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    Dance

    Blue Lapis Light: Belonging Part One

    These performances by Austin's astounding gravity-defiers feature aerial and ground dancers and digital media highlighting the planet's beauty and the impact our actions have on the environment.
    Through Oct. 1. Thu.-Sun., 8:15pm. $45-60.  
    Seaholm District Plaza, 211 Walter Seaholm.
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    Visual Arts

    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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    Visual Arts

    Lora Reynolds gallery: Kay Rosen + Hubbard/Birchler

    Kay Rosen makes paintings, drawings, videos, prints, and collages of words. Small, monumental, whatever the scale, her compositions in Jumbo Mumbo can feature just a single word in unexpected ways. Video artists Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler's Night Shift comprises four one-sided conversations between Sam (an older police officer) and four rookie cops.
    Through Nov. 11
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    Visual Arts

    The Contemporary Austin: John Bock + Wangechi Mutu

    Bock's Dead + Juicy exhibition centers around a newly commissioned film that was shot in and around Austin, blending classic Westerns and dark comedy with spooky thriller and horror aesthetics. Mutu offers a new, site-specific edition of Throw, 2017, a painting created by the artist throwing black paper pulp against the wall, resulting in an abstract composition that dries, hardens, and then degrades over time.
    Through Jan. 14
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    Theatre

    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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    Visual Arts

    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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    Dance

    Revolve: A Movement Display

    NunaMaana and H/BABRI Arts present the second annual iteration of this dance, theater, and art festival, with more than 16 performance groups filling the rooms and outside lawns of the Johnson house, providing an array of shows throughout the venue, offering a choose-your-own wandering smorgasbord of kinetic delights. And here's what Chronicle reviewer Jonelle Seitz thought of last year's experience.
    Sept. 22-23. Fri.-Sat., 7:30pm. $25.  
    Charles Johnson House, 404 Atlanta St.
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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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    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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    Classical Music

    Austin Baroque Orchestra & Chorus: Known Unknowns

    Here's a night of hidden and forgotten gems by some of the Baroque era’s heavyweights, with an array of surprising obscurities by Pachelbel, Bach, Vivaldi, Telemann, and more performed by the excellent group.
    Sat., Sept. 23, 7pm. $10-30.  
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    Dance

    Aztlan Dance Company: Body Rituals

    This is "an experimental performance exploration that highlights the labor of love that dancers engage," providing a backstage glimpse of the rehearsal process and what the artists go through.
    Sept. 22-24. Fri.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 4pm. $12-16.  
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    Visual Arts

    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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    Comedy

    Brent Morin

    No, Morin's not Undateable, exactly – it's more that he's in the NBC hit show of the same name. And this weekend, the man who also slayed 'em in the aisles in Montreal takes the Cap City stage to wherever he wants it to go.
    Sept. 21-23. Thu., 8pm; Fri.-Sat., 8 & 10:30pm. $18-23.  
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    Butridge Gallery: I Mailed My Armadillo and Other Tall Tales

    Mixed media artist Robin Gary presents a storied and sometimes comedic look at the crossroads of Austin's urban sprawl and the shrinking natural landscape.
    Through Oct. 21
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    Visual Arts

    Camiba Art: Unearth

    William T. Carson, who grew up on an isolated cattle ranch in rural Montana, works two different but related processes to create his Erosion Drawings and Coal Paintings, both involving the use of coal to build up layers – one on a substrate of paper, the other on a substrate of wood panel.
    Through Oct. 14
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    Theatre

    Catalina de Erauso

    This new work by playwright Elizabeth Doss chronicles the true story of a 17th-century nun who, just 14 years old, breaks out of the convent, travels the globe disguised as a man, and ultimately becomes the New World’s first and fiercest conquistadora. Directed by Dustin Wills for Paper Chairs, all of whom assure us that this wild show is "wickedly funny." And this here is what our reviewer said.
    Through Sept. 30. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $15-25.  
    Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems, 8604 FM 969.
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    Classical Music

