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  • The New Story Festival

    The New Story Festival is a new annual gathering for community, creativity, and the common good, in Austin! Join artists, activists, teachers, and spiritual leaders to experience a new story of connection instead of separation, of commitment to the common good, of vibrant and collaborative imagination. Join bestselling authors Nadia Bolz-Weber, Charles Eisenstein, Rev. angel Kyodo williams, Brian McLaren, and Kaitlin Curtice, as well as musicians Riders Against The Storm, Carrie Rodriguez, and Over The Rhine, and other speakers, mystics, artists, and people committed to creating a healthier and happier world.
    March 29-31, 2019  
    Huston-Tillotson University
  • The Love of China Recital

    Experience the different flavors of the many regions of China through the dress, colors, music, and movements with a recital performed by the students of The Love of China School of Dance. Tickets are $12 for general seating, and $30 for vip seating.
    Sun. March 31, 6:30pm
    Westlake Community Performing Arts Center
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    Cry It Out

    Molly Smith Metzler's new play provides an honest look at the absurdities of being home with a baby, the power of female friendship, the dilemma of going back to work, and the effect class has on parenthood in America. Directed by Lily Wolff for Theatre en Bloc, and featuring – wow, what a castLee Eddy, Christin Davis, Jenny Lavery, and Ben Wolfe. And here's what our reviewer thought of the show.
    Through May 20. All shows 8pm, different nights each week, see website for details. $15-70.  
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    Dance

    hone \ rile

    This performance by BLiPSWiTCH, held inside a vacant design showroom, features a cast of six dancers animating the themes of frustration and obstruction the company first explored in Roheline, as part of the modern dance series 11:11 by Jennifer Sherburn and Natalie George Productions. This new kinetic event – inspired by exhaustion, struggle, and repeated failure, as well as themes from “Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius” by Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges(!) – will "embody persistence through repetition, born not only out of necessity, but of desire for a more perfect result."

    Bonus: music by Solid State Dream Suit’s Michael Brown and Alan Kahler.

    May 16-19. Wed.-Sat., 8pm. $20.  
    2919 Manchaca Rd. #200
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    Killer Girls

    Whoa, that American Berserk Theatre company, first bringing the world their dystopian blockbuster Subject to Control, then following it with For Time and Eternity (about that whole Joseph-Smith-and-the-Mormons thing), now presenting this pop horror revenge comedy – written and directed by Kaci Beeler – in which five female students on the Fruit Ninja Team of John Wilkes Booth University are invited to a tournament in #grabherbythepussy, Florida, and, ah, well, listen: Payback's a bitch. (A rabid, extremely bloodthirsty bitch, we might add.) Warning note: Gore effects, strobe lights, loud music, themes of high violence and sexual assault, possibly the lamentation of any MRA in the audience. Recommended? See what that Robert Faires has to say about it.
    Through May 27. Thu.-Sun., 8pm. $20-25.  
    Hideout Studios, 2505 E. Sixth Ste. 3-C
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    Shakespeare in the Park: The Merry Wives of Windsor

    Austin Shakespeare transforms the Zilker Hillside Theater into the world of a classic Fifties sitcom to embody this production of the Bard's Falstaff-festooned comedy, featuring a fine cast directed by Ann Ciccolella and Gwendolyn Kelso. Pro tip: Bring you a blanket and pick-a-nick, citizen!
    Through May 27. Thu.-Sun., 8pm. Free.
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    Dimension Gallery: Residual Utterances

    Here's a presentation of new sculptural work from Austin sculptor Colin McIntyre, in conjunction with a soundscape inside his celebrated pipe organ sound chamber, The Resonant Lung. These newest pieces marry his mastery of metalworking with his more recent interest in hot tar as a medium. And this exhibition? Is highly recommended.
    Through June 16
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    Shakespeare on the Farm: A Midsummer Night's Dream

    En Route Productions presents Shakespeare's beloved comedy-among-the-fae under the stars above Rain Lily Farm for your delight. It may seem a fantastic mystery, but they'll help you get to the Bottom of it all! Note: Picnics, blankets, chairs, and kiddos are welcome – but please leave Fido at home. Bonus: Dripping Springs Vodka.
    Through May 20. Thu.-Mon., 7:30pm. Donations accepted.  
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    Sixth Street Gallery: Soul of America

    "Some say the America of today is unexpected, surprising, and unforeseen; while others say they saw it coming long ago." In an effort to facilitate conversation on where America is today and where we're headed, Sixth Street Gallery has partnered with Artists 916 to present a show featuring art in a diverse range of styles and mediums, all exploring the theme.
    Through May 20
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    A Picture-Perfect Photo Op

