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  • 2020 Virtual Austin Film Festival & Writers Conference

    Austin Film Festival is continuing their 27-year tradition of supporting screenwriters, filmmakers, and storytellers with the 2020 Virtual Austin Film Festival and Writers Conference. Experience all of AFF from the comfort of your couch. Virtual Badges and Film Passes are available now!
    Oct. 22-29  
    Austin Film Festival
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    AIA Austin Homes Tour

    Of course it's virtual this year, but that doesn't mean this iteration of the Austin Homes Tour is other than a stunning showcase of the work of Austin’s leading architects and their outstanding residential designs – featuring nine diverse homes across Austin, including a ranch getaway in the Texas Hill Country, via a self-guided tour offering a combination of videos, 360-degree virtual walk-throughs, and live sessions with architects and collaborators.
    Oct. 16-19. $30-85.  
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    ContraCommon: Transfiguration of a Black Girl's Magic

    This is a solo exhibition of works by Danielle East, inspired by traditions of spirituality found within Black womanhood, using found objects and poetry to emphasize the rituals and magic that Black women possess in times of pain and healing.
    Through Oct. 18
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    Halloween and Dia de los Muertos

    Día de los Muertos With ESB-MACC

    The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center's programming is mostly virtual this year, and it's time to begin preparations. To participate, you can register for a free sugar skull kit and watch instructional videos on creating them and other crafts, submit photos or videos of your ofrenda, enter the Catrina/calavera contest, visit the outdoor art installation, and more, all leading up to the digital program packed with performances and presentations.
    Sugar skull kit pickup: Oct. 26-30; digital program: Nov. 1-2  
    ESB-MACC and online
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    Early Voting for the Nov. 3 Election

    Make your voice heard! Find a polling place online or by calling 512/238-VOTE (8683). Make a plan to get to the polls and learn about all the local races on our election page.
    Tue. Oct. 13-Fri., Oct. 30  
    Citywide
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    GrayDUCK Gallery: Capirotada

    Capirotada is a delicious Mexican bread pudding concocted from a wide variety of nuts and fruits embedded within syrup-soaked bread. In a similar vein, this new show – curated by Los Outsiders – collects a group of artists revealing dialogues about self-reflection, meditation, and communing with nature through art. A fine array of works by Rachel Comminos, Julie DeVries, Soomin Jung, Paloma Mayorga, and Ryan Runcie bridge the ideas of the individual in search of solace in a natural world.
    Through Nov. 1
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    Nightlife & Parties

    Helping Haven: Elysium's Livestream Benefit

    Drag royalty, pole dancers, DJs, and more are coming together for this 48-hour livestream benefiting Austin's haven for weirdness and queerness. Expect mini concerts, DJ sets, and AMA sessions. Performances by Alexander the Great, Jinxy DV8, Louisianna Purchase, and more.
    Fri.-Sun., Oct. 16-18, 9pm. Free (donations welcome).  
    Online
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    Link & Pin: The #Vote Show

    In the months leading up to the 2016 presidential election – remember that fucking debacle? – Chad Rea's artistic output "took a dramatic turn from witty typographic prints designed at a leisurely pace to activist paintings and sculptures created with desperate urgency." This new show – curated from more than 300 pieces the artist created during the pathetic, colicky, orange-faced baby's White House occupancy – is a diverse collection designed to surprise, inform, entertain, and ultimately get participants to act before November 3.
    Through Nov. 8
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    Visual Arts

    Prizer Arts & Letters: Between Myth and Dream

    This new show features paintings and drawings completed since artist Mary Koniavitis migrated to the United States four years ago. The works merge mythology with memory and subconscious states of being, giving shape to, Koniavitis says, "forces that inhabit the realm of dreams and make visible universal myths, symbols, and archetypes that speak of our shared human experience and traverse time and place.” Make an appointment for an in-person viewing, or at least check out the Prizer front room – illuminated each night (8pm-12mid) – through the main window.
    Through Oct. 25. Free.  
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    Recspec Gallery: Superstitions

    The unstoppable Recspec presents a new virtual group show, curated by Laurel Barickman and Katie Cowden, featuring works by Annalise Gratovich, Holly Bobisuthi, Cathy Rylander, Kevin Munoz, Kämy Dobï, Pake Stephens, and more, addressing a theme of, well, listen: "In a year where it feels like Lady Luck has left us, jinxes abound, and a black cat has crossed our collective path, we've turned to rituals and superstitions to change our fortunes. Phrases, charms, and talismans – or numbers and actions to avoid – are deeply ingrained in our minds and habits, and we're looking forward to seeing how this group of artists influences our fate." As are we, reader – and how about you?
    Through Nov. 7
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    Scare for a Cure

    Scare for a Cure is raising funds for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation with a fun Halloween challenge. Participate by uploading photos of your spooky decor, and they'll make you a donation page that you can share with your fans, with the option of adding your location to the map. Everyone's welcome to visit the displays (virtually or IRL) and contribute to your faves.: Read more here.
    Through Nov. 9  
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    Shock the Vote ATX Online Auction

    Shock the Vote ATX is all about community engagement, with 80 cents of every dollar of profit going directly to featured local nonprofit orgs. And this auction is a chance to score some very cool items including an abundant selection of art by Tim Doyle, Devin Lawson, and others; autographed albums; a priceless Robert Plant signed and framed print – and so much more. You don't want to miss this one!
    Through Nov. 8, 8pm  
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    Halloween and Dia de los Muertos

