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    Fancy Tom Portrait Show

    A few weeks ago, we told you about this local artist who was wrangling Austinites from all over so's to paint their portraits. Well, the people showed up and the portraits were painted and now Fancy Tom Britton has an exhibition of that diverse array of faces adorning the walls of Lustre Pearl. Bonus: Dance party, with The Vinyl Countdown spinning records from their legendary collection.
    Sat. Dec. 14, 7pm-12mid
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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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      Aradhana: A Spiritual Journey

      Sisters Ranjani and Gayatri have won high praises from critics and music lovers all over the globe. Tonight, hear their internationally acclaimed compositions and classics in this exhilarating vocal concert.
      Sat., Oct. 14, 6pm. $52.  
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      Build Hope Not Walls

      None of these artworks are just another brick in the wall. In fact, they're the opposite, as curator Nick Ramos and Big Medium bring 150 artists together in one three-day exhibition to raise money and awareness for organizations that work with refugees and immigrants. Each artist has created a unique brick that will be auctioned to raise funds for: American Gateways, Casa Marianella, Preemptive Love Coalition, and Refugee Services of Texas. All together now: Chinga tu muro!
      Reception: Fri., Oct. 13, 7-10pm. $25.  
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      Co-Lab Projects: Good Mourning Tis of Thee

      Alyssa Taylor Wendt and Sean Gaulager have curated up a conceptual group show that addresses grief, loss, death, architecture, and urban development, wrangling more than 65 artists and performers from Texas, New York, Detroit, and Seattle. "The show is especially relevant as the building is slated for subsequent demolition to make room for a planned development on the site."
      Through Nov. 25
      721 Congress.
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      Davis Gallery: The Afterlife of Artifacts

      We could probably just mention that this exhibition (featuring a quintet of assemblage artists) contains work by Steve Brudniak and watch the smarter crowds gather for some deep gawking … but we wouldn't want to diss the talented likes of Barbara Irwin, John Sager, Larry Seaman, and Steve Wiman – whose complex three-dimensional creations are also well worthy of your time.
      Through Nov. 25
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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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      Fast Forward Austin: Spare the Rod

      Featuring NOW Ensemble and invoke unleashing their sonic best at one of Austin’s funkiest venues for experimental music, showcasing the Texas premiere of composer Yevgeniy Sharlat’s "Spare the Rod," an exploration of childhood awe and wonder, inspired by a series of miniature mechanical sculptures by Yuliya Lanina.
      Sat., Oct. 14, 7pm. Free.
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      La Follia: Johann Sebastian Bach’s Greatest Chamber Music

      Well, that's sayin' something, innit? But you know that, if anybody in town can do this array of musical brilliance justice, it's going to be the virtuosi of this Baroque ensemble. Q.E.D., as the glorious concert presented here features Stephen Redfield (violin), Marcus McGuff (flute), Eric Smith (cello and viola da gamba), and La Follia director Keith Womer (harpsichord). "Q.E.D.," we say, yes; or, in more common Texas parlance, "It's a done deal."
      Oct. 14-15. Sat., 8pm; Sun., 3pm. $10-30.  
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      Stephen L. Clark Gallery: Libros

      This new Lance Letscher exhibition celebrates the opening of Austin's new Central Library.
      Through Nov. 11
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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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      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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      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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      Art at the Domain

      Featuring 75 local, national, and international artists offering fine art and contemporary crafts in 14 media categories.
      Oct. 14-15. Sat.-Sun., 10am-6pm
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      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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      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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      Carina Magyar

      She might be as funny as she is smart, and she's nova-level smart, which is why crowds tend to lose their shit laughing when this woman – and, OK, occasional Chronicle contributor – takes the mic to standupland. Bonus: Arielle Norman and friends open.
      Oct. 13-14. Fri., 9pm; Sat., 9 & 11pm. $10.  
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      Litera

