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    Dance

    Blue Lapis Light: Showcase in Place

    This new work from Blue Lapis Light features 16 performers in virtual duets with partners in Texas and across the country. "Our online Video Creation Class met for six weeks, creating choreography in and around our homes. We recorded dances, sent them back and forth, and turned them into a once-in-a-lifetime COVID-19 collection of dance."
    Premiere: Fri., May 29, 8:15pm. Available through May 31. Donations accepted.  
  • Food

    Food Events

    Cover 2: Crawfish Boil

    You been missing them 'bugs? COVER 2 is firing up the boiler to bring back crawfish every Saturday in May from 3pm until supplies run out. You can place orders by calling the restaurant directly (512/506-9935) or ordering online – all to pick up curbside. Dare we add: Hells YEAH!
    Saturdays, 3pm-'til sold out. $9.95-12.95 per pound.  
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    Events

    Ghost Tours at Pioneer Farms

    A nighttime walking tour through environs rich with stories about spirits, unexplained sightings, and things that go bump in the night, hosted by Austin ghost experts. A not-to-be-missed outing with history.
    Last Saturdays, 8pm, through Oct. 31  
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    Food Events

    Live Virtual Cooking Classes with Chef Maribel

    Maribel Rivero, executive chef of acclaimed Peruvian restaurant Yuyo, has launched a new website where you can sign up for her virtual cooking classes – recommended! – but it's also well stocked with recipes, information on cooking essentials, and more. Peruvian ceviche is just the start of what's available here.
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    Sports

    May Is Bike Month

    Bike Austin, Austin’s largest bicycling advocacy and education organization, is encouraging residents to take to the bike lane throughout May for Bike Month 2020. With thousands of Austinites working from home, social distancing, and spending less time in their vehicles, streets all over town are quieter and safer, so now the community has a unique opportunity to encourage neighbors to get outside and ride together, apart. Share photos of solo or family rides on social media using #BikeMonthATX and #IBikeTo____ (fill in your own reason for biking) and enjoy these healthy streets.
    May 11-31  
    Citywide
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    Food Events

    National Mint Julep Day

    Oh, it's always national somethingorother day, isn't it? But the proximity to the traditional Kentucky Derby does rather justify this particular promotion, besides that there's never a bad reason to sip a tipple from Garrison Brothers – and those worthies have recently released their annual Balmorhea limited-edition (only 6,000 bottles in the world), twice-barreled bourbon. Which is brilliant on its own, yes, but also primed for mixing. We mean, if you're going to make a mint julep – Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy's favorite drink, as all good Trekkies know – you might as well make it the best damn mint julep possible, right?
    Sat., May 30
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Northern-Southern: Left In Leaves

    This is a group show of artistic interventions across the city of Austin, freely left in outdoor public spaces throughout May. (Note: Email the gallery for a map to the sites.) Who's involved in this fine endeavor? Sterling Allen, Ted Carey, Adreon Denson Henry, Sarah Fagan, Rachel Freeman & Korey Weiss, Emily Lee, Sean Ripple, Amy Scofield, Meghan Shogan, Amanda Julia Steinback & Staci Maloney, Alyssa Taylor Wendt, and Suzanne Wyss. Documentation will be shared on the Northern-Southern website and social media; at the conclusion of the month, the maps will be collected in a print zine, in which each artist will be interviewed. Northern-Southern will mail it to you upon request. And, look: The Chronicle's Robert Faires shares his own experience of the project.
    Through May 31
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    Events

    Sofa Sessions Benefiting SIMS Foundation

    In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, Sofa Sessions brings local musicians to your living room to raise funds for nonprofit SIMS Foundation, which provides mental health care to musicians and has experienced a higher demand due to COVID-19. Follow SIMS on social media (@simsfoundation) for lineup announcements throughout the month. Donate online or by texting SIMS to 44321.
    Throughout May  
    Online
  • Arts

