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    Dry Land

    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.
    Through Dec. 2. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $12-25.  
    Mastrogeorge Theatre, 130 Pedernales #318-B.
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    Good Mourning Tis of Thee: Catalog Release Party

    Right before the second weekend of EAST kicks off, is that a good time to catch Co-Lab's 65-artist celebration of Death in all its multivalent forms? We say "YES," especially since tonight's party features the release of the show's incomparable catalogue (full color, 160 pages of vivid creation, designed by Jared Ritz) amid the modern danse macabre right there in the metrosclerotic heart of Downtown Austin.
    Fri., Nov. 17, 7-11pm
    721 Congress
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    The Contemporary Austin: John Bock + Wangechi Mutu

    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.
    Through Jan. 14
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    Co-Lab Projects: Good Mourning Tis of Thee

    Alyssa Taylor Wendt and Sean Gaulager have curated up a conceptual group show that addresses grief, loss, death, architecture, and urban development, wrangling more than 65 artists and performers from Texas, New York, Detroit, and Seattle. "The show is especially relevant as the building is slated for subsequent demolition to make room for a planned development on the site."
    Through Nov. 25
    721 Congress.
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    Don't Let the Door Hit Joplin in the Ass

    It's the final Austin farewell for man-of-many-wonders Mike Joplin as he ditches our rapidly metastasizing metrotumor for the even more variable vicissitudes in that City of Angels. [Note: That's L.A., not Heaven. Man's still alive and all, fool.] Catch the wrestling legend and turntable titan in some hot improv action with The Knuckleball Now during the Date Night show at the Hideout tonight (bonus: Escorts and Physics Curse) and wish him bon voyage or bon iver or somesuch, hey?
    Fri., Nov. 17, 7:30pm. $7.
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    A Tuna Christmas

    No, no, Jaston Williamswho created this wacky small-town wonderment with Joe Sears and Ed Howard – that Jaston ain't in this version, now, hon, but he sure 'nough directs it and brings "the third smallest town in Texas, where the Lion’s Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies" back to hilarious holiday life with just three actors playing all 25 of the Tuna citizens.
    Through Dec. 31. Wed.-Fri., 7:30pm; Sat., 2:30 & 7:30pm; Sun., 2:30pm. $25 and up.  
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    All the Good People

    "A troubled young woman joins a group of do-gooders known as The Fellowship and discovers an unsavory secret that she’s unwilling (and unable) to leave behind" in this new drama written and directed by Justin M. West for Mercurial Theatre.
    Through Nov. 19. Fri.-Sun., 8pm. $16.50 and up.  
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    Anon(ymous)

    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.  
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    Art.Science.Gallery.: TX*SCI

    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!
    Through Nov. 26
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    Austin Art Garage: No Risk, No Reward

    Think you can handle the Truth? Then check out this show of bold new works by Austin-based street artist and muralist Mike "Truth" Johnston, galvanizing the walls of this fierce gallery right off South Lamar.
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    Dance

    Austin Lindy Exchange

    This annual event brings swing dancers from all over the country for an entire weekend of live swing music, social events, and good food, with the lineup of bands including Thrift Set Orchestra, Jonathon Doyle Swingtet, Waller Creek Vipers.
    Fri.-Sun., Nov. 17-19. $40-115.
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    Bale Creek Allen Gallery: Jack Massing

    BC Allen's excellent venue in Canopy presents a solo show of the "Broadside Series" by this Massing fellow – better known to the world at large as one half of those boundary-breaking, media-manipulating, spectacle-spinning Art Guys.
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    Big Medium: Skin Thick

    Big Medium presents the inaugural Tito's Prize exhibition, featuring winner Zack Ingram.
    Through Dec. 16
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    Blanton Museum: Dancing With Death

    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.
    Through Nov. 26.
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    Comedy

    Brendon Walsh

    The man returns! The beloved one-time Austinite just flew in from L.A. and, boy, the turbulence was just a little fucking unnerving, you know? Like when you're trying to be cool about it, but still gripping your seat's armrest with enough force to make it spray blood (if it were filled with blood, which most supposedly aren't) as the entire plane shakes like an earthquake in the sky? Now here's Walsh, a skoshie calmer and rocking the Velv mic for a weekend, with Zac Brooks opening.
    Nov. 17-18. Fri., 9pm; Sat., 9 & 11pm. $14.  
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    Camiba Art: Speechless

