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    A techno-thriller that begins when a young woman is raped at a fraternity and ends in a future where corporations promise a new body with the swipe of a screen, this new Jacqueline Goldfinger play follows a hacktivist who turns industrial espionage into high art. Directed by Rudy Ramirez for the Vortex, it's "a cyberpunk drama for the #metoo era."
    Through Feb. 8. Thu.-Sun., 8pm  
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    Women's March ATX

    Women's March ATX is back and pushing for change and equity for all women in November 2020. Before the rally begins (noon-3pm), the Riveter invites all to stop by for water, mimosas, or a bite to eat before heading to the south steps of the Capitol together. Organizers have informed the Chronicle that the previously planned march to the Capitol has been canceled; the rally will proceed as scheduled. This listing has been edited to reflect this change.
    Sat., Jan. 18, noon-3pm  
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    12 Steps to a More Dysfunctional Part 5: This Time, It’s Personal

    Yes, Rob Nash's hilarious, complex, and queer saga continues, with the man himself performing a reading of the newest installment, giving life to a diversity of characters so delightfully fucked up that your own crazy days and nights will seem humdrum in comparison. It's free and – yes – recommended.
    Sat., Jan. 18, 3pm
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    Classical Music

    ACMC: Reicha and the Inner Circle

    Michelle Schumann and the Austin Chamber Music Center present this excellent concert featuring compositions by Anton Reicha, Ludwig van Beethoven, and that still-very-much-alive-and-swoonworthy Austinite Graham Reynolds.
    Sat., Jan. 18, 7:30pm. $26.  
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    Atash (20th anniversary show)

    Local world music juggernaut hosts music, belly dancing, and poetry tributing mystic Sufi poet Rumi.
    Sat., Jan. 18, 8pm  
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    Special Screenings

    Bay of Angels (1963)

    Essential Cinema: Jeanne Moreau: High Season: Jeanne Moreau stuns as a bewitching gambling addict obsessed with the thrill of the game, while Claude Mann is a bank clerk seduced by her risk-taking lifestyle. Unfolding in the casinos of Nice, Bay of Angels features one of Michel Legrand's greatest scores.
    Sat., Jan. 18, 6pm  
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    Big Freedia, The Suffers, Me Nd Adam

    Party like it’s Houston’s fifth ward!
    Sat., Jan. 18, 8:30pm  
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    Arts & Culture

    BNK, Parker Woodland, and Milktoast Millie

    Do yerself a favor and enjoy some sweet, sassy, and sensationally queer tunes from some of Austin's best queer bands. Fam-friendly show; doggos welcome.
    Sat., Jan. 18, 6-10pm. Free.  
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    Cross Record, Eric Osbourne, Hidden Ritual

    A work in progress since 2013, Ft. Worth native Eric Osbourne’s eponymous debut showcases melancholic folk as the onetime Chicagoan’s baritone coasts atop minor key fingerpicking and a string duo. Longtime friend Angel Olsen sings on the recording. Local pop experimentalists Cross Record and percussive post-punks Hidden Ritual bookend the show.
    Sat., Jan. 18, 7pm  
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    Cup of Ambition: Dolly Parton birthday bash benefitting Front Steps w/ Acey Monaro, Ben Burdick, Bryce Clifford, Caleb De Casper, Cara Tillman, Christelle Bofale, Deidre Gott, Elizabeth McQueen, Gretchen Dupree, Jake Miles & Mary Bryce, & more

    Organized by KUTX producer/Dolly fanatic Deidre Gott, last year’s birthday bash raised $3,000 for Front Steps. Backed by house band Steep Cats, the second year invites over 20 ambitious locals, including Sir Woman’s Kelsey Wilson, Sweet Spirit’s Sabrina Ellis, and Taméca Jones. Corey Baum, Christelle Bofale, and Jake Lloyd aid and abet. At midnight, the Queen of Country turns 74.
    Sat., Jan. 18, 9pm  
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    Nightlife & Parties

    Cyb3rqu33n 3.0

    It's 2020 and your new operating system has been updated for self-actualization and the futuristic sounds and performances of Mouthfeel, La Morena, purple~matter, Ruby Knight, Brigitte Bandit, Honey Baby, Andie Flores, p1nkstar, and Y2K.
    Sat., Jan. 18, 10pm. $5 after 1am.  
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    FronteraFest Short Fringe

