A select list of what’s good and what’s new for the week of Dec. 8, 2018.
“Off the Rails: The Rise and Fall of Austin’s Streetcars”
The 1913 photograph of a tumped over streetcar says it all: Transportation has been issue for Austin long before contemporary controversies over motorized scooters, rideshare companies and $160 million transportation bond funds. Culled from the collections of the Austin History Center, “Off the Rails” gathers photographs and documents that chart the history of streetcars in Austin from 1875 to 1940.
Opening: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 11. Exhibit continues through May 26. Austin History Center 810 Guadalupe St. Event info
Graham Reynolds Ruins the Holidays Part Deux
Graham Reynolds is a really nice guy. And he’s not really out to be Scrooge so much as he’s found a way to musically mess with holiday songs in most entertaining way.
7:30 p.m. Dec. 11, Rollins Studio Theater, Long Center, thelongcenter.org
“WE ARE PROUD TO PRESENT a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as Southwest Africa, From the German Sudwestafrika, Between the Years 1884–1915″
Street Corner Arts presents Jackie Sibblies Drury’s critically-acclaimed, potent play about a play in which an idealistic young theatre collective of three Black actors and three White actors sets out to create theatrical piece about the little-known yet first recorded genocide of the 20th century.
Through Dec. 15, Hyde Park Theatre, W. 43rd St. streetcornerarts.org
Handel’s Complete Messiah
A dozen singers and an ensemble of 14 musicians playing period Baroque instruments perform the complete and original version of Handel’s Messiah with vibrancy and detailed clarity that composer would have expected.
7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at Westlake Hills Presbyterian Church; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14 at St. Louis Catholic Church, ensembleviii.org
Ground Floor Theatre stages the Tony Award-winning musical version of Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir about her eccentric, dysfunctional family.
Through Dec. 21. Ground Floor Theatre, 979 Springdale Road. groundfloortheatre
Nic Nicosia — “The Twins”
Known for staged photographs, Dallas-based artist Nic Nicosia has lately been exploring sculpture. A new sculptural commission in stainless steel from the Contemporary Austin, “the twins,” is an exploration and celebration of the fragility of the human psyche. Nicosia discusses the shift in his artistic practice and leads a walk on the Laguna Gloria grounds where “the twins” is sited.
12 noon Dec. 15, Contemporary Austin-Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th St. Free. thecontemporaryaustin.org/event/