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  • End of Isolation Tour: The BOX

    Join EIT for an immersive theater experience exposing the humanity and horror of solitary confinement. Written by a survivor and presented by the Pulizter Center. Performances conclude with an engagement circle to collectively imagine ways to repair harm in line with transformative justice.
    July 15-17  
    Holy Cross Catholic Church
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    AARC Exhibits

    The Asian American Resource Center features three new exhibitions: "A Sari-Draped World" by Neena Buxani; "Tradition’s Rebirth in Modern Austin" by Kevin Luo; and "Sweet and Sour," curated by Jennifer Ling Datchuk, with works by Mandy Wang, Kym Owens, Kim Le, Shika Joshi, Yuli Chang, and Davyn Ladera.
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    Artworks Gallery: In the Flesh

    The depiction of the human body in its purest form is challenging to capture in most media, but that's what Austin artist Arye Shapiro has been driven to do for the past 20 years – most recently focusing on painting the human figure in oil.
    Through Aug. 13. Reception: Sat., July 9, 2-5pm
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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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    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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    Big Medium: The Lightning Can't Be Harnessed

    Xavier Schipani is an Austin-based transgender artist, who has focused his practice on creating large painting installations that explore the boundaries of gender, body politics, sexuality and queer identity. His unique voice and personal connection to the themes of his work create intimate experiences in combination with a larger than life scale to establish a contrast between the work and the viewer. He continues to investigate fear and anger, masculinity as performance, and the ambiguity of what makes a man.
    Through July 30. Thu.-Sat., noon-6pm
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    Blanton Museum of Art: MemWars

    Many artists work in multiple mediums, but for Lubbock-raised Terry Allen, music, performance, writing, and visual artwork are truly all part of the same practice. As a visual artist, he often creates immersive sculptural installations with an aspect of performance, incorporated through projections and video. For this ninth installment in the Blanton’s Contemporary Project series, Allen reveals a three-channel video installation and a related group of drawings.
    Through July 10  
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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: Creature Comforts

    This excellent new show features ceramic work by Marianne Levy, paintings by Nora McMillen Burke, and sculpture by Jon Nelson. The art on display here will definitely, we reckon, provide much delight and comfort to your own inner creature.
    Through July 23
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    Camiba Gallery: Auspicious Premonition

    The maestro of labor-intensive, screenprinted, hand-braided, multilayered graphic brilliance – yes, we're talking about that Adreon Henry – returns to the Camiba Gallery with a new show.
    Through July 16
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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 Aug. 22
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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 – see website for details.
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    Davis Gallery: Summer Group Show

    This exhibition showcases the depth of work by the Davis Gallery family of artists, featuring 34 Central Texas-based artists – Malou Flato, Fallon Bartos, Lisa Beaman, Steve Brudniak, Jan Heaton, Denise Fulton, Dana Younger, Randall Reid, John Sager, Faustinus Deraet, David Leonard, and more – celebrating both the present and historical feel of our everchanging state.
    Through July 23
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    Elisabet Ney Museum: Secret Place

    The Ney Museum reveals a provocative new exhibition by multimedia artist Rehab El Sadek.
    Through July 31. 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., 8pm; Fri.-Sat., 8 & 10pm. $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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    Hyde Park Bar & Grill: Eve Larson

    Painter Eve Larson draws upon her dance background for subject matter.
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    Ivester Contemporary: Full Bleed

    This is a solo exhibition of works on paper by Austin-based artist Brian Daly, featuring carefully measured angles, arcs, and linework filled with seamless gradients of color that cascade down the page, accompanied by neatly scattered marginalia about "his craft, his color choices, and intimate details of his personal life." Bonus: The gallery's project space reveals the new Ipinya installation by Akirash.
    Through July 9
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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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    Link & Pin Gallery: Summer Strut

    Link & Pin presents a summer show featuring some of their favorite Austin artists; each artist (the amazing Leslie Kell among them) will have a work on display in the gallery, with additional pieces available online.
    Through Aug. 28
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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 July 16
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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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    Northern-Southern: &

    What's that protean artist Stella Alesi been up to for the past year or so? What new areas of graphic exploration has she charted in ways that compel delighted scrutiny? The answer's in this new show at Northern-Southern, where the painter displays her latest creations alongside that of her friends Momo, Michelle Marchessault, Evan Horn, and Michael Hall – all abstractionists, all with work that's rigorously free.
    Through July 24. Thu.-Sun., 2-6pm
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    RSM: The Tee Hee Bee Quilt Show

    Ay-yi-yi, they're making hot even hotter with the Really Small Museum’s July installation. There will be a weekly rotation of sample quilts from the Tee Hee Bee on display at both RSM locations, featuring creations by Sara Newsom, Claudia Porter, Mary Ann Ricky, Carol Hastings, Danielle Mariani, and Sandra McCallum.
    Through July 31
    3509 Banton
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    Sí Gallery: Be Kind, Rewind

    Twelve artists have been selected for a gratuitously eccentric exhibition of work – sculpture, photographs, abstracts, and more – inspired by 80s and 90s pop culture. Here's the dangerous dozen: Pablo Alfredo de la Peña, Ash Margaret, Geist Topping, Paul Acevedo Gomez, Elizabeth Yarosz-Ash, Alec Aita, Risa Culbertson, Terri Lloyd, Maidy Morhous, Sam Tippett, Jason Egitto, and Lenny Gerard.
    906 E. Fifth #202
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    Snail Haven: Comedy Flight Showcase

    This is a stand-up showcase that gives you a taste of the Austin comedy scene, a speed mic with performers doing their best to crack your ass up – four minutes at a time. Note: Location is subject to change at the last minute, so always direct-message @SnailHavenShows on Instagram on the day of, for the most current address.
    Thursdays, 8pm. Free.  
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    The Blanton: Fantastically French! Design and Architecture In 16th- to 18-Century Prints

    Drawing primarily from the Blanton’s extensive holdings of French prints, this exhibition invites you to look closely at exquisite details, marvel at fantastic forms, and take delight in ornate embellishments that celebrate the creativity of imagination across three centuries.
    Through Aug. 14
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    The Contemporary Austin: The Whisperers

    Tarek Atoui is a Paris-based artist and composer whose work explores the medium of sound through a highly collaborative process that generates networks of community involvement. The dynamic installations on view in this exhibition are both sound environments and spaces for activation through occasional live performances.
    Through Aug. 14
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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 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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    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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    Wild Basin: Encounters with Biodiversity

    In this immersive art event that mixes color, conversation, and endangered species, artist Juliet Whitsett invites attendees to become a part of her newest body of work, through a series of activations and interactive experiences.
    Through Aug. 20. $5 and up.  
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    Women & Their Work: One Bad Monkey

    Through soft sculptures and draping foam relief tapestries, Steef Crombach examines the secret life of local icons like the Wheatsville Raptor and the Big Star Bingo Gorilla and more, exploring each character’s evolution as its identity morphs over time and place.
    Through Aug. 4
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    Wyld Gallery

    This is Ray Donley's gallery of art by Native Americans, located Downtown and resplendent with creations from the original people of our struggling country.
    Call for appointment

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