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  • Online Lecture: "Using Photography for Social Change" with LaToya Ruby Frazier

    Don't miss photographer LaToya Ruby Frazier's online lecture with the San Antonio Museum of Art. Motivated by social justice, Frazier's practice documents personal and communal histories to address subjects including industrial pollution, healthcare inequalities, and racism.
    Tues. Sept. 28, 6pm-7pm  
    San Antonio Museum of Art
  • 40th Annual Oktoberfest in Fredericksburg

    Oktoberfest, the family-oriented German fest, gearing up its big 40th year in the Polka Capital of Texas. Enjoy five stages of Oompah at its Best!, artisans, family lederhosen and dirndl contest, 42 tournament contest, waltz contest, Bratwurst, potato pancakes, funnel cakes, the popular Chicken Dance(s), and more!
    Oct. 1-3  
    Fredericksburg
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    Classical Music

    ACMC: Bach Remix

    This delightful concert of the maestro's work showcases Thomas Burritt on marimba and vibraphone, and the Austin Chamber Music Center's own Michelle Schumann on piano.
    Sat., Nov. 14, 7:30pm. Donations accepted.  
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    Austin Empty Bowl Project

    The need is greater than ever, and all proceeds from this event will benefit Central Texas Food Bank and Meals on Wheels Central Texas. Visit the online store for Sam Hurt's special COVID T-shirt or big beautiful tote bag, the AEBP cookbook, Nancy Elder quilt raffle tickets, online concert tickets, and the online silent auction link. The silent auction includes everything from bowls for you and your dog to restaurant gift certificates. You can also make a tax-deductible donation. For every $25 donated, an empty bowl will be added to food boxes distributed by the Central Texas Food Bank or Meals on Wheels Central Texas.
    Through Nov. 22. By donation and online auction.  
    Online
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    Visual Arts

    Austin Studio Tour: Pandemic Edition

    We're calling it the pandemic edition, but Big Medium and associates just call it the Austin Studio Tour. It's that progressive arts organization's response to these damned 'ronas, is what it is. They're taking the annual West Austin and East Austin Studio Tours and combining them, then presenting them mostly via the internets – wherein the expanded website includes artist profiles, images of artworks, virtual studio visits, demonstrations, artist talks, and a handy map of outdoor installations and public art. Hundreds of artists in this town, in full digital force. Note: The Tour begins with a launch party on Fri., Nov. 13; it's a preview of the website (and an opportunity to acquire artwork before it opens generally on Nov. 14).
    Through Nov. 22. Free.  
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    Visual Arts

    Bale Creek Allen Gallery: Jun Kaneko

    Ceramics master Kaneko is increasingly drawn to installations that promote civic interaction, having completed more than 60 public art commissions – including a 250-foot-long tile wall at Aquarium Station in Boston, a three-story wall at the University of Connecticut, and an 88-foot-tall Glass Tower at Omaha's Buffett Cancer Center. (Other large permanent installations can be seen in Osaka, Japan; Kansas City, MO; and at the International Finance Center in Shanghai, China.) Most recently, the artist's been working at the Cuernavaca Raku ceramics studio, experimenting with new glazes and the unpredictability of raku. And now here's a show of his fierce sculptural creations, right there at the BCA outpost in Canopy.
    Through Nov. 30
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    Blue Genie Art Bazaar

    The beloved Austin holiday shopping experience returns for its 20th year with four shopping options to ensure safety in the time of COVID-19. For in-store shopping, reserve free tickets online for a "no wait" entry. Walk-ins are also welcome, but guests may have to wait outside if it's at capacity. Online shoppers can either pick up items in-store or have them shipped anywhere in the U.S. Personal shoppers and virtual shopping will also be available through the BGAB website. BGAB is a family-friendly experience where you can find one-of-a-kind, handcrafted jewelry, artwork, home goods, and gifts for everyone on your shopping list.
    Through Dec. 24, 10am-10pm daily (10am-6pm on Dec. 24)  
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    Classical Music

    Chorus Austin: Stronger, United

    Ryan Heller presents a virtual concert of new and previously recorded pieces from Chorus Austin's Chamber Ensemble, featuring selections (a mix of spirituals, pop, folk songs, and more) by Alberto Grau, Rosephanye Powell, Carlos Cordero, and Dr. Roland Carter.
    Through Nov. 21. Free.  
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    Final Call for RENT: Relief of Emergency Needs for Tenants

    This program through the city of Austin provides full rent payment for income-eligible renters financially impacted by COVID-19. Get all the details on their FAQ and apply online.
    Applications due Tue., Dec. 8, noon  
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    Theatre

    Futurx 2020: Entra al Laberinto!

