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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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    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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    Litera

    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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    Theatre

    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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    Theatre

    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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    Classical Music

    America, the Beautiful

    The Austin Civic Orchestra celebrates the cultural diversity of the United States with works by Gershwin, Ives, Bernstein, and more – showcasing guest violinist Jessica Mathaes, and the whole glorious thing under the exuberant baton of Lois Ferrari.
    Sun., Nov. 5, 4pm. $15.  
    AISD Performing Arts Center, 1500 Barbara Jordan.
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    Visual Arts

    Art In Public Places: Launchpad

    Have you always wanted to create a work of public art for Austin but weren't sure how to get started? LaunchPAD is a new program that pairs emerging through mid-career public artists with those already established in the field to work together on artwork for the City of Austin. Through the partnership, you'll work on everything from materials research and fabrication to public outreach, while providing a service doing what you love. Also, $15,000 for your work on the project. See website for details.
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    Visual Arts

    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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    Theatre

    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 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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    Visual Arts

    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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    Visual Arts

    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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    Litera

    Lyman Grant: Book Release

    The prolific and influential poet presents his newest volume, Old Men on Tuesday Mornings, with readings by John Lee, Bill Jeffers, David Jewell, and John McElhenney.
    Sun., Nov. 5, 4pm
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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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    Theatre

    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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    Litera

    Poetry Afterhours: Mahogany Browne, Sam Sax, and Saretta Morgan

    The poets read, the building breathes, the delightful Carrie Fountain hosts.
    Sun., Nov. 5, 6:30pm
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    Visual Arts

    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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    Theatre

    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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    Theatre

    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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    Visual Arts

    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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    VSA Texas: Artist of the Year Award Launch

    Here's an afternoon celebrating the life of Haven Street-Allen and announcing nominations for the new award named in her memory. Also, live music by Michael Tidmore and the Rollers.
    Sun., Nov. 5, 2pm. Free.
Ongoing
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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.