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AFS Arthouse: Perfect Criminals: The '70s French Noir Connection: The Burglars

Belmondo leads a gang of thieves as they steal a fortune in emeralds in Athens, Greece. Sharif is the crooked cop hot on their trail.

8PM, The Marchesa Hall & Theatre, 6406 N. I-35

  • It's … Hideoutrageous!

    Yes, the Hideout's been around for a while, now – but goodgawdamighty they're fresher than ever: The Threefer Three improv troupes, yes. Thu., 8pm. $5. Free Fringe Just about anything goes, because yes. Thu., 10pm. Free. Date Night With The Escorts and Austin/Austin. Fri., 7:30pm. $5. The Big Bash Some of the best performers in town – an improv dream team – invite you to this party on the stage. Fri., 8pm. $15. Pgraph Presents Now playing: Parallelogramophonograph and The Intentions. Fri., 10pm. $10. Golden Improv in the silent-movie manner. Straight-up Mack Sennett, yo, but your director is Marc Majcher! Sat., 6pm. $10. Austin Secrets The smash hit returns, with all your sins remembered. Sat., 8pm. $12. Maestro A whole stage-full of wild imps, battling for victory. Always recommended, especially if it's your first time seeing live improv. Sat., 10pm. $12. The Weekender Student showcases, veteran vehicles, and more. Sun., 8pm. $5.

    The Hideout Theatre, 617 Congress, 512/476-0473

  • Katie Pengra

    Seems like you can't turn around in this town without hearing Katie Pengra make someone laugh: The woman is, like, everywhere. Which is a win, because she knows comedy, and she's gonna make you laugh at the Velv tonight – with Cody Greenlee opening. April 18-19. Fri., 9pm; Sat., 9 & 11pm. $10

    Velveeta Room, 521 E. Sixth, 512/469-9116

  • grayDUCK Gallery: Holy Fool

    Terry Maker uses "a variety of commonplace, discarded, domestic objects to compose sculptural forms that are subsequently cast, cut, drilled, and scraped to reveal the guts or the polished veneer of the matter." Yes, that's true; another important thing to note is: These completed works, the deconstructions and reconstructions of quotidian materials, are often complex and always intriguing and just generally look totally awesome. Through May 3. Thu.-Sat., 11am-6pm; Sun., noon-5pm. Through May 3. Thu.-Sat., 11am-6pm; Sun., noon-5pm

    grayDUCK Gallery, 2213 E. Cesar Chavez, 512/826-5334

  • Harry Ransom Center: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

    This excellent exhibition celebrates 150 years of the Lewis Carroll masterpiece, with original manuscripts and first editions and artwork and various international permutations of the story of Alice and her adventures in Wonderland. Through July 6.

    Harry Ransom Center, 300 W. 21st, 512/471-8944

  • Livestrong Foundation: Counting Radiation

    "My works on paper examine autobiography via repetition and ritual," says Megan Hildebrandt. "I am interested in creating proof of my existence on paper." Here, the artwork charts the experience of being diagnosed with and treated for cancer at age 25. For Hildebrandt, it was a trial; for viewers, it's now a visually stunning treat. Through May 30

    2201 E. Sixth.

  • Wally Workman Gallery: Sex, Drugs, and Leave Me Alone

    One of Austin's most compelling visual raconteurs, Ian Shults, returns with a show of new work – alarmingly good, we say – to galvanize this elegant Westside gallery that, as usual, knows what's worth knowing in the world of art. Through April 25.

    Wally Workman Gallery, 1202 W. Sixth, 512/472-7428

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