12 things to do in Central Austin this month

"Dear Evan Hansen" will come to Austin Dec. 10-15 at Bass Concert Hall. Courtesy Matthew Murphy
"Dear Evan Hansen" will come to Austin Dec. 10-15 at Bass Concert Hall. Courtesy Matthew Murphy

"Dear Evan Hansen" will come to Austin Dec. 10-15 at Bass Concert Hall. Courtesy Matthew Murphy

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The University of Texas hosts Texas Tech Nov. 29 in its final football game of the 2019 regular season. Courtesy University of Texas Athletics
Nov. 29

See UT’s last home game of the season

The Longhorns will host Texas Tech in their regular season finale. UT leads the all-time series in the rivalry 50-17 and has beat the Red Raiders in eight of the last 10 years. However, Texas Tech earned a 27-23 win in its last visit to Austin in 2017. 11 a.m. $50-$120. Darrell K. Royal Stadium, 2139 San Jacinto Blvd., Austin. 512-471-3333. www.texassports.com

Dec. 3

Get involved with a worthwhile cause

Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving that takes place annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and Black Friday. The movement, led in Central Texas by local organization I Live Here I Give Here, encourages people across the world to give to nonprofit causes or volunteer. All day. Free. 512-717-4190. www.ilivehereigivehere.org

Dec. 7

Learn more about Austin ISD middle schools

The Austin ISD middle school fair will invite students and families to learn more about programs offered within the district while hearing from students, families and faculty. 9 a.m.-noon. Free. Webb Middle School, 601 E. St. Johns Ave., Austin. 512-414-4481. www.austinisd.org

Dec. 7-8

Experience the annual Cherrywood Art Fair

The fair began in 2002 and features local artists, live music, kids activities and food. Proceeds benefit Little Artist Big Artist, a mentoring program that pairs professional artists with students from East Austin. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Maplewood Elementary School, 3808 Maplewood Ave., Austin. www.chulaleague.org/cherrywood-art-fair

Dec. 10-14

Attend the Austin Music Video Festival

The fifth annual festival takes place at various locations throughout downtown Austin and celebrates the art of making music videos with premieres, after-parties, workshops and an awards show. Various times and locations. $35-$185. www.amvfest.com

Dec. 10-15

Check out an award-winning Broadway production

“Dear Evan Hansen” comes to Austin for an eight-show run as part of the Broadway in Austin lineup presented by Texas Performing Arts at the University of Texas. “Dear Evan Hansen” won six Tony Awards in 2017 and a Grammy Award in 2018 for best musical theater album. 8 p.m. (Tues.-Fri.); 2 p.m., 8 p.m. (Sat.); 1 p.m., 7 p.m. (Sun.)

$44-$154. Bass Concert Hall, 2350 Robert Dedman Drive, Austin. 512-471-1444. www.austin.broadway.com

Dec. 13

Find new displays at the Mexic-Arte Museum

An exhibition featuring previously unseen pieces of art from the Mexic-Arte Museum collection will open Dec. 13 in the main gallery. Also opening in the annex gallery will be “Mix ‘n’ Mash,” a group exhibition, and “Nacimiento Popular,” a Mexican nativity scene. Mon.-Thurs. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Mon.-Thurs.); 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Fri.-Sat.); Noon-5 p.m. (Sun.). $1-$7. 419 Congress Ave., Austin. 512-480-9373. www.mexic-artemuseum.org

Dec. 14

See an exhibit of artists creating their work

The Blanton Museum’s new exhibit, “The Artist at Work,” features artists portraying themselves creating their pieces over the course of 500 years. The exhibit will be open to the public through June 28. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Tues.-Fri.); 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sat.); 1 p.m.-5 p.m. (Sun.). $5-$12. 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Austin. 512-471-7324. www.blantonmuseum.org

Dec. 14-15

Check out a Puerto Rican dance performance

“Las Lavanderas” is the 17th original musical from the Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance and will pay tribute to an organized group of women—”las lavanderas” or “the laundresses”—who stood up for better living and working conditions in 19th-century Puerto Rico. 6:30 p.m. (Sat.);

3 p.m. (Sun.). $5-$20. George Washington Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina St., Austin.