      Chelsey Clammer and Tatiana Ryckman

      Here's a night of sharp literary celebration in which Clammer presents Circadian," her award-winning collection of essays, and Ryckman, the editor of AWST Press, offers her novella, I Don't Think of You Until I Do.
      Sat., Oct. 14, 6pm
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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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      Erzsebet Bathori’s Naked Feast

      The Bloody Countess of Hungary rips it wide open for an early Halloween with this fundraiser for the Vortex – celebrating the intrepid company's 30th season of new work. A performance of the Bathori-centered Vampyress (at 8pm) is included in the cost of admission, and: all manner of savory noms and desserts (would you believe … a chocolate blood fountain?), costumes, hookahs, DJ-fueled dancing, a live jazz band, one of those luxury-filled silent auctions, a dude playing Salvador Dali playing Count Dracula, and various people cavorting all skyclad and so on. Not a scene for the kiddies, in other words. Adult-related program activities going on here, in other words. This freaky night's gonna be, we reckon, a bit thicker than water.
      Sat., Oct. 14, 6pm-12mid. $30-100.  
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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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      Generous Art: Exhibition & Expo

      Here's the final exhibition in a series of events presenting the new direction of Generous Art. Hear the findings from recent town hall meetings and learn from folks representing professional development and service-oriented organizations available to creatives here in Austin.
      Sat., Oct. 14, 2-5pm. Free.
      TechSpace, 98 San Jacinto.
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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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      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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      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 … 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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      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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      La Catrina: Sugar Skull Workshop

      Learn the history and meaning behind these Dia De Los Muertos creations and make a skull of your own, abetted by artists Christina Barboza and Mary Rae Arvizu.
      Sat., Oct. 14, 1pm. Donations accepted.
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      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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      Let's Make a Scene: Bernstein at 100

      Austin Chamber Ensemble presents an interactive performance with selections and scenes from musical theater, including works by Leonard Bernstein and others.
      Oct. 13-14. Fri.-Sat., 7:30pm. $10-25.  
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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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      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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      Rent

      Jonathan Larson’s modern re-imagining of Puccini's La Bohème continues to delight audiences all over the world, and here comes the professionally touring show to Austin, ready to set you dancing in your seat regardless of how much your landlord charges you for that tiny flat you currently inhabit.
      Oct. 13-15. Fri., 8pm; Sat., 2 & 8pm; Sun., 1 & 7pm. $30-110.  
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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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      Shakespeare at the Market: Romeo & Juliet

      Present Company brings the timeless tragic romance to the roof of Whole Foods Market at Sixth & Lamar, the star-crossed lovers and their fams directed far above the fancy food aisles by Stephanie Carll. And who knows, considering the latest corporate machinations, that Jeff Bezos himself won't be there, biting a billionaireish thumb among the feuding Capulets and Montagues? Alexa, get me a pair of tickets!
      Through Oct. 29. Thu.-Sun., 7pm. Donations accepted, RSVP.  
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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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      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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      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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      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 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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      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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      The Woman in Black

      This show's been running in London's West End for 28 years. Now see Stephen Mallatratt's adaptation of Susan Hill's unnerving ghost story in Austin – just in time for Halloween. Directed by Emily Rankin for Penfold Theater Company, featuring Stephen Price and Kareem Badr(!). And this is what our reviewer thought of the show.
      Through Oct. 30. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. Extra show: Mon., Oct. 30, 8pm. $18-30.  
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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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      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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      Your Healing Is Killing Me

      Salvage Vanguard takes over that excellent grayDUCK Gallery to present Virginia Grise's kinetic manifesto based on lessons learned in San Antonio free health clinics and New York acupuncture schools, from the treatments and consejos of curanderas, abortion doctors, Marxist artists, community health workers, and bougie dermatologists. Note: The playwright's in town to direct this free and intimate performance.
      Sat., Oct. 14, 7pm. Free, but RSVP.  
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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.