    Oh, look! A 200-plus frame installation from HomeGoods captures different snapshots of Austin’s city skyline and invites a frenzy of selfies on the Long Center's lovely lawn.
    Through May 25. Free.
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    All My Sons

    This is Arthur Miller's award-winning family drama about one man's search for the American dream – and the ultimate destruction in his pursuit. Directed by Tracy Arnold for City Theatre.
    Through June 3. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 3pm. $15-25.  
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    An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein

    Present Company offers this adults-only theatrical experience exploring the R-rated imagination of the eccentric storyteller, bringing to the stage his provocative short plays, mischievous music, and poetry for naughty children.
    Through May 21. Thu.-Sun., 8pm. Donations accepted, RSVP required.  
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    Austin Swing Syndicate: Social Dancing

    You know that the Syndicate holds one of the longest running and best-attended weekly swing dances in the country, right? Make note! There's an absolute beginner lesson which starts at 8pm, then social dancing to live music or DJs from 9pm until midnight. All ages are welcome.
    Thursdays, 8pm. $7.
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    Big Medium: Fisterra Retrospective

    2017 was the last year for Jennifer Chenoweth's Fisterra Studio participating in the East Austin Studio Tour, but the annual event – part of EAST since the beginning! – had a deep effect on Austin's sense of community and connectedness. Now here's a show featuring more than 50 artists affiliated with Fisterra over the years collaborating once again. Look: Stella Alesi, Virginia Fleck, Dana Younger, Beth Consetta Rubel, Katie Rose Pipkin, Holly Fisher, Dawn Okoro, Philip Rogers, and Valerie Chaussonnet are among the talented company here.
    Through May 18
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    Carver Museum: Punk Noir

    Behold this new series of large paintings by Dawn Okoro, exploring the black punk spirit. You already knew black is beautiful; with this exhibition, black may be even more beautiful – and punk AF. And here's what our reviewer thinks of the show.
    Through July 21
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    Comanche Motion: The Art of Eric Tippeconnic

    This exhibition is enhanced with artifacts providing historical context for the paintings, rich with the unbroken connection the Comanche people have with their roots. Also, Rodeo: The Exhibition. Boy howdy, it's the history of the Texas rodeo – vibrant, interactive, and fully documented in this fine new show.
    Through Jan. 2. $9-13.
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    Flatbed Press: Vasculum

    Spencer Fidler’s practice is to collect plants from his property in Las Cruces, N.M., and draw them daily at four times their scale. Read our review right here, then see what such devoted work means for your floratropic eyes, in this new show at Flatbed.
    Through May 19
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    German Free School: Celebrate Doilies

    For real, this is "stories and photos of Texan family heirlooms, from doily crocheters past and present, as well as doily art quilts by Suzann Thompson and works by Texas poet Sandi Horton."
    Through May 31. Wed.-Thu., 10am-4pm
    507 E. Tenth
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    grayDUCK Gallery: Weave

    This new exhibition from Elizabeth Chiles begins with a central question of how to visually express various points of intersection of our lives and the breath, light, and time that holds them. The works on display here include collages and natural pigment paintings made from wild flowers and grasses.
    Through May 20
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    Dance

    H O M E

    The pieces presented here by Toni Bravo's intrepid Diverse Space Youth Dance Team will also be performed in Dublin and Berlin this summer. Bonus: Live music!
    May 17-19. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $12-30.  
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    Harry Ransom Center: Vaudeville!

    This exhibition reveals the story of where American entertainment all began, featuring photographs, manuscripts, and other documents and artifacts related to Harry Houdini, Mae West, W.C. Fields, Bert Williams, George M. Cohan, Burns & Allen, Tony Pastor, the Nicholas Brothers, Barbette, and others. Step right up, citizen, as our own Robert Faires tells you more about it right here!
    Through July 15. Free.
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    Helios Fused Glass Studio

    Learn while they burn at this professional studio – a nationally recognized teaching facility and retailer of fusible glass and supplies.
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    Comedy

    John Witherspoon

    You remember this man as Ice Cube’s funny, dog- catching dad in the smash urban trilogy Friday, Next Friday, and Friday After Next, right? Now here he is, in all his stand-up headlining glory, as Cap City. Bonus: Bryson Brown opens.
    May 17-19. Thu., 8pm; Fri-Sat., 7:30 & 10pm. $20-25.  
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    Classical Music

    LOLA at 4th Tap: Season II Grand Finale

    Here's the season-ender showcase for Local Opera Local Artists, with Cindy Sadler (mezzo soprano) and Keenan Boswell (piano) performing works by Rodrigo, Mahler, and more!
    Thu., May 17, 8pm. $10.  
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    Lora Reynolds Gallery: Black and White

