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    Abby Rosenquist

    Rosenquist's taking a little time off from slaying them in NYC's The Stand this weekend, bringing her Philly's Phunniest Person self to the Velv for a night of comedy – with Devon Walker opening.
    Jan. 26-27. Fri., 9pm; Sat., 9 & 11pm. $10.  
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    Elisabet Ney Museum: Austin Women by Austin Women

    That excellent Hyde Park bastion of artistry celebrates the wealth of energy and spirit Austin women bring to both sides of the camera, through works by Ave Bonar, Amalia Diaz, Christa Blackwood, Hannah Neal, and Erica Wilkins that illuminate another section of the city's FotoATX festival.
    Artist talk: Sat., Jan. 27, 2pm. Free.  
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    Theatre

    Strip: The Musical

    Acclaimed playwright Amparo Garcia-Crow's newest stage creation reveals the "naked truth" behind the stories of three iconic performers – Lenny Bruce, Josephine Baker, and Candy Barr – presenting them together as one heroic tale in this timely exploration of sexual taboos, freedom of speech, and the power of femininity. Starring Jolie Goodnight, Feliz Dia MacDonald, and Isaac Garza. Bonus: Shakey Graves!
    Jan. 24-28. Wed.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 2 & 8pm. $30-100.  
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    Wally Workman Gallery: Juan Luis Jardi

    Mark our words: You want to see what this talented man can do with oils on big swaths of canvas. Realism? Yes, but magical realism. Understated, quotidian, almost melancholy – except maybe there's been a quiet little rupture between this universe and another slightly different one, hasn't there?
    Through Jan. 27
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    FronteraFest 2018: The Short Fringe

    What's on the schedule this final week? Brilliant monologues? Comedy improv? Cabaret singers? Avant-garde dance? Bizarre performance art? Multimedia? The 25th annual FronteraFest's "Best of the Fest" gathers the diverse goodness of this year's crop and forms it into the tastiest schedule of short theatre 2018 is likely to see. Check the website for details!
    Through Feb. 17. Tue.-Sat., 8pm. $18.  
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    Gallery Shoal Creek: Strata

    These prints – woodcut, intaglio – and drawings by New Mexico artist Karina Noel Hean explore her responses to the landscape, all containing "a layering of time, memory, and mark," and composing just one vivid part of this year's PrintAustin program.
    Through Feb. 17
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    Comedy

    Rachel Feinstein

    You know this nationally touring comedian from Last Week With John Oliver and her Comedy Central specials, right? Or from HBO's Crashing? Catch her at Cap City this weekend, now that the Harsh Snows of Winter have somewhat diminished and it's safe to drink your Topo Chico outside again.
    Jan. 25-27. Thu., 8pm; Fri.-Sat., 7:30 & 10pm. $14-23.  
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    Speak No More

    Hideout Studios inaugurates its new performance space with this immersive, wordless, improvised tale inspired by Shakespearean tragedies. Audiences will bear witness to the ghosts of a family of unfortunate souls and their doomed acquaintances as they play out their misfortunes over and over again. And was our reviewer impressed? Well, this is what he had to say about the show.
    Through Jan. 27. Fri.-Sat., 8pm. $13.  
    Hideout Studios, 2505 E. Sixth Ste. 3-C
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    893 | Ya-ku-za

    The Generic Ensemble Company presents Daria Miyeko Marinelli's new drama, set over the course of a business lunch in a Japanese restaurant somewhere in the U.S., in which a young woman seeks to become the first female member of the infamous Japanese crime syndicate. Directed by kt shorb and Jesus I. Valles.
    Through Feb. 10. Thu.-Sun., 8pm. $15-35.  
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    Art on 5th: Kenneth Tom Olsen

    The Danish artist returns to Austin with his collection of spray paints, acrylics, and stencils, rendering new batches of works on the spot.
    Through Feb. 25
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    Art.Science.Gallery.: SOLAR

    The PrintAustin wonderments continue at this excellent venue, featuring prints about the sun or made by our sun (as in solar printmaking, cyanotyping, or printing with photosensitive inks) or for the sun (concerning sun- or star-related cultural and natural history). And, note, this Saturday is the last day before the gallery leaves Canopy forever.
    Through Feb. 24
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    Austin Central Library: Portraits of the People Who Shape Our City

    That magnificent new library Downtown hosts this portion of FotoATX, displaying George Brainard's photos of musicians, artists, journalists, and other icons that make Austin unique.
    Through Feb. 18
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    Classical Music

    Austin Chamber Ensemble: Bernstein, Berlin, and Birthdays

    Here's a free concert in which pianists Martha M. Ahern and Stephen Burnaman and mezzo-soprano Katherine Altobello perform piano works/arrangements and vocal solos by Leonard Bernstein, Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, and Claude Debussy.
    Fri., Jan. 26, 7:30pm. Free, but RSVP.  
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    Bale Creek Allen Gallery: The Trophoblast

