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    Dance

    11:11:11

    And here it is, the finale that's been almost a year in its glorious approach, the culmination of Jennifer Sherburn and Natalie George's 11:11 project, exploding like earthbound, people-shaped fireworks across the festival-friendly scape of Carson Creek Ranch, with closing choreography for 40 performers by that Sherburn, with a solo opening by Rosalyn Nasky (abetted by the percussive robots of Matthew Steinke), with all manner of kinetic glory and an invitation for you, citizen, to join in the dancing afterparty. Note: This is going to be a highly memorable event, and if your FOMO is twitching right now, well, it's doing so with damned good reason. See you there!
    Sept. 6-9. Wed.-Sat., 8pm. $5-35.  
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    Theatre

    Latino Comedy Project: Barrio Daze

    The LCP's recent run of Gentrifucked was as timely, relevant, and provocative as the troupe's productions have always been – and pretty damn funny, too. And this Barrio Daze is just as laced with dark humor, but even more concentrated and powerful – partly because it's performed by just one man: LCP head honcho Adrian Villegas, whose array of characters and the level of craft with which he portrays them could leave you breathless. Barrio Daze, a kaleidoscopic glimpse into diverse aspects of Mexican-American identity, is something of a reprise of its own earlier incarnation – but newly revamped to reflect a variety of *fnord* current events. We recommend it highly. And if you hold (or you're thinking of running for) public office anywhere in Tejas, we reckon it should be required viewing.
    Through Sept. 16. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $13 ($11, in advance).  
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    Theatre

    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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    Visual Arts

    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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    Dance

    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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    Visual Arts

    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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    Theatre

    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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    Visual Arts

    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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    Visual Arts

    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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    Theatre

    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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    Visual Arts

    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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    Visual Arts

    Elisabet Ney Museum: Dana Younger

    Like you need an excuse to witness the glory of historical sculpting genius Elisabet Ney's work? Well, then here you go: In the same storied venue, an exhibition of figurative sculpture by the contemporary artist (and Blue Genie dude) Dana Younger – who we won't call a "genius," but only because he's very much alive and would likely blush at the term. But, still, these two temporally divided local giants of three-dimensional, human-based art? What an excellent pairing with which to immerse your eyes in wonder. And this is what our reviewer thinks about the show.
    Through Nov. 5
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    Theatre

    Enfrascada

    This Tanya Saracho-scripted comedy about a group of modern-day Latinas, consulting the worlds of hoodoo, santería, curanderismo, and nostalgia, but finding the true magic of friendship, is directed by Claudio M. Chávez for Teatro Vivo. And can you believe our reviewer's reaction to this show?
    Through Sept. 24. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 2pm. $20-25.  
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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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    Visual Arts

    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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    Visual Arts

    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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    Visual Arts

    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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    Visual Arts

    Helios Kiln Glass Studio: Classes and Demonstrations

    Learn while they burn at this professional studio.
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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 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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    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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    Theatre

    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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    Visual Arts

    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 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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    Litera

    Story Circle Network

    Nonprofit organization for women, offering monthly reading and writing circles and more, in North, Central, and South Austin.
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    Theatre

    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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    Comedy

    Theo Von

    You've seen Von's No Offense Netflix special, right? Or read a few dozen of his CrankTexts.com random-convo antics? Heard his Allegedly podcast? Caught him on, what, @midnight? Inside Amy Schumer? OK, so he's here now, and ready to crack your ass up.
    Sept. 6-9. Wed.-Thu., 8pm; Fri.-Sat., 8 & 10:30pm. $12-23.  
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    Theatre

    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.