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Recommended arts: 'Chill,' 'American History X-Mas,' 'Hollie Day's Wonder Winterland,' 'La Guadalupana: Virgin Iconography from Self Help Graphics'

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Austin 360

Thursday

'Chill.' A decidedly nonholiday group exhibit includes Cynthia Camlin's luminous watercolors of icebergs, Sara Frantz's delicate ink drawings of the empty landscapes of Iceland and West Texas, and Raychael Stine's paintings of oddly buoyant yet realistic dogs. With works by Jennifer Maestre, Leslie Mutchler, Steve Wiman and Sydney Yeager as well. Opening reception: 6 to 8 p.m. today. Exhibit continues 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays through Feb. 6. D. Berman Gallery, 1701 Guadalupe St. Free. www.dbermangallery.com.

'American History X-Mas.' Did you know that Christmas was founded by Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton in an attempt to get Jefferson's wife off his back after a bender? That's just one of the interesting nuggets revealed in Austin comedy troupe Midnight Society's very offbeat holiday sketch show. 10 p.m. today. Coldtowne Theater, 4803 Airport Blvd. www.coldtownetheater.com.

Saturday

'Hollie Day's Wonder Winterland.' Austin Children's Theater and Vortex present a family-friendly interactive show. Fanciful hostess Hollie Day entertains another unusual cast of party guests and some funny, over-the-top audience participation. Plus, everyone gets to make a fabulous party hat. 4 p.m. Vortex, 2307 Manor Road. $5-$30. 478-5282, www.vortexrep.org,

Sunday

'La Guadalupana: Virgin Iconography from Self Help Graphics.' Prints from Gilberto Cardenas Collection focus on the importance of the Virgin of Guadalupe as an image, icon and symbol of empowerment in Chicano art and popular culture. Made through Self Help Graphics, the community center and printmaking studio started 40 years ago by a Franciscan nun in East Los Angeles, these colorful prints illuminate the relationship between community, religion and personal identity. Exhibition tour 2 p.m. Sunday. Free with museum admission ($3-$7). Blanton Museum of Art, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Congress Ave. 471-7324, www.blantonmuseum.org.

- Jeanne Claire van Ryzin.