    Central Texas Medical Orchestra: Easter Seals Benefit

    Richard Radmer and company perform with cellist Hyugrai Ray Kim, who opens the program, and Kiki Ebsen, who presents a music/photo tribute honoring the memory of her father, Hollywood legend Buddy Ebsen.
    Sat., Sept. 23, 7:30pm. $10-25.  
    Westover Hills Church of Christ, 8332 Mesa.
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    Litera

    Christopher Carmona: 140 Twitter Poems

    In this new bilingual edition, each poem represents a reflection of the day it was written and speaks of the social and political fervor of the day.
    Sat., Sept. 23, 7pm
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    Visual Arts

    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 Rert: Strategic Ambiguity

    What does Austin's Kevin Pope create when he's not playing live music or recording spooky sounds? Mysterious characters and abstract realities, in collages, drawings, paintings, and comics. See them here.
    Sat., Sept. 23, 7pm
    2608 Rogers.
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    Comedy

    Danny Palumbo

    We reckon Mario DiGiorgio's riding out the last of his management tenure in style by headlining this kitchen-savvy lunatic among the final attractions of the Velv's 2017. Palumbo won that Funniest Person In Austin contest a couple of years ago, of course, and he's been assiduously honing shit since then, so this weekend's gig will probably knock you off your beery chair a-laughin'. And? And Aaron Brooks opens!
    Sept. 22-23. Fri., 9pm; Sat., 9 & 11pm. $10.  
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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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    Dance

    Flamenco Under the Stars

    Here's a night of A’lante Flamenco’s most exciting music and dance repertory, with a spectacle of thundering footwork, chattering castanets, soaring vocals, and blazing guitars beneath the branches of Zilker Park’s oak trees and those bright Texas stars.
    Sept. 22-23. Fri.-Sat., 8pm. Free.
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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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    Theatre

    Gibberish Mostly

    A young woman yearns to communicate with her parents as they struggle to understand what’s going on in her mind, as Ground Floor Theatre (triumphantly!) returns with this unusual look at a family wrestling with developmental disability, itself wrestled to script by local favorite Max Langert and directed by Lisa Scheps. And here's what our reviewer thought about the show.
    Through Sept. 30. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. Pay what you can.  
    Ground Floor Theatre, 979 Springdale.
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    Classical Music

    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone With Live Score

    Conductor Justin Freer and the Austin Symphony Orchestra will have 'em Rowling in the aisles with their live performance of the score to this popular film, as the wizardly action unspools onscreen and the geeknoscenti whisper to their neighbors, "You know, the book was originally titled Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, but someone figured Americans are just too damn ignorant." Muggles! Muggles everywhere!
    Sept. 23-24. Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 1pm. $37 and up.  
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    Visual Arts

    ICOSA: yo soy aqui/i am here

    This show is a collaboration between the artists Adrian​ ​Aguilera​ and Betelhem​ ​Makonnen, deliberately playing with the Spanish language’s distinction between estar and ser as different understandings of the verb “to be” as they present works in collage, objects, video, and multimedia installation.
    Through Oct. 29
    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 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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    Visual Arts

    La Peña Gallery: Amado Peña

    Here's a robust collection of the renowned artist’s early work, featuring drawings, paintings, and graphics from 1970-79. Reception:
    Through Oct. 16
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    Visual Arts

    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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    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. But, note: this weekend's gigs with Senator Kirk Watson and KUT’s Ben Philpott might be sold out already, citizen! See website for details.
    Through Sept. 30. Fri.-Sat., 8pm. $15.  
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    Litera

    Patrick Ness: Release

    Between his religious family, a deeply unpleasant ultimatum from his boss, and his own unrequited love for his sort-of ex, it seems like Adam Thorn’s life is falling apart. See how author Patrick Ness helps him get it together – or lose it entirely – after signing your copy of the new book.
    Sat., Sept. 23, 6pm
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    Visual Arts

