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    Alice Hoffman: The Rules of Magic

    "For the Owens family, love is a curse that began in 1620, when Maria Owens was charged with witchery for loving the wrong man." Hex me not: Meet the author and get your book signed tonight.
    Thu., Oct. 12, 7pm
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    Comedy

    Alingon Mitra

    This Mitra's been knocking 'em out on TV and at all the biggest festivals and is a recent "Funniest Comic in New England" champion – and surely the good citizens of Boston, Massachusetts, couldn't be as contemporarily wrong as they are historically Irish.
    Oct. 11-14. Wed.-Thu., 8pm; Fri.-Sat., 8 & 10:30pm
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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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    Theatre

    AUDITIONS: The Father and Seminar

    Jarrott Productions is auditioning for its next two plays,: Florian Zeller’s The Father in February, directed by Nick Mayo, and Theresa Rebeck’s Seminar in May, directed by Bryan Bradford. All actors will be compensated. See website for details.
    Auditions: Sun., Oct. 22, 6-10pm
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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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    Visual Arts

    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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    Visual Arts

    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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    Litera

    Chicon Street Poets: Anthology 2017 Party

    Behold the first printed book issue of the Chicon Street Poets Poetry Anthology, released at that Spider House party palace in this night of performances, haiku challenges, live music – by Julia, William Harries Graham​, and MoJo Chyld – literary giveaways, guest readers, and more.
    Thu., Oct. 12, 7pm-12mid. $10-20.
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    Visual Arts

    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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    Comedy

    Eddie Izzard

    The man's doing some stand-up here. And presenting his new book. And sharing some home movies. And – oh, you'd have loved this Izzardly night of "pathos, authenticity and entertainment," but the show's already SOLD OUT.
    Thu., Oct. 12, 8pm. $48-123.
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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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    Visual Arts

    Helios Kiln Glass Studio: Classes and Demonstrations

    Learn while they burn at this professional studio.
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    Visual Arts

    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 … 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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    Comedy

    John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous

    The wildly popular and almost exasperatingly funny Mulaney brings his best stuff to Austin for two shows at the Bass. You need know nothing more, citizen.
    Thu., Oct. 12, 7 & 10pm. $27-37.  
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    Litera

    Major Jackson

    The award-winning poet reads from his work, courtesy of the literary boosters at UT's Michener Center.
    Thu., Oct. 12, 7:30pm
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    Litera

    Malvern's New Novel Night

    In which Scott Semegran presents his Sammie & Budgie, and A.K. Fagan introduces us to her Nakano series with Worldwalker.
    Thu., Oct. 12, 7pm
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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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    Visual Arts

    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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    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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    Dance

    Tapestry Dance Company: Just Tap!

    Witness some of the best rhythm tap dance has to offer, featuring Acia Gray and the only full-time, professional, repertory tap-dance company in the world.
    Through Oct. 22, Thu.-Fri., 8pm; Sat., 2 & 8pm; Sun., 2pm
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    Visual Arts

    Texas Arts & Crafts Fair 2018 Poster Competition

    Artists of traditional media (oil/acrylic/tempera, watercolors, illustrations, prints) and of computer graphics are invited to participate in this annual competition. Artists must be at least 18 years old and Texas residents. See the website for guidelines and submission details.
    Deadline: Oct. 31
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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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    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

    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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    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.