Staff Picks: Tuesday, December 15


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Naomi Shihab Nye: Award-winning local poet, author and editor Naomi Shihab Nye celebrates the release of her new Wings Press book devoted to her cherished work “Famous,” a charmingly ironic poem that has loaned itself to everything from graduation cards and speeches to creative writing exercises and standardized tests. Free, 4-7pm, Kathleen Sommers Boutique, 2417 N. Main Ave., (210) 732-2207, — Bryan Rindfuss

David M. Parsons: Listen to Austin native and 2011 Texas Poet Laureate David M. Parsons read from his new anthology — a selection of poems from his four previous collections — Reaching For Longer Water. Parsons served in the U.S.M.C. Reserve and went on to work as a haberdasher, advertising agent and teacher/coach at Bellaire High, according to his biography, which notes he's taught creative writing, handball and racquetball at Lone Star College for the past 25 years. Free, 3-5pm, The Twig Book Shop, (210) 826-6411, — Mark Reagan, @210Reagan

The Voice Awakens: Star Wars-Edition Kreative Karaoke: In celebration of the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Limelight is hosting an all-Star Wars party. Featuring an art gallery, costume contest, themed drinks, raffles, live art and karaoke, this is a must for any Star Wars fan. Featured artists include: Nik Soupé, Mike Arguello, Eddie Rios of Tri Circle Productions, Adrian De La Cruz, David Gonzalez, Jsn Art and more. Free, 9pm, Limelight, 2719 N. St. Mary's St., (210) 735-7775, – Travis Buffkin, @dtbuffkin

Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny:
Only those unafraid of nightmare fuel need apply. Watch this bizarre cult classic — in which Santa crash lands in Florida and gets a hand from a fire truck-driving Ice Cream Bunny — with live, sarcastic commentary from RiffTrax, some of whom brought us Mystery Science Theater 3000. $12.50, 7:30pm, Palladium IMAX, 17703 W IH-10, (210) 496-2221, – Michael Marks, @michaelpmarks\

Book of Mormon: 
The Book of Mormon won nine Tonys, including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score. The hit musical features songs penned by Matt Stone and Trey Parker (of South Park fame) with composer Robert Lopez (the EGOT winner responsible for the Frozen soundtrack), spinning the tale of two Mormon missionaries trying to share Joseph Smith’s teachings in Uganda. Follow Elder Kevin Price (Billy Harrigan Tighe) dreams of a deployment in Orlando, while Elder Cunningham (A.J. Holmes) improvises his teaching with Star Wars dogma, having never read Smith’s scriptures. $49-$124, 7:30pm, Majestic Theatre, 224 E. Houston St., (210) 226-5700, Through December 20. — Bryan Rindfuss

Toys For Tots: Alamo Beer Company is teaming up with Toys for Tots for a toy drive. From 3 to 8 p.m. on donors can drop off new, unwrapped toys at Lüke San Antonio. In return those who donate a gift will receive a special appetizer created by chef John Russ and co. on the house. It also happens to be Downtown Tuesday so why no enjoy a pint of Alamo's Holiday IPA to celebrate. Free appetizer with donation, 3-8pm, Lüke San Antonio, 125 E. Houston St., 210-227-5853. 

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