Calendar Arts All Events

Arts Events for Wed., Nov. 8
Recommended
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    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
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    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
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Austin Design Week

    Design? You know: Interior, exterior. The place, perhaps even abstractly, where the utilitarian and/or promotional is infused with beauty, with whatever it takes to please or thrill the eye and mind. Functional art, in other words: More often redolent of technical skill than what's created when some schmuck with too much free time spews their feelings onto a canvas or whatever. Design, you savvy? The sort of visual and physical arrangements that Philippe Starck and Paula Scher and Zaha Hadid and Norman Bel Geddes and Jennymarie Jemison and Karim Rashid, say, have brought the world? Yes, and here's an entire week full of opportunities to explore the best of design in the ATX. [Note: The explorations include Pentagram, so you know it's legit.] See website for details.
    Through Nov. 10
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    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.
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    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
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Stephen L. Clark Gallery: Libros

    This new Lance Letscher exhibition celebrates the opening of Austin's new Central Library.
    Through Nov. 11
  • Arts

    Theatre

    The Dionysium: The Constitution

    For this latest convocation of wine-fueled intellectual hijinx, LB Deyo and Buzz Moran host a show in which our country's defining document is explored from left, right, up, down, and maybe even inside out. Featuring Dr. Mity Myhr on "The Magna Carta and Writing Down Rights;" Hayley Armstrong reciting "I Have a Dream;" the Golden Arm Trio performing the original "Moderate Imperfections;" a contentious AF debate (Resolved: The United States Constitution should be rewritten); and more, with a cartoon from Lance Myers and the usual persiflage and toasts to creativity (and freedom! lots and lots of freedom!) throughout the show.
    Wed., Nov. 8, 7:30pm. $10.  
All Events
  • Arts

    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.  
  • Arts

    Litera

    An Evening of Storytelling with Garrison Keillor

    In which Lake Wobegon's favorite son returns to the Paramount for a night of inspired talespinning, accompanied by live music from Rich Dworsky and Heather Masse.
    Wed., Nov. 8, 8pm. $35-80.  
  • Arts

    Litera

    Annette McGivney: Pure Land

    The Arizona-based author presents her new book, an investigation into a murder in Grand Canyon, an exploration of the far-reaching impacts of family violence.
    Wed., Nov. 8, 7pm
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Austin Design Week: Home of the Future

    In which Scott Specht presents a multimedia celebration of visionary houses from the 1940s through today and things get all Dymaxion among the tippling of Tito's at the Umlauf.
    Wed., Nov. 8, 6:30pm. Free.
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Big Medium: Skin Thick

    Big Medium presents the inaugural Tito's Prize exhibition, featuring winner Zack Ingram.
    Through Dec. 16
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    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.
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    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
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    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
  • Arts

    Comedy

    Chad Daniels

    Listen: "Babies are miracles. Think about it. When they're born their feet are tiny. Yet, they can somehow step on all your hopes and dreams." Yeah, this guy know's what's up. Even though he's from Minnesota. Don't hold that against him, OK? Instead, hold your finger on that button or whatever, click what's necessary to get a ticket for his show. You … do like stand-up, right?
    Nov. 8-11. Wed.-Thu., 8pm; Fri.-Sat., 8 & 10:30pm. $12-23.  
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    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.
  • Arts

    Theatre

    Esther's Follies: AUDITIONS

    The iconic Esther's troupe on East Sixth seeks male performers with comedic experience and singing ability, especially actors who can jump right into the cast and learn the material quickly. Must be available to perform Thu.-Sat., with rehearsals Tue.-Wed., noon-3pm. Send 'em an email with résumé and headshot for consideration.

    Like, right now.

  • Arts

    Dance

    Fall For Dance

    Dance Repertory Theatre presents new work from professional and student choreographers exploring the concepts of identity, cultural experience, and self-expression through contemporary ballet. Featuring choreography by Ray Schwartz, Jenn Freeman, Dorothy O'Shea Overbey, Erica Gionfriddo, Charles O. Anderson, and Jeremey Arnold.
    Nov. 8-12. Wed.-Fri., 7:30pm; Sun., 2 & 7:30pm. $15-26.  
  • Arts

    Classical Music

    Fifth House Ensemble: Journey LIVE

    In which the Chicago-based ensemble teams up with composer Austin Wintory to present an interactive, live performance of his Grammy-nominated score to the video game Journey.
    Wed., Nov. 8, 8pm. $10-40.  
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    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
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    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
  • Arts

    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
  • Arts

    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.
  • Arts

    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).
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Old Bakery Gallery: Light and Shadow

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

    Comedy

    Six Shooter

    The best lineup of comedy since Sure Thing vanished? Who's saying that? All we know is, freestyle country western legends Knuck Deep (played Aaron Brooks & Mac Blake) introduce a night with Devon Walker headlining, and featuring Andrew Wagner, Danny Palumbo, Jon Mendoza, Roxy Castillo, and Yola Lu.
    Wed., Nov. 8. Free.
  • Arts

    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.
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Twyla Contemporary Art

    “It changes the room and really makes the house.” The new in-house gallery of these fine-art promoters boasts a diverse roster of artists and includes work by Austin-based Terra Goolsby and Rebecca Rothfus Harrell. See website for stylish details.
    209 W. Ninth
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    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.  
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    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
  • Arts

    Litera

    William D. Darling: Anahuac

    The author presents the sequel to his Texas-set Morgan's Point. Bonus: Boyd Taylor, reading from the latest in the Donnie Ray Cuinn series.
    Wed., Nov. 8, 7pm
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    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
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    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
Ongoing
  • Arts

    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.