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    Elisabet Ney Museum: Austin Women by Austin Women

    That excellent Hyde Park bastion of artistry celebrates the wealth of energy and spirit Austin women bring to both sides of the camera, through works by Ave Bonar, Amalia Diaz, Christa Blackwood, Hannah Neal, and Erica Wilkins that illuminate another section of the city's FotoATX festival.
    Artist talk: Sat., Jan. 27, 2pm. Free.  
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    Strip: The Musical

    Acclaimed playwright Amparo Garcia-Crow's newest stage creation reveals the "naked truth" behind the stories of three iconic performers – Lenny Bruce, Josephine Baker, and Candy Barr – presenting them together as one heroic tale in this timely exploration of sexual taboos, freedom of speech, and the power of femininity. Starring Jolie Goodnight, Feliz Dia MacDonald, and Isaac Garza. Bonus: Shakey Graves!
    Jan. 24-28. Wed.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 2 & 8pm. $30-100.  
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    Wally Workman Gallery: Juan Luis Jardi

    Mark our words: You want to see what this talented man can do with oils on big swaths of canvas. Realism? Yes, but magical realism. Understated, quotidian, almost melancholy – except maybe there's been a quiet little rupture between this universe and another slightly different one, hasn't there?
    Through Jan. 27
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    FronteraFest 2018: The Short Fringe

    What's on the schedule this final week? Brilliant monologues? Comedy improv? Cabaret singers? Avant-garde dance? Bizarre performance art? Multimedia? The 25th annual FronteraFest's "Best of the Fest" gathers the diverse goodness of this year's crop and forms it into the tastiest schedule of short theatre 2018 is likely to see. Check the website for details!
    Through Feb. 17. Tue.-Sat., 8pm. $18.  
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    Gallery Shoal Creek: Strata

    These prints – woodcut, intaglio – and drawings by New Mexico artist Karina Noel Hean explore her responses to the landscape, all containing "a layering of time, memory, and mark," and composing just one vivid part of this year's PrintAustin program.
    Through Feb. 17
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    Joe Rogan

    Joe Rogan? Joe Rogan! His inquisitive and intense comedic style! Note: You probably don't want to miss this.
    Thu., Jan. 25, 7:30 & 10pm. $35-65.  
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    Rachel Feinstein

    You know this nationally touring comedian from Last Week With John Oliver and her Comedy Central specials, right? Or from HBO's Crashing? Catch her at Cap City this weekend, now that the Harsh Snows of Winter have somewhat diminished and it's safe to drink your Topo Chico outside again.
    Jan. 25-27. Thu., 8pm; Fri.-Sat., 7:30 & 10pm. $14-23.  
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    An Evening of Queer Poets

    Readings and celebration of the versifying arts, with Jenny Johnson, Shangyang Fang, and Travis Tate.
    Thu., Jan. 25, 7pm
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    Art on 5th: Kenneth Tom Olsen

    The Danish artist returns to Austin with his collection of spray paints, acrylics, and stencils, rendering new batches of works on the spot.
    Through Feb. 25
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    Art.Science.Gallery.: SOLAR

    The PrintAustin wonderments continue at this excellent venue, featuring prints about the sun or made by our sun (as in solar printmaking, cyanotyping, or printing with photosensitive inks) or for the sun (concerning sun- or star-related cultural and natural history). Yeah, we're partial to science around these here parts, but especially when it looks this damned good.
    Through Feb. 24
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    Austin Central Library: Portraits of the People Who Shape Our City

    That magnificent new library Downtown hosts this portion of FotoATX, displaying George Brainard's photos of musicians, artists, journalists, and other icons that make Austin unique.
    Through Feb. 18
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    Bale Creek Allen Gallery: The Trophoblast

    Photography, drawings, and sculpture by two young, New York-based artists: Malu Byrne and Will Squib.
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    Big Medium: For When the Leaves Grow Cold, but I Still Require Your Shoulder