    The sixth show by Tom Molloy in this elegant space is an exhibition of new drawings and found photographs that explore race – the social construct central to much of the injustice and inequality in America. Bonus: Mariah Robertson in the Project Room.
    Through June 2
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    Books

    Rita Bullwinkel: Belly Up

    The author, here in conversation with Deb Olin Unferth, presents her new story collection that contains ghosts, mediums, a lover obsessed with the sound of harps tuning, teenage girls who believe they are actually plants, gulag prisoners who outsmart a terrible warden, and carnivorous churches.
    Thu., May 17, 7pm
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    Seminar

    This is Theresa Rebeck's arch comedy in which four aspiring novelists sign up for private writing classes with an international literary figure … and things go kind of Lord of the Flies, emotionally speaking. Directed by Bryan Bradford for Jarrott Productions. And here's what our reviewer thought of the show.
    Through June 3. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2:30pm. $23-30.  
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    Small Mouth Sounds

    "On a weeklong silent retreat in the woods, six wildly disparate urbanites looking for life balance find that staying quiet doesn’t necessarily bring inner peace." Bess Wohl's wickedly sharp look at mindfulness and the wellness industry is directed by Mark Pickell for Capital T Theatre, and features Rebecca Robinson, Ellie McBride, Jason Phelps, Zac Thomas, Delanté Keys, Theresa Baldwin, and Katherine Catmull. And here's what our reviewer T. Lynn Mikeska thought of the show.
    Through June 16. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $25-35.  
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    Stand-Up Comedy Workshop

    This is the workshop Hannah Kenah led for Rude Mechs while they were creating their Field Guide. Together, you'll write, you’ll share – and there'll be a mic and a stool. Sign up now for this one-day class that's low-pressure, high-fun, and makes the last Sunday in September worth waking up for.
    Workshop date: Sun., Sept. 30, 3pm. $20.  
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    Stephen L. Clark Gallery: Plum Creek

    This stunning show features Kate Breakey's gold-leafed glass photographs and Bill Wittliff's beer-can pinhole solargraphs, with all of the images taken on Witliff's property in Plum Creek.
    Through June 23
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    Story Circle Network

    Nonprofit organization for women, offering monthly reading and writing circles and more, in North, Central, and South Austin.
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    The Contemporary Austin: Against a Civic Death

    Rodney McMillian's social critique of American histories, injustices, and structures of power explores the changing symbol of the White House and the concept of civic death.
    Through Aug. 26
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    Dance

    Therefore

    Dance Waterloo premieres this choreographic work – integrating media by Griffin Hanson and live, original music by Cole McDonnell – that explores the movement caused by circumstance and occurrence.
    May 17-20. Thu.-Sun., 8:30pm. Pay-what-you-can.  
    Epoch Coffee, 2700 W. Anderson #409
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    Top Comedy Spot on Airport

    Yes, there's Sugar Water Purple on Wednesday nights. And this Thursday features Friends For Now, a daring supergroup of improv, and then the sketch shenanigans 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. Then there's Saturday, with the Dave Buckman-directed Roast of St. Nick and the love-stinks larking of Missed Connections ATX, followed by a gathering of that mysterio-hilarious Midnight Society. And Sunday's got a Stool Pigeon spieling up the laughs for you, 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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    Underground Comedy

    This basement venue is dedicated to "bringing the best in alternative comedy with shows seven nights a week." For instance: Monday starts things off with that sprightly revue of optimism called Fuck This Week, there's Rob Gagnon's unpredictable Sandbox on Tuesdays, the all-female comedy showcase called Garage on Wednesdays, check out Stephanie Thoreson's Fishbowl this Thursday, and don't miss the inarguable power of Sure Thing hosted by Duncan Carson and Brendan K. O’Grady that happens every Friday night. Also, Saturday's Sweet Lightning will strike your tender comedy center just right, and – check that website for more, yo!
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    Wally Workman Gallery: America Martin

    This is the gallery's fifth solo show with the Los Angeles-based artist, whose inspiration for subject matter is found in her love of form and figure as depicted by the Impressionists and Modernists of the early 20th century.
    Through May 28
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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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    Women & Their Work: Good Luck with the Sun

    With the sun as her subject and collaborator, Krista Steinke explores the physical and psychological impact of our greatest energy source, her exhibition incorporating video, personal narrative, and experimental photographic processes. And here's our review of the show.
    Through June 7
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    Yard Dog: Off the Record

    St. Louis artist Kerry Smith's new series features his gouache and oilstick paintings of iconic record album art.
    Through May 27
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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