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Arts Events for Fri., Oct. 20
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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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    Theatre

    Much Ado About Nothing

    Something for Nothing Theater stages Shakespeare's comedy classic under starlight in Ramsey Park, with directors Allison Dillon and Rosalind Faires presenting a version in which Benedick and Beatrice are both played as women. Prithee bring a blanket or chair, pack a picnic, and invite some friends along to this out-of-doors romance.
    Through Nov. 5. Thu.-Sun., 7:30pm. Free – gratis – yours for a smile.  
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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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    Dance

    Chaddick Dance Theater: Fall Dance Festival

    The excellent company is set to wow the crowds at this three-day fest, along with performances by Ellen Bartel, Stacy Lizette & Tekatek, D'Lonte Lawson, Anuradha Naimpally, and Cameron Oefinger. Bonus: Film by Yelena Laningham.
    Oct. 20-22. Fri.-Sun., 8pm. $15-25.  
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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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    Litera

    Atticus: Love Her Wild

    In which the Instagram-famous writer presents his book of new and beloved poems.
    Fri., Oct. 20, 7pm
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    Theatre

    Austin Séance Halloween Series

    You know – communication with the spirit world, right? A sort of spooky IRL chat room in the midst of the transmigration of souls. Just the thing to mitigate bereavement when the more beloved among our circle of bone clocks stop ticking. Right out there in the Pony Shed of the Vortex's Patrizi's-scented side yard.
    Through Oct. 29. Thu., 8:30pm; Fri.-Sat., 8:30 & 10:30pm; Sun., 8:30pm. $15.
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    Classical Music

    Austin Symphony Orchestra: Disney's Fantasia

    It's a live concert accompanying scenes from Walt Disney’s original Fantasia (1940) and Fantasia 2000, highlighting a selection of the magnificent repertoire form both films, is what this is.
    Fri., Oct. 20, 8pm. $23 and up.  
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    Comedy

    Bill Burr: SOLD OUT

    No, that's not the name of the show: All the tickets are gone, all the seats are taken.
    Fri., Oct. 20, 8pm
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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

    Camiba Art: Speechless

    Margaret Smithers-Crump, an artist whose career spans 37 years, renders her chosen base materials – Plexiglas and polycarbonate – so that they take on a natural, organic, and living quality. Coral reefs? You may believe you're among them.
    Through Dec. 2
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    Comedy

    Donnell Rawlings

    As funny as a human can be and still play Day-Day Price on "The Wire," right? From Ashy to classy, courtesy of that Chappelle, yes? Now Rawlings is back in Austin to rock the four-cee stage.
    Oct. 19-21. Thu., 8pm; Fri.-Sat., 8 & 10:30pm. $18-23.  
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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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    Classical Music

    Ensemble VIII: Celestial Fire

    The Medieval Pentecost hymn "Veni Creator Spiritus" inspires this program of radiant works by Lassus, Bryd, Sweelinck, Josquin, and others. Thu., Oct. 19, 7:30pm; Westlake Hills Presbyterian Church, 7127 Bee Cave. Fri., Oct. 20, 7:30pm; St. Louis Catholic Church Chapel, 7601 Burnet Rd.
    $35-45 ($10, students).  
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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

    Flatbed Press: Moments in Movement

    Taiko Chandler’s monotypes and monoprints are energetic explorations investigating the transience and ephemeral nature of day-to-day life.
    Through Dec. 30
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    Visual Arts

    Gallery Shoal Creek: Sounds in Time/Marks in Space

    The painter Tony Saladino has always "felt a deep connection between music and what emerges from his creative process." The artist explores this connectivity in a series of 12 new works on canvas.
    Through Nov. 22
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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

    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 an empty venue, because they and you and almost everybody else is gobbling turkey and dealing with the *fnord* relatives, right? But then you can check out that award-winning Parallelogramophonograph (with The Ladies Room) 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 Maestro Raw, and right before the extemporaneous donnybrook of that main Maestro event. See website for more.
    Nov. 9-11. Thu.-Sat., 7:30-10pm
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    Comedy

    It's … Institutional!

    Actually, Fuck, It's Christmas! The Institution's annual takedown of holiday madness roars back to life with Rudolph's shiny red heart dripping in its sketch-comedy maw on Fridays and Saturdays. Tom Booker directs this show in which "Alex Jones stops by with his truthified version of 'The 12 Days Of Christmas,' Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick reads 'Biblical Bedtime Stories,' and Santa Claudio crashes your Thanksgiving with premature Yule tidings." And there's the Friday late-night desecrations of God vs. the Devil, an improv smackdown in which those power-mad beings mercilessly fuck with the performers onstage. 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 means everybody's at home and getting drunk or remaining intensely sober, and Friday rocks with the The Franchise and Stoned v. Drunk v. Sober, whereas Saturday's stage is Spitballin' – 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

    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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    Visual Arts

    RecSpec Gallery: Mountain Operations

    Here's the first solo show at the newly opened RecSpec, featuring L.A.-based musician and artist Lee Noble with an array of collages and multimedia works. And Noble and Derek Rogers will be playing short audio sets right after the opening reception – so stick around!
    Reception: Fri., Oct. 20, 6-8pm
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    Theatre

    Reformation: The Musical

    Offered for your delight and edification: "A fully-staged theatrical musical that focuses on Martin Luther’s attempt to reform the Roman Catholic Church." Nail that to your door, citizen.
    Oct. 20-22. Fri.-Sun., 7:30pm. $10 ($5, children).  
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    Comedy

    Robert Mac

    It's a rare Austin appearance for this festival favorite, this man who was the grand-prize winner of Comedy Central's Laugh Riots competition. "Equal parts silly and smart," he's so damn funny that Duncan Carson's opening for him this weekend.
    Oct. 20-21. Fri., 9pm; Sat., 9 & 11pm. $10.  
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    Theatre

    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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    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. This Thursday showcases you, at home with your family, right? Because the joint's closed for Thanksgiving. But 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 Saturday's 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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    Dance

    Studio Series Show

    Solo performances by three Austin-based: choreographers – Meghan McCoy-Alchus, Katie Mae Hebert, and Kirstan Clifford – in "a womb-like venue that can only house 20 people per show," so make sure you RSVP via email. Bonus: Cocktails.
    Oct. 20-22. Fri.-Sun., 8pm. $10.
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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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    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

    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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    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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    Theatre

    Wait Until Dark

    Jeffery Hatcher's adaptation of the classic film noir captures the suspense made famous onscreen – in a new time and setting. A policeman, a con man, an old friend, a blind woman, a lost doll, a murder: ingredients for a gripping mystery. Directed by Kasey RT Graham for TexArts.
    Through Oct. 29. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. $40 and up.  
    TexArts, 2300 Lohman's Spur.
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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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    Theatre

    Zombie Prom

    Imagine … well, imagine that Grease meets The Walking Dead and you'll grok TILT Performance Group's production of this Off-Broadway girl-loves-ghoul, rock & roll musical set in the 1950s. Or, imagine that you're reading our review of the show.
    Through Oct. 29. Fri.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. $10-15.  
    Bravo Theatre, 4544 S. Lamar.
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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.