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  • Pecan Street Festival

    This free celebration is consistently voted as one Best of the Best events. Featuring 300 art vendors, 40 food concessions, over 50 bands on 3 stages, carnival rides, a zoo, and more.
    Sat.-Sun., Sept. 22-23
    Sixth Street, from Brazos to I-35
  • Wizard World Austin

    David Tennant, Peter Capaldi and Pearl Mackie (Doctor Who), Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite, Blades of Glory) and Holly Marie Combs (Charmed, Picket Fences) are among the dozens of celebrities and industry pros at the 2018 Wizard World Austin.
    Fri.-Sun., Sept. 21-23  
    Austin Convention Center
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  • Food

    Food Events

    Austin Restaurant Weeks

    Say, citizen, what's annual and tasty AF and supports our local communities? For one thing, this two-week-long dining extravaganza that features specially priced lunches, dinners, cocktails, and beers at restaurants and bars throughout the Austin area – with a portion of every meal donated to the Central Texas Food Bank. And when we say "restaurants and bars throughout the Austin area," we mean the likes of Barley Swine, Easy Tiger, Hillside Farmacy, Lucky Robot, L'oca d'oro, Austin Taco Project, the Driskill Grill, and so many more. See right here for details.

    Hey, thanks, Tito's Handmade Vodka!

    Through Sept. 3  
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    Civic Events

    Bands With Beto

    Support U.S. Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke on his 34-day drive across Texas. Music provided by John Doe and Superfónicos.
    Thu., Aug. 16, 5:30-8:30pm. $25-100.  
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Davis Gallery: Reflector

    This is something to see, all right, as the gallery walls are filled with work by artists tasked with capturing either their whole self or an aspect of self. And most of the artists have depicted themselves via abstractions and symbolic representations. Note that Randall Reid, Jan Heaton, John Sager, Chun Hui Pak, and Caprice Pierucci are only some of the artists represented in this group show, and we reckon you'll be right there with us, viewing the array of wonders on display.
    Through Sept. 8
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    Die Felicia

    Ghosts, goblins, and (scream) queens – oh my. By the creepiest lovelies imaginable: Louisianna Purchase and Zane Zena, with special spook Hentaii.
    Thu., Aug. 16, 10pm. $6.  
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    Dimension Gallery: Black Rainbow

    You know who does some beautiful, intriguing, and often simultaneously creepy work in ceramics? In, actually, ceramics and fur? RISD grad Terra Goolsby is who. "With a focus on the uncompromising, unbridled, and primordial nature of characters and settings," the gallery's description goes, "Goolsby's work harbors an aesthetic that is both dangerous and sensual." We concur, and recommend this show.
    Through Sept. 29
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    Theatre

    FUTURX

    This is a four-day festival of new and avant-garde performance from the Vortex and Avant Theatre Project, designed to explore the many permutations and intersections of Latinx identity in the 21st century and beyond, featuring work from playwrights, solo performers, and improv troupes exploring and critiquing the ways that Latinidad engages with questions of race, ethnicity, color, gender, sexuality, religion, class, and citizenship. Jesus I. Valles’ one-man show (Un)Documents is part of this. The Latinauts' improvised sci-fi telenovelas are another. Also, Sin Verguenza from the reigning Queen of Texas Burlesque, Chola Magnolia; readings of plays by Krysta Gonzales and Briandaniel Oglesby; and a workshop of Glass Half Full’s collaboration with Jesus I. Valles and Gricelda Silva, which will use the myth of El Cucuy to speak about ICE and the Border Patrol. ¡Oralé!
    Wed.-Sat., Aug. 15-18; see website for times. $15-50.  
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    Visual Arts

    grayDUCK Gallery: Crit Group 2018

    The Contemporary Austin and grayDUCK Gallery present new work by eight artists who participated in the museum's Crit Group – a program combining group critique with professional development. For viewers, this means an array of sculpture, photography, painting, drawing, collage, installation, and ceramics by Adrian Aguilera, Christa Blackwood, Christine Garvey, Ron Geibel, Jenn Hassin, Landon O'Brien, Dawn Okoro, and Rachel Wolfson Smith.
    Through Sept. 2
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    Holders of Hope

