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The Off-Centered Film Festival Presents: Cabin Boy

Chris Elliott (formerly of Late Night With David Letterman and the lamentably let-go Get a Life, among others) will be present, along with director Adam Resnick for this screening of his starring film vehicle of a fancy lad who ends up a shipmate on a fishing boat.

10PM, Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, 1120 S. Lamar

Classics: Jaws

It's the movie that ushered in the concept of the summer blockbuster. Spielberg's interpretation of Peter Benchley's ultimate beach story is a near-perfect blend of popcorn thriller and well-crafted narrative.

7PM, Flix Brewhouse, 2200 S. I-35, Round Rock

  • 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. Control Issues The audience is in control. 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 Glassworks from Wisconsin. 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

  • Moontower? Moontower!

    This Sixth Street venue has also been commandeered by the Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival. See our special section for schedule! $10

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

  • Rachel Feinstein

    She's a writer for The Onion and Heeb? Yes. And a voice actor for "Venture Brothers" and "Samurai Love God," right? Yes. And her stand-up's killed at all the major festivals? That's also yes, so whatcha gonna do? Reserve some tickets? April 22-25. Wed.-Thu., 8pm; Fri.-Sat., 8 & 10:30pm, $10-21

    Cap City Comedy Club, 8120 Research #100, 512/467-2333

  • In Habitants

    A site-specific dance on an island in the middle of Lady Bird Lake? A group performance where the island's inhabitants, "each with their own story of arrival and attachment to this place, harvest the flotsam and jetsam of mainland life to create a unique world forgotten by time"? You want to catch this unique spectacle of movement and memory that Ellen Bartel, Dany Casey, Lisa del Rosario, Alyson Dolan, Jude Hickey, Amy Myers, Emily Rushing, Drew Silverman, and Aron Taylor have created for Ready, Set, Go!, you'll need to check the website before you catch the ferry to Indigo Island. Sat.-Sun., April 25-26, 4pm, Free

  • Art City Austin

    Due to Art Alliance Austin, the city's gonna rock with an explosion of art – visual, sonic, kinetic, you name it – for two days, with much of Downtown in vigorous celebration of local creativity, featuring a selection of diverse works from Tiny Park, Wally Workman, Pump Project, Camiba Art, and Co-Lab Projects. Also, live music from East Cameron Folkcore, The Nightowls, Jitterbug Vipers, Elizabeth McQueen, Amy Cook, Elias Haslanger & Church on Monday, and more. Bonus: a mild inundation of food trucks and a dazzling array of beers and coffees and cocktails. And your fellow citizens, too: all living artworks of one form or another – highbrow, lowbrow, refined, crude, comfortably quotidian, resplendent in their relentless humanity. Sat.-Sun., April 25-26, 10am-6pm, $10-75 (free, ages 11 and younger)

  • Art.Science.Gallery.: The Buzz Stops Here

    This is an encaustic art exhibition about bees, curated by Lola Baltzell of International Encaustic Artists and juried by acclaimed entomologist Dr. Barrett Klein, representing 12 artists from eight states and three countries, and briefly colonizing that most excellent gallery in the Canopy compound. Through May 30

    Art.Science.Gallery., In the Canopy compound, 916 Springdale #102

  • Emerge ATX: Graffiti Art Show

    Celebrating the four elements of Hip Hop culture: graffiti arts, MCs, DJs, and breakdancers. Featuring live painting outside and an exhibition of large wildstyle lettering, character-based and abstract aerosol paintings, and smaller pieces in a variety of media. Also, yes, DJs, MCs, and dance crews from around the city. Curated by Nathan Nordstrom and Rachel Koper, rocking the ATX courtesy of Blue Genie Art Industries and friends. Sat., April 25, 6-11pm, $5

    Blue Genie Art Industries, 916 Springdale, 512/444-6655

  • 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. See our review right here. 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

  • RE:SET: Ia Ensterä

    Right there in the Salvage Vanguard Theatre Lobby Gallery, it's the first (and final) local exhibition of multiple works by the acclaimed scenic designer Ia Ensterä, curated by Graham Schmidt. No one's got enough fingers with which to reckon the number of gorgeous, ingenious, memorable sets the artist has created for theatre companies all over the ATX over the last several years – especially as a few of those fingers will be on whatever hand's waving goodbye as Ensterä returns to her native Finland this summer. Now here's big photodocumentation of several of those sets, glorying the walls, for edification and fond memories. Through May 9

    Salvage Vanguard Theater, 2803 Manor Rd., 512/474-7886

  • 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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