Classical Mexican Cinema Series: A rebel general falls in love with the daughter of a wealthy landowner, and a local priest tries to mediate their stormy courtship. UT Professor Charles Ramírez Berg will present the film.
Ruby Rae Spiegel's intense drama, set almost entirely in the girls' locker room of a Florida high school, explores "the complexities of female friendship, abortion, adolescents in crisis, and the terrifying process of becoming yourself." Directed by Marian Kansas for Permanent Record. Note: Nudity and graphic content. And here's what our reviewer thought of the show.
Catherine Deneuve: Deneuve stars as the matriarch of this family, whose holiday gathering is like some marvelous do-si-do in which the characters partake in endless swirls of accusations, confessions, and glimpses of grace.
A future-shock story that brims with gusto and ambiguity, the film feels more like a documentary today than a dystopian parable. A panel discussion forum, in partnership with The Spiritual Transformation Project, follows the screening.
We could probably just mention that this exhibition (featuring a quintet of assemblage artists) contains work by Steve Brudniak and watch the smarter crowds gather for some deep gawking … but we wouldn't want to diss the talented likes of Barbara Irwin, John Sager, Larry Seaman, and Steve Wiman – whose complex three-dimensional creations are also well worthy of your time.
Texas Spotlight: Girl leaves boy, but boy (and his friends) try and win her back in this follow-up to local filmmaker Elrod's The Man From Orlando. This Austin premiere will have a Q&A after the 7:30pm screening.
Naomi Iizuka’s play about a refugee and his travels across the American landscape, bringing him face-to-face with an array of strange and glorious characters, is directed by Michelle Polgar for St. Edward's Theatre Department. This fiercely relevant adaptation of Homer's Odyssey features guest performers Patrick Gathron, Carla Nickerson, and Josean Rodriguez among a fine St. Ed's cast. And here's what our reviewer thought of the show.
Through Nov. 19. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. $18-25.
That excellent gallery in Canopy presents a group exhibit featuring work by Texas artists who are inspired by any of the natural sciences as a majority of their current artistic practice. Which, lucky for the viewer, means that the talents represented include Laurie Frick, Jules Buck Jones, Calder Kamin, Cathy Savage, David Martínez, and more. Quant suff! Recommended!
Bizet’s classic tells the tale of one of the most dynamic characters in the operatic canon and is spiced with some of its most beloved music, including the “Toreador Song” and the “Habanera.” Mezzo-soprano Sandra Piques Eddy and tenor Chad Shelton star in this new version that's set in the Seventies.
The Blanton's got a fine exhibition about the "danse macabre" up in its Paper Vault, so for this latest Beat the Rush concert, the estimable Brent Baldwin (of Panoramic Voices fame) presents The Normans performing the music of Bauhaus and Love & Rockets. The dead bell? The dead bell. Somebody's done for.
Celebrate the dance, citizen, celebrate the danse macabre. This new Blanton show, curated by Elizabeth Welch, features works on paper spanning from the 15th to the 20th centuries, highlighting the visual tradition of bringing death to life, showcasing both the fear of mortality and the fun in life.
Margaret Smithers-Crump, an artist whose career spans 37 years, renders her chosen base materials – Plexiglas and polycarbonate – so that they take on a natural, organic, and living quality. Coral reefs? You may believe you're among them.
Mixed-media vessel works by Rejina Thomas, featuring art she created during the past two decades, with themes positioning the womb as a metaphorical looking glass from which viewers experience and understand the world.
The monthly champagne social features throwback music, a complimentary dessert bar, and a champagne fountain with the purchase of a $10 champagne glass. The evening also marks the monthly Latin Flair: A Salsa Party & Show with free salsa lessons and music by DJ Danny Ritmo.
In which Elizabeth McDonald Schwaiger and Seth Orion Schwaiger exploit the original function of the gallery building – a modest bungalow – and create a domestic environment, a painting-filled home, a hypothetical household that reflects our current anxious times. "Human behavioral science, psychological theory, geo-political power structures, scientific and technological experiments, and the history of art and of science are just some of the subjects both artists mine and explore."
Who's doing work? Visual artist Raul Gonzalez is doing work. He's been doing work – paintings and drawings created to shift public perception of working-class immigrants and the role of stay-at-home fathers, now filling the walls of this elegant gallery. And this is what our reviewer thought of the show.
