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    A Delicate Ship

    This is the Austin premiere of Anna Ziegler’s poetic play about "one night in New York City that changes the lives of three people forever," directed by Elizabeth V. Newman for Filigree Theatre.
    Through Feb. 25. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. $30.  
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    AARC: Beyond Bollywood

    "Indian-Americans Shape the Nation," a traveling exhibition created by the Smithsonian Institution, makes an artifact-rich stop at the Asian American Resource Center – with a vibrant collection of photographs, art, and interactive learning stations.
    Through April 8
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    AARC: Where I Belong

    This photography exhibit, depicting the lived experiences of Asian-American Pacific Islander youth in Austin, is curated by Lizzie Chen. And, yes, it's another part of the city's FotoATX festival.
    Through June 29
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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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    Atelier 1205: Inaugural Group Show

    Ceramics, drawing, painting, and sculpture by 17 Austin artists inaugurates this new gallery. Works by Richard Ashby, Valérie Chaussonnet, Thomas Cook, Elizabeth Decker, Jennifer Hill, Soña Holman, Madeline Irvine, David Lamplugh and the rest are sure to delight and dazzle your eyes.
    Reception: Sat., Feb. 17, 3pm
    1205 E. Cesar Chavez
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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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    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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    Dance

    Austin Dance Festival: Calling All Filmmakers

    Austin Dance Festival 2018 is accepting submissions to its newest component, Dance on Film. See website for details.
    Application deadline: Feb. 23
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    Comedy

    Avery Moore

    Comedian. Thespian. Part-time witch. Moore's performed at Moontower, Fun Fun Fun, and is also fresh off a four-day, four-city tour with Louie Anderson. Now set to rock the Velv's legendary stage with a crowd of funny friends.
    Feb. 16-17. Fri., 9pm; Sat., 9 & 11pm. $10.  
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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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    Theatre

    Bat City Bombshells: Anti-Valentine's Day Burlesque

    The lovelorn ladies bring classic acts and sizzling new solos in their tenth annual spectacle of burley-cue scintillations.
    Sat., Feb. 17, 8pm. $10-25.  
    Come And Take It Live, 2015 E. Riverside
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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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    Litera

    Bowie Ibarra: El Aire vs. the Mummies of San Uvalde

    The author presents his new tome of Tex-Mexploitation at its most horrific, ese.
    Sat., Feb. 17, noon. Free.
    Half Price Books @ Southpark Meadows, 9900 S. I-35
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    Camiba Art: Glimmers of Time

    The vibrantly colored rods of Lorena Morales are clustered along the walls, painted to become glimmering lines: some solid, some gradients, others speckled with contrasting colors. "As the viewer approaches the works, the color appears and then disappears – much like memories."
    Reception: Sat., Feb. 16, 6-8pm
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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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    Cirque Du Soleil: Crystal

    It's Cirque Du Soleil, yes, but it's Cirque Du Soleil on ice: Sporty spectacle below the point of freezing, with world-class acrobats going all Hans Brinker up there in Cedar Park for your stunned amazement.
    Through Feb. 18. Wed.-Thu., 7:30pm; Fri.-Sat., 3:30 & 7:30pm; Sun., 1 & 5pm. $55-175.  
    H-E-B Center, 2100 Ave of the Stars, Cedar Park
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    Comedy

    ComedySportz

    Two teams of improvisers compete for points and laughter in this family-friendly show based on audience suggestions.
    Fridays & Saturdays, 8pm. $8-10.  
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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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    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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    Harry Ransom Center: Vaudeville!

