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  • Amplify Austin Day

    Austin nonprofit I Live Here, I Give Here is holding their fifth annual Amplify Austin Day which hopes to raise $9 million in 24 hours online for more than 700 mission-driven organizations across seven Central Texas counties. More than 160,000 individual donations have raised almost $25 million since 2013! And you can schedule your donation in advance if that's more convenient. See website for additional details. And donate, donate, donate! Thu., March 2, 6pm to Fri., March 3, 6pm

    www.amplifyatx.org

  • Controversy & Conversation: Starving the Beast

    This doc argues that America’s public research universities are being savaged by small-government politicians eager to slash their state’s education budgets, crush unions and collective bargaining, and generally work against the Jeffersonian ideal of higher learning. A conversation with director Steve Mims follows the screening. Read a full review of Starving the Beast.

    7PM, Terrazas Branch Library, 1105 E. Cesar Chavez

  • Bill Paxton Memorial Screening: Frailty

    This Texas gothic horror tale of a fictional serial killer was close to Paxton's heart. It's a moody and atmospheric film, and highly recommended. Proceeds from the screening benefit the American Heart Association. Read a full review of Frailty.

    7:30PM, Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth

  • Bill Paxton Memorial Screening: Near Dark

    Smart, creepy, violent, funny, and so many other things, this vampire movie benefits from some wonderful performances, a stunning visual texture, and music by Tangerine Dream. And it's proof, as if it were needed, that Kathryn Bigelow knew exactly what she was doing right from the start of her directing career. Paxton's pretty good in it, too. Read a full review of Near Dark.

    10:15PM, Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth

    • It's … it's … HIDEOUTRAGEOUS!

      There's a stage upstairs, there's a stage downstairs, there's coffee all over the place and all sorts of shows here. This Thursday brings you the Threefer and Free Fringe of improv, and you can check out that fancy-ass Big Bash and more on Friday, and cheer for your favorite champions in the hotly contended Theatresports Tournament on Saturdays, right after the time-looped Rewind and right before the more well-baked lightly breaded Maestro. $5-15

      The Hideout Theatre, 617 Congress, 512/443-3688

      www.hideouttheatre.com

    • Neva

      Now here's a highly political play for these highly political days, as Theatre en Bloc's Jenny Lavery directs this Guillermo Calderon drama that uses two distinct revolutions – Russia's and Chile's – to explore the importance of art in turbulent times. And maybe you'll love this show as much as the Chronicle's Elizabeth Cobbe did. Through March 5. Thu.-Sun., 8pm

      Santa Cruz Center for Culture, 1805 E. Seventh, 512/522-4083

      www.theatreenbloc.org

    • Davis Gallery: Kindred Spirits

      You know what's generally good? Paintings that are photorealistic. You know what's even better? Photorealistic paintings of urban scenes – especially familiar urban scenes from right here in Austin. You know what's just about perfect? When an exhibition of photorealistic paintings of familiar urban scenes features work by Daniel Blagg and David Leonard. So, this show? It's like we won the goddamn aesthetic lottery, isn't it? Answer: yes. Through April 8

      Davis Gallery, 837 W. 12th, 512/477-4929

      www.davisgalleryaustin.com

    • John

      From Pulitzer Prize-winner Annie Baker – you remember The Aliens and The Flick, right? – comes this new drama in which the playwright's signature hyper-realism bleeds a Pennsylvania B&B and its cheerful innkeeper into the eerily supernatural. Katherine Catmull, Lana Dieterich, Catherine Grady, and Zac Thomas are directed by Ken Webster for Hyde Park Theatre. Bonus: Cthulhu fhtagn. Through April 1. Thu.-Sat., 8pm, $22-26 (pay what you can, Thursdays)

      Hyde Park Theatre, 511 W. 43rd, 512/479-7529

      www.hydeparktheatre.org

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