Music


“Messiah”: An Austin Symphony Christmas Tradition. Handel’s “Messiah,” composed in just three weeks in 1742, is one of the greatest musical masterpieces of all time and a holiday season tradition of the Austin Symphony Orchestra. On this night of musical magic (after a performance the night before), the orchestra will be led by guest conductor Ryan Heller. Chorus Austin will provide the vocals. 8 p.m. Dec. 4. $15-$65. Emmaus Catholic Church, 1718 Lohmans Crossing Road, Lakeway. austinsymphony.org


Film


Free Holiday Movie: “Elf” at Irene’s. “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear,” Buddy the Elf says. But watching holiday films like his will probably spread it, too. The Will Ferrell comedy “Elf” will play on Irene’s heated and enclosed back patio. There will be free popcorn as well as “Elf”-themed food and drink specials, such as eggnog. Ugly sweaters are welcome but not required. 7 to 9:30 p.m. Dec. 4. Free. 506 West Ave. facebook.com/events/542542259645692


“National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation” Beer Dinner. Bad luck seems to follow Clark Griswold and his family. The perpetual optimist, Clark tries to make the holidays a special family event by chopping down the biggest tree in the forest, hanging a million Christmas lights, and dealing with his obnoxious visiting family members in “Christmas Vacation.” Watch the hilarity while enjoying a three-course feast featuring Deschutes beer pairings. 7 p.m. Dec. 4. $45.83. Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline, 14028 N. U.S. Highway 183, Building F. drafthouse.com


Theater & dance


“As You Like It.” Austin Shakespeare will bring together one of Shakespeare’s most romantic comedies with music from some of Austin’s talented songwriters and starring Emily Christine Smith as Rosalind who, disguised as a man, tests the love of Matthew Wagner’s Orlando. The music is just one aspect of contemporary Austin flair that Ann Ciccolella has added to the play’s fantastical forest of Arden. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday through Dec. 8. $18-$45. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org


John Leguizamo: Latin History For Morons. This one-man Broadway show is inspired by the near total absence of Latinos from his son’s American history books. Leguizamo embarks on an outrageously funny, frenzied search to find a Latin hero for his son’s school history project, and in the show, he’ll break down the 3,000 years between the Mayans and Pitbull into 110 irreverent and uncensored minutes. 8 p.m. Dec. 4. $39.50-$115. Bass Concert Hall, 2350 Robert Dedman Dr. 512-471-2787, texasperformingarts.org