    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.
    Through Dec. 2
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    Carver Museum: State of Ascension

    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.
    Through Feb. 28
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    Creek Show

    This fourth annual show features six light-based, site-specific art installations, all created by local talent, along Waller Creek. It's a trail of luminescent Downtown fun for the whole family.
    Through Nov. 18. Nightly, 6-10pm
    Waller Creek, between Fifth & Eighth Streets
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    Fall Fest at the Follies

    Musical comedy skits, magic, and a political satirical revue with the bustling backdrop of Sixth Street on view through the stagefront window! Esther’s Follies brings the city lots of new sketches, and, boy howdy, do we need them more than ever! Austin’s lawmakers are skewered with those Special Session Blues, and check out the new Trump musical, “The Lyin’ King,” a Disneyesque take on that orange-faced rump roast and his band of Merry Minions. Plus, would you believe … a dance-off between Bill Nye the Science Guy and Neil deGrasse Tyson? Because science! And of course that sexy magician Ray Anderson will thrill the crowd with his Torched and Claw illusions.
    Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $25-35.  
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    Flatbed Press: Moments in Movement

    Taiko Chandler’s monotypes and monoprints are energetic explorations investigating the transience and ephemeral nature of day-to-day life.
    Through Dec. 30
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    Gallery Shoal Creek: Sounds in Time/Marks in Space

    The painter Tony Saladino has always "felt a deep connection between music and what emerges from his creative process." The artist explores this connectivity in a series of 12 new works on canvas.
    Through Nov. 22
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    grayDUCk gallery: Doing Work

    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.
    Through Dec. 3
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    Litera

    Hillary Clinton: What Happened

    This event? Already SOLD OUT, tyvm.
    Fri., Nov. 17, noon
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    It's … Hideoutrageous!

    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 that award-winning Parallelogramophonograph and the Big Bash fanciness on Friday; and get ready for Dance Dreams on Saturdays, improv about the drama-fraught world of competitive dance – right after the student-driven Soundstage 23, and right before the extemporaneous donnybrook of that magister-marbled Maestro. See website for more.
    Nov. 9-11. Thu.-Sat., 7:30-10pm
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    It's … Institutional!

    Holy shit – it's God vs. the Devil on Friday night at 10pm, an improv smackdown in which those power-mad beings mercilessly fuck with the performers and judge which of them ascend to the glories of heaven or descend to the agonies of hell. (Well – glories, agonies, YMMV.) And Saturdays bring a variety of slightly more earthly delights, and, nota bene, that annual Fuck, It's Christmas! sketch show, a fine antidote to seasonal saccharine overdose, is on its way soon. See website for details.
    $10.  
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    Comedy

    It's … subterranean!

    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 welcomes you the nihilist paradise of Doomtown, and Friday rocks with the The Franchise and A Very Special Special with Allison O'Conor, whereas Saturday's stage with sauté your giblets with Stuffed: A Thanksgiving Puppet Comedy Show. And we reckon the popular Megaphone Show that night will do its public-pleasing thing, too. And on Sunday, the – ah, see website for more shows and details.
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    Litera

    Jaclyn Friedman: Unscrewed

    The author presents her new book about "Women, Sex, Power, and How to Stop Letting the System Screw Us All."
    Fri., Nov. 17, 7pm
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    Link & Pin: Early EAST

    Featuring works by David Parsons, Lyle Adair, Connie Miller, Jill Robinson, Marcy Ann Villafana, Kali Parsons, and more.
    Through Nov. 19
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    MASS Gallery: Staycation 2

    What in the world? How about an exhibition featuring 10 Austin-based artists whose work reflects on humanity's relationship to the natural world? Yes, featuring Ryan Cronk, Dave Culpepper, Bethany Johnson, TJ Lemanski, Rebecca Marino, and more.

    And, listen, this is also the local debut of Barry Stone's new Daily, in a Nimble Sea book – with accompanying photos on display – and our code is all glitchy with joy just thinking about it.

