What to do in Austin this week: Dec. 8-10

Austin Trail of Lights, a two-week-long attraction featuring a 1.25-mile trail of holiday-themed lights, kicked off Dec. 7 and will run through Dec. 21. Th event also includes shopping opportunities and a dining area with more than 30 food trailers and local entertainment. 7–10 p.m. daily. Free (Mon.–Thu.), $3 (age 12 and older Fri.–Sun.). Zilker Park, 2201 Barton Springs Road. 512-970-8891. www.austintrailoflights.org


DEC. 8—The professional vocal ensemble Company of Voices returns to host its untraditional holiday event, Conspirare Christmas, which this year features Austin-based blues and gospel artist Ruthie Foster. 8 p.m. $25–$80. Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive. 512-474-5664. www.conspirare.org

DEC. 8—Tapestry Dance Company and Academy presents "Of Mice & Music," its version of the holiday classic "The Nutcracker" featuring live jazz music and Tapestry's professional company as well as dance groups Visions In Rhythm, TapestryToo and members of the Youth & Adult Academy. 7:30 p.m. (Fri.–Sat.), 2 p.m. (Sat.–Sun.). Costs vary. Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive. 512-474-5664. www.tapestry.org

DEC. 9—The production of the Cole Porter comedy "Anything Goes," which won three 2011 Tony Awards, includes the songs "I Get a Kick out of You," "You're the Top" and "Anything Goes." 8 p.m. (Tue.–Sat.), 2 p.m. (Sat.), 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. (Sun.). $30–$105. Bass Concert Hall, 2350 Robert Dedman Drive. 512-477-6060. www.texasperformingarts.org

DEC. 10—Multiple companies will interview candidates on the spot during the 2014 HireLive Career Fair, which will feature companies such as AAA, Advance America, New York Life, Time Warner Cable, Mattress Firm, Inc, Towne Parke and more. Career opportunities vary from management, sales and retail positions available. Attendees are encouraged to dress professionally and bring 10 to 15 resumes. Parking is free. 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Free. Embassy Suites Hotel, 300 S. Congress Ave. www.hirelive.com

By Joe Lanane
Joe Lanane’s career is rooted in community journalism, having worked for a variety of Midwest-area publications before landing south of the Mason-Dixon line in 2011 as the Stillwater News-Press news editor. He arrived at Community Impact Newspaper in 2012, gaining experience as editor of the company’s second-oldest publication in Leander/Cedar Park. He eventually became Central Austin editor, covering City Hall and the urban core of the city. Lanane leveraged that experience to become Austin managing editor in 2016. He managed eight Central Texas editions from Georgetown to San Marcos. Working from company headquarters, Lanane also became heavily involved in enacting corporate-wide editorial improvements. In 2017, Lanane was promoted to executive editor, overseeing editorial operations throughout the company. The Illinois native received his bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University and his journalism master’s degree from Ball State University.


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