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    It's Austin Museum Day!

    You know that there's a plethora of museums here in the state capital, right? And that all of them are at least interesting and some of them are world-class amazing – and that some of them have free admission and some of them change what they call a nominal fee? Well, this Sunday, all across the city, admission is free and special events are a-happening at all of these excellent repositories of art and culture and history. Perfect outing for a Sunday afternoon, we reckon.
    Sun., Sept 17. Free – gratis – yours for a smile.
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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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      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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      Austin Symphonic Band: Landmark Musicals

      Featuring selections from four of the greatest musicals of all time – West Side Story, A Chorus Line, Les Misérables, and Phantom of the Opera – right there on the Zilker hillside.
      Sun., Sept. 17, 7pm. Free.
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      Classical Music

      Beerthoven: Invoke Is Back!

      And so is Daniel Swayze's lovely Beerthoven series itself, this year featuring much ado about Americana – as evidenced in this show by that progressive foursome of stringfellows named invoke, ever bowing and fretting out the bluegrass, Appalachian fiddle tunes, jazz, and minimalism, and here going to town on Mark O'Connor's String Quartet No. 2 and other compositions (by Ravel, by Schickele) as well. Bonus: Beer from Lazarus Brewing Co., fresh pretzels from Easy Tiger.
      Sept. 15 & 17. Fri., 7:30pm; Sun., 3pm. $20.  
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      Litera

      Dave Oliphant: The Hero's Fall I Fell For

      The author reads from his latest collection of jazz poems – CD included. Get a free copy for yourself!
      Sun., Sept. 17, 4pm
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      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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      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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      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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      Dance

      Michael Jackson's THRILLER: Videodance™ Workshop!

      Find your inner zombie and learn one of the most requested choreographies ever made, with four weeks of instruction on either Mondays or Wednesdays, culminating in a Zombie Walk from Ballet Austin to City Hall on October 30. See website for details.
      Sept. 15-21. $75.  
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      Nathan Englander: Dinner at the Center of the Earth

      And here the Pulitzer finalist presents his political thriller that unfolds within the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and pivots on the complex relationship between a secret prisoner and his guard.
      Sun., Sept. 17, 5pm
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      Portraiture In The Park: Who Are You Anyways?!

      Here's a family-friendly thing to do, right in the heart of Austin's Hyde Park neighborhood, as the Ney Museum provides an afternoon of live music, demonstrations, art activities, caricatures, and more. Bonus: food trucks!
      Sun., Sept. 17, noon-4pm. Free.
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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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      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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      TEMP: Paris City Limits, Part Deux

      In which the Texas Early Music Project, under the direction of Daniel Johnson, regales audiences with dances, folksongs, chansons, and similar music of love and melancholy by the masters (and some relative unknowns) of 16th- and 17th-century France. With countertenor Ryland Angel (New York) and mezzo Erin Calata (Seattle) guesting with TEMP's 20-voice chorus; with Mary Springfels and Peter Maund abetting the period-instrument virtuosi. Sat., Sept. 16, 7pm; St. Martin's Lutheran Church, 606 W. 15th. Sun., Sept. 17,: 3pm; First Presbyterian Church, 8001 Mesa.
      $25-30 ($5, students at the door).  
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      Texas' Funniest Reporter Show

      Heyyyyyyy-o! Here's a showcase of ten newsmedia professionals, what you might call reporters, each performing five minutes of stand-up comedy to raise money for Mainstream Mental Health. With some of your favorite folks from KEYE, KVUE, Spectrum News, KLBK/KAMC, the Dallas Observer, CandysDirt.com, and more. Hosted by Julie McCullough and Dr. John Huber.
      Sun., Sept. 17, 7:30pm. $20-25.  
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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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      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.