    Through Dec. 16
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    Mexic-Arte Museum: Diego and Frida

    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).
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    Much Ado About Nothing

    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.
    Through Dec. 3. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 3pm. $22 and up.  
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    Old Bakery Gallery: Light and Shadow

    Contemporary oils by Debbi Smith Rourke; recent photographs by Bill Oakey and Jack Marshall.
    Through Dec. 6. free.
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    Parts & Labour: A Tiny Holiday

    In this new exhibition, painter Heather Sundquist Hall pays tribute to forgotten signs, memories, and places conjured up in dreams of recent and historic Austin.
    Reception: Fri., Nov. 17, 6-9pm
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    PrintPress: Wild Abandon

    The artists in this Michael Anthony Garcia-curated exhibition – Gerardo Arellano, Kel Brown, Jonathan Paul Jackson, Kristy Perez, and Naomi Schlinke – tackle the ungraspable via abstract painting.
    Fri., Nov. 17. free.
    1907 Cesar Chavez
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    Litera

    Rob Jackson: The Witness

    The author presents his collection of meditations in the form of poems, stories, and straight talk on spirituality.
    Fri., Nov. 17, 7pm
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    Comedy

    Roy Wood Jr.

    This Alabama native's been all over your TV, of course, especially on that Chelsea Lately show, besides tearing up the morning radio hours with his seemingly omnipresent prank calls.
    Nov. 17-18. Fri.-Sat., 8 & 10:30pm. $18-23.  
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    SouthPop: Elbow Grease

    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.
    Through Dec. 2. $5.
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    Stone Cold Comedy

    Check out what's happening in this right-next-to-that-funky-video-store hotbed of comedy. Thursdays showcase longtime house improv troupe, the rightfully celebrated Frank Mills, and follow that with the fierce sketch style of Pendulum. And then 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 Barney Miller: Dark Knight, wherein your favorites from the 12th precinct deal with the day-to-day in Batman's Gotham; and then, Martini Ranch's Queer & Now sketches and Midnight Society! Oh, and Sunday's Stool Pigeon! See website for more.
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    The 37th Annual Madrigal Dinner

    It's a longstanding UT tradition, this Renaissance-style dinner comedy, with choir performances, improv, and a four-course meal – and all the public is invited!
    Nov. 16-18. Thu.-Sat., 6:30pm. $28-32.  
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    The Brothers Size

    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.
    Through Nov. 18. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $20-30.  
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    The Crucible

    UT's Department of Theatre and Dance presents Arthur Miller's allegorical Salem Witch Trial classic. And here's what our reviewer has to say about the show.
    Through Nov. 19. Wed.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. $15-26.  
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    The Member of the Wedding

    Carson McCullers’ adaptation of her own novella is presented by Different Stages, featuring Taylor Flanagan, Chelsea Manasseri, and Jago Mystiek among a fine cast under the direction of Karen Jambon.
    Through Dec. 9. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 6pm. $15-30.  
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    The Seafarer

    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.
    Through Nov. 26. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 3pm. $15-25 ($10, Thursdays).  
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    The World Goes 'Round

    Here's a tribute to Broadway legends Kander & Ebb, featuring songs from Chicago, Cabaret, The Rink, Kiss of the Spider Woman, and many more. Austin Theatre Project's David Blackburn has re-imagined the show and set it in the Paradise Café, a "typical coffee shop with a live five-piece band."
    Through Dec. 2. Wed.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 5:30pm. $15-30.  
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    Twyla Contemporary Art

    “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.
    209 W. Ninth
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    Visual Arts Center: First Fall Show

    UT's immense gem of an exhibition space returns for a new year of showing what's what in the local student arena and the greater realms of the whole damn world of visual arts. Tonight, grab some drinks and noms and socializing among Larry Bamburg's BurlsHoovesandShells on a Pedestal of Conglomerates installation, the "Fool’s Romance" collection of artists' books from Mexico City's Aeromoto, 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.
    Through Dec. 9. Free.  
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    VSA Texas: Holiday Art Show

    Cards, jewelry, prints, ornaments, glass, and more: Unique gifts and artwork from Texas artists with disabilities.
    Through Dec. 23
    AGE Building, Rm 101, 3710 Cedar
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    Wally Workman Gallery: Low Places

    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.
    Through Nov. 25
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    Wild Horses

    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.
    Through Dec. 9. Thu.-Sun., 8:30pm. $15-35.  
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    Offscreen

    Austin Public

    Committed to freedom of speech and expression, Austin Public is a nonexclusive and content-neutral media studio that offers low- and no-cost training, equipment, facilities, and cablecasting services to all Austinites. It is managed by the Austin Film Society under contract from the city of Austin, and operates cable channels 10, 11, and 16, and live streams. New training classes are ongoing; see website for calendar.