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    Keep Austin Beautiful Day

    Each April, Keep Austin Beautiful mobilizes hundreds of volunteers for an impressive day of community service. This year, they're encouraging individuals and members of the same household to remove litter from their favorite neighborhood spots, and are offering a limited number of free cleanup kits. To kick off the day, they'll be hosting an interactive Facebook Live from 9-10am that will include exciting incentives, family fun activities, and much more.
    Sat., April 10, 9am-noon. Free.  
    Citywide
    • 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.  
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      Visual Arts

      Vessel

      Here's a show of new works by Alyssa Taylor Wendt and Brooke Gassiot, a gathering of diverse and inhabited forms, wherein the acclaimed creators examine "the containers of spiritual and mnemonic residue" via video installation, staged production stills, drawing, performance, and sculpture.
      Reception: Fri., April 9, 6-10pm
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      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  
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      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

      Classical Music

      Austin Classical Guitar: Gohar Vardanyan

      The virtuoso Gohar Vardanyan began playing guitar at the age of five in Armenia, and has since traveled the world dazzling audiences in some of the most storied venues. Tonight she'll be performing, live, from the ACG spring residency in Brooklyn.
      Sat., April 10, 8pm. Donations accepted.  
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      Events

      Backyard Chickens

      Do you know the difference between a Buff Orpington and a Rhode Island Red? Find out and get all the details on starting your own coop at this beak-to-tail workshop, with options for online or on-site learning.
      Online: second Saturdays, 10am-noon; on-site: third Saturdays, 10am-2pm. $40, on-site; $30, online.  
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      Visual Arts

      Bale Creek Allen Gallery: Sweet Black Angel

      The newest show at BCA is a collection of Gary Wong's complex layerings of images and text. The artist says: "As an Asian American, I feel outside. As an artist, I have no problem. As an Asian American artist, I have sometimes been made to feel that Asians are supposed to have a special mystique and design sense. I have never known what that is supposed to mean but I know I’m not a designer. I am an American with Chinese heritage. I am an artist whose eyes are trained in the language of paint and whose work meanders through the pantheon of American Abstract Painting and the problems inherent in the genre and the discovering one’s own voice in the process."
      Reception: Fri., April 9, 6-10pm
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      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
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      Visual Arts

      Co-Lab Projects: A Wished For and Welcome Guest

      Ah, here's a sign that this goddamn pandemic is finally in abatement: The return of the much-missed Co-Lab Projects! It's their first exhibition in and around the newly realized culvert gallery at their Glissman property. "As a nod to our history," says Co-Lab's Sean Gaulager, "and in the sentiment of gathering our community once more, this reopening exhibition includes 21 artists who have shown with us in the past." Specifically, that's Kayla Jones, TJ Lemanski, Ariel Wood, Ted Carey, Rebecca Marino, Jules Buck Jones, Rebeca Milton & Scott Proctor of Nom Ceramics, Alexis Mabry, Emily Lee, Anika Carterfield, Michael Anthony Garcia, Maia Snow, David Culpepper, Valerie Chaussonnet, Ron Geibel, Jeremy Burks, Alex Diamond, Emily Cayton, Amy Scoffield, and Robert Jackson Harrington.
      Reception: Sat., April 10, 4-10pm
      5419 Glissman
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      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
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      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
    • Film

      Special Screenings

      Face/Off (1997)

      So. Good guy John Travolta literally switches faces with bad guy Nic Cage to thwart a terrorist plot, because sophisticated interrogation techniques hadn't yet been developed way back in 1997. Could something possibly go awry in the process? This film got four stars from the Chron when it came out. It was robbed.
      Sat., April 10, 11:30pm  
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      Visual Arts

      grayDUCK Gallery: It’s Only BarrioPOP But I Like It

      Cande Aguilar (b. 1972, Brownsville, Texas) is a self-taught artist who reflects on border culture through his distinctive style, an amalgamation sprung by characters, colors, and street phenomena.
      April 9-May 23. Check it out on Saturdays, noon-6pm, or by appointment  
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      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.  
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      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

