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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 Cohen New Works Festival

    UT Austin presents the biennial Cohen New Works Festival, the largest collegiate festival of its kind, this year featuring 33 all-new works by undergraduate and graduate students. The virtual event will include live and pre-recorded performances, digital installations, and daily panel discussions with professional artists.
    Through April 16. Donations accepted.  
  • 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

    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
  • Qmmunity

    Community

    Engage Series: LGBTQIA Quality of Life in Central Texas

    Austin Queer Cultural Center founder Queen Austin, community advocate Awais Azhar, Outyouth’s Sarah Kapostasy, and Equality Texas CEO Ricardo Martinez reflect on the state of LGBTQIA life in the greater Austin area and actionable steps to improve quality of life.
    Wed., April 14, 10am  
    Online
  • 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  
  • 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. Recommended!
    Through April 28
  • 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.
  • Food

    Food Events

    Pepsi x Valentina's = FREE BBQ

    Valentina's Tex Mex BBQ, one of the local eateries that will be purveying their tasty wares within the Austin Football Club's Q2 Stadium, has partnered with PepsiCo to give away their excellent 'cue – in the form of barbecue sandwiches and brisket tacos – and of course Pepsi's own Mango and Wild Cherry and Zero beverages – for one delicious day only. No, for real, this is all totally gratis, from 11am until 3pm (or until it's gone) on Wed., April 14 at Valentina's brick-and-mortar on Menchaca, as part of the global beverage giant's "The Taste of Your Texas" promotion.
    Wed., April 14, 11am-3pm
  • 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.
    Through April 18  
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Texas Cultural Trust: The Business of the Arts and the Art of Business

    Gay Gaddis of T3 talks with Texas Monthly Editor Tom Foster about what all Texans should know about the business of the arts and the art of business. Bonus: A behind-the-scenes tour of the business maven’s private art studio, gallery, and artwork will follow the discussion.
    Wed., April 14, 11am. Free.  
  • 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
  • Community

    Kids

    Virtual 2x2 Afterschool Storytime

    Read two stories selected by Texas librarians, then discuss and do a related activity. Recommended for ages 5 and up.
    Wednesdays, 3:30pm  
  • 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.
    Wed., April 14, 2pm, 4pm  
  • 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.
    Wed., April 14, 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.
    Wed., April 14, 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.
    Wed., April 14, 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
  • Community

    Events

    A Neighbor in Need A/C Giveaway

    Do you know of a homeowner in your area whose heating and air system no longer works? Someone that needs a new system but can’t afford it? Tell Del's Heating & Air Conditioning their story, and Del’s will provide one winner with a new HVAC system.
    Through April 15; winner chosen April 30  
    www.delsacservice.com
  • Community

    Events

    AHS Car Raffle

    You could win a Mazda Miata convertible through the 17th annual Austin Humane Society car raffle powered by Roger Beasley Mazda. Each ticket provides one night of safe and warm shelter, nutritious food, quality medical care, and lots of love for a cat or dog who is waiting to find a home.
    Tickets available now; drawing held April 17. $20; three tickets for $50.  
  • Community

    Civic Events

    AISD Eliminating Disparities in Discipline and Punishment Workgroup

    Community members and district staff will give an update on group progress and next action steps to eliminate racial disparities in AISD’s discipline and punishment. For more on racial disparities in AISD’s suspension rates, revisit our 2018 article “AISD’s Suspension Situation.”
    Wed., April 14, 5:30-7:30pm  
    Online
  • Community

    Civic Events

    AISD Special Education: Transition Course

    VELA, AISD’s Parent Engagement Support Office, and AISD’s Department of Special Education discuss how families of special ed students can start planning for adulthood.
    April 14-May 5. Wednesdays, noon-1pm. Free (registration required).  
    Online

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