Theater & dance

“A Christmas Carol Classic Radiocast.” The players of the fictional KPNF radio station tell the story of Ebenezer Scrooge and his ghosts through voice actors and sound effects, drawing audiences back to 1940 and the Golden Age of Radio. Penfold Theatre brings its annual holiday tradition, a performance reminiscent of "A Prairie Home Companion," back to charming life. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday through Dec. 29. $15-$25. Old Settlers Hall, 3300 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock. penfoldtheatre.org.

Music

Jackson Browne Tribute at Saxon Pub. Though it was a strange hodge-podge of live recordings, new material and covers, “Running on Empty” ended up being Jackson Browne’s best-selling album, passing 7 million in the U.S. alone. A smorgasbord of locals will take everyone back to 1977 at the Saxon, including Rosie Flores, Guy Forsyth, Jaimee Harris, Mark Hallman, Charlie Faye, William Harries Graham, Barbara Nesbitt, Lonnie Trevino Jr. and more. $20-25. 10 p.m. Dec. 6. 1320 S. Lamar Blvd. thesaxonpub.com. — Peter Blackstock

SoCo First Thursday: Deck the Avenue Holiday Kick-off. South Congress Avenue is getting decked out like never before with thousands of lights lining the avenue for the holidays. To celebrate the season, this month's First Thursday features the lighting of the 200-year-old oak trees in the Guero's Oak Garden and live music by the Bobby Fuentes Show and other special guests. There will be other one-night-only specials from SoCo businesses as well. 6 to 11 p.m. Dec. 6. Free. 1412 S. Congress Ave. facebook.com/events/376801799729771/.

Comedy

"Free Fringe" at Hideout Theater. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but the Austin improv scene is overflowing with creativity. There are hundreds of performers, and every single one of them is prone to saying things like, “Wouldn’t it be crazy if…?” or “I just had the most insane idea.” This is where those dreams go, not to die, but to live gloriously on the stage for one night only. Every week will be dramatically different. 9:30 p.m. Dec. 6. Free. 617 Congress Ave. hideouttheatre.com. — Brently Heilbron

Gardening calendar

Starting Seeds Indoors at the Natural Gardener. Timing is important when starting a vegetable garden in Texas. If you try planting the seeds indoors, you gain more control over choosing which types of plants to have and don't have to worry so much about timing. Instructor Linda Wall will teach all the tricks about starting seeds indoors successfully, so that everyone can have the freedom of planting what that they want and when. 10 a.m. Dec. 8. Free. 8648 Old Bee Caves Road. 512-288-6113, tngaustin.com.