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Arts Events for Sat., Sept. 9
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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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    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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    Henry IV

    Shakespeare? Of course. But this kingly classic is directed by Beth Burns for the Hidden Room, is based on a new adaptation by Dr. Ralph Alan Cohen, and features a cast worth shouting about infused with a rowdy glam-rock aesthetic. Which means that this ain't your great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandfather's Henry IV, this is your chance to see the Bard's work presented with incomparable theatrical power and style. Bonus: live music from Shoulders' Todd Kassens.
    Through Oct. 1. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. $15-30.  
    York Rite Masonic Hall, 311 W. Seventh.
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    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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    Modern Rocks Gallery: Stevie Ray Vaughan & Texas Music

    Tracy Anne Hart's famous images of Texas music legend Stevie Ray Vaughan are the latest addition to an exclusive collection of rock & roll photography at this elegant Canopy-based gallery. Also, the photographer's images of Joe Ely, Jimmie Vaughan, Gary Clark, Jr., Vintage Trouble frontman Ty Taylor, and more, vividly displayed across the verticals, above the glittering specimens of semiprecious stones.
    Reception: Sat., Sept. 9, 7-10pm
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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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    Litera

    Staple! The independent Media Expo

    Two days of more indie comics and zines and homemade media than you can shake your Adobe Suite at, here at this 13th annual spectacle of geeky merch and mingling, all wrangled up by that incorrigible Chris "Uncle Staple" Nicholas and his tireless crew of extradimensional lackeys. With guests Hope Larson, Keith Knight, Fabian Rangel Jr, Rachel Weiss, Peelander Yellow, and many more; with a rich schedule of panels and workshops; and with the whole maker-rockin' thing kicking off at Friday night's pre-party at Austin Books & Comics.
    Sept. 9-10. Sat., 11am-6pm; Sun., noon-6pm. $10-15.
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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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    Art on 5th: Byron May

    The Shreveport artist's bold paintings on stainless steel are meant to be viewed with 3-D glasses – and you know they'll be available at this popular South Austin gallery. Reception:
    Sat., Sept. 9, 7-10pm. Free, but RSVP for the reception.  
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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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    Classical Music

    ASO: Mozart in Paris

    In which conductor Peter Bay and the Austin Symphony Orchestra locate that Wolfy maestro in the City of Lights, indeed, by featuring the incomparable Anton Nel on piano and harpsichord in Austin. Bonus: Little bit of Poulenc in there, too, this night.
    Sept. 8-9. Fri.-Sat., 8pm  
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    ATM Gallery: Congénitale

    Filmmaker Gabrielle Daubourg's work explores the nature of trauma and anxiety, taking the form of video and audio, operating as narrative interviews or cinematic essays. See them presented here.
    Through Oct. 1
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    Bale Creek Allen Gallery: Turn On Delights

    Eddie Ruscha's style, sparking eyefire along the walls of this venue, is informed by graphic design, psychedelic art, Italian interiors, and fashion – and the totality of fine art movements, so's to blur the lines between them. "A vision world of reflecting trap door angles made of smoke and mirrors."
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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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    Big Medium: Home Remedies for Cabin Fever

    Emily Peacock's new show – based on family history and relationships, domesticity, and personal loss and tragedy – explores the entanglements of intimacy via videos and photographs.
    Through Oct. 7
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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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    Litera

    C. Prudence Arceneaux: Dirt

    The poet, a native Texan finally returned to the Lone Star State, is celebrated here with the release of her newest chapbook tonight.
    Sat., Sept. 9, 7pm
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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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    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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    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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    Co-Lab Projects: Timekeeper

    This is a retrospective of the life and works of Austin artist Claude van Lingen, born in Vereeniging, South Africa (1931), whose art displays the passage and contemplation of time in textural and sculptural ways that are irremovable from the pages of your memory.
    Through Sept. 30
    Co-Lab's DEMO Gallery, 721 Congress.
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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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    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.
    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

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    Litera

    Fifteen Minutes of Fame

    is a noncritique writing practice group and meets on the third Saturday of each month.
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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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    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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    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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    Classical Music

    India Fine Arts: Nārāyaneeyam

    This is Shijith Nambiar and Parvathy Menon’s show about the life of Bhattathiri, featuring excerpts, with live music and imaginative choreography, from his story of Lord Narayana.
    Sat., Sept. 9, 6pm
    St. Andrews Fine Arts Center, 5901 SW Parkway.
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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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    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 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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    Comedy

