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  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Behind the Scenes: Art of the Hollywood Backdrop

    Visit mid-century Hollywood without leaving Austin through an up-close view of these Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studio assets. This first-ever public viewing of 12 historic Golden Age of Film backdrops provides a look into the nearly lost art of hand-painted Hollywood scenic art. Bonus: Re-creations of other backdrops in the collection, as painted by UT scenic art students training with Karen Maness. And, look: Robert Faires reports on the show right here.
    Extended through April 18. $5-12.
  • Arts

    Theatre

    The Office! A Murder Mystery Parody

    Wait, live theatre? And it's outside? And it's a murder mystery? And it's based in the, uh, let's call it the Dunder-Mifflinverse? Yes! The Paramount presents Bob and Tobly McSmith's immersive theatrical diversion in which characters from "The Office" will journey with you along five walkable locations Downtown as they "use their keen detective skills to find clues, catch red herrings, plant evidence, and lock up the Scranton Strangler."
    Through April 25. Wed.-Sun., multiple times daily. $39.50.  
  • Community

    Events

    2021 Bowl for Kids

    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas is bringing glitz and glamour to their annual fundraiser. The goal is to raise funds to put 80 kids into a caring match with an adult mentor, and you can participate from home by donating, forming or joining a fundraising team, and via online activities including a "Golden Age of Hollywood" costume contest.
    Through April 23  
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    ARTUS Co: End In the Beginning

    This is a duo exhibition of mid-to-large oil paintings and photography by Shelby Sult and Maggie Lyon that "represent each artist's personal truths through the lens of time."
    Through April 25
    10000 Research #118
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Big Medium: W I L D L I F E

    Inspired by stories of nature regenerating and reclaiming space during the Covid-19 pandemic, Manik Raj Nakra's W I L D L I F E show examines what happens when humanity removes itself from the natural world. The exhibition also introduces a new material for the artist: The ceremonial bindi, worn for centuries on the forehead in Indian culture for spiritual, traditional, and fashion reasons.
    Through May 1. Thu.-Sat., noon-6pm, by appointment
  • Arts

    Comedy

    Creek & Cave: Eddie Pepitone

    The newest comedy spot in town presents the man they call the Bitter Buddha – Eddie Pepitone, in all his ranting glory – and Austin's own master of comedy altercations, JT Habersaat.
    Thu., April 8, 8pm. $20.  
    611 E. Seventh
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Davis Gallery: Altered Allusions

    When an image is stripped of its clarity, we are left with two things: an allusion to something familiar and the viewer's interpretation. These provocative new works by Nate Szarmach explore the space between image and interpretation, uncovering the ways that familiar religious imagery, cultural christianity, and personal history influence our spirituality.
    Through April 24
  • Community

    Events

    Donate Blood, Get a Free Whataburger

    We Are Blood is partnering again with Texas favorite Whataburger to give all blood donors a voucher for a free burger while supplies last. Appointments are mandatory; schedule online or call.
    Through April 18  
    We Are Blood donor centers & mobile drives
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Flatbed Press: Transcending Language

    This is a collection of works created by artists at Flatbed whose practice has focused entirely on non-objective abstraction, the exhibition curated out of the studio's deep archive of works from the 30 years they've operated as a collaborative print studio in Austin. "It might seem as if each artist has developed a new language that speaks perfectly to us without translation. As music can transcend words, so visual abstraction transcends audible language as well." Including works by Taiko Chandler (Denver, CO), Ann Conner (Wilmington, NC), John Robert Craft (Clarendon, TX,) Anna Craycroft (New York, NY), Anthony DiMichele (Friday Bay, WA), Winston Lee Mascarenhas (Dallas, TX), Denny McCoy (Wimberley, TX), Samson Mnisi (Johannesburg, South Africa), Greg Murr (Berlin, Germany), John OBuck (New York, NY), John Pavlicek (Houston, TX), Larry Scholder (Dallas, TX), Joe Segal (St. Augustine, FL), Bettie Ward (Santa Fe, NM), and Joan Winter (Dallas, TX).
    Through May 1. Wed.-Fri., 10am-5pm  
  • Food

