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Arts Events for Sat., Sept. 2
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    Dimension Gallery: About Us

    Shea Little? Oh, just the guy who co-founded Bolm Studios, Big Medium, the East Austin Studio Tour, the West Austin Studio Tour, the Texas Biennial, and Cantanker magazine, that's all. Just one-third of the legendary Sodalitas trio of artists. Just a tall local feller with a complex creative agenda. Just taking a little break (Get it? A Little break?) from the relentless moving-and-shaking to present his first solo exhibition.
    Through Sept. 30
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    Gender Unbound Art Festival

    This one-day festival is a celebration of transgender and intersex creators in a vibrant night of music, film, performance, and visual art, featuring everything from the realist paintings of New Hampshire's Catherine Graffam, to the ethereal visual work of Austin's own Jonah Welch. Also, the debut of new episodes of Scout Fernandez' YouTube documentary series, Roaming Gender. And, mmmm, beverages by JuiceLand and Dripping Springs Vodka. So many pronouns, so much expression, the perfect way to kick off a new September!
    Sat., Sept. 2, 4-9pm. $5.  
    Impact Hub, 5540 N. Lamar.
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    Art of the Brew

    This one-day event demonstrates the influences Austin's creative communities have on one another and encourages greater collaboration between them. (Remember we harangued you about this a couple years ago, too?) And what better way to lubricate such social mechanisms than with an array of contemporary art and tastings from a plethora of local breweries? Colin McIntyre x Blue Owl! Emily Cayton x Hops & Grain! Seth Schwaiger x Adelbert's! Abi Daniel x Brewtorium! Rebecca Marino x The ABGB! And so many more, with no duds in these arty suds, citizen – just win after win after win. Bonus: live music.
    Sat., Sept. 2, 4-10pm. $20-80.  
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    Pump Project: We Were There

    There's photography, and then there's … photography. Especially these days where everybody's got some kind of camera on hand and, like, seven Instagram accounts, it takes a person of magisterial skill and raptor eye to capture the world in ways worth paying attention to. Sandy Carson, frequent Chronicle contributor, is who we're talking about – and this exhibition features a decade's worth of the man's images of Austin concert crowds from 2007 to 2017, shot from the pit, exploring the symbiotic relationship between rock concert fans, the bands, and the photographer at music festivals.
    Through Sept 23. free.
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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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    Cloud Tree Gallery: Thereafter

    The gallery within Cloud Tree Studios is transformed by this new installation from Austin artist Laura Latimer, in which recycled materials create a landscape referencing over-exploitation of resources, remnants of unbridled construction, and the strange potential for biological growth.
    Through Sept. 15
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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 artmakers.
    Through Oct. 7
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    Litera

    Expressions: The Final Farewell

    The longrunning series of poetic celebration finally calls it quits, going out in a veritable blaze of glory with Darrel Mayers, Ric Williams, Helga Scow-Stern, Connie Williams, Birdman 313, Janet Kuypers, Teresa Y. Roberson, and all Expressions alumni.
    Sat., Dec. 2, 6pm. Free.
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    Comedy

    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: 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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    Georgetown Art Center: Wide Open

    Ah, darn you to heck, Georgetown, the way you force an Austin-based journal to list something in your so-far-north venue – by featuring a show of gorgeous landscape work by Shawn Camp, Karen Maness, and Rebecca Bennett, artists whose creations we might, if we had to, drive all the way to goddamn Saskatchewan to see. Oh, the temerity!
    Through Sept. 24
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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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    ICOSA: Checked Out

    And here's a two-person exhibition in which the artists engage sorrow from various points of view. Featuring video, sculpture, photography, performance, and installation by Bug Davidson and Amanda McInerney.
    Through Sept. 16
    702 Shady #190.
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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 an empty venue, because they and you and almost everybody else is gobbling turkey and dealing with the *fnord* relatives, right? But then you can check out that award-winning Parallelogramophonograph (with The Ladies Room) 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 Maestro Raw, and right before the extemporaneous donnybrook of that main Maestro event. See website for more.
    Nov. 9-11. Thu.-Sat., 7:30-10pm
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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 means everybody's at home and getting drunk or remaining intensely sober, and Friday rocks with the The Franchise and Stoned v. Drunk v. Sober, whereas Saturday's stage is Spitballin' – 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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    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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    Classical Music

    La Follia: Johann Sebastian Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos

    Featuring Bruce Williams and Suzanna Giordano, violas; Eric Smith, cello; Marcus McGuff, flute; and Keith Womer, harpsichord. Stephen Redfield is concertmaster.
    Sept. 2-3. Sat., 8pm; Sun., 3pm. $25-30 ($10, students).
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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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    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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    Stone Cold Comedy

    Check out what's happening in this right-next-to-that-funky-video-store hotbed of comedy. This Thursday showcases you, at home with your family, right? Because the joint's closed for Thanksgiving. But 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 Saturday's 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 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.