You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.


  • ePAPER

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and bonus content- exclusively for subscribers. Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks


Welcome to

This subscriber-only site gives you exclusive access to breaking news, in-depth coverage, exclusive interactives and bonus content.

You can read free articles of your choice a month that are only available on

Make merry this weekend with Ballet Austin’s 'The Nutcracker'

1. “The Nutcracker” at the Long Center

Opens Dec. 3. 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 23, with additional performances 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20 and 2 p.m. Dec. 21-22. $24-$89. 701 Riverside Drive. 512-476-2163,

Ballet Austin, accompanied by the Austin Symphony Orchestra, presents its visually spectacular production of this classic Christmas tale with choreographer Stephen Mills’ sharp, modern classical ballet style. Now celebrating its 54th year as the longest running production of its kind in Texas, Ballet Austin’s “The Nutcracker” remains a holiday tradition that you don’t want to miss — especially to see who the new Mother Ginger will be. Since 1997, the ballet has cast local celebrities, like former Mayor of Austin Lee Leffingwell, in the role.

2. Dimension Gallery’s “Gold and Shadow”

Opening reception 7 to 10 p.m. Dec. 1. 12 to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 18. 979 Springdale Road, Ste. 99. 512-479-9941,

The new “Gold and Shadow” features sculpture work from Austin artist Nick Schnitzer, who takes a look at our dark side by offering viewers the chance to peer at their own shadows. That’s a term borrowed from Carl Jung, who posited that there are negative parts of ourselves that we hide, repress or deny — or otherwise aren’t aware we even have. Schnitzer’s work also features gold, which represents the aspects of ourselves we are proud of and want to show.

3. Whole Foods’ Ice Skating on the Plaza

10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays-Sundays through Jan. 7. $10. Lamar Rooftop Plaza, 525 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-542-2200,

Texas might not get snow, but this holiday season, we sure will get ice. Whole Foods is opening up the rooftop again to ice skaters wishing for a winter wonderland, with the $10 entry fee also providing a pair of skates. Note that the skating rink is opened daily, but private party closures may occur Mondays through Thursdays; call ahead for updated open-to-the-public hours on those days. The rink is always available for anyone’s use on Fridays through Sundays.

4. “Heart of the City” SIMS Foundation benefit at Emo’s

8:30 p.m. Dec. 3. $50. 2015 Riverside Drive.

The full title of this event is “True stories, sordid confessions, and music from the heart of the city,” which means the musicians will not just be playing songs, but also sharing tales about themselves. This could get interesting. Participants include Charlie Sexton, Erika Wennerstrom, Israel Nash, Nakia, Kathy Valentine, Riders Against the Storm, the Grupo Fantasma Horns and the Jones Family Singers. Proceeds benefit the SIMS Foundation. — Peter Blackstock

5. The Bullock Museum’s Free First Sunday

12 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Free. 1800 Congress Ave. 512-936-8746,

This month’s theme for the family-friendly event — when admission is free all day — is “celebration.” In addition to exploring the three floors of artifacts from around the state, the museum will also offer special activities centered around this theme. You’ll be able to create an artful representation of a celebratory feast, ring in the New Year with a story about resolutions and listen to the Groundwork Music Orchestra, performing a set of diverse holiday music.

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in Austin360

Humble magic in Georgian capital’s restaurant renaissance
Humble magic in Georgian capital’s restaurant renaissance

When the chef Meriko Gubeladze opened Shavi Lomi, she recalled that Tbilisi was “starving for small, homey restaurants with good food.” That was 2011, and the quality of Georgian cuisine — known for its lavish use of spices and aromatic herbs influenced by travelers along the Silk Road — wasn’t the problem, but the uninviting...
The dining room gets a workout
The dining room gets a workout

Michael Chernow, an exercise buff and owner of the seafood restaurant Seamore’s, started a weekly workout class available to his 40-odd employees soon after the restaurant opened in 2015. Every Wednesday at 9 a.m., about 10 to 15 staff members of Seamore’s Fit Squad meet for either an indoor cycling class or for a 4-mile run across the...
You may have to give up some pleasure if you want to live longer
You may have to give up some pleasure if you want to live longer

Want to slow aging? You might want to ditch the moisturizer and eat less. Scientists at Brigham Young University have published research that show cutting calories affects aging inside a cell. They found that ribosomes — the cell’s protein maker — slow down when calories were cut and that, in turn, this calorie-restriction led to...
Make the cheesy bread that the French nibble nightly
Make the cheesy bread that the French nibble nightly

Greetings from Paris, where I'm pondering time, friendship, early-evening drinks and cheese bread. I'm in Paris a whole less than I'm in New York, yet I see my French friends a whole lot more. It's not that I prefer the French set. It's not even that I'm more gadabout here. Nope, I think it's because there are so many more opportunities to see friends...
3 wines that play well with grilled cheese and savory/sweet onion jam
3 wines that play well with grilled cheese and savory/sweet onion jam

Salty and a bit sweet, rich and a bit tangy, this grilled cheese with onion jam, adapted from “The Epicurious Cookbook,” is everything we want for dinner (there are even greens!), between two slices of rustic bread. Just add wine. In this case, bottles that play well with the salty/sweet duality. ——— Brush 4 slices of...
More Stories