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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.
    Sept. 21-Oct. 1. Thu.-Sun., 8:15pm. $45-60.  
    Seaholm District Plaza, 211 Walter Seaholm.
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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

    line upon line percussion: Left

    The boundary-breaking trio begins a new season with this concert of work by four composers – Rick Burkhardt, Jason Federmeyer, Michelle Lou, and Laura Steenberge – who earned their doctorates in the Golden State. Experience the Big Medium Gallery as you never have before, as the three pioneers unleash a flow, a barrage, a complex manifestation of sounds that only the sonically savant can imagine.
    Sept. 29-Oct. 1. Fri.-Sun., 8pm. $15.  
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    Omni Modern Gallery: Javier Gonzalez

    An exhibition of the photographer's new work.
    Reception: Fri., Sept. 29, 7-10pm
    916 Springdale
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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.
    Sept. 21-30. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. Pay what you can.  
    Ground Floor Theatre, 979 Springdale.
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    Comedy

    How's Your Mom 'N' Them?

    And here's where all-star improv troupe Big Shed takes over the Beer Garden of Live Oak Brewery for an hour of comedy inspired by awkward family reunions, backwoods encounters, and your mom's text messages. It's a brew-fueled family picnic under the trees, brought to you by ColdTowne Theater and En Route Productions.
    Through Oct. 13. Fridays, 8pm. $10.  
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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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    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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    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.
    Reception: Sat., Sept. 23, 6-8pm
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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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    Classical Music

    Omar Phoenix: Violin Concert

    The crowd-pleasing man and his band return to Austin with a new show that blends world, jazz fusion, and electronic pop music.
    Sept. 29-Oct. 1. Fri.-Sun., 8pm. $25-35.  
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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

    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.
    Through Oct. 15. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2:30pm. $15-30.  
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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.
    Sept. 28-Oct. 8. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. $18-25.
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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, 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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    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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    The Bomb in Haymarket Square

    The extraordinary Trouble Puppet Theatre 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.
    Sept. 28-Oct. 15. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 4pm. $15-25.  
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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.
    Sept. 23-Jan. 14
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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).
    Through Oct. 21. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $20-24.  
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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: What's not to love?
    Through Oct. 21. 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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    Women & Their Work: Object Lessons

    That amazing Denise Prince uses large photographs, paintings, performance, and 16mm film 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." Tell you what: Recommended!
    Reception: Thu., Sept. 28, 6-8pm
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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
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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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