Home Events Arts

for Fri., Sept. 21
  • Austin Film Festival & Writers Conference

    For 25 years now AFF has fired up its spotlight and pointed it directly where the Hollywood sun doesn’t always shine – the writer. Check out over 150 films across 7 venues. Use promo code CHRONFP for $10 off Film Passes!
    Oct. 25-Nov. 1  
Recommended
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Davis Gallery: De/Construction

    This three-person exhibit featuring the work of Austin artists Joseph Hammer, Chun Hui Pak, and Gabe Langholtz focuses on each artist’s ability to dismantle their subjects and reimagine them into new compositions.
    Through Oct. 20
  • Arts

    Comedy

    It's … Hideoutrageous!

    There's a stage upstairs, there's a stage downstairs, there's coffee all over the place and all sorts of shows and classes here. Thursday brings you (gasp!) an early Parallelogramophonograph show and the Free Fringe of improv. Friday's got the Grandslam Comedy Hour with Best-of-Austin badasses The Knuckleball Now, followed by that Big Bash, a Threefer of troupes, and then the TheatreDome raging all shiny and chrome. Then, on Saturday night, after The Well-Made Play, it's La Vida de los Muertos, rising again to show you the life of the dead. And, oh, don't miss the competitive improv donnybrook of Maestro! See website for more.
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Volcom Garden: We're New Here

    Now here's a perception-widening photography exhibition for you, featuring ongoing bodies of work from Sandy Carson, Clif Wright, and Adrian Whipp. How about vivid images capturing imperfections in the American social landscape? And an array of mini acid-trip glass plates containing a small universe of visuals covered with an alchemical mess of silver nitrate and imagery? See them here, feel it all now.
    Through Sept. 29  
  • Arts

    Theatre

    Atlantis: A Puppet Opera

    Ethos and the Vortex present this revival of their theatrical spectacle that reveals a mythic world of warring religious zealots obsessed with world domination and nonrenewable energy. With an original score by Chad Salvata, puppets designed by Ann Marie Gordon and Melissa Vogt, a talented cast working the puppets and giving full voice Anderson Dear's vocal arrangments, and the whole thing is directed by that unstoppable Bonnie Cullum. Note: Puppets, yes, but this ain't a kiddie show. Bonus: ASL-interpreted performance on Sept. 8.
    Through Sept. 29. Thu.-Sun., 8pm. $15-35.  
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Bale Creek Allen Gallery: The Onlookers

    Here's a show of new work – sculpture, drawings, and paintings – by that Austin-based Renaissance man Bob Schneider.
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Blackbox: Shared Spaces

    Here's an exhibition of hand-sculpted wire pigeons and oil pastel colorfield landscapes by Gabel Karsten, brightening the walls of that stylish and welcoming space hosted by Stella and Leon Alesi.
    Reception: Fri., Sept. 21, 6-9pm  
  • Arts

    Dance

    Blue Lapis Light: Belonging, Part One

    These new (and, we daresay, breathtaking) performances from Austin's premier aerial dance company will feature dancers on the storied Seaholm architecture, aerialists swinging from the stacks, ground-based performers, and digital media focused on the sustainability of our environment.
    Sept. 20-30. Thu.-Sun., 8pm. $45-60.  
  • Arts

    Theatre

    Confessions of a Mexpatriate

    In Raul Garza's very funny and thought-provoking play, a Mexican-American urban sophisticate who wants to connect with his roots ventures deep into the Mexican interior and, ah, learns a thing or two about himself and the world. Featuring Mical Trejo, as directed by Ken Webster for Hyde Park Theatre. Note: When this excellent show debuted a few years ago, Robert Faires interviewed the playwright right here.
    Thu.-Sat., Sept. 20-Oct. 20, 8pm. $23-27 (pay what you can, Thursdays).  
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Generative Art Project: Synthetic Aesthetic

