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    Ashley Winstead: The Last Housewife

    Author Ashley Winstead presents her new novel, in conversation with the ever-delightful Amy Gentry.
    Wed., Aug. 17, 7pm. Free.  
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    Comedy

    Funniest Person In Austin

    With the return of Cap City Comedy Club comes the return of Cap City's signature annual event, in which local comics (or, in some cases, the merely aspirationally funny) take the stage night after night, battling it out with standup sets, to see who will eventually be crowned this year's Funniest Person In Austin. Right now the preliminary rounds are under way, with the champion-packed night of finals finals set to rock this town on Wed., Sept. 21.
    Prelims: Sun., Aug. 21; Tue., Aug. 23; Sun., Aug. 28; Tue.-Wed., Aug. 30-31; Tue., Sept. 6. All shows, 8pm. $10-18.  
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    Sage Studio: Body Work

    Here's an exploration of all things anatomical and automotive, with two-dimensional art reflecting on human bodies and three-dimensional sculptures created around the theme of auto bodies. The show features pieces from 12 artists with intellectual and developmental disabilities – artists from Austin, New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, and California.
    Through Sept. 17
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    Art for the People: Abundance

    This show is called "Abundance" because that's what it represents: an abundance of bright new works from a pleasing plethora of local artists, filling Hallie Rae Ward's energetic gallery, ready to delight your peepers with graphic creation.
    Through Aug. 26
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    Art4Water: Sacred Springs Kites

    Art4Water’s inaugural program (now on view at Downtown's gorgeous library) is a collaboration between the Watershed Association, Terry Zee Lee, and more than 30 national artists in the creation of dozens and dozens of water-inspired art kites.
    Through Nov. 30. Free.  
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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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    Banned Camp

    Austin Public Library and BookPeople present a series of free events for citizens to "engage with books that have been banned or challenged, and be part of the conversation around the freedom to read."
    Through Aug. 28
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    Books, Books, Books in ATX

    Don’t forget, citizen: The best place to get your reading material is from Austin’s own Malvern Books or Half Price Books or Black Pearl Books or BookPeople or BookWoman or Reverie Books stores – in person or online. (And for the ultimate in vintage collectors’ editions and unique works on paper, we recommend the excellent South Congress Books.)Or try Bookshop.org in general – because Bookshop, unlike the online behemoth named after a river, shares the profits among all its independent-bookstore members.
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    Comedy

    Buzz Mill Comedy

    We told you, didn't we, that this newest Buzz Mill has a full slate of funny supercharging their sweet and welcoming lounge, night after night after night? Check their website, see what's on, and (serving suggestion) treat yourself to some mighty tasty noms while you're there.
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    Carver Museum: Peace to the Queen

    The photographer, humanitarian, and educator Jamel Shabazz presents a career retrospective spanning four decades of work, featuring candid portraits of women of color – as curated by Ja’nell Ajani. "At a moment when Black and Brown women are more visibly leading the charge around movements for racial and economic justice, this exhibition has materialized and aligned at a critical moment in American history and Shabazz’s career."
    Through Sept. 17
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    City of Austin's Artist Career Training

    Artist Career Training is a six-week program to advance your creative business. Learn from experts about City of Austin resources, business planning, intellectual property, marketing, and funding. You’ll also meet with mentors and expand your professional network. Application deadline: Tue., Sept. 6.
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    ColdTowne

    "Set your dial to CTTV for at-home entertainment seven nights a week on ColdTowne’s Twitch channel, featuring experimental improv, live podcasts, scripted readings, guest characters, and more." And they've got in-person shows popping up around town, too – Violet Crown Clubhouse, anyone? – so see that website for details.
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    Davis Gallery: Trailheads and Transmutations

    Artist couple Felice House and Dana Younger present painting and sculpture that studies, observes, processes, and transmutes the wild spaces and creatures of Texas, their work deeply resonant with that of painter Thomas Cole, father of the Hudson River School. Natural beauty, in other words, captured with consummate skill by two longtime locals.
    Through Sept. 3
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    HPB&G: Wildlife and Honky Tonks

    The walls of this popular neighborhood restaurant showcases works from three series by Juliet Whitsett.
    Through Sept. 17
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    Ivester Contemporary: Dream Job

    This is a group show displaying sketches, maquettes, and digital renderings of the projects and ideas that the participating artists would pursue if money, time, knowledge, and space weren't in the way: twelve-foot-tall bronze and stained-glass outdoor sculpture, a playground in the shape of giant animal bust, and skyscrapers wrapped in custom vinyl designs. See the creatively imagined in proposal form; see parts of this world as they could be. Bonus: Accompanying show "Review" features six video artworks by seven artists: Andie Flores, Michael Anthony García, Ariel René Jackson, Renee Lai, Katy McCarthy, Natalia Rocafuerte, and VLM.
    Through Aug. 27. Tue.-Fri., 10am-6pm; Sat., 10am-5pm
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    Landmarks: Self-Guided Walking Tour