    Comedy

    Virtual Hideout: Maestro

    This is an all-improvised battle royale, featuring the most ornery cusses in the scene doing their damnedest to emerge victorious from a mindwarping multiplayer fray. Imagine: A screen crowded with Zoomers, competing in short improv games and wild-ass gambits to be crowned the one and only Maestro for the week. Sound good? Yeah – we like it, too.
    Wed., 8pm; Sat., 10pm. $5.  
  • Arts

    Comedy

    Virtual Hideout: Pgraph

    The fantastic foursome of improv fabulators returns for another week, bringing their arch spontaneity through Zoom and onto Twitch to make your minds zoom and your hearts twitch at what a talented local quartet can do, off-the-cuff, at the intersection of goofy and brilliant.
    Thu. & Sat., 7:30pm. $5-15.  
  • Arts

    Theatre

    Virtual Vortex: Tia Chancla

    Eva McQuade returns as Tia Chancla, "channeling the ultimate Tia who is here for you with a Big Red Margarita and some chancla justice," and some mystery guest tias tambien.
    Sat., May 30, 8pm. Donations accepted.  
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    Arts & Culture

    "We'll Just Rock For Ourselves" Virtual Exhibit

    The Austin History Center's phenomenal 2018 exhibit on the late photographer Lisa Davis is now available online for your viewing pleasure. Davis' photos and videos capture the grrrls grrrls grrrls of Austin's lezzie rock scene in the Nineties. Revisit our review of the exhibit here, and don't forget to check out our interview with former Chronicle senior editor and "Gay Place" founder Kate X Messer, who was a key figure in curating her collection.
    Online
  • Film

    Special Screenings

    AFF at Home

    AFF at Home is Austin Film Festival’s way of promoting a sense of community, engagement, and creativity in a time of distance and restrictions. The latest session focuses on writing for animation, and you can catch up on previous content covering screenwriting topics like dialogue, character, comedy, and more via the website.
    Ongoing  
    Online via AFF
  • Film

    Special Screenings

    AFS Cinema Virtual Screenings

    The quality programming you've come to expect from AFS Cinema is available virtually, and online ticket purchases will help ensure it can reopen so you can visit again in person.
    Ongoing  
    Online via www.austinfilm.org
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Akirash Online

    Sure, Austin's Olaniyi Rasheed Akindiya aka AKIRASH has an exhibition at the Carver Museum right now – and the place is closed, of course. But this Lagos-born artist also happens to have one of the most robust websites around, though you'll need a mighty big screen to get the best effect of his huge and colorful mixed-media creations and performance pieces.
  • Community

    Kids

    Alamo Kids Club Fun at Home

    For the junior cineastes who are missing Alamo Drafthouse's Kids Club, they've got an online treasure trove of family-film-centric activity sheets and booklets you can print at home. Children can learn about all the animals from The Lion King, play the Frozen II memory card game, make their own thaumatrope, and so much more. And if the kiddos want to share their work, snap a photo and tag it #AlamoAtHome on Instagram and Twitter.
     
    At home
  • Film

    Special Screenings

    Alamo on Demand

    Make any Tuesday terror-iffic, any Wednesday weird, and the rest of the week fantastic with Alamo Drafthouse curated picks via Alamo on Demand. If a film is there, it's because an Alamo programmer loves it. It's kinda like going to your favorite video store when you could do that, mixed with going to your favorite theatre, when you could do that too. Staff picks, cult classics, Found Footage Fest and Master Pancake, Weird Wednesday and Terror Tuesday, Fantastic Fest faves, they're all there for rental or purchase.
    Ongoing  
    Online via ondemand.drafthouse.com
  • Community

    Out of Town

    April Dressed in All Its Trim: An Online Exhibition

    The art project began before the current pandemic erupted, but feels even more appropriate now as a group of Texas-based artists contributed artwork that explores the hopefulness of spring.
    Through May 31  
    Online from Studio Comfort in Comfort, Texas
  • Community

    Kids

    Art Garage Online Art Lessons

    The Art Garage is offering online art classes for little ones, and they've got kits you can order to work on at home. Learn to make homemade play dough, explore art from around the world, and more. Follow them on Facebook for details.
    Online
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    Kids

    Art Garage Pottery and More To-Go

    Cure cabin fever with pottery and craft kits from Art Garage, offering delivery and pickup. They've got tons of crafting options to keep the whole family entertained, including mosaics, tie-dye kits, pottery, and tons more.
     
