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  • Julia C. Butridge Gallery Call for Exhibits for 2020

    The Julia C. Butridge Gallery is now accepting Exhibit Proposals for the 2020 Gallery Season. Located at the Dougherty Arts Center in the heart of the arts district, the JCB Gallery is well known for its diverse exhibitions of artists and their work. We encourage both emerging and established artists to apply! Deadline to submit is February 17, 2019.
    Sun. Feb 17
    Dougherty Arts Center
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    Dimension Gallery: Infinity X Loop

    Damn it, Dimension Gallery, can't you just let yourself be pigeonholed? But, no – and we blame Colin McIntyre's Resonant Lung for encouraging this sort of thing – you've got to offer up an intriguing wonderment that's partly a visual arts event and partly an experimental musical gig, as Portland's Randall "Amulets" Taylor surgically modifies cassettes to craft self-contained repeating units with configurations for longer loops, literally running the tape out of the housing and through the gallery space. "The loops surround the viewer with the magnetic tape itself in a ceaseless circuit, creating a sonic tapestry that stretches and degrades toward infinity." Recommended.
    Through Aug. 14
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    Almost Real Things: Issue 10 Release

    That bright little perfectbound zine of all things artful and fun in this city celebrates the release of its tenth number, "Material," with a big party and show at Canopy. "Some things are best left online (memes, anonymous shitposting)," say the ART honchos, "and other things are best touched, heard, seen, smelled, and tasted in the material world. That's why we make a physical magazine in the digital age." Hell, yes – and that's why we invite you to come celebrate with 'em!
    Fri., July 20, 8pm. Donations accepted, RSVP required.  
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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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    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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    Comedy

    Jermaine Fowler

    Jermaine Fowler? Hell, yes. "He spins tales that feel both expertly structured and completely uncontrolled," says Paste magazine, "swapping out emotions and characters with terrifying ease: one second he’s a kindly old woman, the next he’s a furious bus driver, screaming at his passengers to give up their seat." Recommended.
    Fri.-Sat., July 20-21, 7:30 & 10pm. $18-23.  
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    Books

    Katie Williams: Tell the Machine Goodnight

    Set in a near-future San Francisco where virtual reality is commonplace, Williams' first novel for adults introduces us to a cast of men and women struggling to figure out the definition of happiness. The author presents Tell the Machine Goodnight and is interviewed by Austin Chronicle Editor Kimberley Jones here tonight. "With its clever, compelling vision of the future, deeply human characters, and delightfully unpredictable story," says the Kirkus review, "this novel is itself a recipe for contentment."
    Fri., July 20, 7pm
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    Classical Music

    Schumann Chamber Players

    The award-winning trio of violinist Sandy Yamamoto, cellist Amy Levine-Tsang, and pianist Michelle Schumann return to the Austin Chamber Music Festival to celebrate Czech virtuosity and narrative with performances of enigmatic works by Antonin Dvorak and Bedrich Smetana. And – hey, what's it been like so far, this year's ACMF? The Chronicle's Robi Polgar has some highlights right here.
    Fri., July 20, 7:30pm. $25-50.  
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    Theatre

    The Antipodes

    It's the newest work from Pulitzer Prize-winner Annie Baker – the playwright of The Flick, The Aliens, Circle Mirror Transformation, and more – and, because Hyde Park Theatre's Ken Webster has, like, connections in the industry, this is only the second production of it in the country. This one's about professional fabulators in pursuit of the ultimate yarn, and the cast – oh my, the cast! – features Lowell Bartholomee, Tom Green, Anne Hulsman, Maria Latiolais, Saurabh Pradhan, Blake Robbins, Mical Trejo, Shanon Weaver, and Dave Yakubik, all directed by that same Webster. Note: Do yourself a big favor and see this one.
    Through Aug. 4. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $22-26 (Pay what you can, Thursdays).  
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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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    Theatre

    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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    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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    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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    Comedy

    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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    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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    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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    Comedy

    John Rabon

    Well, damned if it isn't old "Uncle Cranky" himself! The man, the legend, the creator and host of the longest-running insult show in the country (Spite Club), back to headline the Velv. Continuing clean and sober, though also still down and dirty, Rabon describes his comedy as "cheerfully sardonic, despite being urged to use more accessible terminology." Bonus: Carlton Wilcoxson.
    July 20-21. Fri., 9pm; Sat., 9 & 11pm. $10.  
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    Lather Salon Art Show

    Here's a reception for nine local artists, with work ranging from mixed media to photography.
    Fri., July 20, 6-10pm
    Lather Salon, 830 W. Third
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    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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    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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    Theatre

    Magical Mystical Michael

    It's a show of magic and mirth from this longtime prestidigitator, accompanied by the guitar stylings of Marshall Hood.
    Fri., July 20, 8pm. Free.
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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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    Books

    Page by Page: On Craft & Other Writerly Pursuits

    The topic of this month's literary exploration is "The Art of Submitting Work: The Triumphs and Pitfalls of Putting Yourself Out There," hosted by Julie Poole, and the guest is Tatiana Ryckman, editor of Awst Press and author of I Don't Think of You (Until I Do).
    Fri., July 20, 7pm
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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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    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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    Theatre

    Summer Stock Austin: The Music Man

    Yup, it's that Meredith Willson musical classic of long-con chicanery and how a librarian turns a chiseler's calculating heart to sweet honey in the crock. "76 Trombones," "Ya Got Trouble," and so on, as you surely know. Here directed and choreographed by Ginger Morris. Note: You'll have to get to the show by car, bike, scooter, or some other such conveyance, as this town of ours – gasp! – has no monorail.
    Through Aug. 11. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2 & 7:30pm. $33 and up.  
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    Summer Youth Theatre: She Kills Monsters

    This is Qui Nguyen's play about a young badass’s journey into the world of Dungeons & Dragons to connect with her late sister, here directed by Teresa Cruz for the Vortex.
    Through July 28. Thu.-Sun., 8pm. $15-35 (free for deaf or hard-of-hearing).
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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

    Right, FKA The New Movement, this vibrant basement venue, now called Fallout Theatre, is back under new management and 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, the inarguable power of Sure Thing hosted by Duncan Carson and Brendan K. O’Grady every Friday night, and Arielle Isaac Norman's Off-Script Comedy (where hecklers are rewarded) on the third Saturday of each month. And, nota bene, next weekend's their first anniversary all-star celebration benefitting SAFE.
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    Visual Arts

    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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    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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    Theatre

    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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