Theater & dance
"Dear Evan Hansen." A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have. In this Broadway in Austin production, Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he’s always wanted: a chance to finally fit in. "Dear Evan Hansen" is the deeply personal and profoundly contemporary musical about life and the way we live it. 8 p.m. Dec. 10-14, 2 p.m. Dec. 14, and 1 and 7 p.m. Dec. 15. $44-$154. Bass Concert Hall, 2350 Robert Dedman Drive. 512-471-2787, texasperformingarts.org.
Graham Reynolds Ruins the Holidays at Long Center’s Rollins Theatre. Reynolds, one of Austin’s leading independent composers for well over a decade, promises to "wreak musical havoc on a set of holiday favorites" in the concert hall’s intimate Rollins Theatre. Reynolds converts many of the classic carols into minor keys, casting his introspective renditions in a haunting light. $29. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10. 701 W. Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org. — Deborah Sengupta Stith
"Love Actually" at the Paramount Theatre. Celebrate the season in the decked-out halls of the historic Paramount Theatre, which throughout December screens some of our favorite Christmas films — continuing with "Love Actually." Movies with poster-cramming mega-casts don’t always work, especially when interconnected storylines are involved. But thanks to the sure hand of writer and director Richard Curtis, this romantic comedy has become beloved. 7 p.m. Dec. 10. $11. 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org
Ashley Benton + Christopher Lee Gilmer. For this dual-artist show at Wally Workman Gallery, Gilmer creates oil paintings that explore the psychological effects of the figure through physical mutations that distort and merge various realities. Benton's figurative ceramics also portray a dialogue of the human condition. Less than reality and more than a dream, their works strive to give the viewer an alternative connection to the self. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. Sunday through Jan. 5. 1202 W. Sixth St. wallyworkmangallery.com
Wonder Women of Wine Fundraiser. Celebrate with and help raise money for Wonder Women of Wine's second annual conference as organizers continue the mission of advocating gender equality in the wine industry. The original Bufalina will host the night with wines made by women, snacks and pizza, as well as a chance to win prizes such as conference tickets, WWOW swag and large format bottles. 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 10. $25 suggested donation. 1519 E. Cesar Chavez St. facebook.com/events/604616550310064