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    Early Voting for July 14 Election

    Early voting for the July 14 primary run-off and Senate District 14 election concludes July 10. Get a sample ballot and polling place locations via the county clerk's website, and find out more about what's on the ballot at austinchronicle.com/elections.
     
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Camiba Art: Signs

    Currently open by reservation only, yes, but you should have no reservations about seeing this stunning exhibition by Dallas native Lee Albert Hill. You want an eyeful of big, bright abstractions via acrylics on canvas over board, handwrought yet almost machinelike in their meticulous design and execution? You probably do, especially in this case. Because it's like … um … like if someone hired Mike Hinge and Bill Sienkewicz to show how well tangrams could be used to illustrate subatomic events from CERN's bubble chamber – and then threw a fistful of chaos shards at the collaboration's results. The accompanying image here is one miniaturized example; imagine seeing a roomful of such intricacies at full size. Hell, imagine scheduling a private viewing of this show with gallerist Troy Campa: That's some solid pandemic diversion right there, tell you what. (And your man Brenner rhapsodizes a bit further about it in this review.)
    Through July 11  
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    Comedy

    ColdTowne TV: Prayer Circle Comedy

    It's confessional comedy for the true believer, featuring testimonials and healing words from their church family to yours, bringing you a half hour of fresh sketch and improv characters guaranteed to convert even the staunchest nonbeliever. Srsly, friend, you're just … not … that … staunch. Hallelujah!
    Sundays, 7pm. Donations accepted.  
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    Mayor's Book Club

    The Mayor's Office, Austin Public Library, and the Library Foundation are excited to announce this year's Mayor's Book Club: Read Local campaign, celebrating over 30 books written by local authors. There are titles for all ages, from picture books to adult fiction and nonfiction. Visit the website for all the details and to get links to check them out via the library. You can get crackin' on some of these now, and keep an eye out for events like panel discussions, readings, and author conversations happening in the fall.
    Ongoing  
    Citywide
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    Comedy

    Virtual Hideout: Best Friends

    Here's an improvised romance comedy – well, comedy-drama, really – about two friends who spend countless hours hanging out while navigating high school together. You'll see it all – from the inside jokes, to how they know their best friend’s meal order at their favorite take-out spot in town (right down to the mango mochi for dessert). But what happens when one of them realizes that they're in love with their best friend? How do they tell them? *awkwardness intensifies*
    Sun., July 5, 8pm. $5.  
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    Theatre

    Virtual Vortex: Emma When You Need Her

    This company-devised play from Shrewd Productions, directed by Rudy Ramirez, presents "a world where a handful of rich men control the government, where women fight to control their bodies, where immigrants escaping war and poverty are met with fear and mistrust, where handlebar mustaches rule the streets and massage therapists are leading the march for justice." So it's either Austin 2014 or New York 1914. But in any case it's sure to unleash your inner crowd-charging, hard-writing, fast-dancing, freedom-fighting, polyamorous, Lithuanian-Jewish, anarcho-feminist firebrand.
    Sun., July 5, 7pm. 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
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    Out of Town

    60th Anniversary Summer Celebration

    All summer long, Natural Bridge Caverns is celebrating six decades of discovery. There are several tours and attractions, including the new Twisted Trails adventure course and a chance to pan for treasures just like gold miners.
    Through Aug. 23. $10-30.  
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    Kids

    A Spacious Place

    A variety of programming including Young Artists and Young Writers clubs, activity pack delivery, and accessible art activities for seniors is all available online.
    Ongoing  
    Online
  • 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
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    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.
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    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.
     
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    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
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    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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    Art You Virtual Event

    Dougherty Arts Center invites all artistic high schoolers to join this Zoom event connecting industry professionals with the next generation of artists, creators, and community leaders. Registration by July 10 is encouraged to guarantee a spot and lock in your mentorship sessions. When you sign up, check out the resource list packed with tips on portfolios, career guides, college prep, and more.
    Event is July 18, 1-3pm; registration by July 10 encouraged. Free.  
    Online
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    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
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    Austin Animal Center Now Open by Appointment

    AAC opened June 1 for pet adoptions and lost pet intake by appointment only. Drop-ins will only be accepted for sick or injured pets. Check out pet bios online and schedule an adoption appointment via email at ASOanimaladoption@austintexas.gov, and schedule intake appointments here.
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    Austin Parks and Pools Closed

    In an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus, Austin pools and parks are closing. As of June 30, Barton Springs and Deep Eddy pools were closed. The city is also closing all parks and recreational facilities from Fri.-Sun., July 3-5, and an extension would not be a surprise.
    July 3-5  
    Various locations
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    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
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    Austin Public Library Virtual Summer Reading Program

    Download an age-appropriate "Quest Log" (children, youth, teen, or adult), then submit a form whenever a challenge is completed and earn a digital badge. Use the Austin Public Library's curbside pickup or virtual catalog to check out materials to complete your quest.
    Through Aug. 31  
    Online
  • Film

    Special Screenings

    Austin School of Film: Play at Home

    Austin School of Film has a full schedule of interactive online workshops to choose from this summer, and they're all free or low-cost. Learn about animation, Super 8, location scouting, and everything else film-related, all from home.
    Ongoing  
    Online via Austin School of Film
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    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
  • Music

    Úlla

    Venmo: @ullamusic, PayPal.me/rlbrotherton
    Sundays, 5:30pm  
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    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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    Dance

    Ballet Austin: Classes Online

    While you're home, wherever you are across the world,: you can still take a dance, fitness, or Pilates class with Ballet Austin. Ballet, barre, contemporary dance, hip-hop, tap, cardio dance fitness, and Pilates out the wazoo, so to speak, because there are so many varieties to choose among, and all taught by professional instructors – and it's all available 24/7, just like the internets.
    $3-7 per class.  
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    Kids

    Bead It Kits

    Bead It has been providing Austinites with classes, jewelry supplies, and more since 2002. Now they're offering jewelry-making and meditation & crystal kits available to purchase online and work on at home. There's a beginner's box designed for ages 5 and up and several more options, and owner Ashley Schor is also available to create special orders based on your needs, because everyone can benefit from some meditation and a creative outlet right now. See the contact info on the website if one of the kits doesn't suit you.
    Online
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    Events

    Black Lives Matter Watch Parties

    BLM Austin will be hosting Black film watch parties until Black August, which includes the Haitian Revolution, Nat Turner Rebellion, Fugitive Slave Law Convention, March on Washington, and more. Read more about it and check out the daily film events on their Facebook page.
    Daily through June & July  
    Online via BLM Austin
  • Arts

    Dance

    Blue Lapis Light: Dance Classes, Video Classes

    Weekly modern dance classes with Jun Shen, video-creation classes with Nicole Whiteside, and more from this acclaimed company of aerialists.
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    Books

    BOOKS: Pick 'Em Up Curbside!

    Don’t forget, citizen: The best place to get your reading material is from Austin's own Malvern Books or HalfPrice Books or Bookpeople or BookWoman stores. (And for the ultimate in vintage collectors' editions and unique works on paper, we recommend the excellent South Congress Books.)Or try Bookshop.org in general – because Bookshop, unlike the online behemoth named after a river, shares the profits among all its independent-bookstore members. And that Bezos fellow is already making enough goddam money, n’est-ce pas?

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