      Ivester Contemporary: it's kinda like that

      This exhibition of new work by Fort Worth-based artist Rachel Livedalen "weaves the joy, color, and design of 90s' Girl Power with images and text pulled directly from Art History textbooks, challenging the hierarchy of the Arts by translating techniques associated with femininity and craft into the traditionally respected medium of paint on canvas." It's bright, bold, and (we daresay) pretty damn badass.
      Reception: Sat., April 10, 7-9pm
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      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
    • Arts

      Theatre

      Natatorium

      How far would you go for The Good Life? Listen: 20-something couple Jules and Ash and their gamer neighbors Devon and Chris are trapped in an unending cycle of late rent, mounting debt, and day-old pizza. Across from their shitty apartment complex is Natatorium, a premier gated community full of gleaming mansions, sparkling pools, and possibilities ripe for the taking. You will help decide the fate of these would-be thieves as they reach for a shinier life – even if that means taking down a mega-rich corporate asshole or two along the way.: Intrigued? This new show is from improvised-music conductor Kenzie Slottow and director Kaci Beeler in collaboration with Density512 and American Berserk Theatre. So, OK, now we know the premise, and we can trust it'll be done well. Also, "Natatorium pushes the limits of virtual performance technology to combine a chamber ensemble of six musicians with a 10-person cast of improvising actors." And the cast and crew will perform live from Austin and six other U.S. cities, with each night a unique, unrepeatable experience. So this, we reckon, will be one of those online livestream things that are totally worth seeing, not just a theatrical stopgap but another of those odd good things to come out of the pandemic, tempting us to say "Hey – thanks, 'ronas!" even as we continue to kick the virus's ass. Note: This show features adult language and themes of violence.
      Fri.-Sat., April 9-10 & 16, 8pm; Sun., April 18, 2pm. $10.  
    • Arts

      Visual Arts

      Northern-Southern: TOOO

      Here's another experiment in new exhibition-making from gallery owner Phillip Niemeyer and his friends. This show does not close – it decays and renews. Listen: TO opened in February, a show of directions; in March, about half the work in TO had decayed; TOO added five new pieces, renewing the show; now, only one piece from TO remains: an audio remembrance by Alyssa Taylor Wendt. But TOOO renews the entire show like an agave phoenix, with 12 new pieces, including work by the founders of Partial Shade (who were conducting outdoor salons on the Co-Lab land in 2018) and Giampiero Selvaggio (one of the founders of Red Bud Park and the network of connecting bike trails around East Austin). There's provenance and pedigree and intentional lack of permanence, colliding here to unnerving effect.
    • Community

      Out of Town

      Official Bluebonnet Festival of Texas

      Tiptoe through the bluebonnets as you enjoy the food vendors, art dealers, music, and petting zoo.
      Sat.-Sun., April 10-11. $10 for parking.  
      Chappell Hill
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      Visual Arts

      OUTSIDE In

      This is a pop-up art show from Raasin in the Sun and Something Cool Studios, featuring an amazing lineup of muralists, street artists, and fine artists who bring the city’s outdoor vibe inside for an immersive experience in a unique temporary exhibition.
      Through April 30. Fri., 4-8pm; Sat.-Sun., noon-6pm
      914 Congress
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      Visual Arts

      Prizer Arts & Letters: Infinite Essence

      Responding to images of police killings of Black people, the Pittsburgh-based queer Nigerian-Swedish-American multimedia artist Mikael Owunna has worked to articulate an alternative vision of the Black body as the incarnation of the eternal cosmos. Using his engineering background, Owunna built a camera flash that transmits only ultraviolet light, and in each photoshoot he begins by hand painting his sitters’ nude bodies with fluorescent paints that glow under ultraviolet light. Yes, this looks amazing. Note: In addition to full entry appointments, there's nighttime front-window viewing every evening, 7-11pm.
      April 10-May 8. By appointment, Fri.-Sun., noon-5pm  
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      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.
    • Community

      Out of Town

      Scarborough Renaissance Festival

      Lords and ladies with proper face coverings and social distancing return to the days of merry olde England for jousts, turkey legs, and merriment.
      Weekends, April 10-May 30, and Mon., May 31  
      Waxahachie
    • Community

      Out of Town

      Strawberry Festival

      Since 1948, this has been the berry best festival with lots of music, strawberry food, fun, and a carnival.
      Fri.-Sun., April 9-11  
      Poteet
    • 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.
    • 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
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      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

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