    Well, it's always an event, isn't it? When you can take your smartphone to access self-guided tours of the outdoor public art sited by UT's award-winning Landmarks program? The answer (as long as the streets and sidewalks aren't dangerous with all this newfangled ice and snow) is a hearty, full-throated YES.
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    Lora Reynolds Gallery: Blow-Up

    Bing Wright's new pictures are enlargements of uncommonly tight crops from images of children at play on a seashore — an outstretched hand splashing water or carrying a beach bucket, liberal smears of sunscreen, fluorescent plastic hair clips, a foot dragging through burbling waves.
    Through Sept. 10
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    MACC: Sendas de Mi Vida

    This new exhibit includes paintings from the past two years, vibrant artworks by Blas E. Lopez only now revealed to the public.
    Through Aug. 27
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    Martha's Contemporary: Hokey Pokey + What You See Is What You Get

    Here's a two-person exhibition that features painting, installation, videography, and sculpture by Moll Brau and Wes Thompson. It's a deep dive into a pool of loneliness, triumph, and rebirth. It's a forest of mazes where fireflies provide the light. It's a show of creations from a pair of terrific, hardworking local artists and you don't want to miss it.
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    Neill-Cochran House: The Hope Suite

    Mark Smith’s The Hope Suite is a series of forty-four collages inspired by the theme of global unity. Each 24-by-18-inch work on paper consists of a background monoprint or a digital photoprint, overlaid with collage, calligraphy, and mixed media. Note: The originals are part of the permanent collection of the Obama Presidential Center Museum in Chicago; the works on display here are limited-edition prints of those originals.
    Through Dec. 16. Free.  
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    Theatre

    Pet Dick: The Found Tapes

    Wait, is this even theatre? Should it be listed somewhere else? The facts are: It's a professional audio performance accessed through the internet; it's dramatically funny (or funnily dramatic); it's from theatre powerhouse Jarrott Productions. Especially because of that last thing, here is where we're pimping this Carlo Lorenzo Garcia-scripted work about how "in 1969, in rural Illinois, private investigator Labinowicz documented on micro-cassette tapes his investigations into a series of unexplained pet deaths over the course of 20 years."
    Available through Aug. 31. $15-18.  
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    Really Small Museum: Melissa Chapman

    Through her work as a metalsmith, Chapman explores the conflictual duality of American life: On one hand, continued senseless gun violence; on the other, the desire we all share for our children (young and adult) to grow up safely and carefree.
    Through Aug. 31. Free.
    3509 Banton
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    Richard Rutner: Global Inspirations

    Here's an exhibition of work by native New Yorker and Austin-based artist Richard Rutner, capturing the natural and cultural influences he's encountered in his global travels.
    Through Sept. 18
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    Comedy

    The Creek and the Cave

    This snazzy spot for local and national stand-up acts has shows almost every night of the week. But you knew that already, right? Let's Get Quizzical, Out in Tech, the Pendejo Time podacast, Your Mom's Favorite Comedian – ah, the onslaught of levity is nigh on relentless. See website for details.[Note: We totally meant to say "yo." Like, "See website for details, yo."][So we're good now, right? Business all sussed? Excellent.][Note: My sister was bit by a moose.]
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    The Hideout

    Live improvisation is back at the Hideout! Been about, what, two years now? But now the diverse lineup of sometimes hilarious, always surprising yes-and shows has returned, with Pgraph and Maestro and more for the most unexpected delights of in-person entertainment. For instance, this weekend: Pets, a sort of lolwhut follow-up to Cats, and Hoot Night, which riffs on skiffy tropes like there's no tomorrow. See the website for details.
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    Theatre

    The Inheritance, Pt 1

    This re-envisioning of E.M. Forster’s masterpiece Howards End – now set in 21st-century New York – asks "how much we owe those who lived and loved before us, questions the role we must play for future generations, and dares us to fearlessly hold on to the wild ride called life." Directed by Dave Steakley for Zach Theatre.
    Through Sept. 4. Wed.-Fri., 7:30pm; Sat.-Sun., 2:30 & 7:30pm. $25 and up.  
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    Umlauf Sculpture Garden

    The Umlauf's famed Garden features expertly wrought sculptures, the bronze or stone cynosures from Charles Umlauf and others anchoring sight among the bright foliage and tree-towered paths. Plus: "Superflora" by "Courtney Egan", video-based sculptural installations of botanical forms, and the annual, architecturally resonant constructions of Design Shine.
    Tue.-Fri., 10am-4pm; Sat.-Sun., 11am-4pm
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    Wally Workman Gallery: Spacious

    Julie Maren expands upon her use of negative space for this show, exploring boundaries and ideas of infinity, her paintings and installations heavily layered and simultaneously heavily redacted, with actual pieces of the canvas cut away. Gorgeous, yes, and unforgettable.
    Through Sept. 4
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    Women & Their Work: The Future Is Behind Us

    Rachel Wolfson Smith focuses our attention on the essential and grounding effect of beauty in nature, portraying constructed, intricate, and imagined landscapes, creating "an antidote to the imbalance many of us experience as we lurch from impulse to impulse in our tech-laden, consumer-driven, modern existence." Yes – an antidote to that, and a paean to the possibilities of graphite wielded by a brilliant hand and mind.
    Through Sept. 29

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