Doctor Who: The Day of The Doctor in 3D
In a place all but forgotten to time and space, a war is waging that will shape the fates of civilizations—a war out of which stepped The Doctor. BBC America is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the world’s longest-running sci-fi series, Doctor Who, in theaters nationwide on Nov 25. The Doctor’s past, present and future hurtle together into one timey-wimey, wibbly-wobbly, heart-wrenching event as 10th Doctor David Tennant and 11th Doctor Matt Smith meet in a past life they’d rather forget. In this 3D showing, the man who has lost it all will stop at nothing to defend those he loves, even if it means destroying himself. Writer and showrunner Steven Moffat leads viewers through fits of laughter, bitter tears and righteous rage as war rends space and time apart. Join Jenna Coleman, Billie Piper and John Hurt in the Doctor’s darkest hour, and perhaps learn the answer to “Doctor Who?” $12-$15; 7:30pm at Cinemark McCreless Market, 4224 S New Braunfels; 7:30pm & 10pm at Cielo Vista 18, 2828 Cinema Ridge and Huebner Oaks 14, 11075 I-10 W, fathomevents.com. —Rachel Bowes
Alamo Drafthouse celebrates the 25th anniversary of director Katsuhiro Ôtomo’s animated cyberpunk adventure Akira with a free screening of the 2001 dubbed version. Set in war-torn Neo-Tokyo circa 2019, the groundbreaking cult classic (which is based on Ôtomo’s 2,182-page manga of the same name) concerns a secret military project that transforms a motorcycle gang member into a psionic psychopath. Free (seats can be reserved in advance by purchasing a $5 food & beverage voucher to be redeemed during the screening), 7:15pm Tuesday, Alamo Drafthouse Westlakes, 1255 SW Loop 410, (210) 677-8500, drafthouse.com.
Girl in a Coma, Hacienda, Tele Novella
Local favorites Girl in a Coma headline an unusually strong regional triple-header. Nina, Jenn and Phanie haven’t had a club show since January at the White Rabbit and wanted to close the year with a low-price date for their San Anto fans, taking the opportunity to play a couple of new songs. Hacienda, still warm from their stirring recent show at 502, continue to experiment with their guitar-less format and a surprise: an Animals cover. Both these bands should watch out—Austin’s Tele Novella could very well steal the show. Consisting of members of Agent Ribbons (Natalie Ribbons) and Voxtrot, Tele Novella is the closest thing there is to a regional indie supergroup. They recently presented their 7-inch led by “Don’t Be a Stranger” at Hi-Tones, and they’re now back on a bigger stage with their ’60s melodic, harmony-filled psych-pop. $10, doors at 8pm, Backstage Live, 1305 E Houston, twinproductions.frontgatetickets.com. —Enrique Lopetegui
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Adapted from Barabra Robinson’s book of the same name, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (aka The Worst Kids in the World) concerns six bratty children who enter a church looking for snacks but wind up with roles in a Christmas play. Under the direction of the Magik Theatre’s founder and executive director Richard Rosen, this lighthearted local production promises “to bring laughter, transcending individual religions, to tell a story about the human spirit and the ability to become bigger and better than we think we are in times of crisis.” $9-$10 (free for kids under 2), 9:45am & 11:30am Wednesday, the Magik Theatre, 420 S Alamo, (210) 227-2751, magiktheatre.org. Through December 21. —BR
Although it's rarely updated and not exactly presented as gospel truth, the ironic local outfit Skunkweed's website claims "Pretty much all the members of the Skunkweed extended family have pretty expensive drug habits to support, not to mention mounting fees for paternity suits and other legal complications." Possibly in response to this alleged pickle, the party-minded rock band is once again coming out of retirement to revive its "formerly annual Thanksgiving eve show." In addition to offering fans shelter from “drunk relatives and screaming babies,” the event promises performances of the songs "One Nation Under Rock" (honoring veterans) and "Warrior Princess" (honoring "six-foot tall Amazon chicks named Xena"), not to mention “twerking for turkey.” A few words of encouragement from the band: “Tell your mom you're going out for cranberry sauce and come back at 2 a.m. with your ass completely missing because Skunkweed rocked it off. ... If you miss this show just move to Siberia and sit in a cave and drink. Your life will be meaningless.” $7, 10pm Wednesday, Hooligan’s Bar & Grill, 13920 I-35 N, Live Oak, (210) 654-4444, hooligansbarandgrill.com. —BR