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  • For Peter Pan On Her 70th Birthday

    Jarrott Productions presents Sarah Ruhl’s bittersweet comedy directed by Karen Jambon. A loving look at a family’s view of death, life, and the allure of never growing up. Prices range from $15-$30 with discounts for seniors/students/teachers/retired teachers.
    Feb. 14-Mar. 10, 2019  
    Trinity Street Theatre
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    'A' (What the Black Girl Found While Searching for God)

    In this new one-woman show, written and performed by Taji Senior and directed by Matrex Kilgore, a woman in a constant battle with herself and the world around her takes comfort in her relationship with God. "But just as she’s finally come to understand her own existence, God goes missing – leaving ‘A’ to confront an antagonistic Narrator whose true identity may lead her to the peace she so desperately hopes to find."
    July 12-14. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. Pay what you can.
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    AARC: Duality and Dokdo, Lone Island

    The Asian American Resource Center presents an exhibition featuring works from artists Dan Pham, Lauren Chai, and Matthew Koshmrl.
    Through Sept. 23
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    Alabama Story

    This Kenneth Jones play is based on true events: In 1959, a famed author and illustrator creates a children's book about a black rabbit and a white rabbit getting married. Citizens and a senator demand the state librarian ban the book. The librarian refuses. Now see what consequences ensue, as directed by Kat Sparks for Southwest Theatre Productions.
    Through July 28. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 4pm. $15-22.  
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    Auditions: Fun Home

    Ground Floor Theatre seeks actors for their production of Lisa Kron & Jeanne Tesori's musical version of Alison Bechdel's acclaimed autobiographical comic, to be directed by Lisa Scheps with musical direction by Adam Roberts. Email for details and appointment.
    Sat., July 28, 9am-noon
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    Classical Music

    Austin Chamber Music Festival: Emerson String Quartet

    Did you know? In addition to nine Grammys over four decades, the ESQ received the 2015 Bogomolny National Service Award, Chamber Music America’s highest honor, in recognition of significant and lasting contribution.
    Fri., July 13, 7:30pm. $12-55.  
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    Borderless: Conversations on Art, Action, and Justice

    In this interview series, writers talk with host Chaitali Sen about the power of words and the role of art in reflecting and changing our world. This month’s guest is novelist, poet, and essayist Anis Shivani.
    Fri., July 13, 7pm
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    Camiba Art: Source Material

    Here's a two-person exhibition featuring William T. Carson and Rebecca Rothfus Harrell, two artists with a common interest in geology, natural materials, and the environment – yet their artistic techniques and approaches are distinct. Light, pattern, color, texture: All communicate our planet's basic elements in this visually fluent dialogue.
    Through Aug. 11
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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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    Comedy

    Darren Knight: Southern Momma an Em

    He's been "compared to Jeff Foxworthy, as the next star of redneck comedy." Citation needed, perhaps, but 'nuff said.
    Fri., July 13, 7pm. $25-65.  
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    Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

    You just know Zach Theatre's gonna do this fabulous sockdollager of a crowd-pleasing Broadway show up right, with Abe Reybold at the helm and Allen Robertson handling music direction. Hell, you could attend just to hear that hilarious "Gaston" song performed live, couldn't you?
    Through Sept. 2. Wed.-Fri., 7:30pm; Sat., 2:30 & 7:30pm; Sun., 2:30pm. $25 and up.  
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    Esther's: New Year, New Follies

    Ah, the fun seldom pauses, with musical comedy skits, magic, and a political satirical revue where the bustling backdrop of Sixth Street is on view through the stagefront window! Reminisce on all the news-makers, celebrities, events, and mayhem that made 2018 so memorable with A Year in Review. Watch as the new Dems diversify the Hill and take on Trump in Bohemian Crapsody, and more. Bonus: That sexy magician Ray Anderson is going to wow you with illusions your mind won't believe your eyes have seen!
    Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $25-35.  
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    Flatbed Press: New Editions 2017-2018