    Citizens of Austin! Gather virtually in an interactive online laberinto where audiences can wander from Zoom room to Zoom room to experience Loteria fortune telling, life coaching sessions, burlesque performances, magic rituals, divine tias, DJ sessions, late night rideshares, and more from artists whose Latinidad is queer, trans, feminist, Afrolatinx, and indigenous. Featuring performances by ProyectoTEATRO, Ben Bazan, Florinda Bryant, Gricelda Silva, Teatro Quarantine, Laura de la Fuente, Marina de la Fuente, Marina DeYoe-Pedraza, Krysta Gonzales, Lily Gonzales, Siri Gurudev, Line 720, and more. Note: Robert Faires previews the festival here.
    Fri.-Sat., 8pm. Through Nov. 21. $15.  
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    Civic Events

    It's My Park Day – At a Distance

    Volunteer virtually – or safely, in person – to help Austin's parks. Austin Parks Foundation will unveil volunteer opportunities on Sat., Nov. 7, 10am, here.
    Online
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    Dance

    Jennifer Sherburn: Elsewhere

    Jennifer Sherburn, the award-winning director of modern dance series 11:11, presents a voyeuristic dance experience, a self-guided tour of living installations that "transmute the concepts of stage, audience, and performance to acknowledge the barriers keeping us apart — while permitting a glimpse at what may be happening inside their confines." This featured part of the Austin Studio Tour features dancers Jairus Carr, Ciceley Fullylove, Lisa Anne Kobdish, Hailley Lauren, Taryn Lavery, Alex Miller, Clay Moore, Amy Myers, Sarah Annie Navarrete, and Marcie Bruscato Poss, in compelling kinesis all around the Rogge House Ranch. Note: Bring a mask and prepare for proper distancing.
    Through Nov. 22. Thu.-Sun., 6:30, 7:15, and 8pm. $20.  
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    Visual Arts

    Le Dollhouse

    Here's a fine visit. Austin's Denise Prince is installing a child-sized dollhouse room for you to sit in and pretend, a space "in which to indulge the pleasure of wishes, to acknowledge their tangible power and then to leave, returning to a world in which much is asked of us that, as adults, we're prepared to stand and face." The room will be classically charming inside, but with inflatable horrors clinging to the outside – right there at Moontower Cider Company.
    Through Nov. 21. Fri.-Sat., 3-9pm. Free.  
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    Food Events

    Les Dames d’Escoffier Austin: Holiday Bake Sale

    This bake sale happens in a variety of places around Austin, with goodie bags filled with delicious homemade treats from some of our town's top bakers and pastry chefs, and proceeds going to Les Dames' scholarship fund. Brownies, cookies, muffins, pies – so many bready delights (sweet and savory) to supercharge the coming holidays. (Note: Presale orders are available through Nov. 11.) And here's where they'll be popping up this Saturday: Boggy Creek Farm, 3414 Lyons; Con’olio Oils & Vinegars, 3500 RR 620 S., Ste. F400; Make It Sweet, 9070 Research #203; Confituras Little Kitchen, 2129 Goodrich Ave.
    Sat., Nov. 14, 8am-1pm  
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    Food Events

    Little Ola's Flavors of Fall

    Little Ola's Biscuits, a take-away biscuit shop featuring Olamaie's famous flaky biscuits, has this series that's set to run until Thanksgiving, a series in which Austin's premier pastry chefs collaborate with Little Ola’s pastry chef Jules Stoddart to create innovative desserts incorporating the acclaimed eatery’s biscuit dough recipe. The final, fantastic collab's with Derrick Flynn of Suerte.
    Nov. 19-22
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    Theatre

    Live From The West Side: Laura Benanti

    This is the second of a three-part virtual concert series, Live from the West Side: Women of Broadway, featuring Tony Award winner Laura Benanti streamed live from New York with a mix of Broadway showtunes, pop songs, and personal stories.
    Sat., Nov. 14, 7pm. $30.  
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    Mission Possible Food & Toy Drive

    Mission Possible is collecting nonperishable food donations for their BAGS Program that delivers food boxes to individuals in need, as well as new toy donations to help stock the Tree of Lights Christmas Store. H-E-B and Walmart gift cards are also welcome, and there's an Amazon wish list if you need inspiration.
    Sat., Nov. 14, 9:30-11:30am  
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    Mission Possible Thanksgiving

    Lend a hand to those experiencing homelessness this year by donating to Mission Possible's Great Thanksgiving Banquet fund. Donations of $6 cover the cost of one meal, and $10 can provide a sleeping bag. The banquet is held on Sun., Nov. 22.
    Donate by Sat., Nov. 21. Select "I want to support Thanksgiving Banquet" on the donation page.  
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    Mozart's 2020 COVID-Cautious Christmas Light Show

    Sip a delicious hot bevvie and see the beautiful light show by the lake. Reservations required.
    Through Jan. 6, 6pm-12mid. $10 per table for one-hour show.  
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    Visual Arts

    Northern-Southern: Baton

    This is a group show by relay, begun in July of 2020 as a method of socially distancing a community in the height of the pandemic: Artists took turns alone in the space, each adding to the exhibition. Now, as it nears its close, the exhibition resembles a community in which work converses and overlaps. With Adreon Henry, Vy Ngo, Dawn Okoro, Leon Alesi, Matt Steinke, Sev Coursen, Stella Alesi, and more.
    Closing reception: Sat., July 24, 3-9pm
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    Dance

    Performa/Dance: On Film

    This is a livestream screening of On Film, a mini-festival of experimental dance works commissioned by Performa/Dance artistic director Jennifer Hart, featuring short films by the director and Austin choreographers Alexa Capareda, Kelsey Oliver, and more.
    Sat., Nov. 14, 7:30pm. Free.  
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    Food Events

    Taste of Texas Auction: Extended to the 27th!

