearing in a Nevada desert. 8 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays through Dec. 20. $16 to $18. Hyde Park Theatre, 511 W. 43rd St. 479-7529, www.hydeparktheatre.org.

'Do You See What I See?' Holiday salute to the golden age of broadcasting. 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 19. $8 to $15. Silver Spur Theatre, 108 Royal St, Salado. 254-947-3456, www.saladosilverspurtheater.com.

'Esther's Follies' Folly Jolly Christmas!' decks the halls with magic and musical comedy. 8 p.m. today, 8 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 525 E. Sixth St. $20 general admission. 320-0553, www.esthers

follies.com.

'Laughter on the 23rd Floor.' Neil Simon's play is a behind-the-scenes look at 1950s neurotic TV. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 5:30 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 20. $12 to $25. The City Theatre, 3823 Airport Blvd. Suite D. 524-2870, www.citytheatreaustin.org.

Murder Mystery Dinner. 'A Christmas Cruise Ship Crime,' audience interactive show. 7 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Spaghetti Warehouse, 117 W. Fourth St. $33.50 includes dinner and show. Reservations, 404-9123, www.capcitymystery.com.

'Rockin' Christmas Party,' a rock-n-soul holiday spectacle. 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays with various other dates through Dec. 27. $24 to $46. Zach Scott Theatre, Kleberg Stage, 1510 Toomey Road. 476-0541, www.zachtheatre.org.

'The Santaland Diaries,' a comedy written by David Sedaris. 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays with various other dates through Jan. 10. $24 to $43. Zach Scott Theatre, Whisenhunt Stage, 1510 Toomey Road. 476-0541, www.zachtheatre.org.

'Sister's Christmas Catechism.' Comedic retelling of the nativity story. 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 3 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 20. $29 to $37. Rollins Studio Theatre, The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Dr. www.thelongcenter.org.

'The Skin of Our Teeth.' Chronicles a family that has lived through several wars and depressions. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $15 to $30. The Vortex, 2307 Manor Road. 478-5282, www.vortexrep.org.

'That Time of the Year.' A musical revue of 25 all-original Christmas, Hanukkah and New Years songs. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 19. $10 to $15. Sam Bass Community Theatre, 600 Lee St., Round Rock. www.sam

basstheatre.org.

MUSIC

Advent Noon Concert Series. Today: The Chamber Choir of Anderson High School. Noon to 12:45 p.m. Thursdays through Dec. 17. Free. St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, 8134 Mesa Dr. www.stmattsaustin.org.

Austin Symphonic Band. Opening concert: 'Then and Now.' 3 p.m. Sunday. $6 to $10. Reagan High School Performing Arts Center, 7104 Berkman Drive. 345-7420.

Austin Youth Orchestra. 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Austin High Performing Arts Center, 1715 W. Cesar Chavez St. www.austinyouthorchestra.com.

Carol Fest at the Capitol. Presented by the Austin Chord Ranger Chorus. Noon to 1 p.m. Saturday. State Capitol Rotunda. 477-7664, www.chordrangers.org.

Dianne Reeves. Jazz vocalist and Grammy winner. 7 and 9:30 p.m. today. $20 to $60. One World Theatre, 7701 Bee Cave Road. 330-9500, www.oneworldtheatre.org.

Holiday Musicale. 'Love, Labour, and Loss' presented by The Gilbert & Sullivan Society. 7 p.m. Sunday. Free. Genesis Presbyterian Church, 1507 Wilshire Blvd. www.gilbertsullivan.org.

Jane Monheit. Jazz vocalist. 6 and 8:30 p.m. Sunday. $20 to $60. One World Theatre, 7701 Bee Cave Road. 330-9500, www.oneworldtheatre.org.

Juanita Ulloa with April Brahinsky. Classical and folk songs from Span to Latin America. 6 to 7 p.m. Friday. $3 to $5. Texas State University School of Music Recital Hall, North corner of LBJ Drive and Pleasant Street. www.music.txstate.edu.

Round Rock Symphony. 'Holiday Spectacular' featuring Texas State University Choirs. 8 p.m. Saturday. $15 to $20. Anderson Mill Baptist Church, 10633 Lake Creek Pkwy. www.roundrocksymphony.org.

Saint Cecilia Baroque Festival. 'A Handel Celebration.' 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 6 p.m. Sunday. $5 to $25. First Presbyterian Church of Austin, 8001 Mesa Drive. 512-345-8866, www.stceciliamusic

series.org.

FILM

'Music and a Movie.' 'Gone with the Wind' with live music. 3 p.m. Sunday. $12. Alamo Drafthouse Lake Creek, 13729 Research Blvd. 219.5408.

'Other Worlds Film Series.' Presenting 'Stardust' as part of the current exhibit. 7 p.m. Monday. Free. Ransom Center, 300 W. 21st St. www.hrc.utexas.edu/events.

'We Will Always Be Here.' Documentary captures the destruction of the Los Elementos mural in the 1980s. 7 p.m. Friday. Resistencia Bookstore, 1801-A S. First St.

LECTURE

'Making Sense of Hard Times: How the Arts Helped Americans through the Great Depression.' Presented by author Morris Dickstein. 7 p.m. today. Free. Ransom Center, 300 W. 21st St. www.hrc.utexas.edu/events.

COMEDY

Cap City Comedy Club. Matt Bearden: 8 p.m. today, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Dec. 11: DL Hughley. 8120 Research Blvd. $5.50-$49.95. 467-2333, www.capcitycomedy.com.

ColdTowne Theater. 'P'Graph with Level 6 class' 8 p.m. today, 'Eye for an iPhone' 8 p.m. Friday, 'Boy Toy' 7 p.m. Saturday, 'Stool Pigeon' 8 p.m. Saturday, 'Cagematch' 9 p.m. Saturday, 'Midnight Society' 11 p.m. Saturday, 'Coldtowne Allstars' 7 p.m. Sunday, 'Monday Night Mash' 8:30 p.m. Monday. 4803-B Airport Blvd. $5-$10. www.coldtownetheater.com.

