Theater & dance
"A Christmas Carol" at Zach Theatre. Kicking off the holiday season, Jaston Williams of "Greater Tuna" fame will return to play Ebenezer Scrooge in the play that has become a Zach Theatre tradition — and also not like any previous versions of "A Christmas Carol." This inspired adaptation of the Charles Dickens’ classic infuses the traditional Victorian story with a score that spans all genres and eras. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, with additional performance 7:30 p.m. Dec. 25, through Dec. 30. $30-$170. Topfer Theatre, 202 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-476-0541, zachtheatre.org.
"Cat on a Hot Tin Roof." Tennessee Williams' personal favorite play kicks off Austin Shakespeare's new season. The steamy masterpiece is about an ex-football player, Brick, now alcoholic, who struggles with his strong-willed wife and father as the family dangles between the dangers of wealth and poverty. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. $18-$45. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. 512-474-5664, thelongcenter.org.
"Umlauf Unveiled" at Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum. The new exhibit, which will be on display through Feb. 17, features more than 50 sculptures and drawings by prolific artist Charles Umlauf — many of which are never-before-seen pieces. They enhance the visitor’s understanding of Umlauf’s wide-ranging work as well as his lifelong friendship with his famous student, Farrah Fawcett. Opening reception 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 28. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 12 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through Feb. 17. 605 Azie Morton Road. umlaufsculpture.org.
Reel Women Movie Series: "Clueless." As if you'd want to miss the final edition of a new Wednesday night movie series. All November movies showcase strong female leads, including this one with "Clueless." Starring Alicia Silverstone, the comedy is about Cher, the most popular girl in school, who decides to give a clumsy student a makeover. There will be free popcorn and themed drinks. All of the December screenings are holiday-themed flicks. 7:30 to 10 p.m. Wednesday. Free. Irene's, 506 West Ave. facebook.com/events/327458708065477/.
"The Nutcracker" by Austin Metamorphosis Dance Ensemble. The most famous ballet in history gets a fresh take with this production from Austin Metamorphosis Dance Ensemble. Along with guest artists from Ballet Austin, the ensemble brings a new perspective to this hundreds-year-old piece, transporting audiences to a faraway land set against Tchaikovsky's beautiful music. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 2:30 p.m. Dec. 1-2. $20. Boyd Vance Theater at the George W. Carver Museum and Cultural Center, 1165 Angelina St. eventbrite.com/e/amde-presents-the-nutcracker-2018-tickets-50874652455?.