    This distinctive fundraiser is the first of its kind for the Texas Food & Wine Alliance and they're going all out with a plethora of sumptuous packages tailored for wine lovers, cocktail fans, and foodies. For instance? Oh, gift cards for some of Austin's favorite watering holes. Barbecue packages from the likes of Franklin BBQ and la Barbecue and Leroy & Lewis and Micklethwait. A summertime retreat for 8-10 people at Dripping Springs' breathtaking Cactus Moon Lodge. And, as they say, much, much more! So, even if you have no minions or henchmen to do your bidding, citizen, you can do your own bidding right here.
    Through Nov. 27. Going once, going twice ...  
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    Books

    Texas Book Festival

    We told you about the Texas Teen Book Festival last week; now we're championing the 25th annual Texas Book Festival's adult programming. It's a virtual to-do this year, of course, with all manner of events, kicking off with the First Edition Literary Gala (Fri., Nov. 6, 7:30pm), featuring authors Julia Alvarez, Nick Hornby, and Natasha Trethewey, with emcee Michael Ian Black. From there, it's authors and celebrities all the way down, with the likes of Jodi Picoult, Matthew McConaughey, Ethan Hawke, Mychal Denzel Smith, Cory Doctorow, Ottessa Moshfegh, James Wade, Amanda Eyre Ward, Jonathan Lethem, and many more, dazzling your favorite screen with various magnitudes of literary éclat.
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    Food Events

    Texas Book Festival: Lit Crawl

    Of course the rapidly approaching Texas Book Festival's Lit Crawl will be virtual this year, citizen, but with popular returns like the Literary Death Match and Austin Bat Cave's Story Department … with special events from Six Square and series sponsor Texas Monthly … with virtual readings and meet-ups with authors Kathy Valentine, Jonathan Lethem, Cory Doctorow, and more – bonus: Desert Door Sotol and Rambler Sparkling Water making sure this crawl is definitely lit in an imbibable fashion – well, we reckon your usual screen of connectivity can be a lively, happy place again, for at least a few hours at a time.
    Nov. 7-15. Donations accepted.  
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    Arts & Culture

    Who Murdered the Suit?

    There’s been a murder at the Glitter House, and the suspect is ... everyone! Join in the virtual whodunnit-slash-cabaret fun with the Bat City Bombshells. VIP tix ($10) will allow you to join the cast as a character.
    Fri.-Sat., Nov. 13-14, 8pm. $5-10.  
    Online
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  • Film

    Special Screenings

    "Femenina" (2019)

    Cine Resistencia: Join Resistencia Books for a screening of the short film about a dedicated boxer who must confront his sexuality after he begins training with and falling for a transgender woman. Followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Ilana Garcia-Mittleman.
    Sat., Nov. 14, 4pm  
    Online via www.resistenciabooks.com
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    Classical Music

    ACG UpClose Online: Andrea González Caballero

    Austin Classical Guitar presents this Caballero, a performer with "spectacular facility, beauty, clarity, and refinement."
    Sat., Nov. 14, 8pm. Donations accepted.  
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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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  • Film

    Special Screenings

    Annie (1982)

    Enjoy a movie under the stars following live music at 6:30pm. Admission is by donation only; pay what you can to help support the Palace. Bring your own refreshments and chairs if you like.
    Sat., Nov. 14, 7:15pm  
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    Anomaly Archives Adventure Club Monthly Meetups

    The Anomaly Archives is the lending library of the Scientific Anomaly Institute, an org all about anomalous phenomena: the Fortean, mysterious, paranormal, UFOs, and "weird news headlines."
    Through Dec. 12. Second Saturdays, 3-5pm. Free.  
    Online via YouTube or Facebook Live
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    Visual Arts

    Armadillo World Headquarters 50th Anniversary Exhibition

    AusPop presents a celebration of the legendary Armadillo World Headquarters, offering an impressive array of posters, photos, and newspaper clippings with which to immerse yourself in the venue's well-documented history. (No one may know exactly where we're going, these days, but this is – vividly – where we've been.) You can schedule a time in advance to visit the gallery (any Saturday or Sunday) and you've gotta wear a mask, citizen, because this long strange trip is something we're still in the confounding middle of, y'dig?
    Through Dec. 13

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