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  • 36th Annual Viva la Vida Festival & Parade

    The Mexic-Arte Museum's 36th Annual Viva la Vida Festival & Parade is the biggest Day of the Dead celebration taking place in downtown Austin, Texas. From a Grand Procession starting at 6th Street and running down Congress Avenue and a Festival taking place under the Frost Tower building with vendors of all types, Viva la Vida is the event filled with spooky vibes for the whole family. Find out how you can get involved by visiting their website!
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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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    Books

    Bronson Dorsey: Lost, Texas: Photographs of Forgotten Buildings

    Exactly what it says on the tin, reader. Architectural nostalgia, vividly evoked via the author's excellent photography.
    Sun., July 15, 5pm
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    Visual Arts

    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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    Books

    Dave Oliphant: Book Release

    Celebrating the launch of Oliphant's booklength Austin: A Poem from Alamo Bay Press. Bonus: Kanya Lyons screens her video interview with the poet.
    Sun., July 15, 4pm
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    Theatre

    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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    Classical Music

    From Opera To Tango

    The Austin Polish Society presents the clarinet and piano duo of James Meldrum and Maciej Kassak.
    Sun., July 15, 4pm. $15.
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    Visual Arts

    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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    Theatre

    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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    Theatre

    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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    Visual Arts

    Link & Pin Gallery: I Found You

    Here's a new show in which Dana Brown, Larry Goode, Christopher Hynes, Amy Scofield, and Laura Sturtz have used found objects to create mixed-media works exploring humor, whimsy, dreams, and our connection to nature.
    Through July 29
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    Theatre

    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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    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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    Visual Arts

    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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    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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    Comedy

    Underground Comedy

    This newly revitalized 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, Tuesday shows you how The Floor Is Lava, there's the all-female comedy showcase called Garage on Wednesdays, and the Halloweeny winners of The Haunting of Hell Hell gonna make Shirley J spin in her grave this Thursday. Then, on Friday, don't miss the downright Ah-nuldian return of Terminator: the Musical and the inarguable power of Sure Thing hosted by Duncan Carson and Brendan K. O’Grady. Saturday's got a Mixtape for you, followed by some story-centered Sweet Lightning, and – see website for more!
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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
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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