John Cleese and Eric Idle at Bass Concert Hall. As founding members of “Monty Python,” Cleese and Idle are among the godfathers of modern comedy, pioneering an irreverent, absurdist sensibility that has carried over into their latest must-see show, “John Cleese & Eric Idle: Together Again At Last… For the Very First Time.” The comedy legends will blend scripted and improvised bits with storytelling, musical numbers, rarely seen footage and aquatic juggling. No two shows will be the same — hence the name of the tour. 8 p.m. Nov. 30. $59.50-$99.50. 2350 Robert Dedman Drive. 512-477-6060, texasperformingarts.org.
Lupe Fiasco at the Belmont. For Lupe Fiasco, inspiration is attained at high altitudes. Sometimes literally — the avant-garde MC has been known to climb Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro for both charity and clarity — and other times, in the figurative form of great men’s greater work. Philosopher and linguistic scholar Noam Chomsky, scribe supreme James Baldwin, historian Howard Zinn and religious activist Malcolm X have all contributed to the worldly perspectives of the man born Wasalu Muhammad. 7 p.m. Nov. 30. $39.50. 305 W. Sixth St. thebelmontaustin.com.
Theater & dance
Zach Theatre’s “A Christmas Carol.” Austin’s most rockin’ holiday tradition is back by popular demand for the third year in a row. “A Christmas Carol” — about the grouchiest banker facing the ghosts of past, present and future — stars Jaston Williams of “Greater Tuna” fame, in the role of Ebenezer Scrooge. The production combines new hit songs and re-imagined carols with traditional Victorian setting and costumes. Also performing at Zach Theatre is Martin Burke’s irreverent “Santaland Diaries,” about the Macy’s elf Crumpet. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday through Dec. 31. $29-$81. 1510 Toomey Road. 512-476-0541, zachtheatre.org.
ColdTowne Theater’s “Elvis’ Rockin’ Nativity.” Back in 1970, Elvis Presley and a cavalcade of stars, including Johnny Cash, Bing Crosby and Dolly Parton, taped a Christmas television special that mysteriously vanished before it could air. “Elvis’ Rockin’ Nativity” is that special. 8:30 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 17. $10. 4803 Airport Blvd. eventbrite.com/e/elvis-rockin-nativity-tickets-28923942290?aff=erelexpmlt.
“Disrupted.” Kathy Dunn Hamrick’s latest is “The Four (3) Seasons,” an abstract dance work set to “Recomposed by Max Richter: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.” And from Dallas, Dark Circles Contemporary Dance presents its re-imagining of Stravinsky’s modernist masterwork “The Rite of Spring,” setting it in a 1950s gymnasium during a prom. 8 p.m. Dec. 3, 3 p.m. Dec. 4. Austin Ventures Studio Theater, Ballet Austin, 501 W. Third St. $17-$20. kdhdance.com. — Jeanne Claire van Ryzin