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Recommended arts: '12 Steps to a More Dysfunctional Christmas,' 'The Santaland Diaries,' 'A Texas Christmas Carol'

Staff Writer
Austin 360

Not ready to give up the holiday joy? The yuletide continues with these shows.

- Jeanne Claire van Ryzin

Thursday-Saturday

'12 Steps to a More Dysfunctional Christmas.' Quirky funnyman Rob Nash returns to the Vortex with his irreverent one-man account of a terribly dysfunctional family's terribly dysfunctional Christmas. 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Show continues 8 p.m. Dec. 31-Jan. 2. Vortex, 2307 Manor Road. $10-$30. 478-5282. www.vortexrep.org.

Thursday-Sunday

'The Santaland Diaries.' Actor Espie Randolph (of Esther's Follies and star of Zach's 'Sheer Madness') plays Crumpet, the sardonic writer who takes a job at Macy's as one of Santa's helpers in David Sedaris' wry observation on the painfully festive holiday season. Meredith McCall sings. 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays through Jan. 11. Whisenhunt Stage, Zach Theatre, 1510 Toomey Road. $33-$43 (discounts for seniors and students). 476-0541, www.zachtheatre.org,

Friday through Sunday

'A Texas Christmas Carol.' A traditional musical variety show re-styled Austin style. On the roster are the Amazing Grace Gospel Choir, Austin Lyric Opera's 'Sing-A-Long 'Hallelujah' Chorus,' Ballet Austin's 'Nine-Minute Nutcracker,' River City Brass Quintet, Tapestry Dance Company, James Bowie High School Silver Stars, Tosca String Quartet and special musical guests Tish Hinojosa and the Biscuit Brothers. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 and 6 p.m. Sunday. Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. $10-$60. 474-5664. www.thelongcenter.org.