    The Holders of Hope celebration will feature a catered dinner by Whim Hospitality, complimentary wine and beer, live music featuring artists Jenny Reynolds and Michael Fracasso, and the wit and prose of typewriter poet Scott James. Dress code is "Garden Party Chic."
    Thu., Aug. 16. Starting at $150.
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    Lesbians Who Tech + Allies Pride Happy Hour

    Just in time to get yer final post-Pride fix.
    Thu., Aug. 16, 6-8pm. Free.  
    Walmart Technology Offices, 409 Colorado
  • Film

    Special Screenings

    Metropolis (1927)

    One of the great silent classics, Metropolis is a futuristic fantasy about the mechanization of society. David DiDonato will perform a live original score, four years in the making.
    Thu., Aug. 16, 7:30  
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    Kids

    Outside Voice: Performing Arts Day

    Discover how to write songs and maybe score a stellar grade in science class with Lucas Miller, “the Singing Zoologist”! Be heard and seen with Jason Phelps as he challenges you to engage your body, mind, and speech to express your ideas creatively. Become fluent in the physical language of performers and puppets with Glass Half Full Theatre.
    Thu., Aug. 16, 2pm. Donations welcome, RVSP.  
    The High Road, 700 Dawson
  • Music

    Sonic Transmissions presents Kuzu, Soft Healer, Dane Rousay Duo, DJ Gerard Cosloy

    Sonic Transmission organizer Ingebrigt Häker Flaten’s Chicago connections pay in Kuzu, a new Chi-town-based improv trio consisting of saxist Dave Rempis, guitarist Tashi Dorji, and drummer Tyler Damon. Their debut arrives on local label Astral Spirits any day. Support comes from Austin indie-pop trio Soft Healer and the ongoing collaboration between San Antonio percussionist/composer Dane Rousey and avant-garde multi-instrumentalist Parham Daghighi.
    Thu., Aug. 16, 9pm
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    Sunny Sweeney & Ward Davis, Tennessee Jet

    Beauty and the beard? Calling Sunny Sweeney Austin’s Margo Price does both country sirens a disservice, but Tammy Wynette and Loretta Lynn also echo in the local East Texas native’s trad country triumph, fourth LP Trophy. Arkansas beardo Ward Davis wields a calling card whose first two credits are co-composing Fort Worth drawler Cody Jinks’ “I’m Not the Devil” and having country titans Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard cover “Unfair Weather Friend.” Nashville’s Tennessee Jet opens.
    Thu., Aug. 16, 8pm  
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    Theatre

    There and Back

    He's brought us Confessions of a Mexpatriate, among other powerful works of theatre, and now look: Austin playwright Raul Garza's newest is about the current immigration crisis – illuminating the fraught history between the U.S. government and Mexicans seeking that “shining city upon a hill.” Starring Karina Dominguez as Gloria and Giselle Marie-Muñoz as the Virgen de Guadalupe. Aaaaaand: Mical Trejo! Directed by Patti Neff-Tiven for Ground Floor Theatre. And reviewed here by Robert Faires.
    Through Aug. 25. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. Pay what you wish.  
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    Theatre

    Wit

    Austin Scottish Rite Theater teams up with the Final Acts Project to present Margaret Edson’s acclaimed dramedy, here directed by Susan Gayle Todd. Taking the role of both narrator and player in her own tragedy, the main character (played here by Kristin Fern Johnson) shifts from present to past as she navigates stage four ovarian cancer diagnosis and high-dosage experimental chemotherapy, revealing the journey with self-conviction, humility, and grace. And Robert Faires has reviewed this amazing show right here.
    Through Aug. 25. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm. $15-25.  
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