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    Dance

    A'lante Flamenco: Juana: First (I) Dream

    As six voices fill the air, a lone female dancer beats staccato rhythms with her feet. Brilliant, determined, defiant: Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, 17th-century Mexican nun, scholar, writer, and advocate for women’s education. Bonus: the Texas Early Music Project performs Baroque choral works from the era.
    Through Jan 14. Fri.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 3pm. $21.75.  
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    Classical Music

    ASO: Bella and the Beast

    Conductor Peter Bay and his Austin Symphony start the new year with a bang, as the talented and beautiful Bella Hristova performs the beastly Stravinsky Violin Concerto in D Major, and the night continues with virtuoso nods to the greats of the Baroque and Classical era.
    Jan. 12-13. Fri.-Sat., 8pm. $19 and up.  
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    Visual Arts

    Austin Art Space: 12 Buy 12

    The shape may be square, but the content isn't, we reckon, as the Austin Visual Arts Association gets its annual holiday show underway with a plethora of talented locals contributing to the bright array of works for sale.
    Through Jan. 13
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    Visual Arts

    Billy Reid Austin: Porcelain Lounge

    Here's a selection of new work from Keith Kreeger Studios, including unique porcelain pieces that were hand-thrown exclusively for this pop-up shop.
    Through Jan. 31
    1122 W. Sixth
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    Books

    Borderless: Conversations on Art, Action, and Justice

    In the latest installment of this monthly interview series, host Chaitali Sen speaks with poet, playwright, and activist Nikki Luellen about the power of words and the role of art in reflecting and changing our world.
    Fri., Jan. 12, 7pm
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    Visual Arts

    Camiba Art: The Allegory of Good and Bad Government

    Zoë Shulman uses elaborate geometric symbols to express the virtues and vices of government, like something a more skilled and less gonzo John Dee might've come up with between bouts of angelic possession. The artist's new series of twenty hexagon-shaped artworks are presented as diptychs in a candle-lit gallery, and, listen, you really should see this, friend: It's phenomenal work and perfectly displayed.
    Through Feb. 10
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    Visual Arts

    Carver Museum: State of Ascension

    Mixed-media vessel works by Rejina Thomas, featuring art she created during the past two decades, with themes positioning the womb as a metaphorical looking glass from which viewers experience and understand the world.
    Through Feb. 28
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    Comedy

    ComedySportz

    Two teams of improvisers compete for points and laughter in this family-friendly show based on audience suggestions.
    Fridays & Saturdays, 8pm. $8-10.  
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    Visual Arts

    Davis Gallery: Botanical Eclipse

    Matthew Fuller's technical expertise and dazzling sense of design combine in collusion with his photographically captured flora, resulting in magnified images that allow the viewer to contemplate the most delicate details of earthly life. Suggestion: Plant yourself in front of these beauties for a refreshing art break in the middle of your harried urban existence, citizen.
    Through Jan. 13
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    Comedy

    Esther's: Jeez July is HOT

    Musical comedy skits, magic, and a political satirical revue with the bustling backdrop of Sixth Street on view through the stagefront window! Dig the White House's Infant-in-Chief singing and and dancing his way through “Call Me Baby," that "Congressional Workout" of sweatin'-to-the-lobbyists politicos, the "College Aftermath" that skewers the Generation X job market, and more. Bonus: That sexy magician Ray Anderson is going to walk right through a mirror. Bonus: That sexy magician Ray Anderson is going to walk right through a mirror. No? You don't think so? Then you tell me how it's done, bubba.
    Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $25-35.  
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    Visual Arts

    Full Circle: The Art of Mila Sketch

    "I show the whole through the fine details," says the artist. "I use subliminal manner of drawing and do not know where my own hand will lead me." Yeah, but where it winds up often looks real damned good. And, here, her works are surrounded by craft beer ready for the drinking.
    Through Jan. 30
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    Visual Arts

    grayDUCK Gallery: Practical Acts of Perception

    The works presented here by Cande Aguilar, Mauricio Sáenz, and Jorge Purón utilize proportion as a device to augment or degrade a viewer's perspective. "Launching from the design of the IFRAO Standard Scale used to document archaeological remains, each artist departs and interprets the idea of scale in their own terms."
    Through Jan. 14
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    Comedy

    It's … subterranean!

    It's that underground space Downtown, swarming with improvisers and stand-up comics and sketch artists and sexual misconduct allegations. Monday nights feature Fuck This Week, wherein your moans, groans, gripes, and complaints are turned into comedy gold. They let Rob Gagnon do his Sandbox thing on Tuesdays at 9pm, Wednesdays get some work done in the Garage, Thursday brings that twisted look at dating apps – Fuck. Marry. Kill. – and Friday returns you to the Stoned vs. Drunk vs. Sober shenanigans. Saturday, there's the Megaphone Show, and – ah, see website for details.
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    Comedy

    Joe Tullar

    He's not just headlining the Velveeta Room, he's headlining the All! New! Velveeta! Room! Well, as new as Pat Dean makes it, anyway, yo. And funnyman Tullar, two-time FPIA finalist, has that Nick Saverino opening for him, too. Makes for a solid night of laughter, we reckon.
    Jan. 12-13. Fri., 9pm; Sat., 9 & 11pm. $10.  
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    Visual Arts

