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  • Mystery & Mayhem

    Mystery and Mayhem is an original and wacky who-done-it play presented by Youth En Route. It's a combination of The Pink Panther, Monty Python, Agatha Christie, and Annie all rolled into one beautifully bizarre murder mystery. Bring a blanket and a picnic. See y’all on the farm!
    May 14-22  
    Rain Lily Farm
  • Texas Burlesque Festival 2022

    Join Texas Burlesque Productions and Forbidden Fruit in welcoming back The Texas Burlesque Festival with legend Judith Stein, Local Legends Kitty Kitty Bang Bang and over 30 performers from across Texas and The US.
    Sat. June 4, 8pm  
    Rollins Studio Theatre at the Long Center
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    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  
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    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.  
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    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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    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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    Dance

    Ballet Austin: Preludes/Beginnings

    Filmed at the historic Scottish Rite Theater and set to Frédéric Chopin’s 24 Preludes for solo piano, Stephen Mills' fantastic new dancework centers around the tradition of a "ghost light" left on stage at night to keep the ghosts from haunting, the filmed performance imagining ghosts coming out to dance through the night, returning to the rafters before dawn.
    Available for viewing through April 25. Free.  
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    Comedy

    Brendan Gay: Album Taping

    The newly Austin-based Midwesterner – you remember: he was a finalist in the Make Me Laugh USA competition – tapes his new album here tonight, and you can audience him at one of two shows. (Or, hell, both of them.)
    Thu., April 15, 7 & 9pm. $5.  
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    Coda Comedy

    Hey, it's a showcase in the Domain! More importantly, its a stand-up showcase at the Romo Room – hosted by Dave Jay and brightened by the talents of Brian Holtzman, Chris Tellez, Allison Wojtowecz, Charles Adams Jr., Colton Dowling, and Dean Stanfield.
    Thu., April 15, 8pm. $10.  
    10910 Domain
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    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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    Jeff VanderMeer: Hummingbird Salamander

    Here's a live, Zoomed presentation from the author of, among other novels, Annihilation. This one is his newest, a riveting eco-thriller, and VanderMeer will be in conversation with mystery novelist Meg Gardiner.
    Thu., April 15, 7pm
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    Lived Experience, Allyship & Action

    Join Notley Tide & Grassroots Leadership in an online convo about how the lived experience of leaders at Grassroots Leadership informs the work they do and enables them to collaborate across different initiatives, while understanding how allies can help take action to further their mission. Get an overview of Grassroots Leadership programs like ICE Out of Austin, Texas Advocates for Justice, and Mujeres Luchadores, and learn about 2021 goals and how you can get involved.
    Thu., April 15, 11am. Free.  
    Virtual
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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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    One Love Comedy Show

    Host Dan Pyatetsky presents a night featuring the, ah, comedy stylings of Fahim Anwar, Dylan Sullivan, Tai Nguyen, and Leonarda Jonie.
    Thu., April 15, 8pm. $10-15.  
    The Pershing, 2415 E. Fifth
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    The Spin

    Street Corner Arts presents a livestreamed production of this new dark comedy produced specifically for the virtual medium. Listen: "When the Public Works Director of a major city confesses to a horrible crime, a team of spin doctors are brought in at the last possible second to pull off a tough assignment: prepare the Mayor’s top aide for a crucial news interview mid-pandemic, distance City Hall from the controversy, and point the public’s attention elsewhere. And do it entirely over video-conferencing." Spenser Davis wrote and directs this modern thriller that's expertly embodied by Zac Carr, Michael Galvan, Carlo Lorenzo Garcia, Natalie Garcia, Jason Graf, Kelsey Mazak, Mike Ooi, Shariba Rivers, and Andrea Skola Summers – with realtime screen management by Morgan Brochu. And, look: Here's a trailer for the show!
    Through April 25. Thu.-Sun., 8pm. Donations accepted.  
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    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 15, 7pm. Free (donations welcome).  
    Online
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    Virtual Pet Adoption Event

    Austin Pets Alive! and Tito's Handmade Vodka present this opportunity to meet available dogs both in shelter and foster homes. You'll be able to browse through summaries, photos, and videos of dogs posted by their advocates throughout the day while asking questions in real time in the comments section.
    Thu., April 15, 8am-7pm  
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    W&TW: Fresh From the Studio

    In this continuing series, Women & Their Work artist members share what they're currently working on – and this installment is where you'll find out about recent projects from Suzi Davidoff, Terra Goolsby, Alyssa Taylor Wendt, and Brooke Gassiot.
    Thu., April 15, 6pm. Free.  
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    #TXBookChat

    Join the Texas State Library and Archives Commission for a discussion and poetry reading with Ethan Wang, national poet of the Southwest.
    Thu., April 15, 11am. Free.  
    Online via Zoom
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    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
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    Absolute Beginning Hip-Hop Dance Workshop

    Hip-hop dance is a fun workout that improves energy and mood and lowers stress. This six-week beginners' workshop is designed for adults and open to teens age 16 and up.
    Thursdays at noon, beginning April 15. $130.  
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    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.  
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    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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    Ana Sisnett Week

    allgo, UT’s Queer and Trans People of Color Agency, and UT’s Gender and Sexuality Center celebrate the legacy of the GSC library's namesake, the late writer, artist, and community activist Ana Sisnett, with weeklong virtual programming. Check out here for complete schedule.
    Mon.-Fri., April 12-16. Free.  
    Online
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    Art 84: Cornelius Carter

    This is a virtual preview of "Work in Progress" by Austin's Cornelius Carter, a work that "captures the struggles and glory of the African-American experience along with the artist’s faith in the American dream of equality and opportunity for all."
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    Art for the People Gallery: Such Miracles Among Us

    Kate Fitzpatrick's work enlivens this gallery's first solo show of 2021, the artist's painted depictions of wildlife a colorful delight for the eyes.
    Through June 6  
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    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
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    Dance

    Ballet Austin: Classes

    Learn your way to physical grace with a dance class at Ballet Austin. There are so many varieties to choose among – ballet, barre, contemporary dance, hip-hop, tap, cardio dance fitness, Pilates, and more – and all taught by professional instructors. See website for details.
    $3-7 per class.  
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    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.
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    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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