    Etchings, woodcuts, lithographs, monotypes, and monoprints published over the last year, by Richard Amendariz, Taiko Chandler, Michael Ray Charles, Suzi Davidoff, Annalise Gratovich, Tom Huck, Gareth Maguire, Winston Mascarenhas, Bob Schneider, Howard Sherman, Jill WilkinsonDanny Williams, and Joan Winter.
    Through Aug. 25
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    Comedy

    Gary Gulman

    The Boston native's been a college football player, an accountant, a barista, a doorman, a waiter, and a high school teacher. Now he's one of those rare comedians who's performed on every single late-night comedy program.
    July 12-14. Thu., 8pm; Fri.-Sat., 7:30 & 10pm. $18-23.  
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    Generative Art Project: DNA Data Portraits

    Generative art is "an emerging art movement that features collaborations between humans and autonomous, nonhuman systems. In this case, an autonomous system is one that can independently determine features of the art … " So: A little deoxyribonucleic teamwork to make the dream work, anyone? This exhibition features the works of James Pricer.
    Reception: Fri., July 13, 5-9pm
    Generative Art Project, 1621 E. Sixth #1107
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    Grease

    You know, right? High school in the Fifties. The Brylcreem'd antics of juvie gangs, an adolescent love story, all of it set to finger-snappin' music reminiscent of those times. And this TexArts version is directed by Kasey RT Graham.
    Through July 29. Wed.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. $43-53.  
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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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    Heisenberg

    "Amidst the crowds of a London train station, a delightfully quirky woman sees a much older man and impulsively plants a kiss on his neck. This electric encounter thrusts these two strangers into a fascinating game of love that is never what it seems." Harvey Guion and Liz Beckham are directed by Nat Miller in Simon Stephens' 2015 rom-com.
    Through July 22. Wed.-Fri., 7:30pm; Sat., 2:30 & 7:30pm; Sun., 2:30pm. $25 and up.  
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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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    Janelle Hanchett: I'm Just Happy To Be Here

    The author presents her forthright, wickedly funny, and empowering memoir chronicling her tumultuous journey from young motherhood to abysmal addiction and a recovery she never imagined possible.
    Fri., July 13, 7pm
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    Lora Reynolds Gallery: Xavier Schipani

    Here's a striking exhibition of murals, paintings on canvas, and a sculptural installation masquerading as a public bathroom – all by that acclaimed Schipani, voted Austin's Best Muralist in 2016. This new show is, we're told, "largely a reckoning with masculinity. What is manliness? What has it meant in the past, what does it mean now, and what are its shortcomings?" Could be our review provides a few answers.
    Through Sept. 1
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    Classical Music

    Ludovico Einaudi

    The prolific Italian pianist and composer possesses an impressive catalog that transcends, incorporating pop, rock, folk, electronic, world music and more. Catch his live performance at Bass tonight and your ears will thank you for years to come.
    Fri., July 13, 8pm. $29 and up.  
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    Mexic-Arte Museum: Young Latinx Artists 23

    Now in its 23rd year, the annual exhibition continues to shed a spotlight on talented Latinx artists across the U.S. This latest iteration, "Beyond Walls, Between Gates, Under Bridges," curated by Rocha-Rochelli, is inspired by the significant social changes that have taken place along the U.S.–Mexico border over the last 20 years. And here's our review of the show.
    Through Aug. 24
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    Comedy

    Mike Stanley

    This palooka outta Detroit – I mean, just look at that mug – "wry, witty, cunning, and crass," they say – was named "Best Chicago Stand-up Comedian" by the Windy City's premiere newsrag, and now here he is at the Cheese Palace on Dirty Sixth, cracking your ass up after that Brett VerVoort and friends have broken the comedy ice.
    July 13-14. Fri., 9pm; Sat., 9 & 11pm. $10.  
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    Playhouse Creatures

