Theater & dance


Ballet Austin’s “The Nutcracker.” The world’s best-known ballet has been an Austin tradition for 57 years. Ballet Austin combines vibrant sets and costumes with Stephen Mills’ sterling choreography, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s music and the Austin Symphony Orchestra’s live accompaniment for this breathtaking production of “The Nutcracker.” Local celebrities continue to take on the Mother Ginger role, including Wednesday’s Kendra Scott. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18-21, 2 p.m. Dec. 22 and 23. $20-$99. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. balletaustin.org


“A Christmas Carol” at Zach Theatre. Austin's most rockin' holiday tradition returns to make merry with new music and surprises to get the party started. Zach Theatre's adaptation of the Dickens classic infuses the traditional Victorian story with a score that spans all genres and eras. Marc Pouhé stars as Ebenezer Scrooge and the Tony-nominated Mary Bridget Davies as Ghost of Christmas Present. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday through Dec. 29. $30-$112. 202 S. Lamar Blvd. zachtheatre.org


Art


“Drawing Tense.” This exhibition of new work by Lucas Simões — the artist’s second presentation at Lora Reynolds Gallery — is all about balance, tension, unpredictability and adjusting expectations. Angular or curved shapes have been cut into blackened steel plates, essentially turning them into elaborate paperclips that pinch, pull and compress his trademark stacks of tracing paper. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday through Feb. 1. 360 Nueces St. lorareynolds.com


Nightlife


Who This Be Release with Pinthouse Pizza & Sierra Nevada. The makers of Austin’s top IPAs and of one of the country’s oldest craft beers have teamed up to release a beer together — an IPA, of course. This six-hop blend is all about the hops, with big, bold notes of citrus, pine, floral and tropical fruit. Other beers from both breweries will be on tap at Easy Tiger as well, such as Pinthouse’s Fog Runner Imperial Tropical IPA. 5 to 10 p.m. Dec. 18. Free. 709 E. Sixth St. facebook.com/events/2729316143824739


Film


The Paramount Holiday Film Series: “White Christmas.” Celebrate the season in the decked-out halls of the historic Paramount Theatre all December long with some of your favorite classic films. Next up is the Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye musical “White Christmas.” As the theater puts it, it’s the cinematic equivalent of a hot cocoa-fueled winter retreat, so book your ticket to see it on the Paramount’s big screen in glorious 35 mm.” Advance tickets are sold out; go to the box office for day-of tickets. 7 p.m. Dec. 18. 713 Congress Ave. tickets.austintheatre.org/5594/5595