    This exhibition reveals the story of where American entertainment all began, featuring photographs, manuscripts, and other documents and artifacts related to Harry Houdini, Mae West, W. C. Fields, Bert Williams, George M. Cohan, Burns & Allen, Tony Pastor, the Nicholas Brothers, Barbette, and others.
    Through July 15. Free.
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    Helm Boots: Lone Folklore

    In which those upscale cordwainers at Helm give evidence of extreme savvy by hosting a show of new work by Abi Daniel. You know, if the woman used nothing but a pencil stub on scrap paper, it'd still be worth seeing, right? Here the world-class Daniel offers a multicolored array of woodburned images on urban-harvested wood with sculptural elements, influenced by Gothic fairytales, fables, parables, and superstitions.
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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, 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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    Classical Music

    La Follia: Bach's Cantatas as He Performed Them

    Here's the fourth concert in La Follia's all-Bach season, performed with minimal orchestra and one-on-a-part chorus.
    Feb. 17-18. Sat., 8pm; Sun., 3pm. $10-30.  
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    Comedy

    Leanne Morgan

    Straight outta Appalachia, long ensconced famwise in San Antonio, venturing forth to knock audiences over with Maximum Comedy Force™, Morgan's got the goods to make you laugh like you wanna laugh at a stand-up show.
    Feb. 15-17. Thu., 8pm; Fri.-Sat., 7:30 & 10pm. $14-23.  
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    Link & Pin Gallery: Flux

    The ineffable beauty of PrintAustin continues in this intimate gallery, with Paloma Mayorga curating an exhibition of "contemporary manipulations of traditional serigraphy techniques." You might more simply call it screenprinting, but you'll nevertheless want to see the international perspectives that Mirjam Dijkema, Nansi Guevara, Michael Menchaca, and more offer on the versatility of this medium.
    Through Feb. 18
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    Lora Reynolds Gallery: Ellsworth Kelly: Prints

    The late artist's Austin edifice will soon be unveiled at the Blanton – whose own Kelly exhibition is another gorgeous thing indeed – and here this elegant Downtown gallery presents an exhibition of lithographs he made between 1966 and 2012.
    Through March 31
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    MACC: Su-Realidad

    Here's an exploration of surreal photography and installation art, another part of the city's FotoATX project, curated by members of Caminos, the Mexican American Cultural Center's teen leadership program.
    Through March 3
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    MASS Gallery: Proxemics

    In which six artists wield the human body as a tool for communication through character creation, distortion, and documentation: Ben Aqua, Felipe Baeza, Xavier Schipani, Silky Shoemaker, riel Sturchio, and Jaimie Warren.
    Through Feb. 24
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    Dance

    Masters of Dance

    Ballet Austin's Stephen Mills presents two of the most in-demand dance makers in the world. New York City Ballet's Justin Peck makes his Central Texas debut with Creases, set to the music of Philip Glass, and Bessie Award-winner Pam Tanowitz unveils a world premiere dance work. Mills closes the evening with his own Kai, inspired by the music of John Cage. Bonus: Michelle Schumann on piano.
    Feb. 16-18. Fri.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 3pm. $25 and up.  
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    Dance

    Melissa Amira's Carousel Caravan

    Jeanette hosts this monthly shimmy, featuring a host of hot belly dancers in one of Austin's coolest bars. Every third Saturday, 8pm.
    Free.
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    Mexic-Arte Museum: Fotografía y Nuevos Medios

    Amassed over the last 35 years, the museum’s newest exhibition explores the plurality of resistance, highlighting varied lineages of Latinx and Latin-American resistance. Here's our full review of the show. Bonus: The concurrent "Desert Triangle Print Carpeta" exhibition features the work of 30 printmakers.
    Through May 27. $10.
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    Mondo: Eyes Without a Face 2

    Jason Edmiston returns with a huge collection of original art, showcasing 100 new acrylic paintings and preliminary pencils of iconic pop-culture eyes from movies, TV, comics, games, and more.
    Through Feb. 17
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    Theatre

    Noises Off

    Show biz is as show biz does. And this is Michael Frayn's hilarious comedy about staging a comedy, directed here by Kevin J. Smith for City Theatre.
    Through March 11. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 3pm. $10-25.
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    Northern-Southern Gallery: After Images

