Five Arty Things to Do: Nov. 10-12

G-gosh, whatever might they be? Anyone have a clue?

Oh, sit down, Sherlock, we know you’ve got the situation sussed in your annoying and abrasive sleuth-savant manner.

You, too, Miss Marple – STFU.

Scooby Gang, don’t even.

Instead, let your friendly neighborhood Detective-Sergeant Brenner of The Austin Chronicle’s 709th Precinct have a chance to help, here:

1) The East Austin Studio Tour, right? Total no-brainer: There’s so much goodness comprising the tour, so many opportunities for eye-pleasing and mind-thrilling diversion, it’s no wonder the sprawling thing runs for two weekends. Maybe this first weekend is better, though? Or maybe you should start now and finish next week, to make sure you see all that’s worth seeing? We know you’ll figure it out, citizen. We know you’ll figure it out easier than figuring out how you’ll continue to afford paying rent in this crazy town. But here’s some good coverage for you. And here’s some recommended stops along the way. And here comes a candle to light you to bed.

2) Warm & crispy squares of perfectly toasted dough, dripping with chocolate sauce, lavished with whipped cream, topped with thick smears of peanut butter. We speak of waffles, see? And we do this because: WaffleFest. The 16th annual WaffleFest, no less. True fact: Improv comedy at The Hideout Downtown has never been such a delightful thing as when it’s accompanied by free waffles all night long – which it is, this weekend. TBH, the shows themselves are pretty damn terrific, yes indeed – and there are so many to choose from – but, we mean, WAFFLES!

3) You know Jennifer Sherburn and Natalie George and their kinetic cohort wrapped up that yearlong 11:11 showcase of original danceworks a couple months ago, right? But, look: There’s an 11:11: 2018 Party and Awards Ceremony going on at Live Oak Brewery on Saturday, where you’re invited to vote on upcoming projects. Yes, we mean. We mean, yes!

4) We’re not even familiar with The Familiar. We haven’t been reading that ostensibly YA series by Mark Z. Danielewski, no. But that’s mostly because, though it was years ago that the volume first met our eyes, we’re still trying to recover from his House of Leaves. You know? Yeah, you know. But Danielewski’s in town on Saturday, presenting the fifth installment, the quintessential portion, of The Familiar. And we figured you should be aware of that. If you weren’t aware of it already. Somehow, right? Due to that coma you just awoke from? Well, then: Fresh clothes, a shave if you need one, maybe a little spritz of people-friendly scent, head on down to BookPeople and meet the man himself.

5) Listen – never mind, just for a second, never mind all the consuming, OK? Even culturally. Instead, get in on some of the wild onstage action yourself. Seriously. At least, if you’re a guy and you think you’ve got what it takes? Now’s the time for you to audition for Esther’s Follies. You’re welcome.

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