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    Out of Town

    Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

    The museum presents 31 Days of Asia virtually spotlighting online a multitude of Asian art, cultural programming, and Asian-focused experiences.
    Through Sun., May 31  
    Crow Museum of Asian Art of the University of Texas at Dallas
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Atelier Dojo: Remote Studios

    The local powerhouse of figurative painting, the art school that's the smart school for artists of all kinds, they've got a painting-along-at-home series going to help you keep your skills honed in these socially restrictive times, featuring live costumed models posing on camera and a thriving community of creatives rendering that lovely human biotecture from their separate studios. "Join us for a three-hour costumed-model drawing session. Use any supplies you wish, listen to music, share your work, chat with others. It’s a great way to stay connected with your art community!"
    Tuesdays, 1:30-4:30pm; Fridays, 6:30-9:30pm; Saturdays, 9:30-12:30pm. $5.  
  • Community

    Kids

    ATX Ballers Online Basketball Tutorials

    Local youth basketball organization ATX Ballers is providing free basketball video lessons that kiddos can do from home, even without a hoop! Expert coaches will upload a few engaging video lessons each week for the rest of the semester, complete with lesson goals to accomplish, for both beginners and experienced players.
    ATX Ballers Youth Sports YouTube channel
  • Film

    Special Screenings

    ATX TV ... From the Couch

    Registration is now open for the first virtual ATX Television Festival. Get the full lineup on the website, and find out more at austinchronicle.com/screens.
    Fri.-Sun., June 5-7. Free.  
    Online via ATX Television Festival
  • Arts

    Theatre

    Austin Acts: Contest of Characters

    Austin's City Theatre invites you to submit a video or recorded acting performance in their Virtual Stage Talent Competition. There's no cost to enter and anyone can participate, no matter your experience. Note: The top finalists in this thespian battle will competing for prizes in an end-of-summer live theatre event. See the City Theatre website for submissions and contest guidelines.
    Deadline: June 20  
  • Film

    Special Screenings

    Austin Film Festival: Submit Your Script

    The deadline to submit your script to the Austin Film Festival Screenplay & Teleplay Competition is fast approaching. Get all the details on the website.
    Deadline: Mon., June 1. $70.  
    Submit online
  • Community

    Kids

    Austin PARD Coloring Pages

    Austin's Parks & Recreation Department has put out a set of downloadable coloring pages to honor several Austin favorites, from Auditorium Shores to Zilker Botanical Garden.
    May 19-31  
    Online
  • Community

    Events

    Austin Pets Alive! Virtual Events

    Austin Pets Alive! encourages you to #SavePetsInSweats with fun online activities you can enjoy from home. Learn to make dog treats and embroider, and even schedule an e-reading with a psychic groomer to get inside your pet's mind and find out if they really want you to keep working from home. And donations are always welcome!
    Online
  • Community

    Out of Town

    Auto Tours and Hiking Trails Open

    The whooping cranes have left their winter home in Texas, but the wildlife refuge still has lots to see and a new elevated boardwalk to see it from. Entrance fees to all national wildlife refuges (there are 19 in Texas) have temporarily been suspended, but all visitor services are closed.
    Wed.-Sun., 9am-4pm. Free.  
    Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, Austwell
  • Community

    Sports

    Ballet Austin Online Dance & Fitness Classes

    Since you can't go to the studio, Ballet Austin brings the studio to you! Choose from several levels of ballet or hip-hop, CardioFunk Dance Fitness, Arms & Abs, contemporary, tap, Pilates workouts, barre workouts, Pink Pilates, Active Aging, and more. Purchase classes individually or by the bundle, and complete the course on your own time.
    Online

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