    Two artists here, for the third show in that stylish Northern-Southern's new location. NYC-based Dev Harlan projects geometries on rocks; Laura Lit abjures realism to paint what she sees with her eyes closed.
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    Not Gallery: Between Us

    This excellent part of PrintAustin features work by printmakers Audrey Danze Blood, Camila Escobar, Valeria Rachel Herrera, Anna McNeary, Kelly Taylor Mitchell, and K. Sarrantonio.
    Through Feb. 17
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    Prizer Gallery: Roux

    The printmaking artists of the ROUX Collective – Ann “Sole Sister” Johnson, Rabéa Ballin, Delita Martin, and Lovie Olivia – examine cultural and societal issues of genealogy, feminism, identity, and other topics affecting women of the African Diaspora.
    Through Feb. 24
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    RecSpec Gallery: 18+

    A look at bodies, eroticism, and sexuality from the perspective of 23 women and nonbinary artists including Abi Daniel, Joanne Leah, Inés Estrada, Annalise Gratovich, Annie Alonzi, Drew Riley, Holly Bobisuth, and more.
    Reception: Fri., Feb. 16, 6-8pm
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    Theatre

    Romeo & Juliet

    You've, ah, you've heard of this story, right? Star-crossed lovers? And that famous Shakespeare guy wrote it, back before there was Instagram or even lolcats in the world? For reals. Here directed by Robert Tolaro for St. Ed's, with guest performers Brian Coughlin, Mary Agen Cox, and David Stahl among a fine student cast.
    Through Feb. 25. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. $18-25.  
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    Seeing Beyond What Is Real

    New works by Lawrence Jolly, Daniel Davis, and Iain Neberman, who are "pushing the envelopes of realism to explore and connect the worlds of observable reality with the deeper realities of the imagination."
    Through Feb. 28
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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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    Smokey Joe's Cafe: the Songs of Leiber & Stoller

    TexARTS presents this tribute to legendary songwriters Leiber and Stoller, a song-and-dance celebration of more than 40 of rock & roll's greatest hits, including "Hound Dog," "Stand by Me," "Yakety Yak," "Spanish Harlem," "On Broadway," "Love Potion #9," "Fools Fall in Love," and so many more.
    Through March 4. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm  
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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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    Comedy

    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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    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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    Theatre

    The Father

    Jarrott Productions presents Florian Zeller’s gripping drama, directed by Rick Roemer and starring David R. Jarrott, Amber Quick, Eric Austin, Heidi Penix, Joel Gross, and Lori Kovacevich.
    Through March 4. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2:30pm. $15-30.  
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    The Most Fateful Tragedy of the Brushy Creek Lovers

    This is a theatrical Valentine's treat up in Round Rock, where, in addition to the performance, guests will enjoy a full dinner and drinks from the bar – all included in the ticket price. The performance? A sort of murder mystery from Penfold Theatre – written by the incomparable Beth Burns – in which you and your date (and a select group of friend and neighbors) will be guided by a medium to assist in the spiritual cleansing of the scene of the crime.
    Feb. 16-18. Fri.-Sat., 7pm; Sun., 6pm. $65.  
    Rabb House, 151 N A.W. Grimes, Round Rock
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    The Seagull

    Austin Shakespeare brings Anton Chekhov’s classic play to the Long Center, featuring Michael Miller, Corinna Browning, Tyler Layton, Matt Radford Davies, Helen Merino, Ev Lunning Jr., and more, under the direction of Ann Ciccolella.
    Through Feb. 25. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 3pm. $22 and up.  
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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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    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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    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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    Your Playable City: Shadowing

    Here's a fun new Downtown installation, created by Jonathan Chomko and Matthew Rosier, in which streetlights play back the shadows of those who pass beneath them. No, for real. As a citizen walks under the lights, "the shadow of a previous visitor will walk, hop, or dance beside them, and then their own movements will be captured and displayed to the next passerby." And here's a map of locations.
    Through March 18
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.

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