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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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      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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      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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      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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      Classical Music

      Austin Youth Orchestra

      Featuring three of the six orchestras of the AYO program: Sinfonietta, Philharmonic, and Symphony.
      Sun., Oct. 22, 3pm
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      Litera

      David Lauterstein: Life in the Bones

      The co-director of Austin's Lauterstein-Conway Massage School weaves threads of anatomy, spirituality, Asian bodywork, and the human potential movement to form this literary tapestry of the life of Fritz Smith.
      Sun., Oct. 22, 2pm
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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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      Litera

      Sharon Harrigan and Amanda Eyre Ward

      Two authors, two new novels, two great readings: Harrigan presents her Playing with Dynamite and Ward regales us with The Nearness of You.
      Sun., Oct. 22, 3:30pm
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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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      SouthPop: Elbow Grease

      The new exhibition here features the art of Jon Narum, Nicholas Russell, and Sam Yeates, three artists who've been involved in the Austin music scene since the early Seventies. And the opening reception's got beer, wine, and live music by John Inmon.
      Through Dec. 2. $5.
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      Spook Show!

      In which Marfa's Rae Red and Sir Witch of Albuquerque, touring their show of mirthfully macabre puppets through Austin, stop at the Vortex for a night of marionettes, shadow puppetry, song, toy theater, animation, and general ghoulish fun.
      Sun., Oct. 22, 8pm. $13.
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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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      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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      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.