Gnap Theater Projects. 'No Shame' 10 p.m. Friday, 'The Ratgirls Go to Hell' 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 'Saturday Night Special' 10 p.m. Saturdays. $5 to $10. Salvage Vanguard Theater, 2803 Manor Road. www.gnaptheater.org.

Hideout Theatre. 'The Threefer' 8 p.m. Thursdays, 'This Week Tonight' 8 p.m. Friday, 'Charles Dickens Unleashed' 6 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 'Flying Theater Machine' 2 p.m. Sundays, 'Tuesday Jam,' 7 p.m. Tuesdays. 617 Congress Ave. $10. 443-3688, www.hideouttheatre.com.

Velveeta Room. Open mike with Chance Royce, 9:30 p.m. today. Comedy with Seth Cockfield, Chris Keimling and Chance Royce: 9:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 521 E. Sixth St. $5. 469-9116, www.thevelveetaroom.com.

ART GALLERIES

Art on 5th. 'Small Works.' 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays through Jan. 2 (to 8 p.m. today for First Thursday). 1501 W. Fifth St. 481-1111, www.arton5th.com.

Art Palace. 'One on One on One' and 'Project Room: Greatest Hits Remastered.' 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays, noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays or by appointment through Dec. 5. 2109 E. Cesar Chavez St. 496-0687, www.artpalacegallery.com.

Authenticity Gallery. 'Mosaica.' 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays, noon to 8 p.m. Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays through Jan. 3. 910 Congress Ave. #100. 914-7434, www.authenticitygallery.com.

Austin Galleries. 'All Creatures Great and Small.' 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays or by appointment through Dec. 23. 1219 W. Sixth St. www.austingalleries.com.

Austin Museum of Art. 'David Bates' and 'New Works: Jade Walker.' 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays, through Jan. 31. 823 Congress Ave. Adults $5, seniors, students or military $4, 12 and younger free. 495-9224, www.amoa.org.

Blanton Museum of Art. 'Workspace: Pablo Vargas Lugo, Eclipses for Austin' through Feb. 21, 'Paolo Veronese: The Petrobelli Altarpiece' through Feb. 7, 'Teresita Fernández: Blind Landscape & Drawn Toward Light' through Jan. 3. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and Congress Ave. $3-$7, free Thursdays. 471-7324, www.blantonmuseum.org.

Creative Research Laboratory. 'No Lone Zone.' Noon to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays through Dec. 19. 2832 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. 322-2099, http://uts.cc.utexas.edu/~crlab.

D. Berman Gallery. 'Katie Maratta and Owen McAuley.' 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays or by appointment through Dec. 12. 1701 Guadalupe St. 477-8877, www.dbermangallery.com.

Flatbed Press Gallery. 'New Works by Dennis Fagan.' 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and by appointment through Dec. 12. 2832 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. 477-9328, www.flatbedpress.com..

Gay Fay Kelly Art. 'Teeny, Tiny Art Show.' By appointment Mondays-Fridays through Dec. 18. 1811 W. Eighth St. 478-7676, www.gayfaykellyart.com.

Haven Gallery. 'John Petrey: The Dress Series.' 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays through Jan. 3. 1122 W. Sixth St. 477-2700, www.havengalleryaustin.com.

Kirchman Galleries. 'Danville Chadbourne – Recent Works.' 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays and Mondays through Jan. 4. 213 N. Nugent Ave., Johnson City. 830-868-9290, www.kirchmangallery.com.

L. Nowlin Gallery. 'The Small Corners of Existence: Robert Schults Photography.' 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays through Jan. 2. 1201 W. Sixth St. 626-9301, www.lnowlingallery.com.

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. 'Group Sculptors' through March, 'Water Sparks' through Dec. 20 and 'My Back Yard: Life in Central Austin' through Dec. 6. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m Tuesdays-Saturdays, noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. 4801 La Crosse Ave. www.wildflower.org.

Lora Reynolds Gallery. 'Noriko Ambe.' 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays through Dec. 31. 360 Nueces St., Suite 50. 215-4965, www.lorareynolds.com.

MASS Gallery. 'Color Spaces.' 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays and noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 12. 916 Springdale Road. www.massgallery.org.

Okay Mountain. 'Booksmart.' 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays and noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 12. 1312 E. Cesar Chavez St., Suite B. www.okaymountain.com.

Slugfest Gallery. 'Tony Fitzpatrick: NO. 9, an Artist's Journal.' 1:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays-Saturdays or by appointment through Dec. 14. 1906 Miriam Ave. 477-7204, www.slugfestprints.com.

Stephen L. Clark Gallery. 'Mexico: Pueblo y Jardin.' 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and by appointment through Dec. 19. 1101 W. Sixth St. 477-0828.

Texas State University Galleries. Gallery I & II: 'BFA Thesis Exhibition I.' 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekends through Dec. 4. Joann Cole Mitte Building, Texas State University, 601 University Drive, San Marcos. 512-245-2611, www.finearts.txstate.edu/art/gallery.html.

Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum. 'WaterSparks: A Damian Priour Retrospective.' 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays, 1 to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Jan. 3. 605 Robert E. Lee Road. 445-5582, www.umlaufsculpture.org.

Women and Their Work. 'My Wicked Twisted Sense of Love.' 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays through Jan. 7. 1710 Lavaca St. 477-1064, www.womenandtheirwork.org.

Yard Dog. 'Over & Under.' 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 6. 1510 S. Congress Ave. 912-1613, www.yarddog.com.