    The Austin Chronicle's Costume Contest

    The Austin Chronicle is hosting its first-ever readers' Halloween Costume Contest, sponsored by Zip Lost Pines. Enter your most creatively spooky getups by sending hi-res photos to halloween@austinchronicle.com. The grand prize winner will receive a weekend staycation from Springhill Suites by Marriott (San Antonio Northwest at the Rim) and be featured in the Halloween issue of the Chronicle. Runners-up and honorable mentions will also be eligible for special prizes. Not dressing up this year? That’s okay! Send pics of your best Halloween home displays and tell us how you’re spooking up the neighborhood! Follow @AustinChronicle and @ChronEvents for more info.
    Through Tue., Oct. 27  
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    Visual Arts

    The Blanton Museum of Art: Expanding Abstraction

    In the early 20th century, Western artists began exploring abstract, nonrepresentational forms for the first time. Several decades later, abstraction's practitioners experimented with new materials and techniques: Dripping, pouring, staining, and even slinging paint became common, as did the use of non-traditional media such as acrylic and industrial paints. Artists also ditched the flat, rectangular format to create sculptural texture and dimensionality. Now, can you guess whose corporate collection is particularly strong in such paintings of the 1960s and '70s? If you guessed "The Blanton Museum of Art," then you'll especially want to get an eyeful of this major new show, subtitled "Pushing the Boundaries of Painting in the Americas," organized by the venue's own Carter E. Foster.
    Through Jan. 10  
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    Visual Arts

    The Contemporary Austin's Jones Center Is Open

    Yes – that Downtown epicenter of the best in contemporary art returns for in-person visits, now enhanced with pandemic-appropriate safety measures. Head on over to experience "Nicole Eisenman: Sturm und Drang" inside and you won't miss seeing Deborah Roberts' Little man, little man outdoor mural while you're there. Note: Advanced ticket reservations are required.
    Fri.-Sun., noon-4pm. $10 (free for members, ages 18 and younger, military, and all essential workers).  
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    Western Gallery: Texas Women

    This virtual art gallery curates distinct perspectives of the American West – abstract to photorealistic, classic to contemporary – and now reveals its new show that features work by Felice House, Arielle Austin, Alice Leese, Debbie Carroll, Anna-Sophia Lagos, Elizabeth Dryden, Dana Falconberry, Vic Gilmore, Chanel Kreuzer, Katelyn Betsill, Sirena LaBurn, and more.
    Through Oct. 25  
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    Women & Their Work: Red Dot Sale

    At the Red Dot Virtual Art Spree, you can purchase paintings, sculpture, drawings, and photography created by more than 60 of Texas' finest artists. Stella Alesi! Sandy Carson! Virginia Fleck! Calder Kamin! Claude Van Lingen! Denise Prince! (And, like we said, more!) Also, bid on an auction of unique experiences and creative getaways; join the curators online for lively conversations about collecting art; take virtual studio visits with Red Dot artists. This annual event will make your usual screen a more enjoyable experience - and proceeds will allow W&TW to introduce hundreds of underserved students in the Austin area to the joy and wonder of contemporary art.
    Through Nov. 2. $25-100.  
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  • Film

    Special Screenings

    "Into America's Wild" (2020)

    Laser IMAX 2d: From Oregon's stunning coast to the ancient canyons of the Southwest, from the wilds of Alaska to the Appalachian Trail, explore the scenic byways, ancient homelands, secret gems and hidden trails of America's great outdoors, and discover the human connection we all share with the secret wonders of nature.
    Sun., Oct. 18, 2pm  
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    Special Screenings

    "Turtle Odyssey"

    Laser Imax 3D: Russell Crowe narrates this doc following the life cycle of an Australian green sea turtle named Bunji and her journey across the ocean.
    Sun., Oct. 18, 12pm, 4pm  
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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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    Special Screenings

    A Cantor’s Tale Panel Program: The Past Present, and Future of Jewish Cantorial Music

    Austin Jewish Film Festival, Congregation Agudas Achim, and Temple Beth Shalom co-present the screening of A Cantor's Tale and A Cantor's Head and a panel discussion.
    Films available Oct. 15-18; panel Sun., Oct. 18, 2pm  
    Online via www.austinjff.org
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    Out of Town

    A New History of Old Texas

    Brandon Steele begins his third season of the popular history podcast with the story of Cabeza de Vaca’s journey in the wilderness of Texas.
    New episodes air Mondays and Thursdays  
    Online
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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
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    Out of Town

    A Virtual Tour of the MFAH Galleries

    Take a tour with curators Helga Aurisch and Ann Dumas of the Audrey Jones Beck Collection housing works by van Gogh, Monet, and others at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
    Ongoing  
    Online
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    Sports

    Absolute Beginning Tap Dance Workshop for Adults

    Tap is a great workout for the mind and body, and the perfect dance style to pick up as an adult. Ballet Austin's fun four-week workshop is the perfect way to get started so you can learn something new and fulfill a dream.
    Mondays, Oct. 26-Nov. 16, 2:45-3:45pm. $85 for four weeks.  
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    Civic Events

    ADL Walk Against Hate

    Get creative in how you walk and how you take a stand against hate by committing to walking 3.6 miles or one mile per day leading up to the official online closing ceremony on Oct. 18.
    Oct. 12-18; closing ceremony Sun., Oct. 18, 10am. Free.  
    Online
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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.
     
    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
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    Halloween and Dia de los Muertos

    APH Recommendations for Safe Holidays

    Austin Public Health has published recommendations for celebrating Halloween and Día de los Muertos safely during the pandemic, encouraging families to make new traditions this year and be mindful of the risk level of holiday activities. Low-risk ideas like a candy hunt at home or virtual celebration are advised, and you can get more inspiration and advice on what to avoid with their helpful infographics online.
    Ongoing  
    Citywide

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