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    MASS Gallery: Failure School

    Just the idea of MASS Gallery and Church of the Friendly Ghost collaborating on something makes us twitch in anticipated joy. And here COTFG's George Pasterk helps kick off the gallery's "Learning In Public" series by leading a group meditation, followed by that Renaissance Woman named Ariel Evans discussing the printed wonderment of Pastelegram, and then Pasterk, François Minaux, Ted "Crickuts" Carey, and friends bring an unusual set of audio improv to its flute-abetted climax.
    Thu., Sept. 28, 7pm. Free.
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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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      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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      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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      Betrayal

      The Filigree Theatre – Austin’s new female-driven theatre company – kicks off its inaugural season with a production of Harold Pinter's stunning exploration of the tangled web of deception that lies at the heart of a love triangle. Directed by Elizabeth V. Newman, featuring David Moxham, Emily Rankin, J. Kevin Smith, and Felix Alonzo. See what our reviewer thought of the show RIGHT HERE.
      Through Oct. 8. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. $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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      Litera

      Testify: Trust Me

      Here's an anniversary celebration for the fourth year of this series where the best storytellers among your friends and neighbors gather to tell true stories from their lives. Jack Darling, Rosemary Hook, Kat Messina, Mike O'Connor, and Carlton Wilcoxson are featured tonight, with the show's theme bringing tales of chance meetings on the subway, disastrous road trips, racial profiling, secrets kept for the best, and the unexpected kindness of strangers. Bonus: live music by D. Lindsay Nailling. And, note: ASL interpretation by SOULumination Interpreters. Oh, and cake, of course: Happy anniversary!
      Thu., Sept. 28, 7:30pm. $6 ($5, cash).
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      Comedy

      Altercation Comedy Festival

      Here's four nights you won't soon forget, as JT Habersaat's riotous monster-baby of a stand-up party returns to Austin, bigger and badder than ever – with more shows, more nights, more headliners, more comics from across the nation! Kyle Kinane! Ron Babcock! Carmen Morales! Aaaaaaah!
      Sept. 27-30. Wed.-Sat., 6pm-12mid. $25-175.  
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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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      J.R. Brow

      Local bearded boy with a big funny mouth and a shiny electric guitar, the indefatigable Brow continues to delight locals and citizens all across the country. Catch him here tonight!
      Thu., Sept. 28, 8pm. $14-19.  
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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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      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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      Protos Media Arts: Ode

      This is part one of the debut multimedia exhibit by Andria Benet and guest DJs Loefah and Dave Q.
      Thu., Sept. 28, 8pm. $5-20.  
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      RAW Artists: Fixate

      "A mix of new-school art influencers, brand new talent, collectors, and fashion-forward provocateurs." Note: We added that serial comma.
      Thu., Sept. 28, 7pm. $30 ($22, in advance).
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      Rhinoceros

      Yeah, you think your life is absurd? At least you and everybody else you know haven't turned into rhinoceroses. But of course that's what happens in Eugène Ionesco's unsettling classic, here directed by David Long for St. Ed's and featuring (oh! be still, our thespian hearts!) guest artists Marc Pouhé and David Stahl among the lively student cast.
      Through Oct. 8. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. $18-25.
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      Scanlan Gallery: Nourishing Interchanges

      In which Lisa Orr's collection of ceramic works, “Rituals of Sharing, Giving and Receiving; the Ceramic Experience,” is revealed with a reception and interactive experience tonight.
      Reception: Thu., Sept. 28, 6:30-8:30pm
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      Singin' in the Rain

      Of course you're familiar with the MGM classic in which Gene Kelly kicked the jams out of precipitation and bid inertia bye-bye in scene after glorious scene. Now here's a new live production of the thing, directed by Abe Reybold for ZACH Theatre, with that Allen Robertson bringing the orchestra to near torrential power. And this is what the Chronicle's Robert Faires thought of the show.
      Through Oct. 29. Wed.-Fri., 7:30pm; Sat.-Sun., 2:30 & 7:30pm. $30-150.  
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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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      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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      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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      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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      The Bomb in Haymarket Square

      The extraordinary Trouble Puppet Theater Company returns with chief instigator Connor Hopkins directing his take on this pivotal moment in U.S. history, performed with stunning puppetry, media integration, and sing-alongs, transporting you directly into the violent, rioting heart of 1886 Chicago.
      Through Oct. 15. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 4pm. $15-25.  
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      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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      Tribeza Fashion Show

      Featuring models dressed in high-fashion looks from Austin’s top boutiques and designers, with hair and makeup styled by Jose Luis Salon. Bonus: Noms, cocktails, beer, and Topo Chico.
      Thu., Sept. 28, 7pm. $45-$125.  
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      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 Center: First Fall Show

      UT's immense gem of an exhibition space returns for a new year of showing what's what in the local student arena and the greater realms of the whole damn world of visual arts. Tonight, grab some drinks and noms and socializing among Larry Bamburg's BurlsHoovesandShells on a Pedestal of Conglomerates installation, the "Fool’s Romance" collection of artists' books from Mexico City's Aeromoto, and more, in celebration of this latest VAC renascence. And here's what our reviewer thought of that "Fool's Romance" collection. And what of that "Kind of About Michigan" installation? Here's what Melany Jean had to say.
      Through Dec. 9. Free.  
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      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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      Women & Their Work: Object Lessons

      That amazing Denise Prince uses large photographs, paintings, performance, 16mm film,: and a display of cleverly embroidered panties to lay bare the outsized role that fantasy plays in the construction of identity and the perception of reality. "Striding the space between childhood and adulthood is the depiction of sexuality, which marks the change between them."
      Through Nov. 10
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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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      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.