Things to do in Austin the week of Dec. 8-14
1. Armadillo Christmas Bazaar
11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Dec. 13-23, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 24. $10-$50. 900 Barton Springs Road.armadillobazaar.com
One of the most prominent local bazaars returns just in time for the height of holiday shopping. And in true Austin style, this 44-year-old holiday market is as much about the live music as it is about the nearly 200 artists spread around a festive Palmer Events Center. Performers at Armadillo Christmas Bazaar this year include Suzanna Choffel, Ray Wylie Hubbard and Dale Watson, who headlines the first night this week.
2. Austin Beerworks Sputnik Launch Party
11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Dec. 8. Free. 3001 Industrial Terrace.facebook.com/events/2388059371524009
It's the most wonderful time of the year — because of beer, duh. Austin Beerworks’ Sputnik Russian Imperial Coffee Oatmeal Stout makes its triumphant return with more than 200 pounds of coffee beans from Cuvee Coffee. In addition to regular ol’ Sputnik, the beer list includes Sputnik variants such as the very limited bourbon barrel-aged Midnight Swordfight. Flying Balalaika Brothers perform live.
3. Trailer Throwback Anniversary at Odd Duck
5:30 to 10 p.m. Dec. 9. $35 at the door. 1201 S. Lamar Blvd.facebook.com/events/2590391407710588
The celebration of Odd Duck’s six years in its brick-and-mortar restaurant in South Austin doubles as the release of “The Odd Duck Almanac,” the first cookbook project from the award-winning and James Beard-nominated chef Bryce Gilmore. The Trailer Throwback Anniversary Party will also have OG dishes, boozy beverages, live music, silent auction and a ring toss. The minimum $35 admission is a donation to the Sustainable Food Center.
4. “Love Actually” at the Paramount Theatre
7 p.m. Dec. 10. $11. 713 Congress Ave.austintheatre.org
Celebrate the season in the decked-out halls of the historic Paramount Theatre, which throughout December screens some of our favorite Christmas films — continuing with “Love Actually.” Movies with poster-cramming mega-casts don’t always work, especially when interconnected storylines are involved. But thanks to the sure hand of writer and director Richard Curtis, this winning romantic comedy has become beloved.
5. Radney Foster at Saxon Pub
7 p.m. Dec. 11-12. $25. 1320 S. Lamar Blvd.thesaxonpub.com
A Del Rio native, Foster moved to Tennessee for college and ended up in Nashville, first making his mark in country music with the late-’80s duo Foster & Lloyd. A subsequent string of solo albums included songs that became hits for artists including Keith Urban, the Dixie Chicks, Sara Evans and Hootie & the Blowfish. His most recent project, “For You to See the Stars,” is both a book and an album. — Peter Blackstock
6. “She Loves Me” at Austin Playhouse
8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 5 p.m. Sunday, with 2 p.m. performance Dec. 21 and no performance Dec. 15, through Dec. 21. $38-$46. 6001 Airport Blvd.austinplayhouse.com/she-loves-me
Austin Playhouse celebrates the holiday season with a staging of this euphoric romantic musical comedy. “She Loves Me” is about a charming case of mistaken identity and an unlikely romance set in a 1930s European perfumery. Feuding perfume clerks Amalia and Georg work together begrudgingly by day and write beautiful love letters to their secret admirers by night — not realizing they are each other.
7. “The Fine Art of Star Wars”
Opening reception: 7 to 10 p.m. Dec. 14. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday through Jan. 12. 3005 S. Lamar Blvd., Suite C-110B.ao5gallery.com
Celebrate the release of the final installment of the “Star Wars” saga with some art. Ao5 Gallery once again brings popular culture into the fine art scene of Austin. This officially licensed Disney & LucasFilm exhibit will include original works, limited edition giclees on paper and canvas, original film posters & collectibles.