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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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      A Tuna Christmas

      No, no, Jaston Williamswho created this wacky small-town wonderment with Joe Sears and Ed Howard – that Jaston ain't in this version, now, hon, but he sure 'nough directs it and brings "the third smallest town in Texas, where the Lion’s Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies" back to hilarious holiday life with just three actors playing all 25 of the Tuna citizens.
      Through Dec. 31. Wed.-Fri., 7:30pm; Sat., 2:30 & 7:30pm; Sun., 2:30pm. $25 and up.  
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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 Polish Film Festival: Poster Exhibition

      Sure, you might want to catch a few of the films being screened at this 12th annual festival – and we'll let Old Man Kupecki and his crew tell you about those. But there's an exhibition of film posters in the AFS Cinema lobby, too, right now – and it costs nothing to walk in and gawk a little, at what's an inspirational array of promotional design and illustration.
      Nov. 2-6
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      Big Medium: Skin Thick

      Big Medium presents the inaugural Tito's Prize exhibition, featuring winner Zack Ingram.
      Through Dec. 16
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      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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      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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      Carver Museum: State of Ascension

      Mixed-media vessel works by Rejina Thomas, featuring art she created during the past two decades, with themes positioning the womb as a metaphorical looking glass from which viewers experience and understand the world.
      Through Feb. 28
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      Día De Los Muertos Talk

      Dr. Rachel V. González-Martin, Dr. Patrick Hajovsky, and Dr. George Vargas speak on topics related to Día de los Muertos. Bonus: Traditional Day of the Dead refreshments.
      Thu., Nov. 2, 6:30pm. Free.
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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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      Die Felicia: Horror Classics

      An irreverent mix of drag and all things horror, showcasing Louisianna Purchase and Zane Zena's love of the macabre.
      Thu., Nov. 2, 8:30pm. Free.
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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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      Eurydice

      Playwright Sarah Ruhl reimagines the classic myth of Orpheus through the eyes of its heroine in this new production from the ACC Drama Department, directed by Perry Crafton.
      Nov. 2-12. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. $8.
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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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      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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      Helios Kiln Glass Studio: Classes and Demonstrations

      Learn while they burn at this professional studio.
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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 … 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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      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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      Michelle Wolf

      This NY-based writer, actor, and standup comedian is, among even more things, an on-air contributor and writer for Comedy Central’s The Daily Show. Everybody loves her and says she's hilarious; you can see why this weekend.
      Nov. 2-4. Thu., 8pm; Fri.-Sat., 7:30 & 10pm. $14-23.  
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      P3M5: Plurality of Privacy Project

      This theatre project investigates the value, nature, and evolution of privacy via a series of newly commissioned five-minute plays from writers around the world, curated by Heather Barfield. Bonus: Each night features post-performance discussions with leading voices in digital rights, technology, humanities, and the future of privacy.
      Nov. 2-5. Thu.-Sun., 8pm. $15-35.  
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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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      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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      SVT's Three-Headed Festival

      Salvage Vanguard Theatre keeps it comin' with three weekends of solo performance that examine the fears and beasts ruling U.S. American life. This final weekend, it's Travis Tate brings us It's a Travesty! One Night with Jazzie Mercado!, a "glitter-bombed elegy for the distances working to separate us from ourselves."
      Through Nov. 11. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $10-25.  
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      The Brothers Size

      Here's the Capital T production of Tarell Alvin McCraney's exploration of the bonds of love between brothers and friends. You know Capital T: Damn good work, always. You probably know McCraney, too: He wrote Moonlight. See this beautiful new work, with Delanté Keys, Sean Christopher, and John Christopher directed by Jason Phelps. And here's what our reviewer thought of the show.
      Through Nov. 18. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $20-30.  
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      The Stars at Night

      In which American Short Fiction presents a "bright Texas evening of honky-tonk and hedonism," featuring authors Dan Chaon and Anushka Jasraj and Malvern Books owner Joe Bratcher III. Bonus: Noms, drinks, and live music from Weldon Henson and his band.
      Thu., Nov. 2, 6:30pm. $75-125.  
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      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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      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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      Dance

      Words with Waterloo

      Live music from Will Taylor, dance from Dance Waterloo, and belletristic legerdemain by Typewriter Rodeo.
      Thu., Nov. 2, 6pm. $2-20.  
      Buzzmill, 1505 Town Creek.
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      Yard Dog: Lost Souls

      A vivid section of new work by the Mekons' Jon Langford adorns the Yard Dog walls, flooding the intimate SoCo space with phantasmagorical paintings and monoprints.
      Through Nov. 28
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      Offscreen

      This interactive experience offers a trip to iconic places from three local film favorites: Dazed and Confused, Office Space, and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. Each tour includes a trip to local shooting spots and an introduction by the one and only Sean Young. See website for booking and schedule.
      602 E. Fourth
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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.