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  • Texas Mesquite Arts Festival

    The Mesquite Arts Festival has become one of the top events in Fredericksburg. Visitors will be treated to collections of sculpted wood from the world’s absolute finest mesquite craftsmen. Items range from large furniture items such as beds, dressers and chairs, to unique craft and gift items, Christmas ornaments and more all carefully crafted of mesquite.
    Oct. 7-Oct. 9  
    Downtown Fredericksburg Market Square
  • "...but you could've held my hand" by JuCoby Johnson

    Four ten-year-olds meet at a wedding. Little do they know, they will become the center of each other’s lives for decades to come. Jumping through time, we see these people only during important life moments such as prom, funerals, weddings, anniversaries and even divorces. …but you could’ve held my hand uses dance, music and poetry.
    Oct. 6-16, 2022  
    UT Theatre and Dance
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    ACC Art Galleries: Quotations from Daily Life

    This exhibition brings together the work of seven ACC Studio Art faculty members – Jill Bedgood, Jonas Criscoe, Melanie Hickerson, Brian Johnson, Haydeé Victoria Suescum, David Thornberry, and Gary Webernick – who work in a range of media including painting, drawing, printmaking, assemblage art, and sculpture.
    Through Oct. 27  
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    Art for the People Gallery: Spectacular

    New art, new artists, new show – a group exhibition (more than 30 local artists) supercharges the interior of this popular South First Street venue. Bonus: This is also the debut of curator Hallie Rae Ward's own "Classical POP" show.
    Through Oct. 21
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    Atelier Dojo: Remote Studios

    The local powerhouse of figurative painting, the art school that's the smart school for artists of all kinds, they've got a painting-along-at-home series going to help you keep your skills honed in these socially restrictive times, featuring live costumed models posing on camera and a thriving community of creatives rendering that lovely human biotecture from their separate studios. "Join us for a three-hour costumed-model drawing session. Use any supplies you wish, listen to music, share your work, chat with others. It’s a great way to stay connected with your art community!"
    Tuesdays, 1:30-4:30pm; Fridays, 6:30-9:30pm; Saturdays, 9:30-12:30pm. $5.  
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    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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    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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    Butridge Gallery

    The Bliss of Solitude Saul Jerome E. San Juan presents his plein-air paintings, featuring new watercolors painted in Wimberley and the Big Bend region of West Texas in July 2022. Fragments of the Landscape Tiffany Heng Hui Lee utilizes shape, color, and texture to create mixed-media collages, paintings, and sculptures to capture segments of the natural landscape. Nature in Vogue Neena Buxani’s vibrant paintings of flora and fauna highlight the glamour of the natural world.
    Through Oct. 15
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    Canvas: Glitch

    Now on glorious display in this progressive Eastside gallery, Sandra Boskamp's figurative paintings combine representational forms with surrealistic elements, calling out the masking of individuality behind modern filters, creating images that accentuate their subjects' qualities to create layered, puzzle-like portraits.
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    Cloud Tree: Pinnacles

    This new series of paintings by John Mulvany weaves together events – remembered, recounted, or directly experienced – into an allegorical narrative documenting a singular imagined event set over a 24-hour period in the desert and mountains along the border of Texas and Mexico. "When I took my first trip to Big Bend," says the artist, "the heat, the extraordinary light, the intense silence, the long blue shadows – it was the most exotic and intense landscape I had ever experienced." And now you can know that experience, too, citizen – via visions from the eyes and mind of this talented man, as rendered in meticulous pigments on paper, on canvas, on the heart of the world.
    Closing reception with the artist: Sun., Oct. 9, 2pm
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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: Beyond the Western Sky

    The newest group show at this excellent venue features works by B. Shawn Cox, Faustinus Deraet, Garrett Middaugh, Dana Younger, Julie Davis, and Felice House.
    Through Oct. 15
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    East Austin Comedy Club

    Founded by comedians Raza Jafri and Andre Ricks, this club operates out of Tiger Den on the Eastside is the city's only BIPOC-owned comedy venue.
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    Elisabet Ney Museum: Eve

