Art, music and upcoming holiday events
Video games out this week
“DOOM VFR Edition.” After recently coming to the Nintendo Switch, the well-received reboot of Id Software’s “DOOM” now arrives as a virtual-reality game. Will it be scarier and just as fast-paced? Rated M for Mature. $30 for PlayStation 4 VR and HTC Vive on Windows PC.
“Xenoblade Chronicles 2.” Nintendo scores another role-playing exclusive with this follow-up to the Nintendo Wii and Nintendo 3DS game. Expect more streamlined combat and better graphics in this open-world game. Rated T for Teen. $60 for Nintendo Switch.
Also out this week: “Resident Evil: Revelations 1 and 2” (Switch), “Black Mirror” (PC, PS4, Xbox One), “VR Karts” (PS4 VR), “ATOM RPG” (PC), “Radial-G: Racing Revolved” (PS4), “Star Ocean: The Last Hope Remaster” (PC), “Operation Apex” (PC), “GNOG” (PC), “Portal Knights” (Switch), “Syberia 2” (Switch), “Little Nightmares: The Hideaway” (PC, PS4, Xbox One), “Puzzle Box Maker” (Switch), “LongStory” (PC), “MegaRace 3” (PC), “Marble Land” (PS4, PC).
— Omar L. Gallaga
“Speechless” at Camiba Art. Houston artist Margaret Smithers-Crump’s first solo show in Austin intends to bring attention to the vulnerability and interconnectedness of the Earth’s diverse ecosystems. In particular, she highlights one of the world’s most crucial organisms with the exhibit’s title work, “Speechless.” Suspended from the ceiling, the piece is inspired by the coral reefs that are threatened by global warming. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday through Dec. 2. 2832 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Suite 111. camibaart.com.
Project ATX6 2017 Finale Concert at Stateside at the Paramount. Each year, Project ATX6 selects six Austin artists to travel the globe performing and participating in a documentary film project. This year’s musicians represented Austin at festivals in France, Germany, Japan and Canada. Back at home, they will perform their final concert together in an evening that includes a documentary short from Chris Brecht. With Mobley, Go Fever, Otis Wilkins, Little Mazarn, Croy & the Boys and Torino Black. KUTX’s Laurie Gallardo emcees the evening’s festivities. $18. 8 p.m. Nov. 29. 719 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org. — Deborah Sengupta Stith
“A Christmas Carol: A Rockin’ Family Musical” at Zach Theatre. Returning for the fourth year running, this Zach Theatre show is becoming another Austin tradition. Zach’s adaptation will not be quite as fans of Charles Dickens’ book remember it, as the production infuses the traditional Victorian story — and costumes — with a musical score that spans all genres and eras, from Motown and beyond. There will also be reimagined carols to keep you in the holiday spirit. Zach is also producing Jaston Williams’ “A Tuna Christmas” this year. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday through Dec. 31. $25-$150. 202 S. Lamar Blvd. zachtheatre.org.
Holiday Sing-Along and Downtown Stroll. Celebrate the holiday season with the Downtown Austin Alliance’s annual family-friendly evening of merriment and music. Enjoy live music from Austin staples like Gina Chavez, Riders Against the Storm, Charlie Faye & the Fayettes, Jane Ellen Bryant and more. There will also be a special night market brought to you by the Sustainable Food Center and the lighting of the downtown Christmas tree. Stroll down Congress Avenue to partake in activities like facepainting, ornament-making and gingerbread house decorating. 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 2. Free. Congress Avenue. downtownaustin.com/holidays.