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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

    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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    Classical Music

    Feast of Voices: Bruckner's "Te Deum" and More

    Peter Bay and the Austin Symphony join with Chorus Austin to present this glorious feast, with works by Anton Bruckner, Vaughan Williams, and Benjamin Britten. Bonus: Bruce Williams on viola.
    Oct. 6-7. Fri.-Sat., 8pm. $23-105.  
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    Comedy

    Ryan Cownie

    How much I yearn to see a Wes Anderson movie about a clumsy yet effective mystery-solving brother/sister team played by Ryan Cownie and Kerri Lendo is, tbh, totally irrelevant here. But that Cownie's back in town from L.A. this weekend, and his comedy stylings are always 1) unpigeonholeable and 2) funny as hell, and since the hilarious Chris Tellez is opening the show … don't be stupid, citizen: Buy your tickets ASAP.
    Oct. 6-7. Fri., 9pm; Sat., 9 & 11pm. $10.  
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    Acrobatic Conundrum: Love and Gravity

    Here's an evening-length performance featuring acrobatics, dance, Cyr wheel, storytelling, juggling, and aerial feats from a troupe like some renegade gang that's ditched Cirque du Soleil for a more bare-bones and intimate (though no less astonishing) display of physical and narrative prowess.
    Oct. 6-7. Fri.-Sat., 7:30pm. $18-50.  
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    Theatre

    Anon(ymous)

    UT's Department of Theatre and Dance presents Naomi Iizuka’s modern take on Homer's Odyssey, directed by Sam Provenzano.
    Through Oct. 15. Tue.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. $15-26.  
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    Visual Arts

    ATM Gallery: Throwness of Being

    New works from Mimi Bowman and Isabel Legate in this hidden gem of a gallery, featuring a performance of Samuel Beckett's Act Without Words: A Mime for One Player at the reception.
    Reception: Fri., Oct. 6, 7-9pm
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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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    Visual Arts

    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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    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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    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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    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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    Visual Arts

    grayDUCK Gallery: Believe Me

    Billi London-Gray makes events, performances, videos, photographs, drawings, prints, poetry, sculptures, sound compositions, and installations to question established systems and examine power dynamics. Daniel Bernard Gray's work examines the basis of conflict as the difference between people’s definitions of truth and reality. Their individual and collaborative works have been shown throughout the U.S. and internationally.
    Through Oct. 29
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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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    Interwoven Community Weaving Project

    This series of free weaving workshops culminates in an exhibition that'll be part of this year's East Austin Studio Tour. See website for more.
    Wed., Oct. 11 & 18, 12:30 -2:30pm; Oct. 25, 8:30-10:30am
    Rosewood-Zaragosa Neighborhood Center, 2800 Webberville Rd.
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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 … Institutional!

    Holy shit – it's God vs. the Devil on Friday night at 10pm, an improv smackdown in which those power-mad beings mercilessly fuck with the performers and judge which of them ascend to the glories of heaven or descend to the agonies of hell. (Well – glories, agonies, YMMV.) And Saturdays bring a variety of slightly more earthly delights, and, nota bene, that annual Fuck, It's Christmas! sketch show, a fine antidote to seasonal saccharine overdose, is on its way soon. See website for details.
    $10.  
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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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    Link & Pin: The Grand Petite Show

    The Creative Arts Society’s final juried exhibit of the year features a plethora of small works in a big way.
    Through Oct. 29
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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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    Litera

    Psychic Privates

    Here's an evening of poetry and soundscapes at Austin's epicenter of verse and translation, with Kim Vodicka, Josh Stevens, and Taylor Gorman.
    Fri., Oct. 6, 7pm
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    Theatre

    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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    Theatre

    Shitfaced Shakespeare: Much Ado About Nothing

    Yeah, you know: It's that raucous rendition of the Bard's best works, wherein one of the company is completely fucking schnockered, alcoholwise, before the show begins – and you get to watch how that sot (and their fellow actors) comports themself in that state, in that situation, to much merriment all around. Huzzah!
    Fri., Oct. 6, 7pm. $15.  
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    Theatre

    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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    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

    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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    Theatre

    The Mousetrap

    Agatha Christie’s classic of a whodunit – murder, mystery, and malevolent motive – is revealed by a skeleton-closeted cast under the direction of Stephen R. Reynolds for City Theatre.
    Through Oct. 30. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 3pm. $15-25 ($10, Thursdays).  
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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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    Comedy

    Tony Hinchcliffe

    The man's come a long way from rocking L.A.'s Comedy Store and multiple Comedy Central roasts. In fact, he's here at Cap City this weekend, right?
    Oct. 5-7. Thu., 8pm; Fri.-Sat., 8 & 10:30pm. $12-23.  
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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

    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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    Visual Arts

    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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    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.