To-do list: Events happening in South Austin this December and January

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Your ultimate guide for South Austin events, performances and more in December 2018 and January 2019. For a list of additional local holiday events, click here. Making plans for New Year’s Eve? Check out this post.

Through Dec. 30: Enjoy a local production of ‘A Christmas Carol’

Zach Theatre presents “A Christmas Carol,” an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic tale. Wed.-Sat 7:30 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 2:30 p.m. $30-$165. Zach Theatre, 202 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin. 512-476-0541. www.zachtheatre.org

Through Dec. 27-31: Watch a holiday movie

Austin Film Society’s Home for the Holidays features “The Apartment.” The 1960s-era film stars Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine. Showtimes vary. $9-$11.25. AFS Cinema, 6406 N. I-35, Ste. 3100, Austin. 512-322-0145. www.austinfilm.org/series/home-for-the-holidays

Dec. 28: Celebrate lion sibling birthdays at the zoo

The Austin Zoo is home to lion brothers Sango and Jelani who turn five in December. The celebration includes a keeper talk and light refreshments. 1:30-2 p.m. Free with zoo admission. Austin Zoo, 10808 Rawhide Trail, Austin. 512-288-1490. www.austinzoo.org

Dec. 31: Austin’s New Year

The city of Austin hosts an annual family-friendly, alcohol-free event. Performances include Superfonicos, Los Coast and Jeff Plankenhorn. 3-10 p.m. Free. Auditorium Shores, 900 W. Riverside Drive, Austin. www.austinsnewyear.com

Dec. 31: Labyrinth Masquerade Ball

Super Creeps will perform a two-hour set followed by DJ Shewolf. Enjoy a photo booth and free champagne toast at midnight. Event is for ages 21 and up. 9 p.m-2 a.m. Free. Indian Roller, 10006 Manchaca Road, Austin. 512-761-3757.
www.indianrolleraustin.com

Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve at Broken Spoke

Alvin Crow headlines. 9 p.m. $20. Broken Spoke, 3201 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin. 512-442-6189. www.brokenspokeaustintx.net

Dec. 31: Noon Year’s Eve

Celebrate the new year at a family-friendly event designed for young children. Enjoy a countdown at noon, sparkling juice and champagne for adults. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. $10 per child, free for adults. The Hive Austin, 10415 Old Manchaca Road, Austin. 512-366-8120. www.hiveaustin.com

Dec. 31: Willie Nelson & Family New Year

Willie Nelson is joined by Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real for the annual concert. 9 p.m. $99-$157. Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater, 310 Willie Nelson Blvd., Austin. 512-225-7999. www.acl-live.com/calendar

Jan. 2: Share your life story with others through writing

Practice memoir writing, a chance to prepare stories from your life that can be passed on to younger generations of your family, friends and others. 1-3 p.m. Free. Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Road, Austin. 512-974-8700. https://library.austintexas.gov

Jan. 6: Catch a folk concert at Radio Coffee and Beer

Jaimee Harris, a local Americana folk music singer, performs a concert alongside Paige Berry at a South Austin coffee shop and beer garden. 8 p.m. Free. Radio Coffee and Beer, 4204 Manchaca Road, Austin. 512-394-7844.
www.radiocoffeeandbeer.com

Jan. 15: March in honor of MLK Day

The MLK Community March begins at The University of Texas and proceeds to Huston-Tillotson University for a community festival, which includes vendors, food, activities and live music. 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Free. Huston-Tillotson University, 900 Chicon Street, Austin. www.mlkcelebration.com

Jan. 25: Learn accounting software

QuickBooks Introduction covers accounting basics, file setup and tracking revenue and expenses. The course counts toward business skills certification requirements. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $75. Entrepreneur Center of Austin, 4029 S. Capital of Texas Hwy., Ste. 110, Austin. 512-974-7800. www.smallbizaustin.org

Through Jan. 26: See Pink Parachute Project

Photographer and South Austin resident Teodora Pogonat presents images featuring a 30-pound parachute to highlight women’s resilience despite adversity. Wed.-Sat. noon-6 p.m., closed Mon.-Tues. Free. Art for the People Gallery, 1711 S. First Street, Austin. 512-761-4708. www.artforthepeoplegallery.com

Through Feb. 28: Explore Fortlandia exhibit

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center presents Fortlandia, a collection of forts created by local architects, designers, artists and students from The University of Texas. Times vary. Entry is included with regular admission. 4801 La Crosse Ave., Austin. 512-232-0100. www.wildflower.org/fortlandia

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Taylor Jackson Buchanan
Taylor Jackson Buchanan is the editor for the Round Rock/Pflugerville/Hutto edition of Community Impact Newspaper. She has a bachelor's and master's degree from The University of Texas.
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