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Recommended arts: 'Open Architecture East,' Trio Los Vigilantes, 'Of Mice & Music: A Jazz Nutcracker'

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Austin 360


'Open Architecture East.' A self-guided tour of 18 architects' studios in East Austin, 'Open Architecture East' offers the chance to see what kind of space design innovators make for themselves as well as what kind of work they have on their drawing boards. Included on the tour, among other firms, are Sprecht Harpman, KRDB, Rick Black Architect, Pollen Architecture, Merzbau Design Collective and Designhouse. 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday. Various locations. $5 (wristbands available at all locations).


Trio Los Vigilantes.This classic Mexican bolero threesome is joined by a string quartet for an evening of both traditional and modern Latin and folk music. 7 p.m. Esquina Tango, 209 Pedernales St. $15. 524-2772,

Tuesday and Wednesday

'Of Mice & Music: A Jazz Nutcracker.' Got visions of tap-dancing Sugar Plums dancing in your head? Tapestry Dance Company starts a new holiday tradition with a modern tap dance version of the classic holiday ballet performed to an original jazz score by the band Blue J. 7 p.m. Monday through Dec. 17. Salvage Vanguard Theater, 2803 Manor Road. $15.

— Jeanne Claire van Ryzin