    This suite of paintings by Ricardo Vicente Ruiz is rooted in the history and folklore of harvesting seasons in the Southwest. Curated by Jeffrey Dell, it's the gallery's first exhibition of 2018.
    Through Feb. 17
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    Billy Reid Austin: Porcelain Lounge

    Here's a selection of new work from Keith Kreeger Studios, including unique porcelain pieces that were hand-thrown exclusively for this pop-up shop.
    Through Jan. 31
    1122 W. Sixth
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    Brew Ha Ha

    Circle Brewing Company and Chris Castles have joined forces to bring comedy to North Austin again.
    Thu., Jan. 25, 7pm. Free.
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    Camiba Art: The Allegory of Good and Bad Government

    Zoë Shulman uses elaborate geometric symbols to express the virtues and vices of government, like something a more skilled and less gonzo John Dee might've come up with between bouts of angelic possession. The artist's new series of twenty hexagon-shaped artworks are presented as diptychs in a candle-lit gallery, and, listen, you really should see this, friend: It's phenomenal work and perfectly displayed.
    Through Feb. 10
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    Carver Museum: Juntos/Together

    This section of the comprehensive FotoATX program features vivid photo-documentation of "Black and Brown Activism in Austin from 1970 to 1983."
    Through April 11
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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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    February Love & Laffs!

    Musical comedy skits, magic, and a political satirical revue with the bustling backdrop of Sixth Street on view through the stagefront window – as seen in the current SouthPop celebration of their four decades of laughs. And now, what does the current POTUS learn when Ivana, Melania, and Marla get together for the Trump Wives Club? (Does he learn anything, ever?) Plus, Dating Do’s and Oh, No he Didn’t! takes a look at how to meet and match your mate in today's online world, from speed dating, Tinder, OKCupid, and alla that; and dig the Valentine's action between BFF celebs Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg. Bonus: That sexy magician Ray Anderson is going to walk right through a mirror. No? You don't think so? Then you tell me how it's done, bubba.
    Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $25-35.  
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    Flatbed Press: Man on Edge

    For more than forty years James Surls has been realizing the visions of his heart and mind into works of sculpture; alongside that work, he's used his same sculptural tools to gouge and mark into wood to be printed onto paper. Witness now some of the highlights of those works, bright communiques from the edge between dimensions.
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    Flatbed Press: The Contemporary Print

    Witness the vibrant, graphic diversity of PrintAustin's fifth annual juried exhibition – a survey of the traditions and the innovations of contemporary printmaking, including lithography, relief, intaglio, silkscreen, and monotype.
    Through Feb. 18  
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    Full Circle: The Art of Mila Sketch

    "I show the whole through the fine details," says the artist. "I use subliminal manner of drawing and do not know where my own hand will lead me." Yeah, but where it winds up often looks real damned good. And, here, her works are surrounded by craft beer ready for the drinking.
    Through Jan. 30
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    Gary P. Nunn: At Home with the Armadillo

    One of the founding fathers of the progressive country music scene in this city, Nunn presents this memoir of his colorful life and times.
    Thu., Jan. 25, 7pm
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    grayDUCK Gallery: Café Avatar

    "As humanity enters a new graphic skin, how will we remember our physical selves – or are we becoming computational mochas? Where do our avatars hang out when not in use?" Nick Butcher and Nadine Nakanishi's new show explores these questions with a playful collection of images and objects, both figurative and abstract.
    Through Feb. 18
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    Helios Kiln Glass Studio: Classes and Demonstrations

    Learn while they burn at this professional studio.
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    Hot Dogs are Funny

    Here's a comedy showcase hosted by that Avery Moore, featuring Harrison Hammonds, Hunter Duncan, Joe Tullar, and Rachel Streitmann.
    Thu., Jan. 25, 9pm. Free.
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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 the Threefer and Free Fringe of improv, and, and, on Friday, a Date Night with The Knuckleball Now and Channel 2 starts off an evening with the Big Bash fanciness, the highly affected affray of ThunderDome, and the award-winning Parallelogramophonograph dazzling the late-night stage; and, on Saturday, after that genre-riddled Story to the Death, welcome to the Depression-era, moxie-forward, never-say-die, musically enhanced world of Orphans!, directed by Bridget Brewer and Kaci Beeler. And following that? The competitive improv donnybrook of Maestro. See website for more – like, their big shindig on Valentine's Night.
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    It's … subterranean!

