Gear up for the holidays in Austin with these events
Theater & dance
"Cat on a Hot Tin Roof." Tennessee Williams' personal favorite play kicks off Austin Shakespeare's season. The steamy masterpiece is about an ex-football player, “Brick,” now alcoholic, who struggles with his strong-willed wife and father as the family dangles between the dangers of wealth and poverty. The show features Gwendolyn Kelso as Maggie the Cat, who so impressed Austin Shakespeare audiences with her Blanche Dubois depiction in Williams’ "A Streetcar Named Desire." 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, through Dec. 2. $18-$45. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. 512-474-5664, thelongcenter.org.
Goose Island Black Wednesday. Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden hosts its pre-Thanksgiving tradition: the release and celebration of some of the best draft beers the legendary Goose Island has to offer. A couples of their bottles will be for sale as well. The lineup includes Bourbon County Brand Stout 2018, Bourbon County Brand Barleywine 2017 and Lolita 2016. Bottles available are Bourbon County Brand Rare and Bourbon County Brand Vanilla Stout. Live music starts at 7 p.m. 5 to 9 p.m. Nov. 21. Free. 79 Rainey St. facebook.com/events/2204433446498546/.
Erin Shirreff at Lora Reynolds Gallery. The New York artist's first presentation at Lora Reynolds features work that blurs the boundaries between sculpture and photography, investigating the gray area between these usually neatly defined categories and whether experiencing art firsthand is more powerful and compelling than looking at a photograph of that artwork. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday through Jan. 12. 360 Nueces St. Suite 50. 512-215-4965, lorareynolds.com.
"The Mystery of Edwin Drood." This Austin Playhouse production is a hilarious, interactive whodunit musical that takes you to the small town of Chesterham, England. Here we meet a rowdy Victorian theatre troupe mounting a production of Charles Dickens’ unfinished last novel. During the production, the charming Edwin Drood is mysteriously murdered, but by whom? With no ending written, it's left to the audience to decide which character is the murderer in this play-within-a-play. Opens Nov. 24. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 5 p.m. Sunday, with additional matinee 2 p.m. Dec. 15 through Dec. 15. $19-$40. 6001 Airport Blvd. austinplayhouse.com.
Black Friday Pumpkinator Party. Don't want to be part of the Black Friday shopping madness? Stop into WhichCraft Tap Room & Bottle Shop, in the Mueller neighborhood, to have some of fall's best beers. WhichCraft is featuring 2017 and 2018 versions of Saint Arnold Pumpkinator, an imperial pumpkin stout, as well as releasing some rare barrel-aged Pumpkinator bottles and other specially cellared bottles of Saint Arnold beers. 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 23. Free. 1900 Simond Ave. Ste. 200. whichcraft.com.