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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

    Theorist Festival

    Dance performances, live music, film, art installations, community booths, and night-swim festivities, with the eclectic night of fun spiked by one of the planet's favorite aesthetic heretics, Jason Akira Somma, guiding the audience through his interactive "Because I Hate Technology" experience. Definitely a thing, this festival. A new thing, a thing worth attending and having your senses galvanized by. You know that Amy Morrow wouldn't steer you wrong, would she?
    Sun., Sept 24, 7-10pm. $20-50.  
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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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    Classical Music

    The Blanton's SoundSpace: A Portrait of Alice Coltrane

    The popular series returns with performances inspired by Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda and her legacy of American jazz and Indian devotional music, featuring Gourisankar Karmakar and Indradeep Ghosh, the Andre Hayward Quintet, Ravish Momin, Adrian Ruiz, the St. James Missionary Baptist Church Mass Choir, Tara Bhattacharya Reed, and more.
    Sun., Sept. 24, 2pm. Included with museum admission.
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    Comedy

    Aaron Brooks: Live Album Taping

    You missed the first one? Then, hell, people – don't miss this one! That popular comedian Aaron Brooks is recording his best stuff, and Mac Blake and Ralphie Hardesty are opening, and it's a Sunday night, so, ah, why would you be anywhere else? (Answer: You wouldn't, would you, clever-clogs?)
    Sun., Sept. 24, 8pm. $7-11.  
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    Classical Music

    Afternoons At Armstrong: Voyage à Paris

    This series of lectures with live music involves some of Austin’s finest musicians and arts leaders, the current one featuring French music to welcome the donation of an Erard piano built in Paris in 1904 – specifically, mezzo-soprano Liz Cass and pianist Rick Rowley performing works by Debussy, Fauré, and Saint-Saëns.
    Sun., Sept. 24. $20.
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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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    Theatre

    Austin Babtist Women: 31st Anniversary Show

    Let's not drag this out: The all-male, all-volunteer comedy fundraising troupe celebrates their 31st year with a weekend of events, culminating in this anniversary show to benefit numerous Central Texas charities. Holy sisters of mercy, what a righteous, riotous shindig this is gonna be! Holy sisters of mercy, what a righteous, riotous shindig this is gonna be! See website for more.
    Sun., Sept. 24, 7pm. $5.
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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

    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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    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.