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The Off Center

2211-A Hidalgo
Austin, 78702
This Eastside warehouse was converted into a performance venue in 1998 and since 1999 has been managed by nationally acclaimed theatre collective Rude Mechanicals, which has built it into a multi-arts space dedicated to confounding the boundaries that separate artistic genres and a community center for artists of all disciplines. The 99-seat black-box mainstage is where the ensemble-based company develops all its brave new works for the stage (The Method Gun, Stop Hitting Yourself, Lipstick Traces, et al.), but the Rudes have formed alliances with many other artists locally, nationally, and internationally, and make the Off Center available for their work as well. It’s a prime spot to catch thought-provoking and envelope-pushing new work.

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Austin's (fiercely industrious) Rude Mechs, celebrating 20 years of rudeness every month until May, bring you two unique and free events this weekend. A Rude Salon An evening of rude and brainy conversations (about performance studies, queer theory, feminism, whiteness, experimental art, running a collective, and more) hosted by Desirée Morales and Lisa Moore. Fri., Feb. 24, 7pm. Creating Serendipity: A Rude Workshop Learn (from that brilliant Kirk Lynn) how to generate text, movement, and performance as a trap for shock and grace. Sat., Feb. 25, 1-4pm.

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