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Austin Upon Avon: Shakespeare for the People and BY the people

Everyone in town's invited to participate in reading, reciting, or acting Shakespeare scenes, sonnets, and soliloquies on Thursday the 25th of April. Those wishing to get an early start with selecting and working on their pieces, email or call Louise Richardson right now. (But also, anyone can show up an hour early on the day of the show and sign up to perform.) Free.

Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Rd., 973-3885

lrcaliche@gmail.com

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Fusebox Festival

Art! Performance! Music! Food! Drink! Perhaps a bit of divine madness! Note: This festival is kind of like a smaller, slightly more rarified version of SXSW, where the afterparty conversations and creative meet-ups are possibly as important as the scheduled events themselves. Note: This festival sprawls across the city of Austin and presents acts and events from brilliant groups and individuals from across the entire planet. Note: Ron Berry and his co-moguls are to blame for this multipartite upheaval of spectacle and meaning, and it's their vigor and drive that make Fusebox too vast an endeavor to fully cover the details of here – see the Fusebox website for a complete schedule. Get caught up in the ensuing wonders as your city is transformed, for a jam-packed week and a half, into an even greater hub of creativity than it is normally. Through April 28.

Mad Beat Hip & Gone

ZACH's new Topfer Theatre is the venue for the world premiere of this Kerouac-inspired odyssey through wanderlusty on-the-road days and nights of young America in the mid-20th century, written and directed by Austin's own Steven Dietz. And here's Elizabeth Cobbe's review of the show. Through April 28. Wed.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 2:30pm. $25-65.

Topfer Theatre at Zach, 202 S. Lamar, 512/476-0541

www.zachtheatre.org

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