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    Due EAST

    Do EAST? Due EAST! It's the official fundraiser for the East Austin Studio Tour tonight, featuring work by nearly 400 artists, with tasty adult beverages (Tito's! Nine Banded Whiskey! Meridian Hive! More!), tunes by the Chulita Vinyl Club, games from Austin Art Services, and an installation by Twyla. And that's not even considering the early VIP option glorified by Chef Sonya Cote's to-drool-for Native Wildflower Dinner and EAST takeaway bags. We mean, holy St. Warhol, people, this is some kind of party. Correction: This is the party.
    Thu., Nov. 9. $30-130.  
    1300 E. Fifth.
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      Demetri Martin: Let's Get Awkward

      Now here's some kind of comedy genius, this Martin, fucking up your perception of reality with nothing more than reality itself as his greatest weapon. And he's taken the safety off – he's taken the safety off reality. 'Scuse me while I kiss this guy's supramarginal gyrus.
      Thu., Nov. 9, 8pm. $35-45.  
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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 Ste. 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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      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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      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
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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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      POP Austin International Art Show

      Now witness this year's vibrant iteration of the much-gabbed-about extravaganza, featuring artists from around the world who've come together to create four days of dynamic programming, eye candy, and brain fodder, right here in the ATX. Note: The price of admission varies; but, if you can afford it, those fancy VIP tickets are a worthwhile option. Addendum: Terri Thomas is part of this whole shebang, and that alone is reason enough to attend and celebrate. See website for details.
      Nov. 9-12. Thu., 6pm-12mid; Fri.-Sun., 10am-6pm. $20-150.
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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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      Volcom Garden: A State of Matter

      This group exhibition showcases the vivid and compelling creations of Thomas Hooper, Arik Roper, John Dyer Baizley, and Jacob Bannon. It's not the kind of art that makes you scratch your head and go, "Uh … whut?" but the kind of art that makes you go, "Holy shit, my eyes are lucky to see work like this all up-close and personal."
      Reception: Thu., Nov. 9, 7-11pm
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      Wafflefest! Oh My God, It's Wafflefest!

      Once a year, the Hideout Theatre figures it's not enough to just present some terrific improv comedy at their venue on Congress in the heart of Downtown, they've also got to spend one weekend offering their audiences all the fresh hot waffles you can eat – also, syrup and whipped cream and chocolate sauce and other such toppings – all that food is included free during an expanded roster of entertainment, and it's just what you need after a day of traipsing around the EAST. And if you guessed that this weekend is the weekend for 2017, you're correct, you lucky urbanite, you! Grab a seat for some top-notch extemporaneous shenanigans of all flavors – Available Cupholders, Parallelogramophonograph, Known Wizards, Migas, Girls Girls Girls: Improvised Musicals, Movie Riot, The Amazon and the Milksop, Fuck This Week, Lover Boy, and many more – more than 25 troupes from all the improv camps in town, performing while you munch on plate after plate of golden waffley goodness at this 16th annual comedy spectacle.
      Nov. 9-11. Thu.-Sat., 7:30-10pm. $8-15 per bloc of shows.
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      Anon(ymous)

      Naomi Iizuka’s play about a refugee and his travels across the American landscape, bringing him face-to-face with an array of strange and glorious characters, is directed by Michelle Polgar for St. Edward's Theatre Department. This fiercely relevant adaptation of Homer's Odyssey features guest performers Patrick Gathron, Carla Nickerson, and Josean Rodriguez among a fine St. Ed's cast. And here's what our reviewer thought of the show.
      Through Nov. 19. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. $18-25.  
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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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      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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      BookWoman Poetry

      Cindy Huyser hosts this literary evening that features J. Scott Brownlee; an open mic follows.
      Thu., Nov. 9, 7:15pm
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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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      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.  
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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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      Deb Olin Unferth and Elizabeth Haidle: I, Parrot

      The creators present their new graphic novel – a tale about "civilization’s decline, the heartbreak of extinction, and the redemption found in individual revolution" – and will be interviewed by writer Mary Helen Specht.
      Thu., Nov. 9, 8pm
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      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.

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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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      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.  
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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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      Free Improv Mixer

      This improv comedy jam from Merlin Works is built to introduce the joy of improv. Yes, and who's it for? Total newbies, current students, free agents, existing troupes looking for new members, coaches, or anyone who wants a free workout.
      Thu., Nov. 9, 8pm. Free.
      ZACH North, 12129 RR 620 N #310
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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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      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 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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      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 means everybody's at home and getting drunk or remaining intensely sober, and Friday rocks with the The Franchise and Stoned v. Drunk v. Sober, whereas Saturday's stage is Spitballin' – 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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      Juli Berwald: Spineless

      "A former ocean scientist goes in pursuit of the slippery story of jellyfish, rediscovering her passion for marine science and the sea’s imperiled ecosystems." Pretty, deadly, predominantly diaphanous.
      Thu., Nov. 9, 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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      Seven

      Conceived by Carol Mack and written by seven award-winning playwrights – Paula Cizmar, Catherine Filloux, Gail Kriegel, Carol K. Mack, Ruth Margraff, Anna Deavere Smith, and Susan Yankowitz – this show tells the true stories of seven women who fought for the well-being of women, families, and children around the globe. Directed by Kelly Carolyn Gordon.
      Nov. 9-12. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. $10.  
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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. 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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      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 Crucible

      UT's Department of Theatre and Dance presents Arthur Miller's allegorical Salem Witch Trial classic. And here's what our reviewer has to say about the show.
      Through Nov. 19. Wed.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. $15-26.  
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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. And this is what our reviewer thought of the show.
      Through Nov. 26. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 3pm. $15-25 ($10, Thursdays).  
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      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
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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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      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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      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.