512-251-8122. www.prfdance.org

Dec. 19

See a free movie screening

The Austin Metro Drug-Free Coalition Media Project, which promotes drug- and alcohol-free youth activities, will host a family movie night featuring a screening of “Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse.” 6-9 p.m. Free. Austin School of Film, 2200 Tillery St., Austin. www.drugfreemediaproject.com

Dec. 21

Find out how Texas is ‘Fashion Forward’

The Bullock Museum’s “Fashion Forward” exhibit, on display from Dec. 21-April 12, will explore how Dallas has played a role in bringing high fashion to Texas and the rest of the nation. Pieces will be primarily drawn from the Texas Fashion Center at the University of North Texas. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (Mon.-Sat.); Noon-5 p.m. (Sun.). $9-$13. 1800 Congress Ave., Austin. 512-936-8746. www.thestoryoftexas.com


A sign directs voters at the Austin Public Library George Washington Carver Branch during the November 2019 election. Early voting begins Feb. 18 in the 2020 primary election. Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper
Austin primary election 2020: Here are the candidates for local office on the ballot

The filing deadline for candidates to appear on the March 3 primary election passed at 6 p.m. on Dec. 9. The last day to register to vote is Feb. 3, and early voting will begin on Feb. 18.

Austin Mayor Pro Tem Delia Garza, at the lectern, speaks at a November 2017 press conference. Garza filed her candidacy for Travis County attorney on Dec. 9.
Delia Garza files for Travis County attorney race, will finish term as Austin Mayor Pro Tem

Austin Mayor Pro Tem Delia Garza filed her candidacy paperwork Dec. 9 to run for Travis County attorney as a Democrat.

Byron Smith, left, and Tim Manson are planning to break ground on their new storage business called XSpace in late January. (Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)
Australian businessmen betting on success of innovative storage model in western Travis County

A primary difference between their model and more traditional storage models, they say, is the fact that their units are for sale and not for rent. But there are other differences.

The Microtel Inn and Suites is located in Southeast Austin, only a 4.5-mile drive from the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. (COURTESY GOOGLE MAPS)
City Council eyes $6.8 million purchase of 71-room hotel in Southeast Austin for second homeless shelter conversion

The Microtel Inn and Suites is a 4.5 mile drive from the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport

Following allegations that an assistant chief used racist and homophobic language, the Austin Police Department may have to suspend future cadet classes. Austin City Council supported an investigation into the department at a Dec. 5 meeting. (Courtesy Austin Police Department)
Austin City Council supports expansive investigation into police department culture and training, likely suspends one future cadet class

The move follows allegations that a former high-ranking officers regularly used racial slurs throughout his career with no recourse from department leaders.

Residents in District 10 look over proposed zoning map during a meeting in October. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)
City Council will hear thoughts from residents on comprehensive revision to land use rules at weekend hearing

City Council will take its first of three votes on the land development code revision Dec. 9.

Sarah House, a Wells Fargo Securities senior economist and director, speaks at the Austin Chamber of Commerce's annual economic outlook, held Dec. 5 at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Austin. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Economic analyst: Austin economy still strong, but growth has tapered off heading into 2020

At the Austin Chamber of Commerce's annual economic outlook, Sarah House of Wells Fargo said Austin faces challenges of affordability and a tight labor market.

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City Council wants to know whether some public drinking prohibitions are equitable

The city of Austin allows the public consumption of alcohol except in six designated areas.

Travis County Commissioner Gerald Daugherty in May addressed constituents in Bee Cave regarding the $23 million Bee Creek Sports Complex. (Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)
Longtime Travis County Commissioner Gerald Daugherty will not seek re-election following end of current term

Daugherty has served western Travis County for the last 14 years, with terms from 2002-2008 and 2013 to the present.

Austin's Rainey Street District has become one of the most popular entertainment districts in the city. 
(Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
Rainey Street shuts down to vehicular traffic Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights through March 8

In a similar fashion to Austin's Sixth Street, cars will be prohibited from entering Rainey Street on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights until March 2020.

The city of Austin authorized the purchase of a Rodeway Inn at 2711 S. I-35 on Nov. 14. The city plans to convert the property into a homeless shelter. (Olivia Aldridge/Community Impact Newspaper)
City staff must be more transparent as city moves toward motel shelter strategy, Austin City Council says

Austin City Council is preparing to purchase another motel for conversion into a homeless shelter, but urged staff to be more transparent as motels are chosen.

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