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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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    Litera

    Meredith Lee and Monica Shaw: Shrouded and The Rainwater Secret

    Two names, two books, three writers. Mysteries! Crimes! Meet them here.
    Fri., Nov. 10, 7pm
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 Alliance Austin: ARTBASH

    Art Alliance Austin has transformed Native Hostel into a unique art destination, featuring new site-specific works from eight local artists and exclusive performances exploring the idea of intersection through immersion and mobility. Good stuff indeed, albeit not quite as swanky as the VIP option mentioned elsewhere in these listings.
    Fri., Nov. 10, 9pm. $45.  
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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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    ARTBASH: VIP Reception

    You want in on this, citizen? Because VIPs get a special preview of the exhibition and a more intimate opportunity to mix and mingle with the artists while enjoying a special menu from Juniper and live art performances. That's, yes, two hours of exclusive partying with your friends at Art Alliance Austin before the crowds rush in.
    Fri., Nov. 10, 7-9pm. $100.  
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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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    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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    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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    Blanton Perspectives: ReEntry

    This vivid drama, a live performance based on interviews with soldiers and their families, reveals the lives of Marines getting ready for and returning from deployment.
    Fri., Nov. 10, 4pm. Performance included with museum admission.
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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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    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.  
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    Creek Show

    This fourth annual show features six light-based, site-specific art installations, all created by local talent, along Waller Creek. It's a trail of luminescent Downtown fun for the whole family.
    Through Nov. 18. Nightly, 6-10pm
    Waller Creek, between Fifth & Eighth Streets
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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.

    Like, right now.

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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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    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.  
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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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    Interactionarama

    Linda Mary Montano and a stellar group of Austin collaborators – Maida Barbour, Alton Dulaney, Kerthy Fix, Carol Gilson, Suze Kemper, Elana Logsdon, Rachel Martin, Seven Sexton, kt shorb, and Rosey the Therapy Dog – present this three-hour "healing collage" as an opportunity to experience, aesthetically and performatively, the old age, sickness, and death of the legendary artist's father, Henry Joseph Montano. Intimate, immersive, and life-affirming.
    Nov. 10-11. Fri.-Sat., 8pm. $15-35.  
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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 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 … Institutional!

    Actually, Fuck, It's Christmas! The Institution's annual takedown of holiday madness roars back to life with Rudolph's shiny red heart dripping in its sketch-comedy maw on Fridays and Saturdays. Tom Booker directs this show in which "Alex Jones stops by with his truthified version of 'The 12 Days Of Christmas,' Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick reads 'Biblical Bedtime Stories,' and Santa Claudio crashes your Thanksgiving with premature Yule tidings." And there's the Friday late-night desecrations of God vs. the Devil, an improv smackdown in which those power-mad beings mercilessly fuck with the performers onstage. 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 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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    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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    MASS Gallery: Staycation 2

    What in the world? How about an exhibition featuring 10 Austin-based artists whose work reflects on humanity's relationship to the natural world? Yes, featuring Ryan Cronk, Dave Culpepper, Bethany Johnson, TJ Lemanski, Rebecca Marino, and more.

    And, listen, this is also the local debut of Barry Stone's new Daily, in a Nimble Sea book – with accompanying photos on display – and our code is all glitchy with joy just thinking about it.

    Through Dec. 16
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    Litera

    Meg Freitag: Edith

    Here's a fine evening celebrating the author’s debut poetry collection. Bonus: Taisia Kitaiskaia and Blake Lee Pate.
    Fri., Nov. 10, 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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    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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    Plein Air Austin: Zilker Botanical Garden

    The region's liveliest group of outdoor painters has its first annual show among the fall-tinted flora in our city's favorite garden.
    Reception: Fri., Nov. 10, 6-9pm
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    Theatre

    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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    Comedy

    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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    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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    Comedy

    Trey Galyon

    Dude's the antihero of comedy, we supposedly said at one time. Well, OK. And he's been gigging with Doug Benson for so long that he (Galyon) probably reeks of, you know, The Weed. You can catch this festival favorite onstage at the Velv this weekend, with the very funny Pat Sirois opening.
    Nov. 10-11. Fri., 9pm; Sat., 9 & 11pm. $10.  
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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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    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.