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VORTEX Repertory Company is heading into its tenth season (I know what you're thinking, "Gee, time flies when you're presenting controversial performance artists and experimental work with lots of nudity."), and it's kicking it off with a party. Enjoy free food and beer, the "Fire and Brimstone Awards," and get the skinny on the company's upcoming productions of Fur, Triskelion, Macbeth, and visits by Karen Finley, Tim Miller, Annie Sprinkle, and Rob Nash. The party starts at 9pm Saturday, October 4, at Planet Theatre, 2307 Manor. Admission by donation, proceeds to benefit VORTEX. Call 478-LAVA.

The Learning Curve

Mexic-Arte Museum is sponsoring a contemporary acrylic painting workshop for teens Saturday, October 4, 10:30am-3pm, at the museum, 419 Congress. Junior high and high schoolers will be able to learn about color, application, and more. Call 480-9373.

Austin Visual Arts Association will host a seminar titled "Entities That Buy Art." It brings together Martha Peters, coordinator of the city's Art in Public Places program; Marilyn Carten, principal of Carten & Associates, Art Advisors and Appraisers; and Jackie Depew, art dealer, interior designer, and owner of Spicewood Gallery and Design Studio to discuss corporate collections, interior design, and public art programs. The seminar will be Wednesday, October 8, 7pm, in the ACA Gallery@ArtPlex, 1705 Guadalupe. Call 454-3077 for info.

Off the Desk

Austin Access Arts provides another of its Audio Described Performances, in which trained volunteers provide descriptions of plays to patrons wearing headsets tuned to a specific FM frequency, Saturday, October 4, 8pm. This one is for Austin Shakespeare Festival`s production of Much Ado About Nothing at the Zilker Hillside Theatre in Zilker Park. To reserve a headset, call 454-9912.

Playwright Romulus Linney will be in Austin next week to read from his work. The author of The Sorrows of Frederick, "2," and Holy Ghosts, among others, will speak in the fourth floor auditorium of the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center on Thursday, October 9, 7:30pm. The event is sponsored by the Texas Center for Writers and is free. For info, call 471-1601.

Calling Officer Krupke! Austin Musical Theatre is deep in rehearsals for its sophomore show, West Side Story, and has lost its Krupke. AMT founders Scott Thompson and Richard Byron are looking for a big Irish cop type, six feet or taller with a bit of a belly and a decent brogue. Call 292-9696.

Frontera@Hyde Park Theatre is on the hunt for a marketing director. It wants someone creative and action-oriented, whose work shows a fun and inventive use of language and visual imagery. An appreciation for subversive, ground-breaking, contemporary art is a plus, as is originality, independent thinking, and an irregular sense of humor. Applicants should send resume to: Vicky Boone, 511 West 43rd St., Austin, TX 78751. No calls.

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