    April De Angelis’ new play relates how, in 1663, King Charles II reopened England's theatre playhouses and, for the first time, women were able to take the stage. This is the story of those first actresses, the "playhouse creatures" whose ambitions, talent, and risk for artistic equality made their lives truly uncertain. Directed by Lindsay McKenna for City Theatre.
    Through Aug. 5. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 3pm. $15-25.
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    Recspec Gallery: Self Defense

    Featuring works in acrylic and mixed media by Austin artist Lindsay Eyth, this show is a fluorescent pink love letter to defense mechanisms, and a glimmering celebration of who we become in the safe spaces we fight to build for ourselves.
    Through July 14
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    Refugee is Not My Name

    This traveling art exhibition highlights photographic portraits, film, and stories of refugees from around the world who have resettled in Austin. Part of the Mayor's Book Club initiative? Indeed.
    Through Aug. 15. Free.
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    SouthPop: 14th Anniversary Exhibition

    Almost a decade and a half of SouthPop already? Yes, and now the venue that celebrates all the long strange years of live-music Austin that have gone before, now that bastion of funky cultural puissance on South Lamar brings an eclectic show of works from the permanent collection to their storied walls.
    Through Sept. 29. $5.
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    Comedy

    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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    The Blanton: Australian Ancestral Modern

    This new exhibition from the Kaplan & Levi Collection features contemporary painting and sculpture by Australian Aboriginal artists, curated by Pamela McClusky, curator of African and Oceanic Art at the Seattle Art Museum.
    Through Sept. 9
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    The Blanton: The Distance I Can Be From My Son

    In 2013, Lenka Clayton attempted to objectively measure the furthest distance she could be from her toddler son in three environments: a city park, the alley behind their Pittsburgh home, and in the aisles of a local supermarket. The trio of videos humorously underlines the challenging judgment calls that parents make about how much autonomy to give their children. (For more, see Marisa Charpentier's review right here.)
    Through Sept. 2  
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    The Cockroach Conservatory lands in Austin

    The what? The fuckin' cockroach … conservatory? OK, hold on, we get it – it's a new literary arts magazine. And of course it's called The Cockroach Conservatory. Of course it is, we say, because it's associated with that shrewd yet relentlessly gruesome literary provocateur Andrew Hilbert. And this debut party's got readings by Max Booth III, Michael Louis Dixon, Cheryl Couture, and more. Plus, music by Scott Collins, Evan Runyon, Xavier-KITEZ, and Batty jr.
    Fri., July 13, 7pm
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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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    Comedy

    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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    Wally Workman Gallery: Diana Greenberg

    This is the Workman Gallery's fourth solo show with the local painter – whose current body of work is influenced by Japanese calligraphy and kimonos, antique book covers, and music.
    Through July 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: The Lure

    Margaux Crump debuts a body of work that explores gender and the natural world through the lens of power relationships, her sculptures, drawings, and photographs tracing the complex movements of power between entities. And the Chronicle's Melany Jean has an excellent review of the show right here.
    Artist talk: Sat., July 14, 11:30am. Exhibition through July 26
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    Yard Dog: Western Futurism

    Assemblage artist Jimmy Descant, who calls himself a Severe Reconstructivist, uses parts from the golden age of American manufacturing to embody his vision of the West – its people, environment, and social/political conditions.
    Through July 31
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    You and Me (But Mostly Me)

    Brendan Eprile and Greg DriscollNYC’s unofficial power couple – bring their sass, class, and just the right amount of trash in this live music cabaret. With Tyler Groft on piano and Trevor Detling on drums.
    Fri., July 13, 8pm. $15-35.  
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    Zilker Summer Musical: All Shook Up

    There's an Elvis-celebratin' spectacle of live performance rocking the hillside stage for the 60th anniversary of this midsummer entertainment.
    Through Aug. 18. Thu.-Sat., 8:15pm. Free.
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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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