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    Dance

    Shen Jun Movement Effect: Another World

    Dancer/choreographers Shen Jun and Ellen Bartel stage a powerful, music-enhanced show of memory and persistence, Jun portraying the ways his late mother's love has sustained him, Bartel depicting a community of individuals longing to belong someplace, anyplace that is stable and their own. Audience members are encouraged to bring photos, flowers, and significant objects "that help you connect with the memory of people you continue to love, even after they have gone."
    Feb. 22-25. Thu.-Sun., 7:30pm. $10.
    KC Grey Home, 211 E. Alpine
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    Theatre

    Agent Andromeda: The Orion Crusade

    Galaxy Corps and Blood and Glitter Productions present the remount of this high-flying, award-winning show, originally developed with the daring aerialists of Sky Candy. Written by Reina Hardy, directed by Rudy Ramirez, featuring Caroline Poe in the titular role, with music by Tyler Mabry. Note: Strong sexual themes, intended for mature audiences.
    Feb. 23-March 4. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 6pm. $10-100.
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    Blackfeather Vintage Works: Darkest Before Dawn

    Here's the inauguration of Jessica Nieri's new vintage shop and art gallery next-door to Dimension Gallery, now with Flip Solomon's darkling creations in a variety of manifestations, featured among the stores of ephemera and covetable objects.
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    Butridge Gallery: Refigured: Radical Realism

    "Showcasing some of Austin’s finest realist figurative artists, across a variety of media, with their newest, most exciting work." Sounds almost humdrum, right? Just another standard gallery promo? But, listen – you know how something can be so powerful as to, how we say, fuck you up but in a good way? Well, this is one of those things. This is one of those exhibitions. At the Dougherty, yes. Because Jennifer Balkan and Dana Younger and Alejandra Almuelle and Karen Maness and Felice House and more.
    Reception: Fri., Feb. 16, 6-8pm
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    Comedy

    Date or Die

    Six real comedians. Three actual blind dates. They don't know each other ... yet. No – srsly. Come revel in the delightful awkwardness of people trying to woo each other for your amusement – you choose which winning couple goes home with actually valuable prizes. Hosted by Carina Magyar.
    Fri., Feb. 23, 11pm. $5.
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    Visual Arts

    Wally Workman Gallery: Malcolm Bucknall

    A chameleon-like eclecticism has characterized his work to various distinct periods of art-historical influences and beyond, but the common thread in Bucknall's imagery is an animal-human mix. It's a vivid personal mythology that we've reveled in before and are excited to see the newest manifestations of here.
    Through March 3
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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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    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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    Visual Arts

    AM/Projected Relation

    This is a systems-based video installation that asks the viewer to be an active participant in the search for AM’s “being.” And who is AM? AM is "a present fiction, a product of data debris." As she says, “one day there was enough data, and then I’ve always been here.” Welcome to the future, with Christina Smiros.
    Thu.-Sun., Feb. 22-25
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    Visual Arts

    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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    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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    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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    Classical Music

    Austin Symphony: Triumph Over Fate

    This night of music from the ASO features works by composers Schumann and MacDowell, showcasing the lissome legerdemain of pianist Rick Rowley.
    Feb. 23-24. Fri.-Sat., 8pm. $19-75.  
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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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    Comedy

    Brian Posehn

    That's right, Posehn is one of the original Comedians of Comedy, and he's back in Austin for a solid weekend of laughs.
    Feb. 22-25. Thu., 8pm; Fri.-Sat., 7:30 & 10pm. $18-23.  
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    Visual Arts

    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: 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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    Visual Arts

    Catherine Lee: The Ney Project

    A retrospective of Texas artist Catherine Lee's work in diverse media will be anchored by her monumental sculpture "Hebrides #6: Clach An Trushal," on loan from the Contemporary Austin.
    Reception: Thu., Feb., 22, 6:30-9pm
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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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    Theatre

    Enron

    Lucy Prebble's new stage play explores the rise and fall of the Houston-based energy company, presenting the tale as an epic myth with a cast of women and non-binary actors. Directed by Hannah Wolf for UT's Department of Theatre and Dance.
    Feb. 22-March 4. Tue.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. $15-26.  
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    Comedy

    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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    Visual Arts

    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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    Theatre

    Gloria

    Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' sharp comedy is about an ambitious group of editorial assistants at a notorious Manhattan magazine, each of whom hopes for a starry life of letters and a book deal before they turn thirty. Directed by Marcus McQuirter for the ACC Drama Department.
    Feb. 22-March 4. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. $8.  
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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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    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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    Visual Arts

    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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    Visual Arts

    Lozano Long Conference: Create, Consume, Collect

    UT's Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies‎ presents the 2018 conference, considering "The Lives of Colonial Latin American Artifacts." Three days of informative panels and keynote speeches here, with an opening concert from Austin Baroque Orchestra.
    Feb. 21-23. Opening reception: Wed., 5-7:30pm. Free.
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    Visual Arts

    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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    Visual Arts

    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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    Visual Arts

    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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    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

    Old Bakery Gallery: Through Our Eyes

    Here's an exhibition from Sun City's Special Interest Group of the Visual Arts.
    Through Feb. 28
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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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    Visual Arts

    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

    Red Scare: A Musical Comedy

    Set in 1950s Houston, this new show tells a mostly true story – based on the actual takeover of the Houston school board by the Minute Women, a group of suburban anti-Communist crusaders. Singing! Dancing! Bolsheviks! Created by that John Cecil for Texas Comedies, the company formerly known as Crank Collective.
    Feb. 22-March 3. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $12-25.  
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    Theatre

    Reveal All Fear Nothing: A Journey In Sex, Love, Porn, and Feminism

    Here's a new adaptation of Annie Sprinkle’s Post Porn Modernist, written and performed by Madison Young, directed by Sophia LaPaglia, exploring underground worlds of BDSM, pornography, and kink, celebrating and demystifying these often misunderstood and misrepresented communities and movements.
    Feb. 22-25. Fri.-Sun., 8pm. $15-35.  
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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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    The Austin Séance Winter Series

    In which A. Lucio and Jake Cordero demonstrate tools used by working mediums and then employ those tools in a modern recreation of an old-time séance.
    Feb. 22-25. Thu.-Sun., 6:45 & 8:45pm. $15.
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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 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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    Toast, an Intergalactic Space Opera

    The Tiny Black Hearts send the sister-and-brother duo to outer space this time. Strawberry becomes Queen of the Universe – can Dandilion save her? Can Strawberry save him? Do I smell toast? Is that normal? Is that a laser? Fletcher Hanks, we reckon, would dig it.
    Feb. 23-25. Fri., 7pm; Sat., 3 & 7pm; Sun., 3pm. $7.  
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    Visual Arts

    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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    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

    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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    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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