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Arts Events for Sat., Oct. 7
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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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    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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    Dimension Gallery: Mimicry

    "Blacksmiths are typically excluded from the art world by those who believe we are all farriers or bladesmiths from a long-ago past," begins the statement heralding this new exhibition.

    Well, we add, anyone who, after they've seen this show, still believes that? That's the kind of person we refer to, technically, as a fucking idiot.

    This "Mimicry" at Dimension Gallery is a show of stunning new pieces by Colby Brinkman, a founder of the Austin Metal Authority, who works in iron the way other artists might work in wood or clay, and whose finely wrought creations are often inspired by the gorgeous and creepy anatomies of arthropods.

    Yes, it's: Recommended.

    Through Nov. 4
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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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    Texas Biennial

    The central feature of this Big Medium event is a group survey exhibition curated from a statewide open call: All artists living and working in the state, as well as those within 10 miles of any border, were eligible to enter, with the final lineup for display decided by Leslie Moody Castro. Read all about it right here!
    Through Nov. 11
    211 E Alpine.
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    Litera

    Texas Teen Book Festival

    This annual festival is a one-day event celebrating the teen reading experience by inviting fans to engage with some of the most popular and critically acclaimed young-adult authors in the country. Tillie Walden! Marie Lu! Mayim Bialik! Jason Reynolds! Too many more for anything less than a Borgesian library to contain!
    Sat., Oct. 7. Free.  
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    Classical Music

    ACG International Series: Jorge Caballero

    "Caballero's otherworldly genius enthralls and delights," say the talented honchos of Austin Classical Guitar. And they would know, wouldn't they?
    Sat., Oct. 7, 8pm. $15 and up.  
    Austin ISD Performing Arts Center, 1500 Barbara Jordan.
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    Theatre

    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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    Art on 5th: Return to Romance

    The Russian painter Lena Sotskova is in town to present her colorful new works of romantic scenes.
    Reception: Sat., Oct. 7, 7-9pm
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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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    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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    Cirque du Nyx

    It's a night of soaring spectacle, a 16-performer aerialist showcase from S&S Productions, with "demons, angels, sirens, banshees, furies, muses, mythical creatures and daughters of Zeus fly through the air and slink across the stage, performing perilous feats of athleticism and exquisite beauty."
    Sat., Oct. 7, 8:30pm. $20-150.  
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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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    De Stijl: you i i i everything else

    In which Elizabeth McDonald Schwaiger and Seth Orion Schwaiger exploit the original function of the gallery building – a modest bungalow – and create a domestic environment, a painting-filled home, a hypothetical household that reflects our current anxious times. "Human behavioral science, psychological theory, geo-political power structures, scientific and technological experiments, and the history of art and of science are just some of the subjects both artists mine and explore."
    Through Dec. 16
    1004 W. 31st.
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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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    Litera

    Expressions: Our Visionary Futures

    This longrunning series is calling it quits after December. So here's the penultimate iteration, featuring Bijan Rajamani, Michael Aaron Casares, Chris van Loan, Robin Cravey, Janet Kuypers, Jim Stewart, Louise Gail Richardson, and more. Note: If you've ever performed at this venue before, you're invited to return and do a final 10 minutes before it's all over.
    Sat., Nov. 4, 6pm. Free.
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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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    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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    Theatre

    Hughie & Krapp's Last Tape

    Actors Theatre Austin revives Eugene O'Neill's Hughie and Samuel "Hawkface" Beckett's Krapp's Last Tape, the two theatrical gems featuring Michael Stuart and Craig Kanne in the O'Neill – and Stuart all gloriously solo as the woolgathering and birthday-recording Krapp. And here's what the Chron's own Robert Faires thought of the show.
    Sun., Oct. 22, 6pm. Pay what you can.
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    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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    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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    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

    Nataraja Vandanam: Love Songs to Shiva

    Featuring Mallika Sarabhai and Darpana Dance Academy.
    Sat., Oct. 7, 6pm. $52.  
    Westlake Community Theater, 4100 Westbank.
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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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    Pump Project: Set Out To Disappear

    Cody Arnall's work investigates themes of personal and shared histories, providing an examination of aggression and the idea that we're building our own destruction through a desire for power.
    Through Oct. 28
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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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    Russell Collection: The Lightness of Being

    The American artist Hunt Slonem, renowned as one of the greatest contemporary neo-expressionist colorists, presents his latest exhibition.
    Through Oct. 30
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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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    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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    Comedy

    The Hodgetwins

    Who says the internets never bring anything good into this world? Hell, just YouTube alone is responsible for the popularity of these guys. Well, YouTube and, of course, the brothers themselves. And this here's their live show.
    Sat., Oct. 7, 8pm. $30-55.  
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    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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    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: Elliptical Thinking

    We're big fans of Ellen Heck here at the Chronicle, and so we're pleased to note the remarkable artist's fourth solo show coming up at WWG, a show featuring large-scale abstract works as well as intimate portraits.
    Through Oct. 28
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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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    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.