    It's that underground space Downtown, swarming with improvisers and stand-up comics and sketch artists and sexual misconduct allegations. 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 brings that twisted look at dating apps – Fuck. Marry. Kill. – and Friday returns you to the Stoned vs. Drunk vs. Sober shenanigans. Saturday, there's the Megaphone Show, and – ah, see website for details.
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    La Peña: Latino Artists in Printmaking

    This part of PrintAustin features prints made by artists from Texas, Mexico, Peru, and Chile, including woodcuts, linocuts, serigraphs, printing on ceramics, fabrics, and more.
    Through Feb. 8
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    Lewis Carnegie Gallery: Built Environments

    He's such a solid part of Austin culture that photographer Sev Coursen almost counts as infrastructure himself. In this part of FotoATX, you can see what the man's captured of the Lone Star state with color, composition, and patience.
    Through Jan. 25
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    Lora Reynolds Gallery: The Last Tree on the Planet

    Jason Middlebrook’s new sculptures are black, powder-coated steel, isolating the bold designs he's painted on slabs of wood for the last ten years and making them into three-dimensional line drawings. Also, here's a big bonus: "Haaston Paradise," the latest ceramic and fiber works from those irrepressible Haas Brothers.
    Through Feb. 3
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    Midwinter Mischief

    Hey-o, it's a steamy evening of pole dancing and burlesque as you "witness seductive sirens of ice dance among sweet forest creatures and their dark fae brethren." A titillating display of otherkinesis, you might say – as we just did.
    Thu., Jan. 25. $20-25.
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    Sancho: An Act of Remembrance

    In which Royal Shakespeare Company actor Paterson Joseph inhabits the curious, daringly determined life of Sancho – composer, social satirist, general man of refinement – while casting new light on the often-misunderstood narratives of African-British experience.
    Jan. 25-26. Thu.-Fri., 8pm. $10-40.  
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    Slugfest: Misremembrance

    Whether making intaglio plates with construction supplies or using prints as building materials in sculptural forms, the works of Silas Breaux are inspired by his observation of the relationship between natural and built environments. This part of PrintAustin is a perfect show for Slugfest, we reckon, the venue itself a lovely relationship between natural and built environment. Bonus: Cats, live ones, in the gallery.
    Through Feb. 17
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    SouthPop: 40 Years of Esther's Follies

    Four decades of the funniest topical sketches in the whole blamed city? That's exactly what Shannon Sedwick and Michael Shelton and their talented crowd of friends have brought to Esther's Follies, and now the history of those Follies – posters, prints, original artworks, doc-u-men-ta-tion of all kinds – are on display in this bastion of local goodness.
    Through Feb. 28
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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 features Frankenfriends – that's Dave Buckman, Michael Jastroch, and Rachel Madorsky – rising like a phoenix from the Frank Mills' ashes, followed by that swingin' Pendulum Presents. Friday brings Movie Riot and the laugh-inducing ladies of Loverboy and that Live at ColdTowne stand-up showcase hosted by Carina Magyar on the same night. And, for your continuing Valentine's Week laughs, there's that Missed Connections show – about lovesick Austinites seeking a second chance at romance online – right after Deja Noir on Saturday, with a potent chaser of Midnight Society! Sunday's got that Stool Pigeon, of course, and – 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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    Susanna Dickinson Museum: Historic Downtown

    This segment of the FotoATX initiative features historical photographic images of Austin’s famous landmarks.
    Through Feb. 18
    411 E. FIfth
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    Testify: The End