    This is a new exhibition by documentarian photographer Cindy Elizabeth, featuring an outdoor installation that is immersed within the museum’s native landscape. There are large-scale photographs inside the building, too, interwoven amongst Elisabet Ney's own neoclassical sculptures.
    Through Oct. 30. Free.
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    Esther's Follies

    Esther's Follies – Austin's not-so-secret weapon in the fight against ennui – the comedy gem that still dazzles this growing urban hub – returns to the weekly live and in-person stage of their club on Dirty Sixth, the whole troupe bringing back old favorites and debuting a new program of hilarity with topical, ripped-from-the-headlines sketches and musical numbers. And you do need a laugh or two, right about this time, don't you, citizen? (And how about a margarita to go with that?) We'd add that the mind-boggling illusions presented by magician Ray Anderson are a bonus in the night's clever spectacle ... but, the way that arch maestro conjures mystery and delight, "bonus" would be an insult.
    Thu., 7pm; Fri.-Sat., 7 & 9pm. $30-40.  
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    Fallout Comedy

    This hotbed of local performance is carrying on even more than usual, with an eclectic mix of live, mind-rocking comedy from some of Austin's best, all week long. Pro tip: The Sure Thing showcase on Friday night is, as ever, a don't-miss event. And, srsly, who would ever disagree with the sentiment of Monday night's Fuck This Week show? Check the website for details.
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    Flatbed Press: Everyone

    Here's an exhibition of prints created by Connie Arismendi during her residency at Flatbed during 2021-2022, centered on words that carry multiple meanings. This showcase includes 18 large monoprints and a suite of three etchings (featuring monoprint patterns printed as chine collé with the etched image/word).
    Through Oct. 16
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    Hyde Park Grill: Ernie Gammage

    The Austin-based author and musician displays his artwork on the walls of this popular eatery.
    Through Oct. 10
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    I Love HPT

    This show's a fundraiser for Hyde Park Theatre, written and performed by HPT's artistic director Ken Webster, and it's about Hyde Park Theatre – the highs and lows of the company's long history, the ins and the outs, the day-to-day humdrum and (until we see this show we can only imagine) the truly fucking weird. Fascinating from a local perspective, even if you've never been (how?) to HPT, and – as manifested by Webster, live onstage – well worth seeing. He's fierce, funny, obsessive, a true powerhouse of professional passion. And, yes, he was our cover story back in 2007.
    Through Oct. 8. Fri.-Sat., 8pm. $25.  
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    ICOSA: As It Was

    Here are new works by Jonas Criscoe and B. Shawn Cox that explore "the transformative power of quilting." Through the use of traditional patterns, manipulated surfaces, and found materials, each artist employs a patina of touch to transform the familiar and nostalgic into a palimpsestic rendition of itself.
    Through Oct. 29
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    Ivester Contemporary: Pulp Alchemy

    This is a solo exhibition by Jenn Hassin – the artist’s first show of new work since completing her MFA at Columbia University. The work in "Pulp Alchemy" features military uniforms from all six branches of service, medical uniforms, children’s clothing, blue jeans, carved bone, and porcelain, meticulously transformed into beautiful, raw memorials to the survivors of trauma.
    Through Oct. 15
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    Laguna Gloria

    This local treasure of a venue, run by those Contemporary Austin folks who also bring us the Jones Center shows Downtown, is all about the outdoors – which is perfect for these trickily navigated times of ours, n'est-ce pas? Recommended: Stop by and breathe in the air, enjoy the lawns and gardens and the many examples of world-class sculpture arrayed across the property, and (as Frankie used to say) r-e-l-a-x.
    Thu.-Fri., 9am-noon; Sat.-Sun., 9am-3pm
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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: Lost Pines

    This exhibition of new photographs is the gallery's first presentation of work by the Austin artist (and musician and husband and father and professor) Barry Stone. You want to see images that are beautiful and often a little eerie? You want to witness photos with backstories that can inspire something like awe? Find yourself among these "Lost Pines."
    Through Nov. 12
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    Lydia Street Gallery: SUM of the Parts