    Jeremy Essig

    This Essig is a dude of "intelligent cynicism" who "walks the line between smart comedy and mindless indulgence," they say? And he's got his own Pandora channel? Fuuuuck, where do we get tickets? Oh, right. And Jasmine Ellis and friends open.
    Sept. 8-9. Fri., 9pm; Sat., 9 & 11pm. $10.  
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    Litera

    Larry Smith: Six Words Fresh Off the Boat

    Stories of immigration, identity, and coming to America – as told in six words at a time, by ordinary folks and celebrities alike, spanning cultures and generations, capturing hundreds of perspectives on the experience. Six words: The author presents his book tonight.
    Sat., Sept. 9, 6pm
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    Visual Arts

    Not Gallery: The Rock That Owns Itself

    Virginia-based sculptor Perrin Turrin has spent the past six weeks transforming the Not Gallery space into "an inverted version of Georgia's Stone Mountain." See it revealed now!
    Through Oct. 1
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    Comedy

    Over the Lege

    This show, the brainchild of director Stephanie Chiarello Noppenberg, unites the expertise of legislative staffers, improv veterans, and comedy writers to bring you a political satire variety show exposing the shenanigans of the Texas Legislature. Songs, dances, sketches, and improv performances? Hell, yes – with a different celebrity guest for each performance. ATPE’s Monty Exter; author Sarah Bird; Senator Kirk Watson; KUT’s Ben Philpott. Can you imagine a civics class run by Salvador Dalí and the Marx Brothers? Then you know exactly what to expect, citizen! But see the website for details.
    Through Sept. 30. Fri.-Sat., 8pm. $15.  
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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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    Prizer Gallery: Farmer as Artist

    This fifth annual show explores connections between farming and creativity and includes work from more than 20 artists who work in farming, featuring an array of new delights from the worthies of Boggy Creek Farm (that Carol Ann Sayle's work is pictured in this listing), Millberg Farm, Tecolote Farm, Urban Roots, Johnson’s Backyard Garden, Munkebo Farm, Farmshare Austin, Genesis Gardens, Agua Dulce, Texas Hill Country Olive Co., EllenMental Acres, Sand Holler Farm, and more.
    Through Sept. 23
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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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    Storm Still

    Here's the world premiere of Gabrielle Reisman’s play that reveals an arch reconsideration of Shakespeare's King Lear as three daughters gather in the backyard at dusk following the death of their father. Jennifer Coy Jennings, Andreá Smith, and Amelia Turner are directed by Rudy Ramirez for the Vortex. And, look: What our reviewer said about it might make you think twice.
    Through Sept. 30. Thu.-Sun., 8:30pm. $15-35. (Two-for-one admission with donation of two cans for SafePlace, Thursdays & Sundays).  
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    The Father/Son Project

    What does it mean to be a father of a son in 2017? How do we cope with the rollercoaster ride of fathering? Who taught us (or didn't)? The answers to these questions are vigorously explored – with stories, movement, poetry, and music – by Jason Phelps, Zell Miller lll, Jeff DaShade Johnson, Rupert Reyes, and Tim Mateer.
    Sept. 9-10. Sat., 2pm; Sun., 2 & 7pm. Free, but reservations are encouraged.  
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    Comedy

    The Menenists

    Chad and Tony are self-identified Alt-Right Men’s Rights Activists and sneaker enthusiasts who host a weekly cable access show from Chad’s mom’s basement. Chad and Tony are also Austin's own Katie Stone and Erica Lies, whose send-up of MRA posturing and whining is enhanced by Tauri Laws-Phillips of Damn Gina. And the whole testosterrific shebang (sorry, we meant he-bang) is directed by Chris R. McKeever. Dare to enter their world, normies!
    Fri.-Sat., Sept. 8-9, 8pm. $10 ($8, in advance).  
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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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    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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    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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    Visual Arts

    Wally Workman Gallery: William Geisler + John Peralta

    Geisler works with encaustic and collage to manifest grids on a two-dimensional plane; Peralta scours estate sales for antique mechanical objects and reconstructs them on a three-dimensional plane. Here emerge pattern, structure, the near-architectural underpinnings of matter's elegance.
    Through Sept. 30
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    Yard Dog: Long Live Death

    Here's a group of newly painted meditations on life and death by Portland's Mike Egan, who found his calling while working as an undertaker in Pennsylvania.
    Through Oct. 5
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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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