    Photography, drawings, and sculpture by two young, New York-based artists: Malu Byrne and Will Squib.
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    Big Medium: For When the Leaves Grow Cold, but I Still Require Your Shoulder

    This suite of paintings by Ricardo Vicente Ruiz is rooted in the history and folklore of harvesting seasons in the Southwest. Curated by Jeffrey Dell, it's the gallery's first exhibition of 2018.
    Through Feb. 17
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    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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    Butridge Gallery: Terra Incognita

    Nancy Mims documents her daily practice of walking and looking, filling her camera with bits and pieces of what she encounters, now displaying the best results on these walls as part of FotoATX.
    Through Feb. 12
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    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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    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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    Comedy

    Esther's Jumpin' June

    Musical comedy skits, magic, and a political satirical revue with the bustling backdrop of Sixth Street on view through the stagefront window! Dig their Neverending Trumpstory, the Follies' tribute to that Donald and his castaways: Sarah, Kellyanne, Melania, and the Orange One's archnemesis. Plus, The Congressional Workout that aims to keep politicians in shape while running from Capitol Hill. 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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    Flatbed Press: The Contemporary Print

    Witness the vibrant, graphic diversity of PrintAustin's fifth annual juried exhibition – a survey of the traditions and the innovations of contemporary printmaking, including lithography, relief, intaglio, silkscreen, and monotype.
    Through Feb. 18  
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    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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    grayDUCK Gallery: Café Avatar

    "As humanity enters a new graphic skin, how will we remember our physical selves – or are we becoming computational mochas? Where do our avatars hang out when not in use?" Nick Butcher and Nadine Nakanishi's new show explores these questions with a playful collection of images and objects, both figurative and abstract.
    Through Feb. 18
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    Books

    I Scream Social

    This reading series at Malvern, hosted by Annar Veröld and Schandra Madha, features young women poets and fiction writers from Austin – this week, Charlotte Gullick, Aimée Mackovic, and Vivé Griffith – and free cool confections from Amy’s Ice Cream & Sweet Ritual.
    Fri., Jan. 26, 7pm
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    Theatre

    If I Forget

    Southwest Theatre Productions presents this new family drama by Steven Levenson, in which siblings come home to visit their father and reveal secrets they've kept hidden, directed by Kat Sparks.
    Through Feb. 4. Fri.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 4pm. $20-25.  
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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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    Visual Arts

    La Peña: Latino Artists in Printmaking

    This part of PrintAustin features prints made by artists from Texas, Mexico, Peru, and Chile, including woodcuts, linocuts, serigraphs, printing on ceramics, fabrics, and more.
    Through Feb. 8
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    La Pulga Pop-up Exhibition

    Deep Red Press and Arlene Mejorado present a photographic series that captures the vibrant culture of San Antonio's flea market, mercados, and tiagius community. Bonus: zines for sale!
    Fri., Jan. 26, 6-9pm
    Nepantla, USA 1209 E. Cesar Chavez
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    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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    MACC: Su-Realidad

    Here's an exploration of surreal photography and installation art, another part of the city's FotoATX project, curated by members of Caminos, the Mexican American Cultural Center's teen leadership program.
    Through March 3
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    MASS Gallery: Proxemics

    In which six artists wield the human body as a tool for communication through character creation, distortion, and documentation: Ben Aqua, Felipe Baeza, Xavier Schipani, Silky Shoemaker, riel Sturchio, and Jaimie Warren.
    Through Feb. 24
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    Material Girls: XOXO

    Each of the six members of Material Girls invited another artist to participate by creating her own interpretation of a vessel. In addition to making vessels, all 12 artists shared short videos, accumulating many moments of touch and movement in response to one another by mirroring small gestures. This served as a way of connecting in a more tangible, intimate, and tactile way across distance – and the videos were compiled and edited to create the collaborative multi-channel video installation called "Same," which will be on display with the vessels.
    Through Jan. 28
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    Visual Arts

    Mexic-Arte Museum: Fotografía y Nuevos Medios

    Amassed over the last 35 years, the museum’s newest exhibition explores the plurality of resistance, highlighting varied lineages of Latinx and Latin-American resistance. Here's our full review of the show. Bonus: The concurrent "Desert Triangle Print Carpeta" exhibition features the work of 30 printmakers.
    Through May 27. $10.
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    Prizer Gallery: Roux

    The printmaking artists of the ROUX Collective – Ann “Sole Sister” Johnson, Rabéa Ballin, Delita Martin, and Lovie Olivia – examine cultural and societal issues of genealogy, feminism, identity, and other topics affecting women of the African Diaspora.
    Through Feb. 24
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    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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    Theatre