    Food Events

    Geraldine's: Moët on the Rocks

    It's the first pool party of the season at Geraldine's fancy swimmin' hole in the Hotel Van Zandt, with DJ BOOMBAPTIST kicking out the perfectly cromulent tunes, and the Moët flowing like – well, anyway, you get a glassful of the bubbly stuff upon entry, and the new menu's got all sorts of preview specials, and you can soak your bones in that refreshing dihydrogen monoxide all the livelong day.
    Thu., April 8, 1-6pm. $20.  
  • Film

    Special Screenings

    Havel (2020)

    The story of Václav Havel’s journey from celebrated playwright to banned and jailed human rights activist to president of Czechoslovakia. It's the opening screening for Czech That Film Texas, and the festival continues on Tuesdays through April 27. Note: Originally scheduled for Tuesday, April 6, and rescheduled due to high winds.
    Thu., April 8, 8pm  
  • Arts

    Theatre

    Hold Me Well

    Shrewd Productions presents this virtual world premiere of Eva Suter’s sci-fi re-envisioning of Shakespeare's Othello, depicting "a desolate, Central Texas inhabited solely by women after a catastrophic war has eradicated the male population. With the threat of another war and a new romance quickly unfolding before them, five women bound by the tragedy must entrust their lives to one another in order to save themselves and humanity." (Well, damn – count us in on that action, tyvm.) Directed by Rudy Ramirez, starring Ellie McBride, Hayley Armstrong, Elizabeth Mason, Emily Rankin, and Taylor Flanagan. Note: Click here to view the original trailer for the show.
    Through April 30. $8.  
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Inspired Minds Art Center: Digibilities

    This is out in Buda, yes – but it's Leslie Kell. The digital artist presents her works from the Other Side collection and her mesmerizing video art. Bonus: Art in a diversity of mediums by Lisa Zinna, Chalda Maloff, Caroline Walker, Paul McGuire, and Ronald Gross.
    Through April 17  
    Inspired Minds Art Center, 121 Main, Buda
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Lydia Street Gallery: Two

    This exhibition will be the first time that artists Kathy McCarty and David Thornberry, married for 22 years now, have shown their work together. She's been painting grackles, grackles, and grackles; he's been doing portraits based on old photos and video stillshots; now here's the impossible aviary of their work on display at Lydia Street. Note: For the Covid-safe parking lot reception, they'll perform together, McCarty singing songs off her new record and Thornberry reading his poetry. Recommended!
    Through April 28
  • Food

    Food Events

    Meridian Hive: Skinny Bee Live Tasting

    Stop on by Meridian Hive's first-ever live (virtual) tasting for a look at these new Skinny Bee varieties of adult beverage, as hosted by the hive's own Mike Simmons.
    Thu., April 8, 7pm. Free.  
  • Qmmunity

    Arts & Culture

    Queer Film Theory 101: Spring Flings Edition

    Austin's queer film fest aGLFIF teams up with Queer Film Theory 101 to find the queerness buried in seemingly straight flicks.
    Thu., April 8, 7pm. aGLIFF members, free; nonmembers, $12.  
    Online
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Recspec Gallery: Holy Ghosts

    This collection of new work by illustrators and printmakers Aaron deGruyter and Tyler Winters Skaggs is a requiem for the Catholic-soaked Chihuahuan desert of the Mesilla Valley.
  • Arts

    Theatre

    Tales of a Blerd Ballerina

    The Vortex Tapas Series 2021 begins with a new work-in-progress production of Valoneecia Tolbert’s Tales of a Blerd Ballerina. Presented both as live broadcasts each evening and with limited in-person seating opportunities at the VORTEX, this play centers the Blerd (black nerd) experience, embracing diverse communities and generating vital conversations around black identity, pulling concepts and style from the Afro-Diaspora and Jazz Aesthetic within stories of growing up as a Blerd child of the Eighties. Directed by Florinda Bryant.
  • Arts