    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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    Theatre

    Prodigal Son

    Here's an autobiographical portrait of a young man on the verge of either salvation or destruction, the latest drama from Moonstruck playwright John Patrick Shanley. Directed by Bryan Bradford for Jarrott Productions. And here's what our reviewer thought of the show.
    Through Oct. 15. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2:30pm. $15-30.  
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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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    Theatre

    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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    Visual Arts

    The Contemporary Austin: Outdoor Sculpture Opening

    The Contemporary Austin reveals new sculpture by Ryan Gander and Wangechi Mutu, with Gander in conversation and the lovely Laguna Gloria afternoon enhanced with refreshments from The Steeping Room.
    Sat., Sept 23, noon-2pm. Free.
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    Theatre

    The Crucible

    Austin Shakespeare presents this fully costumed staged-reading-with-scenic-projections of Arthur Miller's modern classic in which a flawed hero confronts adolescent sex and the hysteria of the Salem Witch Trials in 1690. Directed by Ann Ciccolella.
    Sept. 21-24. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 3pm. $22 and up.  
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    Theatre

    The Silent City II

    We're listing this in the Theatre section, yes, although it's more of a sort of interactive music event that incorporates a complex array of sounds and visions – brought to fruition by Lauren Gurgiolo, Wendy Mitchell, and Lindsay Greene and friends – and the people attending the show will, uh, OK, listen: "This is an audience-propelled musical audio play set in the ambiguous future. Immersed in a glowing, dynamic environment, attendees will play audio consoles following a simple projected graphic score." Don't just see the show, in other words, be the show.
    Sept. 22-24. Fri.-Sat., 8 & 10pm; Sun., 2pm. $8-15.  
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    Dance

    The Sparky Park Project

    In which VSA Texas and Body Shift present a site-specific work performed by dancers of all abilities, choreographed by award-winning artist Stephan Koplowitz.
    Sept. 23-24. Sat., 5pm; Sun., 1:30pm. Free, but RSVP.  
    Sparky Park, 3701 Grooms.
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    Theatre

    The Wolves

    Nine teenage girls make a soccer team in Sarah DeLappe's debut play, and Sarah DeLappe's debut play was short-listed for a Pulitzer and made The New York Times rave about how awesome it is. And here the show's directed by Ken Webster, with a fresh cast of local teens (and stellar HPT stalwart Rebecca Robinson as the Soccer Mom). See what our reviewer thought of the show RIGHT HERE. And mayyyyyybe the Friday latenight show still has tickets available.
    Fri., Oct. 20, 10pm. $20-24.  
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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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    Theatre

    Vampyress

    Depravity! Ethos and the Vortex present the return of their critically acclaimed opera (written by Chad Salvata, directed by Bonnie Cullum) about Erzsebet Bathori (embodied and given rich voice here by Melissa Vogt), the 16th-century Hungarian countess who murdered hundreds of young women and bathed in their blood in order to sustain her youth and beauty. Hey, it's a music-driven spectacle of gore, nudity, and violence: And here's what our reviewer thought of the show.
    Through Oct. 28. Thu.-Sun., 8pm. $15-35.  
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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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    Visual Arts

    Weird Homes Tour: Camelot House

    Those industrious folks who bring us the Austin Weird Homes Tour each year have finally finagled a viewing of Camelot House – all five bedrooms, four baths, and 5,000 square feet of chivalrous knights and medieval romance of it – and they're providing it as a fundraiser for Hurricane Harvey relief. "Imagine if Game of Thrones came to life in Austin," they say. [Note: This celebration will likely be much, much less covered in blood.] Recommended.
    Sat., Sept. 23, 5-7pm. $20.  
    12504 Black Mesa Hollow Cove.
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    Visual Arts

    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
Ongoing
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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.