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Visual Arts for Sun., Nov. 5
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    Austin Polish Film Festival: Poster Exhibition

    Sure, you might want to catch a few of the films being screened at this 12th annual festival – and we'll let Old Man Kupecki and his crew tell you about those. But there's an exhibition of film posters in the AFS Cinema lobby, too, right now – and it costs nothing to walk in and gawk a little, at what's an inspirational array of promotional design and illustration.
    Nov. 2-6
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    Travis Heights Art Trail

    Ah! Here's the 15th annual incarnation of that two-day, neighborhood-based, art, music, and literary event – a sort of tinier, 'hood-specific EAST the weekend before EAST, you might say – and a fine opportunity to enjoy some culturally enriched walking around instead of just sitting on your ass all day long, citizen.
    Nov. 4-5. Sat.-Sun., 11am-5pm. Free.
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    Ai Weiwei Sculptures Now In Your City!

    The Contemporary Austin and Waller Creek Conservancy present a free public event to celebrate the unveiling of two monumental sculptures by Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei. The mesmerizing Forever Bicycle is at the Waller Delta, 74 Trinity. And Iron Tree Trunk is on view at Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th.
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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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    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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    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. And this is what our reviewer thought of the show.
    Through Dec. 3
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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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    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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    Pong to Pokémon: The Evolution of Electronic Gaming

    This immersive and interactive exhibit at the Texas State History Museum explores the past and future of electronic gaming through the player's experience – with dozens of rare artifacts, brought together for the first time from extensive collections across the globe.
    Through March 18. $9-13.  
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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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    Studio L Gallery

    Sculptural work by Rita Marie Ross, Jacob Colburn, Daryl G. Colburn, Dorthy Crummer, and more. 2309 Thornton.
Creative Opportunities
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    Art In Public Places: Launchpad

    Have you always wanted to create a work of public art for Austin but weren't sure how to get started? LaunchPAD is a new program that pairs emerging through mid-career public artists with those already established in the field to work together on artwork for the City of Austin. Through the partnership, you'll work on everything from materials research and fabrication to public outreach, while providing a service doing what you love. Also, $15,000 for your work on the project. See website for details.
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    MACC: Art Classes

    Sculpting, working in clay and paper pulp, painting with acrylics: many opportunities for learning a craft here. See website for details.