The rise of modernism in Mexico was activated by artists, museum curators, gallery owners, journalists, and publishers both in Mexico and the United States. This exhibition explores two decades of dynamic cultural exchange between the two countries, featuring important artists such as Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, José Clemente Oroxco, and others.
Musical comedy skits, magic, and a political satirical revue with the bustling backdrop of Sixth Street on view through the stagefront window! What does the current POTUS learn when Ivana, Melania, and Marla get together for the Trump Wives Club? (Does he learn anything, ever?) Plus, join those rowdy NFL Women in the tail-gaiting, trash-talking party of the year. And, best of all, it's time for the all-too-familiar Esther’s Follies Dysfunctional Family Holiday, which might just make your own clan seem like a sanctuary of emotional health in comparison. Bonus: That sexy magician Ray Anderson thrills the crowd with his Torched and Tango illusions. And you knowJesse Sublett's new Esther's book was just released, right?
With all the bragging, it was bound to happen. Houston challenges Austin barbecue joints to the ultimate taste-off. Tickets are going fast and when they're gone there won’t be any more until next year.
There's a stage upstairs, there's a stage downstairs, there's coffee all over the place and all sorts of shows here. This Thursday brings you the Threefer and Free Fringe of improv, and you can check out the Big Bash fanciness and what that terrific Rachel & Dave have coming your way while Pgraph is outta town on Friday; and, on Saturday, it's the quadruple threat of that newsy Local on the Eights, the drama-fraught world of competitive dance in Dance Dreams, the Dickensian improv of Bah, Humbug!, and the extemporaneous competitive donnybrook of Maestro Raw. See website for more.
It's the underground space Downtown, swarming with improvisers and stand-up comics and sketch artists, here in the powerhouse founded by Chris Trew and Tami Nelson. Monday nights feature Fuck This Week, wherein your moans, groans, gripes, and complaints are turned into comedy gold. They let Rob Gagnon do his Sandbox thing on Tuesdays at 9pm, Wednesdays get some work done in the Garage, Thursday witches up The Coven and Boyband's Christmas Summer Beach Party, and Friday goes Off Script and brings that supersexy advice-rich Naughty Bits show back, whereas Saturday's stage is localized with the return of The Neighborhood, and – ah, see website for more shows and details.
Big Mac! Mac the (cutting-edge) Knife (of comedy)! Mac O'Doches from Nacogdoches! They call him many things when they speak of this 2013 FPIA winner – of course, they also apply the lotion or they get the hose again – but what we call him is "Dude, any way you can get us on the comp list tonight?" because he's one of the funniest stand-ups ever to take an Austin stage. At least as funny as he is tall, and the man is – Christ, look at him – he's no shrimp, that's for damn sure. And, big bonus with this show: Nick Saverino, Amber Bixby, Christina Parrish, Danny Goodwin, and Pat Dean. Recommended. [Note: Not actually from Nacogdoches.]
Mexic-Arte celebrates the 110th anniversary of Frida Kahlo’s birth with "A Smile in the Middle of the Way," an exhibition that takes an intimate look at the relationship between Kahlo and Diego Rivera, as seen through the lens of notable photographers of that time, including images by Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Ansel Adams, Guillermo Kahlo, Leo Matiz, Nickolas Muray, Edward Weston, and Guillermo Zamora.
Through Nov. 26. $5 ($4, senior citizens, students).
This is Austin Shakespeare's production of the Bard's classic rom-com, directed by Ann Ciccolella there in the Long Center, with Beatrice and Benedick being played by Gwendolyn Kelso and Marc Pouhé. Bonus: Songs featuring mezzo-soprano Shelley Auer. And here's our reviewer's take on the whole thing.
Through Dec. 3. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 3pm. $22 and up.
Need a place to be? PFLAG has monthly meetings across the city (and into the 'burbs) – this one's new! Everyone from teens to seniors are welcome to join or just listen and snack. But please, confidentiality is key.
Follow the evolution of the gaming industry from the Seventies to the present day with a focus on the local scene from Richard Garriott's Ultima series to John Romero's Doom to the developers making waves on today's gaming platforms.
Daily through March 18, 2018. Museum admission: $13 ($9, kids).