    Classical Music

    Tones: Sounds of Asian America

    Tones is a monthly music series featuring local Asian-American artists from across generations and genres, with intimate performances on the second Thursday of each month.
    Second Thursday of every month, 7pm. Free.  
  • Arts

    Theatre

    Trans Lives/Trans Voices

    Ground Floor Theatre presents these stories by and about trans and nonbinary people, told in their own words, through their own voice. Each Thursday features a new premiere with a live intro and talkback with creators after.
    Through April 22. Thursdays, 7pm. Donations accepted.  
  • Qmmunity

    Arts & Culture

    Trans Lives/Trans Voices

    Every Thursday Ground Floor Theatre premieres new stories by and about trans and nonbinary Texans, including artists, advocates, and educators, as told in their own words through their own voices.
    Thu., April 8, 7pm. Free (donations welcome).  
    Online
  • Food

    Food Events

    Tso + Via 313: Crab Rangoon Pizza

    Tso Chinese Delivery and Via 313 have collaborated on a special Crab Rangoon Pizza, and will donate $1 from the sale of each one to Austin Asian Community Health Initiative, a nonprofit to improve the health and well-being of Asians in Central Texas. Yes, that's Via 313's Detroit-style pizza topped with Tso’s real blue crab rangoon stuffing made with Philadelphia cream cheese, wonton crispies, scallions, and sweet chili sauce. Note: Orders can be placed online, via phone, or in person, and will be available for dine-in or takeout at any of the acclaimed pizza joint's three brick-and-mortar locations. Bonus: The 313's Royal Mai Tai cocktail is a rum-based doozy that also benefits AACHI.
    Through May 2
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Wally Workman Gallery: Malcolm Bucknall

    One of this city's favorite artists – and probably the only one whose work appears as a Jesus Lizard album cover and on the walls of the WWGMalcolm Bucknall has lately immersed himself in works by artists such as Hieronymous Bosch and Lucas Cranach the Elder. (Appropriately, those artists created work during the plagues that ravaged Europe centuries before our current pandemic. And before there was, you know, the internets.) Recommendation: You'll want to see the gorgeous conflagrations of realism and surrealism this modern maestro has wrought with his meticulous oils.
    Through April 24
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    West Chelsea Contemporary: Provocateurs

    This is the third exhibition from WCC since its reopening last fall. "Provocateurs" provides a unique chance for visitors to see, discover, and collect internationally recognized artists like Raphael Mazzucco, Andy Warhol, Mickalane Thomas, the Connor Brothers, RETNA, Jenny Holzer, and more – in the context of a diverse show where power lies in the interpretation and the art dares to look back.
    Through May 9. Mon.-Sat., 10am-6pm; Sun., noon-6pm
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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.
    Thu., April 8, 2pm  
  • Film

    Special Screenings

    "Shipwrecked" (2014)

    Experience the story of La Belle, a ship in French explorer La Salle's 1684 North American colonial expedition, as seen through the eyes of young Pierre Talon, a real-life passenger on the voyage.
    Thu., April 8, 12:30pm  
  • Film

    Special Screenings

    "The Star of Destiny" (2020)

    Feel the seats shake as a gusher explodes from an East Texas oil derrick. Experience the takeoff of Saturn V as if you were seated at Mission Control at the LBJ Space Center in Houston. Sound and sensory effects help make the film a truly memorable experience for all ages.
    Thu., April 8, 10:30am, 2:30pm  
  • Community

    Out of Town

    "Time No Longer" by Anri Sala

    The internationally renowned multimedia artist presents a new immersive sound and visual installation in the city’s former underground water reservoir.
    Fri., March 12-Sun., Dec. 12. $12/$8; free on Thursdays.  
    Buffalo Bayou Cistern, Houston
  • Film

    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.
    Thu., April 8, 12pm  
  • Qmmunity

    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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