1. Graham Reynolds Ruins the Holidays Part Deux
7:30 p.m. Dec. 11. $25. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org.
Local composer Reynolds is joining forces with some of Austin's best musicians to wreak musical havoc with an explosive set of holiday favorites. By playing most of them in a minor key, Reynolds and his band bring a new, Grinch-like perspective to these season standards for the second year in a row at the Long Center's Rollins Theatre. Expect a set that is raucous, rocking, beautiful, introspective — and everything in between.
2. Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund at BookPeople
6 p.m. Dec. 11. $18.99. 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Crusoe and his owner Ryan Beauchesne are coming to Austin to sign copies of the photo-heavy book "Crusoe the Worldly Wiener Dog: Further Adventures with the Celebrity Dachshund." In the book, the Internet sensation leaves fame and fortune behind to expand his worldly horizons, from Switzerland's Alps to Mexico's Mayan temples. The $18.99 vouchers, which include a copy of the book, are required to join the signing line.
3. Shinyribs at Waterloo Records
5 p.m. Dec. 11. Free. 600 N. Lamar Blvd. waterloorecords.com.
Holiday records often seem like trifles or toss-offs, but there’s enough on "The Kringle Tingle" from Kevin Russell’s genre-defying outfit to transcend the season. That’s partly because of two really solid Russell originals: “Santa Comes to Atlanta” is a pedal steel-tinged beauty that’s more overtly country than anything the band has done to date, while “Christmas Time in Bossier City,” written with Dan Nugent, swings bittersweetly to gorgeous vocal and instrumental support from the Tijuana Trainwreck Horns and the Shiny Soul Sisters. Russell exercises the same muscle that produced the Gourds’ “Gin & Juice” reinvention on “Don’t Go Chasing Santa Claus,” a yuletide fresh take on TLC’s mid-’90s pop smash “Waterfalls.” — Peter Blackstock
4. "Miracle on 34th Street" at the Paramount Theatre
7 p.m. Dec. 11. $12. 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org.
The Paramount shows a few Christmas movies during the holiday season each year, and you can bet the Maureen O'Hara classic is one of them. In "Miracle on 34th Street," shown in glorious 35 mm film, a young lawyer decides to defend a department store Santa who claims that he is the real Kris Kringle — putting everyone's beliefs to the test. Enjoy the film while surrounded by festive decor; the Paramount will even provide snow.