    Rude Mechs: A Salon … in a Salon

    The Rudes continue crushAustin, their venue-hopping variety series brought on by egregious lack of performance space, with this night of drinks, light fare, and illuminating conversation about the experimental and creative process – with Kirk Lynn and Madge Darlington, choreographer Alexa Capareda, geneticist Jennifer Moon, cell biologist Arturo De Lozanne, and science and fiction writer Kyle Davis. Hosted by Khristian Méndez Aguirre and Alexandra Bassiakou Shaw.
    Fri., Jan. 26, 7pm. Free, but RSVP.  
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    Sancho: An Act of Remembrance

    In which Royal Shakespeare Company actor Paterson Joseph inhabits the curious, daringly determined life of Sancho – composer, social satirist, general man of refinement – while casting new light on the often-misunderstood narratives of African-British experience.
    Jan. 25-26. Thu.-Fri., 8pm. $10-40.  
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    Slugfest: Misremembrance

    Whether making intaglio plates with construction supplies or using prints as building materials in sculptural forms, the works of Silas Breaux are inspired by his observation of the relationship between natural and built environments. This part of PrintAustin is a perfect show for Slugfest, we reckon, the venue itself a lovely relationship between natural and built environment. Bonus: Cats, live ones, in the gallery.
    Through Feb. 17
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    SouthPop: 40 Years of Esther's Follies

    Four decades of the funniest topical sketches in the whole blamed city? That's exactly what Shannon Sedwick and Michael Shelton and their talented crowd of friends have brought to Esther's Follies, and now the history of those Follies – posters, prints, original artworks, doc-u-men-ta-tion of all kinds – are on display in this bastion of local goodness.
    Through Feb. 28
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    Susanna Dickinson Museum: Historic Downtown

    This segment of the FotoATX initiative features historical photographic images of Austin’s famous landmarks.
    Through Feb. 18
    411 E. FIfth
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    The Gallery Mixtape

    Here's an opportunity for black visual and performing artists to connect and engage an inter-generational community, featuring performances by Kristen Trotty, Anastasia Smith, and Tree G. Also, artists can meet with the Carver Museum's curatorial team and join the institution's Artist Registry.
    Fri., Jan. 26, 7-10pm
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    Theatre

    The Giver

    "When eleven-year-old Jonas is selected as his society's next Receiver of Memory, it becomes his duty to relive distant moments from his community's past," in Lois Lowry's sci-fi novel. And here Tilt Performance Group presents the Eric Coble stage adaptation of the tale, directed by Adam Roberts.
    Jan. 26-28; Fri.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. $10-15.  
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    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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    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. After which, the joint gets a-swinging with the sketch comedy of Pendulum. Friday brings Movie Riot and the laugh-inducing ladies of Loverboy and that Live at ColdTowne stand-up showcase hosted by Carina Magyar on the same night. On Saturday, Girls Girls Girls music things up with Broad Ambition, followed by Y'all We Asian showing you what they did during their Summer Vacation – 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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    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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    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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    Unveiling José Parlá's Amistad América

    Join the artist and the good people of Landmarks as Parlá's monumental mural transforms a 4,000-square-foot wall into a sweeping visual landscape.
    Fri., Jan. 26, 5:30pm. Free.  
    UT's Rowling Hall, 300 W. MLK.
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    Visual Arts Center: Spring Opening Reception

    Welcome into the galleried world of the UT visual arts program these newest exhibitions: "I Think We Meet Here," "The Codex Borgia," "Just Press Print," "Almost Doesn't Count," and "Gold Tape."
    Fri., Jan. 26, 6-8pm. Free.
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    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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    Weaver Gallery: Now & Then

    And here's a show, among the other PrintAustin exhibitions packing Flatbed Press's array of galleries, of monotypes, collagraphs, and print collages by Catherine Small and N.J. Weaver.
    Closing reception: Fri., Feb. 16, 6-8pm
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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
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    Women & Their Work: No Trace of Now Will Remain

    Inspired by the writings of Rimbaud and Victorian mourning attire, Gail Chovan "gives exaggerated form to the long deceased by adorning apparitions in hyper-stylized garments and accessories from the past, using fragments and fabrication to enshroud memories, give form to absence, and celebrate remnants as potent vehicles for resuscitation." We excitedly await the opening of this new show of work from the queen of Blackmail.
    Through March 1
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    Yard Dog: Small, Smaller, Smallest

    In which Austin artist Deborah Mersky is joined by her Seattle compadres Julie Paschkis and Joe Max Emminger for a show of small paintings, drawings, prints, and sculpture.
    Through Feb. 18
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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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