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Arts Events for Sun., Feb. 18
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    Theatre

    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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    Visual Arts

    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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    Visual Arts

    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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    Visual Arts

    Blue Dahlia Bistro: Maria Lyle

    The walls here are bright with colorful pastel images of exotic women by this longtime Austin artist.
    Through Feb. 6
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    Theatre

    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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    Litera

    Elizabeth H. Clare: The Austin Dam Disaster of 1900

    So the city started a project of breathtaking size, "a massive hydroelectric dam across the Colorado River," in 1891. No worries, right? Pure success and eternal empowerment? But what happened next is the tragic history the award-winning author presents here tonight.
    Sun., Feb. 18, 2pm
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    Theatre

    GroundWork: Works in Progress

    Lucky Chaos presents a show of mid-process works by Hot Pot Comedy, Butter, the company's own Lion Dance team, and stand-up comedian Jennifer Dorsey.
    Sun., Feb. 18, 7:30pm. $10.
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    Visual Arts

    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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    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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    Visual Arts

    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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    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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    Visual Arts

    Official Public Opening: Ellsworth Kelly's "Austin"

    The Blanton celebrates the opening of that monumental new building, Ellsworth Kelly’s "Austin," with remarks by museum director Simone Wicha and Hizzoner Steve Adler and music by the Texas Longhorn Band and – oh, a lot of pomp for the circumstances. And the work itself? Colored glass windows, a totemic wood sculpture, and 14 black-and-white stone panels in marble and granite? The rainbow's been bound by Euclidean sorcery and now light itself divulges a polychrome hosanna from angels in the secular architecture.
    Sun., Feb. 18, 12:30pm. Free.
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    Visual Arts

    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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    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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    Theatre

    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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    Visual Arts

    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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    Visual Arts

    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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    Visual Arts

    The Blanton: Form into Spirit

    Here's a show exploring the conceptual origins of Ellsworth Kelly's last great work, the 2,715-square-foot freestanding building called Austin – a monumental structure with colored glass windows, a totemic wood sculpture, and 14 black-and-white stone panels in marble and granite – the opening of which coincides with this Carter E. Foster-curated exhibition.
    Feb 18-April 29
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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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    Theatre

    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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    Theatre

    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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    Visual Arts

    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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    Visual Arts

    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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