    This monthly storytelling mic opens at the close with these true tales that are just the beginning, with stories of the end – of a path, of a medical saga, of a lifetime of lies, of an era of destruction, and of a very hard but surprising day.
    Thu., Jan. 25, 7:30pm. $5-6.
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    The Immigrant

    Mark Harelik's heartwarming drama is based on the true story of a young Russian-Jewish couple who entered America through the port of Galveston, seeking refuge in the tiny town of Hamilton, Texas, in 1909. Starring Huck Huckaby, Cyndi Williams, Joseph Garlock, and Estrella Gonzales. Directed by Don Toner for Austin Playhouse. And here's what our reviewer thought of the show.
    Through Jan. 28. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. $16-36.  
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    The Mayor's Book Club: Exit and Flight: Narratives of the Refugee Experience

    Authors Osama Alomar (The Teeth of the Comb) and Wendy Pearlman (We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled) will discuss their different approaches to storytelling, their experiences of Syria, and how their work has deepened their understanding of a complex global crisis.
    Thu., Jan. 25, 6:30pm. Free.
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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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    Umlauf Museum: Flight and Fall

    The popular venue offers a rich journey through classic archetypes as interpreted through Charles Umlauf’s sculptures and drawings.
    Through March 12
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    Uncle Vanya

    The tragicomic classic by Anton Chekhov is presented by City Theatre in a newly adapted interpretation written and staged by Rod Mechem.
    Through Feb. 4. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 3pm. $10-25.
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    Wander

    Austin's innovative Art In Public Places project has conjured up an excellent choose-your-own-adventure sort of experience that incorporates actual sculpture on display around our urban hub. Roam the streets, roam the art, deep in the heart of Texas.
    All the time, any time
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    Waterbed with Mac Blake

    We keep telling you about this gig, but do you listen? Do you ever go? Actually, whether you heard about it from us or saw it mentioned elsewhere, seems like everybody is going to check out the excellent lineup of comics at Waterbed. Tonight's performers are Andrew Clarkston, Christina Parrish, and Nick Saverino. Also, Blake and his co-host Carlos LaRotta have been busy researchin' and prognosticatin' and will bring you a mind-reeling glimpse into the world of ... the Future! So toss your Aibo a raw soysteak, hop into your roommate's flying car, and get your bionically enhanced ass down to Spider House before the manshonyaggers attack.
    Thu., Jan. 25, 10pm. $5-8.
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    Weaver Gallery: Now & Then

    And here's a show, among the other PrintAustin exhibitions packing Flatbed Press's array of galleries, of monotypes, collagraphs, and print collages by Catherine Small and N.J. Weaver.
    Closing reception: Fri., Feb. 16, 6-8pm
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    When We Are Married

    "The Helliwells, the Parkers, and the Soppitts are highly respected pillars of their community … but not for much longer. Married on the same day in the same chapel, they gather to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary. The celebrations are short-lived when they discover the vicar wasn’t licensed and they're not actually married, that they've been living in sin for 25 years."J.B. Priestley’s comedy is directed by Norman Blumensaadt for Different Stages.
    Through Feb. 2. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 3pm. $15-30.  
    Black Box Theatre, 901 Trinity
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    Women & Their Work: No Trace of Now Will Remain

    Inspired by the writings of Rimbaud and Victorian mourning attire, Gail Chovan "gives exaggerated form to the long deceased by adorning apparitions in hyper-stylized garments and accessories from the past, using fragments and fabrication to enshroud memories, give form to absence, and celebrate remnants as potent vehicles for resuscitation." We excitedly await the opening of this new show of work from the queen of Blackmail.
    Through March 1
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    Yard Dog: Small, Smaller, Smallest

    In which Austin artist Deborah Mersky is joined by her Seattle compadres Julie Paschkis and Joe Max Emminger for a show of small paintings, drawings, prints, and sculpture.
    Through Feb. 18
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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.

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