    Lora Reynolds Gallery: The Last Tree on the Planet

    Jason Middlebrook’s new sculptures are black, powder-coated steel, isolating the bold designs he's painted on slabs of wood for the last ten years and making them into three-dimensional line drawings. Also, here's a big bonus: "Haaston Paradise," the latest ceramic and fiber works from those irrepressible Haas Brothers.
    Through Feb. 3
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    Visual Arts

    Not Gallery: Between Us

    This excellent part of PrintAustin features work by printmakers Audrey Danze Blood, Camila Escobar, Valeria Rachel Herrera, Anna McNeary, Kelly Taylor Mitchell, and K. Sarrantonio.
    Through Feb. 17
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    Comedy

    Raul Sanchez

    He's been on the road and/or in the clubs since winning the 2013 Funniest Comic in Texas competition. Check out this sharp comic as he returns to the Cap City stage this weekend.
    Jan. 10-13. Wed.-Thu., 8pm; Fri.-Sat., 7:30 & 10:30pm. $12-23.  
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    Visual Arts

    RecSpec Gallery: Last Time

    This fierce gallery of art and design in the midst of Flatbed presents a show of new mixed-media and print works by Austin-based Eva Claycomb, offering "a quick look at slow time."
    Through Feb. 10
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    Dance

    Tapestry: Tap Jam

    Welcome in the new year with this monthly jam, featuring live jazz with Michael Stevens, Austin Kimble, and Steve Schwelling. Bring tap shoes, of course – or borrow some of theirs – but come on over and get those feet of yours some percussive action.
    Fri., Jan. 12, 7pm. Donations accepted.
    4544 S. Lamar
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    Visual Arts

    The Contemporary Austin: John Bock + Wangechi Mutu

    Bock's Dead + Juicy exhibition centers around a newly commissioned film that was shot in and around Austin, blending classic Westerns and dark comedy with spooky thriller and horror aesthetics. Mutu offers a new, site-specific edition of Throw, 2017, a painting created by the artist throwing black paper pulp against the wall, resulting in an abstract composition that dries, hardens, and then degrades over time.
    Through Jan. 14
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    Theatre

    The Immigrant

    Mark Harelik's heartwarming drama is based on the true story of a young Russian-Jewish couple who entered America through the port of Galveston, seeking refuge in the tiny town of Hamilton, Texas, in 1909. Starring Huck Huckaby, Cyndi Williams, Joseph Garlock, and Estrella Gonzales. Directed by Don Toner for Austin Playhouse. And here's what our reviewer thought of the show.
    Through Jan. 28. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. $16-36.  
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    Theatre

    The Voices of Donny Hathaway

    Robert King Jr.'s new musical introduces us to a side of the late, great singer that we've never seen before, re-imagining the night prior to Hathaway jumping off the 15th story of NYC's Essex hotel.
    Jan. 12-13. Fri.-Sat., 7:30pm. $15.  
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    Theatre

    The Way She Spoke: A Docu-Mythologia

    This is Isaac Gomez's acclaimed drama about the survivors and ghosts, the women and men who have witnessed the murder and brutalization of thousands of women every year in Juarez, Mexico. Here starring Karen Rodriguez and directed by Rudy Ramirez for the Vortex Repertory Company. And here Rosalind Faires reports on the origin of the show.
    Through Jan. 20. Thu.-Fri., 8pm; Sat., 5 & 8pm; Sun., 8pm. $15-35.
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    Comedy

    Top Comedy Spot on Airport

    Check out what's happening in this right-next-to-that-funky-video-store hotbed of hilarity. This Thursday features Frankenfriends – that's Dave Buckman, Michael Jastroch, and Rachel Madorsky – rising like a phoenix from the Frank Mills' ashes, followed by the Pendulum showcase of sketch comedy. Friday brings Movie Riot and the laugh-inducing ladies of Loverboy and that Live at ColdTowne stand-up showcase hosted by Carina Magyar. Then there's the mini-golf mayhem of Hellhole and the summer shenanigans of Y'all We Asian on Saturday night – with a potent chaser of Midnight Society! And Sunday's got that Stool Pigeon, of course, and – see website for more.
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    Visual Arts

    Twyla Contemporary Art

    “It changes the room and really makes the house.” The new in-house gallery of these fine-art promoters boasts a diverse roster of artists and includes work by Austin-based Terra Goolsby and Rebecca Rothfus Harrell. See website for stylish details.
    209 W. Ninth
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    Visual Arts

    Umlauf Museum: Flight and Fall

    The popular venue offers a rich journey through classic archetypes as interpreted through Charles Umlauf’s sculptures and drawings.
    Through March 12
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    Theatre

    Uncle Vanya

    The tragicomic classic by Anton Chekhov is presented by City Theatre in a newly adapted interpretation written and staged by Rod Mechem.
    Through Feb. 4. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 3pm. $10-25.
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    Visual Arts

    Wander

    Austin's innovative Art In Public Places project has conjured up an excellent choose-your-own-adventure sort of experience that incorporates actual sculpture on display around our urban hub. Roam the streets, roam the art, deep in the heart of Texas.
    All the time, any time
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    Theatre

    When We Are Married

    "The Helliwells, the Parkers, and the Soppitts are highly respected pillars of their community … but not for much longer. Married on the same day in the same chapel, they gather to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary. The celebrations are short-lived when they discover the vicar wasn’t licensed and they're not actually married, that they've been living in sin for 25 years."J.B. Priestley’s comedy is directed by Norman Blumensaadt for Different Stages.
    Through Feb. 2. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 3pm. $15-30.  
    Black Box Theatre, 901 Trinity
Ongoing
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    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.

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