    Valerie Fowler, that acclaimed painter of natural phantasmagoria, returns with a new show. Says the artist: "I began this body of work feeling scattered, a little spent and rudderless, then walloped by unrelenting heat, the worst in my memory, and I’m a lifelong Texan… Beyond the walls of my studio, fires and floods were happening seemingly everywhere, and the Arctic ice cap was melting four times faster than scientists had previously understood. I felt exhausted from the challenge to maintain hope. I decided to just keep at the work, following curiosity, making pieces that reflected my scattered consciousness." Suggestion: Give your eyes a glimpse of the wild sublime and soak in the glory of what Fowler's brushes and pigments so vividly capture.
    Through Oct. 30. Free.
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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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    Martha's Contemporary: True Romance

    The paintings here are a reflection of Brach Tiller's lived experience in Detroit over the past year, an expression of his romantic relationship and the city of Detroit. Bonus: Crystal Topcoat by Payton McGowen and Adam Linn.
    Through Oct. 15
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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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    Northern-Southern Gallery: Outer Middle

    Brad Tucker has made some amazing new works: cheerfully complex, savvy, funny, reflective, and beautiful. Transmountain's design work is Italo-modern by way of El Paso, embedding critical reflections into luxurious forms, using material as grammar. Together, this pairing soars.
    Through Oct. 23
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    Poetry Jam at Victory Grill

    The hottest spoken word poets hit the stage for a night of thought-provoking vibes, is the idea here. Open mic available, too.
    Fri., Oct. 7, 8pm. $20.  
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    Shining City

    Longtime Austin theatre company Different Stages opens a new season with this complexly haunting play by Conor McPherson, in which a man is visited by the ghost of his dead wife. Directed by Norman Blumensaadt, with performances by Rick Felkins, Sam Grimes, Weston Smith, and Adrienne Gilg.
    Through Oct. 9. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 3pm. $25 and up.  
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    Strange Beasts VII: Guzu vs. The King

    The King of the Monsters is back, and this time he – Gojiraaaaaaaa! – will be vividly rendered by 23 bone-crushingly talented and ferocious artists from Austin. Printed and original artwork will be available for purchase, in-person and online, from the lizard-limning likes of Kyle Armstrong, Chet Phillips, Half-Human, Tessa Morrison, Matt Frank, Daddy Otis, and more.
    Through Nov. 6
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    The Contemporary Austin: IN A DREAM YOU SAW A WAY TO SURVIVE AND YOU WERE FULL OF JOY

    Explore the works of eight female artists – Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley, Adriana Corral, Ellie Ga, Juliana Huxtable, Tala Madani, Danielle Mckinney, Wendy Red Star, and Clare Rojas – in this new exhibition that explores how narrative and storytelling shape our senses of self, community, history, and identity.
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    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 podcast, Your Mom's Favorite Comedian – ah, the onslaught of levity is nigh on relentless. This weekend, SNL's Colin Quinn is (we mean, obviously) your best bet. See website for details.
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    The Pact

    This world premiere – the inaugural show in Jarrott Productions' first full live mainstage season in three years – is Max Langert's play about family, pizza, climate change, dating apps, and fringe religious sects. Featuring Natalie D. Garcia, David R. Jarrott, Jennifer Jennings, Lisa Scheps, and Hannah Schochler, as directed by Will Gibson Douglas.
    Through Oct. 15. Wed.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 6pm. $18-35.  
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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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    West Chelsea Contemporary: Austin Director's Choice

    This new show at WCC features works from renowned artists such as Slim Aarons, Ash Almonte, Salvador Dali, Mari Kim, Alex Katz, and more
    Through Oct. 23
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    Wyld Gallery

    This is Ray Donley's gallery of art by Native Americans, located in that company of artistic glory called Canopy and resplendent with creations from the original people of our struggling country.
    Call for appointment
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    Yard Dog: New Baseball Paintings

    Austin artist Will Johnson explores the history of baseball in a series of portraits of players. An avid baseball fan since childhood, he began creating these paintings in 2007 or 2008, wanting to pay tribute to some of his favorite players and stories — especially unheralded players — through folk art paintings.

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