1. Western Youth, Greyhounds at Continental Club
10 p.m. Dec. 28. $17. 1315 S. Congress Ave. continentalclub.com.
The best little nightclub in the world rocks out on the last Saturday of the decade with two acts that have left a solid mark on the 2010s even as they’re gathering speed for 2020 and beyond. Western Youth got a major grant from Black Fret earlier this month and are poised to follow up their impressive 2018 full-length debut. Greyhounds leaders Andrew Trube and Anthony Ferrell often work out new material with more informal Wednesday gigs down the street at C-Boy’s when they’re not taking the band on the road. — Peter Blackstock
2. “The Mutt-Cracker (Sweet!)”
4:30 and 6:30 p.m. Thursday-Sunday, with additional 4:30 p.m. show Jan. 1, through Jan. 5. $15-$37. The Vortex, 2307 Manor Road. vortexrep.org
Rescue dogs? Juggling? A talking macaw? You know what that means: Circus Chickendog returns to the Vortex for its holiday spectacular featuring furry friends. This year’s production stars five talented rescue dogs, a talking scarlet macaw and their handler, Darren Peterson. This year’s guest stars are the Famiglia Gentile, a famous foot-juggling family.
3. Zilker Brewing’s Annual Elfie Sunshine Launch
11 a.m. Dec. 27. Free. 1701 E. Sixth St. zilkerbeer.com
The East Austin brewery’s imperial coffee milk stout with cocoa nibs releases just after Christmas every year, making different variations each time by changing the coffee, the barrels it’s aged in and the way it's served. Try multiple versions including the Horchata Coffee Milk Stout and the two-year-old, Buffalo Trace bourbon barrel-aged Elfie Sunshine at the launch. There will be a limited retro coffee mug available, too.
4. A Celebration of Music by David Bowie
8 p.m. doors Dec. 28. $10. Barracuda Austin, 611 East Seventh St. eventbrite.com/e/a-celebration-of-music-by-david-bowie-ft-moving-panoramas-technicolor-hearts-mike-hidalgo-modern-tickets-71404265079
Local musicians who share an appreciation for the legendary David Bowie will take the Barracuda stage. Hear material from his early career through his last album, as well as a full set of “Labyrinth” songs. Bands including Moving Panoramas and Technicolor Hearts will pay tribute by performing their own interpretations of their favorite songs.
5. Peruvian Holiday Feast
6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 29. $60. 1900 Manor Road. facebook.com/events/410730199802914
On Sundays in Latin America, it is customary to dine as a family, gathering multi-generational groups together and sharing a meal, stories and memories. This December, Yuyo has hosted a series of family-style Sunday dinners, where Chef Maribel Rivero will be serving up Peruvian holiday specialties. The final meal will have braised duck legs, steelhead trout causa and more. Wine pairings are $20 extra.