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    Atelier 1205: Figure, Flora, Fauna

    Here's an exhibition of new works by Austin ceramic artists Claire Bresette and Jennifer Hill. Here's an exhibition of enigmatic narrative tiles and equally intriguing standalone objects. Here's an exhibition at Atelier 1205 that's well worth your hungry eyes' time.
    Closing reception: Sun., Aug. 5, 3-5pm
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    Books

    Brian Catling: The Cloven

    B. Catling. The Vorrh. The Erstwhile. And now, The Cloven. There's nothing else like this trilogy, here reaching its apotheosis, in all of literature. Although, if you forced Gormenghast sideways through the densest jungle of a German-colonized, late-19th-century African nation, then distilled whatever liquid resulted from that action into a whiskey and used that whiskey to saturate an image of Mary Shelley and threw the sodden portrait into the face of Alan Moore while he was at the peak of a tarantula-venom high, the shifting topography of Moore's resultant grin might echo the contours of feeling that any random chapter from Catling's volumes can evoke in a reader. God's honest truth, citizen. In any case, Catling's in town to present his new masterpiece, which he'll do at BookPeople, in conversation with that charming Clay Smith of Kirkus Reviews.
    Wed., July 18, 7pm
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    Comedy

    Bryson Brown & Friends: Ali Siddiq

    Brown hosts, Siddiq headlines, and Alan Adams, Radu Bondar, and Jasmine Ellis feature in this humpday night showcase of hilarious stand-up comedy.
    Wed., July 18, 8pm. $12-17.  
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    DAC Date Night: This Upcycled Life

    Discover the world of assemblage art with local artist Laura Caffrey, creator of the current "Reject/Respect" exhibition, using upcycled materials found and collected by Austin Creative Reuse. Hatch up your own assemblage from scratch and unearth the potential masterpieces awaiting in your recycle bin.
    Wed., July 18, 7-9pm. Free, but RSVP.  
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    Davis Gallery: Of Warp and Weft

    The elegant carved wood sculptures of Caprice Pierucci. The photographs of delicate cheesecloth drapings by Charles Heppner. Together they make for a compelling dialog of harmony, form, and composition – complicating the walls of this excellent gallery. (See our full review right here.) Recommendation: See the art, then grab some great food at the Soup Peddler location just a few blocks away.
    Through July 21
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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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    Dance

    ACC Dance Classes

    The Dance Department of Austin Community College offers classes in modern, jazz, ballet, and improvisation techniques, with student work produced twice a year in the Choreographers' Showcase. Teachers include Ellen Bartel, Jessica Cox, Kathy Dunn Hamrick, Roxanne Gage, Darla Johnson, Sunny Shen, Catherine Solaas and Melissa Watt. Note: Classes can be taken for credit and applied toward your degree.
    Prices vary, scholarships available.  
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    Theatre

    BedPost Confessions: (Not Just For) Ladies Night!

    The stories shared here, hosted by Seen With Miranda and Sadie Smythe, explore themes of sexuality, gender identity, dating, marriage, masturbation, breakups, health, and more – with performers who are funny, informative, thoughtful, embarrassing, raunchy, heartwarming, political, or completely personal. Bringing the heat – the rather moist heat, we reckon – this month: Jenna Valentine, filmmaker M. Burger, BedPost co-founder Julie Gillis, and performer extraordinaire Ebony Stewart. Bonus: music from the Yes Ma'am Brass Band and DJ Chorizo Funk.
    July 18-19. Wed.-Thu., 8pm. $12-20.  
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Old Bakery Gallery: Hot Town

    Two-dimensional art, three-dimensional art, a veritable hot town of art in one venerable building.
    Through Aug. 1
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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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    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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    Visual Arts

    Terry Chastain: The Sketchbooks

    The artist has spent years documenting his visions in 45 handbound sketchbooks during travels to cafes in Mexico, Havana, Paris, Berlin, Naples, and San Francisco; these drawings, collages, and little paintings are now on view within Wiggy's windows.
    Through Aug. 24
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    Visual Arts

    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 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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    Comedy

    Underground Comedy

    This newly revitalized basement venue is dedicated to "bringing the best in alternative comedy with shows seven nights a week." Mondays start things off with that sprightly revue of optimism called Fuck This Week, there's the unpredictable Playpen on Tuesdays, the all-female comedy showcase called Garage on Wednesdays, and Thursday's Call Your Lawyer is chock full of criminal laughs. We recommend the musical improv of Girls Girls Girls on Friday, and you don't want to miss the inarguable power of Sure Thing with Duncan Carson and Brendan K. O’Grady later that same night. And then Saturday brings what won't be the last First Annual Hollywood Awards Show onstage, and then you're invited to heckle the comics at Off Script, and – see website for more!
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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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    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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    Visual Arts

    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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    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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