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  • Boomtown: A Musical Comedy

    A musical comedy about the most dangerous town in Texas, Boomtown follows the true story of promoter Ace Borger’s “overnight city” in the Texas panhandle. All shows feature a live band!
    Sept. 16-25, 8pm  
    Dougherty Arts Center
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    Visual Arts

    Big Medium: Power, Traps, and Targets

    The newest work of Christopher Blay, described as Police Brut, uses as a mode "the printed shooting target and the ready-made Black Power fist Afro Pick, utilizing codes and symbols as a way of illuminating the narratives of violence, victims of violence, and what it means to bring these stories to the fore." And, listen: The sound installation Feel Me employs a haptic vest and the sound of gunshots. Try it, as they say, try it on for size, citizen.
    Sept. 16-Oct. 9. Thu.-Sat., noon-6pm
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    Theatre

    Boomtown

    This musical comedy about the most dangerous town in Texas follows the true story of promoter Ace Borger’s “overnight city” in the Texas Panhandle. It's a show with a live band, featuring Heath Allyn, Dan Dalbout, Kelsey Kimble, Josh Meindertsma, Megan Moore Ortiz, Wil Pintauro-Taberes, Phil Rodriguez, and Mia Washington.
    Sept. 16-25. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $12-27.  
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    Visual Arts

    Christian-Green Gallery: The Black Index

    The artists featured in this show — Dennis Delgado, Alicia Henry, Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle, Titus Kaphar, Whitfield Lovell, and Lava Thomas — build upon the tradition of Black self-representation as an antidote to colonialist images. Using drawing, performance, printmaking, sculpture, and digital technology to transform the recorded image, these artists question our reliance on photography as a privileged source for documentary objectivity and understanding.
    Sept. 16-Dec. 11. Wed.-Fri., noon-5pm; Sat., 11am-2pm  
    201 E. 21st
  • Film

    Special Screenings

    Fantastic Fest

    Fantastic Fest recently announced a pivot in the way the festival will be presented this year. Genre film fans can now either attend in person at various locations around Austin during the fest, or view the selections online after the in-person portion. Screenings are ticketed individually to allow for contact tracing and buffered seating, and proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test is required. More details will be available soon.
    Festival runs in person Sept. 23-30, online Sept. 30-Oct. 11  
    Various locations
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    Visual Arts

    Ivester Contemporary: The Conceptual Still Life

    The Ivester's got a show of new work by Denise Prince, that Austin-based artist who concentrates her practice in photography and film, and tbh we are excitement itself. This new exhibition features photos and paintings that consider the way food and flowers have been used as signifiers throughout history, bringing together the sensibilities of vintage cookbooks with the visual language of advertising. Recommended!" Her work has been clarified, confronted, and interpreted by psychoanalyst members of the World Association of Psychoanalysis," and we're not at all surprised. Recommended!
    Reception: Sat., Sept. 18, 7-9pm
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    Visual Arts

    Mexic-Arte Museum: MX 21 – Resistance, Reaffirmation, and Resilience

    Throughout 2021, Mexico is commemorating major events in history: the falling of the Aztec capital Tenochtitlán, the invasion by Spain, and the Independence of Mexico. Mexic-Arte Museum presents this vibrant group exhibition and programs in conjunction with Mexico’s 2021 events, reaffirming their common cultural history. Also: "Los Pueblos Originarios," featuring photos of continuing traditions by Mary J. Andrade.
    Reception (with live music and dance performance): Fri., Sept. 17, 6-9pm. $10 (for reception party).  
  • Arts

    Comedy

    Moontower Comedy Festival

    Ahhhhhhh, HAHAHAHAHA! Yes, the most anticipated comedy event of the entire year, especially this entire fucked-up year, returns to Austin. To hell with all the Zooming and the virtual camaraderie, this is human hilarity the way it's meant to be experienced. Featuring international headliners and local superstars and – well, as the official hype has it, "four days, 100-plus comedians, ten ATX venues, stand-up sets, podcasts, parties, and so much more." Exclamation point, baby. For instance: Doug Loves Movies (Wed., Sept. 22, 7:30pm), Vanessa Gonzalez (Wed., Sept. 22, 9pm), Leanne Morgan (Thu., Sept. 23, 7pm), Bobcat Goldthwait (Thu., Sept. 23, 9pm), Dave Attell (Thu., Sept. 23, 9:30pm), Margaret Cho (Fri., Sept. 24, 9:30pm), Maria Bamford (Thu., Sept. 23, 9:30pm; Fri., Sept. 24, 7pm), Dudley & Bob with Matt (Sat., Sept. 25, 4pm), Girls Gotta Eat (Sat., Sept. 25, 7 & 9pm). The list goes on and on – which is why we have an internet, right? And, yeah, ten venues – the Velv, Antone's, Parker Jazz Club, the Parish, the Green Jay, the Creek & the Cave, and more – but the epicenter of this annual (when possible) laughalicious cataclysm is Downtown's majestic Paramount and Stateside Theatres. Right there, smack dab in the midst of everything, live and in-person. Get you some tickets ASAP, have yourself a ridiculously good time, and, ah, watch out for those Delta variants, mmmkay?
    Thu.-Sat., Sept. 22-25. Prices vary, badges run $99-1000.  
  • Community

    Sports

    Round Rock Express

    Vs. Tacoma. Pints & Pups is Thursday, fireworks are on Friday, and there's more fun in store. See schedule for details and more events.
    Sept. 23-27. Thu.-Sat. & Mon., 7:05pm; Sun., 6:05pm  
  • Community

    Events

    The Texas Tribune Festival

    A multiday celebration of big, bold ideas about politics, public policy, and the day’s news, headlined by names you already know alongside those you should. Thoughtful panel discussions, unexpected talent mashups, must-see interviews, and provocative programming are curated by the award-winning journalists at The Texas Tribune. Highlights include former presidential candidate and U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, U.S. Associate AG Vanita Gupta, and the New York Times' Nikole Hannah-Jones.
    Sept. 20-25. $49-199.  
    Virtual
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    Theatre

    Venardos Circus

    This Broadway-style, animal-free spectacle of performance – "part traditional circus, part classic vaudeville, and part Cirque du Soleil" – returns to the ATX for 16 shows over two weeks in one red-and-white striped tent, 16 shows of mindboggling acrobatics, colorful terpsichore, and family-friendly shenanigans of all sorts.
    Sept. 22-Oct. 3. Wed.-Fri., 7pm; Sat., 1, 4, & 7pm; Sun., 1 & 4pm. $16.50 and up.  
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