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    Harry and the Thief

    Listen: "Mimi's cousin has a Ph.D. in physics, a brand-new time machine, and a plan. Send Mimi, a professional thief, back to 1863 to help Harriet Tubman change the course of history." Whoa, yes – now we're excited to see Sigrid Gilmer's new play, directed by Marcus McQuirter for the ACC Drama Department.
    Feb. 27-March 8. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. $8.  
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    Alabaster

    This new play by Audrey Cephaly is a darkly comic drama about love, art, and the power of healing. Listen: "After a tornado barrels through North Alabama leaving nothing but death and destruction, only June and her wisecracking pet goat Weezy live to tell the tale." Directed by Rudy Ramirez for Shrewd Productions, starring Lizzie Beckham, Shannon Grounds, Jennifer Jennings, and (the legendary) Jennie Underwood.
    Through March 7. Thu.-Sun., 8pm. $15-30.  
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    Arden of Faversham

    Hidden Room Theatre presents the lamentable and true tale of Master Arden, his wicked wife, her insatiable lover, and the bumbling ruffians the illicit pair hire to kill him. No one's sure if Shakespeare (or Kyd? or Marlowe?) had a hand in writing the script back in the day, but we know that the show is here directed by Beth Burns and embodied by a fine and vigorous cast.
    Through March 1. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. $18-37.  
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    Cloud Tree: Thread-Count

    In which five extraordinary Austin textile artists present a female-centric confrontation of tradition. And those artists? Steef Crombach, Rakhee Jain Desai, Magdalena Jarkowiec, Melissa Knight, and Sara Vanderbeek. Recommended.
    Reception: Fri., Feb. 28, 6-10pm
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    Davis Gallery: Back To the World

    This two-person exhibition features new work by Christian De Dier and William Wahlgren, with Wahlgren's paintings demonstrating a conscious reflection of the natural world and De Dier's mixed-media compositions relying more on transcendental guidance, geometry, and pure emotion.
    Reception: Sat., Feb. 29, 7-9pm
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    Comedy

    Doug Mellard

    The former FPIA returns to the hallowed stage of this longtime club on Dirty Sixth, set to stun the crowds with his "rapid-fire, topic-jumping humor." Topic-jumping? That means he can't really concentrate on anything, we reckon. Can't concentrate on anything but making you laugh your ass off, citizen. Don't make him use the Batman voice on you, now. Bonus: Avery Moore opens.
    Feb. 28-29. Fri., 9pm; Sat., 9 & 11pm. $10.  
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    Classical Music

    Golden Hornet: String Quartet Smackdown VI

    A panel of judges helped select the 16 compositions to be performed live, chosen out of hundreds of submissions from around the world, but you will choose the champion in this sixth annual smackdown hosted by Graham Reynolds, Peter Stopschinski, and Judlyne Gibson. If, that is, you bought your tickets early: The popular event is sold out.
    Sat., Feb. 29, 7:15pm  
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    Good Friday

    The Vortex and New Manifest Theatre Company present the Texas premiere of Kristiana Rae Colón's one-act drama that takes place inside an academic lecture hall as an active shooter storms the campus. "Tweets fly and tensions rise as five women struggle to make sense of the situation." Directed by Simone Raquel Alexander.
    Thu.-Sat., Feb. 28-March 14, 8pm. $15-37.  
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    House

    This is the fourth time in approximately 20 years that Ken Webster is staging Daniel MacIvor's "dark and furiously funny piece that takes you on a whirlwind tour of the offices, circus tents, supermarkets, Ramada Inns, sewers, dreams, and houses that compose the hallucinatory landscape of his life," and we, for one among hundreds, are glad to welcome its return to the stage. Because it is – as most things at the intersection of Webster x MacIvor, to be honest – deeply relevant and revelatory and perfectly performed and, most important for many of us, absolutely fucking hilarious.
    Thu.-Sat., Feb. 27-March 28, 8pm. $24-28 (pay what you can, Thursdays).  
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    Comedy

    How To Say You're Afraid of Commitment In 140 Characters Or Less

    Here, to set your Saturday night on fire, is Valerie Nies' popular one-woman show about the humor in break-ups, relationship self-help, and everything she learned from finally finishing the book Attached.
    Sat., Feb. 29, 8pm. $12.  
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    Visual Arts

    ICOSA: Echoes and Spaces

    New paintings by Shawn Camp and Lana Waldrep-Appl. Camp makes paintings of air and space, with imagery devoid of solid forms. Waldrep-Appl creates images of nothing spaces – places of waiting, landscapes that drone by during a commute, visual white noise, the places between places where things happen.
    Reception: Fri., Feb. 28, 7-10pm  
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    Marcus; or The Secret of Sweet

    Tarell Alvin McCraney's "provocative, poignant, and fiercely humorous coming-of-age story of a young gay man in the South" is directed by Charles O. Anderson and Robert Ramirez for UT Theatre and Dance. And you know that McCraney name, right? The man who wrote Moonlight? Hell yes.
    Feb. 27-March 8. Tue.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. $15-26.  
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    Northern-Southern: Where Is Here

    Here's a project we've been waiting to see the culmination of: 100 photographs of the people of East Austin, one of each age, from newborn to 100 years old – curated by Keyheira Keys and Phillip Niemeyer, decking those excellent walls of this Eastside gallery.
    Reception: Sat., Feb. 29, 6-9pm
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    Prizer Arts & Letters: Take Me Home Tonight

    This is a fundraising art sale and silent auction for the esteemed Prizer gallery, with the venue's community-welcoming walls loaded with work donated by artists, neighbors, collectors, and other art-loving locals. Of course there'll be snacks and noms, but, listen: Come for the love of art, community, and friendship!
    Sat., Feb. 29, 6-9pm
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    Single Black Female

    This is the premiere of Lisa B. Thompson's two-woman show of rapid-fire comic vignettes exploring the lives of thirtysomething middle-class African American women in urban America as they search for love, clothes, and dignity in a world that fails to recognize them among a parade of stereotypes. Directed by Matrex Kilgore for Ground Floor Theatre, starring Michelle Alexander and Valoneecia Tolbert in multiple roles. And here's our review of the show.
    Through Feb. 29. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. $5-40.  
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    Visual Arts

    Vault Stone Shop: I Picked You a Flower

    This is a group exhibition of paintings, a mural, photographs, and sculptural works that explore the thin line between the romantic and sinister, featuring art by Alison Sagebiel, Carlos Carballo, Emmy Laursen, Jaime Reynolds, Josh Row, Navasota Sering, Rohitash Rao, and Scott David Gordon.
    Through March 14
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    Dance

    Ventana Ballet: LEAP!

    Austin’s newest professional ballet company debuts several new works of dance in an homage to Leap Year, featuring choreography (by Ventana's AJ Garcia-Rameau and Dorothy O’Shea Overbey) set to live music of cello and piano.
    Fri.-Sat., Feb. 28-29, 8pm. $20-35.  
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    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.

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