An in-depth discussion of how a paid sick days policy can work in Austin. Can't make it? Share your thoughts with the City by making an account and submitting your comments online or text AUSTIN to 512/643-5627.
The new exhibition here features the art of Jon Narum, Nicholas Russell, and Sam Yeates, three artists who've been involved in the Austin music scene since the early Seventies. And the opening reception's got beer, wine, and live music by John Inmon.
Check out what's happening in this right-next-to-that-funky-video-store hotbed of comedy. This Thursday features the very last show by The Frank Mills! Aaaaaaaah! Carpe diem, citizen! And there's the laughalicious ladies of Loverboy going all Kiss and Tell on Fridays; that Live at ColdTowne stand-up showcase hosted by Carina Magyar on the same night; and don't miss Elvis' Rockin' Nativity on Saturday, wherein a lost, celebrity-studded holiday TV special from the King of Rock 'n' Roll is performed live; and then, Martini Ranch's Queer & Now sketches and Midnight Society! Oh, and Sunday's Stool Pigeon! See website for more.
Yes, this event is already sold out, but that doesn't mean you can't still find tickets. Tegan and Sara celebrate The Con's 10th anniversary by performing acoustic and intimate arrangements of the album, followed by a selection of fan favorites.
We love a good Third Thursday gig, and here the museum's open – and free – all day long, with exhibitions showcasing the American West and the more Eurocentric danse macabre, with a live concert by Brent Baldwin and The Normans, and more.
Here's the Capital T production of Tarell Alvin McCraney's exploration of the bonds of love between brothers and friends. You know Capital T: Damn good work, always. You probably know McCraney, too: He wrote Moonlight. See this beautiful new work, with Delanté Keys, Sean Christopher, and John Christopher directed by Jason Phelps. And here's what our reviewer thought of the show.
Bock's Dead + Juicy exhibition centers around a newly commissioned film that was shot in and around Austin, blending classic Westerns and dark comedy with spooky thriller and horror aesthetics. Mutu offers a new, site-specific edition of Throw, 2017, a painting created by the artist throwing black paper pulp against the wall, resulting in an abstract composition that dries, hardens, and then degrades over time.
It's the Austin premiere for this Conor McPherson play about luck, the past, and the power of friendship. Darkly funny? Riddled with perilous personal history and booze? We did say McPherson, did we not? Directed by Karen Sneed for City Theatre. And this is what our reviewer thought of the show.
Through Nov. 26. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 3pm. $15-25 ($10, Thursdays).
Keep your calendars free every third Thursday of the month for Domain Northside's Rock Rose specials. Whether it's grabbing extended happy hour at 77 Degrees, or dancing along at the Rose Room's Salsa Party, there's plenty to do.
“It changes the room and really makes the house.” The new in-house gallery of these fine-art promoters boasts a diverse roster of artists and includes work by Austin-based Terra Goolsby and Rebecca Rothfus Harrell. See website for stylish details.
UT's immense gem of an exhibition space showcases what's what in the local student arena and the greater realms of the whole damn world of visual arts. Check out Larry Bamburg's BurlsHoovesandShells on a Pedestal of Conglomerates installation, the "Fool’s Romance" collection of artists' books from Mexico City's Aeromoto, Riel Sturchio and Amber Shields' "Body is a Bridge" exhibition, and more, in celebration of this latest VAC renascence. And here's what our reviewer thought of that "Fool's Romance" collection. And what of that "Kind of About Michigan" installation? Here's what Melany Jean had to say.
Color, you say? You want a wealth of color brightening your people-forward compositions? Patrick Puckett's large, boldly painted canvases explore the human figure, inspired by the artist's life in the American South.
Allison Gregory's new play, a world premiere presented by your adventurous friends at The Vortex, takes on the pathos and hubris of teenage years, the struggle for identity, independence, authenticity, and the desire to find a place in this complicated world. Starring Jennifer Coy Jennings; directed by Rudy Ramirez. And here's what our arts editor Robert Faires thought of the show.
In honor of world vegan day, Whole Foods Market and Vedge restaurant have created all-new recipes for the holidays. The dishes will be served on Whole Foods Market hot bars across the nation and can be ordered online.: The meal includes mustard-glazed cauliflower, lentil mushroom stuffing, “cheesy” rutabaga and potato mash, sauerkraut-roasted rainbow carrots, and chocolate toffee mini cake.