Festive fun this holiday weekend includes jazzy "Nutcracker" and more
"La Bamba" at AFS Cinema. The life of rock 'n' roll legend Ritchie Valens bursts across the screen in the celebrated music-filled biopic "La Bamba," starring Lou Diamond Phillips as the teenage sensation whose rise to fame was ended tragically at the age of 17. The film features music from Grammy Award-winning rock band Los Lobos. The screening is presented as a partnership with Frida Friday ATX and Cine Las Americas. 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday. $9. 6406 N. Interstate 35, Ste. 3100. austinfilm.org/screening/la-bamba/.
Freedonia at Parker Jazz Club. New to downtown this year, Parker Jazz Club has helped give local jazz players another steady venue outside the long-standing Elephant Room. Also new to the city’s scene is Freedonia, but everyone will certainly recognize at least one member: Grammy-winning singer and guitarist Christopher Cross. The group’s eight-piece lineup also includes saxophonists Russell Haight, Seth Carper and Justin Vasquez. $20. 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Saturday. 117 W. Fourth St. parkerjazzclub.com. — Peter Blackstock
Celtic Christmas at the Cathedral. In one of Austin's most historic houses of worship, a holiday tradition featuring some of the city's most venerated vocalists returns the weekend before Christmas. Brett Barnes, Danny Johnson and Stephanie Prewitt are among the singers performing Irish and Scottish traditional music to provide a night of enchanted wonder. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Technically sold out. St. Mary's Cathedral, 203 E. 10th St. celticchristmasaustin.com.
Theater & dance
"Of Mice and Music: A Jazz Tap Nutcracker." Don't miss the final weekend of Tapestry Dance Company's unique version of "The Nutrcracker." Each year, the local troupe stages a jazzed-up version of the original Tchaikovsky work with a swinging sound. The score is played live with some of Austin's best jazz musicians; Tapestry artistic director Acia Gray takes on the Drosselmeyer role. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $19-$39. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org.
Pajama-Jam 2018 at Little Woodrow's Tech Ridge. Wouldn't it be nice to show up to a party in the comfiest outfit in your closet? The North Austin location of Little Woodrow's is making your dreams come true with this holiday bash where you can wear your favorite PJs or onesie, with the chance to win a prize for best outfit. The night will also include karaoke from 9 to 11 p.m. and a DJ dance party until close. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday. Free. 12601 Tech Ridge Blvd., Suite 700. facebook.com/events/201239880822744/.
Eddie B.’s Teachers Only Comedy Tour at Bass Concert Hall. Teaching is a stressful job. I know I put teachers through the wringer as a student myself. So, it’s no surprise that teachers need a creative outlet so they don’t go bonkers. Enter Eddie B. The Houston native and the creator of the video series “What Teachers Really Say” will be headlining with a cast of educators that will tickle your funny bone while taking you to school. No hall pass required. 8 p.m. Saturday. $35-$65. 2350 Robert Dedman Drive. texasperformingarts.org. — Brently Heilbron
"Mischief Managed" at the Hideout Theatre. The Hideout has dabbled in improvising in the world of a certain boy wizard before, but the theater is finally giving the wizarding world its due with a full-on run of magical shows."Mischief Managed" chronicles the adventures of students at the venerable British School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. Set in the time period between the defeat of Voldemort and present day, it features a mix of beloved characters from the books and all new students, menaces and teachers. 8 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 29. $15. 617 Congress Ave. hideouttheatre.com.