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    Title and Deed

    Capital T Theatre's Mark Pickell directs that talented Jason Phelps in this one-man show scripted by Will "Thom Pain" Eno, offering an insight-stuffed look at what it means to be alive in this odd century and what the concept of home can embody. Recommended.
    Through Sept. 16. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $20-30.  
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    Art.Science.Gallery.: The Birds

    This exhibition features new work in multiple media, work that explores topics of bird migration, communication, taxonomy, feeding behavior, natural history, flight behavior, bird diversity, and conservation. Artists Carol Cunningham, Carrie Carlson, Emily Coleman, Kim Heise, Lauren Rochell, Lisa Rawlinson, Pat Falconer, Zoë Trautz, Rachel Ramirez, and Sarah St. Laurent bring the ornithological wonders.
    Through Oct. 1
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    Ballet Austin: Pink Pilates

    This is a breast cancer recover workout, to help stretch and strengthen the shoulder, chest, back, and abdominal muscles, allowing women to regain full range of motion to those areas affected by surgery. Register soon!
    Tuesdays, 1-1:40pm, beginning Sept. 12. Free.  
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    Building the Wall

    Robert Schenkkan’s new play depicts a dystopia, wrought via President Trump’s border and immigration policies, wherein a writer interrogates the director of a private prison who awaits sentencing for carrying out the federal requirements. This regional premiere is directed by Brant Pope and showcases Franchelle Stewart Dorn and David Sitler among the other talents onstage.
    Through Sept. 8. Tue.-Fri., 7:30pm; Sat., 2 & 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. $15-26.  
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    Butridge Gallery: Approaching Crossover

    In which the artist Gary Anderson explores and, with a variety of materials, creates "artifacts from worlds that dwell within."
    Through Sept. 16
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    Camiba Art: Studio Scene Seen

    In addition to the gallery spaces, Camiba Art also leads guided art tours locally and around the world. This summer, for the first time, they've have brought back examples from just five of the dozens of artist studios visited. Featuring works by Julio Alba, Leonardo Diaz, Roman Eguia, Alejandra Mendoza, and Manuel Mugica.
    Through Sept. 9
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    Chicago

    City Theatre presents this modern Kander and Ebb classic, a snazzy murder-fueled spectacle of a 1920s-era musical, here directed by Matthew Shead.
    Through Sept. 10. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 3pm. $20-$35.  
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    Collection

    What do we hold on to? How can we let go? What does it mean to love and how do we learn? Generic Ensemble Company’s newly devised play, partially inspired by the habits of bower birds, explores these questions.
    Through Sept. 9. Fri.-Sun., 8pm. $15-30.  
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    Davis Gallery: Elements: Rock, Steel, Felt, Wax

    We're getting goosebumps just writing this blurb, that's how gorgeous the work in the Davis Gallery's "Elements" exhibition is. Because the artists whose work is displayed here, each of them have created pieces representing one of the four materials noted in the show's title. And those artists are Giota Vorgia, Randall Reid, Barbara Attwell, and Annie Darling. And, Austinite, if you don't already know what those four names herald in the way of skill, mastery, and sublime visual impact of production … well, we envy you the introduction to this quartet of art-makers.
    Through Oct. 7
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    Flatbed Press: Texas Bird Project

    Frank X Tolbert 2 has explored the birds of Texas in large-scale paintings, etchings, and drawings, transforming the feathered creatures into darkly familiar personalities. Now see the results take odd and papery wing on the walls of this excellent venue.
    Through Oct. 7
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    Gallery Shoal Creek: Karen Hawkins and Koichi Yamamoto

    Two solo exhibitions here, in which each artist has developed a highly personal visual language, exploring a singular medium with infinite variations. Deconstructed books and intaglio printing on kites? Strange and papery beauty thrills the air.
    Through Sept. 30
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    grayDUCK Gallery: Crit Group 2017

    The Contemporary Austin teams up with that excellent grayDUCK to present the results of a seven-month group-critique program, curated by Sterling Allen, Annette DiMeo Carlozzi, and Andrea Mellard, and featuring work by Sandy Carson, Jonas Criscoe, Calder Kamin, Dameon Lester, Deborah Mersky, Steve Parker, Amy Scofield, and Sara Vanderbeek.
    Through Sept. 3
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    Guzu Gallery: The Spirit of '77

    They're celebrating the 40th anniversary of Austin Books there in the Center of Austin Fandom this year, and, this weekend, Guzu Gallery is unleashing an exhibition of 23 artists paying fierce graphic tribute to the legendary comic-book store. Chet Phillips! Half-Human! Bethany Sellers! Matt Frank! Julie Parfait! And more (do that math, citizen), decking the walls for your wide-eyed wonderment – and carousing at Friday night's opening reception!
    Fri., Sept. 1, 7-10pm
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    Comedy