    The show's title refers to the computer-driven process that "stretches the visionary potential of its human co-creators and viewers alike with its alien sensibilities." On display here, in mindwarping irreality: a selection of videos, digital prints, and video slideshows by Simon Russell, David Bennett, James Pricer, and Sean Capone. Recommended.
    Through Sept. 30
    1621 E. Sixth #1107
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    grayDUCK Gallery: Serene Disturbance

    Listen: "Scattered along the shores of a growing lake, small volcanic rocks disintegrate from endless fractures. Left behind in the wake of a glacier’s now constant recession, these scarred tokens from the mountain show an array of colorful shards between their dark crevices." And this new exhibition by Dameon Lester is the exploration of one such rock, transmediated via modest materials and repetitive minimal shapes, abstractly focusing on our cause and effect with nature.
    Through Oct. 28
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    ICOSA Gallery: We Can See Through Time

    In their second collaboration, Matt Rebholz and Rachel Wolfson Smith transform rocks, plants, and bits of urban detritus into fantastic landscapes, the materials cropped, collaged, and reimagined as layered red and blue drawings. Note: You'll be provided with a pair of 3-D glasses as a point of entry into these disorienting spaces.
    Through Oct. 6
  • Arts

    Theatre

    KUT's ATXplained LIVE!

    KUT News takes its award-winning crowdsourced reporting project to the stage for an evening of live storytelling based on questions from Austinites about the city’s people, places, and culture.
    Fri., Sept. 21, 7pm. Free, but RSVP.  
  • Arts

    Theatre

    Monroe

    This newest play from Lisa B. Thompson is about a woman who, following the lynching death of her older brother, must decide whether being the keeper of her family’s roots and cultural traditions justifies living under Jim Crow. Starring Deja Morgan, Crystal Bird Caviel, and Kriston Woodreaux, directed by Lara Toner Haddock for Austin Playhouse.
    Through Sept. 30. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. $16-36.  
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Recspec Gallery: Dreamscapes

    Vy Ngo's abstract works show how our historical past and memories can shift with time and emotionality into a world unrecognizable even to ourselves.
    Through Oct. 6
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Visual Arts Center: Season Opening Reception

    Enjoy refreshments (from Big Bend Brewing, no less) and conversation as you view the new exhibitions brightening this premier UT-based visual arts space here in the fall of 2018: "Lan Tuazon: In the Land of Real Shadows," "Exploring the Arctic Ocean," "Like the Lonely Traveler: Video Works by María Magdalena Campos-Pons," "Another Green World," and "Sit: Designs by Charles and Ray Eames."
    Fri., Sept. 21, 6-8pm. Free.  
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Wally Workman Gallery: Carol Dawson

    Is it because living creatures are mostly water, is that why the medium of watercolor works so well in capturing the image of an animal or plant? You could spiel out some metaphysical fantasy to that effect, sure; but the more concrete truth of the matter is this: It takes a painter with the talent, skill, and intent of Carol Dawson to render visuals accurate enough to express the inherent beauty of this world's flora and fauna. Now here's the local writer and artist's fourth solo show at WWG, with a bounty of birds among the botanicals, and the whole thing just about makes the heart take flight.
    Through Sept. 29
  • Arts

    Theatre

    Your Mother's Copy of the Kama Sutra

    Now this is the regional premiere from that excellent playwright and theatrical badass Kirk Lynn, about "what it means to see and be seen, to love and be loved, to know and be known. And sex, too." Directed by Alexandra Bassiakou Shaw for your slightly foxed friends at Present Company.
    Sept. 21-Oct. 15. Thu.-Sun., 8pm. Extra shows: Wed., Oct. 3, 8pm; Mon., Oct. 8 &15, 8pm. Donations accepted.  
All Events
Ongoing
  • Arts

    Offscreen

    Austin Public

    Committed to freedom of speech and expression, Austin Public is a nonexclusive and content-neutral media studio that offers low- and no-cost training, equipment, facilities, and cablecasting services to all Austinites. It is managed by the Austin Film Society under contract from the city of Austin, and operates cable channels 10, 11, and 16, and live streams. New training classes are ongoing; see website for calendar.

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle