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Arts Events for Sat., Oct. 21
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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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    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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    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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    Mexic-Arte Museum: Catrina Ball

    This annual fundraising event from Mexic-Arte, a searingly posh soirée, also celebrates the 110th anniversary of Frida Kahlo’s birth with an evening of art, fashion, and philanthropy. Raise a glass, raise an eyebrow, raise a few spirits among some of Austin’s greatest arts luminaries. Note: It's a black tie night, with elegant skull makeup encouraged.
    Sat., Oct. 21, 5:30pm. $350 and up.  
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    Rude Fusion: Bear Eats Bear

    Rude Mechs and groundswell theatre company present Lydia Blaisdell's retro-future audio adventure that invites theatre fans, audiophiles, and hikers to join the Rebellion and discover the fabled Archive of the Before Time in a feral, apocalyptic American wilderness. Directed by Katie Van Winkle, with performances by Martinique Duchene-Phillips, Katie Dahm, and Megan Tabaque, and featuring a panoply of local voice talents on cassette tape. It's "a hike, a collage, a satire, a desperate plea, and a memorial for the world’s transient and fierce beauty," says the director. And right here is what our reviewer says.
    Through Nov. 12. Sat.-Sun., 3 & 5pm. $10-25.  
    Location revealed with ticket purchase.
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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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    Art on 5th: Addressing the Melancholy

    Austin-based Chris Guarino creates original cast-resin sculptures augmented with found objects and mixed media … and the results are fantastic. This show will address your melancholy, alright – by making you forget it for a while, as your eyes take in what the man's created.
    Reception: Sat., Oct. 21, 7-9pm
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    Art.Science.Gallery.: TX*SCI

    That excellent gallery in Canopy presents a group exhibit featuring work by Texas artists who are inspired by any of the natural sciences as a majority of their current artistic practice. Which, lucky for the viewer, means that the talents represented include Laurie Frick, Jules Buck Jones, Calder Kamin, Cathy Savage, David Martínez, and more. Quant suff! Recommended!
    Through Nov. 26
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    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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    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: 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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    Litera

    Constance Squires: Live from Medicine Park

    The author reads from her recent novel. Bonus: Robert Dean, Gabino Iglesias, and Tatiana Ryckman, too!
    Sat., Oct. 21, 7pm
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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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    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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    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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    Fifteen Minutes of Fame

    is a noncritique writing practice group and meets on the third Saturday of each month.
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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Litera

    Laura Wilson: Watt Matthews of Lambshead

    The Texas State Historical Association presents the author and the third edition of her acclaimed work.
    Sat., Oct. 21, 2pm
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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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    M. Dressler: The Last to See Me

    It's ghost versus ghost-hunter in this new novel, presented tonight by the author.
    Sat., Oct. 21, 7pm
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    Dance

    Melissa Amira's Carousel Caravan

    Jeanette hosts this monthly shimmy, featuring a host of hot belly dancers in one of Austin's coolest bars. Every third Saturday, 8pm.
    Free.
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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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    NoConBarCon

    "For Austin area writers who can't afford the time or money to travel to a con right now, or who just want to talk shop." With your host, the estimable Rebecca Schwarz. Bonus: speculative fiction celebrated here, for all those who prefer their greeps crottled, before the World Fantasy Convention gets underway with Dr. Marinus – er, we mean David Mitchell – in San Antonio.
    Sat., Oct. 21, 7-10pm
    Spokesman, 440 E. St. Elmo.
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    Northern-Southern Gallery: Solace

    OMG, Phillip Niemeyer's Northern-Southern is back! Now in a new Eastside space, the adventurous gallery re-opens with this two-person show featuring image fields, virtuoso brushwork, wall drawings, carpet ribbons, and all-over installations by Lisa Choinacky and Kel Brown.
    Through Nov. 18
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    Dance

    Not Afraid of the Dark

    The Show That Glows® is, we assume, completely unrelated to The Attorney That Rocks® – although perhaps David Komie could "turn nighttime darkness into a place to laugh, sing, clap, dream, dance, and do everything imaginable, except be afraid" as well as Ballet Austin's apprentice company does in this kid-friendly spectacle? Just, you know, a thought.
    Through Oct. 29. Sat.-Sun., 2 & 4:30pm. $15.  
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    Phase Magazine Issue Release

    Here's the third release from the creative collective based out of Houston that gives fashion photographers a platform to showcase their craft.
    Sat., Oct. 21, 7:30pm
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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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    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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    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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    Selected Shorts

    Yes, it's that celebrities-reading-fiction thing that you know from NPR, here, live at the most venerable theatre Downtown, with Melora Hardin, Zach Grenier, and Anthony Imperioli lending their voices to the night's stories.
    Sat., Oct. 21, 8pm. $25-35.  
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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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    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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    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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    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 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 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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    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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    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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    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.