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    Dry Land

    Ruby Rae Spiegel's intense drama, set almost entirely in the girls' locker room of a Florida high school, explores "the complexities of female friendship, abortion, adolescents in crisis, and the terrifying process of becoming yourself." Directed by Marian Kansas for Permanent Record. Note: Nudity and graphic content. And here's what our reviewer thought of the show.
    Through Dec. 2. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $12-25.  
    Mastrogeorge Theatre, 130 Pedernales #318-B.
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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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    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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    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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    Texas Book Festival

    This here? Just one of the largest and most prestigious literary festivals in the country, that's all. With more than 250 nationally and critically recognized authors, venues (including the State Capitol) all over town, around 80 exhibitors hawking their bookish wares, live music, local food trucks, family activities, and countless opportunities to meet authors and fellow bibliophiles.
    Nov. 4-5. Sat., 10am-5pm; Sun., 11am-5pm. Free.  
    State Capitol grounds
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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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    All the Good People

    "A troubled young woman joins a group of do-gooders known as The Fellowship and discovers an unsavory secret that she’s unwilling (and unable) to leave behind" in this new drama written and directed by Justin M. West for Mercurial Theatre.
    Through Nov. 19. Fri.-Sun., 8pm. $16.50 and up.  
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    Comedy

    Alonzo Bodden

    You've seen this comedian all over your late-night television. Or, if you're really cool, you caught him at Montreal's Just For Laughs festival. And if you're, like, ultra extra double-cool, you'll catch him here at the Velv tonight – with that laughalicious Yusef Roach opening.
    Nov. 3-4. Fri., 9pm; Sat., 9 & 11pm. $15.  
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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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    Arthur Simone's Bot Party: Bot Party 3.0

    This mash-up of "Battlebots" and "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" features integrated teams of humans and robots competing in comedic challenges based on audience suggestions. It's a show of technological fun for the whole family! Bonus: Free cake and a coloring book.
    Nov. 3-5. Fri., 8pm; Sat., 2 & 8pm; Sun., 2pm. $18 ($12, children, students, seniors).  
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    Austin Art Garage: No Risk, No Reward

    Think you can handle the Truth? Then check out this show of bold new works by Austin-based street artist and muralist Mike "Truth" Johnston, galvanizing the walls of this fierce gallery right off South Lamar.
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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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    Bale Creek Allen Gallery: Jack Massing

    BC Allen's excellent venue in Canopy presents a solo show of the "Broadside Series" by this Massing fellow – better known to the world at large as one half of those boundary-breaking, media-manipulating, spectacle-spinning Art Guys.
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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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    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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    Cuba Libro: Bibliotecas y Bebidas

    For one night only, the new Central Library's Flat Track Coffee bar will be transformed into a Cuban Café complete with vintage cars and cocktails, with the APL team spinning the vinyl, with authors Margarita Engle and Emma Otheguy spieling tales of the island nation. Bonus: Free Topo Chico.
    Sat., Nov. 4, 7:30pm. 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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    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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    Emerge: Austin's Annual Graffiti Art Show

    This family-friendly event from musicNmind and Art Seen Alliance celebrates the four elements of hip-hop – graffiti, breakdancing, MC-ing and DJ-ing – and features framed artwork for sale upstairs and live aerosol painting demonstrations outside, curated by Nathan "SLOKE ONE" Nordstrom and Rachel Koper.
    Sat., Nov. 4, 6pm. $5.  
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    Expressions: Our Visionary Futures

    This longrunning series is calling it quits after December. So here's the penultimate iteration, featuring Bijan Rajamani, Michael Aaron Casares, Chris van Loan, Robin Cravey, Janet Kuypers, Jim Stewart, Louise Gail Richardson, and more. Note: If you've ever performed at this venue before, you're invited to return and do a final 10 minutes before it's all over.
    Sat., Nov. 4, 6pm. Free.
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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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    grayDUCk gallery: Doing Work

    Who's doing work? Visual artist Raul Gonzalez is doing work. He's been doing work – paintings and drawings created to shift public perception of working-class immigrants and the role of stay-at-home fathers, now filling the walls of this elegant gallery.
    Through Dec. 3
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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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    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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    Link & Pin: Early EAST

    Featuring works by David Parsons, Lyle Adair, Connie Miller, Jill Robinson, Marcy Ann Villafana, Kali Parsons, and more.
    Through Nov. 19
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    MACC: Amigos y Artists

    This exhibition, a tribute to the life and work of Arturo Mercado, includes creations by nine local Mexican-American artists.
    Reception: Sat., Nov. 4, 1-4pm. Free.
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    Malvern Poetry: Bruce Bond, Yahia Lababidi, and Kurt Heinzelman

    Three syllables to this synonym for relevant contemporary verse, voicing the night's answer to darkness.
    Sat., Nov. 4, 7pm
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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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    Comedy

    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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    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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    Old Bakery Gallery: Light and Shadow

    Contemporary oils by Debbi Smith Rourke; recent photographs by Bill Oakey and Jack Marshall.
    Through Dec. 6. free.
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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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    Steel Magnolias

    Jeremy Rashad Brown directs Robert Harling's ensemble classic of life's ups and downs with the leading ladies of Louisiana's Chinquapin Parish.
    Through Nov. 5. Fri.-Sun., 8pm. $25.  
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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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    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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    Teatro Vivo: Siempre Vivos

    Here are two nights for celebrating Día de los Muertos and enjoying a variety of performances by Teatro Vivo and guests.
    Nov. 3-4. Fri.-Sat., 7pm. Free.
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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 Seafarer

    It's the Austin premiere for this Conor McPherson play about luck, the past, and the power of friendship. Darkly funny? Riddled with perilous personal history and booze? We did say McPherson, did we not? Directed by Karen Sneed for City Theatre.
    Through Nov. 26. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 3pm. $15-25 ($10, Thursdays).  
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    Comedy

    Tom Segura: No Teeth, No Entry

    Funny, funny man. Famous for his humor. Tickets now available.
    Sat., Nov. 4, 7pm. $35-65.  
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    Travis Heights Art Trail

    Ah! Here's the 15th annual incarnation of that two-day, neighborhood-based, art, music, and literary event – a sort of tinier, 'hood-specific EAST the weekend before EAST, you might say – and a fine opportunity to enjoy some culturally enriched walking around instead of just sitting on your ass all day long, citizen.
    Nov. 4-5. Sat.-Sun., 11am-5pm. Free.
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    Vintage Heart Coffee: Leah Lovise

    The acclaimed illustrator and motion-graphics artist shows some of her most vivid work at this caffeinated and beer-friendly emporium tonight.
    Sat., Nov. 4, 6-10pm
    1405 E. Seventh.
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    Wally Workman Gallery: Low Places

    Color, you say? You want a wealth of color brightening your people-forward compositions? Patrick Puckett's large, boldly painted canvases explore the human figure, inspired by the artist's life in the American South.
    Through Nov. 25
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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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    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

    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.