    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 – now with The Glamping Trip – and the fancy-ass Big Bash on Friday; and the sweet, campy horrorshow tropes of Death by Musical on Saturdays, right after the student-driven Maestro RAW, and right before the extemporaneous donnybrook of the original magister-marbled Maestro. See website for more.
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    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 presents The Gameshow Gameshow, Friday brings the live-action claymation of StapleFace and the return of Stoned vs. Drunk vs. Sober, and, on Saturday, we reckon the popular Megaphone Show will cure whatever ails your depressed ass – that is, if the earlier spectacle of Crapfunding doesn't cure it first. And on Sunday, the – ah, see website for more shows and details.
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    Joe Zimmerman

    We reckon that when Paste magazine calls a fellow one of "10 Great Comics from the South," that fellow's got himself a legend to uphold. This TV-honed Zimmerman will do that here this weekend.
    Aug. 30-Sept. 2. Wed.-Thu., 8pm; Fri.-Sat., 8 & 10:30pm. $12-23.  
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    Million Dollar Quartet

    This rocking show with pro-level entertainers brings to life the night in 1956 that Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, and Carl Perkins joined forces at Sun Studio in Memphis for the greatest jam session ever.
    Through Sept. 3. Wed.-Fri., 7:30pm; Sat., 2:30 & 7:30pm; Sun., 2:30pm. $25 and up.  
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    Ocean

    Ebony Stewart returns to the Vortex with the world premiere of a new play that weaves her evocative poetry, brilliant storytelling, feminist aesthetic, and spiritual depth into a powerful new performance. Directed by Sonja Parks.
    Aug. 31-Sept. 4; Thu.-Mon., 8pm. $15-35. Two-for-one admission with donation of two cans for SafePlace, Thursdays & Sundays).  
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    Comedy

    Out of Bounds Comedy Festival

    Hey, guess what's happening here? A kaffeeklatsch? A demonstration of modern filtration devices used by Dow Chemicals? No – it's the goddamn OOB, friendo! And the Velv's the epicenter for OOBish stand-up showcases all festival long. And they're all don't-miss-it, really; but we're especially liking the national line-up of comics Holly Lynnea, Trixx, Emily Catalano, Brooke Cartus, Liz Greenwood, and Neeraj Srinivasan – hosted by Valerie Nies on Thursday at 9pm.
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    Perfect Life

    This musical, based on One Man Band by James Lecesne, tells the story of a man's journey to find his missing wife. Staged by Larry and Laurie Hochman and Marc Elliot for Austin Theatre Project.
    Through Sept. 9. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 5:30pm
    Trinity Black Box Theatre, 901 Trinity.
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    Litera

    Ron Coley and Kevin Tuerff

    In which Coley presents his The Fountains of Saint Mark, a Texas love story told through a series of essays and 100 underwater photographs, and Tuerff releases his Channel of Peace, about being a post-9/11 refugee up there in Newfoundland.
    Fri., Sept. 1, 7pm
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    SouthPop: 50 Over 50

    This exhibition accompanies the venue's oral history project from 50 artists over the age of 50 who have played pivotal roles in the evolution of Austin from a sleepy Texas town to the Live Music Capital of the World.
    Through Sept. 30
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    Comedy

    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, afterward, you know nothing swings quite like the sketch of that Pendulum do. And then there's the laughalicious ladies of Loverboy going all Kiss and Tell on Fridays; the Movie Riot continuing to unreel its filmic lunacy that same night; and don't miss The Church of Man on Saturday, uncovering a contentious coven of men's rights activism, right before the doc-skewering Reel Lives. And then, Midnight Society! Oh, and Sunday's Stool Pigeon! See website for more.
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    The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas

    TexARTS presents that sexy Lone Star musical based on the story by Larry L. King. You know it from the movie, right? Now see the shenanigans play out onstage in all their live, fully choreographed, showtune-fueled, chicken-ranch glory – directed by Sarah Gay.
    Through Sept. 3. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. $40 and up.  
    2300 Lohman's Spur.
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    The Understudy

    Southwest Theatre Productions presents Theresa Rebeck's thespian comedy in which "Roxanne finds her professional and personal life colliding when Harry, a journeyman actor and her ex-fiancé, is cast as the understudy to a mid-tier action star yearning for legitimacy." All this – and Kafka, too. Directed by Joni Lorraine.
    Through Sept. 9. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $22-25.  
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    This Random World

    Here's the Austin premiere of Steven Dietz's funny, intimate, and heartbreaking new play that explores the comedy of missed connections. The cast, you'll be glad to note, includes the fine talents of Joey Banks, Jacqui Cross, Babs George, Jess Hughes, Molly Karrasch, Carla Nickerson, and J. Ben Wolfe – and everything's directed by Don Toner for Austin Playhouse.
    Through Sept. 24. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm  
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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.
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