    The 27th annual theatrical smorgasbord of local productions (comedy! drama! dance! improv! performance art! multimedia! diverse shenanigans!) opens this decade with its slate of five 25-minute-long Short Fringe shows each night at Hyde Park Theatre (Jan. 14-Feb. 15), with the usually sold-out Best of the Week show each Saturday night. Coming up:Dueling Playwrights: Battle in the Grocery Aisle by Marianne Serene & James E. Burnside; Posse Power by Jomo and The Possum Posse; Please Help Me! Confessions Of A Self-Improvement Junkie by Tom Booker; St. Stephen's Pier by Heath Allyn; and The #2 Sacrifice by Sandy Maranto; Thu., Jan. 16, 8pm.99 Facts About an Immigrant by Leng Wong; A Series of Open Letters to My Teenage Son by Max Langert; Honey, I'm Home! by Jolyne Garza; I Sleep/ I Live/ I Wake by Ryley Valenti; and Three Tragedies in 25 minutes or Less by Shakespeare (with modifications by Beth Burroughs); Fri., Jan. 17, 8pm.14 Si! by PoetKen Jones; Catawampus by Cliff Miller; I Am Not The Person You Have Made Me Out to Be by Marianne Serene; Liftoff by Ben Polega; and Maid/Man by Rich Rubin; Tue., Jan. 21, 8pm.A Bird, a Dog, and a Wave by Kayur Patel; A Dance Piece by Dmo Acheka, Danielle Bogle, Maira Montes, and Philip Weaver; Dueling Playwrights: On Porn by Marianne Serene & James E. Burnside; I Knew Him Well by Trace Turner; Lightning Girl by Rita Anderson; and The Misplays by Aaron Rubin, Adrian Gwarzalez, Derek Cornelius, and Spencer Bloom; Wed., Jan. 22, 8pm.Science Fails: The Human Side of Science by Nichole Bennett; Flashmandments by CB Goodman; Flawed by Sandy Maranto; How To Say You’re Afraid of Commitment in 140 Characters Or Less by Valerie Nies; and Who Sits Next to Wilma by Janna Garza; Thu., Jan. 23, 8pm.Note: FronteraFest is a unique collaboration between two of Austin’s most venerable arts organizations – that aforementioned Hyde Park Theatre (an award-winning professional company in central Austin) and ScriptWorks (a playwright development and service organization with members in Texas and across the nation).
    Through Feb. 15. $18 per night.  
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    Special Screenings

    Fruit of Paradise (1970)

    Lates: Chytilová's surrealist retelling of the story of Adam and Eve was the last film the pioneering avant-garde director made before the Czechoslovakia government banned her from filmmaking for over five years.
    Sat., Jan. 18, 10pm  
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    Nightlife & Parties

    Middle School Dance Party: 2010!

    Knock your ruby slippers together, bb, cuz we're not in the early aughts anymore! As yer DJ GirlFriend says, cuz "some of y'all were born in 1995 and it shows." Kesha, Pitbull, Taylor – the world is your Midnight City.
    Sat., Jan. 18, 10pm. Free.  
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    Rude Mechs: Resolution Party

    That irrepressible group of theatre makers and cultural provocateurs, those wizards of worldly wonderment and Wittgensteinian wisdom, those, those, those champions of everything stageworthy … they, as Rude and Mechanical as ever, want you to celebrate your own (potentially flagging, but still shore-up-able) resolve with them for this new decade. At this party. With vegan BBQ, and hypnosis sessions, and a group meditation (with sparklers!), before the evening ignites with dance fever and DJs RunPMS and Greggy-Gee rock your bods with tunes sure to reverberate for the next ten years. Huzzah! Note: BYOB.
    Sat., Jan. 18, 7pm-12mid. Free, but RSVP.  
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    Terry Allen & the Panhandle Mystery Band

    In the pantheon of Texas artists, Terry Allen built his own wing. The West Texas renaissance man’s new LP, Just Like Moby Dick, floats a spiritual successor to 1979 classic Lubbock (on everything), wrangling panhandlin’ legends in collaboration and Charlie Sexton co-producing. Ranking alongside Allen’s best, the LP levels wry humor and expansive humanity in vivid narratives.
    Sat., Jan. 18, 8pm  
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    Visual Arts

    The Umlauf's Burlesque Ball

    The Umlauf Sculpture Garden + Museum is presenting this elegant fundraising soirée, and they're doing it at Sky Candy – wherein our city's finest aerial performers will wow the swell-dressed crowds while the craftiest cocktails are sipped and bubbly magnums are drained and what might be the swankiest auction in town tempts one and all with stunning treasures. It's good to know that the funds raised on this night will go toward the Umlauf’s nonprofit programs (like Guided Touch Tours for the blind and visually impaired) and arts programs for Title One schools and community centers, but it's also good to know that the auction items will include a two-night getaway at the Four Seasons in Mexico City, a European cruise, a trip to attend the Grammy awards, local spa packages, a double array of rare bourbons, and – yeah, this will be one dazzling array of finery and style.
    Sat., Jan. 18, 7-10pm. $500 ($1000, VIP).  
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    Tiny Beautiful Things

    This luminous drama, based on the best-selling book by Cheryl Strayed and adapted for the stage by My Big Fat Greek Wedding's Nia Vardalos, is about reaching when you’re stuck, healing when you’re broken, and finding the courage to take on the questions which have no answers. One hell of a fine cast – Barbara Chisholm, Crystal Bird Caviel, John Christopher, and Lowell Bartholomee – is directed by Rosalind Faires for Austin Playhouse.
    Through Feb. 2. Thu.-Fri., 8pm; Sat., 2 & 8pm; Sun., 5pm. $34-38.  
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